last night's Lab

… for Bible Study went totally great, probably the most excited AND insightful they've been about anything I've shared with them. They agreed with me that it should start on page three, an edit resulting in a 10-page total, the most allowed for either contest (I'm entering two this season).

Lab members were very helpful about differentiating the hero/villain with a distinct body movement, which was actually left out of my first draft (the prophets of Baal do this hobble-step dance), so that was easy enough. And although just one person understood the ending, we figured out how to expand and clarify it. I do not want the audience to be left in the dark when the houselights come up.

Toby raised the point that it's hard to effectively stage a two-scene one-act, but I stand firm behind that choice. It will give the audience ten seconds to internalize what they just saw, and lets the actors take a breath before spending the second scene unpacking and paying off the first scene. Toby also gave me an amazing joke that fits right in and will get the biggest laugh of the show; thanks, dude.

Think ten-minute Godot, but with happenings.

To have a religion play fly in a room with at least one Jew, one unschooled, a, a Methodist, etc. is, in my mind, a good thing. Who am I kidding? I'm stoked.

Time to edit and send it out: one's due Nov. first, one on Nov. 15th. In the meanwhile, if you want to read it or maybe produce Motormouth's new one-act play, Bible Study, or her Humana Contest finalist Lindsay Lohan's Birkin, send an e-mail via Thank you very much!

Lynne asked me last night, “where do you get the time?” I told her that I always feel like when a really good idea hits me, I'm obligated to write it down as immediately as possible or never get another idea ever again. “Yee haw,” says The Boy!


Here's a reason to buy the season three Veronica Mars DVDs: It's got the season-four pitch wherein Tiny Blonde One ain't just FBI but packing heat, too.

I don't have any of the VMs on DVD and haven't decided whether I want them for my birthday or Christmas. Anyone out there got first/second season DVDs? Any special extras included?

I'd like to see that season-four pitch, though. This reviewer, Jennifer Godwin of E!, wrote, “As an FBI agent, Veronica fully becomes the badass we always knew her to be.”

After fully intending to boycott the CW (the WB/UPN merger), I find myself fully drawn to Reaper and haven't missed an episode. Looove Ray Wise as Mephistopheles. That man wears the hell out of a suit. We also enjoyed Angels in America when we saw it last week, and I'm hoping to catch last night's ep (we opted for Chuck and DVRd HIMYM (my choice) and Sara Gilbert on The Big Bang Theory) on the CW's Web site, but it's not up yet.

In other Motormouth Media news, I'll send Bible Study to the copy shop today and even if it's just me and Toby at Lab tomorrow, we'll get the three pages cut that need to be cut, and if we decide it doesn't suck I'll send it to The Humana Contest.

And, yesterday I ran for the first time in *forever*, and put in 3/4 of a mile while pushing The Boy in our Super Jogger, while he fueled up by eating an apple down to the nub.