Saturday, May 30, 2009


Friday, May 29, 2009

Must be coming up on pride month

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tienamen 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago, mass protests erupted in China leading to the violence at Tiananmen Square in June. My brother Ed was chief photographer for Reuters at the time and is chronicling the events from each day exactly 20 years ago on his open salon blog , including an interesting story (and series of comments in the blog) about how one of his photos came to be used by Artist Shepard Fairey. check it out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

T.I.C. receives prestigious SF Weekly use of nudity recognition

I'm proud to have helped Encore Theatre nab SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco award for Best Onstage Male Nudity! Hooray for Encore! Hooray for Liam Vincent!

it really was pretty good...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Avocado seed is growing a tail

Monday, May 11, 2009

watch me slow dramatic clap

along with several hundred other people. Here's a nicely awesome video from my friend Mary.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Another exciting issue!

Monday, May 04, 2009

reports from the writing front

So, I'm working on this new play, called Bob, working on my rough draft, I have about 110 pages of material now, with about 50 in an actual "play order." I had more than that in "play order" but then I just cut a big chunk of the Chicago sequence. I really liked the Chicago sequence. Maybe it'll come back later.

After writing several plays that happen in a single location, the new piece is taking place all over the Nation. Sometimes 10 locations in one monologue. Behold the magic of theater!!!

These are the things I have to constantly remind myself while first draft writing:
  • I can cut it later.
  • I can add it later.
  • Clunky first drafts don't mean I'm a bad writer and/or person and/or hack.
  • Don't worry about making all the connections.
  • Don't make "dream sequence" my first choice.
  • I can put in placeholder text for actual scenes. Such as "Maybe Bob has a vision here" or "Something happens" or "something about the frame changes" or "major plot revelation tbd here" That'll all work out in post.
  • I can write out of sequence if I need to.
  • I have to put in a fist fight somewhere. Just remember that.
  • Self doubt and dread are all just natural feelings and are only partially based in truth.
  • Don't check facebook
  • Seriously, you don't need to go check facebook right now
  • OK, don't check facebook again for 90 minutes
  • If I'm stuck I can always work on that iTunes playlist for songs in the mood of the play I'm writing.
  • Always shower before I start working.
  • Irrational decisions tend to happen around 3 or 4PM. Clarity seems to strike around 3AM in bed.