Tips to Avoid the Mind Games People Play at Auditions

I give this speech to my students when they’re going in for a big audition, be it college auditions or local productions; anywhere the stakes are high and there are kids involved. There’s a certain kind of coping mechanism some people use to deal with the stress of auditions that involves subtly undermining the confidence … More Tips to Avoid the Mind Games People Play at Auditions

Fairy Tales

When I was fourteen, I saw the Fellowship of the Ring movie as it premiered and the other Lord of the Rings films as they came out. And I loved them. More than I had loved any non-Disney movie up until then. Even now, 12 years, my sister and I make whoever is with us … More Fairy Tales

An Adventure

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’ I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Good Morning

“Good morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out farther than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that … More Good Morning

A whole new Journey

Pomp, Circumstance, and all the rest. Joyful faces under square hats, that sit jauntily upon the heads of mere babes. So assured, that the world is their oyster~ they are ready to take on the world. But, their parents know that behind their cocky smiles and false bravado~ these are the little boys and girls … More A whole new Journey

The Violet Hour

The violet hour is neither day nor night, but a lush moment. It’s fleeting; you can’t grasp it, hold it still. Its tenuous nature makes the ache: the fragility of ice, the first inhalation of night-blooming jasmine. On April Fools’ Day, 1919, aspiring young publisher John Pace Seavering faces an increasingly serious dilemma. A pal … More The Violet Hour