General State of Blogging & Writing

Tom Loughlin and I seem to be at the same place in regards to our blogging efforts, more specifically the lack of blogging. (Side note: Great news about Loughlin pursuing entrepreneurial theatre degree for the SUNY Fredonia students.)

I know a part of that comes from the feeling that a blog post should be this great source of information on a given topic, with paragraphs flowing and flowing. I usually save the short, quick stuff for Twitter (@dennisbaker). That being the case, I am giving my self the freedom to post smaller messages. This might motivate me to use the WordPress iPhone app more, instead of waiting until I have hours in front of the computer to write a profound post, in which those hours never come.

Spending the first semester as a new adjunct at two universities, as well as family life, has kept me away from writing and performing. As I enter the second semester, two of my four classes remain the same so I hope to have a little more time to get some thoughts down. I am excited to be advising a group of students, and alumni, who are interested in devising, ensemble-based new work. As the advisor, I will take on a more reflective work coming into their rehearsals a couple of times a month (they will be meeting once a week) observing and helping them form and articulate what they want to create. I think this will help sharpen my reflective practitioner skills, as I will be able to help facilitate, while at the same time have some distance to reflect and write more formally on the experience. I need to start submitting to academic journals, and I think this project will be my first article topic. That being said, the actor in me wants to be in the mix of it and part of the physical creation, but unfortunately the timing of the meetings, and the extra finical burden of driving out to the school one more day in the week, will not allow me for deeper involvement.

I have also been commissioned by Theatre Journal to write a performance review of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s production of State of Incarceration that runs January 28th and 29th. I saw a workshop production of it back in November and was struck by the topic of the California prison system filled to 150% capacity and the stories created by an ensemble, some prisoners once themselves. Hopefully all goes well and I will be published by the end of the year.

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    2 thoughts on “General State of Blogging & Writing

    1. Scott Walters

      I hear you — I haven’t been writing much, either. It’s too bad to have all three of our voices out of the conversation, since we provide a needed corrective. I have found that my felicity with words has started to fail without the constant practice on the blog. When I went to write an article, my ideas glugged along sluggishly like old, cold oil. The problem is that I don’t want to do what I did before — write in reaction, engage in controversy. I want to put out actual ideas, and that takes time, and it may not be conducive to blog writing. I don’t know. I do know that Twitter doesn’t do it for me — I can have superficial 20-word conversations with my students, why log on? *L* Anyway, Happy New Year to you!

    2. Dennis Baker

      That is interesting that you mention write in reaction and engage in controversy. It sounds like people are taking a step back (some forced due to other obligations) and reflecting on what the purpose is for blogging and writing. Maybe 2011 will be a year of more positive ideas and less “bitching” as Kris Joseph puts it. I think through CRADLE and TACT there will be some great opportunities to continue to put out a positive message about theater curriculum, community-based theater and entrepreneurship.

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