Yes, This Will Be On the Test

Writing, Reading, Laughing

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for QUARRIES


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I'm a big fat cheater today. This is a repeat post from a former A to Z. When I was trying to come up with a fresh Q, my mind locked on quinoa or Queen Victoria and wouldn't budge. 

In the musical Floyd Collins, which I recently enjoyed (My F post), The Riddle Song uses quarry as one of its challenges. It reminded me of my fascination for quarries. So enjoy an oldie, but a goodie post.



I need visuals when I world build. It doesn't matter if it's a real place or one in a galaxy far far away.

My number one "go to" is the annual National Geographic week by week calendar. I have used their amazing photos as springboards not just for settings, but also details. There are some strange and wonderful flowers, plants, and animals in this world.


My second "go to" is the playground, Google Images. That's where I caught quarry fever while randomly searching odd locations. Quarries are the places where anything from salt to marble is dug from the earth. The magic comes when the digging is finished and an altered landscape is born.


As a kid I swam in quarries that had been converted to public pools. They always had an "other worldly" quality to them, and were quite beautiful.

TAKE AWAY:
Sometimes a whole new world is right under your nose.

Where is your "go to" when you are looking for visual inspiration in your writing?

Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for PETER PAN


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Favorite story of all time - PETER PAN.

My first intro was the Disney movie and I was smitten. I would wait by my window for Peter to take me to Neverland.

I have stayed faithful to Peter over the years.

I read the book very early on and was scandalized that Tinkerbell used the word "ass."






I memorized every song from the Mary Martin version of the musical.






I played "Tootles'" one of the Lost Boys, in a production of Peter Pan. Yes, I shot the Wendy bird, rocking
 a bow and arrow years before Katniss. 
(That's me on the right.)
Okay, you can stop laughing now.


Over the years, I've sought the Peter Pan story in every way, shape, and form.

This was a lovely musical bunraku puppet version (where you see the puppeteers dressed in black with hoods manipulating the puppets) with a gorgeous original score of Irish music.




If you haven't gotten into the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, you are really missing out. (Jim Dale reads the audiobooks - worth every minute.)




Going on even as we speak, there's a stage version of Peter and the Starcatchers called Peter and the Starcatcher that is a blast and a half.


I can't get enough of the boy who never grew up.

I'm still waiting by the window.

TAKE AWAY: When a story is beloved, it becomes part of your life.

Is there a story that has followed you through the years?


Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for ONCE UPON A TIME and ONCE


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I love fairy tales and their many incarnations and adaptations. I was raised on Disney movies, but I also love the original gritty Grimm's versions.

Yes, I'm hooked on the television show 


It fascinates me to see the mash up of fairy tale characters from Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, JM Barrie, L Frank Baum etc.. I'd move to -

in a sec.



I'm totally invested in the Lunar Chronicles, CINDER, SCARLETT, and CRESS by Marissa Meyer.









My favorite fairy tale riff of late is ONCE.
First it was a wonderful movie from Ireland written and directed by John Carney.


The guy musician is the "Cinderella" character and the girl is the "Fairy Godmother."

Then it went to Broadway and won the Tony.


I had the privilege to see the original cast.


Yep, it was magic.

TAKE AWAY: There's more than one way to skin a cat, or tell a fairy tale.

Do you have a favorite fairy tale retell?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for NIGHTMARES


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The first fellow to give me nightmares was -


the wolf from Peter and the Wolf. 
Prokofiev's music was the icing on the terror cake. I was sure Mr. Wolf lived under my bed. As a kid, I would leap off my bed into the center of my room if I had to get up at night so a wolfish paw wouldn't drag me to my doom.

When I was twelve, I read LORD OF THE RINGS and the wolf was usurped by -


the Nazgul.

Thanks, JRR Tolkien, my nightlight stayed on until I went to college.

TAKE AWAY - 
An effective villain creeps off the page smack dab into your nightmares.

Who scared the bejeepers out of you?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for MARVEL UNIVERSE


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The Marvel Universe is my Oz.

Love these peeps...
  

 And don't forget these guys...


And here's the part where you "boo" and "hiss" 


Apologies to the many, I've left out.

Shout out to -  

Astrophysicist Jane Foster! 
Hello positive female role model. Mensa material, and she's got great taste in guys.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention - 



Stan Lee + Joss Whedon = Brilliance

The Marvel Universe is an intricate, wacky, adrenaline-inducing blast!

I am so intrigued by the way the Avenger movies and the Agents of Shield television show intertwine. 

Coulson's team cleaned up after the Dark Elves from Thor 2, and you never know when an Asgardian is going to show up in your neck of the woods. 

And who doesn't want that kickin' plane on the Agents of Shield or Tony Stark's tech.

My son will disown me if I don't raise the roof for the comic book versions and graphic novels that bring the Marvel universe to your fingertips. Marvel comics were the conduit that turned my reluctant reader into a reader.

Should I mention...

Probably not.

My son did see it and said the scenery and special effects were off the charts amazing. Too bad the show never really found itself -

BUT WAIT
It's coming to LAS VEGAS!

I admit to owning (one version - there are many) music from the show. And YES, I will be traveling to Vegas via bifrost to see it.

If you're not into any of this - you can still enjoy a delicious beverage.


Geek out complete...for now.

TAKE AWAY - Why write a single story when you can build a universe?

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for LIGHTING DESIGN


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In my previous life, I was a theatrical lighting designer. Lighting design is expected to fulfill multiple goals onstage, such as:

MOOD - How do you want the audience to feel?


Sense of fun - Singin' in the Rain from the  Bon Voyage Shipboard Review - Queen Mary





Dramatic foreshadowing - In the Sweet Bye and Bye - Back Alley Theater









Nightmare sequence - An Original Jimmy Shine - UCLA





VISIBILITY and FOCUS - What and how much do you want to reveal to the audience? Where do you want them to look?



Found a Peanut - Back Alley Theater 






DIMENSIONALITY - Define the shape of the actors and the scenery. At times light becomes part of the scenery.





St. Joan - UCLA








Hawk - UCLA










Hawk - UCLA








TAKE AWAY:
Even though lighting was my visual form of storytelling in the pictures above, the same elements and purposes must resonate to create depth in the stories I tell with words.

Have you brought elements from other art forms into your writing?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for KINDLE


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I'm a crazy reader. Always have been. I was the kid under the covers with the flashlight.

I love the feel of a print book in my hands, but e-books have a special place in my heart.

Why?

FLEXIBILITY AND INSTANT ACCESS
The book I'm reading never leaves my side. Besides my Kindle, I have the app on my phone, my computer at home, and my computer at school, and my tablet.

TEACHING TOOL
I can project the Kindle app from my computer onto my Smartboard in the class room. This allows my students to follow text and pictures when I read aloud wonderful graphic novels like Alan Silberberg's, MILO, STICKY NOTES AND BRAIN FREEZE or his THE AWESOME ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT AND CRAZ.

ADJUSTABLE FONT SIZE
If you're over 40 - enough said. If you're under 40 - just wait.

COOL COVERS
Just got this super fun cover from Disneyland.


TAKE AWAY:
My Kindle means more reading time and instant purchases of all those wonderful e-books being written by so many of you out there in Bloglandia. For someone like me who's all about instant gratification - that's solid gold.

I still buy multiple hard cover books every month for myself and my classroom. Huzzah for print books.  

Are you an e-reader person?

Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for JUKEBOX MUSICALS


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Want to have a hand-clapping, toe-tapping blast in the theatre? 

Head for the nearest Jukebox Musical. 

These are shows that take the music of a single artist or artists and invent a storyline based on a group of songs.

My three faves are:

Playing in Vegas, Broadway, and various tours.



Touring - Coming to Los Angeles - Pantages Theatre in May


Broadway, touring, soon BACK to Vegas
and of course THE MOVIE!

I've seen both Mamma Mia and Jersey Boys on stage. 
SO-MUCH-FUN!

I'm aiming to see American Idiot when it hits LA.

Here are some other Jukebox Musicals:
We Will Rock You (Queen), Rock of Ages (Metal bands from the 1980s), Movin' Out (Billy Joel)

TAKE AWAY: A song tells a story. A string of songs makes a musical!

Have you seen a Jukebox Musical on stage? 
Do you have a fave?