On the writing front, I have created ten new short plays (5 min), five ten-minute plays, three drafts of my full length thesis, a total rewrite of another full length, plus I am starting on another full length play which is a companion piece to my thesis. I am also researching two new projects, one in West Virginia and another via the TRI Fellowship at Ohio State University in Columbus. I also just found out one of my ten minute plays will be going to the KCACTF Region 2 festival in January.
On the life after grad school front, I have been knee deep in a submission challenge. I dared myself at the end of July to find 30 opportunities that I would kill to take part in and apply to them before Jan 1, 2014. I searched for residencies, awards, grants, fellowships, international exchanges, etc. I looked far and wide.
I decided no matter how high caliber they might seem, if I could dream of doing it I would apply. As for yesterday, I not only made my original goal but, blew past it. In the past five months I applied for 42 opportunities.
I don’t know the outcome of any of them yet. I probably won’t know for a few months to come BUT, I do know that it was one of the best experiments I’ve ever done. It forced me to leave behind my inhibitions or questions about if I was “good” enough. It made me say “Why not me” and “Why not now”. If I don’t win them that’s okay but, at least I believe in myself enough to try. As my mother always said: Shoot for the stars. If you miss you might just land on the moon. So, fingers crossed and moon boots tied.
For now, I am off on break to reclaim my sanity and spend time with loved ones. The new year will be packed with research in Columbus and a festival presentation of my 10-minute play Supernova....so I better get some rest while I can!