Camp Nano Update and Excerpt

Welcome back, everybody! There’s only one more week until Camp Nano ends, and it’s been such a shock to see how fast the month has flown by! I’m right on track to achieve my goal of 30 pages, but the project has been divided into two separate parts: the story I’d originally set out with and a recent stage play assignment I had to write for my English class. Anyways, since the assignment was simply a short scene (like a short story or a short film), today’s post is going to be the assignment! My actual Nano project is much longer and needs time to develop–it’s definitely not going to be short! So, enjoy (even though it’s terrible). Oh and also, the formatting may be a bit off ’cause of my own inexperience with stage plays and ’cause I don’t know how to format in WordPress, so excuse that part!

Scene One:

(The curtain opens to reveal what seems to be a dimly lit warehouse room; file cabinets line the walls plastered with posters and diagrams, and a large table sits at the center of the room. One computer screen faces the back wall, and two characters—optimistic, dreamy POPPY and realistic, almost cynical CYNNIE—are sitting and staring at the screen in shock; they blink and lean in closer.)

POPPY
Oh my goodness. Did he just?
(She whips her head to face CYNNIE, who is as shocked as she is.)

CYNNIE
I—I think he did.

POPPY
Oh my goodness!
(POPPY squeals and springs up from her chair, unable to contain herself; she twirls CYNNIE around and shakes her shoulders excitedly.)
Our very first date, Cynnie! And it’s from the guy we like too! What luck!
(POPPY releases CYNNIE, who flops back into her chair, sighs, and turns back to squint at the screen in confusion; meanwhile, POPPY begins to dance around the room.)

CYNNIE
(She pushes herself away from the table abruptly and stands up.)
We’re not going.

POPPY
(POPPY immediately stops.)
What? What do you mean? Why not?

CYNNIE
(CYNNIE shrugs and folds her arms.)
I don’t wanna go.

POPPY
But that doesn’t mean that I can’t go!

CYNNIE
Oh, of course it does! We’re her brain!
(She flings her arm to the screen.)
You can’t override me!

POPPY
Ugh, you’re impossible!
(She plops back down into the chair and crosses her arms over her chest angrily before another girl, RAMONDA, enters the room, yawning.)

ROMANDA
Who’s impossible? Oh wait, you both are, ‘cause I’m the reasonable one. Ha.
(She laughs.)

POPPY
It’s not funny, Romanda!

RAMONDA
Fine, fine. I’ll stop.
(She pauses, noting a irritated CYNNIE and a near-to-tears POPPY.)
Ah, what happened while I was gone? Did all objectiveness get thrown out the window?
(She winks.)
You know, since I’m the—

POPPY and CYNNIE
The reasonable one, yeah, yeah.

RAMONDA
Ah. Right.
(She hesitates, a bit afraid to ask them what happened.)
Um, so? What’s all this fuss about?

POPPY
(She speaks with an affected air of indifference.)
Cynnie? Do you want to tell Ramonda? Or shall I?

CYNNIE
Lawrence just asked us out.

POPPY
(Stars return back to her eyes, and she turns to RAMONDA excitedly.)
Isn’t that great? Our first date! I’ve been dreaming about this day since we saw Cinderella!

RAMONDA
Okay… And? What did you guys say?

POPPY
We, uh—

CYNNIE
We slammed the door in his face.

POPPY
It just sorta happened, it was all a blur—

RAMONDA
(to herself)
Well at least you guys subconsciously agreed on slamming the door.
(to them)
Is he still out there?

POPPY
Ah. I forgot about that.
(They peer into the screen.)
Yup! Yup yup yup he’s still there, oh no, he must hate us now!

CYNNIE
Well then he’s not worth our time! All relationships fail anyways, why even try?

POPPY
You’re the realistic facet, not the cynical one! We don’t even have a cynical one!

CYNNIE
Well, looks like I’m evolving!

POPPY
(She turns to RAMONDA.)
Ramonda!

CYNNIE
(She turns to RAMONDA as well.)
Ramonda! Talk some sense into her!

POPPY
No, talk some sense into her! She’s the one being unreasonable!
(They turn on each other, edging RAMONDA out of their paths.)

CYNNIE
Oh, I’m the unreasonable one? Says the girl made up of sunshine and rainbows and a bucket of unicorn dust!

POPPY
Says the cynic who doesn’t believe in anything and thinks every single thing on this planet is out to get her!

CYNNIE
Oh, is that how it is?
(They advance towards each other.)

ROMANDA
Guys.

POPPY
Yeah! You know how depressing it is to be around you? No wonder we don’t have any friends when you’re in charge!

RAMONDA
Guys!

CYNNIE
Well, you know how exhausting it is to be around you? You haven’t got a discerning bone in your body! We’re going to get ripped off one day and it’s all going to be your fault!

RAMONDA
GUYS!

POPPY and CYNNIE
WHAT?

RAMONDA
You guys need to calm down, and be objective!

CYNNIE
Oh, that’s your territory! I wouldn’t want to intrude! Besides, apparently, I’m already intruding into cynical territory!
(She shoots daggers at POPPY.)

RAMONDA
We’re not going to get anything done with you two gabbering on like bickering monkeys! Look!
(She points to the screen and they reluctantly obey.)
Lawrence is still standing there!

POPPY
Yeah! Come on, we like him! Romantically speaking! We’re going to marry and have tons of little kids and live happily ever after!
(She turns to CYNNIE.)
Why can’t you let us be happy?

CYNNIE
(talking to RAMONDA)
How am I supposed to operate with her like that? That is wholly unrealistic! Nobody’s like that these days, we’re all corrupt and all relationships fail anyways!

POPPY
You’re being too cynical!

CYNNIE
Well, you’re being too naive! Wake up, this isn’t some fairytale!

POPPY
(She gasps.)
How dare you insinuate that I—

RAMONDA
Poppy! Cynnie! Stop, just stop! Listen to me, for goodness sakes! Without me, you guys would never get anything done. So just—

CYNNIE
Oh, so what, now you’re our only savior?

RAMONDA
(She sighs and rubs her temples.)
Cynnie. You know I didn’t mean it like that.

POPPY
What, you think you’re better than us just because you’re objective? Cold? Unfeeling? Dead?

RAMONDA
Poppy. Listen. You two have got enough emotions to cover me, I’m just here to smooth and even things out. Okay?
(They huff and plop down into their chairs, and RAMONDA points to the screen.)
Look. Lawrence is still out there. After you two just rudely slammed the door in his face—

POPPY
It wasn’t supposed to be rude! I was surprised! Caught off guard!

CYNNIE
Oh, please, slamming the door is a lot nicer than what I was going to say to him.
(POPPY glares at CYNNIE.)
What? Like you didn’t know.

RAMONDA
Anyways, you two both have a point.
(She turns to CYNNIE.)
Yes, many relationships don’t succeed.
(She turns to POPPY.)
Yes, it’s exciting and happy and a new chapter of our lives.
(She looks at both of them.)
But, you two both need to be more reasonable about this. More objective.

CYNNIE
(She scoffs.)
What, like you?

RAMONDA
(She smiles, shaking her head no.)
No, not entirely like me. Otherwise, we would be completely heartless. Look. Poppy brings the sweetness, and you bring the fire. And I tone things down just a tiny bit so we’re not at war with ourselves twenty-four seven.
(She sighs, and looks at the monitor.)
But he’s still out there. Good old chap, what a dependable young man.

POPPY
(She turns to CYNNIE.)
Aw, come on, Cynnie, just give it a chance?

CYNNIE
And have our hearts broken? Are you kidding me?

POPPY
Well, what if our hearts won’t be broken?

CYNNIE
Like that’s going to happen. Ramonda, you’re reasonable—don’t you agree with me on this?

RAMONDA
Honestly, I think we should give him a shot.

CYNNIE
Traitor.

RAMONDA
No, listen. This could be a learning point for both of us. If the relationship fails, we’ll come out stronger. If it succeeds, then we’ll be the happiest girl on earth.

CYNNIE
You’re too optimistic.

RAMONDA
Not quite, I’m just looking at the bright side of both scenarios of trying this new relationship out.
(They all look at the monitor.)
I’m being reasonable. Not too dreamy—
(She motions towards POPPY.)
—And not too cynical.
(She motions towards CYNNIE.)
All right?

CYNNIE
You’re both getting what you want. A date with Lawrence.
(She stands up.)
When you get your hearts broken, don’t come crying to me!
(She starts to leave.)
POPPY
(She calls out to CYNNIE.)
So is that a yes?

CYNNIE
(from off stage)
Yeah, whatever!
(Poppy turns to RAMONDA, squealing.)

RAMONDA
Okay, okay, calm down. Breathe. Cynnie, come back! It’s really hard to operate without all three of us present!
(CYNNIE trudges back into the room and glares at the two of them as she slides into her chair. They all look at the screen.)

CYNNIE
(mumbling)
The only other room in this place is the bathroom, and I am not stooping that low.

RAMONDA
Ready to open the door?
(POPPY looks at CYNNIE, who just rolls her eyes and cracks a sardonic smile.)

CYNNIE
Yeah, I’m ready.

POPPY
Oh goodness I hope he’s still there…
(They all lean towards the screen.)

CYNNIE
Well, you know, if he isn’t, then he’s not worth our time—

POPPY
Cynnie!

CYNNIE
Oh, what now?

(Blackout.)

Reflection On This Week

This past week, I had my spring break for dance; it was so relaxing to not have to be out sweating in the evening, even though I devoted that time to trudging homework! I’m starting to feel more confident about my upcoming AP Biology test, and the Kaplan’s four hour prepathon today was extremely helpful. I spent most of this week on biology, advancing through the rest of the last unit, and only did about one hour to one hour and a half of my other courses. On Friday, I got to go to the library and rent out a whole bunch of movies to watch ’cause I had a sleepover with my sister and two of my close friends! It’s been so long since I actually had real friends who were up to doing things with me outside of our scheduled classes, and it was nice to feel like a real, impulsive, giggly, loud, dreamy teenager, if that makes sense. The people we’re surrounded by have strict morals and standards and ways of thinking that I don’t necessarily agree with, and I was incredibly shocked to find out that they were thinking the same things too! We spent the night watching movies, eating two times our body weight, talking about our classes, discussing love and the upcoming prom, and sinking holes in one another’s ships. Baring parts of ourselves not readily accessible on the surface of ourselves, we became closer this week and I’m so glad that I get to call them my friends. 🙂

Oh! I also got to watch easy A for the first time this week, and I absolutely loved it! I love (for the most part) book-to-movie adaptations, and it was a feel-good teen movie that didn’t ultimately end in tears and near-debilitating sadness (though getting there might had been bumpy). Of course, now I’m wondering why my life is so boring and uneventful compared to my friends, my acquaintances, and the protagonists in film and literature, but I’m learning to be happy and confident on my own (but I would never want to go through life without friends!). Anyways, easy A is now definitely getting inducted into my list of favorite movies.

This Week’s Playlist

  1. easy A soundtrack
  2. She’s So Lovely (Scouting for Girls)
  3. High School Musical songs
  4. Watch Me Shine (Joanna Pacitti—Legally Blonde soundtrack)
  5. Knock on Wood (Amii Stewart)

Reading

  1. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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