This past Sunday I had my second reading of Finding Patience. It went well, but I was disappointed by the audience turn out. Since it was part of the WestConn Literary Festival, I anticipated having most of the MFA students there to check out a fellow writer, but since I had my reading on the last day of the residency, most of the students were ready to get the hell out of dodge.
A select group stayed and I really appreciate those who did. I want to send out a special thanks to the following students and friends: Louisa, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Kirsten, Matt, Brian, Laurel, Allen, Vonda and her family, Mary Ann, Gillian, Agatha, Kim and her family, and my mom. I hope I didn't miss anybody, if so let me know. I would also thank those who gave me advance notice about not being able to attend: Mike, Deb, Paula, Carmen, Karim, Catherine, and Don.
Let me not forget the cast, especially those who traveled from New York City. You all did a wonderful job.
Now that the reading is behind me I have to look to making revisions to the script. Listening to the narration and dialogue, let me know two things: the first is that I need to lengthen the script and the second is that I have a few holes to plug in the story. My work in Writing in the Primary Genre is going to focus heavily on tightening the structure for the script. I definitely have my work cut out for me, but when Finding Patience is done, I want to submit it to a few screenwriting competitions and also query some agents and production companies.
This semester I'm going to be crazy busy. I see myself getting a few more gray hairs. I have a lot to accomplish between now and the end of the semster. I'm working on getting Lifetime Membership, a short film I produced with Lawrence King and others into some local and regional film festivals. I will also blog about my work on that, so stay tuned. I'm working on a grass roots effort, hopefully I can build interest like Richardson, Huckabee, and Obama.
I have a lot to accomplish in 2008 and like the presidential candidates I've got a lot at stake and like them I want my efforts and hardwork to payoff. I guess time will tell for all of us.