Sometimes turning a creative problem on its head is the only thing that will get it unstuck. To finally get the story of my musical to flow, I let my muses convince me, a year ago, to fictionalize myself and my composer, and let our characters become real.
In our crowdfunding video (yes, please donate!) we create a contest to find someone to write a musical about. "And WOW," says Michael, "wait until you meet our winners!"
This new backstory (the real story is much more of a slog) sets the stage for the novel (released as a blook over the last year; soon to be an ebook), a down-the-rabbit-hole story that intertwines the winner's Cinderella-like story with the maddening process of collaborating on a musical. This format gave us a chance to showcase a patchwork of music, some of which worked and most of which didn't, in an uneven struggle that eventually grew into a cohesive whole.
Last year's stroke of inspiration, which hit me on the BART ride home from an exhausting musical workshop (here's a clip of it that got woven into the storyline), turned our "objects insurmountable" (a favorite lyrical phrase from the first song we wrote—also featured in the novel—which was written out of the final draft) into a curious kaleidoscope of creative adventure.
Thank you, muses!
Causes Kristen Caven Supports
350.org, IdleFreeOakland.org, Public Education, Public Radio, Department of Peace (ThePeaceAlliance.org), Planned Parenthood, Room to Read.