Yellow Brick Road Stepping Stones

30 Apr

It was a funny thing being in the front.

I’m not used to it.

I wasn’t only told to do so, but I was strongly encouraged to do it the easy way … voluntarily, otherwise I would have been dragged out of the audience.

And that, I did not want.

So I stood there, among the other writers, in my New York & Company 7th Avenue Slacks and black converse, while other lady writers were in dresses and high heels, waving to the people who were clapping.

I thought it was going to end there … but no … the director of the theater thought it would be a good idea to introduce the writers, one by one. So … there I was at the end of the line, nervously waiting my turn. When he finally introduced me, I announced that I had written La Visita … and they applauded.



It’s not like I didn’t think they were going to applaud, they clapped for everyone else, but somehow it was different. Other than my kids, I don’t think anyone has ever applauded for me. Maybe volunteers during a race, or at graduation. But nothing like this … this was for imagination, for story, for my words.

I looked at my friends who were sitting in the audience waving at me, and I waved back. I was grateful for their presence and those that had come to the previous shows. The praise and kind words were humbling.

But that was not my favorite part.

I like being behind the scenes.

I liked sitting in the audience and watching their reaction, watching people that I didn’t even know smile at little nuances I had written and hear their laughter during comedic moments. I loved hearing my friends laugh at what I had written. I enjoyed watching the actors become my characters and live out my words on stage. I enjoyed watching the impact of my story.

Most of the time with fiction, I don’t hear or see anyone’s reaction, unless they write to me and mention something. So I’m usually hidden away in the lonely writer sanctuary in the middle of the night, high-fiving myself. But this time around, their smiles and laughter were some of the best high-fives. The hugs from my friends meant a great deal. The compliments from the other writers and actors in the festival were reassuring.

Being in the audience took me back to that good feeling, that girl-scout shindig during my elementary school years, where I stood next to my troop leader, Maria, and watched as the girl scout masses at the camp  watched the show I had helped write and put together.

I felt good and I was proud.

I had landed on another stepping stone in my yellow brick road, one that also took me on a Bucket List Adventure … seeing my words come to life.

And now I’m back in my WordPress community sharing the news and catching up on some reading, and comments. I’ve been on a semi-hiatus for some time because of all the work it took to put this together, but now I return even more inspired to follow the writing journey and take you along with me, if you want to ride on this bus.

Buen Camino my friends.



7 Responses to “Yellow Brick Road Stepping Stones”

  1. susielindau April 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM #

    How very cool! This is the play you wrote. I wish I was there to cheer in the audience. I just read a screenwriter’s post, recommending everyone write something that is performed some day. That way we would realize that words are precious and that we should take care in selecting them.
    Woohoo! So happy for you, Guat! Well deserved I’m sure!!!

    • The Guat May 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM #

      Thanks so much Susie! It was such a great and weird feeling at the same time because these characters have always been in my head and to see them come to life! Dude! It was such a good feeling to see people smile and hear them laugh at moments that I thought were funny. That definitely made me more aware of word choices. Sooooooo glad the choices I made worked out. Thanks for reading and for the high five!

      • susielindau May 15, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

        We went to the worst play EVER a week ago. There was no plot. It was all telling and no character arcs. The ending didn’t even make sense and it was all told by a narrator. It gave me an idea. I should start writing them!! 🙂
        Did you use a program to write yours?

  2. anotherday2paradise May 1, 2016 at 7:06 AM #

    So well done, TG! The applause was so well deserved, so bask in the glory. xx

    • The Guat May 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

      Thanks so much! The front of the stage recognition was weird for me but I loved sitting in the audience and hearing the positive feedback. Thanks so much for reading.

  3. tomrains May 3, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    It’s always great moving on more inspired than before!! And yes, I would love to ride along with you on your writing journey. I will post this comment, then follow!

    • The Guat May 7, 2016 at 7:11 PM #

      It is awesome when you can come out inspired and hold onto that feeling and just have it take you on the next ride. Whew! Thanks for your kind words, the follow, and for reading. Have a good one!

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