Pleased to Announce: The Stories of Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Holiday Delights are Published October 2, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Playwriting, >> Radio Drama, >> Sounds of Selling, >> Two Plus Plus Productions LLC, audio theatre, radio play.
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Early in the morning of Thursday 1 October, Two Plus Plus Productions LLC published the short story titled MAYONNAISE IN MY CAKE. It is about an unnamed character who is an academically trained and professionally experienced chef but is invisible around his fiancee’s family, the Clarksons. On Thanksgiving Day he is going with his fiancee to her family for a large meal. Standing on the porch of her parent’s house he realized the following:
The Clarksons, like most families, were a universe unto themselves. Unfathomable, but comically hostile, planets dominated the landscape.”
He seemed destined to remain invisible until he created a memorable impression when he insisted on not putting any mayonnaise in his cake. The ending is enjoyable and one I’d like to try in real life.
However, and in a larger sense, 1 October 2009 was the publication of our anthology MAYONNAISE IN MY CAKE AND OTHER HOLIDAY DELIGHTS. When we announced on 1 January 2009 our intent to publish the anthology, 1 October seemed like an impossibly short amount of time to accomplish the task.
But we had been inspired by dear friends who gave us a one-word mantra: “Believe.” We expanded it into “Believe, Simply Believe” and that became our rallying cry. No matter how late the hour or miserable the conditions of a piece, we kept coming back to “Believe, Simply Believe.” The plays and stories ultimately evolved into representative offerings of their genre.
The original goal of publishing a book was sidetracked due to technology issues – read, crashed hard drive – but we opted for publishing the individual stories. So the content is present even if it must be read in eight separate files.
Work is not done. We will continue our fundraising efforts and building a single book from the eight stories. There are new stories to be written. But along the way, we will continue to “Believe, Simply Believe.”
Mayonnaise in My Cake
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Disaster: Hard Disk Crash September 29, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two, >> Radio Drama, >> Two Plus Plus Productions LLC, audio theatre, radio play, spoken word.
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Short of the Steelers losing another football game, there may not be a headline more sickening at the moment.
There’s no other way to present this: The hard disk of production files for Two Plus Plus has decided not to cooperate further. No reason given, just not cooperating.
The immediate impact is that our book, MAYONNAISE IN MY CAKE AND OTHER HOLIDAY DELIGHTS, will not be released for review on Thursday October 1, 2009.
One remaining positive is that the contents of the books will all be finished by October 1. Eight plays, short stories, and a novel chapter will all be released as announced. We will reverse engineer a single e-book from the pdf files and publish as soon as possible.
Thanks for the support of readers and fans. Updates will be posted here.
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Two Characters Collide and a Play is Made August 16, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> Radio Drama, >> Two Plus Plus Productions LLC, audio theatre, radio play, spoken word.
Tags: >> Radio Drama, argosy "maxie" hills, audio drama, audio theatre, celia "ceel" court, it suits her, kohls, lit between the ears, mayonnaise in my cake and other holiday delights, radio, two plus plus productions, William E. Spear
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Author publishes, dedicates, and tweets “It Suits Her”
08.08.2009 – Clinton Township, New Jersey USA — William E. Spear and Two Plus Plus Productions LLC have published a new play titled “It Suits Her.” “It’s about two lives that collide in an unlikely setting – a tailor’s shop,” said Spear. He has also dedicated it to friends and colleagues.
The story’s main character is Argosy “Maxie” Hills, an actor desperately trying to resurrect his career after years of drinking. He’s late for an audition and wants to wear his best suit. But it’s inside a tailor’s shop that has just closed for the evening.
The assistant manager of the shop is Celia Court. Years ago, she left the stifling circumstances of her family to pursue a college education. She despises her job but needs it to pay for her education. “Celia, ‘Ceel’ to her friends, is one more mistake away from being fired. Without her job, she won’t be able to finish her studies,” said Spear.
Maxie pleads with her to re-open the shop, and after a lengthy argument, convinces her to give him his suit. But the auditions are long over. Also, when the owner of the shop sees it’s not closed, he fires Ceel. Although their careers are seemingly over and their futures hold nothing obvious, the initial clash between Maxie and Ceel blossoms into respect, and ultimately, a warm friendship.
The themes of respect and friendship are also the basis for the author’s dedication. “During the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the funniest and most creative people I’ve ever met. We all work at Kohl’s in Flemington, New Jersey. The intelligence and humor that walks around the store at any given moment is like a comedic, improvisational ensemble disguised as a retail department store. ‘It Suits Her’ is dedicated to friends and colleagues from the store,” said Spear.
Publishing and Marketing
The script is available through Scribd, an online social publishing company. Spear had used the firm to publish an earlier work titled “Swing for the Fences – Episode One” with satisfactory results. Other publishers such as Random House and Simon & Schuster are also making books available through Scribd.
To market the play, Spear integrated Twitter into his efforts. “We wanted to quickly raise the awareness of ‘It Suits Her’ and get it read,” said Spear. “The play went from a readership of zero to over 750 in two days. Plus, Scribd featured it and 50 readers downloaded it.”
The play may continue to be read or downloaded for free until September 30, 2009 when it will be bundled into Spear’s upcoming anthology titled “Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Holiday Delights.”
About William E. Spear
Mr. Spear is President of Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in Clinton, New Jersey. The firm has published audio theatre plays since 2006. With its forthcoming collection titled “Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Holiday Delights,” the firm has added short stories to its portfolio. Two Plus Plus Productions LLC, and its sister publication, Lit Between the Ears, may be found on the web at www.TwoPlusPlus.com . He may be contacted at Two.Plus.Plus.Productions@gmail.com .
“It Suits Her” may be found on the web at http://www.scribd.com/doc/18082545/It-Suits-Her . It may be read or downloaded for free until September 30, 2009.
Spear’s tweets may be followed at www.twitter.com/WilliamESpear .
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