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Feb. 14th, 2012 08:40 am
mmerriam: (Coffee)
Eventually I'll post some content of my own, both here and at the Words From the Herd blog, but for now I need to head out to an appointment and then I need to start working on preparations for Con of the North this weekend in before [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I go out tonight to see "Two Chairs Telling" at Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre.

So instead, I will link to our two latest conversation at the group blog, What Not To Write and On Libraries, Publishers and E-Books

Come and add you thoughts and ideas!

Blog Links

Feb. 14th, 2012 08:40 am
mmerriam: (Coffee)
Eventually I'll post some content of my own, both here and at the Words From the Herd blog, but for now I need to head out to an appointment and then I need to start working on preparations for Con of the North this weekend in before [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I go out tonight to see "Two Chairs Telling" at Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre.

So instead, I will link to our two latest conversation at the group blog, What Not To Write and On Libraries, Publishers and E-Books

Come and add you thoughts and ideas!
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
As I posted yesterday, I am a late (very late) entry into the Minnesota Fringe Festival. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I worked long into the night setting things up, once we managed to get all the information I needed to MNFringe by the 5:00 pm deadline. There is still a ton of stuff to do, since we only have five days to finish things that other producers had months to work on, but I’m in, and that’s what matters. I hope to see some of you at one of the shows!

Show Information:

Darkly Through the Light Waters: Twin Cities Tales

Presented as part of the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival
August 4–14, Minneapolis–St.Paul

Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Av
Minneapolis, MN

A Fringe Festival storytelling performance by Michael Merriam!

There are fantastic stories in the spaces between realities. Storyteller Michael Merriam will reveal a mythic world hidden under the one we perceive, and you will see your Twin Cities in a wondrous new light.
~Follow a blind, middle aged magician as she tries to protect a new friend and potential lover from her half-fae brother.
~Hear the happy tale of a snarky Goth-girl, a snarly Unseelie, a dead body, and the Mississippi River.
~Encounter a soul-devouring monster running afoul of the eccentric patrons of an all-night diner.

Five One-Hour Performances to Choose From:
Saturday, 8/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/14 @ 2:30 p.m.

Single adult tickets are $12
+ $4 festival admission button.

More information and to buy tickets:
http://www.fringefestival.org/2011/show/?id=1582
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
As I posted yesterday, I am a late (very late) entry into the Minnesota Fringe Festival. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I worked long into the night setting things up, once we managed to get all the information I needed to MNFringe by the 5:00 pm deadline. There is still a ton of stuff to do, since we only have five days to finish things that other producers had months to work on, but I’m in, and that’s what matters. I hope to see some of you at one of the shows!

Show Information:

Darkly Through The Light Waters: Twin Cities Tales

Presented as part of the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival
August 4–14, Minneapolis–St.Paul

Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Av
Minneapolis, MN

A Fringe Festival storytelling performance by Michael Merriam!

There are fantastic stories in the spaces between realities. Storyteller Michael Merriam will reveal a mythic world hidden under the one we perceive, and you will see your Twin Cities in a wondrous new light.
~Follow a blind, middle aged magician as she tries to protect a new friend and potential lover from her half-fae brother.
~Hear the happy tale of a snarky Goth-girl, a snarly Unseelie, a dead body, and the Mississippi River.
~Encounter a soul-devouring monster running afoul of the eccentric patrons of an all-night diner.

Five One-Hour Performances to Choose From:
Saturday, 8/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/14 @ 2:30 p.m.

Single adult tickets are $12
+ $4 festival admission button.

More information and to buy tickets:
http://www.fringefestival.org/2011/show/?id=1582
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
I'm in Minnesota Fringe!

Two shows dropped out over the weekend (during tech) and I got one of the spots. All I know right now is that I will be performing at the Playwrights' Center. I'll have time slots and more information soon.

Tech is this Friday! I am trying not to panic. I am failing at not panicking! I've got so much to do over the next five days.

Flails! Runs Around! Falls Over!
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
I'm in Minnesota Fringe!

Two shows dropped out over the weekend (during tech) and I got one of the spots. All I know right now is that I will be performing at the Playwrights' Center. I'll have time slots and more information soon.

Tech is this Friday! I am trying not to panic. I am failing at not panicking! I've got so much to do over the next five days.

Flails! Runs Around! Falls Over!
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
We have a taker.




http://www.walkingshadowcompany.org/

We have an extra ticket for tonight's performance of Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of "Saboteur: A Theatrical Game with Puzzles." We will sell it to you for $15, which is what we paid. This performance is sold out both tonight and tomorrow. Message me if you want to buy the ticket.
mmerriam: (Michael-Hat)
We have a taker.




http://www.walkingshadowcompany.org/

We have an extra ticket for tonight's performance of Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of "Saboteur: A Theatrical Game with Puzzles." We will sell it to you for $15, which is what we paid. This performance is sold out both tonight and tomorrow. Message me if you want to buy the ticket.
mmerriam: (Default)
Line edits on Last Car to Annwn Station are finished and returned to Editor Melissa at Carina Press. It should be a couple of weeks before the CEM arrives. I have a week to finish that, then the manuscript will be complete and delivered. There will be a final proof galley, then at last a book. I can’t wait.

My reading at DreamHaven Books was a success. I started off reading too fast, but got my footing and by the time I read from Last Car to Annwn Station I had settled in. Everyone seemed to enjoy the reading, and several folks said they are looking forward to the novel coming out this summer. We had a great crowd, 41 people by our count.

Super Bowl party was fun, with about 20 people at my house, some of whom cared about the game, many of whom did not, and everyone having fun. There was lots a good food and great company.

Had a nice night out with some other local writer folks. Good conversation, goods people, and a smashing beer and scotch selection at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul.

Speaking of food, we have a new Japanese restaurant in Hopkins, Aji. There is nice review here: http://www.weeklynews.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=8267&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=110&S=1

We went with some friends and found everything cooked to perfection and the sushi bar well presented, with a good selection of excellent and flavorful sushi.

We went to see Bill W. and Dr. Bob (http://www.illusiontheater.org/events/bill-w-dr-bob) at the Illusion Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. This show is well worth seeing, and the discussion after the show with the director and actors was great fun.

The MinnSpec meeting today was a presentation about giving presentations and being on panels. There was some really good stuff, though I feel like we focused a little too much on PowerPoint stuff. I know some people really dig the PowerPoint, but I don’t use it. There was also good discussion about what to do in difficult situations (a cellphone goes off, crying children, that one person in the audience who tries to hijack the panel, that one expert in the audience who asks you the one question you don’t know the answer to, that sort of thing). We talked about different things you can do the make your public speaking better, including joining Toastmaster and taking some basic acting and voice classes. Over all a very positive meeting, plus we figured out the topics for the next couple of meetings.

Getting gear up for Con of the North this weekend. I will be spending my birthday at the Con.

I sent in my panel picks for CONvergence. We shall see what happens.

Speaking of panels, I have my schedule for MarsCon:

Friday, March 4:
6:00-6:45 PM--Krushenko's/Concierge (Room 1332)
Fiction Reading: Michael Merriam

Saturday, March 5:
6:00-6:45 PM--Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)
Panel: The Woods Are Lovely
How do we create modern fairytales and myths? How do we tap into the primal emotions of fairytales in a modern era?
Michael Merriam, mod.; PMF Johnson, Naomi Kritzer

Sunday, March 6:
11:00-11:45 AM--Re(a)d Mars
Panel: Ask a Writer
Always wanted to know how a novel is born? How does a writer structure their day? Is it all glittering parties and intelligent company? Come ask a panel of working writers anything!
Michael Merriam, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Anna Waltz

1:00-1:45 PM--Krushenko's
Panel: The Western as Fantasy
Myths about the Old West began before the West was old, making it one of the first shared worlds in American culture. We'll discuss the rise and fall of the Old West mythology, and how it has influenced and lent its energy to current genres including fantasy and science fiction.
David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Michael Merriam

2:00-2:45 PM--Krushenko's
Panel: Writing in a Series: Harmonies and Discords
Writers who have done multiple novels or stories about continuing characters and/or a linked world share their experiences, positive or negative, and their advice to aspiring series writers.
Michael Merriam, mod.; Lois McMaster Bujold, Naomi Kritzer

I’ve acquired shooting scripts from several televisions shows and one from a motion picture. I plan to read and study these, watch several episodes of Being Human, Eureka and Warehouse 13, and then create spec scripts. I am also outlining a feature movie script.

My counselor at State Services for the Blind has, in support of my quest for a part-time job, hooked me up with Lifetracks in St. Paul. My worker there has already sent out my resume to a potential employer that looks to be a good fit for me, except it might be too much travel by bus. Still, if they can find me a possible position before I’ve ever had a meeting with them, I’m impressed.

Tomorrow night I will cook Valentine dinner for my Bunnee. We stay in and avoid the crowds on Valentine's Day. There will be good food and small gifts.

Also, still sick. This is the start of week three. I suppose I should go see a doctor.
mmerriam: (Default)
Line edits on Last Car to Annwn Station are finished and returned to Editor Melissa at Carina Press. It should be a couple of weeks before the CEM arrives. I have a week to finish that, then the manuscript will be complete and delivered. There will be a final proof galley, then at last a book. I can’t wait.

My reading at DreamHaven Books was a success. I started off reading too fast, but got my footing and by the time I read from Last Car to Annwn Station I had settled in. Everyone seemed to enjoy the reading, and several folks said they are looking forward to the novel coming out this summer. We had a great crowd, 41 people by our count.

Super Bowl party was fun, with about 20 people at my house, some of whom cared about the game, many of whom did not, and everyone having fun. There was lots a good food and great company.

Had a nice night out with some other local writer folks. Good conversation, goods people, and a smashing beer and scotch selection at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul.

Speaking of food, we have a new Japanese restaurant in Hopkins, Aji. There is nice review here: http://www.weeklynews.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=8267&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=110&S=1

We went with some friends and found everything cooked to perfection and the sushi bar well presented, with a good selection of excellent and flavorful sushi.

We went to see Bill W. and Dr. Bob (http://www.illusiontheater.org/events/bill-w-dr-bob) at the Illusion Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. This show is well worth seeing, and the discussion after the show with the director and actors was great fun.

The MinnSpec meeting today was a presentation about giving presentations and being on panels. There was some really good stuff, though I feel like we focused a little too much on PowerPoint stuff. I know some people really dig the PowerPoint, but I don’t use it. There was also good discussion about what to do in difficult situations (a cellphone goes off, crying children, that one person in the audience who tries to hijack the panel, that one expert in the audience who asks you the one question you don’t know the answer to, that sort of thing). We talked about different things you can do the make your public speaking better, including joining Toastmaster and taking some basic acting and voice classes. Over all a very positive meeting, plus we figured out the topics for the next couple of meetings.

Getting gear up for Con of the North this weekend. I will be spending my birthday at the Con.

I sent in my panel picks for CONvergence. We shall see what happens.

Speaking of panels, I have my schedule for MarsCon:

Friday, March 4:
6:00-6:45 PM--Krushenko's/Concierge (Room 1332)
Fiction Reading: Michael Merriam

Saturday, March 5:
6:00-6:45 PM--Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)
Panel: The Woods Are Lovely
How do we create modern fairytales and myths? How do we tap into the primal emotions of fairytales in a modern era?
Michael Merriam, mod.; PMF Johnson, Naomi Kritzer

Sunday, March 6:
11:00-11:45 AM--Re(a)d Mars
Panel: Ask a Writer
Always wanted to know how a novel is born? How does a writer structure their day? Is it all glittering parties and intelligent company? Come ask a panel of working writers anything!
Michael Merriam, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Anna Waltz

1:00-1:45 PM--Krushenko's
Panel: The Western as Fantasy
Myths about the Old West began before the West was old, making it one of the first shared worlds in American culture. We'll discuss the rise and fall of the Old West mythology, and how it has influenced and lent its energy to current genres including fantasy and science fiction.
David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Michael Merriam

2:00-2:45 PM--Krushenko's
Panel: Writing in a Series: Harmonies and Discords
Writers who have done multiple novels or stories about continuing characters and/or a linked world share their experiences, positive or negative, and their advice to aspiring series writers.
Michael Merriam, mod.; Lois McMaster Bujold, Naomi Kritzer

I’ve acquired shooting scripts from several televisions shows and one from a motion picture. I plan to read and study these, watch several episodes of Being Human, Eureka and Warehouse 13, and then create spec scripts. I am also outlining a feature movie script.

My counselor at State Services for the Blind has, in support of my quest for a part-time job, hooked me up with Lifetracks in St. Paul. My worker there has already sent out my resume to a potential employer that looks to be a good fit for me, except it might be too much travel by bus. Still, if they can find me a possible position before I’ve ever had a meeting with them, I’m impressed.

Tomorrow night I will cook Valentine dinner for my Bunnee. We stay in and avoid the crowds on Valentine's Day. There will be good food and small gifts.

Also, still sick. This is the start of week three. I suppose I should go see a doctor.
mmerriam: (Default)
I've been head down and pushing forward with revisions and rewrites of Last Car to Annwn Station, so I haven't been the best of bloggers lately. I very nearly finished with this pass, and hope to return the manuscript to the editor in the middle of next week. Right now I plan to take the rest of the week off and recharge. I'm sick of looking at the this book right now, and the next thing I need to do is read it through for continuity and some tweaks before I send it back. I plan to have JAWS for Windows read it to me.

I took most of today off as well, getting in a much needed introvert day, including reading, practicing my bass, and generally staying off the computer. I ran errands in downtown Hopkins in the early afternoon, though I missed my bus and ended up walking home. I had the wind at my back and was walking downhill, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I also started poking at my next couple of projects. I'm ready to start writing new words.

Once I turn in the manuscript, I need to focus on preparing for a meeting with our accountant and the filing of taxes. I also need to start working on passport applications. [livejournal.com profile] careswen has a professional conference in Canada this spring.

I've started reading Dracula in anticipation of seeing Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of Drakul, written by [livejournal.com profile] mistoffo.
mmerriam: (Default)
I've been head down and pushing forward with revisions and rewrites of Last Car to Annwn Station, so I haven't been the best of bloggers lately. I very nearly finished with this pass, and hope to return the manuscript to the editor in the middle of next week. Right now I plan to take the rest of the week off and recharge. I'm sick of looking at the this book right now, and the next thing I need to do is read it through for continuity and some tweaks before I send it back. I plan to have JAWS for Windows read it to me.

I took most of today off as well, getting in a much needed introvert day, including reading, practicing my bass, and generally staying off the computer. I ran errands in downtown Hopkins in the early afternoon, though I missed my bus and ended up walking home. I had the wind at my back and was walking downhill, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I also started poking at my next couple of projects. I'm ready to start writing new words.

Once I turn in the manuscript, I need to focus on preparing for a meeting with our accountant and the filing of taxes. I also need to start working on passport applications. [livejournal.com profile] careswen has a professional conference in Canada this spring.

I've started reading Dracula in anticipation of seeing Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of Drakul, written by [livejournal.com profile] mistoffo.
mmerriam: (Default)
The family will be here from Oklahoma in about another hour. I'll be out of contact until about Tuesday, so don't break anything. I'll try to read my flist as best as I can, but...

I know this blog has been a little quiet lately, but I do have some things I want to blog about when I get back, including some disability issues and some thoughts about (surprise!) writing.

It's just--in a seven week span I'll have done three conventions, fringe festival, a family visit, and written an application for an MN Arts Board grant. It's all fun stuff, but I'm starting to tire. Still, almost there.
mmerriam: (Default)
but I just remembered that I'm committed to writing--and in three-weeks performing--a ten-minute piece of performance storytelling.

Time to dig through the ideas folder.

In a lot of ways this is a practice run to see if I can do this or not. If I'm comfortable, there might be a one-man Fringe show in the future.
mmerriam: (Default)
A sort of review: Caitlin Kittredge's Night Life is a rollicking good bit of dark urban fantasy plus detective story with horror elements. Kittredge handles action as well as any writer I've read, and keeps the story moving along at a fast pace, punctuated by little pauses to catch your breath. This is a solid, fun read, and while Kittredge is skilled at scene setting, world building, and creating tension, she doesn't lose sight of the plot. Sure, there are some problems: I think the main character, Luna, is too mouthy and self-destructive for her own good, and sometimes I had to stop and wonder just how in the hell she made it to detective, but everything considered, but it wasn't enough to put me off. Fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden books and Tonya Huff's Victory Nelson series will enjoy this book.

A recommendation: Walking Shadow Theatre's Robots vs. Fake Robots is a wild, chaotic, and deeply thoughtful piece of work. This is something that will appeal to SF fans and to theatre goers both, and is the kind of piece that has you walking out thinking about what you just saw. This show works spectacularly, telling its story on multiple levels. I won't spoil things for you except to say it's a biting bit of commentary wrapped up in SF genre ideas taken in a different, if still dystopia, direction. Well-acted, well-choreographed (did I mention the sexy robot dancing?) and lovingly presented in a wild, chaotic fashion by cast and crew. It runs through June 27th, so you have plenty of time go see it.

Project: One Short Story a Week: I finished new piece this week, a 2500 word story about ghosts, cellphones, loneliness, revenge, and friendship. Once I finish next week's pieces, I'll start polishing this one.
mmerriam: (Born)
Yesterday, Oldest Son turned 25 years old. I don't feel like I should be old enough to have a 25-year old son, but I do.

Last night I successfully defended my Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship at Walking Shadows' Game Night, defeating Sir Francis Bacon 3-1 to retain the title. No, seriously, Sir Frances Bacon. We also played a game called "Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel" which was about creating the worst monster movie possible. Cool title, meh game.

It appears my last post was too much for some of my more conservative flisties. I've been unfriended by a couple of them. Well, okay. I think it's a shame they decided not to stay and talk, but that's their choice. Normally I don't wax political on my blog, but I think this year's election is too important to be silent.

I finally figured out how "Steadfast" is going to end. Now I have to finish it. I'm guessing it will be about 6000 words once it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to the Hopkins High School football homecoming game tonight, as has become our yearly tradition.

One Sunday, we will have lived in Minnesota for 9 years. Moving here is one of the best decisions we ever made.
mmerriam: (Born)
Yesterday, Oldest Son turned 25 years old. I don't feel like I should be old enough to have a 25-year old son, but I do.

Last night I successfully defended my Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship at Walking Shadows' Game Night, defeating Sir Francis Bacon 3-1 to retain the title. No, seriously, Sir Frances Bacon. We also played a game called "Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel" which was about creating the worst monster movie possible. Cool title, meh game.

It appears my last post was too much for some of my more conservative flisties. I've been unfriended by a couple of them. Well, okay. I think it's a shame they decided not to stay and talk, but that's their choice. Normally I don't wax political on my blog, but I think this year's election is too important to be silent.

I finally figured out how "Steadfast" is going to end. Now I have to finish it. I'm guessing it will be about 6000 words once it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to the Hopkins High School football homecoming game tonight, as has become our yearly tradition.

One Sunday, we will have lived in Minnesota for 9 years. Moving here is one of the best decisions we ever made.
mmerriam: (Default)
As defending "Rock, Paper, and Scissors" Champion, I will be there tonight defending my title against all comers.

Come on out for fun and games, help support a great local theatre company, and meet neat people!

Details here: http://www.walkingshadowcompany.org/gamesnight2

ETA: Did i mention there will be Naughty Victorian Hand Puppets? I mean really, what else do you need to know?
mmerriam: (Default)
As defending "Rock, Paper, and Scissors" Champion, I will be there tonight defending my title against all comers.

Come on out for fun and games, help support a great local theatre company, and meet neat people!

Details here: http://www.walkingshadowcompany.org/gamesnight2

ETA: Did i mention there will be Naughty Victorian Hand Puppets? I mean really, what else do you need to know?
mmerriam: (Default)
Another full and busy weekend planned, with theatre tonight, running the ongoing role-playing game tomorrow, and then cooking out and playing Arkham Horror on Sunday. Somewhere in there I need to set the patio back up, run the vacuum, wash a load of towels, and change the cat box, so don't expect me to be online much until Monday or Tuesday. And then Monday I have an interview and several call-backs to make.

Talked to my oldest son today, he is enrolled at OKCU, majoring in Nursing with an eye toward getting his Nurse Practitioners license.

In all of this, I have managed to get some writing in:

Dark Water Blues


All I can say about were I am with the novel at the moment is: Mwahahahahahahaha!!!

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