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Charles Deemer

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Oregon Literary Review

MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

Retired playwright and screenwriter.
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The Writing Life II

(Posts archived here are from 01/10/03 - 10/31/06)

 
Monday, April 11, 2005  
Brainstorming
I have a "virtual office" in which I can host chats, and this afternoon (my time) I'm meeting John (who's in Michigan) to brainstorm a possible screenplay collaboration. I want to use a backdrop in which he has expertise. I don't know if we can find any common ground on story ideas but we'll give it a whirl.

Otherwise, another good morning on the road story. Doing about 1200 words a day over the last few days, which is just about right, a solid amount of work without becoming possessed, as I was possessed by the recent screenplay. Which, by the way, I soon will print out and look at it, see if I have anything or not. It came so quickly I barely had time to get a sense of what it was ha ha! I also need an ending for this other screenplay I found, something I started several years ago and his one of the best concepts I've ever had -- well, I stole it from a South African play actually, which is to say, I used the concept in a very different and very American context, turning a tragic drama into a thriller.

Lots of school work to do as well. Busy, busy, busy! But June isn't far away now, and with luck I'll finish the road story novel this summer and with double luck, I'll then have to write a second mystery because some agent or other will have sold the series somewhere. Not sure how long I want to stick with the concept if it's a hard sell, though. Maybe a second, maybe not. They are fun to write, at least the first one was, and three months to write it wasn't bad. I'm not dying to write another literary novel after Kerouac's Scroll, no ideas taking control of my mind and all that -- oh yes, have several ideas but they just haven't risen to dominance, or at least not yet. All that could be different ahead. Or something else entirely could "possess" me. I do have two more screenplay ideas I want to develop. Not counting whatever I may develop with John. And the one-act libretto for the other John. It's not like I have nothing to do.

The screenwriting book is "on schedule," the publisher wrote, which now means late April or early May.

Get my annual physical at the VA this week. I get nervous about my health now that I've out-lived all my oldest and closest male friends. I feel great. They felt great, too. One felt great until he passed out in his apartment, was diagnosed with lung cancer and died a few months later. One felt great until his leg swelled, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he died a few months later. Feeling great isn't all that good a predictor of anything, though I suppose it beats not feeling great. I am astonished that I'm still alive, given the punishment I gave my body over many decades, but hope the gods still give me some good writing years before they pull the plug. I'm not ready to shut up yet ha ha. But...one never knows.

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