A Break from Work to Work

I’m fortunate to be staring down the beginning of nine days off of school. I am a teacher, and I enjoy teaching immensely. But I also enjoy my break times because that means I can concentrate on my other work: my writing endeavors. Here’s what’s on-tap for the coming week:

  • I plan on finishing my latest novel which is only a couple chapters away from a complete first draft. Very close. Can’t wait for this one.
  • I am revising a full-length play I just wrote in the last few weeks entitled “The Last Bastion.” I’m working with a local theatre to arrange a workshop reading of it later this year or in January of 2017.
  • I am still revising some of the scripts for my RLT Players show on December 1-3. I had to pare down one script to fit it under 10 minutes as it will be part of the Short & Sweet Festival in November here in Penang. I revised another one yesterday and sent the new script to the actors. Those poor actors! But I want to get it right!
  • I’m putting the finishing touches on a short musical piece which I’ll be producing for a show in May 2017. It’s entitled “It’s the End of the World and I Love You.”

All of this, and only one week. I’m looking forward to a fun-filled, productive writing week. What will you be up to?

A Look Ahead: Writing Projects for 2016

I have an exciting slate of writing projects on tap for 2016. Let me list them out in no particular order.

  • 5th Novel –¬†Which Half David¬†– Currently in revision. I’m hoping to push this along for a May or June release.
  • Play – I’m co-writing a yet-to-be-titled play with four of my students. Need to finish this one by May at the latest.
  • 6th Novel – I’ve been writing like crazy on this one the last two weeks. Already 25,000+ words in, and I’m having a blast with it. A little change in genre for me on this one. I would love to have this finish and edited by summer so I can do a December 2016 release. It has a title, but I’m not sharing yet. Two novels in one year would be pretty cool!
  • RLT Players’ – I’ll be writing another Christmas show for my drama group. It will be titled “More Tales of Wonder.” This will consist of about 10 original short plays all themed around Christmas. I set aside June and July for this project.
  • Release of “Theatrical Duets for Stage, Competition, or Classroom.” This is currently being proofed, and I plan for a January 2016 release in about three weeks. It’s a collection of 15 theatrical duets, including several award-winning pieces.
  • Smaller projects: I have a bunch of other short plays I plan to write. Plus a short musical I hope to finish with the help of a co-composer.

I have all this planned in addition to my regular job, my drama directing, and my softball coaching. This new year should be a blast!

Writing Forecast: 2015

A deliciously light breeze from the west lifts spirits and places smiles of satisfaction on writers everywhere. The sun’s hues glitter on the placid ocean as a million shades of contrasting blue. I would say the forecast for writing in 2015 is peaceful and inviting. So here are the writing projects I have on my over-sized plate for the new year:

  • Revising and editing novel four, “A Love Story for a Nation,” ahead of a July 1 release date.
  • Finishing my secretly titled novel #5, set in the fictitious island republic of Sulu. Can you figure out where it’s at?
  • I’m writing a new 10-minute musical with my co-composer, Ms. Laura Danneker.
  • I will be writing a whole slate of new short plays for my drama group, The RLT Players. This year I am hoping to produce a Christmas show with them, so I’m looking forward to writing Christmas scripts – about 10 of them. That will be a blast.
  • By the end of the year, I hope to start my 6th novel. As of now, it will be something completely different – a political thriller. It has a fascinating premise and title which must remain highly secretive at this time.
  • A full-length play for 2016 production, perhaps?
  • And knowing me, I’ll jump on a few new writing projects which haven’t even entered my brain yet.

Writing is a wonderfully blank tableau, ready to be taken in any direction I choose. It’s incredibly freeing and exciting. I can’t wait to see where 2015 takes me.