New Short Story: “Inheritance”

My newest short story, “Inheritance,” was just published by Creative Colloquy. Two old friends take on a massive project when they renovate an old theatre and run into some unexpected trouble. I’d appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to read it. Read Inheritance now! While you’re on CC’s site, you should also checkContinue reading “New Short Story: “Inheritance””

Seeing The World Through a Smaller Screen

This weekend, my girlfriend and I settled into our balcony seats at the historic Neptune Theatre in Seattle’s University District for a concert. As the blue and purple houselights dimmed and the band took the stage, a hundred smartphones were borne aloft to capture the moment. It was easy to excuse the first time. TheContinue reading “Seeing The World Through a Smaller Screen”

If the WGAW Says You’re Legit…

Earlier this week, I arrived home to find a large white envelope exploding out of my mailbox. In this email age, I always get a little excited when something other than a book of coupons arrives in the mail. According to the return address, it was from the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). IContinue reading “If the WGAW Says You’re Legit…”

The Play’s The Thing

Shakespeare knew best that a stage play can provoke powerful emotions. A great performance can make you laugh, make you cry, make you question (and in Hamlet’s case, expose a guilty conscience). With that in mind, I started writing a play shortly before the end of the year. Now, nine weeks later, I’m finished. WormContinue reading “The Play’s The Thing”

Words Upon the Stage

I have always been drawn to the theatre. From my earliest performance as Robert E. Lee in a kindergarten production of “What’s More American Than Cornflakes?” to playing the protagonist in George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” to my college years performing with Theatrikos Theatre Company (often in silent roles), I have loved beingContinue reading “Words Upon the Stage”

Let Your Characters Speak for Themselves

Some writers are afraid of dialogue. I used to be one of them. I would write page after page of brilliant narrative — crisp details and settings so real you could smell the ponderosa pine sap on the thin mountain air — without a single line of dialogue. I was terrified to let my charactersContinue reading “Let Your Characters Speak for Themselves”

From the Page to the Stage: A Playwright’s Journey

I have this theory that all writers are egomaniacs. Bear with me a minute while I explain. We write for an audience, in the hopes of impressing something of ourselves onto our readers in exchange for a few words of praise. We can’t help being self-centered in our work — we write alone with onlyContinue reading “From the Page to the Stage: A Playwright’s Journey”