May 16, 2010

My First Attempt: a deadline

Posted in Update tagged , at 5:29 pm by Kyle Kratky

This is going to be very short and direct.

Now that the solo performance show I was in is over and my other blog is fully launched and running, I’ve been able to refocus my efforts on my First Attempt, which will use the California Christmas Flood in the 70s as a pivot point and examine how that fits into the larger story of my mother’s father’s life.

My mother’s family will be gathering for Memorial Day weekend, and I’ll use that time to interview my aunt who lives in Oregon as well as any remaining family members.  Once The Gathering is complete, I’ll use the next week to complete the remaining steps (The Coupling, The Refining and The Submitting).  My First Attempt will be ready to go by Monday, June 7, when I will post a snippet of it here and send the entire thing off to the folks at This American Life.

Then I’ll get ready to do it all again.  Rock on.


April 30, 2010

This post not related: Garden to Garden

Posted in Off-topic, Update tagged at 8:44 am by Kyle Kratky

A quick off-topic update, my friends.

I’ve been super-busy getting with work and getting ready for an upcoming solo performance show (in which I will be performing an original piece), so that’s why updates have been, uh, sparse.

I would just like to do a little self-promoting and point you toward this other project called Garden to Garden. A friend and I are doing a bit of competitive gardening, and I’ve been building, digging and planting a lot in my efforts to beat the pants off her.  Check it out!

I’ll have big developments in my project here very soon.

April 19, 2010

A quick thanks

Posted in Update tagged , , , at 11:30 am by Kyle Kratky

Occasionally people comment here or send me emails with suggestions, careful prodding and constructive criticism.  I just wanted to thank those of you who have done so.  Your thoughts and insight sometimes throw me for a loop, but I promise I journal about them frequently, and I try to get back to you (if only to let you know that I read and appreciated your thoughts).

Still interviewing for my First Attempt.  It is tough to juggle a day job, a theatre company, some semblance of a social life and this project, but I remain on schedule.

Task-master awaaaaaaay!

April 5, 2010

Another Attempt: Government jobs?

Posted in Update tagged , , , , at 11:04 pm by Kyle Kratky

This is a looking-ahead post, so updates regarding my First Attempt will not be found here.  Except for this sole bit: it is coming along, but interviewing family can be HARD.

I’m thinking about what I will do for my Second and Third Attempts, and tonight I met at a local diner with an old friend, where she recounted for me her attempts to get rehired with her old government job.  Her efforts have been, thus far, fruitless.  She left this job amicably some time ago, and the reason she can’t get rehired is because of a completely automated scoring system.  A computer somewhere has it out for her.

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April 1, 2010

A very important message

Posted in Update tagged , , at 8:00 am by Kyle Kratky

I felt compelled to record this message rather than write it.  Give a listen.

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March 30, 2010

A new kind of drunk dial

Posted in Off-topic tagged , , , , , at 10:52 pm by Kyle Kratky

Drunk dialing is the practice of phoning someone when drunk.  This activity usually takes place late at night and from a cell phone, often times from a party or bar, and it should involve leaving a rambling message that the caller will later regret having done.

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March 26, 2010

First Attempt, Step Six: THE GATHERING

Posted in Update tagged , , , , at 8:00 am by Kyle Kratky

I’ve completed Step Five (The Framing) of my First Attempt, and tomorrow I set out on the dreaded Step Six: THE GATHERING.


No, not really.

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March 24, 2010

The list of things about which I want to learn more

Posted in Research & Development tagged , , at 10:04 pm by Kyle Kratky

The impetus behind my starting this blog and initiating my year-long I am easily distracte-BUNNY!Journey toward getting hired with This American Life (or just getting my stuff aired on the show) was to corral my creative energies into one massive herd of artistic energy.  I’m usually a very scattered person, and I find that when I don’t set specific goals with deadlines, I get distracted quickly.

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March 10, 2010

Some narration from my First Attempt

Posted in Progress, Update tagged , , , , at 12:33 am by Kyle Kratky

I know I’ve been a little MIA, but things are pretty nuts for me right now.  My boss at work went to Uganda for a month (for a unique cultural experience, check out her blog that I created, wrote and updated), and I’m in the throes of writing something fairly epic for an upcoming solo performance show.

Still, that’s no excuse.

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March 2, 2010

I’m not dead, I’m just hella busy

Posted in Update tagged , , , , , , at 4:47 pm by Kyle Kratky

I didn’t make it to The Fudgery this weekend as promised, so my challenge goes untended, and my latest experiment languishes.

I am le sad (as opposed to le tired).

But I’ll be going there this Saturday, I uberpromise.

This week I finish writing my own parts for my First Attempt.  I’ll record them this weekend to finish up Step Five: The Framing.  Next week I’ll begin the next step (Step Six: The Gathering) by talking to my mother and siblings.  From there’s it is aunts, uncles, cousins and a grandmother.  Talking, talking, talking.  So many words will make something so focused and direct.

I’m basically an editor.  Or maybe a distiller.  I like that.

Give me your stories, friends.  I shall distill them until they are a most interesting and intoxicating brew.

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