“Someone’s going to blow that place up soon.”

Said to me, in 2004, by a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. It was a few days before I flew to London, England, United Kingdom.  I answered him, “That’s why I have to go see it now.”  I got to see Big Ben, and Southbank, and the Inns of Chancery.  The next year, LondonContinue reading ““Someone’s going to blow that place up soon.””

Why I love theatre technicians.

Having sent out what I believe to be a pretty kick-butt play, I’m now at the hard part: waiting. Waiting to see if anyone else with any pull to put the play onstage thinks it’s remotely as good as I think it is. I used to wonder if writing is what I should be doing,Continue reading “Why I love theatre technicians.”

I must be a writer, because I can’t stop…

…even when I try. I haven’t posted a thing about writing, theatrical or otherwise, in months, for several reasons. The biggest, of course, is that I’m currently in southern China, teaching English. Having never been to Asia, or taught anyone under university age, those took priority, by default. My internal jury about whether this wasContinue reading “I must be a writer, because I can’t stop…”

Photos from China: Zhongshan reservoir

OR: confronting one’s fears with a BIG STICK. Before today, I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was 13 years old.  Twenty-eight YEARS.  I had two bad spills in less than a week, and wanted nothing to do with them. The school I’m with in Zhongshan regularly arranges for its teachers to go on tripsContinue reading “Photos from China: Zhongshan reservoir”

I’m one of the Best!

So says the Alberta caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, anyway. The weekend of May 29 to 31, 2015, the annual PGC Conference will be held here in Edmonton.  And on the very first night, ten short plays by Edmonton writers will have public readings at the latest Script Salon.  A brand new snippetContinue reading “I’m one of the Best!”

I’m writing a play in 18 hours or less!

I can’t do it in 24 hours, because I work until 5 pm. Yes, the 2nd Annual Writeathon begins at noon tomorrow!  Last year’s was…bonkers.  Fellow writers made velcro out of their beards and resorted to lacing of warm drinks (and then just tossing the mix altogether and drinking straight out of the mickey).  Oh,Continue reading “I’m writing a play in 18 hours or less!”

This blog is not a diary.

My grandmother, whom I previously mentioned here, passed away three weeks ago. I have tried, as much as possible, to maintain this web presence as my public/Writer face. I established this blog and website to discuss theatre, and plug my own work.  WORK, which indeed involves me.  It’s not a place to very publicly whinge about myContinue reading “This blog is not a diary.”

Dear @Marvel : this geek girl is angry at #GOTG. Here’s why.

Yes, I put the @ and # into the title on purpose, because when this gets posted on Twitter, I want people to see it. Discuss, troll, don’t care. Oh, and SPOILERS. I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy on opening day. The trailers looked amazing, hilarious, and well done, so I wanted toContinue reading “Dear @Marvel : this geek girl is angry at #GOTG. Here’s why.”

Why I hate being single #4: Food

I will say first: I love to cook. I make killer chocolate trifle. The Ukrainian lady who gave me her recipe for borscht said I was a very good cook – high praise. I make cookies every year for Christmas presents, and people anticipate them. But here’s the problem: When I cook for just meContinue reading “Why I hate being single #4: Food”

come say hi and have GELATO!

Okay, I’M having gelato. You can have whatever you want. The intrepid executive director of Alberta Playwrights Network is going to be in Edmonton for Wordshed this weekend, and Friday night, June 20, a bunch of we playwrights are getting together at Block 1912 on Whyte Ave. I’ll be there, and if you’re cool, soContinue reading “come say hi and have GELATO!”