Three Ways YOU can be Part of “Restless Beat”

It’s been a dream of mine for years. And now it’s really happening.

I’m producing my drum-playing musical “Restless Beat” at Fringe Festival 2016 (read about it here)!

slider_RestlessBeatThe process has not been without obstacles. The kind that have made me go “what was I thinking?!” at times.

First it was getting enough drums to do it the way I wanted to. Then it was finding the right actors. Then it was scheduling issues in the rehearsal space (to save money we are using a room in my church).

And now, the usual obstacle: money.

From the outset, I knew I wanted to pay my actors fairly (we have a cast of six awesome actors!), so that is the bulk of the expenses. But there’s also booking the theater (the awesome Southern Theatre), renting drums (and having some stands made), wardrobe and marketing.

Long story short, producing “Restless Beat” is more expensive than I thought.

And to be honest, it’s a LOT of work! I will put in hundreds of hours (as will the actors).

We all have dreams. I hope I’ve honored yours when and if you’ve shared them with me. If you’d like to support me in this dream, there are several things you can do:

  • Donate! You choose your own amount – simply use the button below. Any amount helps! (If you’d prefer the ‘old-school’ method of a check, get in touch with me.) All donators will be acknowledged in our official Show Program (and in my heart of hearts)!
  • Join the Facebook event and help spread the word (and if you’re not on my subscriber list, do that too at the upper right corner of this page!)
  • Come to the show! There are FIVE opportunities to do so, starting August 6 through August 13. It’s gonna be raw. And powerful. You won’t know what hit you! Ticket info will be found at fringefestival.org.

“Restless Beat” is going to challenge me in every way possible. We’re going to put on the best damn show we can! And after all, persevering only makes the end goal sweeter, doesn’t it?




 

Restless Beat: a BIG DRUM Musical

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AUDITION/CASTING CALL: FRINGE FESTIVAL: “Restless Beat”

We are looking to cast several roles for a MN Fringe Festival production of Restless Beat (a musical with BIG drums instead of singing). The show revolves around several drum players who have left or been turned down by a rival group. Each player takes out their anger, shame, insecurities and pain on the drums – and for some, the club is more family than their own family!

Seeking strong character actors with a good sense of rhythm and body movement. (No singing required.) Don’t worry about playing a drum; we will teach you what you need to know. Drum players are 20 to 35 years old; one additional part is open to a range of ages. Enthusiasm and a talent for choreographed movement a plus!

Paid stipend TBD + percentage of box-office payout.

Auditions:

Sunday, May 1 (5-8pm)
Location: Horizons Community Church, Ham Lake (free parking)

Please send email to tracey (at) traceycramerkelly.com with your resume and headshot (which can be just a personal photo), along with your preferred audition time (if you have one). If you are unable to attend, please ask us about possible alternatives. Be prepared to read from the script and try a simple rhythm on a drum.

Rehearsals: to be held at Horizons Community Church (Ham Lake) one night/week, most likely Wednesday, beginning May 18 (generally, 6:30-9:00 PM) until the MN Fringe opening date of about August 4 with extra rehearsals in the week leading up to opening.

Performance Dates and Location: 5-6 performances during the MN Fringe Festival which runs August 4 to 14.

“Emergency Measures” (and 8 more installments) of Take Two Hollywood/Biker Novel

When Zac wakes in the hospital, the events of the night before come rushing back. Some of which he’d really rather not remember…

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Carefully Zac brought his hand to his neck. It too had a bandage on it, but it was loose and he easily worked his fingers underneath it. Felt the smooth surface of a tube…or maybe two. Gingerly he followed the tubing until…it disappeared into his skin.

He yanked his hand away as if he’d touched fire. These tubes were…inside him??

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Read “Emergency Measures” and “The Plan” on wattpad!

Free Read on Wattpad: “Falling into Darkness”

Last we left Zac and Gina (of Take Two: a Lady Biker Novel), Gina had made a startling (and scary) discovery in Zac’s hotel room. Now the race is on to figure out how that affects Zac…

Read it here.

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“Sasha was in your room on Monday night, is that right?”

Monday night? Was that the day? “Yes.”

“She brought you some cookies.”

Where was she going with this? “How do you know…about the cookies?”

“Zac,” she said. “I need to know how many cookies you ate that night and each day after that.”

He closed his eyes as another wave of nausea washed over him. His fuzzy mind struggled to connect the questions. Was she implying…? “The cookies are making me sick?”

Third Installment on Wattpad: Out of a Job?

Last we left Zac and Gina (of Take Two: a Lady Biker Novel), Zac was being sick all over some… ah, not so good places. Now… what happens when the director (Sylvester) finds out that Gina snuck him off the set?

It was as if the man hadn’t even heard what she said! She’d worked with Sylvester a long time but…damn, this was just too much. “This is a human being we’re talking about, Syl,” Gina said sternly. “Not a robot or a part you can simply replace.”

Read it here!

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A Look Back at 2015 – and Forward Ho!

When I wrote about New Year Resolutions last year, one of the things I wrote was that I would not beat myself up for what I didn’t get done, but to celebrate what I did accomplish.

I’m having a hard time with that as we head into 2016 – even though my writing-related accomplishments aren’t too shabby for someone with a FT ‘regular’ job and kids:

But there were so many MORE things I wanted to do! I wanted to work on Lady Biker Book #2. I wanted to reacquaint myself with ideas I had for Biker’s Kiss ‘editions.’ I wanted to get farther along on the Army Ranger Series.

I passed up an opportunity to produce a condensed version of Taiko True (musical drum drama) at the Fringe Festival (which turned out to be a good thing since my motorcycle accident happened just days before the show would have opened).

shirt_shredAnd as I write this, I’m at 40K words on my small-town romance featuring an ex-baseball player (I had hoped to have a finished rough draft by now). And his best friend is just itching for his *own* story. Do I take more time away from my other projects to tell it?

And don’t get me started on promoting my books (I was dismal at that this year)!

My excuses? The usual:

  • Work (not even going to go there)
  • Kids (actually, being a soccer mom is pretty fun most of the time)
  • Motorcycle crash (definitely derailed my writing plans for a quarter of the year)

But I did learn something about my writer-self this year: I prefer to write full-length novels (rather than novellas).

So I guess this is what my goals in 2016 revolve around: learning more about myself as a creative entity, and continuing the path of creative discovery, even when what I create may not be considered ‘commercially viable.’ And to keep dreaming big!

What about you? Do you have a dream or idea you wish you had the time, money or guts to follow? Or did you DO IT in 2015? Drop me a note and tell me about it!

Two-in-One Army Rangers Series: Perfect for Holiday Gift Giving

cover_web_Combo_RangerI wasn’t originally going to put the Army Ranger Series in print; they were going to be digital only. But I changed my mind, partly because I had requests – and partly because I know people still like the smell and weight of a physical book in their hands. (Heck, I still do too!)

To provide the best value, I’ve made this a Two-in-One: Ranger’s Luck and Ranger’s Destiny, together! Just in time for holiday gift giving!

New! Buy Direct from me and I will sign every book! (and I found a super-secure way to process your card, I promise!) Or hop over to Amazon.

Cory and Chase have been through hell together as Army Rangers. So what happens when they each find LOVE? Below is a free excerpt from Ranger’s Destiny – enjoy! More About the Series.

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Chase couldn’t stand it any longer; he slipped his good hand behind her neck, drawing her to him. “Maybe I need to show you.” His voice came out a rough whisper just before his lips locked on hers.

She threaded her arms around his waist and pulled his hips to hers, pressing her body against his…

He was hard and ready for her.

Shit.

“Christ, Ella, I want you,” he gasped.

He had to make space between them. With effort, he slipped from her embrace and stepped back. “But as much as I want… it wouldn’t be right.”

“But you just said…”

“We have to talk to Cory,” he said. “We have to tell him about us.”

“Him again?” she said. “Why are we still talking about him?”

“Because he’s my best friend. And he’s your brother. I work with him. And I respect him,” he said. “It’s important to me that he respects me too. That he knows my intentions toward you are honorable.”

“Honorable?”

Chase ran one hand up her arm and shoulder, pulling her closer again. “When I make you mine, you’re all mine.”

What I Learned from my Motorcycle Crash

I wasn’t going to write about my motorcycle crash. After all, us bikers don’t like to think about that kind of thing too much.

But I’ve come to realize that writing about something is part of the way I process it and – surprise! – I have something to say, both to bikers and to, well, folks in general.

I say crash (rather than accident) because that’s truly what it was. I was in a left-hand curve when I hit some gravel with my back tire. It pulled the bike toward the outside of the curve. I’m convinced I still could have recovered (you don’t go 29 years of riding without encountering gravel) except for the fact that there were some cracks in the asphalt there. Long story short I crashed into a guardrail.

crashed_bike_front_webThe bike was totaled. I walked away with road rash, bruising, whiplash and what turned out to be a broken finger on my right hand. That I walked away was a miracle in itself. (I told my kids that I had borrowed their guardian angel!) And I’ll always hold a fondness for my Yamaha Raider, which took the brunt of the impact instead of my body.

But here’s the million-dollar question, the one that bikers and non-bikers alike have asked (although non-bikers far more): will I ride again?

The answer is an unequivocal hell yes!

I’ve ridden motorcycles for 29 years, and some of my best memories are related to bikes, and I’ve met some of the neatest people doing it.

But here’s the thing I most want to say:

Anything worth having or doing in life carries a risk. It may be a physical risk, like motorcycling (or skiing or jumping out of planes). Or it may be a mental or emotional risk, like taking a chance on a relationship. Without risk you won’t have much of a life. Not the kind of life I want to lead, for sure.

I had this discussion with my kids shortly after the accident. The point I wanted to make is that you do what you can to minimize risk (I don’t go screaming into corners; I wear protective clothing; and my helmet likely saved me from having to be airlifted) but don’t avoid it altogether.

Did they get the message? Several weeks after the crash I asked my son (who is 12) how he felt about me getting another motorcycle and riding again. He looked thoughtful for a moment and then he said, “Well, I’m not sure I want to ride with you…”

I laughed, but I knew then he was getting the bigger message, because he wasn’t surprised that I wanted to ride again. My kids see their mom (or others for that matter) taking risks in life, and they’ll learn to do the same.

If I had died in that crash, here’s what I would hope to hear at my funeral: Man, she really lived life to max, didn’t she? She died doing something she loves. She didn’t let fear stop her from experiencing everything life has to offer.

V-signBecause there is fear. It would be foolish not to fear at times. When I rode for the first time after the crash (here’s me giving the Victory sign as best I can with my finger in a brace) I was nervous. It was doubly weird because I wasn’t used to being the passenger. (Many thanks to my brave husband for everything, but especially for understanding my need to get ‘back in the saddle’ sooner rather than later and taking me riding.)

To other bikers I say: The odds are definitely not in our favor out there. So a little fear is OK, even helpful. Because we’ve got to stay vigilant and not let our guard down. So be prepared, but don’t let fear rob your joy – in motorcycling as well as the rest of life.

Now do what I would do, and get out there and ride!