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Die Laughing

by Linda Escalera Price When my Grandfather was 89, he sat down on the back deck of his Napa Valley home, watched the setting sun cast shadows across the vineyards, sipped a glass of 18 year-old Glenlivet and breathed his last breath. You could almost see the credits roll at the end of a long, […]

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How A Hotdog Made Me A Better Writer

by Linda Escalera Price My mother refused to teach me to read. I was about 3, and she thought if I learned to read then, I would be bored when I started kindergarten. So I taught myself to read by studying my older siblings’ workbooks about Dick and Jane and Sally. (As the youngest, I […]

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$cript$ That ¢reate Bu¢k$

by Linda Escalera Price “I make my living now as a screenwriter! Which I’m surprised and horrified to hear myself saying, butI don’t think I can support myself as a playwright at this point. I don’t think anybody does.” – Tony Kushner in Time Out When you hear things like this, the idea of making […]

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Words Are Magic

by Linda Escalera Price   I’ve been trying to stay motivated to write while dealing with some family matters. Issues that demand my time and atten . . . yes, I’ll be right over. Now where was I? Oh yes . . . tion. It’s hard to stay focused when things demand to be taken […]

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Let’s Get Started

by Linda Escalera Price   When is it time to start a new project?  Right now.  No matter what else you have going on. “Make sure you have another play ready to go.”  Fellow playwright Faye Sholiton offered me this advice early in my career.  I’m pretty sure it was between bites at lunch during […]

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Getting Out Of Bed

by Linda Escalera Price   You haven’t seen me for a while.  In fact, my blogmates haven’t seen me for a while. There’s a good reason.  Which turned into a lousy reason.  And the lousy reason lead to a downright pathetic reason. If you recall – or if you go dig in the archives – […]

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The Performance or The Page? Poetry’s Great Schism

by Ron Hayes In the month or so since my last post, I had the pleasure of hosting a poetry reading to close out the local poetry contest I’d run over the summer. I invited all those who had entered a poem in the contest to come and read poem they’d entered along with one […]

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Don’t Watch The Play

Not long after I started writing my first play, I called a local playwright and asked if I buy him lunch and pick his brain.  (Food is always a good way to reach theatre people.)  It was very productive lunch – my hand had barely stopped moving, I was trying to take notes so quickly.  […]

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Reading the Signature

It was the final exam for a graduate level philosophy course.  My friend Robert had read and studied the work of major philosophers all semester.  He had a solid A going into the final.  The paper slid in front of him, and he started to read.  It was a list of statements, and he was […]

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Why Everyone Needs A Volleyball

“WILSON!” That one word sums up our human need for community. When Tom Hanks lost Wilson in Castaway, his grief was palpable.  It wrenched the souls of millions of people.  In fact, I just watched the clip again in the middle of McAllister’s Deli and almost started crying at his pain. And Wilson was a […]

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