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Summer Sun and Inspiration


Rockaway Beach (© 2015 Amber Drea)I have two goals this summer: to finish a first draft of my book and to hit the beach as much as possible. So far I've got the second one on lock. The first one, not so much. That doesn't mean I've been lazy. Over the first third of the year, I performed on some of the best storytelling shows in the city, including The Anthology Presents The B-Side: Nirvana Edition, Comic Sans: The Virgin Chronicles, Split Personality, FastTrack Storytelling and Treat Yourself. You can check out videos of my performances from these shows and many others on the Storytelling page.  

Amber Drea, Dana Rossi, Chi Chi Valenti and Matthew Trumbull at QED (© 2015 Amber Drea)

I'm especially excited about my appearance on episode #227 (Jackée!) of The Soundtrack Series podcast (download on iTunes here), hosted by knowledgeable music maven Dana Rossi. The episode features my story about the time I had to live in a motel as a kid and my only friend was Heart's album Bad Animals, specifically the hit power ballad "Alone." I performed the story live at QED in Astoria, and the show also included an interview with Chi Chi Valenti, creator of Night of 1000 Stevies, and actor Matthew Trumbull, who shared a tale about the hometown crazy man and his connection to "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones. 

Screen shot of Akashic Books' website

I also got a piece of flash fiction published as part of Akashic Books' Thursdaze series. Titled "Acid on the Fourth of July," the super short story details a trippy night in South Florida in the late 1990s. Check it out here


Risk and Relaxation

Tour Eiffel in Paris (© 2014 Amber Drea)

Summer may be a time of relaxation for most people, but it's been the opposite for me. Between family visits, work deadlines, storytelling shows, literary readings and a European vacation, I've had little time for kicking back. It's the third week of July and I haven't even hit the beach yet! A travesty in and of itself. I supposed it's better to be busy than bored — though that's never a possibilty for me (see this Louis C.K. quote). In writing/storytelling news, I was featured on episode #539 of the Risk! podcast — titled "3 Women" — along with stand-up comedian Cameron Esposito and feminist sex educator Betty Dodson (my story starts at the 20:06 mark). I'm pleased with how the piece turned out, thanks to the directing skills of Risk! host Kevin Allison and sound design by Risk! audio editor Jeff Barr. I also performed at the July editions of No Name Super Storytellers at Word Up bookstore and the Lamprophonic reading series at Bar Thalia — check out photos here and here, respectively.

Mott Lake in North Carolina (© 2014 Amber Drea)I made my biannual pilgrimage to North Carolina to visit my mother in May. We celebrated my sister's 16th birthday, which featured ladder toss, hula hooping and an appearance by a baby pig named Lady Chubbington. We also visited the North Carolina Museum of Art, ate dinner at Poole's Downtown Diner (which serves the best mac & cheese on earth), took a walk through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, kayaked at Mott Lake and played many rounds of Cards Against Humanity. 

Jeb at Stirling Castle in Scotland (© 2014 Amber Drea)In June, my husband, Jeb, and I met up in Paris for a week-long adventure that featured stints in England and Scotland. Highlights included viewing the full moon rise over the Eiffel Tower, watching comedian Stewart Lee at Soho Theatre in London, eating fresh local seafood at Cafe St Honore in Edinburgh and touring the Tullibardine distillery in Blackford. Detailed accounts of my dining and drinking experiences can be found at LobsterLover.me and NewYorkDrinkie.com

Gin & Tonics at the Beefeater distillery in London (© 2014 Amber Drea)

Following our return from Europe, my 10- and 12-year-old nephews came to stay with us in New York City for three days. I took them to a New York Yankees game (they lost), to a public pool on the Upper East Side (so many rules!), to see "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (beware of creepy guys who talk to themselves, then fall asleep and snore loudly) and to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Macy's fireworks display (so many people!). Despite some crankiness ("How much farther to we have to walk?" / "I'm hot." / "I'm cold.") and questionable sportsmanship during a game of Monopoly Empire, they were impressively well-behaved. I almost can't wait until they visit again next year! (Yes, I can.)

Fireworks on the Brooklyn Bridge (© 2014 Amber Drea)