Thursday, December 28, 2006

Crescent

Draft one of Crescent is officially complete!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays


A quick holiday well wishing post. I hope you're all not getting too caught up in the insane present gathering, food cooking hub-bub of this wacky season and are gearing up to just simply enjoy spending quality time with those you love.

For me, that's what this time of year is about - taking the time to be thankful for all the great people in your life and enjoying their company :)

The first draft of Crescent is approaching completetion and I couldn't be more psyched. I've side-lined all other projects to meet my goal of finishing this mamma-jamma before the end of the month and it look like that is going to happen. The story is out of my hands now. It's almost as if my fingers are moving of their own accord as I write these last few chapters. It's exciting and terrifying they way things are coming together.

Presently, I'm rewarding myself for the past couple of prolific days with some Arrogant Bastard Ale.

So - happy holidays. Reward yourselves!

-Phil

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's not that I don't love you

I do love you all, so very deeply. That's why it pains me to make you wait for Episode 16 and all of it's holiday goodness. You can blame Tee Morris and DFH Ale House. That, and the fact that my schedule during this holiday season is balanced on a dime. Getting sick really through things outta wack.

Episode 16 is in the works (along with 9,000 other things).

Thanks to everyone who helped me advance to Round 4 of Pickle Tales. It was a close race. Due to the large gap between the issuing of the round 4 challenge and the submission deadline (large gap due to the holidays), the powers that be have made the latest challenge a whopper. In a nutshell, we've got to take a portion of Homer's the Odysessy and recreate it as a 7 minute audio epic. I'm fearing another buzzer beater is in my future. ;-)

So, that's that. Tonight it's down to the bar in Alrington to meet with Steve and a couple of film guys to discuss the Fantome' project. After, I plan on banging out some more of Crescent.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

pickle tales round 3

Round three of Pickle Tales went live today. It's a fun and light hearted round. Once again, I'm against some serious competition. It's really a talented bunch!

Go listen and vote for your favorite!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

the first illness of the winter season




I've got my first cold of the holiday season and it's a doozy. Benefits: the haze of cold remedies. Not-so-benefits: the desire to do nothing but sleep.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

episode 15: burn out (episode mcshortie)


Episode 15 is here - a week late - but better late than never. I had a lot going on before the Thanksgiving holiday and quite simply ran out of time. (pictured above - scene from the Great Thanksgiving Mustache Caper)

What to expect in episode 15:
Burn out and how to cope
What are they smoking?
New track: Sally

And other goodies.

Links del sauce-a-lito
Alan Light's CIC
New Tee Morris Podiobook - Feb 2007!
Paul Levinson's Light on Light Through

Let's not forget about Pickle Tales. Round two was some tough competition.



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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A post of worth

I haven't written a decent blog post in almost a month. So, here is a shot at doing just that.

My birthday is coming up on Friday. It's hard to believe another year of my life has gone by. I'm not going to make this a year in review post - maybe I'll do that on Friday. If you haven't already noticed, the PodCast is a week late. There was just too much going on last week (not to mention, I only had a day-and-half at home base to get stuff done before heading to CT). I had to scramble to get my Pickle Tales entry completed and that was all I had time for in the end. I think you should go vote for me (if you like the goods, that is)!

I actually managed to write a bit while in CT with the ol' get up before everyone else routine. My plan is to finish the first draft of Crescent by the end of December. That will mean a pause in the Thread Garden, but those characters aren't going anywhere without me. It's nice to be in control ;-)

Progress on the Phil Rossi and the Bad Habit EP proceeds unhindered. Well, mostly, unhindered. I need to restring my guitars and currently I have no money for strings. The Pharmacy Prophets continue to write cool, different material for our ambitious Fantome' project.

Suffice to say, I'm busy, but a happy camper.

Monday, November 27, 2006

post holiday

I survived the holidays, therefore, episode 15 will be posted this week.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

episode 14: strike your fantasy with caffeine

Quickie show notes:

Bouncing off the walls hepped up on caffeine. I say a lot of words including (but not limited to): focus, music, so, and, writing, November, Ashtray.

Links del sauce-a-lito
7th Son
Pickle Tales
Tee Morris

Correction: I know NanoWrimo is not national writing month, but national novel writing mouth. Call me marble mouth :-p


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Sunday, November 05, 2006

pickle tales


A quick update: my submission for PodCast Pickle's Pickle Tales story telling competition was one of twelve pieces accepted for the battle royale. :)

The Pickle Tales team reviewed the initial batch of entries for creativity, writing and skill of production and my short piece "Vagabond" was chosen to move on. It will be played on the Pickle Tales feed tomorrow. You've got three days to vote for me (if you like the story) and help me move on to round two!

Needless to say, I'm surrounded by good company.


Updated voting info:
Well gang, if you my submission, take five minutes and give me a vote

Go here to register (quick process):
http://www.podcastpickle.com/forums/index.php?act=Reg&CODE=00

Then go here to vote (and hear my story, along with the other great
submissions):

http://www.podcastpickle.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10427

Just click the radio button next to the story entitled "Vagabond."

Thanks for the support!
Phil

Thursday, November 02, 2006

PseudoWrimo

In honor of NanoWrimo, here's the Phil Rossi battleplan to turn November into a raucous productivity-fest:

- 50,000 words over multiple projects
- Record a new song a week
- PodCast

I've got a cool announcement. You've heard me mention 7th Son on the p-cast. I've mentioned that JC has released Book II. On November 14th, there will be a guest appearance on 7th Son by none other than Firefly's Nathan Fillion. Very kick ass. Congratulations, JC!

All you FTP'rs, go check out JC's stuff. He's the man - he's had great things to say about this PodCast and even played my promo on one of his 7th Son Episodes.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

bad template

I don't like this blog template one bit. Ugly!

Update: Green is gone. I'm going with "blank".

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

happy halloween!



Happy halloween! I can't believe that it's October 31st. Crazy how time can just disappear. To all my NanoWrimo involved listeners - good luck. I'm still deciding on how I will use the NanoWrimo fervor for my own nefarious purposes. As I've stated before, I'm not participating directly. I do feel that November is a good month for crazy goal setting. I may focus the month on cranking out a stack of short fiction, while I continue to work on Crescent and the Thread Garden.

Then again - I might just commit to finishing one of the above mentioned books.

Or a combination. We'll see ;-) In other news, I'll hopefully be finishing up a brand-spankin'-new track this week. Zach is coming over tomorrow to hit things on microphone.

Happy Halloween.

Be safe. Be magnificent.

:)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

episode 13 complete - and I want to set blogger on fire!

There must have been an upload error. Only half of episode 13 made it onto the server. Trying this again from Cape Cod folks before the devestating winds set in. Thanks for the patience!



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Thursday, October 26, 2006

episode 13: trip the light spooktastic - part 2

























This show concludes the halloween fun. Thanks go out to my contributors. :)

Karen from Kalifornia - mastermind behind the Bunkcast (and yes Karen, you totally freaked me out).
Tee Morris - we shared ancient beers during his telling. There is a *wee* technical fumble at the start of the segment, but in interest of not sitting around for thirty-minutes of bounce-to-disk, we're gonna roll with it. (Mur said I should "stand strong")
Adam from NYC - his wit is cunning, his voice is of the velvet.

Potbelly concludes.


Promo:
Wander Radio

Link:
Voices: New Media Fiction at Podiobooks

Technology is great when it works


The server that hosts philrossimusic.com and the earlier episodes of Filling the Page is down - and I can't determine why. I'm waiting to hear back from the keeper of the magical whirring box of sound and light. I knew I should have migrated the old episodes to the new server. So, why didn't I? I was lazy.

Many, many apologies if you're trying to get the old episodes. I'm working on it :)

Update - the blog feed will be going down at 2:00pm PST. The folks at blogga-blogga need to replace some vittles. What the hell is going on in my digital world today? Yowsa. I'm working on moving the feed to fillingthepage.com but the nice people at ftp.com's current registrar are making the domain tranfer more-or-less a living nightmare. :) Anyway, the outage will only run 60 to 90 minutes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

cha cha cha

Filling the Page Episode 13 is on its way. I had planned on finishing it up tonight, but the writing fever had been running hot. After cranking out 3,000+ words today (spread between the two projects), I'm inclined to sit on the couch, drink some wine, and watch some Lost.

The show will be posted before tomorrow is out. To hold you over, below find a picture of a little green frog I met last weekend. No, I didn't lick him. I didn't think of it at the time.

Oh. I've named the untitled book. I'm not saying that I won't change the name down the line, but for now, I dig it.

xo

Thursday, October 19, 2006

episode 12: trip the light spooktastic - part 1




We get our ghost on this week. Tales of Dudleytown (entrance road pictured above), one of the most hautned spots on the East Coast. Zach calls into the show and recounts a story of New England small town horror. And bowling.

Also in this episode, the premiere of my new short story, Pot Belly. Part one this week, part two next week (yes, I said next week. Two weeks of FTP - sweet.)

I received a few more audio submissions today. Please allow me to say, you all rock. They'll be in next week's show.

Boo!

Additional linkage:
the Warrens


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

PubCast on Wingin' It


There' s a new PubCast on Michael and Evo's Wingin' It Episode 81. What's a PubCast? Each month Tee Morris and I venture off to a different pub/bar in search of delicious microbrews. Why? Because beer is good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

be part of the action




Would you like to be heard in the FTP Halloween two part series of glory and awesomeness? Call into the voicemail line with a scary story (that happened to you). Things went bump in the night? So scared you almost...well, you don't have to share that story in particular - but you get the drift.

206-203-4556

Friday, October 13, 2006

I won't say it, but you know what day it is...




I woke up at 4:00 am today. Believe me when I say it was not of my own volition. My brain turned on and that was it. I was thinking novels, podcasts, short stories, breakfast, coffee, commuting to work, the weekend, the drop in temperature.... you get the picture. I gave up on falling back to sleep and got up around quarter-to-five. My fingers haven't been working that well this morning. Goes without saying. So, I mistakenly added an 's' to google and and a few short seconds later I felt like I was tripping. This web site is the last place you should go when on zero sleep. Googltopia. Home of the Googles from Goo. From this point forward, I'll be haunted. (pictured above).

Oh and 'googles' is apparently slang for boobies. (Trust me).

The Phil Rossi Experience web site has had a URL reduction. Its googles were causing undue problems. It can still be reached at it's original URL, but also as www.philrossi.net .

In other news - I'm slowing beginning to repopulate my link section.

And one last thing - Any artists out there want to do some pro bono work? I'm looking for sketch work on a recurring basis. Darkly sci-fi type stuff. Shoot me a line at philrossimusic@gmail.com if you've got any interest or know anyone that might.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Radiations Kings Reunion Show



Many, many, many years ago I played horn in a band called the Radiations Kings (I'm pictured above being supremely bad ass). There is a little reunion show planned for December 2nd at the Knitting Factory in NYC. I've been listening to the music today and feeling nostalgic. We had some really good and strange times.

In other news - I'm back at the keyboard plugging away on the untitled masterpiece and Crescent. I also feeling like I'm coming down with a cold or some other seasonal change malady. Chalk it up to burning the candle at both ends. I'm cheerful as can be, though.

I'm contemplating a move to WordPress as it seems to be more PodCaster friendly than blogger. We'll see.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Promo Numero Uno

Now you too can spread the love like Smart Balance on a whole wheat english muffin.

Filling the Page Promo

Thursday, October 05, 2006

episode 10: the place is here the time is now


Welcome to Episode 10! I'm dashing off to Roanoke for a wedding in about five minutes, so the show notes are scimpy. I get informative on this episode and broach the subject of writing/being creative with limited time and preparing a press kit to become a human juke box.


I haven't listened to the entire file, so if anything strange happens,I don't want to know about it. ;-) Ignorance is bliss.

7th Son

PodCast 411

xoxoxo

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Monday, October 02, 2006

turn on the bright lights



Every time I see this shot, it amazes me (if you click on it, you'll get a bigger shot). We lose a little more of our dark skies with each passing day. Learn how you can help save an often overlooked natural wonder. International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Friday, September 22, 2006

lines are open!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

episode 9: from little richard to ancient civilizations



Episode 9 is here and she's a beauty. I'm joined in studio by Jen, Doobie, and Tipsy. Show notes are brief this week:

Celebrity Duets

Hot Cyclon

The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy

Toltec Wisdom

Stephen King



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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

he could only move his little eyes

Looking back, it's tough to think that Doobie [pictured below] was ever paralyzed. It was a pretty terrible situation that came at an already stressful time. It sucked. At the same time, I think both Jen and I learned something about ourselves, something about our love for each other, and something about our love for the little poo-eater. Looking at him bound around the house, pant, and jump onto Jen's laptop knocking off a quarter of the keysn provides a constant reminder that even when things are crappy it is possible to make it through to brighter shores.

No, I haven't been sitting here waxing philosophical all morning...just now. I found a picture of Perushka taking advantage of the fact that Doobie couldn't move and it got me thinking.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

this made me smile




a crappy piece of legislation

WIPO Broadcast Treaty.

This puppy is evil. I've never been one to get to invested in anything "political". But, this is certainly worth my time *and* your time time to go check out.

So - clicky clicky!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

10,000 words

I hit the 10K marker on the yet-to-be titled masterpiece (note the progress bar to the right). To that end, I shall be rewarding myself with....beer. Afterall, we are entering that season where it is important to grow the belly a wee bit for that extra snugglization. And far be it from me to come up with a reason to celebrate....anything.

Current research:



Monday, September 11, 2006

From the Pen of Michael A. Stackpole

Subject: Concerning Disney’s 9/11 show


Hi,

The ABC television network–part of the Walt Disney corporation–unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama” called “The Path to 9/11″. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission Report”. Part of their promotional campaign was to release the film in advance to right wing bloggers and pundits, like Rush Limbaugh, who have immediately hailed it as an unbiased look at the events leading up to 9/11.

You all know me to be a very careful writer who advocates doing a lot of research. In the area of 9/11 I have done just that, reading tons of books and articles about the history of Islamic Fundamentalism, the intelligence community and the various military and political campaigns waged since 9/11. (Yes, someday I’ll do a book…) I’ve actually shied from the partisan political stuff because I find the shrill rantings from either side too anoying to tolerate. And from my reading, there is no doubt that there were significant problems dealing with Islamic fundamentalism that dated from the founding of Saudi Arabia, and were exacerbated by our opposition to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In short, there is plenty enough blame to go around, both for politicians and bureaucrats. I’d welcome a show that delves into all of this. A show based on the 9/11 commission report actually should do that. This is certainly what ABC has claimed about their show.

That’s a false claim. “The Path to 9/11″ is a bald-faced attempt to revise history. And ust to make things more fun, they even slander Democrats right before Americans vote in a major election. One scene depicts the Clinton administration as refusing to okay a CIA hit on Osama bin Laden–showing CIA agents being outside a house where bin Laden was staying at the time they called for permission. Not only is that scene a complete fabrication, but in the 9/11 report and all of the histories I’ve read, the Clinton Administration repeatedly pushed the CIA for an operation, but CIA Director Tennent never gave his operatives the greenlight. (And for good reason: the closest they ever got to bin Laden was a plan to take out a compound where he was living with cruise missiles strikes, but that strike would have also killed the other people living there–mostly women and children.)

The miniseries, which was scripted by right-wing conservative writers, is the first salvo in the 2006 GOP campaign to terrorism to scare Americans. It irresponsibly misrepresents the facts and completely distorts the truth in an attempt to make you believe that a vote cast for a Democrat is signing a death warrant for your children, your church, you way of life and your nation. This is completely absurd and, as someone who loves the Constitution and hates seeing it being mangled by fear-mongers, I hope you’ll resist the message being pumped out as we approach the election.

But, first things first. Please join me in telling Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger to keep this propaganda off the air. We don’t need the memories and sacrifices of our fellow citizens being morphed into a partisan political event. Don’t let Mr. Iger turn Mickey Mouse into a rat; and don’t let him turn history into a malignant fantasy.

http://www.democrats.org/page/petition/pathto911/ftvrwv

Sincerely,

Michael A. Stackpole
http://www.stormwolf.com

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

episode 8: welcome back me


The subtitle to this episode should read "numerous plugs." It's good to be back. I had a lot of fun with Episode 8 and gained a new appreciation for lengthy edit sessions. But, rather than get long winded about the joy that was podcasting episode 8, I'll let the podcast do the talking. Special visits from Jen, Zach, King, and Tipsy. As an aside - I am madly and deeply in love with my Mac.

I call her Vera.

Show notes (and if I missed any, sorry):
Infection by Scott Sigler
Heaven by Mur Lafferty
Magic Hat Brewery
Dogfish Head Brewery
Podzinger
Podiobooks
Spherical Tomi by Jack Mangan
Morevi and Legacy of Morevi by Tee Morris (and Lisa Lee [Morevi!])
Eathrcore by Scott sigler
Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
the Deadpan Podcast
the Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
Feedburner
Farpoint Media
Speaking of Beer



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Thursday, August 31, 2006

!

My mind has been officially boggled. I wasn't aware that these two perennial favorites of mine had been collaborating. I was bummed out that the rain is preventing me from going for a run - or more specifically, that the threat of rain prevented me from bringing my running stuff to work. It's not raining now. Harrumph. Good thing I discovered this gem to distract me from the crushing guilt that is soon to come. :)



Update: By some bizarre, compulsive, yet entirely absent-minded miracle, the gym bag made it into the car. I now feel complete. Wahoo.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Okay. I lied.

I've started work on Episode 8 of filing the page.

Touch the monkey.

Love the monkey.

Monday, August 28, 2006

state of the union

I was reprimanded on Saturday night. You see, I haven't made a squeak or a peep about the goings on in my special universe in sometime. And now you, my voyeuristic friends and family members, are getting restless. I'm going to give it a shot. I'll try to appease your appetite while at the same time not stuff you so full of magical delights that you don't feel the need to visit me ever again.

Like that would ever happen!

First order of business. Adam had requested I post a few more wedding pictures. I updated an older photo album not too long ago, but of course, neglected to link it anywhere. There are about 5,283 pictures from the month long occasion. I'm going to endeavor to create multiple galleries. At this time, I haven't mustered up the courage or motivation to futz around with the database on my server so that I can install phpGallery (which is super swanky, by the way - especially for massive uploads).

So, here you Adam and the whole lot you: A Bit of the Nuptials

Second order of business. Work on the studio has been completed, with the exception of some minor tweaks. Jen did all the work herself, with minimal assistance. If you ever hear me talk about being feeling under appreciated, go ahead and kick me square in the mommy-daddy box. I've got a few pictures: My Precious

I love it. I've been having a gay ol' time getting acquainted with my new gear.

Okay. Now that I've gotten that bit out of the way, I can let you know what I'm up to. I'm writing a lot of music, focused around putting together a solo EP. You can hear one of the offerings up on the MySpace page (Bright Midnight). The Habit album has stalled out for the moment being, due to various reasons. These things do happen, and it is a bummer for all involved. Ann and Zach have invested some serious effort and Brian is eager to record weird sounds. I'm sure we'll get some of it completed soon.

For right now, my heart is definitely in my new material. I'm writing from a different place than I have in the past and its place I need to be writing from. For whatever that is worth, and whatever that means....

It was 100% bad ass to play at Iota this past Saturday. There were oodles of people there - familiar faces and complete strangers alike. I played a lot of the aforementioned new material and it went over handsomely. Afterwards, I did a little jig and drank beer(s) with my loving friends, allowing them to praise me and my coif. Brad Pugh if you are reading - thanks again for giving me that opportunity.

On to the writing. I can sum this up with a fair degree of ease. I haven't been writing at all. Last month, I started rewriting my first novel. This quickly became a disheartening experience. Now - I didn't find the manuscript to be complete crap. The story is solid. The writing is...bleh. To my defense, it is my first novel and at the time of writing it, I wasn't reading anything and hadn't read a book in years. What did I expect? Did I think I'd be writing with the same glory and panache as Neil Gaiman? Who knows...Regardless, I'm not sure how to proceed with that project. The past couple months have presented themselves with certain stresses, thus making it more difficult to put pen to paper. I need to start writing again for the sheer fact that I enjoy it a great deal. I'm (hopefully) having cocktails with Tee Morris tomorrow, I'm sure he'll have some inspiring words to say.

And finally, the PodCast. That's been the lowest (sorry!) on the priority totem pole. But, with the ground feeling pretty solid beneath my feet, I will likely kick it off again. It may progress in a different direction. I dig the idea do doing some serialized fiction as Mur Lafferty did with her Heaven tale. I'll try and keep this blog updated.

Honest..

Current Research:









Wednesday, July 26, 2006

sweet release

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present an update. I'm sure there has been much gnashing of teeth brought on by anticipation for the next RossiCast. From my fingertips to your eyes -- it's going to happen. I've got a lot of good things to share - of the variety that stay crispy in milk for *hours*. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. Maybe some one can tell me. I'm working hard (that is to say I'm working), so I'll have a lot to say when I finally get around to speaking. At least more to say than "I'm working on a lot of projects".

In my downtime, I've been filling my head with lots of fun stuff:



















Tuesday, July 18, 2006

dog days

Life is slowly returning to normal in the Rossi household. Normal being used in the most loose and relative sense of the word.  We have slugged our way through hospitalizations, surgeries, and recoveries. We've weathered the illness of one pet (Doobie was paralyzed!).   In the end, we survived it all with barely a scratch (well, a few, tiny, incisions).  I want to say I'm not superstitious - but I've been knocking on wood for days.

I'm getting back on track with my projects.  I'm recording. I'm writing.  I'm feeling creative again.  Wahoo to that.  The eight PodCast should, for all intents and purposes, show up sometime next week.

A heat wave has rolled into Virginia this week.  The weather is *almost* hotter than my wife.  I actually set up one of those reflective contraptions to keep my car from melting today.  I don't know that I've ever used one before.  I found it in the trunk (of all places)   I decided to give it a shot, after burning myself on the seatbelt yesterday.

I, for one, don't mind the dog days.  I can't wait to go running this afternoon.  I'll just avoid the shiny objects with heat waves rising off'm.

Happy day.

Monday, June 12, 2006

married away


Marriage has me feeling extremely cheerful. It's not just that I get to wear a real swanky ring and have a month-long celebration. There is this indescribable and unquantifiable sense of join the pops up every time I realize I've got a wife. An incredibly intelligent, beautiful, sexy, funny, perfect wife. Once the dust and smoke have fully settled, I look forward to resuming all of my projects. But as for right now, it feels good to relax and not do too much of anything at all. Well - not anything.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

a wee babe of an update

I just finished another short story. One more to go and I'm on to the writing of my next novel. I already have the novel conceptualized, and I'm eager to get started on it.

My nuptials are fast approaching. A matter of weeks now. There won't be much time for recording/working on the album during that time.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

episode 7: sucking is cool

A little late - but better late than never. In this episode:

-Sucking is okay, so long as you are aware that you suck.

-Jokul: Short Fiction by none other than me!

-the Phil Rossi Experience (.com) the site that brings it all together (and brings faster PodCast downloading action)

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

and another one away

Just sent story #3 to market. Whee! See ya in a few months, story-story. For better or for worse.

more of anything? more of everything.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re thankful that you’re able to enjoy great books, music, and etc? But, at the same time, you wish could extend the day by about ten hours, because there is so much goodness out there to enjoy? Welcome to my world. I’ve cut way back on TV over the past couple of weeks, with the exception of the Sopranos and Season 2.0 of BSG. That said, I’ve had a little more time to enjoy some non-televisualuar pursuits:


Powder Burns – the Twilight Singers




This latest offering from the Twilight Singers (Greg Dulli – former Afghan Whigs) has been at the top of my iPod spin list. Just released in May, Powder Burns is lush, dark, and, soulful. Pretty much everything you’d expect from the brilliance that is Greg Dulli. Dulli seems to be at the top of his vocal game on this offering. He gets really melodic at times, in a good way. Not in a Magic Flute kind of way. There’s nice use of strings and horns throughout the album, making for some really cool arrangements. I realize this sounds vague – but I’ve only listened to it a handful of times. Enough to know that I really dig it.


Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson



I love the way this man writes. I have yet to pick up a book of his and set it down unfinished. Like his other books, the writing is extremely intelligent, yet accessible at the same time. Gibson does well creating believable characters and having these unique personalities breath life into a dark, but colorful world. Drugs, sex, movie stars, and voodoo. How could I not like it?


American Gods – Neil Gaiman (audiobook)


This is my second sampling of the wonder that is Neil Gaiman. The book reads and feels like a trip on mushrooms as Gaiman toys with your head, juxtaposing the mundane with the average – just as he did in Anansi boys. It’s at a different level in American Gods. You feel like a leaf, caught vibrating between the fantastic and the real. I really like Gaiman’s exploration and reinvention of mysticism and religion. Mas cool.


The Sandman Vol 1. Preludes and Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman


A double dose of Gaiman this month. This is a graphic novel. Way, way, way back in the day, I enjoyed a good comic and I thought graphic novels were pretty bad ass. I’ve been hearing about the Sandman series for quite sometime now. Everything I’ve heard about it has been 100% positive. I think Sandman came out as a series of comic books in the early 90’s. The premise is as such: an eccentric fellow tries to capture Death and instead, ensnares the Dream-king, el Sandman. Needless to say, it makes for a very surreal read.


Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana (Podiobook) – Tee Morris and Lisa Lee


Morevi was one of the very first PodioBooks. This is my first taste of the Tee Morris/Lisa Lee duo. One of the pretty wild things about Morevi – the coauthor’s never actually met during the writing of the book. I think Morevi is a testament to the efficacy of the internet as a collaborative tool. The narrative is coherent and concise – you’d think it was written by a single author. I’m really enjoying it thus far. It’s a good, swash-buckling adventure. The characters are likable and have a certain depth that creates a real sense of realness. Both the dialog and the descriptions are fantastic. Morevi is narrated by Tee Morris. It’s a great performance. The story is told with emotion, conviction, and with good accents.


Eve – MMORPG, CCP games


In my quest for knowledge on the whole MMORPG craze, I came across Eve. It was pointed out to me by my friend Jeanette, who I now curse, because I really, really like it. I don’t get to play much. A few hours here and there, spread out over the course of the week. It’s a dark, sci-fi, space-faring game. You buy stuff, you sell stuff, you run missions, people hire you to get shot at. It’s a visually spectacular game. The thing I really like about Eve is that I can do about fifty other things while I play it. Usually, playing Eve coincides with the small slices of TV viewing during the week.


BSG – Season 2.0 Vol 1.



You know how I feel about all things BSG. Creeping along at an episode a week. How I long for more.

And there you have it. Yes, I’m still being wicked and creative. Finished off another short story this weekend and I’m closing in on finishing yet another. Two more chapters down in the novel. I’ll submit for the first time either the end of this week, or beginning of next week. I’ve got the synopsis written and I’m doing the outline sometime tonight, after Prophets practice. Tomorrow night, polishing up a few parts on a couple tracks off the Habit album and recording the PodCast, for airing on Thursday. Brian asked me the other day, if I find fulfillment out of all these projects as I embark on them and as I complete them. And, I can say, yes. I feel extremely fulfilled with the 10,000 things I’ve got going. And I’m finishing projects, to boot.

The show at the Wonderland Ballroom was a kick ass good time, as I’ve discovered seems to be the routine there. Flo played a good set, and Michael Jantz was kick ass, as always.
Next event de force: The Pharmacy Prophets at the Black Cat.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

update

A wee, wee update.  
The show in NYC was a smash.  Zach does a great job of recounting the tales of adventure here.  I’ll talk about it on the ‘cast next week as well.  For, the details from fuzzy to non-recollection were omitted.  

It was great seeing some of my old buddies.

I just finished up another short story and I’m prepping in for submission. I started another short story yesterday and I’ve got quite a bit done in the novelizing department. I’ve been doing my best to spend my time off the internet.
Not an easy feat!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

episode 6: these pants are covered in martini


Here it is folks. Episode 6 of Filling the Page. I take a martini bath and talk to my fiancé, Jennifer, about me, oh, and about her too. My first interview experience, her first recording experience. Yes a night of firsts. Parental guidence is *highly* suggested. Gripes include telephones and kerosene fire dances.

Promos:

The Dragon Page

APA PSA (acronyms, baby. So hot!)


Monday, April 24, 2006

it's been nice knowin' ya


This is King. He twenty pounds of feline. King has been living with us, along with his compadre, Peanut for nearly a year now. He and Peanut will be moving out on Friday. I was reticent when they moved in, but now I'm sad to see both of them go. But, their affection is needed elsewhere - and we're not really lacking in the animal departement, anyway.

Recording the PodCast tonight, or at least a portion of it. You can look for it later in the week.

I continue to pull tunes out of my...hat left and write. I've put off the novel-rino for the past couple weeks, as I did accomplish my initial goal of polishing up the first three chapters for submission. But, I've been hit with the bat of inspiration from Mur's PodCast and the Tee Morris interview on the DeadPan.

I'm going to try to find time to polish another couple chapters.

Off to NYC this weekend with the Bad Habit. Whee!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

available in lady's small and extra small only


Thanks Jeremy and Andrea for starting....something.

It's been an interesting week thus far. After getting back from a great weekend trip to CT to visit the ol' fam, I decided to make Tuesday a night full of making electronic music. As it turns out, Windows XP decided to burn my night away in napalm blast of frustration. I should've just picked up the guitar at the first "unable to switch device, please install pointlessfile.INF", shunning technology all together. But I didn't. I confess, I fell into this classic WinSuck trap and spent several hours trying to figure out why Reason (a kick ass soft-synth program of sorts) thought my computer was an idiot.




I couldn't sleep later that night, even dosed on sleep-aids. The fact that I couldn't make the computer work was driving me crazy. I got out of bed around 1:00am, discovered a temporary fix and worked up a few cool loops. Considering I was on an over-the-counter sleep aid, I'm sure said loops mostly consist of fart noises and water-fowl mating calls.

Last night, I managed to get away from the city lights for a little stargazing. It was needed. I feel a lot more relaxed today. Thanks for asking. I'll be posting in detail about that in my other, other, other blog. Prophets practice tonight. We'll be working on some new tunes. Habit practice this weekend in prep for the NYC debauchery that is fast approaching. Details on that show to come. I also have a PodCast to deliver this coming monday. Feed back was great for the last one. I think you people are afraid of the telephone. Please call in, lest I resort to: "So in so from here and there wrote me to say, nice podcast." or "So in so from here and there wrote me to say, you have beautiful eyes." Or "So in so from here and there said, meet me behind the super Target in Sterling - wear comfortable shoes."

206-222-CAPN

As for now, it's time for my run. Be sexy.

Current research:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

episode 5: can you hear my ice a tinkling

Here it is, folks. Episode 5. It's magical. Hear me gripe about toilet seat covers.

Show notes:
Scott Sigler's Infection
Jack Mangan's Dead Pan Podcast


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Thursday, April 06, 2006

pharmacy prophets - saturday night at Iota



the show de force has almost arrived:

Catch me with the Pharmacy Prophets at Iota in Alrington, Va this Saturday evening with our good friends the Speaks and Koshari.

Debauchery shall ensue, no doubt.

Saturday April 8th - as part of the 6 Points Music Festival
The Pharmacy Prophets, the Speaks, and Koshari
Iota club and cafe
www.iotaclubandcafe.com

Any New Yorkers out there? Phil Rossi and the Bad Habit will be banging around the city at the end of April.

more podio-goodness

My current diversion while working out:

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

episode 4.5: entangled

AAs I said in the previous post, I've been working on *a lot* of new music. I decided to demo one of the songs so that you nice people could hear what starting from scratch is all about. A mildly inebriated me recorded a really cheese ball intro. I was wearing my smoking jacket. Huzzah!

Hope you enjoy it:


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Monday, April 03, 2006

monday, monday




Hi kiddies. I had an extremely productive weekend, cranking out several new songs. It's been a while since I wrote a song I felt really good about. To come up with a few felt pretty damn good. I also spent a little time tinkering with some recent photographs (see above). This is the off week for the 'cast, but I'm planning on demoing one of these new tunes and throwing it up there.

Big Pharmacy Prophets show at Iota this Saturday. More info to come.