Free Stage Play

Once again I’ve been lax in posting, being busy with other things, namely writing on the memoir, still some drawing, and moving big rocks around behind my apartment building, where I’m making a terrace and a French drain.  For fun, like a bus driver’s holiday, it’s a landscaper’s retirement.  Meanwhile I note that nobody seems to have been particularly bothered by last week’s digital silence.

My apologies for doing this blog without a schedule, but it is what it is.  I do have a vague list in mind of subjects to bloviate (blogiate?) about, though without clear priorities.  There is a foggy plan to keep on posting drawings for my coloring book YE GODS! and to start serializing my novella BAT IN A WHIRLWIND, which will happen as/if I manage.

Since I’m feeling the need to think about something besides the Aztec god Huehuecoyotl (Old Coyote), my youthful tribulations of fifty years ago, and earthworking, I’m going to write this time about more of the free stuff I’m pushing on this website.  Today I’ll tell you about the only play that Fyodor Dostoevsky almost wrote, and posthumously at that.

Let’s kindly say that I extracted or distilled my one-act play THE SPECIAL CASE from Dostoevsky’s classic novel CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.  In three scenes, the young murderer Raskolnikov hides his guilt in a treacherous mind-game with the Police Inspector Porfiry Petrovich.  The play was produced in 1992 at the Santa Fe Community Theatre (later the Playhouse).  Now it’s free for anybody to read or produce.  Just right click here and select “Save Target (or Link) As.” (P. S. I’d love an invite to any production and will try to make it.)

Being a dramaturge impressed me mostly with the transitory nature of theatrical art.  All that’s left of that dramatic triumph now is this text, a rather good videotape, and a horrific memory of the elderly Porfiry character freezing in mid-sentence for several interminable moments.  Wrong, I’ve also still got a little Victorian mirror that hung over Porfiry’s desk and a continuing acquaintance with the fellow named John who played the student friend Razumikhin.

More or less dizzy with that two minutes of local fame, I went on to “extract” a one-act play from a short story by another favorite Russian writer, Maxim Gorky, who also wrote magnificent plays you may have heard of, like THE LOWER DEPTHS.  Some might call it adapting but whatever.  The story is titled for its main character, CHELKASH, but I call my play more thematically SPOILS.  Admittedly, it won’t be easy to stage as it mostly happens in a small boat being rowed on a dark sea.  My thought is that it would work much better as a screenplay for an intimate video incorporating the nocturnal atmosphere and dark ships looming in the harbor.

SPOILS and my other theatrical pieces are also available for free download, reading, or production.  Check them out too.  There’s some unusual, if not downright odd, historical and experimental stuff.

Setting It Free

Someone somewhere once advised us that if we love something, we should set it free.  Then there was something else about if it comes back, it’s yours—if not, it never was.   With what I have in mind, those conditions are meaningless.  As I most recently remarked in Potlatch, I’m setting my writings and artworks free to fly like birds whither they will across the ether of the Internet.  I certainly love them, they’re mine to do with what I will, and there’s not much way they’ll be coming back.

It was a great pleasure that in a mere day and a half I managed to convert all the items in the Public Library to pdf files and link them for free downloads.  Besides the two short stories, the plays and poetry are also linked.  Enjoy.

And there’s more, a true windfall.  Happily, when I looked in the right place, I found the original pdfs for two of my nonfiction books.  The first is the really old one on the Aztec calendar, CELEBRATE NATIVE AMERICA.  Using it and a wonderful site called azteccalendar.com, you can learn your ceremonial Aztec name and compute your own personal Aztec horoscope.

Also I found the old file for my language book GETTING GET, which is super news for all you ESL people out there.  For learners (or teachers) of English as a second or foreign language, this book is the key to the unconscious, secret code of American English speakers, a grammar never taught in schools or defined in dictionaries.  Now it’s yours for free.  Get it on!

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the files on my two other books, the nonfiction REMEMBER NATIVE AMERICA  on Indian mounds or the novel DIVINE DEBAUCH.  Lord knows where they went.  Probably on floppies and therefore lost to posterity.  Oh, well.  I can probably scan the mound book to post it for you, but the novel is something I’d totally want to rewrite before setting it free.  And I’m not sure that’s something I can afford to spend my time on at this point.  Meanwhile, it’s what it is, a work of my youth.

And know what?  I’d truly love it if someone wanted to take some of this stuff and run with it.  Have fun!  The more the merrier.  I’d particularly love to hear about someone wanting to do one of my plays.  Or dare I dream, a movie?  Of course, I dare dream.  Just wait till you get a load of my upcoming novella BAT IN A WHIRLWIND when I start posting its chapters soon.

Meanwhile, this is as good a place as any to mention a reasonable concern I’ve got about setting my works free out into the wide world of the web.  Is mine just another voice crying in the wilderness?  Or in a less scriptural way, is there anyone out there?  Anybody home?  In the year and some that this website has been up, I’ve gotten no real comments from anyone.

I see that usually there’s a valiant few who visit various Aztec deity illustrations, and some occasionally check another page or blog posting.  I’d love it if someone would start a conversation with me about this esoteric stuff, but I don’t know how the site’s comment thingie works.  So I’ve cryptically (to avoid spam contacts) given my email address in several places with my signature (for anyone who can read cursive anymore), like at the bottom of the home page (click on banner) or here below.

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POTLATCH – Free Literature and Art

All I’ve ever wanted to do was to write and create art.  In my earlier life I had to hope that my writing might earn a little something toward my old age, but I could see no way for that to happen except by getting stuff published, which everyone knows isn’t the easiest thing in the world.  The bitter pill is that publishers, either conventional or online services, always earn the lion’s share of any income, and then some.  Of course, that’s why they do it.  That’s the matrix.

Unexpectedly I was recently blessed by my late mother with a degree of economic freedom, enough to do what I want without being concerned about income.  It has now given me a new perspective on the writer/reader relationship.  If I don’t need to be paid for my writings, why does anybody have to pay to read them?  If I don’t need to be paid for my art, why must anyone pay to see or to have it?   I suddenly feel a real kinship with those musical artists who are giving their music/songs away online.  Music for the people.  Open-access literature and art.

With this website, it turns out that I’ve already got a great way to give away my work.  So there it is.  I’ve decided to offer my writing and art free for the taking, right here via my digital avatar.  Think of it as a potlatch, a giant giveaway.  You also might say I want to pay my good fortune forward.

I started this website with that unconscious inspiration, posting my short prose, poetry, and plays in the Public Library.  Feel free to read or download any of it.  To help, I’ve now learned how to let you download those texts as pdf files for printing or reading at your leisure.  So far I’ve managed to set up the download links on the two short stories, TRAVELING MEN and HOMAGE.  I expect it to take a while and for there to be bugs as I work through the set-ups on the plays and poetry, so please bear with me.

The first new giveaway will be the serialized chapters of my novella BAT IN A WHIRLWIND, and on completion, I hope to have it available as a free e-book.  Let me get the conversions and download links for the Public Library done and try some menu rearrangement, and then I’ll start rolling out these serial chapters.

I’ll also post the individual pages as completed of YE GODS!  An Outrageous Coloring Book.  The 26 hallucinatory icons of Aztec deities will take a year or two to finish.  At the moment, four are about ready to post, and I’m closing in on the fifth.  It would be good to post one a month, but that’s no promise.

So my work is cut out for me.  Fortunately there are no deadlines but the real one.  Until then, I’ll just do what I can.