Short Story – Red Tape

roll-of-red-tapeThis week, I’ve written something that will most likely turn into a script for Big Fun Radio Funtime.  I think we can all relate to a nearly endless pile of government forms so I decided to take that frustration to ridiculous extremes.

The story is mostly dialogue between two characters.  A lot of my writing involves situations where nobody is really a villain.  I mean, the government worker is clearly annoying but he is just trying to do his job as well as he possibly can.  I find it more interesting when the situation is the villain and the characters must work in tandem to deal with the situation.

As always, please read, share, and comment.  I enjoy getting feedback on my work.  It does help me get better at this!

As an additional note, I’m going to be turning last week’s story into a one act play for production next year.  I just need to figure out how to turn the ending into something that can be staged clearly.  I’ll let readers know when I have that in the works!

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/19

Donald Trump Says the Only Way Hillary Clinton Can Win Pennsylvania is if she Cheats

Trump says alarming things and then smugly points out that everyone is talking about him.

He’s right.  But the good news, for now, is that it doesn’t seem to be working.  Trailing in every national poll, Trump has shaken up his campaign leadership again.  Maybe this time it will work.  I expect not because no matter how many smart people he has around him, he is still going to keep saying alarming things.

I'm betting I could convince these yahoos that Denny's makes better food than Perkins!

I’m betting I could convince these yahoos that Denny’s makes better food than Perkins!

In this case, there seems to be some sort of suggestion that even though voter fraud of the level Trump is suggestion is basically impossible, Hillary could pull it off.

Now voter fraud is no joking matter but if Clinton could pull off fraud at that level, she deserves to be President because her organizational skills are fucking amazing.

Although, one has to wonder how she could be so organized as to steal an entire state from Donald Trump but not organized enough to manage her e-mails properly.

If Clinton wins this election, she won’t have to cheat.  At this point, it would seem that all she needs to do is shut up and let Donald do most of the talking.

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Short Story – The Bear

LUTAAR-004Sorry I missed last week.  Fringe festival messes with my writing schedule.  I’ve been toying with horror and revenge lately.  There is some triggery stuff in this week’s story that involves incest and suggested rape.  So be warned about that.

I keep toying with this idea as a play.  Not sure if I could turn it into a 45-50 minute show as it is right now but the pieces are there for it to expand to something more than what I’ve written here.

The story itself is self contained.  But I can feel there is more that could be explored with this character.

I was in Utah earlier this year so I chose the area that is now Arches National Park as the setting.  I don’t typically worry about such things but I wanted to give a little bit of a sense of place.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading it!

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2016 Fringe Reviews – Day 10

20161130As Fringe winds to a close and I start watching shows that weren’t on my early watch list, I start ending up in theaters based, in large part, on where I need to be for my own performances.  Fringe roulette can yield some very good experiences and some…not as good ones.

Yesterday’s fringing involved picking a few shows that weren’t on my list.  Such choices are exciting because I really don’t know what to expect.

That’s really what the Fringe is all about anyway.  You don’t know what to expect.  Sure, there are always some artists who have reliably produced quality work.  Even so, they are all doing something new and until you sit down in the theater, you don’t know what they have in store for you.

I have one more day to experiment.

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2016 Fringe Reviews – Day 9

20161175I love Fringe Central because it means I get to hang out with some of my best friends for a couple hours every night.  I can tell performers who really blew me away that they blew me away.  I can laugh and plan new theater and eat cheese curds and be social.

Fringe is a theatrical Brigadoon.  I realize that is silly given that Brigadoon is a play and, therefore, already theatrical but never mind.

Fringe springs up for a fortnight every year.  Hundreds of artists come together to make theater and then we all go off to create things on our own for the rest of the year.  Maybe we run into each other at a bar once in a while.  Maybe a few of us do a show together.

But for a few glorious days every year, we are together.  I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to be a part of it all.

Trump count remains at 10.  Pokemon Go count is considerably higher.

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2016 Fringe Reviews – Day 8

20160606I like to play Fringe venue bingo.  Basically, I’m trying to watch a show in every Fringe venue (not including any site specific shows).  I very rarely manage to pull this off but I enjoy the challenge.

This year’s biggest obstacle (if you can call it that) has been the high concentration of shows on the West bank.  With eight venues within walking distance of each other, it is very easy to park yourself on the West Bank for a night.  I’ve done it several times already.

Getting to the Uptown and Northeast Minneapolis clusters have required actual effort.  I only have one venue left so I think I’m going to fill my bingo card.  I feel like there should be a button or something.

Another note on venue – there are two differing philosophies on shows in your own venue.  Mine is to see as many as possible in order to support other artists.  I’ve heard others believe they should avoid seeing shows in their own venue or they increase someone else’s chances of getting the encore.

Honestly, I don’t even understand why that second philosophy is a thing.  If you lose out on the encore because a couple of members of your cast went to someone else’s show, congratulations!  Your show was super popular too! Besides, how do you know those folks didn’t go see your show?

Support your venue buddies.  It’s just nicer.

Trump count is still stuck at 10.  I must have gone to all the shows with Trump jokes in the first few days.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/12

Donald Trump Makes a Joke (It Wasn’t Really a Joke) or Maybe he was Misunderstood (He Wasn’t) or Maybe Both (Huh?)

Some may ask why I keep writing about all the stupid shit Donald Trump does.  Simple – there is a remote possibility that I will convince one person to change their vote.  I don’t care if they vote for Clinton.  Maybe they will vote for Johnson.  Maybe they will just not vote for President.  I don’t care.  I just want Trump to get creamed.

Because if Trump does OK or, fuck me, actually wins, he’s the kind of candidate we will start to see all the time.  I can’t figure out why any of us would want that.

Here’s what he said this week:

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Now there are three possible explanations for what he meant.

  1.  He actually was suggesting that someone should assassinate Hillary Clinton to ensure she doesn’t get to appoint Supreme Court Justices.
  2. He was just saying they were a powerful voting bloc and everyone is over-reacting.
  3. He was making a joke

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If we examine the ramifications of each statement we come up with these possible conclusions:

  1. HOLY FUCK!
  2. So, in other words, he was too stupid to realize that what he said could easily be interpreted as a veiled threat against his opponent.  By association, his followers were too stupid to realize that his rhetoric is dangerous and could incite violence.
  3. So it can’t be both 2 & 3 even though various folks from the Trump camp have indeed claimed both 2 & 3.  If it is a joke, then it means he was well aware of what he was saying.  In which case: HOLY FUCK!  Making a joke about killing your opponent isn’t any better!

None of these scenarios look good for Trump.  They look worse for people who continue to make excuses for him.

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