Well, hello 2018!

Here’s my big-picture plan (ironically contained in a small picture).

I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of my planigans and shenanigans for this year.

Square white card with hand lettering that reads 'Just a little more fun.'

My plan for 2018.

Artsy Fun: Mystery Games

My theatre group * Morrigan Mystery Evenings * specializes in mystery games.

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We do them 6-8 times a year and we always have a grand time – first when making up the ridiculous stories and then performing them.
It works like this:

We get a bunch of our actors together and decide some characters we would like to play and then we figure out where those characters might get together.* Then we sort out what has been stolen or who has been done away with, and we figure out each character’s motive and alibi.

 

After that, we just start adding in foolishness to make things more fun.

We don’t develop a script or dialogue, we just work to inhabit our characters and invest ourselves in their motives and alibis.

Then, on the night of the game, our audience either sits at tables and we circulate and chat while they ask questions, or, we sit in various locations and they move to us and ask questions. It makes for a really interesting and challenging evening because you never know where people’s questions are going to lead and you have to be quick on your feet. Well, metaphorically, at least.

It’s a bit alarming how adept my actor friends are at lying in character, how easily we can spin a story out of nothing, but it’s also part of what makes it interesting.

Our next event is called ‘A Date with Death’ and it’s coming up on Sunday, October 29.

Get the details here.

 

*Sometimes we start with the location and do characters second, but not very often.

Reading: T Kingfisher’s Toad Words

51eoLxCu+BL._AA218_I’m not finished reading ‘Brainstorm’ but I don’t generally read non-fiction without also having some fiction on hand to relax with. I have read T Kingfisher’s book of short stories Toad Words before but I needed to refresh myself on the details when I hosted the Storytelling Circle during the St. John’s Storytelling Festival last week.

I have been trying for years to find the right angle to tell the title story from. Even though it is in first person, and very well-written, it wasn’t quite in the right language for *me* to tell it aloud. Meanwhile, Kingfisher’s language is delightful and playful, and it feels like she is telling you the story personally, like her phrasing is an in-joke for the two of you. It’s really fun.

I like how she takes well known tales and spins them a little to get a new perspective and I often find myself saying, ‘Huh, never thought of it that way.’ when I read her work.

I’ll be telling other stories of hers once I have her permission and once I find the right angle again.(Yes, I had her permission to tell Toad Words.)

She has a variety of short story collections and books available and if you like quirky stories based on traditional tales, you should check them out.