Election Day Stress Relief; or, breathing & laughter are medicine (AND exercise if you do it right)

I started thinking about some great ways for stress relief when I stumbled on a video from another blogger (thank you Ms. Diane) that was in her post. And it got me thinking: things to laugh at and things to just get lost in are great stress relief. I chose a few vids that spread … Continue reading Election Day Stress Relief; or, breathing & laughter are medicine (AND exercise if you do it right)

The Secret of Cooking & Comedy is the same: timing

I had a major victory today for my life before I went to work. At least, for my immediate present and future. I finished the dishes. Considering I'd been avoiding them for a week, that's a helluva accomplishment these days. I can't help it. I HATE doing the dishes. Even something so mundane as unloading … Continue reading The Secret of Cooking & Comedy is the same: timing

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Maybe it's just been a bad time, but I tried for two weeks to read and get into this play. I think I should read it again another day, but honestly, I think I'm a bit tired of these "comedies of errors" that keep cropping up. Week after week of romance, pining, mistaken identity, tricks … Continue reading “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

This one's probably the easiest play to read, other than Romeo and Juliet, so far. I have to say I really got into it and it wasn't overly complex as far as the action goes. That could be because Shakespeare intended it to be a contemporary story for his contemporary audience, and didn't have to … Continue reading “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Comedy Writing Secrets (2nd ed.), by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz

My Copy: 9781582973579 (image from pinterest) Comedy Writing Secrets is just as advertised: a book about how to work with comedy in writing. Not much more than that, but at the same time, MUCH more than that. The premise seems too simple, but there are plenty of great examples of how different aspects of comedy … Continue reading Comedy Writing Secrets (2nd ed.), by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz

“The Comedy of Errors,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I'm so glad this one's a short play. Had it been any longer, I would've been banging my head against the wall. I have a distinct feeling it would've been far more fun to watch this on the stage rather than read it. The Comedy of Errors is about twins separated at birth, and one … Continue reading “The Comedy of Errors,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare