Archive for October, 2007

Just a Few Minutes on YouTube…

It’s amazing what just a few minutes on YouTube will find you… if you remember back to the Rush concert posts, I was one happy camper over the summer. My favorite part of the show has been the drum solo. While this isn’t from the same show, this is one of his solos from the tour… it will have to do until the finish the tour and produce the DVD…

Enjoy!!! (I know I did…)

Given a little more time… I just may be able to find clips for the whole concert, so you can see the video clips I was talking about…

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Projects & Progress…

We are drawing close to that time of year again… it is almost November, and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner… Last year, I tried, and failed miserably (barely breaking 5,000 words – a mere 1/10th of the quota of 50,000 to “complete” the event). But there are benefits to that effort… I have a manuscript started, and that’s the first major step… actually writing something…

This year, however, I wasn’t quite sure about participating, until I got an email from a friend of mine. His name is Chris (aka: whtedrgn), and we go waaay back. We go so far back that the only way we remember how far back we go is because of yearbook pictures (trust me, I’ve checked, and was very surprised to make that discovery…). Anyway, the point here is that he’s been in a writing slump for a while, and I obviously would be at great risk of roadrash and gravel marks from trying to make the journey myself. He suggeted that we try a collaborative effort this year (thusly making it an interesting 25,000 words each… a daunting project, but much easier to manage individually….). The theory here is also that we can split days… instead of directly writing each day, we could alternate days… or whatever the word count suggests, or the story dictates…

The other key to this plan: the fact that we go waaay back. Seriously, it’s an important piece for the puzzle. We have been bouncing story ideas and other creative projects off of each other, even collaborating on a three-book story arc idea way back in seventh grade (damn… I just realized that’s damn near 20 years ago… somewhen around 17 or 18 years, to be exact… wow.) Mind you, it was an idea, and we didn’t get to far beyond the basic plot points, but it’s something we’ve been doing off and on for years, so it is a natural idea to pursue…

Well… that’s the “project”… and here’s the “progress”… I will be writing… :o) Pending final decision on the project, there will be character development and basic storyboarding, going back and forth to get things rolling. And I haven’t been reading a lot lately, except for online articles/posts… but I’ve been journaling… a travel journal for the Mini (road trips), as well as keeping notes on “patient humor” – some of the crazy things that I’ve been getting over the phones at work ([funny] names, word butchering, and half-listening callers, just to name a few)… So my major progress (creatively) is getting the juices to flow… which is always a good thing for writing…

Then there is the “exterior” progress… I have started trying to make headway in the cleaning/purging of the house… the focus (right now) is still my stuff (and there is/has been a LOT of it), before delving into the things that were Jenn’s, but I’m starting to seriously think about it, and I want to make dents. I want to purge most of my stuff and simplify what’s around me. But often, it’s all about finding the time, which I’m trying to do (and getting nudged into, thankfully, when I’m not to “in the moment”) a little bit at a time…

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How Profound…

Growing up as a kid in the 80’s, back when TNG was new on the air (I actually remember catching the end of “Farpoint” from it’s original airing), I was just geek enough to want to be in the shoes of “Wesley Crusher” – having adventures in space, and exploring the Enterprise. For years, I thought the HoloDeck was one of the coolest things, but I digress…

After seeing some of his other projects, notably Stand By Me but I also like him in Liar’s Club… and I have several other of his projects in my Netflix queue, I actually liked him as an actor. But TNG ended it’s run, and some of his projects didn’t get the same promotion as things like TNG and Stand by Me… and unlike some of his other co-stars, he wasn’t being plastered in the tabloids.

The fact that he’s only a couple of years (four, actually) than me makes it easier to relate and like the guy as well… but really, most of that comes from discovering his blog a few years ago. One day, I think I had watched and episode of TNG, or caught part of Stand by Me, and I started wondering what he had been up to… as I said, some of his projects didn’t get the same sort of press as those other two got. I hopped on the wonderful web (this was somewhen in 2001 or 2002, I think), and did a search, and discovered an earlier incarnation of his blog.

I lost track of it for a while, thanks to a hellatious work schedule for a couple of years, but eventually went back to look up the site… A lot had changed (as far as the site goes), but the rest of it was easy enough to roll with. He has a new book out, so I went back and got his other two… but here’s where it get’s interesting, and where I got the idea for the title…

In yesterday’s post, I commented on this post from Neil Gaiman. Not much more than an hour later (although, it may be relative to West Coast time), Wil Wheaton posted this… a much more poetic version of what I was thinking… but he has two (non-fiction) books written, and has been blogging for years, so compared to him I am still quite the noob.

I guess great minds think alike… even those that have never met.

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On Writing…

Neil Gaiman put the thoughts very succinctly here about the joys of writing. Yes, I am still trudging along in my usual way, with little in writing activity going on… mostly because I have not nailed my feet to the floor (figuratively), or duct taped my but to a chair long enough to write more than a few hjundred words at a time.

Mentally, I’m just not “there” for productivity, at the moment, just “there” with the interest… Although I do have plenty of ideas floating around…

Hmmm…..

Now where’s that tape…?

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Here is the car, freshly “pimped” with the bonnet stripes… I decided to go with the burgundy stripes, instead of the black as I was originally thinking. My key goal was to try and tie in the burgundy that I had on the interior (the shifter bag), and full burgundy just popped better than having different thick stripes and pin/accent striping…

And there is a story behind the color planning for the car… Stay tuned, and I will post it…

Eventually.

But first, I have some motoring to do. That’s Mary Catherine behind the wheel, waiting for me to get in the car so we can roll off to Busch Gardens…

Time to motor… 🙂

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Sunny Days

Sometimes it can be the simple things – a clear day, good company – and a chance to catch a good image every once in a while… I’ll post the story behind this in a bit, but here’s the image, for now.

Update (10-15-07)
Mary Catherine and I had gone to WalMart, so she could get her oil changed, and so we could get a few other things as well. It was wonderful Saturday afternoon, and (as you can see) the sky was clear, with bright billowy clouds scattered and dotting the sky.

While we were driving back to the house, we say part of a rainbow – only a fraction of one, in contrast to the white of the cloud. The rainbow seemed to grow and shrink, depending on the viewing angle we had of the cloud – but we never saw any more than that (no legs) – nothing other than what was visible against the cloud. We attempted catching it (digitally), and this was one of the better pictures (from what I could tell). Simple things…

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Stupid Season, Revisited

Libraries are wonderful places… magnificent buildings with a thousand adventures all waiting to to be explored, simply by pulling a destination from the shelves.

However, how they are managed, can sometimes be problematic. I have mentioned some frustrations with my local library before… and find the recent developments quite funny, in hindsight.

I had submitted a request for the Audio (CD) version of the latest book in the series – same series involved in the previous fiasco. There was already a waiting list for this new title – as I had already expected – when I put in my hold request. I browsed the shelves for other items, picking up a Neil Gaiman title (one of the Sandman graphic novel sequels – Endless Nights, I think).

After a few weeks, I return to book, and inquire about the status of the waiting list for the Audio title – just to find out where I am on the list. And they cannot find my card. Amazing. Unbelievable, is all I could think. This is the second hold request, for different books within the same series, and they have lost this one as well. We filled out another request, and I was told I would be put at the front of the request list (apparantly, I would have been the next in line, based on when my first request had been submitted).

Another few weeks go by, and I get a postcard from the library – “the title I had requested is being held for me until [date], after which it will be returned to circulation.” I’m thinking, “Cool, it’s in and I can finish the series.” That is, I’m thinking that until I look more closely at the title that is being held for me.

It’s the missing card… from the original fiasco… almost one year later! I couldn’t help but laugh.

A few days later, I get the 2nd request card for the new title (trust me… notes will be important here). I go to the library on a Friday night, after work (it closes at 6pm). I returned the other CDs that I had checked out, and proceeded to the desk to get my reserved titles (telling them they can keep the old one, and to check out the new one). We take care of the audio items, and I am told that there is still a book showing as checked out.

Bull.
Shit.
Bullshit.

The book (the Neil Gaiman title, by the way) was returned on the same day that the CDs (now being returned) were checked out. The person at the desk sent a runner to the shelves to see if the book was, indeed, on the shelf. After about five minutes, the runner returned with not one, but two copies of the text (one in a hardcover format, and the other a softcover… and I specify that I had the hardcover version). The book was, indeed, on the shelf, and was promptly “checked-in” to their system, and late fees waived, thank-you-very-much.

About a week and a half has now passed since the whole CD-Book occurance happened. I received a card in the mail last week. The 1st (presumed lost) hold request card for the new title is delivered to me. As I gingerly removed the card – the only thing in my mailbox that day – and reviewed the back, drinking in the words, “the title I had requested is being held for me until [date], after which it will be returned to circulation.”

Un.
Freaking.
Believable.

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