Drowning in the Day Job

Blog No. 315

dont-quit-your-day-job-chief-haha-ver-that-is-7349853After a less than stellar summer of writing, I managed to pick things up over the last few months. Christian and I were both coming to the end of our individual projects, so we made an effort to get together when we could and work. I managed to get the first draft of Neon Heart done that way. I put that aside for a few weeks in order to start my novel and give myself some time and space from the novella so I can be very critical when I went back to it. I intended to hit it hard starting on December first (putting the novel aside for the month and getting back to it in the new year. The problem with that plan is that, not only am I really lazy, but the day job decided that I shouldn’t be aloud to do anything but work there (and suffer). Continue reading “Drowning in the Day Job”

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Nostalgia Bomb

Blog No. 270

zelda-cartoon-link-bomb-jump-bomb-shield-jump-14303882890I’m not sure how (or why) it happened, but over the weekend I was hit with a wave of nostalgia like a bomb had gone off. The sentiment seemed to have welled up from memories of video games. Some were of little Ben playing Atari, or at a friend’s place loosing a game of NHL 94 on a Genesis. The majority were of the Nintendo Wii and all the great times I had playing games on a new system and usually with my buddy Arvin. It could be because Arvin and I are working on Season Two of Flags and High Fives. This one is going to be a lot less about looking back on WLTP, but it’s hard to get away from that when we work on just about anything together. It could have also been because I had been playing a Wii game and was reminded of all the great games for the system that I didn’t get to play. Continue reading “Nostalgia Bomb”

Episode Seven

Blog No. 251

high-five-gjys-mon-anyone-ont-leave-me-hangin-c-27513757At the beginning of the year, I got a big surprise from my buddy Arvin. He told me it was our tenth anniversary of starting Wii Like To Podcast. Not only was it a milestone, but he was itching to do some more creative stuff. I was happy to oblige and we kicked off the year with an Anniversary Special. It was a really fun trip down memory lane and it showed us just how big our little podcast was once upon a time. The fire was stoked, however, and we started to plan out a new venture that took the form of Flags and High Fives: A Podcast Retrospective. It was a look back on that first podcast and a way for the two of us to ease back into the medium (and with working together again). That first experience is coming to an end soon, but we are working to transition it into something else rather than let it slip away like we did before. Continue reading “Episode Seven”

Sprinting to October

Blog No. 249

0dff14b8f0f443cbb11d83b94a4a69a5-jabba-the-hutt-costume-small-fanUsually sometime at the end of August or the beginning of September, I start to get really nostalgic and get caught up in thinking about the past. Inevitably I write a post about it that ends up being almost the same as the corresponding post form a year before. Still, I feel the drive to write it in an attempt to purge that action most dangerous to productivity, wistful daydreaming. Thankfully, this year, I’m just too busy to do much more than work and complain. The pressure is on and all those great accomplishments I was planning on achieving after last year’s final push disappeared into smoke surrounded by the day-job, new projects, obligations, organizations, and my own overwhelming lethargy. All is not lost, however, for I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading “Sprinting to October”

Keeping Above Water

Blog No. 247

DSC_0529-1My trusty friend Arvin and I have now reached our sixth episode (out of eight) of Flags and High Fives and this one was a doozy. I don’t want to give too much away (since it is coming out tomorrow) but it contains three interviews we did with former fans of Wii Like To Podcast. I used to have some basic interviewing skills (or at least knew some of the basic theory). I have enough now to know when an interviewer is bad, but nowhere near enough to not be bad myself. The point is, we had three interviews and I had very little idea what I was doing. I was just getting by the best I could (thankful I was talking to people who generally liked me going in). Continue reading “Keeping Above Water”

Moving Right Along

Blog No. 239

maxresdefault1Last week I got the final edit back on my story for the crime anthology. I think the editor still has Christian’s to finish, but I still have to go over it an make my final draft. It’s the culminating of six months of writing, editing, waiting, editing, waiting, editing, and waiting. I wish I could say that I used that waiting time wisely, but here we are. I haven’t done much more than open the file so far. I know there is still time to get it wrapped up (the current scheduled release date is in the fall) but there is so much more to do, and time has a funny way of disappearing when you aren’t paying attention. My goal is to get it all done by the end of the week and move on to my next big task. Continue reading “Moving Right Along”

School is Cool

Blog No. 231

3-school-of-rock-quotesI just had another school visit at the start of this week. I’m not sure what number that one is, maybe five, maybe more. I do know that every visit has been drastically different from the last. Some times the kids are super excited and at least some are interested and engaged (the others are just happy to not have math to do). Other times it has been like reading to a painting. No interest, no questions, no excitement. The teachers are exactly the same. Some are just happy to have a distraction for the kids so they can desperately try to catch up on work, others are just as into it as the kids. I’m not making judgement calls either way. My very limited experience in teaching has taught me that every school, teacher, and class is different for a multitude of reasons and most people are doing their best. I’m just lucky enough to have the opportunity to go and spread the good word of books. I even get invited back sometimes. Continue reading “School is Cool”