Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I'm Not Dead, I Swear!

So while I eat dinner, I'm going to sum up all that has happened in the last few months, and then in an attempt to get back on track with posting to this blog, give some updates on Akazawa and other projects.


"Masterpiece" AMV. Over the summer, I worked towards making the AMV to end all AMVs, but did not finish. I was actually highly productive, so I am proud of what I was able to accomplish, but it will still take quite a bit of work to complete. Since the contest I want to put it into happens only once every two years, I now have two years to finish it out, so I've shelved it for now.

Spent a lot of time writing. I've had the idea to do a grandiose fantasy novel trilogy for quite awhile, but recently I discovered that people are writing novella length e-books! I thought to myself "Hey, I can do that too! And not only that, I could go from a novel trilogy into a novella series, and get to spend more time with these characters and world!" So that led to a whole lot of world building. Wrote 28 pages of world building, another 15 of character development.

Went and saw Muse with a good friend. They were fucking awesome.

Went to Udvar Hazy Aerospace Museum. It was also fucking awesome. Got to see this thing in person. It gave me cold chills. The only markings on it were a small cartoon skunk on the tail, for Lockheed Skunkworks.

I'm a huge fan of space age tech, especially the early stuff, and the engineering behind it, specifically the electronics. I was quite surprised and pleased to find a nice collection of avionics and custom microprocessor samples on display. The one below in particular caught my attention. Yep, those are multiple silicon chips on the same substrate. Encased in gold.


Went to Anime Weekend Atlanta, it was good times.
Camping trip in the mountains with the parents.
Wrote a whole lot, started work on a couple of new scripts.


Basically, most of November was work travel. Three weeks of it, and then Thanksgiving week, so I didn't get much done creatively. I tried to write in the hotel a bit, but that didn't work, and I ended up spending time on the beach instead, which was really awesome, a nice little perk. I used this as time to rest and daydream about stuff.


Usually December is kinda rough, the weather turns, and you have to get ready for Christmas and all that. Not to mention the stresses of work. The company I work for (that sent me on the trips in November) is merging with our biggest competitor, and I got tapped on the shoulder to be on one of the teams to help facilitate that. (good thing.) As a result, I've not had the energy to devote to creative stuff as much as I'd like, but I've still made slow progress. Fortunately, travel should be over (good thing), and I'm transitioning into my new role (good but stressful thing), and stuff is starting to settle down. Christmas was great, spent it with the family. Had a quiet New Year's.


Thought I was done with flying, but not so! Went on another trip for a week for the merger stuff. Sounds like that'll be the last of it, however, in the future I'll have to help with some testing cases, but I can do that from my home office. And here we are currently, and during the last week, I dove back into Akazawa with a vengeance.


I'm so far behind with Akazawa it's ridiculous, but I will see it done! I think one of my biggest pitfalls is that I'm the kind of person that has too many interests. I'm always doing something, but as a result I end up with tons of stuff going on in parallel. That's not necessarily a bad thing, unless you want to be a filmmaker and get movies out. I've also decided to change my philosophy a bit, and try and show some progress. I think if I continually try and have at least something to show, I'll try and hold myself accountable to update once a week or so. Even if it's something unrelated to my main project.


Vitamin D, seriously. Freaking seriously. Winter weather always gets me down, and it never really occurred to me that it might be my lack of vitamin D, so I've been taking 1000mg with breakfast and dinner, and I feel wonderful. I still don't like the cold weather, but I have my motivation back.

Fortunately during my travels, I was able to avoid fast food and junk food for the most part, the place I was staying had a cheap salad bar! I basically got to eat what I usually would, and in the right amounts (300 cal oatmeal for breakfast, 500 cal salad for lunch, 700 cal salad + daily proteins for dinner), leaving 500 cal for any snacks/beer. So even with the holidays, my weight has held steady. I'm down to right around 200lbs, my goal is to be back at 180. I think that'll be pretty easy, it's just braving the cold to run that's the crappy part. But I'll do it, makes me feel like a million bucks, especially with the addition of the vitamin D.

So there, I hope that's a significant update for the new year to get things kicked off again. Working on modeling out the Akazawa characters now, I want to put together a "sales pitch" kind of package to lure in some top voice talent and musical skills. Have money saved up to pay them too!