Now, Now, Now!

Welcome to my “Now” page, which I will try to keep updated with my latest projects, news, & any other interesting goings-on…. basically anything I might tell someone if they asked me the question, “So what have you been up to lately?” If you would rather know more about where I came from than where I’m going, please check out my “About Me” page instead. Thanks for visiting!

— Dave Holton

Making Silly Films in Quarantine

Posting Travel Photos to Instagram

Last year, I traveled to Guatemala for nearly two months. I had an unbelievable journey, & was amazed at the diversity inherent in both the natural & manmade worlds of the country. Guatemala is home to wonderful people & extraordinary wildlife, with landscapes varying from mountains & volcanoes to beaches & jungles. I came away with more photos than I’ll ever know what to do with… after narrowing it down to my top 200, I’m reliving the trip one photo at a time. Here are a few of the latest:

If you like these, head to @writtenbydave to catch up on the ongoing series.

Writing a Novel

I have been working on a historical magical realism novella set in eastern North Carolina during the Civil war. I still have a long way to go, but I plan to write, write, write in the next few months, & should complete the first draft by year end (can’t rush it).

Writing Plays (& Acting)

Playing a lead role in the 2019 Theatre of Dare production of “World War II Radio Christmas” reignited my excitement for performing, so I decided to go out for the 2020 cast of the nation’s longest-running outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony.” I was thrilled to be cast in the show, but the world had other plans, & the arrival of a global pandemic meant the cancellation of the show. But sometimes, when one door shuts, another one opens. After the show closed, I worked to develop an hour long version of the big show that may go on this year for a limited run if things start to open up. We shall see.

I also recently finished writing a “nearly-there” draft of a full-length play that I hope to workshop in the near future & have ideas for more plays to come!

Currently Living in Eastern NC

After a few years out in LA, I started flicking through writing magazines to stare longingly at the ads for writing retreats & residencies. Then, I realized… I didn’t need to pay for a retreat! I already had my own retreat waiting back in my hometown of Manteo, North Carolina, just a beach walk away from the landing spot of the first English colony in America.

I decided to head back east in February of 2017, and have since spent the majority of my time writing, reading, studying, practicing photography, running, & occasionally traveling to fill my inspirational well. I’ve also enjoyed reconnecting with family members & old friends, & of course, enjoying the beauty of the Outer Banks.

Dave Thinking

Page last updated September 8, 2020, from Manteo, North Carolina