Terminator the Second: T2 Reenacted Using Only Lines from Shakespeare!

Nashville’s Husky Jackal Theater mashes up the 1590s and 1990s in William Shakespeare Presents Terminator the Second, the story of a boy and his cyborg protector. Every line is from the plays of William Shakespeare; only proper nouns, pronouns and verb tenses were changed.

According to io9, the full play debuted at the Nashville School of the Arts in October 2011, and a DVD of the performance is in post-production now. That film will be available for download on November 1st.

(Found at the production’s homepage.)

The Reading at the End of the Universe

I’m sure you’ve heard that the world is ending a week from today. If you are stuck at your computer on the 21st–instead of, say, cowering in your basement, maxing out your credit cards, injecting yourself with cockroach DNA, or bacchanaling it up somewhere–and you still want to mark the occasion, then this is for you:

InDigest Magazine is hosting an all-day, online reading of apocalyptic writing on December 21, at their YouTube channel. Bookmark it now so that this isn’t one of the things you forget to do before the world ends.

(Find out more at InDigest.)

What’s Up With Loud Mr. Harrity & Young Zella Luzenac? Join a Collaborative NaNoWriMo Novel & Decide Their Fates.

Figures like 30 Days or 50,000 words or 1 month or 180 pages or 300,000 writers are all pretty intimidating, even if NaNoWriMo and “literary abandon” sound like fine ideas in theory. So check this out:

Michelle at The Modern Manuscript has started a collaborative, group-written novel, and she wants you to add a paragraph. The rules are simple:

1) Anyone and everyone may participate.

2) You may submit one paragraph of 100 words or less at a time. But, you cannot submit paragraphs back to back.

3) Paragraphs can be submitted through the “comment/leave a comment” section at the end of this post. Once you submit a comment, it will go to her for moderation.

4) Endeavor to use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling within creative license.

5) No explicit content such as that which would be banned/blocked by wordpress.com.

6) Try to maintain and build upon pre-existing content. The goal is to create a unified whole when all is said and done.

7) Have fun.

To read the story so far or to add a paragraph, click here. See you there.

NaNoWriMo Begins Today

NaNoWrimo is the–the acronym?–the word anyway for National Novel Writing Month. Starting today, thousands of writers commit to a kind of creative sprint-athon, 30 days of writing to finish a 50,000 word novel. That’s 16 to 17 hundred words a day, maybe 6 or 7 typed, double-spaced pages. Some of them even make it.

The internet is full of cameraderie and commiseration. Join in at the NaNoWriMo homepage, or cross your arms and watch from a safe distance by checking the NaNoWriMo tags in your favorite blogging platfporm or the NaNoWriMo hashtags on Twitter.

I’m not a novelist, so I’ll show my support by finally getting around to completing NaPoWriMo, which ended half a year ago.

This Is Your 30 Day Warning

http://cristianmihaid.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/nanowrimo.jpgNaNoWriMo is just 30 days away now. I’m more of a NaPoWriMo guy myself, but November is more or less the half-anniversary of April, so maybe I’ll join you with a poem a day.

Good luck if you’re already collecting character names, tics, and motivations, or if you’re ironing the inconsistencies out of your fantasy world’s competing religious systems, or if you’re monitoring your dream journal nightly for the perfect uplifting/heartbreaking twist that you won’t actually commit to paper until November 28 leaving just a couple of days for untying the remaining knots. More power to you.

(Reminded of this by Cristian Mihai.)

Robert Bly Reading @ Blue Mound, Saturday 7 PM

Mark your calendars–this is happening:

The big year-long 100th birthday celebration of writer Frederick Manfred continues this month with a reading in Luverne, his chosen home town, by poet Robert Bly, his good, good friend. Bly will be accompanied by his wife, Ruth, and by sitarist David Whetstone.

Frederick Manfred. Star Tribune file photo by Duane BraleyManfred, born in Iowa, lived in southwestern Minnesota most of his life. He was the author of 34 books, including “Lord Grizzly,” most of which were set in a place he called Siouxland–the place where Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa come together. He died in 1994 at age 82.

Robert Bly and David Whetstone, at the launch of Bly's latest collection, "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey." Photo by Laurie HertzelRobert Bly’s latest collection is “Talking into the Ear of a Donkey.”  He’ll read from that (and likely from all kinds of other things, including books and poems by other people) at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Blue Mound State Park.

(Info & photos from StarTribune.)