Saturday, October 13, 2012

We're doing the RENFIELD RAP! Just in time for Halloween

Here at Two Sisters Cottage, we're doing the Renfield Rap!  Check it:

Flies? Fliiiies, did you say? I love flies!  
Latrodectus hesperusDrosophila melanogaster!  
Latrodectus variolus! I love them all! 
Crunchy munchy, they’re all so nice. 
 Crunchy munchy with sugar and spice! 
 Flies, flies, flies!”

 I tell ya, he's off his head, and he's rappin'!  And who is that young woman with the absolutely enormous hat?  And who is that strange new neighbor who creeps about the 'hood, wanting to borrow onions in the middle of the night?  And what's happened to poor Miss Lucy?  Lucy, put that poor baby DOWN right now! It's positively fiendish!

You'll read about them all in The Journal of Mina Harker.

 Just in time for Halloween (my favorite holiday), I'm reducing the price of my *THE JOURNAL OF MINA HARKER* stage play e-script to just $1.99, (or FREE with AMAZON PRIME) published for the Kindle on This is my loose (very loose) fast read adaptation of the classic DRACULA novel, by Bram Stoker, and it's all fun!

One Five Star  review says:

This is Dracula ala Mel Brooks!  
"Don't be put off because this is a theatre script - it's as enjoyable to read as any book. If you laughed at "Young Frankenstein," you'll love this twisted take on "Dracula." The plot and characters are straight out of Bram Stoker but with a wickedly funny slant. Renfield is a scream! The only thing better than reading this version would be seeing a production."
Look into my eyes!  You are getting very sleepy.  You are going over to the Amazon website now.
Dracula spoof, dracula adaptation, Dracula spoof stage play
"For cryin' out loud!  It's ONLY $1.99!"
Thank you very kindly,

bobbi c.

P.S.  This play is available for productions.  Contact the playwright.  Just sayin'.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Second Annual Austin Writergrrls Book Festival

Save the date!

Sunday December 2, 2012
4 - 6 pm
Bookwoman, 5501 North Lamar, Austin, Texas

I'm stoked, because I'll be reading *something* at the Second Annual Austin Writergrrls Book Festival. 

I haven't decided what, yet.  Maybe it would be a good time to trot out some of my poetry that no one's ever heard or read.  Maybe it will be good motivation to get a small chapbook done.  Deadlines!  I do love me some deadlines!

At any rate, mark your calendars and join me and other members of the Austin Writergrrls at Bookwoman.

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What have you written today?

Dear friends,

I just had an epiphany.  I realized that over the last month, I've tweeted, blogged, promoted and talked about my writing.  Have I actually written anything new?  Well, I did make some notes for a new play.  And I submitted three older stories to publishers. And I read a dozen short stories, essays and book chapters.  Does that count?  Not really.  I figured out why I'm out of sorts, feeling sort of blechy, feeling anxious, like I'm about to spew, even.

I haven't done any REAL writing.

This morning, I was reading an excellent book by Priscilla Long, titled The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life. 

In it, Ms. Long recommends writing for fifteen minutes every morning.  I USED to do that, before we bought this old house and started the remodeling process. If anything, I should have written more, because there was an experience that can be turned into stories, and perhaps a book. 

Luckily, I took thousands of photos, so I can use those to prompt my memory later on.

Photos can make great writing prompts.  This one reminds me of the barn swallow families that we "raised" at a former home. Perhaps it will lead to an article about the swallows, or a short story about wildlife.

 Julia Cameron, in her classic book, THE ARTIST'S WAY, also recommends writing Morning Pages, three pages of WHATEVER you want.  This is a similar idea, except it's timed.

One thing that Ms. Long recommends that I've never done is to put each day's entry on a separate page, and title it.  Brilliant idea!  That way, when I go back through the writing, I can find where I wrote about my experiences as a kid, living in a bait shop, or I can find the page where I made a list of possible names for a character, or some suggestions for beginning first lines.

She suggests that these little bits of writing can turn into stories, or you can use your 15-minutes to work on any of your Works in Progress.  What a good idea!  I often have to fight with Mr. Inner Critic to get to work, doing the REAL work, which is writing.  I can write ANYTHING for fifteen minutes, can't you?

Write on! and, as always---
Happy trails!

bobbi c.