30 Days of Posts

Seth Godin has suggested for years that people should write a daily blog. He says that “Even if no one reads your blog, the act of writing it is clarifying, motivating and (eventually) fun.” A daily blog? In the past few years, I haven’t even averaged a monthly blog! The thought of coming up with…

Postponing Anxiety

In February, my son announced that he was thinking of traveling through Mexico for a month. His plans weren’t firm yet but he was thinking of it. I tried to dissuade him from that idea. Canadian tourists get killed in Mexico, I told him. I had an irrational fear of Mexico. I wasn’t afraid of…

You’re Going to Love Love Love These Calendar Girls

If you live within 50 kilometers of Dundas, Ontario, you should make every effort you can to go see Dundas Little Theatre’s production of Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. Heck, even if you live 100km away, it would be worth the trip to go see this excellent production. Many people have seen the movie, starring…

How long does it take (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how long it took to write the first draft of a play I’m working on. I said it was an interesting question. I recently finished the second draft of the same play. How long did it take? It’s still an interesting question… I finished the first draft…

Getting to my KFC Weight

For almost three years my friend Mike and I would post our daily weight in the hopes of encouraging each other to lose weight. We didn’t diet, but just tried to be aware of our eating. In those 34 months, our weights went down and went up. Eventually, we started marking who had lost the…

How long does it take?

“How long does it take you to write a draft of play?” she asked. Such an interesting question! How long does it take to create something? If I take a look at the play I’m currently working on, A Killing at the Cottage (AKATC), it took me 8 hours of writing to complete the first…