In the second to last competition, we were required to adapt musicals to climax moments in classic pieces of literature. I chose something dismal not on the list: Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. I suppose it's too serious for a competition that is snap-judgment... and it is inevitable that humor would win. I realized retrospectively that I could have created a beginning score for Lord of the Flies with a pre-existing poem entitled Desperation.
The pdf file for the poem above.
Two other pieces I wished I wrote for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference: (1) A song for the film An Inconvenient Truth and a song for the piece of literature, The Myth of Sisyphus, except it would be Part 2. Oh well. I will write a lot this year, so I can be more than ready next year. Hopefully, my tune will have changed from more serious and issuous to more slapstick and issuous. I know I am a "black sheep" in a generalist writers conference (as a systematically holistic scientist and environmental media bent), but though I am different, I think it will get me somewhere in the long run.