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And So The Mind Reels

And So The Mind Reels

By Lee Mueller

Explorations on creativity, the imaginative mind, and the products that come from within - as thought (and taught) by writer/playwright/actor/comedian Lee Mueller. Insights and stories related to the performing arts: writing, comedy, acting, improvisation, et al. Tips, hints, and tricks to encourage and empower everyone interested in developing their own creative abilities.
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Some Thought Required

And So The Mind Reels Jul 20, 2023

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Some Thought Required

Some Thought Required

An abstract concept. Thinking outside the frame. Or what happens when you've watched too many new-wave French films and then go out to make a vlog?

Jul 20, 202302:27
Reset for Your Mind - Clearing it so you can think

Reset for Your Mind - Clearing it so you can think

Sometimes we think too much and need to purge the cache - clear your mind. I have a tip on how you can do this.

Jun 20, 202301:01
Phrasing Your Art

Phrasing Your Art

Good musicians can teach other artists a thing or two. Some musicians can play a massive amount of notes very quickly but it's how they put them together and the order that is the beauty. The melody they create. The same philosophy applies to writers, painters, and other artists.

Jun 14, 202305:59
Feeding The Artist

Feeding The Artist

Many artists and creative types send their work out into the world and it is met with silence. It is acceptable to let us know what you think! Did you like the song? The Poem? The Story? The Film? The Painting? The Play? Please let the artist know. Good, bad, or indifferent.

Jun 07, 202302:07
A Trick For Writers to Come Up with Dialogue

A Trick For Writers to Come Up with Dialogue

Some writers have an issue writing dialogue. There are methods to use that are very simple. Your mind is essentially a tape recorder and all you need to do is hit play!

Jun 06, 202305:44
Artist Losing Control

Artist Losing Control

All creators and Artists have to lose control of what it is they create. How hard or easy can that be? At the same time, anyone who views art is allowed to control what they think of it. Will they get it? Will the band cover the song correctly? Will the actors understand the play they are doing?

Jun 06, 202307:13
In And Out of the Pigeonhole
Jun 30, 202218:57
Some American Films To Enrich Your Creative Mind (Audio Only)

Some American Films To Enrich Your Creative Mind (Audio Only)

In a previous episode I recommended some films from France, Japan, Germany, and Italy that displayed a new take on storytelling and filmmaking. This time I recommend some American Films that do the same.

Jun 17, 202217:28
A Few American Films To Enrich Your Creative Mind (Video)

A Few American Films To Enrich Your Creative Mind (Video)

In a previous episode I recommended some films from France, Japan, Germany, and Italy that displayed a new take on storytelling and filmmaking. This time I recommend some American Films that do the same. Full video on Spotify or Youtube

Jun 17, 202217:01
Film Suggestions to Enrich Your Mind or Confuse you Deeply (Video)

Film Suggestions to Enrich Your Mind or Confuse you Deeply (Video)

In the previous episode I mentioned some Foreign films that were worth checking out. In this video version - I expand the topic and make a few recommendations. Films by Fellini, Godard, Kurosawa and Herzog.

Jun 10, 202210:30
Keeping the Creativity Flowing by Keeping the Mind Open

Keeping the Creativity Flowing by Keeping the Mind Open

A few stories for you to open up your little gray cells to all that is possible out there. First is the story of Keith Jarrett and the Koln Concert - how he was able to overcome some large problems to make everything work and create his best-selling live album when he wasn't sure he could get through the concert. Next, learn how keeping an open mind can help you grow as a creative person and heck - even as a decent human on this planet Earth. 

Jun 09, 202217:16
Doing It Backwards

Doing It Backwards

Sometimes creativity is found by reversing the way you do or look at things. Try approaching something you are very familiar with - the way you write, paint, or any creative endeavor and start at a different point. It can help you see it in a new way.    

May 30, 202201:46
Did you know there are Rules for Actors? Did you know it’s Ok to Break Them?

Did you know there are Rules for Actors? Did you know it’s Ok to Break Them?

Many fields of creative art from writing to acting have some ground rules you should abide by but... how many of these rules are just someone's own preference or taste. What rules can you ignore and what rules can you follow. I wrote a book many years ago called Basic On Stage Survival Guide For Amateur Actors that contains Rules For Stage Actors. Someone contacted me and asked if these rules could be broken? Would there ever be a circumstance where you had to ignore a rule? The answer is YES. I had to do it one time. One of the biggest rules actors should follow I had to break during a performance. Why? What was the Rule? Well, listen and I will tell you all about it.
Apr 13, 202217:39
A Collection Of Short Stories
Feb 08, 202222:54
Wisdom from the Young - Being a Good Sport

Wisdom from the Young - Being a Good Sport

I spoke with my lovely and charming granddaughter about her love of all things sports; specifically Volleyball. From kindergarten through the sixth grade she has been part of a team in some form or another.  How does sports teamwork translate into everyday life? Can you take the skills you learn on the Volleyball court or softball diamond and apply them to normal social situations? 

Dec 23, 202121:37
How You Can Be In the Performing Arts

How You Can Be In the Performing Arts

In the past, I explained the road that lead me to become a playwright, but I didn't explain the steps that I climbed before that happened. These are some very easy steps to follow that anyone can use to achieve a goal in life. Whether you want to be an actor, a dancer, a filmmaker, a writer - you name it. Follow me.
Nov 11, 202122:27
Short Bonus: Look At It This Way - The Fall

Short Bonus: Look At It This Way - The Fall

Sometimes a moment of revelation (or an Ephihany) can manifest in unusual places. While taking a hike through the Autumn woods I had a thought I needed to record - fortunately I had my phone and was able to capture my thought as it related to Creative Thinking
Nov 01, 202101:56
On Writing: Exposition Two - Show, Don't Tell, and Don't Mention It
Oct 12, 202119:47
So You Want To Go Into The Arts Do You?
Sep 30, 202118:10
On Writing: Exposition Explanation Examples or Why Is This Character Speaking So Strangely ?
Sep 21, 202119:57
In A Creative State Of Mind or Look At It This Way
Jul 28, 202113:28
Developing Creativity - Adapting. Yes, and Then What Happens Method
Nov 19, 202024:14
Critical Creativity - Getting Reviewed versus Getting Criticized

Critical Creativity - Getting Reviewed versus Getting Criticized

Ep 11  Exploring the world of reviews versus criticism. How personal preferences should not play a role in reviews or criticism. But oddly, how using opinions and criticisms can make your mind creative. Join host Lee Mueller as he explores the fine lines. 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Nov 04, 202024:34
Dying Art Of The Story (Pics Or It Didn't Happen) And Ghost Stories

Dying Art Of The Story (Pics Or It Didn't Happen) And Ghost Stories

Ep. 10 In this day and age, it's just as easy to show someone pictures or a phone video of something that happened as it is to tell them all about it.   But your host Lee Mueller grew up with Grandparents who told stories about people they knew and things that happened to them - they did not have pictures - they had words.   It didn't matter if the stories were true, they were fun to hear.   Same with Ghost Stories -   the stories are scarier in your imagination than the video evidence sometimes. Lee has a few ghost tales for Halloween. True. No Pics though.   Here is a Ghost Story called To Wake The Dead  - A Play about a ghost attending his own Funeral to solve his murder.

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Oct 27, 202019:36
Can You Make Murder Funny In A Theatrical Play? Should You Even Cross That Line?

Can You Make Murder Funny In A Theatrical Play? Should You Even Cross That Line?

Ep. 09  Host Lee Mueller learned of someone objecting to a theatre group doing one of his "Murder Mystery Comedy Plays" and had to consider their viewpoint for a moment.  Murder is not a subject that should be funny, not at all, but writers have been getting away with the subject for a long time. How do they do it? How can you spin a topic such as "death" in such a way that an audience will not be depressed by it but instead laugh and have fun? Is it possible? Well, it must be. Let's lift the hood on this topic and take a look inside. 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Oct 20, 202012:17
Bad Habits That Can Make An Actor's Performance A Bit Weird

Bad Habits That Can Make An Actor's Performance A Bit Weird

Ep. 08  Lee Mueller has spent many years in theatre, starting in high school to the present day.  He has worked with some actors who had some very strange habits. Odd idiosyncrasies that made their performance awkward to watch.  Why did they do it? Where did they learn it? Why did no one say something?  Like, Stop Doing That! Several references are shared from Lee's book: The Basic On Stage Survival Guide For Amateur Actors 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Oct 13, 202015:05
Bonus Episode: How Can Performing Artists Survive In 2020 Since Performing is on Hold?
Oct 09, 202013:51
Is Acting Lying? Would I Lie To You? Or Just Act Like It?

Is Acting Lying? Would I Lie To You? Or Just Act Like It?

Ep. 7 "It has been my experience in the world of theatre that a debate will come up that questions the truth about actors and acting. I have my own truth that I rely upon and I'm sure many have their own truths. Is there only one? Is it a lie? Or is acting simply lying to an audience?" Join your host Lee Mueller as he explores this question. 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Oct 07, 202016:23
The Mechanics And Theories Of Comedy. Why Was That Funny?

The Mechanics And Theories Of Comedy. Why Was That Funny?

Ep.6  Lee Mueller has been spent many years in sketch comedy groups and writing comedy plays. Why do certain jokes work and others do not? Could it be the way they are written or could it be the person telling them?  What is funny and why do we laugh? Is timing at all important?  Let's explore this topic that is no joke. 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Oct 02, 202022:23
How Did You Become A Playwright? The Long And Winding Path

How Did You Become A Playwright? The Long And Winding Path

Ep.5 In the last episode, host Lee Mueller tackled the question, "if I always wanted to be a playwright?"  In this episode,  he talks about HOW he became one.  Hint: Lee did not decide one day that it would be his calling. It all just happened.  He went from acting on stage in High School, College, and on the stage in an improvisational comedy sketch group to eventually becoming a playwright. How it all prepared him to write his first play.  Eventually creating Play-dead.com 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Sep 29, 202016:21
Did You Always Want To Be A Playwright?

Did You Always Want To Be A Playwright?

Ep.4  Lee Mueller may not have started out wanting to write plays, but the roads he traveled carried him there.  Perhaps growing up as an only child fueled his imagination. And when he became an adult, he did not put away childish things.  Lee acted in plays and eventually went on to write plays, eventually creating Play-Dead.com - a website that features all of his Comedy Murder Mystery scripts.  

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Sep 26, 202010:21
Playwright Brain - How Different Ideas Can Evolve Into One Project. How The Creative Process Can Work.

Playwright Brain - How Different Ideas Can Evolve Into One Project. How The Creative Process Can Work.

Ep. 3  Audio is taken from a video - not the best) How distinct elements of ideas all blended together to fill out the idea. Lee Mueller had an idea for a play called "Dead Air".  This is the evolution of the script he wrote many years ago.  It should be noted that writers come up with ideas in all sorts of ways.  This is only an example of how this idea fermented in his mind. 

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Sep 23, 202006:28
Creative Writing: Where Do You Get Your Ideas Part 2 - reworking (or re-wording) the Cliche

Creative Writing: Where Do You Get Your Ideas Part 2 - reworking (or re-wording) the Cliche

Ep. 2  Sometimes a great new idea may just be an old one we don't recognize.   How many creative people reuse what has been done before? Quite a few.  Once you become familiar with the clichés in books, movies, TV, etc..  -you begin to see the pattern and realize there are only so many stories and so many ways to tell them.  The challenge is to rework them into something which appears original.  And that leads to becoming a creative thinker and person. Join your host Lee Mueller as he explores the world of recycled ideas. 

Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai 

A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Sep 22, 202014:13
Creative Writing: Where Do You Get Your Ideas to Write? Pen or Pencil? (Part 1)

Creative Writing: Where Do You Get Your Ideas to Write? Pen or Pencil? (Part 1)

Ep.1  When you create,  you need to know how to do it. And you need an idea.  When you start out as a novice writer, you may have a lot of questions and read a lot of "How To" books.  You want to know if you are doing it right.  This episode with your host Lee Mueller,  explores the methods, the early stages of the creative process, and some questions writers may wonder—such as what is the best time of day to write? What should you use? Pencil? Computer? And where do you get your ideas? A collection of Lee's plays can be found on Amazon

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Sep 22, 202012:50