Dueling Blogs – (Creative) Nonfiction & (Quasi) Fiction

As I might have mentioned in previous entries, I have two blogs here on WordPress – one focusing (mostly) on my adventures (or lack thereof) in the World of Writing, and the other focusing (mainly) on my adventures in the World of (mainly) Musical Theatre. While I’ve managed to post a weekly post for the writing blog (with varying degrees of actual substance and oodles of entertainment value), I haven’t maintained the same discipline for the Theatre blog. This is not due to a lack of topics and material for which to write – I’ve seen a LOT of musicals and (to a lesser extent) plays over the years decades, as well as attended many theatre-related events (CD signings, free outdoor concerts, film adaptations, etc.). I could probably write a book (or several) of all the theatrical experiences, and include photos of all the Close Encounters of the Theatrical Kind (at least for the more recent experiences).

Yet that hasn’t happened (yet), as those blog entries are not so much reviews (though I do interject some of my personal opinions about the show in question), they’re more personal narratives of my own experience with that particular performance, or in the case of my four part blog series of my year of seeing La Cage aux Folles, memories of the show for each season. I suppose it falls into the genre of creative non-fiction (if such a genre exists), as it’s based on actual events that happened relating to a fictional narrative, and my perspective(s) with regards to the events that unfold. It’s (more or less) a mix of facts and opinions wrapped in a narrative with a definite structure – there’s a beginning, middle and end, and accompanying photos (though the photos I have posted there are only a fraction of the ones I’ve taken with my trusty digital camera).

Anyway.

Writing the theatre entries is a much more precise and time-consuming process than writing these entries, as the former requires a bit more concentration, precision and (some) fact checking, while the latter is just me writing whatever pops into my head at any given moment. Also, unlike this blog, I write the theatre blog entries in to Word first then copy and paste into WordPress. Why I go about writing these two blogs differently is a mystery in and of itself, but at least it’s actual!writing.

The spark that brought about this week’s entry (as the barricades around the Land of Exposition remain as they were, and the Sentinels remain at their post – some not blinking for some reason) was the fact I attended the final matinee performance of Mamma Mia! earlier today. After (most) theatrical experiences, I write up a blog entry about my experiences at the performance usually within 24-48 hours of said event, as it’s fresher in my mind and the details are more clear.

It’s been a while since I went to see a show (for various reasons), which explains the infrequency of posting theatrical entries (though technically speaking I could have written about past theatrical experiences but that would require hopping into the TARDIS of my mind and recalling events that happened years ago).

But I digress.

The urge to prepare and write the theatre blog today conflicts (somewhat) with the weekly writing of this blog and the schedule to which I’ve committed myself to write and post here on a weekly basis. The different mindsets required (at least for me) have me bouncing from one side to the other, not quite knowing where to land.

On the other hand, the fact that I have had this (quasi) conflict has allowed me to write up something this week, when I thought I didn’t have much to write about this week.

So in the end, it all works out.

One blog entry completed, time to write the other one.

Hopefully there’ll be more of an update on the state of my actual!writing in the near future.

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