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Music, Writing, Driving

Today, the last day of a quasi-vacation I took from my Cursed Day Job, I was fairly productive on non-MWS Media stuff!

First of all: I’ve started messing around with Sonar, in the eventual hope that I’ll start laying down some tracks. I discovered a couple of things:

1) I haven’t played bass, guitar, or sung in some time, and it shows.
2) I don’t suck as bad at those three things as I thought I would after all this time. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve performed anywhere in public!

I do need to work at understanding the recording process (again.) Whatever I learned so many years ago is pretty much gone out of my head.

Also, I’m lazy about it. This explains why most of my recorded work is either live or very, very lo-fi…

I also got some writing in today — almost 2,000 words on Brave Men Run, which is a re-write / completion of the old Sovereign Serials tale of “The Cat.” I’m about 3/4 of the way through rewriting what I’d originally written, and the word count has surpassed the original work by about 15,000 words.

There’s a lot of fleshing out going on, you see. Adding scenes that develop the characters, expanding scenes that I could gloss through when I had the whole Sovereign Serials infrastructure in place. This book will stand on its own, when it’s done.

When will it be done? Well, it’s already late… it needs to be printed and in my hands (and the hands of the people who pre-ordered it) before September of this year, because I intend to join in with National Novel Writing Month in November, and that’s going to be a whole other project!

Finally, after living up here in the High Desert for, what, three years? I finally drove down a road I’d never been before, and visited a small town I’d only known through street signs. The town itself barely had street signs, but there were lots of SUVs, pickup trucks, and rusted out wrecks. There were also plenty of churches, “No Trespassing” signs, and saloons.

Hm… not all that different from where I live!

Anyway, it was a nice drive in the late afternoon in the “wilderness,” listening to podcasts of Whole Wheat Radio and Morning Coffee Notes I’d burned on a CDR. (I don’t have an IPOD or anything similar. Wanna get me one?)

So now I’m back home, and I reckon I’ll milk these last hours of my last day of vacation into the wee hours of the morning, working on MWS Media stuff, and another web-based project that’s on the back burner.

It feels good to blog again!

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