A long time ago…


I blogged! I realize that I haven’t written on here in forever and that all my adoring fans have been holding their breath for another entry. (Let’s just pretend I have adoring fans) The truth is that being a college student has occupied much of my time, but also that I have been writing a script! I wrote 101 pages of script in about 30 days for SCRIPT FRENZY! The challenge was to write 100 pages in 30 days, so I won. But the real challenge was to bring to completion a story that I had started, something that I haven’t managed to do since…well ever. And I did it!!!! I created characters, developed them, and put them into an awesome plot in a hundred pages, which rounds out to about one and a half hours on the stage. There’s blackmail, betrayal, fights, disguises, intrigue, possible murder, love, and the ridiculous schemes of two very silly sisters! The “working” title, which I believe will become permanent is Of Love and Blackmail. It follows the story of Isabella and Drisella who have been cooped up in their parent’s house practically their whole lives. They are drawn into a blackmail scheme of sorts, trying to find the man who is planning on blackmailing the queen of England! Along the way they meet two very eligible young gentleman (well, one of them’s a gentleman, the other’s a bit of a cad), a lady who is really just misunderstood, and a very old man named Uncle Herman. It’s a bit of ridiculousness really, but I think we all need that in our lives. I’m not sure if it’ll ever be published, but I hope that one day I’ll get the chance to see it on the stage (or be in it, as I wrote the part of Bella specifically for myself ;)). It was a grueling 30 days, but it’s over and I have to say, while I’m glad that I’m no longer rushing to finish, I miss it. So I think I’ll set another ridiculously overwhelming challenge for myself this summer…should be fun! lol. Here’s an excerpt from the play and possibly the best scene I wrote…

SCENE 3
BELLA, ELLA, and UNCLE HERMAN enter the smoking/card room. There are tables where people are playing cards, and men all about smoking various things (pipes, cigars, cigarettes…
UNCLE HERMAN
It’s so nice being escorted to the cigar room by two such beautiful women, but what exactly are we doing here again?
ELLA
We’re putting our names in the bet book so that we can win the bet on ourselves and prove to everyone that we aren’t as naive and gullible and ridiculous as they think we are. And we’ll win lots of money and SOMEONE will want to marry us.
UNCLE HERMAN
I won a bet once.
(Pats himself down)
Where’s my pipe?
BELLA
Okay, we need to get across the room to the book, without looking conspicuous.
ELLA
Shouldn’t be too difficult, we’re always inconspicuous.
BELLA
Right. Come on then.
BELLA and ELLA begin to saunter across the room, looking INCREDIBLY conspicuous. They flutter their fans wildly and their wigs start tipping off. UNCLE HERMAN follows muttering about his pipe. A young man, DAVID, spies them and comes over, looking at them suspiciously.DAVID approaches UNCLE HERMAN.
DAVID
Excuse me, I say-
UNCLE HERMAN
So there I was, at Ermentrude’s party, and you must understand I had been cavorting with Patrice for a few weeks at the time, but of course, I still declared mad love for Ermentrude.
DAVID
Uh…right sir.
DAVID wanders away.
BELLA
(Loudly)
Do you have a cigarette?
ELLA
But you don’t smoke…ooooohhhhhh.
(Equally as loud)
No, I left them at home.
BELLA
I say, what’s in that book over there?
MAN WITH CIGAR approaches.
ELLA
Isn’t that the betting book?!
BELLA
Oh, yes! We were going to bet on that one, you remember.
ELLA
Right…that one.
MAN WITH CIGARETTE CASE
(To Herman)
May I offer your young ladies a smoke?
(Holds out cigarette case)
UNCLE HErmAN
All of my friends, you understand, were betting on how long it would take Ermentrude to guess that I was also seeing Patrice. So I put my money in for that very day. I never expected to win, of course.
MAN WITH CIGARETTE CASE leaves quickly. BELLA and ELLA have reached the book and are arguing over what names to put down. UNCLE HERMAN comes up behind them.
BELLA
We can’t put down our own names, that would be cheating!
ELLA
We are cheating!
BELLA
But nobody knows, that’s the point!
ELLA
Right…Well whose names should we put?
BELLA
Our parents.
ELLA
NO! Absolutely not! What if they found out! They’d ban us from Laura’s and make us come home.
BELLA
You’re right. Just make something up.
ELLA
I’m not the smart one, you make something up if you’re so clever.
BELLA
We both know that you’re just as smart as I am.
ELLA
I’ve been waiting eighteen years to hear you say that!
BUTLER
Aren’t you girls a bit young to be placing a bet here?
UNCLE HERMAN
It was that very day that Ermentrude found out about Patrice. And that very day that I lost the love of my life.
ELLA
That’s so sad.
BELLA and ELLA look at each other in brilliance. Quickly, they bend over the book.
BELLA
(Muttering)
Ermentrude…Patrice…
BUTLER
Uh…And how much money-
ELLA opens reticule and hands BUTLER 100 pounds.
ELLA
As you can see, from the book, Me and…Patrice are putting one hundred pounds on this bet.
BUTLER
How old are you? And why are you wearing a wig?
GIRLS look at each other, wide eyed. They scoot away.
UNCLE HERMAN
And that’s when Ermentrude slapped me right across the face! I never would have gone for Patrice, you know, if it weren’t for that red hair. I have such a weakness for red hair.
GIRLS inch towards door.
UNCLE HERMAN
Let that be a lesson to you young man. Don’t ever jeopardize your happiness for red hair. Or anything else rea-I found it!
(Pulls out pipe)
Would you mind lighting it for me young buck?
Bewildered BUTLER lights his pipe with a puzzled and perplexed expression.
UNCLE HERMAN
Don’t forget: stay way from red hair.
BELLA, ELLA and UNCLE HERMAN slip out the door and into safety.
BUTLER
I need a drink.

I hope that wet your appetite! lol. Maybe I’ll post the whole thing one day, but for now it needs to be edited horribly!

I’ll update again soon!!!

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