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There is a scene I'm planning for the sequel to Adonis. It has Aidan confessing to Diana how challenging he's finding the role of figurehead for their rebellion. How difficult it is to project the complete confidence, strength, and determination required to inspire the troops. He says he doesn't feel that way, and feels false for acting as if he does. Diana tells him that people act confident in order to make themselves confident. She tells him what is now on the banner of my journal page-- "Do you know why heroes boast? Because it makes them brave."

I am proud of that line. I even think it's true.

My plate has literally NEVER BEEN FULLER. NEVER. I may have seriously overcommitted myself. It happened in part because I want to contribute to so many worthwhile things, and in part because of certain obligations I feel I must fulfill. But I WANT to do these things. I WANT to conquer them and make them part of me. I WANT TO DO IT ALL.

So I am going to make a hero's boast RIGHT NOW. To pump me up, to make me fierce, to solidify my determination to get through.


- I am going to teach two college courses.

- I am going to direct and produce my two plays, Mrs. Hawking and Vivat Regina, to bring serial theater to Arisia 2016.

- I am going to costume the fall production at Dana Hall.

- I am going to serve as a volunteer at the Charles River Museum of Industry.

- I am going to finish my play Base Instruments for release as the third installment of the Mrs. Hawking series.

- I am going to serve on the editorial board for Game Wrap Magazine.

- I am going to help write Pub Crawl, a new Alleged Entertainment larp for Intercon.

- I am going to stick to my diet and exercise plan for the proscribed twelve weeks.

I am going to do ALL THESE THINGS. Because I am strong and brave and a warrior. THIS IS WHAT A WARRIOR LOOKS LIKE.


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Oct. 14th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
You have a lot on your plate but I'm sure you can do it.

Weirdly your hero's boast comment made me realize that I equate boasting of that sort as an after the event thing to get rewards and cookies; and before as 'nerving up' if it's to gain courage and I don't think of it as boasting at all. Boasting implies false ego to impress others to me.

Oct. 15th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people see it that way. I think the term as I use it here is kind of a classical concept, a way we quantify certain literary tropes. But I'm glad you get where I'm coming from!
Oct. 14th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
You can do it, Hero.

Edited at 2015-10-14 01:43 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
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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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