Friday, October 28, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #989 True Confessions of a Modern Day Scheherezade by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 28, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #989 True Confessions of a Modern Day Scheherezade by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 28,  2016

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       True Confessions of a Modern Day Scheherezade 
                  by Janet S. Tiger
              © all rights reserved 

                     (No disguise, the actor is me....the writer!)

When I started this blog, the goal was - crazy! - one year of writing monologues.
My dear friend, Jonathan Dunn-Rankin, said it was..' an almost Herculean task.'

One a day, each brand new.... (ok, I cheated a bit - I used some monologues from earlier years, edited and updated of course! but still, most were completely new)

Yet a funny thing happened over the year.  The first month, then 100 days, was hard - especially because of my real world situation.(moving-out of house we'd lived in over 25 years! and I can be a bit of a hoarder, so you do the moving math, plus sickness -my son was graduating and had two operations in that 3 months, my daughter was struggling in her classes and I was also taking care of my father -then 90- and my husband, who had had a stroke a year and a half before.

Yet I prevailed, the first 100 days passed, and some of those early monologues started to be performed.  (AARP Conference in Oregon - thank you Jeff Tabler)

The year moved on, and as I approached the end of year one, I realized I did not want to stop!
Like Scheherezade forced to tell one story a night so she wouldn't be killed, it was as if I had to write for my life.  That the writing was something....just for me.  And so I continued into year two, then rounded the corner into year three as I applied for a grant....which I received in May 2016, and which I am working on right now. (

My surrounding life?  Funny you should ask!  It is, if believable, even busier!  I have no need to move.....but am still sorting out the move from two and half years ago.  And I now need to take care of more people....including worry (which is it's own bizarre form of care) ....for two dear friends struck with the delightful (not) ravages of age.

So I am approaching 1000 Scheherezade, I am almost ready to ask for my life...and perhaps the King will see the children....the monologues and plays that have grown from these stories, many performed and with awards.

Was there a Scheherezade?  (And why didn't she spell her name more easily!)

Or was there a writer trying to figure out a way to link 1000 stories?  Who was that writer?  And what happened to him/her?

Will I stop at 1000? (okay maybe 1001)  Will I stop at all?  Not completely I think.  The discipline of writing every day has been incredible. And so have the rewards.  But perhaps I have learned the discipline and can write without having to prove it....enabling me to write longer items.  We'll see.....only ten more days to go!

          (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Okay, 11, but who's counting?

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
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