Networking “Down the Ocean”

We’ll take a brief hiatus from writing mid-week when we go down to Ocean City, Maryland and spend the night with our friend Bonnie Feldstein. Bonnie writes as Anna Gill and Laura and I got to know her through her involvement with the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference where she’s handled manuscript reviews the last couple of years. She lives in Rochester, New York, but spends a couple of months in Ocean City holed up in a condo and dedicating herself to writing. We’re both jealous she’s figured out how to do that.

anna gill

On the agenda — dinner and then lots of girl talk. Bonnie has a wicked sense of humor and is a great story teller. At BTO she had us in stitches with a tale of trying on a full length (bra included) Spanx. This is supposed to give you a lean look from shoulder to knee and take care of any bulgy bits. I could relate! Apparently Bonnie’d been given a size too small to take into the dressing room, but she managed to get it up over knees, hips and bust. Once it was on, however,  she couldn’t breathe and only managed weak “help me, help me’s” from her stall. I had images of The Fly superimposed on Bonnie held captive by Spanx from which she had to be rescued by a saleslady. At that point Laura and I were laughing so hard we were crying.

Networking isn’t just about working. Forging personal bonds over stories and wine is the best networking there is.

Note to self: do not wear mascara when visiting Bonnie!

Running to Keep Up

Laura had the brilliant idea of putting an ad for The Santa Diaries in Spotlight, the newsletter published by the American Association of Community Theatre. She designed the color ad and got it in just under the deadline. Darlene DeLorenzo who coordinates AACT Vendor/Festival Services got us a great location in the newsletter.

The newsletter hit people’s mailboxes by the end of February, a few days earlier than we expected. We were barely ready with the tweaks we’d been making to the script when the first emails came in requesting a perusal script. If any of these requests are interested in purchasing the script package we have to be ready; we’re still running, but almost there.

One of the best parts of collaboration is that we get things done. This weekend Laura was in her office putting together information to go with the script. She’d added some photos from both productions. She emailed me that she needed a photo of one of the Christmas parades we’d walked in carrying a Santa Diaries banner. I had one, actually knew where to find it, and emailed it to her. I knew where it was because I’d opened a Pinterest account for Santa Diaries and made a board of the photographs that I had for each production. If you have photos, feel free to add them to the boards.

Pinterest page

We’ll have the sales package together in the next two days and then we can go back to working on The Santa Diaries movie script. We had to set that aside to make sure we were ready when somebody wants to buy the play script. We’ve got our running shoes on.