Archive for June, 2008

End of an Era…

Today is the last day that Windows XP will be sold on store shelves. Personally, I did go out over the weekend and get picked up a copy. I have shifted almost entirely over to the Macbook that I got last year – the last time I even used my Windows laptop was before moving it over to the new house… prior to that, its use was intermittent since getting the Mac…

I still have things on the Windows machine that I either need to transfer over (documents, etc.), or that can only run on a Windows machine (mostly games, I digress, which I seldom play anyway)… But the fundamental issue falls back to versions. In the limited instances that I have played with Vista, I have not really been impressed (it was easier for me to learn how to use a Mac over learning Vista). Also, with all of the known issues with Vista, if I can avoid it at all, I plan to try…

Which brings me to why I bought the copy of XP… I have been toying with the idea of getting Parallels or some other OS emulation environment. When I get to that point, I’m going to want XP, not Vista.

It may not be opened for a while, but at least I have it.

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In Brief…

First, I have slightly stalled over the last few days… Not for lack of motivation, but for abundance of projects. I have been doing some of my writing while at work, but the last 10 days of the month tend to be a bear (the short version – I have to review about 50 schedules, of differing lenghts and complexity, that are supposed to be posted by the 25th. As I write this, on the 27th, there are still a good half-dozen that have either not been posted, or checked yet. And this gets really tedious, and shoots the writing to hell…)

I have, however, been trying to get some other things accomplished at home as well – namely, I have unpacked about 4-5 boxes from the garage, and done some picture & “stuff” hanging (staged under MC’s direction). I am looking forward to this weekend – trying to finish Neverwhere by Monday (I hope), as well as try to push a lot of words onto a few grains of sand (read: do a lot of writing, and saving, of documents).

I signed up at Goodreads.com (in case I haven’t mentioned it before). I loaded up the few books that came to mind (all 70-some of them) but have sooooo many more to try and list, that it is not really an easy thing to do at work… But it’s something I’ll chisel at when I get opportunities at home.

Writing Group A has been going well… and is actually the source of four projects (1 active, and three more pending ideas), and is, initially, the chief motivation for some of my writing… The desire to hold myself accountable, and submit something for each meeting.

Writing Group B was supposed to meet last night, but fell apart due to some citywide issues with plumbing and sanitation… (a long story that I really don’t want to get into, but it was enough to close virtually all of the restaurants for about 36 hours).

Back to the schedules…

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Say Goodnight, George, Tim…

I grew up in the 80’s, and my firet exposure to George Carlin was through his acting – not his comedy – from his role as Rufus in the Bill & Ted movies. Later, I would watch (occasionally), a series on Fox (I think) that featured him. But I never really watched a lot of the comedy.

Actually, I think most of the comedy bits of his that I have seen were either from watching an HBO special or two (more like, flipping through channels, and happening to land on a show already in progress).

As I had mentioned earlier, duringthe recounting of the Vegas adventures, I was actually *this* close to going to see Carlin doing a show there… Now, there is a part of me that is sad that I didn’t suck it up and try to go… but how are any of us to know?

I hadn’t posted anything about Tim Russert, honestly because there wasn’t a whole lot for me to say (about like Carlin, actually, but I actually almost saw Carlin, which motivated this whole thing)…

But I can say this… I actually enjoyed watching him relay his thoughts & analysis… Unlike some other people that throw conjecture around, and make claims or predictions, usually just blowing smoke out of some place south of and behing their navels, Russert gave me the feeling that he knew – actually understood the process and knew what would be going on. I didn’t spend long hours watching political analysis, but the few snippets I did watch, usually had him doing the commentary.

It’s actually interesting to me, in a depressing way, to look at how many prominent names are trickling away, and the weird, disconnected, sense of loss that happens – the empathy for the family, but also the greater sadness at the loss of someone that appeared to be living up to their calling.

Both Carlin and Russert have written books (I actually remember Russert making the media tour with his first), and I will try to get to them in time…

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General Stuff, and Other Things…

So, I’ve already mentioned that I’m stoked that Boston has won the NBA title… but there are other things going on, too…

I have signed up at GoodReads, after reading about it at Neil Gaiman’s site. I’m not sure how frequently I will be updating it… it would take me a loooooooong time to try and track through all of the books that I have read, and have in the collection to read, but I can definitely see updating for the “Have Read” section as I complete books.

The “script” writing group met last night, and things went well… we each selected a prompt idea to work with for one of our July meetings, and discussed a couple of short stories that were submitted. There is another group that I am going to be checking out late next week (which is why I use the “script” label – as we were all in a script class together).

Have I mentioned that Boston won…. title number 17?

And I have been making some steady progress towards “the 300 club”… which I plan on continuing this afternoon. I’m currently working on a script, inspired by a song that I like… more as an exercise for me, than anything else… I’m not quite sure about it being produced (rights, etc.)… not to mention the length may be a little off… on the shorter side… but it’s something that’s been rattling around (for a while, actually), so I feel it’s best to try and get it out… and I have a really big reason to, now.

Oh, and “the Boston Celtics are once again the world champions.”

On a serious turn… really… Today would be Jenn’s birthday… she would have been 28. I know her mom has really been having a bit of a rough patch for the past week…

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Mission: Accomplished

(I apologize for grainy videos, but that’s part of the downside of YouTube)

It has been 22 years since Boston last handled the spoils of victory…

But last night, the boys in green showed up to play, and swept the series into the history books, and won banner #17 so it can be raised to the rafters. Not only did they win, but they maintained for the entire game, leading at one point by as much as 43 points (ultimately winning by 39).

Yes, I am a Boston fan, and yes, I am happy that they have won the title again…

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Where I Talk About the Projects

As I mentioned here, I have a couple of projects that I am working on…

I have a short story that was written shortly after the initial Writer’s meeting, and really want to continue working with some shorter works… Even if they turn out to only be a few pages, trying to get them to really “fire” well is a skill that I want to continue to work with.

Aside from that story, though, I have started two “longer” works… not sure if they will turn into books, novellas… or even if I will need to change the medium (currently as prose, but wondering if I may need to reformat them… but I need to write the story, first)… So far I have only established the principle character (and a few minor characters, for the sake of the scenes that were written)…

While coming back from lunch today, though, I was pondering an idea for a graphic novel/comic script, and kept thinking about something with a werewolf or catlike person… Maybe something like a version of the Hulk (possibly a pseudo-controlled transformation)…. like a crime-fighter type… Hmmm

I also have three “new” script ideas (previously unworked) – two are shorter works, one would be a science-fiction type of feature film.

There are also two other scripts that have been “sort-of” started to work on… “Four Corners” (the one I started for my class), and another one that I started working on with Ben (Yes, the one with the broken link in my “Sites Visited” section). The later does have some notes stored, but no actual scenes/dialogue written.

Then there are my two previous NaNo projects that I intend to revisit… one that was a solo project, and the second that started as a collaborative work with Chris…

I also have the “Contact Center” project that I had started… I am thinking about changing the format to a screenplay, but I think I want to try doing “both” – write both the script and the long story for it. I definitely think it will work well as a script (the way I am thinking through it), and I may end up writing more script than go back and fill in the long form.

But last night, despite my trek into the office during the game I didn’t get any writing done… I had planned on using my shiny, only-used-a-few-times fountain pen to do some scribing, but it wouldn’t write… and I tried changing the ink cartridge, and it still wouldn’t write… So I figured that maybe it just needed to be cleaned, so I proceeded to carry the tip downstairs so I could let it soak in some warm water…

Once I submerged the tip in the warm water, it looked like a squid had just launched itself… black swirls spewed from the tip as the (presumably dried) ink was reinvigorated and found the openings around the tip…

Newly distracted, I turned the came back on (as described before), and continued watching… I did, however, make some notes about the projects, and ask myself some questions… I think I have figured out part of a schedule, so I can try to focus my efforts for a little while…

Now to print a calendar so I can keep track of myself…

I really am looking forward to having several works going at once… partially for the challenge of pulling it off, but it will also give me a chance to switch gears… If something sticks and becomes more compelling for me to work with, then obviously I will be channeling efforts to that project. But for those moments when one project stalls, I will have something else I can try working with…

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One More Time…

I will admit, I was nervous last night, as I was watching the Boston-L.A. game… At one point, I even just turned it off and really did something else (explanation: I had the game on, and was doing other “menial” things – folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, etc with the game in the background…)… When I got frustrated watching the game, and at somepoint during halftime, I turned it off and went upstairs to work on some writing projects (didn’t happen… but that’s for another post).

Eventually I made my way back down, and turned the game back on near the end ofthe third quarter. What had started as a blowout (the Lakers had, at one point, a 24-point lead – hence the frustration), had turned into a real game. The Celtics had managed to get within striking distance…

And strike, they did, when they managedto take the lead (for the first time in the game) with four minutes left to play. The teams traded shots, with Boston making a shot, andthe Lakers answering, keeping things floating from a tie to a four-point Laker lead. Boston had cut the lead to one, and a missed Laker shot (rebounded by Boston), led to a 3-point basket that put Boston ahead by two points.

And the two points slowly grew, as they continued trading baskets (and bricks), with Boston eventually holding on to win by six. After four games, it is Boston leading, 3-1… One more game… one more, concerted effort, and there will be something else for Boston fans… One more championship…

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