Friday, April 01, 2016

ABC

The last of the ICFA plays and this one has some action. Written by Kit Reed, directed by Carrie J. Cole, Performed by Max Gladstone, Jennifer Gunnels, and Marco Palmieri.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Glitch

Another ICFA play, this one by James Patrick Kelly. I think it was directed by Kelli Shermeyer, although the video says it was Carrie J. Cole. The players are Frances Auld, Alayne Peterson, and Max Gladstone.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Offering

Another fun ICFA play, "Offering" by Jeannie Beckwith, directed by Carrie J. Cole, and performed by John Kessel and Andy Duncan.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Tomb of Ligeia Mare

Here's another one of those plays from ICFA, written by Andy Duncan, directed by Keli Shermeyer, and performed by James Patrick Kelly, Stephanie Neely, and Frances Auld.

The Three Spaces of Eve

For a few days a couple of weeks ago, instead of working on a Mango, I wrote this play, "The Three Spaces of Eve." It was performed at the Internationsl Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (a.k.a. ICFA) last week Friday. It's definitely the type of thing you folks would like, though a little knowledge of the history of science fiction will go a long way toward appreciating the jokes.

Thanks to the players, Jennifer Gunnels as Eve, Brett Cox as Roy, and Alayne Peterson as Annie. Thanks to Carrie J. Cole for directing, Marco Palmieri for announcing, and Bill Clemente and one guy whose name I don't know (sorry, guy) for making the video!

UPDATE: That one guy's name is Sean Dixon. And you can see the other four very fun plays at Bill Clemente's blog here: http://aroundperu.blogspot.com/2016/03/icfa-37-flash-play-festival-march-18.html

Thursday, March 03, 2016

New Audio: Cyborg Giraffe Cleans House!

If you've never wanted to read my story,  Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House! I have great news for you. You can now listen to the audio at the Drabblecast under the twisted title Cyborg Giraffe Cleans House, which I think changes the whole story, but I'll let you decide. Click here and give it a listen: http://www.drabblecast.org/2016/03/02/drabblecast-378-cyborg-giraffe-cleans-house/

The audio was produced by Adam Pracht. If you're a fan of StarShipSofa, you'll love Adam's Drabblecast stories, because he often imports Sofa talent to make them. However, Adam took this story on before he knew I was the author. The story is narrated by Sofasister Amy H. Sturgis and the art is by Sofa artist Skeet Scienski. Fun will be had! Go listen!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Here Are The Things

Here are the completed things that I mentioned I was working on in the last post:

Beware the Donated Mango episode 1 - Carl's Wurst: http://bewarethehairymango.com/donated-episode-1-carls-wurst/

Fiction Crawler 16: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2016/02/10/starshipsofa-no-422-brian-k-lowe-and-professor-christopher-riley-talks-about-apollo-14-astronaut-edgar-mitchell/

That Fiction Crawler was one I enjoyed doing, which is unusual for me. They often feel like a chore. But I chose stories the styles of which made me want to swim around in them. Enjoy!

Still working on many more Mangoes!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Outta Site

I took a little break from Beware the Hairy Mango for about a week and a half to get a couple of other things done. One is my new home site  http://www.matthewsanbornsmith.com/ which ties together everything else I do online, including this site and the Mango. Go take a look if you want easy access to the other stuff I do.

I resumed work on the first episode of Beware the Donated Mango, the shows I owe to folks who donated seventy five dollars or more to the Mango fundraiser last spring.

Once that first show is done, I'll be producing the next Fiction Crawler spot for StarShipSofa.

Then lots more Mangoes. I really need more time off from my jobs.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015

2015 was a tough year, though not as bad as 2009. My Kickstarter failed. I changed jobs, moved twice, and put in way too many hours working for other people for not enough money. Things have started to pick up, though.

My creative work was consumed by the podcast. Outside of that, I did a couple of major rewrites on short stories and that was it. I did sell my first pro story in years and sold a couple of reprints. I did my first reading, sat on my first panel, did my first Drabblecast narration, and wrote my first introduction.

I'm happy that I took more chances than usual this year and expanded my too-close horizons a bit. I learned a lot of new things, met some awesome people, and scored a win with last spring's Mango fundraiser.

Because of that fundraiser, I still have five months of Mangoes with which to contend. After that, I look forward to getting back to short stories and novels. 2016 will probably be a year of regrouping, but I'll keep my eye out for new opportunities.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House!

Hey, Gang!

I'm tired and useless-wobbly right now as is not unusual on Mondays these days. I work very long days on the weekend, then have to be back at work at 5 a.m. Monday morning. It's amazing I'm good for anything once I slog through that.

But fuck all that noise. The real reason I'm here is to point you toward my latest story, Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House! which you can find over at Diabolical Plots through this here linkage:

http://www.diabolicalplots.com/dp-fiction-9-giraffe-cyborg-cleans-house-by-matthew-sanborn-smith/

Giraffe is number 144 of The One-Thousand and marks the time I was crawling back to fiction writing after thinking I had left it behind for good in that long-forgotten year of 2013. I actually didn't think I had what it took to finish this one, and asked some good friends to slap me across the face (metaphorically speaking), which they did. I finished the thing and was quite happy with it. I hope you will be too.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

MangoWriMo

I haven't done NaNoWriMo in years. Haven't even paid much attention to it in a while, but I decided today to give it a shot, in my own matty way. The average Mango script runs about 1,250 words. 50,000 words means about forty Mango scripts. I only have about 45 left to write in total to finish this year, do the promised personalized episodes for super-donors, and do 2016's MuchoMangoMayo.

The thought of all those shows has been dogging me, especially because I've only been able to get one Mango done a week lately. I'm going to push myself now. If I can do MangoWriMo and it doesn't destroy me, it will make life much better after November.

Here we go!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When Avoiding The Rewrite

As I mentioned last post, I've been doing a lot of rewrites lately.

There are some writers who can't help but write. As frequently as possible, for hours on end, with passion and obsession. Then there are most writers who aren't like that at all. We often have to cajole and trick ourselves into getting the work done. Some people say we're not real writers if we have to struggle with it. We tell those people to go fuck themselves and we squeeze a little more work out of our keyboards.

Rewriting is normal, but there are times when one doesn't want to tackle it. It may be due to the fear that the rewrite will make it worse. Whatever the writer adds or subtracts will ruin that gentle balance of mess that originally sat there and that's like taking a step backwards. We don't want to take a step backwards. We're far enough behind as it is. Paralysis is easier and can often be rationalized as something else.

Here's a thing that helps me get over that feeling. I copy the entire text into another file, call that file "Story Title" Rewrite, and tell myself I can fuck up the story beyond recognition there and the original will remain pristine back in that other place. In fact, it might help to insist to myself that I fuck it up and come up with the most ridiculous shit that occurs to me every step of the way. I just need to push forward. Many times that ridiculous shit is brilliant.

If you're still having trouble, start slowly. Change a word here or there. Do a search for a name and replace it with another name. Add a sentence that you feel is too gorgeous not to exist right in the middle of that mess. Sooner or later you'll find you've pulled out of the driveway and home is in the rearview mirror. That means you're rolling.