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IWSG May 2016


Quote of the Day: In the time of your life – live! That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, Loss, Loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition. Tennessee Williams, in an essay that originally appeared in The New York Times Drama Section, November 30, 1947 – four days before the New York opening of A Street Car Named Desire, which I read in the introduction to a 1947 copy of the play that I picked up at a used book store. (I read the play yesterday, and I thought about it all night. The characters are powerful, and wounded, and the ending is tough.)

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeToday is the first Wednesday of the month, a time when the Insecure Writers Support Group does its monthly posting. Alex J. Cavanaugh started this group as a place for writers to let go of their insecurities and offer support and encouragement to other writers, and creative types. Please, visit either of the above blogs to read more, or join. (I just read Chrys Fey’s post on the IWSG site. It’s very good, for anyone who has ever suffered insecurities.)

Alright, here’s my insecurity. Later in this month those of us who are part of the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers are invited to attend a semi-private reading of a new play by Lee Blessing. Afterwards, we’re invited to a private reception where we can meet the playwright in person. I am excited and nervous at the same time. As the Biker Chef put it, “It’s the Holy Grail of play writing.” gulp. ya. We’ll be going to the Playwrights’ Center where he’s been workshopping his latest work. (this is something that I’d like to do with one of my plays) 

So, I’m going to a place where I’d like to see myself working with actors, directors, and developers on my play. I’ll be meeting a successful playwright from Minnesota. We’ll be literally rubbing elbows with the people who make it happen. I’m going to be a little (lot) star struck. How do I keep my cool? How do I take it all in? How do I make the most out of this opportunity and not faint?


Any advice would be appreciated. I did order a couple of his plays to read. I’ve read Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, a while ago when I was looking for cuttings to use when I coached H.S. Speech. A friend recommended Eleemosynary.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: If you were going to meet a successful author in your genre, what would you ask him, or her? What should I wear?



  1. How exciting for you! The advice I was going to give, you’ve already given yourself. Remember to breathe and have fun!

  2. #1 Smile and make a friend
    #2 Bring business cards
    #3 Listen


    Here’s my May IWSG post: It’s (not a) Shame about Rey

  3. My advice is simple make sure your skirt isn’t tucked into your panyhose when you leave the ladies and be yourself. They’re lucky you fit them into your busy schedule. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. Congratulations! I think you’ll have a wonderful time. I always find I’m nervous about ‘big things’ beforehand but then I have so much fun in the moment I forget myself. Just enjoy it!

  5. What an opportunity! I know you’ll be a ball of nervous energy, but try to enjoy it. Everyone’s advice so far is epic, so I’ll leave it at that, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

  6. That’s awesome! Just brush up on his stuff and be excited and genuine. Hope this leads to something more.

  7. In addition to being familiar with his work, I’d try to learn something about his other interests; hobbies & family. What to wear? I suggest something simple and understated. And as someone else suggested: bring business cards. Have a wonderful evening and remember to breath.

  8. How awesome is that? Good luck, have fun and be yourself. You will do great. Can’t wait to hear how it went. Wishing you much inspiration, laughter and confidence in the moment.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  9. Wow! That’s pretty exciting! You’ll be glimpsing the future and finding out first hand what the life is like. I hope you have fun!

  10. Yes, Breathing is good. I’d take some time out before I walk in though so that I’m calm and wont talk too fast (I’m always doing that). I liked the advice about learning about his hobbies too. You could maybe have a list of ice breakers too so you don’t have to think about what to say first off.

    And remember to enjoy it 🙂 I love your blog btw.

  11. Stephen Tremp says:

    Look semi-business professional. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Good luck with everything!

    May 2016 IWSG Co-Host
    May the 4th Be With You
    Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

  12. What an exciting opportunity! When I get a bit nervous meeting someone, I like to remind myself that they might be just as nervous meeting me, but do a better job hiding it.

  13. I have met some successful authors in my genre and they were so down to earth and helpful. Just relax, you’ll be fine.

  14. Louise (Fundy Blue) says:

    This sounds like so much fun, Mary! I hope you have a blast. I’ve met a number of authors, and it’s always inspiring! Just relax and enjoy! I usually have something in the author’s work that I enjoyed and can connect with and use that. Thanks for visiting my blog today and thanks for the link. Sometimes I get lost in the blogging world, especially with google Circles and such!

  15. Oh, what a wonderful opportunity! My advice is to dress professional because you are. Be calm and assured, because you don’t want to appear star-struck. And have business cards! This is also a networking opportunity. You don’t know where it will lead but it could lead to a beautiful place. Meet, greet and remember: YOU ARE ONE OF THEM! 🙂 Enjoy!

  16. Just be your cheerful, bubbly self…they won’t be able to resist you!
    Have fun!

  17. Just remember that you’re all writers. That’s why you’re invited. Wear whatever makes you feel both beautiful and comfortable. Both. Casual sophistication. You’re going to have a wonderful time.

  18. Yay! That’s great. Fingers crossed for you. I look back at any exciting things that have happened in my life and I was totally freaked out about them beforehand. I think if we don’t have that total fear every few years or so, we aren’t really working toward our goals.

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