Podcasting and Writing Plays

I have been less active on this blog lately because I'm starting a new podcasting project. I'm going to be podcasting my novel, "Marmalade, Cat Detective," at my new Marmalade Cat Detective blog.

I also have a long-term plan for writing a book on how to write and produce children's plays and videos.

I've had so much fun doing this over the years that I think it's time to share.  I will always be grateful to Mike Taylor, a teacher who let me help direct some of his original plays. For me, many of the special projects teachers do have to be learned on the apprenticeship system. Working with Mike, I observed which elements of a show were crucial to successful school productions.

At first I was going to write a book about it. I even drew up a list of chapters and topics but the process seemed daunting. I work as a teacher-librarian, I'm a hockey mom and my first love is fiction. Where would I find the time to write a non-fiction book? Instead, I started a blog about the process of writing and directing scripts for kids called Dramafun. It seemed like a good way to share some of my tips and tricks with others.

Last night I discovered Howtoblogabook.com. It's ingenious! The idea is to write a blog which becomes a book. Written in small increments, even a long book shouldn't take more than a year to write. Who knows, maybe once I've taught myself to podcast by podcasting my novel, I might podcast episodes about making plays and movies with children as well.

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