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THE SPINS: Living on through music 

As all of you have probably heard by now, David Bowie passed earlier this week. His death has really affected me in a way that no other celebrity death has. (I don't really see it as just a "celebrity" death, even.) David Bowie is one of the artists whose music has shaped who I am, whose music was the soundtrack to some significant chapters of my life. @ElusiveJ posted the perfect Tweet about this recently: "Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves." 

I attended rehearsal for my play, THE SPINS, shortly after finding out about David Bowie. The timing seemed significant. In my play, a young musician named Lynn deals with the death of her brother as well as the more recent loss of a romantic relationship. In a drunken haze, a dead musician she idolizes spins her through dreams and memories (as represented by Dream Lynn) helping her to see how music can allow us to transcend loss, grief, sadness... even death. One of the major themes of my play is the way we all live on through our art. This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately: how David Bowie will live on through his music, how Alan Rickman will live on through his films, or even people you wouldn't think of as being artists will live on through the things they have created. Everyone creates something that will allow them to live on in other people's hearts and imaginations. I found myself thinking a lot about David Bowie and how much his music meant to me as I watched the actors rehearse. 

I wrote the play in 2009 under the mentorship of Addae Moon and the Horizon Theatre Apprentice Company. (Shout out to my fellow playwrights, Tommy Jamerson and Josh Julian!) At times, revisiting the script has felt like looking at something someone else wrote. I suppose I was a different person in 2009 so maybe that's not an inaccurate way to look at it. But unlike other things I've written that I've looked back on years later, THE SPINS still seems to have a great deal that speaks to the truth of who I am, at all ages. Although the majority of the play is not autobiographical, the emotions of the characters definitely are, and it still feels like a very personal play. 

Ever since I graduated from the University of New Orleans with my MFA in Playwriting in late 2012, I have been writing young adult fiction. (I can never just stick to one thing, you know. I'm always jumping in between plays, films, performing, music, novels, poetry, even sometimes painting--though not very well.) But attending rehearsals for THE SPINS has reminded me of a certain kind of magic that is found only in theatre. It's been such a treat to watch how Julian Verner has directed this incredibly talented cast, how they have all added their own unique interpretations of these characters, and how the rest of the team has worked so diligently to create something really special. I am so blessed that Carolyn Choe and the Out of Box team chose to add my play to their season. I adore everything I've seen there. And although I am feeling nervous and vulnerable in a way that is exclusive to playwrights, I think, I can't wait to see how everything comes together next week.  

THE SPINS opens on Friday, January 22 and runs through Sunday, January 31, and I hope all of you who are in the Atlanta area will come see it. It means a great deal to me to be able to share these messages with others. For tickets, please visit the Out of Box website.

Updates: novels and plays and blogs, OH MY! 

We're just going to ignore the fact that this picture is, like, 8 years old. I've been writing too much lately to stop and take pictures of myself. But I thought it was appropriate for this post!
Hello, blogosphere! It's been a while! What have I been up to?

Writing, writing, and more writing. Oh, and then some freelance editing for other writers, reading books, and making some videos about writing. And then more writing. It's an exciting life!

I had some great news recently when Out of Box Theatre in Marietta, Georgia announced they will be performing my play, THE SPINS, in January 2016! I am very, very excited about this. I wrote THE SPINS in 2009 during my apprenticeship at Horizon Theatre. It was then a finalist in The Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest in 2011, and it had a staged reading as part of the Essential Theatre Festival that summer. So it's been a long time coming. I have loved every play I've seen at Out of Box, and I especially love how they produce so many plays by Georgia playwrights so I can't wait to see what they do with it. 

Update on my young adult novel series: I have changed the name of the first book from THE MUSES to WE OWN THE SKY, Book One in THE MUSE CHRONICLES. My agent is still working hard to find the best publisher for the book, and it has gone through a lot of edits and revisions since I first started writing it in the fall of 2012. I am confident that my agent, Marie, will find the perfect home for the trilogy in the right and perfect time. I wrote 50,000 words of the first draft of the second book in November for NaNoWriMo, and I am working hard to shape that into a presentable complete draft that I can show to my critique partners and beta readers. (I'm actually looking for a new critique partner or two. E-mail me at if you are interested!) The second book is called HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING. (You music freaks will probably recognize the allusions to M83 here. This is on purpose!) 

Other than that, I've been blogging for websites like HelloGiggles, PickTheBrain, and LifeHack as well as maintaining my own writing blog. Speaking of the writing blog, I've decided to only use that blog for posts about writing. I'll be saving all of the posts about my own writing journey and my artistic career for this blog (which means I'll actually be using this blog regularly again!). 

For those of you who are writers, you may be interested in the new mailing list I have started, The Daily Writer. Subscribers of this mailing list receive daily writing inspiration in the form of tips, prompts, thoughts, inspirational quotes, interesting reads, and more! Subscribe and join in the fun. Subscribers also get a free copy of my e-book, THE 30-DAY WRITING CHALLENGE: BEGIN OR ENHANCE YOUR DAILY WRITING HABIT. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel as well. I'm actually making videos again!

That's all for now. I'll be updating this thing more often from now on! Stay tuned!

Pocket the Moon shows - staged reading of my play, The Spins 

First of all, thank you SO MUCH for all of the support with the release of our debut self-titled album with Pocket the Moon! The album is available on CD Baby and iTunes as well as here on my website and on the Pocket the Moon website. We have already gotten some positive reviews of the album from local music blogs The Silver Tongue and Latest Disgrace, and they have been playing tracks from the album on the Georgia Music Show on Album 88 (88.5 FM WRAS) Wednesday nights from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. So tune in, and give them a call to request our tunes!

We've got one more Atlanta show before we hit the road in August for our mini-tour!

Upcoming Pocket the Moon Shows:
  • July 31 - Sunday - The Music Room - Atlanta, GA - FREE! - with nerdkween - send off show before we hit the road
  • August 3 - Wednesday - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
  • August 5 - Friday - The Boiler Room - Asheville, NC
  • August 8 - Monday - The Elbo Room - Chicago, IL
  • August 13 - Saturday - The Edge - Big Stone Gap, VA with Savannah Shoulders
  • August 23 - Tuesday - Smith's Olde Bar (upstairs) - Atlanta, GA
We are still trying to pick up some extra shows in between August 8th (Chicago) and August 13th (Virginia) so if any of you musicians or Midwesterners have booking suggestions or would like to play with us, let us know!

In other news, my one-act play, The Spins, was a finalist in the Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest and will have a staged reading on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:30 PM at Actor's Express as part of The Essential Theatre Bare Essentials Reading Series. This event will be FREE (with a $5 suggested donation), it is going to be directed by Curtis Krick, and it will feature many incredibly talented actors and musicians from the Atlanta area including Rachel Kemp (Painted, Leapfrog). I'd love to see everyone out and hear your thoughts about this play! I'm hoping this reading will lead to a production sometime in the near future.

New acoustic YouTube cover, new Pocket the Moon album, new staged reading of one of my plays! 

Hey everyone!

First of all, I got another acoustic cover up on YouTube (finally). This is me doing a version of Anna Domino's "Summer" as requested by one of my Kickstarter donors. I'm hoping to start getting these covers on YouTube on a weekly (or at least every other week) basis! So if you have any requests, leave me a comment!

Secondly, I'm sure you've all heard about the new Pocket the Moon release. In case you haven't checked the blog in a long time, Pocket the Moon is the indie/folk duo that Geoff Goodwin and I are in. We've been playing around town in places like Drunken Unicorn, The Earl, Wonderroot, Smith's Olde Bar, and Highland Inn Ballroom.

We are releasing our debut self-titled ten-track album on June 24th. We will be playing a CD release show at The Drunken Unicorn on Friday, June 24th along with Molly Parden and Richard Parsons. It's only 5 bucks, and I'm making cookies. That's right FREE COOKIES and live music! I hope you can join us!

If you don't live in the Atlanta area but still want to be a part of the experience, Drunken Unicorn is now doing live streaming of their shows on the internet! So the show will be streamed live at If you can't watch it live, it will still be up there for quite a while afterwards so definitely be sure to check it out!

You can also pre-order a copy of the album on the Pocket the Moon website or in my store if you aren't able to make it out to the CD release show but still want an album.

What people are saying about the album so far:

"Pocket the Moon is using this record as a tool to prove themselves as a band, not a duo, and to exemplify some of the rules (or lack thereof, actually) of songwriting as a band of multi-instrumentalists. Crawford’s easy-listening voice spills tales that are tonally matter-of-fact, and that helps drive Pocket the Moon away from folk and towards something, musically, more transgressional. Atlanta doesn’t need another distraught artist becoming one with his or her Taylor to deliver us C-to-D-to-Am flops about lost love and inner redemption. I think Crawford and Goodwin are telling us, with this record, that they agree." - J.Criss of The Silver Tongue - Click here to read the full review

Also, The Essential Theatre will be doing a staged reading of a play that I wrote called The Spins as it was a finalist in their playwriting competition! The staged reading will take place Wednesday, July 27th at Actor's Express and you're all invited. :-) For more information on this reading series, click here.

And that's what's going on with me. I hope you all are doing well!!