Of course, the first draft I just finished should have been done a week ago, but we cannot always live up to the ideals we set for ourselves. The important thing is, I wrote it, I typed it into the laptop, I printed it out, I will edit and polish it, I will email it to the cast. Then it’s on to rehearsals and performance, but right now I’m writing about writing.
Well, maybe a little about rehearsal and performing. The draft I finished was for A Trivial Murder, the interactive dinner theatre we are presenting as a fundraiser for Herkimer County Historical Society. The performance will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. at the Ilion Moose Lodge. For further information, you can reference the Facebook event.
I feel a little self-conscious admitting in public like this that I am just finishing the script. We are a month away from performance! Well, murder mysteries don’t take as much rehearsal as a full-blown play. Up north, where we had a company called Murder For Hire, we used to put them together in three rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and go on Saturday! I was younger and more energetic in those days. Now I feel more secure with a little more time.
However, I am feeling increasingly good about this show. After a few glitches, I got a really wonderful cast. I think everybody will fit their part fine and fill it out with little touches I didn’t even think of when I wrote the lines. That is why writing scripts is more exciting than writing novels.
Writing a novel, incidentally, is my next project. Why don’t I have a novel published yet? I am almost 55. I was about to say, time to get off my butt, but in fact it is time to sit on my butt in front of a notebook or keyboard and get going. I’ll write a few blog posts about it along the way.