The 99 Diaries: Entry #5 – City of Hope

The first and most exciting update to the “99 Impossible Things” production saga is the following:

11% of ticket proceeds to “99 Impossible Things” will be donated to City of Hope for breast cancer and leukemia research and treatment.   City of Hope is a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

I am very happy, honored and excited about City of Hope allowing me to include their message and info with my fundraising and production advertising – as well as allow me to give them money once I start selling tickets!  A lot of my friends and family have been affected by cancer in the recent months/year, so it really was important for me to try to give back in some way.  When you’re producing a play that you’ve written, it can feel so egotistical and selfish – and it makes me want to return to the whole reason I’m telling these stories to begin with:  the audience and my community.  And “99 Impossible Things” really is a story about dealing with loss, particularly premature loss, and finding hope in your life even despite all the bad crap.  City of Hope seems to fit very well into that idea.

In other “99” news, I’m still collecting sponsors for my Magic Bean Walk-A-Thon, which is only about a month and a half away!  (Damn, did I plan ahead on this one.)  Not that many people may have noticed, but I’ve changed it to a 9k rather than a 9-Mile walk-a-thon…my boyfriend happened to point out the 3.5 mile difference between the two and, since people are doing this for a charity-case such as myself, I decided I didn’t want them to be walking ALL day…I’d rather spend that extra couple hours celebrating with a picnic in the park.  So, 9k it is.   If you are interested in walking/getting sponsors or sponsoring me (or know someone else who’d want to sponsor me!) just let me know!

As far as the script goes, I’m working on another round of rewrites and will be doing a private reading very soon.  Let’s hope I don’t explode.  Cuz I might.

Non-99 Related Things:

Script Frenzy Update: I’m 71 pages in, so only 29 more to go, and 2 days left.  I’m going to do it!  The play is crap, but at least it’s being written!

This Blog: I’ve been doing a lot of blog-reading lately.  A lot.  You’ll notice that the list of links on the “Cool Stuff” tab has grown exponentially.  I’ve read a lot of self-help type stuff that encourages you to take control of your life, to fulfill your dreams, to live extraordinary and unconventional lives, to appreciate your blessings, to change your habits, to travel on a budget, to quit the 9 to 5 and support yourself, to be a pro-blogger and to learn to build a plane using only scotch tape and tupperware and fly it to Hawaii.  Okay, I lied about the last one.

It’s all been very enlightening, very inspiring, and very much a putting-a-fire-under-my-ass situation.  I will say however that reading about how to do these things is very different from actually doing them.  I’ve been enjoying having this blog lately (notice the pretty colors I’ve added?) and hope to keep it going and grow its potential of getting my viewpoint across to the fifteen people that come across it ever so often, but I by no means assume I should tell people how to live their lives.  I’m still figuring mine out so, honestly, I can’t really be bothered with yours.  But I am going to continue to use this blog to share my journey and more of my writing – so hopefully, we’ll all start living those unconventional lives we plan on very soon. Here is what I’ve realized about myself, after reading these blogs, sitting deep in thought and drinking a lot of coffee:

1. I want to be a literary/development manager when I grow up – help develop new plays as well as the audience and community reach of theater.

2. I want to do some real freelance editing – on fun stuff like novels and literary mags, not copywriting.

3. I want the three P’s: Publication, Productions, Prestigious-Awards

4. I want to work for myself, make my own schedule, and be free to take on whatever projects I want.

5. I want to travel.  A lot.  Everywhere.  As soon as possible.

6. I want to go to grad school. But I don’t want to pay for it.

Let’s see how I get there.  And if anyone has any bright ideas, please share.  I’ll be posting a new entry every Monday and Thursday, and if I don’t, everyone is free to leave angry comments and emails to encourage me to keep my promises.

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