I’ve come a long way in the past year and I’m excited about the next one. Not super duper excited, I guess, but optimistic.
Since January 2010, I have completed my Associate’s degree, taken a Harvard course and proven that I can get Cambridge-quality As, completed an internship with The International, landed a new internship at the Jersey Journal and written/revised many stories, songs and plays.
I’ve grown more skeptical of traditional education and the educational system. I’ve become even more independent. I am now more self-aware as well as ready and willing to find ways to improve myself. Finally, praise God, I am moving forward.
Besides it being New Year’s and all, today–well, yesterday,–I did some significant things. I had to work at the Jersey Journal while pretty much everyone else was off so that the blog could have content on it all day. I covered a lovely dinner at a local Baptist church, had a miserable time doing a man-on-the-street resolution story and was bombarded by phone calls from people complaining about the snow clean-up after Sunday’s blizzard.
Also, I submitted the newly-revised version of my play Murder at Vinnie’s to The Theater Company’s One Act Play Festival Contest.
Vinnie’s has come a long way since I wrote it in 2007. It now has tighter lines, a few more puns and silly jokes, and an entirely new section where each character is interrogated. I’ve also made the dialogue more consistent.
The critique I’ve received most often, however, is that there is no character development. Arguably, development isn’t really the focus of the play. It’s just silly fun and if it has a theme at all, it would be about the general tendencies of people to selfishly follow their own agendas and choose to see things only in the way they see them. This is a theme that doesn’t need to be explained through development.
Still, I’d like to see if I can rewrite it to have more depth. Who knows?
Hopefully I’ll win. Then I can watch it being performed and really figure out where I need to fix it. Yay!
I’m going out and doing more things, I’m growing and I’m bringing in the New Year!
P.S. My resolutions? Take more pictures, be more passionate, write more, get my life in order, grow closer to God, finish my education, spend more time with loved ones and love life more.