Hi! I’m Ivy Baines. I am the protagonist of this newest story by Mary Kate Kopec. So far she’s keeping the title a secret, even from me. But she seems really excited about it, so I’m excited, too. All I can say about Mary Kate is that I hope she’s nice to me. She has a reputation for dragging her characters through hell, and all I want from life is a nice, peaceful, friend-filled happiness with enough success to get me back to New York. I’m working my ass off trying to become America’s next greatest playwright.
A few years ago I actually made it to Off-Broadway with my play Falling After Fall. I was showcased at the Lillith Rose Theater for the full length of my contract: 27 weeks, 162 performances. So far, it’s been the most exhilarating thing to happen to me, and I really just want more. It was hard work, but I felt happy.
Turns out though, making a living at being a full-time playwright is a lot harder than it sounds. And until I get back to New York, I’m currently working at Word In Print. This little excerpt from my story will tell you everything you need to know about how this isn’t the last stop on my career path:
“And now, here I am, stuck in the pay bills, keep a roof over my head and food in my belly rut. I work a hundred-twenty, plus, hours a week, part-time, no benefits, on commission at Word In Print, a one stop shopping spot for spruced up blather that sells. Magazine editors from the English speaking world ‘round fill their pages with our written gab. My editors Ferguson, Fitch, and Wright make my life a living hell. They’ve been dangling the full-time, real-pay, Senior Writer position under my nose for the last four and a half years. If only I would work harder, write faster, have more degrees. I started writing for them just before I finished my Associate’s degree in English, and that’s when I started chasing the carrot.”
So that’s work, and apparently Mary Kate wasn’t listening when I asked for the nice, peaceful, successful part of my life. Guess we’ll have to wait to see what she has in store for me.
A quick few highlights about me. The picture of me above … don’t I look nice? That’s me after an all-day stint at the spa. It was my bio pic in the playbill for Falling After Fall. It’s the best picture I have, and it’s my favorite.
I have a sweet tooth. It likes things that are bad for me, but things that I love. Cupcakes, pancakes with hot buttery syrup, cake … pretty much if it has the word cake in it, I love it.
I don’t have my own car. So I walk a lot and take the bus. … Let me show you where I live.
Here’s a picture of Chester’s Hope House. It’s this old, but lovely renovated Victorian in Chester, Michigan. I love living here, but I don’t love my roommate. The rent is affordable, and by affordable, I mean cheap. But fifty bucks a week gets me a shared room, shared bathroom, and dinner every night. So it’s all good. Someday I’ll have my own place, but for now, I really like it here.
Music? … I’m all over the place. Love most of it, and what I don’t, I can probably tolerate. I love to read, but don’t seem to ever have time with all the writing I do. My favorite books … don’t laugh … but I love to read cheesy, over-the-top romances. The sappier the better. Doesn’t matter if they’re contemporary, vamp/werewolf, sci-fi, historical, even the too-hot too-rich guy ones saving the girl. They make me laugh and groan … and in the end, they just make me happy. I think it’s just me needing to balance out all the highbrow literature I’ve waded through in college and ever since for writing plays. Some of it’s been fantastic, but sometimes I think some people write just to show off their IQ’s. And I think that’s kinda boring.
Well, that’s me in a nutshell. When Mary Kate gets done writing my story, we’ll all get to see how my life turns out. Do me a favor—post below and vote for me. Tell her she should be nice and give me a happy ending. Because at the moment, I’m not sure she’s convinced.
See you in there (book currently with secret title),