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Everyone Has Their Breaking Point

Alright. I admit it. I gave in. Held out as long as I could. Hand to heart. But... but... but... the situation was untenable. Something had to change. So I did it. You know, it.

I got a cell phone.

It's been tons of fun and really convenient so far, just as I feared.

So that's it. That's all that needs to be said. This is my public declaration of defeat. I lost the war. Now I shall, forevermore, hang my head in shame (you know, while gazing at the bright little phone screen in my hand.)
My favorite bass line from any song is in 'Shadow of Love' by the Damned.

And I just found out that Bryn Merrick, who played it, died in September 2015.

Starting 2017 Off Right!

Bought myself a little toy for the new year! It's a portable voice recorder (Amazon, $36) and it's damn near grown onto my hand over the last two weeks. I'm just constantly recording into it. Keeping a 'vocal diary,' recording odd sounds the world makes throughout the day, keeping reminders for myself, recording my guitar-learning progress, and most useful of all - I've been narrating stories into it every day! The following morning, I transcribe the stories to my laptop and keep them as rough/first drafts that I can, hopefully, develop over time.


It's been a lot if fun so far. I should have bought myself this nifty little recorder ages ago!

But... but... awwwwww....

Wait. Okay. Let me get this straight. There's *no* video interview of Buddy Holly? At all? Anywhere?!

Am I understanding that right?!?!!


Yes, I'm having more moods.


Low Bar, High Word Count

Only six days into the year and not only have I been exceeding my daily word count goal, but I've also started a brand new short story! So happy with the progress I've made so far. True, I set my bar pretty damn low... but I think that's exactly what is helping me write. Every day I say to myself, "okay, I only have to write 72 words today. That's all. Now I'll start writing and just get it over with." Then I do start, and end up writing hundreds on my old novella and hundreds more on my new story.

So have I finally found the little mental trick that will consistently spur my creativity? I'll keep my eye on this as the days go by.

It feels really good to write and not end the day feeling like a failure. Like, really fucking good.

2016 - Media Wrap Up

Favorite Movies I Watched In 2016
1. I Am Not A Serial Killer
2. Closet Monster
3. Indignation

Clearly, I like indies. And young men working through their 'issues', I suppose. o.O

Favorite Bands/Musicians I Listened To In 2016
1. Brown Bird
2. Bruce Springsteen
3. Tom Petty

Yep. I 'discovered' a ton of music this year... that I should have already known.

Favorite Books I Read In 2016
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose

All non-fiction?! Well, how's that for a change!

The Woodsman & The Rhyming

Wrote a second song. This one with (cringe-worthy) lyrics. It's called 'A Good Woodsman Should.' Ridiculously proud of myself. And kind of embarrassed to even write that.

It's just fun. That's all. Fun to try something new. Fun to learn a new 'skill.'

(Christmas) Lights! Tinsel! Action!

Finally got around to joining GoodReads. Been aiming to do that for a while! And boy, I've never tried to list all the books I've read... and am now failing spectacularly to remember even most of them :-/ Decided to save energy by discounting all poetry books, graphic novels, and cheesy harlequin romances (hey, don't judge!). They can just remain unlisted for now. Or possibly forever.

Also, I'm disproportionately excited to see Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe on December 29th. Just a TV show... but I'm really looking forward to it!

That's all for now.

Eyeing 2017 From A Short Distance

Only two weeks left of 2016. I ~accomplished~ about 10% of my creative goals. Measly number... but still better than nothing.

★ ★ ★ So what am I aiming for in 2017, creatively? ★ ★ ★

First Goal: I've been working on-and-off on a novella for a while now. It's at 7,333 words and I've always wanted to reach 33,333 words with it. That means there are still 26,000 words to go. *whips out calculator* Let's see... if I want to complete the novella in 2017, I would need to write about 72 words every day of the year.

Pffft! That's nothing! I can do that. Definitely. Oh, this overconfidence will be positively delightful to re-read in the months to come...

Second Goal: create as many more patchwork prose novels as I can. Vague, I know. But I haven't really worked out my pace/productivity speed in that area. It's all still too new.

Third goal: write one original song every month. And I'm just aiming for instrumentals here. No wordworking. The heart of this goal is to keep my guitar learning fun and novel. If I just focus on simple covers, chord transitions, and scales... playing will become chore-like and I'll lose interest.

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