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New challenges abound

Today is my first early day of work that wasn't canceled for snow. I prefer the early shift in general, but it will take a bit of adjustment as I haven't had to be in by 8:30 for quite a while. As a morning person, I think ending my workday earlier will make me feel less exhausted by the time I get home, which will enable me to make better use of my evenings. Of course, like an idiot, I forgot my lunch on my way out the door, which is not a great way to begin, but I'll have to get in better habits from here on.

I am making a serious go on the Vivat Regina subplot containing Clara. I'm not a hundred percent sure that it will work, which is making it a bit tough to commit to it. But I'm telling myself that if it doesn't end up improving or fitting within the piece, I can always just go back to the previous draft, so I won't lose anything but the effort. Much as I admittedly hate wasted effort-- likely a holdover from my depressed days when I had to seriously ration my energy --I really do want to give it a try and see if I can make it work.

Also going to have to begin working on the script and lyrics for the new 20s-era musical I'm co-authoring. That presents a really new challenge for me. Poetry is not my forte, and I've certainly never attempted to write it in such as way as it could be set to a song. In some cases my awesome collaborator Troy has already worked out what the music will sound like, and we'll be writing the words with that in mind, but in other cases we've decided it's best to write the words first. I'm excited to try, but also nervous. I want to do well. A piece like this is really made or broken by its songs, and good lyrics will really do a lot to see that the songs are good. I hope I'm up to the task. It's probably going to be a matter of brainstorming, giving it a shot, and then revising endlessly to get it to where it should be. Like any writing task, I suppose. Here goes nothing!

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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April 2017


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