I was so frustrated with play-writing that I gave it up.
Haven't written a play in 10 years. I turned a lot of the ones I wrote into e-books. I sell them on Amazon.com/stephen-peace if you are interested. Or you can google Stephen Peace Kindle Store. I'm not sure how that works in the U.K.? I'n not trying to sell to playwrights, just saying what I've been doing for the past few years How are the sales here? I only sell a few books a month, but it does keep me interested. I've filled in time by doing digital photography. I've sold those all over the world through saatchiart.com/stephenpeace, also out of London.
I've been rewriting a book, and rewriting, and I thought about the Forum. Once upon a time it was like I was driven to write plays. I wish I could get that back, but... I also went to film school. Most of my videos I've made recently are on youtube.com/stephenpeace. Most of the videos are about my e-books or my digital photography. Once upon a time, I had over 200, but youtube caned the older ones.
Oh, thinking about plays, I turned several into screenplays. I sent them off to contests and somebody used one of the ideas. You can't copyright ideas.
I live in Atlanta and today I went to the Georgia Aquarium. It's the biggest aquarium in the world. We have season passes and sometimes there is no room to move. Today there were just a few hundred people in the place.
I rarely go to plays anymore. I was so bored I left during intermission. I'm bad.
If I may say so, Stephen, that's a rather depressing entry. If I were in Atlanta I'd offer to sit down and have a drink but...a few thoughts in response (without, I hope sounding like Polonius). It's great to get paid for your work but that shouldn't be the measure of success. Perhaps joy is more rewarding. Or the expectation of success. That frisson! And...careful what you wish for. A Jewish friend of mine hopes the second coming never happens. 'I'd have to convert to Christianity, wouldn't I'. Part of the joy comes from the construction of character(s), because if you do it well you gain in knowledge, including self-knowledge. But mostly it's the music. Of words. More obvious, of course with composers. Think of Mozart reading over his latest piece. 'Oh, shit! That's divine'. Occasionally we can get that too. Did I really write THAT? We're surely living in an age where ideas for plays tumble over each other, clamoring for attention. Clamoring to contribute to self-knowledge. But we can only do one at a time. Best wishes. John.
I don't think it was depressing. It think it was part of my growth. I have the plays. They are mine. They are some what prophetic. A few of the things I said would happen in them, have happened. And I believe in coincidences. I was in NY with some friends in a restaurant. It was the last night of a short play of mine. Some people at a nearby table had a movie camera. I was thinking how short the run of my play had been. I started talking with the people. My friends were kind of amazed that I would strike up a conversation with strangers. They were American Indians doing a documentary on NY American Indians. I came back to Atlanta applied to a Masters program in Film and video. I was 57. I learned to edit film. I learned to shoot movies. I learned digital photography. I still do all of those. I write e-books and travel. I take photos and videos everywhere I go. I'm not depressed at all. Sometimes I'm gone for up to two months. I'm having fun.