Friday, November 04, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 4

I had nowhere to be today. I woke up at eleven and started to write. I wrote a day's worth, which got me through yesterdays quota. Now I have another day's writing to do.

Destroyed every last fingernail.
Found out I could stuff my fist into my mouth.
Nearly choked while saying "Hey, I can stuff my entire fist into my mouth. Nifty!" with my entire fist in my mouth.
Looked up NaNoWriMo wallpaper.
Watched a lot of NaNoWriMo youtube videos.
Sang a lot of NaNoWriMo songs.
Wrote a blog post.

But then I did and everything got better.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Not Dead

Just gone.

I didn't really intend to come back at all. The blog had shifted, and I felt (and still feel, in some ways) a relic. Instead of a literature-y blog where Met did an occasional music thing, it seems we've now a music-y blog where I do an occasional literature thing. And this is working better.

I toyed with the idea of retiring. That didn't pan out.

It's November second now. At the moment, I have 1842 words written for my NaNo novel. I don't know if I like it yet, but I hope you would. I won't post it, of course, and it will starve any writing from me here, I bet. But I am writing. I don't have the entire picture, but I see bits clearly.

It's about Michael. Michael, Bekka, Gabe. The Angels I've written about before.

I think the Apocalypse is dead, and that's okay. I learned from it, and I think we all had fun. In the end, though, Red was too alone. I don't have the will to continue until that's ended, and as a character he's flat. Green had more character, and he was in all of four chapters.

I'm a novelist now. My real works are big (and too commercially minded) for this. Sorry. What I can offer are short stories, or my old "name" shorts, from which Michael was born. Maybe a poem or two. Thoughts, of course.

So let's try again, eh?

I posted this over Met's post. Read that too. And comment. We like comments.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November Plans for 2011

I cannot begin to describe how hectic things have been recently. I've certainly had time to work on blogging and I have, but it's been all behind the scenes stuff. I feel like I owe an apology for the last few months of inactivity. We have stuff coming, we really do, we're just backlogged and trying to deal with a lot of things at once. Marim and I have been picking up our composition pace recently as we continue to produce music (I should be coming out with my first album within the next year for free and likely produced entirely with Nanostudio including my existing tracks on SoundCloud). I should be getting a new USB MIDI keyboard interface pretty soon and that'll be sure to occupy me for a bit as I adjust to working with computer based DAW technology (I have a feeling I'm really going to miss the touch screen). Anyway, here's what I got lined up for the blog within the next two months if we get work done.

Song of the Day: We're currently working on a multi-album feature of the artist 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier focusing on his albums Espers and Meteocrity; this will probably be the first stream of posts once we complete our work. I recommend checking the albums out before we do reviews so familiarity is an advantage (and no, we're certainly not the first blogsite that has done coverage of this album, but the more the merrier).
Song of the Week: We have a lot of tracks we've been looking at in the past few months and quite a few that are independent of OCR entirely. I'll probably be contacting some artists on Soundcloud in the near future about having their stuff featured here.

Thursday Thoughts: I'm liking the idea of reviving these as soon as possible as they are easy to write and look good in most cases. The only issue here is finding topics that haven't already been used, are not purely inside jokes, and have either some philosophic meaning or comedic value.
Short Stories: Reogan has been doing a lot of writing recently, but I doubt he'll put it up here (if he does though, that'd be great). I recently went through all my old short story universe (tagged as story zero) and did some editing. Behind Closed Doors is pretty much discontinued due to massive plot holes, but I like the idea of continuing with Operational Catalyst as the character environment is much more static and it's easier to focus on detailed action. Right now this makes no sense if you just arrived because I removed all story zero posts from public view about a month ago when I did the editing. I may end up reposting them later or just hold on to them until my plot materializes to a fuller extent. Either way, music takes priority over writing for me so its unlikely you'll see me writing any short stories any time soon.

Video Games
Reviews: I love the idea of writing video game reviews, especially for some of the less recognized games on the market. However, music is the priority and it's unlikely you'll see me doing any formalized video game review until spring of 2012 (I may get other people to do it though).

As I mentioned before, we've mostly been doing behind the scenes stuff for the past few months. Overall, I still don't feel like we've accomplished that much, but we're making strides in the right direction. If I had to guess right now, I'd say that we're looking at an average of 4-5 posts per month for the next year or so. This would be a historic low judging by previous standards, but I feel that we can let the existing posts speak for themselves as more people find their way to the site here. This should also free up some time for me to focus on more of that behind the scenes stuff that I've been so keen on doing recently.

We're not dead yet. The next few years look like a significant transition period so things are subject to change at a whim (although we'll try to maintain some sort of flexible posting schedule). Just enjoy what we have so far and look forward to the future.