Just got back from the Educational Theatre Association‘s annual conference in Atlanta. No matter how easy it is to run the company without an actual store, nothing beats the face to face contact with customers. They want to see us and know who we are, and we want to see them and get feedback.
Similarily, even though computers have made writing so much easier and efficient, I will never get used to “creating” on the computer. I still have to sit down with a pen and a pad of paper and let the ideas flow out that way. Staring at a screen just doesn’t do it for me.
The conference went very well, got to meet a lot of teachers who didn’t know us and a lot who did which makes for a nice mix. We’re looking forward to the next conference in Buffalo the first weekend in October. We don’t get a lot of business out of New York State so it will be interesting to see how they take us. Doing conferences is like going back to school in some ways – to exhibit well, there’s a definate skill that you have to learn and then practice, practice, practice! You can’t just sit behind a table and let the scripts sell themselves, even though sometimes that’s exactly what we want them to do.
Then on top of that I started my playwright’s binge – have to get out a submission a day, even when I’m on the road! Well, maybe I did a couple ahead of time… it’s definately a fun project.
This week I’m going to try and set up a couple of workshops for October/November so I have a deadline for some new work. I’m also going to be thinking about the marathon I’m doing on Sunday. It was a long hard summer of running in hot, humid weather and I just have to hope that it’s paid off. It’s my second one but you just never know what’s going to happen on the day (I got quite sick during the first one). The training is done, I’m happy with it, and that’s all I can hope for.