Friday, April 25, 2008
We parted amicably and remain friends though, which is good. But firing people----especially people you personally like----is never fun. I guess that's why I will never cut it as a corporate manager type like Steve Carrell plays on The Office. I get too sentimentally attached to people to fire them. I'd never be able to conduct mass layoffs, either, having been a victim of them too many times myself. Merely parting ways with my literary agent made me so sad I was literally sick to my stomach for days.
I think the lesson here is not to mix friendship with business. I am querying new agents and already have several strongly interested in me, which is great (and a big change from my long and very difficult search for my first agent). I guess the luxury of having a choice is, I can really take the time to interview and vet all the prospective agents and choose the one who has the best chance of taking my career to the next level. And I don't plan to become good friends with the agent, either. Strictly business, that's all. That way, if things don't go well, I can move on to the next one without getting nauseous.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It's been a long, hard road to this point, but I'm proud that I'll finally have a book all my own (I've been in anthologies before, which is much different) in bookstores by the end of the year.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This was really devastating to me, since it is very, very hard to be taken seriously as a playwright in Chicago if you are not part of the Chicago Dramatists residency program. After that last stinging rejection, I honestly believed them when they told me my career was never going to happen.
Well, since being told that I'm not good and my playwriting career is never going to happen, the following has occurred:
- My play INTELLIGENT DESIGN was named a finalist in two prestigious national contests, and is now under consideration at several theaters
- I've had readings and productions of my plays in 10 US states, Canada, and the UK
- My new play A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE will be read in New York City this spring
- One of my plays ("The Devil Is In The Details") was included in the anthology Best American Short Plays 2004-05, alongside works by Pulitzer and Tony winners (Paula Vogel, David Lindsay-Abaire, Terrence McNally)
Not bad for somebody whose plays are no good, huh?
On another note, A Chicago playwright (Tracy Letts) who has no affiliation whatsoever with Chicago Dramatists just won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. I guess that means there's hope for me, too.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
In other news, I have conceded defeat in The Shoe Wars. I have relegated myself to wearing cheap slip-on ballerina shoes from Old Navy indoors, which my hubby will allow so long as I never wear those shoes outside. I suppose I'm beginning to appreciate the benefits of not wearing shoes indoors, since the past few weekends my hubby and I have been looking at houses for sale in Arlington Heights. Many of the realtors showing those houses specifically ask prospective buyers to take their shoes off (or at least cover them with surgical footies) to prevent mud and dirt from being tracked all over the place. Indeed, one of the cleanest houses we've looked at was obviously owned by Asian people (it was decorated with lots of Asian stuff) and the realtor commented that the floors and carpets in the house were so clean because the owners never wore shoes inside. (My husband jumped all over that, of course.) So alas, it seems my feet are doomed to be bare forever.