This is a Regeneration Episode

Good morning!

Friday morning there was a critical failure and this website went down. Admin got it back up, but had to reinstall some very important things in the process. As a result, we’ve lost five years worth of blog posts and over seven thousand registered readers. We should get most of those back in due time.

So, this is a regeneration episode. Not as dramatic as the one my wife just watched while I was gaming, but an episode nonetheless. There was no viable back up for the site on our host’s servers (not their fault, that’s on me) nor was there a secondary backup in any of our external file storage places. Fortunately, I did download a back up fairly recently, so recovering the old posts and user data should be possible. This place will be under reconstruction for at least a little while. Old posts should begin resurrecting themselves sometime this week, and I’ll look over them as they come up, if some are corrupted, or break anything, or are just wonky in some way, I’ll just delete them and try again. 

In other news…well, there really isn’t any news from me at the moment, but I am preparing to flee Twitter along with several million of my closest total strangers, acquaintances, and friends. I’ve started a Mastodon account to check that out, and so far I like it. It’s doubtful I’ll host my own instance here, but it is nice to know that it is very possible to do that. For now, I’m @phantasmagician over there.

I hope all of you have a happy Thanksgiving!

May the Force be with you.

Site Outage

Hello,

 

Just a quick note–the site went down early today. We are working on the problems and will update further as things move along. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please be advised that users will be unable to login until this work is complete.

 

Thank you for your time and attention!

The “Other” other story project

A few nights ago I printed out the first script of the story drafts of  another project I am working on whenever time allows. This is an A/V project that I hope one day to film and put out there. It has a diverse set of influences, so the project will involve an original Urban Fantasy storyline, some martial arts choreography, a design aesthetic inspired by Steampunk/Cyberpunk–but is neither, and  a few other experiments I’d like to see happen with special fx and drone footage.

This will be an Indie project, and I am hoping to be involved in every aspect of its development and production so I can learn as much as possible. One of the first steps I am going to take after finishing the next two scripts, is to show them to two of my old martial arts teachers who have both worked on multiple Kung Fu movies and get their opinion on what challenges we might face in realizing the vision for the story on screen. After that, I’ll be moving on to working out the specifics of some of the choreographed fight scenes I’ve been imagining, and commissioning some more high level concept art of some of the design elements that will be well beyond my ability to create.

For now it’s just one of the stories I am working on. When I take the binder with the first three episodes of the story to my advisers for feedback, it will start to become a much more ambitious project with multiple collaborators. I’m looking forward to that.

The story has been building itself in my mind for  a few years now. It has influences from Babylon 5, to the Dresden Files, Bruce Lee movies, Warehouse 13, and some very impressive Indie productions that made themselves look amazing with very little capital behind them. The quality of independently produced entertainment has skyrocketed in recent years. From DSLR cameras that can film cinema quality imagery, to special FX software that is more affordable than ever, effects that were very high end years ago can now be replicated at your house with enough time and effort. It’s an amazing time to be alive!

When it reaches the point that it is more than an idea I have in development at the hacienda, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. Whatever form the project takes, once it’s more than just me and the narrative of the story, it will get its own social media channels, website, and whatever else it needs to reach the audience that might enjoy it. Until then, it may be the subject of the occasional blog topic, because there is a lot that goes into realizing a story in film. One of my primary motivators in considering the idea was that there would be so much to learn, and the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in a variety of areas to realize the story in a multimedia format. That, to me, is inspiring. In this story I have much more to look forward to than just sitting alone in a room pouring words onto a page. There will be other people involved! I hope I remember how to talk to people that aren’t only in my head. That could help. 🙂

Now that I’ve blogged about it, I have to get back to writing the first draft of the next script and then get back to work on the second novel that is making itself difficult for me to finish.

Until next time, true believers!

 

7/7/17

Today is an empty box on the calendar. It’s Friday, which is great, but nothing is scheduled to happen today.

Things that are in the process of happening:

Writing the first of the final chapters in novel #2.
The Nook release of Hidden Leaves will be soon.
Ten poems are out on submission, five are ‘in progress’ in Submittable.
Three scripts are complete in another project. (Story drafts)

My first beta reader has read through all of my current manuscript and pronounced it good. She reads a lot of mysteries, and her comments were encouraging. It’s important to me that it works as a mystery, leaving aside the elements of the story that are more urban fantasy or paranormal. There will be a few more beta readers added after the manuscript is complete.

That’s it!

Time for more coffee and typing.

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend.