Mea Culpa: I haven’t been writing

My last post on this blog was from March, when I announced that I have started actually writing this ambitious project tentatively known as “1916.”

Since that time, I have to admit: I haven’t really been writing.

I won’t bore you with the usual excuses — life got busy, I hit a block, I got distracted by other ideas and projects — because no matter how true they might be, in the end, they are only excuses.

My goal was to have the first draft of a musical written by the end of 2017, and it looks like that isn’t going to happen.

However, I will not beat myself up about it or give up on it, like I usually do.

Instead, I’m going to hunker down and get back to work. I was temporarily side tracked for the summer, but I’m going to jump back into the swing of things this fall.

There’s still time, if I really want to, to crank out a shitty, rough draft of this thing, and then spend 2018 refining and rewriting.

If that happens, I’ll be okay with it. If it doesn’t, the world isn’t going to end.

The most important goal is that this thing is completed. I would like to eventually see all of this hard work produced on stage.

And besides: I’ve been practicing my Tony acceptance speech. I can’t let all that hard work go to waste, either.

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Recommended: “Cannibal! The Musical!”

Yesterday, I realized that I had inadvertently watched two musicals centered around feeding humans to creatures to survive. On social media, I made a joke that, in order to keep the trend going, I would need to watch a musical centered around the Donner Party, a group of pioneers who got lost in the Rocky Mountains and famously had to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Shortly after posting my joke, a friend reminded me about one of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s early creations, Cannibal! The Musical, based on the true story of a man named Alfred Packer who led an expedition from Utah to Colorado, and ended up getting lost in the Rocky Mountains and resorted to eating the rest of his party to survive the harsh winter.

I remember trying to find it when I first learned about it about eight years ago, but could never find a copy or version anywhere unless I wanted to buy it. Today, on a lark, I searched for Cannibal! on YouTube, and to my surprise, the full musical is online!

I won’t do a full analysis on it, but I’ve embedded the video here for your enjoyment.

Taking notes

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My favorite part of taking notes is that I also provide my own commentary.

In case you can’t read my sloppy handwriting:

*SPECIFIC FOR “1916” — find out who the “mastermind” of the revolution/rebellion was — that’s the [main character]

[Secondary characters] would include the other 6 or so in the rebellion plot

“Hamilton” had specific musical styles for each character. Maybe try this?

Don’t break yourself. [Lin-Manuel Miranda] is a literal genius.