New project developments.

Hello everyone! Its Colin again!

Today I will be talking about some new developments on my project that have really helped push me along the path I started on. The other night I was having a meeting with my mentor for this project, and he said something to me that I didn’t really understand at first, “tell your story” he told me. This confused me a little bit. “I thought I was supposed to be telling the story of people with autism” I said. Well you are but….. and then he went into a diatribe abut something that I stopped paying attention to because I was trying to comprehend what he had told me and how I was going to accomplish it.

I went home as confused and flustered as when he had first told me to tell my story, and I had a writers block for about 3 weeks. I couldn’t come up with any ideas for scenes or songs. It was terrible.

Then, one night, wile I was listening to Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, it just clicked in my brain. My play has two major characters: Apollo and Sean. Sean is the one with Autism and Apollo is a broken street musician who is trying to find his place in the world and who is wondering if the field he chose was the right field for him, or if he should end it all now since he is not qualified for anything else. It was at the moment I reviewed these two characters that I found the way to tell my story.

I could tell my story through Apollo, while subsequently telling the story of those on the spectrum through Sean.

I literally jumped out of my seat when I came up with the idea and I rushed into the kitchen to tell my parents about my idea because I simply couldn’t contain myself. After I barraged them with my enthusiasm, I went back to writing and found myself completely unblocked, and ideas flowing from my head.

Funny what the power of music can do for a person isn’t it….

That’s all for now. Stay tined for more exciting updates about meetings with mentors, prep for a presentation for the 8th and 9th grade at my school, and more exciting plans for my show: The Missing Piece

Colin Miller