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Nonlazy Summer

Things finished this summer.

1.Finished first draft of Lazy Summer, a novella.  This is the first novella I’ve written, second I’ve tried to write (first being a heinous experiment called God Hates Me, which didn’t end up being as fun writing as I thought it would be, so it was of course dropped) and it’s also the longest thing I’ve written at 25k words and some change.

2.Was published on iTunes.  Link to the iTunes podcast is here, link to the blog is here.  Story was originally around 1200 words, then I had to drop about a third of it to fit the word parameters.  The quality reflects that.

3.(Also on a note that doesn’t have to do with anything, I realized I’m a huge fan of lists.  I love making them, reading them…  Anyway.)

4.Finished short story Program, which I hope to end up selling to someone.

5.Read: Snuff, Fight Club, Rant (all by Chuck Palahniuk.), You Suck by Christopher Moore and The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño.

6.Started blogging.  Which is more fun than I thought it’d be.

My goals for the summer were to, well.  Only that top one.  And it is complete, for now, which means I have about a week (less than, actually, by the time this is published) to waste time.

Hello fair lady Xbox.

How I have missed you so.



This is music blogging.

Music, today’s, it’s horrible.  At least, what most of the people I know listen to, just bad.

Turn on the radio.  Do you hear that?  The crap hip-hop (and I do like hip-hop.  It’s just like everything else I listen to, I only like good hip-hop, ie., J. Dilla, Wale, Cannibal Ox).  The rock music could be the worst, though, and that may only be because that’s what I listen to the most.  Screamo/emo/whatever-you-call-Nickelback, Grime?  I don’t know.  Something beside’s horribly scary.  Then the pop crap.

(pop has always been bad.  idea of pop: not music, bite-sized commercial chunks of melody and lyrics.  but that’s what the song is nowadays, i suppose complaining would be useless)

Go ahead and turn the radio off.  That’s torture enough.

Today’s generation sucks, seriously.  Music-wise, attitude-wise.  And the worst part is I’m a part of it.  But there’s good new music out there.

This column (as implied by the number one up there) is modern music I deem good.  And most of it will be stuff found around the internet.  What I mean is, songs that haven’t already been covered by Pitchfork or sites along those lines.  Yes.  Some of these songs may be from dreaded Myspace bands.  Or blogs.  Other things.  We’ll see.

The song is called Hide Me, by the Golden Filter.  I have yet to encounter an album of theirs, which is sad.  Pop/Electronic/Techno maybe.  I’m no good at classifying music.  The first place I read about Golden Filter was on Katie West’s Tumblr.  She posted a  make-out video, basically, and it had a nice soundtrack.  Video above.

Next track here, because embedding didnt work.

Another good song from the web, by somebody cal led at Kongregate Collabs. This is a collaboration site, supposedly bringing together artists of all kinds to work on video games. This is a cool idea, hopefully one that’ll bring more fun products like this.  The the original page for this piece is here.

Sadly I couldn’t find a way to embed this piece.  The track is listenable here.

Last track for the day comes from another Tumlbr page, 5lights.  5lights was a lot of artists working on Warren Ellis’ ROTOR project idea.  Really cool text pieces, great looking art, lots of naked women in it’s last month.  All around a great product, this site.  The song is by Star St. Germain.

That’s it for today.

Pop Album Chapter Book

Listening to Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm today, got me thinking.

Each one of the songs on Silent Alarm are stand alone.  Singles.  None of the tracks flow into the next.  No beats are fed.  No melodies consistent over four minutes.  Each song is a single, in the fact no other tracks are needed to make the sound full.

Thinking story-wise, what would a pop album look like?  Something like Tom Sawyer maybe, but less connected.  Stories about the same character/setting/idea, but instead of the basic short story collection, you have a novel.

One long story, told through stories.  Songs.  Chapters.

You’d have to have the song sets.  Things like ballads, love songs.  I can’t think of any other song themes.  But you get it.  More on this as it develops.

My brain doesn’t make any sense to other people, only to me, and for that I apologise.

Project Log Update

The list, what has been done so far.

•    Finish a round of ROTOR (or ROT, as it will probably end up being.  This will be published here on the site, maybe a few other places as well).  Is being worked on by both the illustrator and photographer.  Finished my part.
•    Finish creating If We Knew Any Better.  If this gets done, it’ll be put here as a PDF download, probably.  Is being worked on by cover artist.  Poem collection and editing complete.
•    Blog a little.  I have a few ideas.
•    Finish the first draft of Lazy Summer, which is going to end up being a novelette.
•    Finish a second and maybe even a third draft of Program.  Well, complete Program.

So basically everything I could do by myself.

I’m self-motivated.

Tomorrow begins Things I’ve Learned… publication.

Story now on iTunes

A story of mine called ‘Speak Easy’ can be heard through this iTunes podcast or alternatively can be heard on this blog.

I could just repeat what the blog says or quote it here.  I’ll quote it here.

What is Telling of Tales?

Telling of Tales was originally conceived as two things: Experience for myself as a vocal perfomer and – more importantly – a new way for unfairly unknown writers to connect with an audience. People don’t read as many books as before, but audiobooks and podcasts are still fairly popular as they combine information and art with the convenience of consumption on the move.

It’s really as simple as that. Writers can send in their short stories and have them read aloud to the audience of the podcast. In time, I hope we will be up to five readers so that we could read a story every day, meaning that I could feature more writers than if I keep going on my own.

Project Log: August

Project Log: August
This is the first project log I’m doing.  I think it’s basically a to-do list.  I should’ve started this last month, but I wasn’t thinking.  So, here’s a list of things I did during the month of July.
•    Finished the first draft of a short story called Program.
•    Started ROTOR.
•    Started the Everyday Virgin blog (which is still in a sad state, honestly).
•    Worked on the poem collection, If We Knew Any Better…
•    Worked a ton on to complete my goal to finish Lazy Summer, a book I’m working on.
This is the things I hope to get done during August.  Before August 25th; this is regrettably when school starts again.  Less than a month before school starts.  So why not make a whole bunch of crazy goals and go for it, I say.  Anyway, the list:
•    Finish a round of ROTOR (or ROT, as it will probably end up being.  This will be published here on the site, maybe a few other places as well).
•    Finish creating If We Knew Any Better.  If this gets done, it’ll be put here as a PDF download, probably.
•    Blog a little.  I have a few ideas.
•    Finish the first draft of Lazy Summer, which is going to end up being a novelette.
•    Finish a second and maybe even a third draft of Program.  Well, complete Program.
When September rolls around I’ll tell you how it went.  Or maybe if you watch the site you’ll figure it out your beautiful little selves.


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