Writing Non-Fiction posted June 18, 2017


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Humbly Begging Your Forgiveness

by Jay Squires


Hey, Gang:

This is mainly an information only post. Obviously, I'm not promoting it very high on the list. I just want to let my followers know why I have been remiss in my reviews the last two days.
 
You see, Friday morning, I left for a hundred-plus-mile trip away from the 100 + degree weather here, in Bakersfield, California, to the 80-something breeze-cooled salt-and-pine-scented (tell me if you're tiring of my hyphens)-temperatures in Cambria. It's about twenty or thirty miles from the more well-known Morro Bay, home of Morro Rock.*
 
My reason for going? (I mean, you know I wouldn't leave you dear friends for some stupid whim.) This was the second year my buddy, Raymond (Fridayauthor) Derouin, invited me to attend the showing of his one-act stage play—this year's being, "The Box Builder." This time, I took him up on his and his lovely wife (Lois') hospitality by spending the night at their summer home in Cambria.
 
Now, folks, I could easily devote a long, long paragraph on how I sat at Ray's elbow for the better part of the morning, today, having him pore over a problematic second act of a play I will be submitting to a playwrighting contest in mid-July. He was not only able to help me consolidate some rather "wordy" (what? Me? Wordy?) sections, starting with page 1, but more importantly, he taught me something containing far more wisdom: he taught me how to sit in the audience, so to speak, and watch the effect of what my bunches of syllables, strung together, say—or more importantly, don't say—to that guy or gal (or both?) sitting in row 5, seat J.

Important stuff!
 
And I could easily do that.
 
But it brings to mind something else I would rather leave with you. And that is how valuable your membership on FanStory is. Where else can you rub elbows with some of the finest novelists, poets, short story writers, script- and playwrighters of your generation, published or not; novelist whose words can enrich your life while they entertain you; poets whose word combinations can fairly pull the nose-hairs of your emotions until the tears flow. And then ... and then ... especially for you whose life goals are the performing arts: screenwriting and playwrighting ... what a rare opportunity you have here. For the student with a willing heart, you can boost your writing skills by years just by studying the portfolios of FanStory's scriptwriters (keeping in mind that our beloved site doesn't have a separate category for playwrighting. Hint-hint, Tom.)
 
In the latter instance, what I've done—and I'd urge you to do, as well—is dig into Fridayauthor's portfolio, narrowing your search to scripts. There you'll find, as I did, six of his published and performed plays. I believe all but one are one-act plays. Three of them: "The Box Builder," "Tea Time," and "Perfect Strangers," I've been fortunate to both read and see performed.
 
Each would cost you a couple of bucks to buy, if they were for sale outside of FanStory, $10 per performance to watch. But because you are a paid member of the greatest writer site in the world (okay, I'm a little prejudiced), FanStory is going to pay YOU. Yes, friend, you heard me right
right here in River CityFanStory is going to pay you 2 cents to read each of Ray's plays. And I guarantee you, if you read them with even a scintilla of your intelligence-light on, you will gain a thousand-dollar education for the total 12 cents that FanStory pays you to read all six of them.
 
And don't stop there. After reading Ray's, start with the number one, active script writer for 2017, or novelist, or poet ... and work down, checking their portfolios to see what "clicks" with you. Where else can you get a boost to your education for a membership cost of pennies a day? Right here in River City
 
Please my valued friends, keep writing and keep reading.
 
And again, accept my apology for not reading or writing FanStory stuff the last two days. Now, with a click of my heels, I can officially acclaim “I'm back on active duty, thank you.”
 
--Jay

 


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As usual, Cleo85, I am indebted to you for the evocative picture.

*This lovely picture denotes the sea--which is similar to the sea near Morro Rock. Try to imagine a humongous, rugged rock jutting out of it.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by cleo85 at FanArtReview.com

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