Category Archives: The Christmas Play (A Father Christmas)

The Year Without End Ends

Well, 2008 has been quite a year. I got my daughter back from Russia. I made the decision to put my mother in a nursing home when my wife and I could no longer give her the level of care she required, and then said “see you later” when God took her home. Well, my [...]

The Next Move

So over the holiday break I’ve been making tiny mental deposits about A Father Christmas, but I’m thinking that the reworking of the script is going to take longer than the six weeks or so that remain for me to get it in during the month of February. There’s lots of work to be done, [...]

The Reading Party, or, If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Don’t Become a Writer

It never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think I should shutter the doors on this online journal, something comes along that I realize I haven’t written about, and the blog goes on for another few weeks. My wife and I hosted the reading party for A Father Christmas last night. I brought in [...]

Media Obscura

With all the work and thought I’ve been putting in on the play, I thought that the lull between finishing the second draft of A Father Christmas and the Reading Party would give me a chance to cool my heels creatively. But this hasn’t been the case. I finally have gotten to pick up the [...]

You Don’t Want to Be Inside My Head, It’s Dark and Full of Spiders

Twenty-nine pages into putting the changes into the second draft of A Father Christmas sees the length down by two pages thus far. As I got into it and saw how the cuts were affecting the length, I was hoping the manuscript would be shortened by 1 page for every 10, which would cut the [...]


Happiness is finding out you’ve got twice as many days off to use up by the end of he year than you originally thought you had. I was under the impression I had two, and one of those I was using on the day after Thanksgiving. But a check revealed four. This was a surprise. [...]


Act One, Scene Three is edited, and the act is finished. Next up, the longest scene of the play, Act Two, Scene One. It’s the courtroom scene, and going by page count it would run about 45 minutes just by itself. The usual disclaimer about pacing applies, but I’m going to see if some judicious [...]

The Siren’s Song

Okay, things have been a little hectic on this end – so much so that I forgot Monday’s Micro Monday until Tuesday. Just the usual health issues with my mother, but she’s on the mend now, and my wife and I are actually starting to catch up on our sleep and are approaching humanhood once [...]

A Brief Postmortem of Saturday’s Marathon

Just some things I wanted to note of that I didn’t really have time to cover while liveblogging on Saturday. 1) The Change of Ending. As usually happens, the ending changed as I got right down to the wire. This doesn’t mean that it ends differently than the way I had intended. It ends the [...]

Liveblogging the Marathon

There’s a first time for everything. This is my first attempt at liveblogging. I decided to do it on impulse – I’m trying to finish A Father Christmas today via a marathon of writing, and it struck me that liveblogging might be a cool and interesting thing to do. Or not. So, some quick background. [...]


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