As you may have noticed from the audio of the monologue at the end of my previous post, I’m a fan of caffeine.
The problem, though, is that the further I creep into that thing which, for the sake of argument, we’ll call my thirties, I find that I’m becoming more a fan of the IDEA of caffeine than the actual caffeine itself. As I get older I notice that caffeine has a much subtler but more pronounced effect on me than it did in the past.
Back in the good old days when I was ridiculously young and agile and crazy like a jackalope, I would guzzle down caffeinated beverages like there was no tomorrow. Back then the only real work I did was for a theatre company and the rest of the time I was a professional wastrel. I’d usually stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning regardless of what I’d been drinking that day. Even so, I’d be able to go to bed mere seconds after I’d had caffeine and not have the least bit of trouble getting to sleep.
While cola, tea and the like were staples for me, they seemed to have little or no effect. But coffee was a different story. One sip of java and I’d be bouncing off the walls.
Nowadays, if I drink ordinary caffeinated beverages, I seem to get very little in the way of an energy boost from it. To all appearances, nothing significant happens… until I try to go to bed. If I’ve had more than, say, a couple of thimblefuls of caffeine in the last few hours, sleep is utterly IMPOSSIBLE.
But one thing has remained consistent, and that’s my reaction to coffee. One sip of java and I’m bouncing off the walls. Okay, maybe it takes TWO sips these days, but the effect is the same.
This is how I eventually came to admit to myself that my reaction to coffee is probably a placebo effect. I came to this realization not too long ago when I guzzled two frappucinos in preparation for participating in the morning show that’s produced at my broadcasting school’s radio station. The idea that coffee can turn me into a wired and witty cartoon character is so powerful to me that when I drink the coffee, that’s what happens.
But sadly, it’s naught but an illusion. The truth is that caffeine doesn’t really GIVE me energy. It just changes WHEN I have it.
Does it matter, though? We do all kinds of crazy things to motivate ourselves – you only need to see footage of any random sports rally to confirm that. So why not let me have my fantasy of a magical concoction that throws my personality into overdrive? If it amuses me and helps me get things done at the same time, I call that a victory.
What this really means is that while I’m not drinking nearly as much caffeine as I did in the old days, I’m more determined than ever to harness my power of self-delusion and use the resulting tide of caffeine-inspired wackiness for the greater good.
Er… or words to that effect.
Click below if you’d like to hear me read the article:
Music by Django Reinhardt
I’m making a little entry here to let you know that I have a book coming out and it has just gone into pre-order! The book is called Abduction Etiquette and it contains about 50 or so monologues that I wrote to perform at open mic nights at coffee houses and the like. They’re all very short pieces and I have performed each and every one of them in public. So, these all come pre-tested for audience reaction! 😉
I am incredibly excited about this. Right now it’s looking as though the publication date is going to be some time in August, but that may be subject to change depending on the number of pre-orders we get.
Now, the cover price of the book, when it’s published, is going to be $14 (plus S&H) but right now there’s a pre-order sale going on! Anyone who pre-orders the book right now will be able to get it for $9 (plus S&H).
Now here’s where I’m going to ask for a little bit of help.
If you’re interested in ordering the book, by all means, feel free to do so. I’ll be more than happy for you to. If you’re not so sure, then that’s okay. 🙂 BUT I’d appreciate it if you let anybody that you know – who you think might be interested – know about the book. So if you have any friends who are into acting or comedy or who like strange poetry, people who are involved in theatre or in university theatre departments, actors, acting students or folks who just like silly character pieces, I would very much appreciate it!
Before this book can come out I’ve got a target of at least 100 pre-sales I need to make. If it doesn’t make 100 by August then the publication date may get pushed back. If, on the other hand, we make 100 pre-sales well before the publication date, then it may come out early! And of course nothing would thrill me more, and I’m sure anybody else who actually goes in and pre-orders it would be cool with that coming out to them early as well.
With your help, I think we can definitely pull it off.
The pre-order deal is currently available at:
This is the first time I will ever have an actual book out. I am ridiculously excited about it and I thank you very much for having the patience to let me ramble about it a bit.
And now, if you’re curious about what kind of monologues these are, there are three samples on that site, but I’ve also recorded one for you and will be putting it at the end of the audio file for this blog post.
Thanks again and I hope you enjoy it!