Monday Musings 4/22

One last promotion of my new editions of the Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100 and Days 101 – 140, which are available through my Square Store. I’ll stop mindlessly promoting them pretty soon. I think. Maybe. Probably never. Beep. Boop. Promoting robot.

  1. My plan for my self-publishing exploits was to write the long-delayed sequel to Beware the Ills, but that isn’t going to happen. I have too much going on. I never meant for the book to be a series either, I just sort of copped out when people started asking for a sequel. I’ll get it done one of these days, but not this fall. Sorry for the disappointment. Between the film, the 48 Hour Film Project, and other things (family, wife, kids, dog) I don’t think I’ll have time to give the story the attention it deserves.
  2. I will be releasing an omnibus of my short stories, with new additions to the collection. I’m tired of selling three different short story books, so I’ll just pancake them all together, give them some new editing, and include fresh tales for the returning reader. I’m going to call the collection Monsters, Monsters, Everywhere. It is coming in September. More details forthcoming.
  3. I really want to give my blog a little bit more love and start releasing a serialized story on here again in 500 work chunks, but I’m so low on time to do these things that I worry about releasing an inferior product (business jargon has officially meshed with my artistic perspective since I’m trying to live off of it). I might publish Chains on here, and maybe try to continue the story since I love it dearly. Hmmm. Yes. Yes. I like that. And yes, I was stroking my beard when I wrote those words, just like a super villain.
  4. This Saturday, April 27th from 1 – 6 pm I’ll be at Number 12 Cider in Minneapolis selling my stories at the Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore. These are always awesome events. They’re kind of a perfect combination for obvious reasons (insert generic writer stereotype). I’ll be having another, more informative post on Thursday about it.
  5. Cyberpunk is starting to really grip my soul. I love the genre more and more, probably because it is a realistic echo to the world we are currently living in. I would say about 60% of the stories I’m creating these days are in this setting. It is a very versatile place to base a narrative. Judging by the volumes of Cyberpunk fiction being produced and released on Amazon, well, I’m hardly alone in my fascination.

Jottings:

  • Chrono Trigger still rocks my socks. One of the best games ever, by far. I have it for my DS/3DS and it is amazing.
  • Just found out Akira is on Hulu. Time to traumatize my Stepsons with another dark anime.
  • Is any game more atmospheric than Luigi’s Mansion 1 or 2? I know fear is a quick way to establish an emotional commitment to a setting, but these games make me feel like I’m really stalking the rooms looking for ghosts.
  • A new comic book store opened next to my house. They’re still getting organized (the place looks a little post-apocalyptic), but I’m eager to introduce my kids to the glory of such a world.
  • I love my family.
  • The pop culture apocalypse is coming. Game of Thrones is ending. So is Avengers. So is the original trope of Star Wars. Yeah. BOOM.
  • Everyone have a safe and healthy week.
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Update 4/16

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  1. Well, I’ve survived editing the first two Greenland Diaries books (Days 1 – 100 and Days 101 – 140). They had many errors, but now they’re much better. Book two, or The Greenland Diaries: Days 101 – 140 is now available via Kindle, Amazon Paperback, and of course through my Square Store if you’re interested. I’m happy that I went back and fixed each book. When I self-published both of them I was so entranced with the opportunity to get my stories out there that I overlooked the details. Now, I feel better for having revisited them, and know in the future to budget my time and practice a little more patience with the revision process.
  2. To expand on my emotions from number one, I wanted to say that I think this is a trap a lot of beginning writers and artists fall into when they discover accessible technology to get their voices out there. You go from struggling with rejection and literal epochs between when you get things published/released to, “I can put out a book anytime I want.” That type of freedom is awesome, but for someone like me who has consistently put his dreams on hold, I had a lot of impatience, so I hurried my stories out there without giving them the proper love and attention. Now I’m paying the price. Heed my call! Learn from my mistakes. The devil is in the details. This. That. The other thing.
  3. I decided to wait a day on these musings because I wanted to react a little bit to the first episode of the last season of Game of Thrones. NO SPOILERS HERE. I typically don’t talk about what actually happens, and more about how the overall narrative jars me psychologically. Yeah, that is pretty common with Game of Thrones. I’m excited to see how it concludes, but I have to admit I’ll be sad about how the characters have become almost a part of my pop culture family, and they most likely will all die. Brutal. Anyways, I’m just going to miss the show. So seeing Winterfell and the other settings is almost nostalgic. This is what a good story does. It makes you emotionally invested.
  4. My next major project for me to focus on is the film I’ve written that is in preproduction called “Oir” which doesn’t have a release date, but I think we’ll start shooting in the fall at the latest. It is a horror movie, with some fantasy elements to it. I guess because of my classical literature training I would call it Magical Realism, but that term might be a little too generous. Working on film is awesome. I’ll be working on “Oir” and also participating in the 48 Hour Film Project here in Minneapolis. Film. Is. Awesome.
  5. That image of the black hole really moved me. I felt things. Suffering from depression my entire life, I have always wanted there to be a symbol in the natural world that I can relate to. When I finally saw that authentic picture of the living void, that faraway abyss guzzling stardust, well, I felt a kinship to my own sadness spinning at the center of my soul. I know many people suffer from depression, but to see a scientific phenomenon representing the very feeling in my heart when this illness takes me over was wonderful. It made me feel like the universe itself understands me. More on this subject another time.

Jottings:

  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is wonderfully whimsical and weird. Anime has just gotten better the longer the genre has existed.
  • Toejam and Earl is now out for the Switch. I remember playing that game on the Sega Genesis 20 years ago. It was incredibly difficult, but the setting completely represented the 90’s style cartoon vibe. I can’t wait.
  • I’ve said it so many times before, but I can’t get over how Rugrats is such a great show for kids and parents alike. It portrays the innocence of children with the cluelessness of parenting to perfection. I was woefully underprepared for fatherhood, so watching this show helps with my own insecurities.
  • Life is beautiful. Have a great week!