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|Friday, March 26th, 2010|
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|Thursday, August 31st, 2006|
|Thursday, June 1st, 2006|
|I'm a media superstar.
I've been busy with things. Working on side projects as well as main projects (F.U. Too/All) plus two jobs and a few websites that I should be doing. But mostly I wanted to say hi and show off this new icon I made. It's mostly for Traci since she's a frequent journal-updater-person, but I thought I'd be the first to take it out for a spin.
F.U. Too, that is, the first part of F.U. Too
, is posted on the website. I know some people were looking forward to seeing it soon, so you can check it out at http://www.thebooknbean.com/mov/FU2.html
. This is the first part. At current, the second part (F.U. All) consists of about thirty seconds of a Bohemien Rhapshody montage (a la Wayne's World) but my target date for this, God willing, is early August. I will need everyone's help in voting when it runs the Newgrounds gauntlet, but that's still some time off.
Also, we've been doing web comics for the Book N Bean website. Most are inside jokes between the regulars; however, I try to keep the ones I contribute as generalized as possible.
they can be found at http://www.thebooknbean.com/Comix.html
Mine are Industry Slang parts 1-3, Unstable New Element, The Difinitive, Self Gratification, Promises Were Made, SoaP (Snakes on A Plane) parts 1-3
(but not the introduction, I mad that it's there) Poli-Psych (though it should be called Trickle Down Theory
(I'm mad about that too)), Deplorable Pastry, The New Hybrid and there should be a new one out Tuesday if they don't screw it up.
And this is exciting too:
We've been doing a website for Moon & Stars Studios, which is a production company out of NYC. They do music videos and commercials, most notably music videos for Bon Jovi and Foreigner. They're out in Cali right now preparing to do a music video for Red Hot Chili Peppers' next single, but that's beside the point. I've recieved word that F.U. and F.U. Too have found their way into the hands of the president of the company. It's kind of exciting that something could come out of this, but I'm keeping myself in check while I wait to hear something. For now, keep on praying.
Adios Current Mood: content
|Friday, April 28th, 2006|
|Just a test
Just seeing if this works. I did much better on this than the Atari Quiz. Current Mood: complacent
|Thursday, February 9th, 2006|
What was I doing last, writing a book? Well now I'm not - at least not for the moment. Finding publishers was too discouraging so I've decided to put that on hold whilst I get some other things out of the way.
First of all. There's been a lot of demand for an F.U. sequel. Well, those who have asked will not be disappointed. I've kinda pulled a Pirates of the Carribean
here cause they'll be two episodes that will come out within a day of each other. Reason being that it's all one part but it exceeds the 5mb size limit set by Newgrounds. That being said, I plan on starting a website to host the complete version in its entirety. This site - I'm hoping to go with the name ok-five.com - will be launched a few weeks before the video. The plan is for the NG version of the video to sell the site, as in get a lot of site traffic and advertising therein. The site will also support the F.U. comic. Since the production cycle to get one F.U. video out is about a year, i feel this would be a better way to convey the stories. Hopefully it'll catch a following, but if not, it was a nice attempt.
I'm out Current Mood: exhausted
|Friday, January 27th, 2006|
People who should release new ablums this year:
If those three would comply it will be a musically happy year :D unlike last year:( Current Mood: tired
Here's 3 pilots to a web comic I'm developing. These were are all written and designed by me. If you liked F.U. you'll like this
There's talk of maybe me and my group of my fellow brainstormers going off and doing our own comic website. I think it could be successful if publicized. Current Mood: tired
|Saturday, January 21st, 2006|
|This Post is Gay
From reading The Writer's Market
If find it's quite amazing how many book publishers look and only gay & lesbian related material. If I had to guess, I'd say about 60%. Are they the only ones who still read book or something? Harry Potter's not gay is he, cause I didn't get that from any of the book's jacket's that I've read.
Anyhow, I've got my three sample chapters completed so not I'm looking for test readers to give me an early critique. My good buddy D
will give it a read I'm sure. He's pretty reliable as a test audience. Traci will eventually run out of Gilmore Girl's DVDs and have to read it as well. But she's timid about these things. If I push too much she won't ever read, or she'll read and hate it due to the resentment of forcing her at gunpoint to. Anyhow. I've vented in my frustration at looking at publishers. I guess I may have to break down and create a gay character, or a wizard. Maybe I'll break the trend and create a gay wizard (it is a fantasy novel, it could work). Then I'll call my book Brokeback Potter and we'll all have a merry ole' time. Current Mood: annoyed
|Wednesday, January 18th, 2006|
Just finished Chapter 3 (the first act) It got to be pretty powerful near the end. Even I was feeling for the characters. Hopefully Traci will give me a test-read this week so that I can begin to prepare a package for the publishers.
Woo, I'm having fun this time around. The first time it seemed very tedious in places. I'm taking my time now, and it's making the difference.
An example of improvements.
Which is a more powerful way to end the chapter?(Old Version)“This bed is comfortable,” he noted lastly before dozing off. “Perhaps too comfortable.”(New Version) Puck ran. He had left his soul mate behind.
I can go to sleep content tonight :D Current Mood: excited
|The Best Cure for Writer's Block is a Good Nap
Fought writer's block the last two days, had two good nights of sleep and that seemed to clear it up a bit. I'm on chapter three, stuck in an exchange of dialoge - the first between the protagonist and his nemisis. There's a bit of a mysteriously background between the two, of which only the villan knows. It's like star wars without the blood relation.
The first act of the book climaxes shortly after, rather tragically - with many lives lost.
It does seem strange that the fist act ends after only three chapters into a twenty chapter book. I do expect chapter 3 to be brutally long, but I think it'll be one of the most exciting chapters in the book.
Chapter 3 was one of the major problem areas in the first book. When selling ideas to publishers, they as for three sample chapters, so that you don't have to waste money on sending them a whole book that they might not like. In my first draft, there wasn't much action in the first act. It was a set up of characters and then on to the tragedy, not a whole lot of volume in between. The new chapter 3 starts of with a battle, where in the first draft it started with a peaceful surrender.
The other great addition, which I'm most proud of, is that I only introduced the nessesary characters in the first act of the first draft; in this version, I've counted 26 I've made mention of, almost all of which have developed personalities.
I'll get back to it tonight, hopefully I'll be fretting away with Chapter 4 tomorrow.
Lyric of the day...and when the final sunset rolls behind the earth,
and the clock is finally dead
I'll look at you, you'll look at me and we'll cry a lot,
and this'll be what we said:
Look where all this talking got us, baby." Current Mood: complacent
|Thursday, January 12th, 2006|
Quote of the day (from www.penny-arace.com)I'm wondering if it's possible to love my operating system. Is that wrong? I don't love Windows. I like it, and though many people don't like admitting it, Windows succeeds because it does everything most people need. It's like the Phillips head. But I don't love the Phillips head, it just happens to turn a lot of screws.
Chapter 1 is finished. I'm happy with where everything is going. I spent a lot more time this time around developing characters and their motivations. It's kinda exhillirating to do this and know where they are going and where they end up. I think the thing I missed on the first run through, is why they go where they go and do what they do. I didn't give them much of a reason; but now the reason's there.
Here's what's kinda the lead-in. Not for the book but kind of a scrolling marquee thing (like at the begining of Star Wars) that I wrote a while back when I thought it was meaningful to write a script for this:It was a golden age for the world, which was in its infancy…
The Scientist, Sterling Browne, after nearly five decades of advancements in the world of technology, decided it was time to hand the reigns of success to another.
Puck Alexis was only a child when he was adopted and brought on board Dr. Browne’s airship, The Mass Design. In the years that followed, Puck himself grew into a technical genius, much like his adoptive guardian.
Puck and Dr. Browne eventually split ways. Both working on individual advancements, and for a time, both found minor success.
Now in old age, Dr. Browne has decided it time for Puck to learn for himself the truth behind his adoption, his admission into the world of science, and how their fates are forever intertwined…
I go to bed now...night Current Mood: content
|Wednesday, January 11th, 2006|
In April of 2001 I began writing a four-part book series originally titled "The Millenia Project." At 1:48 on the morning of January 28, 2003 (I know that because I wrote it down) I finished that series. But then I let it sit for three years because I didn't want to hire an editor and everyone who offered to read it never got around to it (including the ones I offered money). Now that three years of passed, I remember little enough about the books that I could go over it myself and form an opinion of how things are. I ultimately found much of the story has holes and/or poor plot devices. After much thought, I decided in December to make my New Year's resolution to rewrite the first book in this series.
I hope to make what follows a tool for my thoughts on this continuing project, as that my goal this time around is to make the first book a stand-alone novel rather than sell the whole thing as one large chunk.
The series, now called "The Millennia Saga," will revolve much around this first title, which I'm subtitling for now as "Recollection." (The original subtitle was "The Alexis Legacy")
That's all for now. More to come when I've gotten a look at the material I've produced so far this week. Current Mood: bored
|Thursday, December 29th, 2005|
|Best of the Year
I'll be brief with this, unlike my other lists.
This is my best of 2005 list. Don't question it. You don't even know.(Runners-Up included)
It was a sweep in the music category.Album of the Year
1. Interpol - Antics
2. The Killers - Hot FussSong of the Year
1. Evil - Interpol
2. Sugar, We're Going Down - Fallout BoyMusic Video of the Year
1. Evil - Interpol
2. Helena - My Chemical Romance
Movies will surprise youMovie of the Year
1. The Chronicles of Narnia
2. (Tie) Star Wars: Episode III, Good Night & Good LuckGame of the Year
1. Resident Evil 4
2. KotOR (from a previous year)Wife of the Year
Traci Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, December 28th, 2005|
In fact, one of the better ones I've had in a few years.
I guess the annual monotiny of it all needed to be broken up, and that it was.
Traci got me things I wanted. OMG Yay for her. In fact, everybody seemed to get me everything I wanted, so it really went well. I was even excited about socks. No better feeling than putting on a brand new pair Chirstmas day.
I just wrote a whole bunch of stuff, but now it's been erased somehow. Wasn't important anyways. Now onto the next post. Current Mood: drained
|Saturday, October 15th, 2005|
|Alien Ant Farm - 2003
There are few occasions where I choose sound over lyrics. This was one case where I went that direction.
Alien Ant Farm's TruANT
was an album that was musically fun. Its competitor of that year, Dashboard Confessional's A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
is what lyrically could be the greatest album of all time. Every line in every song is the pinnacle of brilliance. Despite that, I narrowly chose to give it a backseat to the driving beats and saucy sounds of AAF. This album had a lot going for it. I didn't like all the songs on the album, but the ones I did like I couldn't get enough of and that made it an album that was always in my CD player. I addition, this particular album was produced by the DeLeo brothers, who are former band members of Stone Temple Pilots, which is what possesed me to purchase the album in the first place. The album, lyrically, isn't the greatest. It seems that they can take a few simple words and make them sound wonderful. For that reason I won't list best lines in each song this time. Here's the list.
1. 1000 Days - A very fun song. Great guitar chords. Great inro to the album.
2. Drifting Apart - The one hook in this song that's pure STP. The only real hint of the DeLeo bros. on the album. The words seem very driving as well.
3. Quiet - I've never heard a guitar sound like a ticking clock before. Another good song, just good music.
4. Glow - Another fun song. The lyrics are delightfully peppered with sexual comparisons that sorta make you feel naughty listening to them. "I'll be the switch she turns on, She'll be mine to, I'll get off, I'll be the fuse that she blows, and even with the lights out we'll glow."
Best line though: And even Edison has no idea, of the blackouts I've cuase you in here."
5. These Days - What can I say, I love songs with a deep, driving sound, and the first single is one of the best.
6. Sarah Wynn - "What the hell were you thinking?" Is the key line to this song. He sings it with such conviction it makes you want to say, "Yeah, Sarah, what's wrong with you." without knowing anything about what she's done.
7. Never Meant - This is where the album starts to slow down. I'm not too fond of this song but it does have one of the best lines on the album. Throw a molotov in, just to make it right, here's to every cocktail, that we drank tonight.
8. Goodbye - Another song about a stuck-up girl. Not exciting. The low point of the album.
9. Tia Lupe' - I love this song. It's a different directon for the punk rock that AAF is accustomed to. It's a salsa song in an album of driving bass and guitar riffs, but it works like no other has before.
10. Rubber Mallet - A very discriptive song about nothing really. Another one of my favorite lines on this one. "Then I played you out like a rubix cube"
. Like I've said, it doesn't sound like a good lyric, but you have to hear it performed.
11. S.S. Recognize - My favorite song on the album. The one that made this album what it is to me. They try to bring a Korn sound to the album and they succeed, maybe better than Korn could do it themselves. That's all I can say, just a good song.
12. Hope - A slow song to top off an album of this type is interesting, but once again, works well. I depressing song about a guys wife leaving him for his best friend. Depressing, but since the song is called "Hope" you don't feel so bad. Current Mood: accomplished
|Tuesday, October 11th, 2005|
|Brand New - 2004
I've thought about it over the weekend and I've decided I don't utilize this documentary opportunity like I should. I'm not much for talking about my feelings so I don't much I can say very often. So here's another idea.
I always wanted a eclectic forum where I could talk about good music/movies/whatever. Basically a review on things. Mostly things that I like, but also things that I thought I was going to like but turned out to hate.
That being said, I think I'll do a quick review of my favorite albums from the past few years. One at a time though. Yes, I am making this a series.
So here's the first, my favorite album from 2004, Deja Entendu
. It was a surpise that it took the top spot. It didn't get much praise from me as I thought their previous release, Your Favorite Weapon
was too good; however, their sophomore effort grew on me and I found myself greatly attached to the record. I think though, had Modest Mouse been introduced to me earlier in the year, it may have been the winner. Anyhow, here's the list of tracks.
1. Tautou - Very ambient, and short. I like how they pulled a Radiohead by making this song as a reference to the last song on the album.
2. Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades - Can't go wrong with a driving basslineBest Line: He is the lamb, she is the slaughter. She's moving way too fast and all he wanted was to hold her
3. I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light - The song caputres the mood of autumn-turning-to-winter perfectlyBest Line: If looks could really kill, then my profession would be staring. Please know we do this cause we care, and not for the thrill.
4. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't - This song has it all. It's one you'll find yourself singing out loud and not realizing it.Best Line: All of them.
5. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows - The first song I've ever heard from BN. It's a dark sound for them, but it works in so many ways.Best Line: And though our kids are blessed Their parents let them shoulder all the blame.
6. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot - One of the weaker tracks, but still full of great lines.Best Line: And if it makes you less sad, I'll take your pictures all down. Every picture you paint, I will paint myself out.
7. Jaws Theme Swimming - The chorus sounds like it could have been done by Stone Temple Pilots. But I don't think they could have done it better.Best Line: And I've seen what happens to the wicked and proud When they decide to try to take on the throne for the crown.
8. Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis - Traci and I agree on this one. It sounds familiar, a song about every asshole out there who takes advantage of women.Best Line: I've got desperate desires and unadmirable plans, My tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent.
9. Guernica - Another song that people can relate to "No one wants to be half a world away at times like these, so I sat alone and waited out the night." Everyone's had a night like that.Best Line: If I could I would shrink myself and sink through your skin to your blood cells and remove whatever makes you hurt but I am too weak to be your cure.
10. Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die - Long title, long song. Good song too.Best Line: The title
11. Play Crack The Sky - My favorite song of 2004. I can't hear it without singing it uncontrollably. Too many good lines, and it seems to fit with the first song on the album if you play the CD on repeat.Best Line: All of them. Current Mood: accomplished
|Saturday, October 8th, 2005|
I should probably go to sleep or something.
I wish I could sit and say interesting things.
The time for that has seemed to pass.
I wish this was poetry.
I should invest in the stock market.
I hate Friday's
Sadly enough, they are the most boring night of the week for me. Course now that it's one in the morning I have sleep to use as an excuse.
I think I'll do that
Peace. Current Mood: bored