Uhm....happy new year?
Holidays were great. It was great to see family & friends we hadn't seen in ages.
Pictured to the right is one of the more exciting gifts I received this last season. I think I'm all ready to go now: I've got the mic running through the mixer I got earlier last year, I've bought new strings for my guitars and I've done sound checks and level setting for almost everything. I am ready to make the "best record ever". I'm just lacking one thing: A little inspiration.
Ironic, isn't it? I've been trying to write some new stuff for some time, I just haven't been satisfied with much of anything I've come up with. I've got some great ideas, I'm just not thrilled with the manifestations.
It used to be that I'd sit down with a guitar and fiddle around till I came up with an interesting progression or melody to set some lyrics to. Any more, however, it's harder and harder to come up with anything that I find interesting enough to pursue for more than 15 minutes.
I'm starting to think that a guitar itself is no longer sufficient - i need to hear (out loud or just in my head) other instruments and how they might compliment my efforts.
Also, I think I'm getting harder to please.
I've been spending some time mic'ing stuff up and playing guitar(s) through the system to hear what it sounds like, occasionally layering a couple of tracks - and I'm generally more satisfied with what I'm getting that way, though not much has clicked quite yet.
Trying to tackle this hobby from a different angle like this is a bit of a new exercise for me, and not exactly a simple one. I've come close to something cool a few times, but I haven't jumped in quite yet.
Also, I think I need carve out some larger chunks of time for a project like this - something I've not been able to do as yet. So I guess I'm lacking two things.
|Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 1:46pm||state of the penguin, munchkin, work, friends, gaming, photography, writing||Comments (2) »|
Edit: New Photo. The iPhone is nice, but it doesn't quite hold up to what I'm used to...
First off, we're getting close to Sheri's due-date - only about a month to go before the Bunguin's arrival. We've been trying to get things ready as much as we can, but we don't exactly know what we're doing. We *have* inherited a wide array of baby-related "stuff" from several friends and acquaintances - for which we are very thankful. We also went to some child birth & infant care classes at the hospital, which were somewhat helpful and informative.
Second, I finally found a new job with a local company here in JC (I'm actually posting this on my lunch break). Still doing web-work, though in a rather different context than before. The position is temporary through June, after which time they'll decide whether to hire me on permanently. It's good to have something again though. Less stressful, especially with the munchkin coming.
Since RuchtCon, gaming has returned to its "normal" schedule. My Sandstorm game has continued to progress nicely, and I'd say the PCs are on their way toward the resolution. No word yet on how much longer it will go. I'm developing thoughts on what to propose next. Still working on several gaming projects.
I've taken a few more photos since I last mentioned it, but nothing amazing. Still haven't posted a 2011 portfolio, but it'll come.
The weather here's been warming up as we head into spring, and my yard is already ridiculous. I've mowed it something like 1.5 times - which is to say the front yard has been mowed at least twice, and I have waged a war with the forest in the backyard which is beginning to look favorable for my side. I did grill out for the first time this year last sunday afternoon though.
Sheri & I watched something like 30 hours of LotR extras (all the bonus features on the 3 4-disc sets) over the course of the last few weeks. Some pretty cool stuff in there - I recommend it to any fans.
Finally bought the Red vs. Blue: Recollection and looking forward to watching that with Llama and also listening to the commentaries sometime. I also heard that Dead Gentlemen is going to be re-releasing The Gamers: Dorkness Rising - this time with commentaries (I actually asked them why the first dvd didn't have them and they told me that they ran out of space on the disc). That would be cool.
I also picked up a new CD, but I think I'm going to make a more specific music related post soon, so I'll save my comments on that.
Ginger and William are in town even as I'm typing, and we've had a good time with them this week. Also, Liam is fun - and he likes me. :)
I've continued to kick around some ideas for some writing projects. I'll defer to voltaire (by way of Dan from Fear the Boot) for how this is progressing: the perfect is the enemy of the good.
Also, I've been having a pipe dream about opening a gaming store in JC - we need one, and that would be a lot of fun... ...alas...
|Sunday June 14, 2009 at 4:39pm||weddings, trips, friends, churches, songwriting, music, gitp, gaming||Comments (7) »|
Sheri, Llama and I took a trip out to North Carolina this weekend to attend our friend Kevin's wedding. It was a nice little ceremony. We're all very happy for them. Stephanie is sweet, and well suited to Kevin in a number of ways. It was good to see him so obviously happy too.
I must confess a bit of mild camera-gear-envy with respect to the photographers' toys. Also, there was a penguin cake at the reception, which was cool.
We got to see some other mutual friends there too - William and Ginger and Mike and Bethany. It's always good to see people we don't get to hang out with much (esp. Ginger who just moved away from us). We spent saturday afternoon and evening hanging out and playing games with Ginger and William. It was a lot of fun - we don't play games as much as we used to.
The car ride was a bit long, and I think Llama was starting to get a little loopy by 2am when we got home, but the trip was successfully completed.
This morning we went to Hopwood Christian Church. We had originally thought we were still going to be in NC this morning and so had arranged for Sheri to have this morning off at our church, but we ended up coming home saturday night and so decided to visit somewhere else. It was nice, actually. Jim Street had a great message about how to bless a fish (heh), and it was probably the most thought-provoking message i've heard in a while - and one that I truly thought embodies the spirit of christianity. We saw the Rosolinas (who we're still trying to have over for dinner sometime) there and also Brian West and his family (who i hadn't had a chance to talk much to in a while). Brian and Danielle invited us over for lunch, and we ended up hanging out and talking for a quite a while.
Brian is trying to get motivated to record some of his songs, and I think this is a great idea. He's been writing for a long time, and he's really into it - but most of his stuff just gets left on the page after it's written and he doesn't have any really good sounding recordings of any of it. We had a lengthy and interesting talk about the technical and artistic aspects of songwriting and recording. I really hope he does something with this. I've even offered to help with the technical stuff which intimidates him a little - not because i'm great, but because i've at least done it before. Maybe it'll get him started.
Tonight we're supposed to have a planning meeting for OotsCon '09. Our crowd this year looks a little smaller and some key people will be missing (and they will be missed), but some *other* people are able to make it this year. Hopefully it will be as successful as it's been the last two years. It's really not about the numbers, it's about the fun - there were only
13 11 of us at the first OotsCon back in '07. Hopefully we'll be able to get our plans ironed out.
My homebrew gaming system has reached Alpha status. I have just a couple more mechanical aspects to iron out, and then the first round of playtesting will begin with whoever i can get to help me out with this. I've discussed the theory of the system at some length with Sheri and Tony, and they both seemed to think it has some potential. It is definitely a bit different in its root philosophy from the games like D&D that we're used to - but I personally think these differences are a *good* thing. At whatever point the system reaches Beta, I'll be posting some more detailed info on it.