The novel is going well. I'm in the process of moving it to another location, hopefully to start building readership and interaction. It's taken me a little longer because when I get to the document to start moving it, I end up rewriting. I'm also enjoying an advancing mentorship from my mother, Gerry, who is writing a very interesting novel at the same time. At eighty years old, her writing muscle is astonishing, her originality and execution flawless. I am very fortunate to have been raised in a home where the tap, tap, tap, of the typewriter is a sound that still resonates within me. I am also very fortunate to have been surrounded by writers. My two living aunts, Ann and Linda are also accomplished writers. My Aunt Linda King, a poet and writer who has multiple publishing and reading credits, and my Aunt Ann whose book, 'Let's Drive' was just published this summer, are a continued source of inspiration. When I was a teenager, while living in Los Angeles, I was fortunate to have experienced days and nights living at my Aunt Linda's where I would come home and find some of the best poets in the city in the living room. Charles Bukowski, Neeli Cheri, Joan Smith, and writers of all sizes and shapes could be sitting around talking about poetry and writing. My cousin Cheryl is an accomplished poet and facilitates a writing workshop every year in October. My cousin, Camille, is one of the best songwriters I know, (and I know quite a few of them). Most of my life, I wrote plays, poems, and songs, because I loved the immediacy of taking a written piece and putting it into the hands of actors or musicians, giving me motivation for the continued pursuit of the playwriting muse. Lately, however, I'm making a shift to this new form, which on some days (like today) is daunting, but most days I'm finding a new hope with the written word in a new form.
I'm also currently directing a play, 'The Man in the Black Pajamas,' by Chuck Hinckley, a sci-fi drama which I believe is going to be something very special. We are four weeks away from opening night, and the cast is excellent. I'll continue to give more information on this project, in hopes that if you are in Phoenix, you can come and see a new play for the American stage.
I'll also begin posting some links to some of these writers who have been such an inspiration to me, in the meantime, look for Charlie Foster, the novel, to come up in another location soon. In the meantime, back to work, and thank you so much for reading!