Posts Tagged 'BOaC'

Writerly Update: Getting back into gear.

After NaNoWriMo my brain slipped into vacation mode. I stopped writing, I recorded the season finale and did several interviews. I acquired new roommates and spent some time adjusting to the new house dynamic. In this little break I’ve been taking, I’ve gotten new creative ideas for both writing, and my podcast.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get back into school due to lack of funds. That, however, is where the power of the neterwebs kicks in. There’s all sorts of information that I can learn myself online. A plethora of open courseware. And I’ve always been somewhat of an autodidact. All of the skills that I use on a regular basis I’ve taught myself, anyway.

I have a whole mountain of audio that I need to edit for the podcast and I’ve got to fix my car, but after that I think that you’ll be hearing a lot more from me.

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Writerly Update: Plans for the BOaC Hiatus

OK, this is kind of podcaster update. But I’m a writer and a podcaster so I’ll count this as a writer update. As I stated in my earlier post I’ve chosen to put my writing on the back burner while I spend the rest of this year and an undetermined amount of next year learning and finding ways to improve my knowledge and my show.

One of the ways I can improve it is to keep the content coming. One of the ways I plan to do that is with interviews. So, if you are a podcaster and I have not talked to you at all this year, send me a message on facebook, twitter, or my email and set up an interview with me. I will do the interview and put it on my feed during the next few months that I am on hiatus.

So if you want to talk about your current podcast, a podcast that you’re about to start, a podcast that you’re just finishing up, to talk about your new book, or anything send me a message.

I also plan to record some of my short stories that have not been seen before as well as see if I can get a couple of debates or round table discussions going. If you’d like to get in on that action send me a message. I plan on starting the next season in March.

Make sure you keep an eye on the showblog. You never know what I might post next.

Writerly Update: Post NaNoWriMo

My last post sounded a bit shitty, I was having somewhat of a bad day when I posted that one. But it summed it up pretty well. The week before NaNoWriMo ended my friends were getting ready to move out of their apartment and into my spare bedroom, and another one of my friends had just gotten out of the hospital and didn’t want to be alone, so I had to help my friends with getting ready to move and I spent time with another while she recovered. And the next week was spending time with my father and my sister and having a nice thanksgiving on Friday. We had chicken on Thursday (real Thanksgiving). And even though I didn’t meet the 50k word count like I said and hoped that I would I’m fine with it. I was a little bummed out when I first realized that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But helping and spending time with my friends and my dad was totally a fair trade. Last week and some of this week has been really hectic with helping my friends get all of their stuff moved in and I’ve just gotten to where I feel like I have room to breath. I’m not feeling too into writing now but I will finish M.E.R.C soon. I feel more like learning now, so I’m probably going to try to find some way to get back into school and if I can’t do that immediately then I know of a site that has open courseware in various computer, programming, and web development. So it’s win-win.

I feel like I haven’t expanded my knowledge in a while, I feel the need to learn something again. Hopefully I’ll be able to sign up for the next semester of school. That would be so awesome. And even if I get to go back to school or not I can expand my knowledge by teaching myself. I’ve always been a hardcore autodidact. After I dropped out of high school I used to sit at home on the internet and look up stuff and learn new things. There was a college website that had an open virtual library and I could read some text books and I’d go online and read psychology medical journals and stuff. And I can spend the rest of this year and the beginning of the next year improving my podcasting skills.

So even though I didn’t meet my goals I’m going to take it easy and soak up knowledge for the next few months. I won’t stop writing entirely, I’m just going to put big projects on the back burner for now. I’ll still write my essays and my short stories and I’ll post them here. I’ll keep you updated on my writerly pursuits and the occasional glimpse into my personal life-like I always do. And I’ve thought about starting up a little podcast for this blog, but I won’t bore you with the details on that now. I’ll wait until it’s more than just an idea in the back of my mind.

Anyway, I’m drawing a blank. I’ll see you next time.

On Procrastination

This post has the propensity for becoming quite long. I won’t know until I’ve finished typing it up. So regardless of the fact that you may or may not have the attention span for it I’d stick around because I feel that I might cover some relatively important stuff. So, if you feel the need grab a snack. And while you’re up, could you pour me a drink?

I’ve been neglecting this blog in general as of late. Mainly because I feel that this blog should be exempt from the goings on of my personal life. Because if I start talking about the things that I encounter on a day to day basis what’s to separate me from all of the whiny emo kids and their livejournals?

I only try to post here when I have something worth posting. Something intellectually stimulating that you will either find informative, entertaining, or at the very least will make you think or give you an insight on how things work in my mind. And to do that I have to sit and gather my thoughts as I approach the keyboard.

My self confidence and personality aside I’ve never quite enjoyed the thought of allowing said insights on such a public scale, because hell, I’m the loud, brazen, and insensitive drunken Irish host of Banter Over a Cigarette. Most all of my friends introduce me to new people simply as “The Asshole”. Who would have thought I’d be capable of such deep thoughts, or intriguing insights?

Regardless of any aforementioned statements or preconceived notions here I am again to pour out my mind onto this blog in the form of noun and verb soup.

For those of you who’ve not already checked the show blog expecting to see fresh bonus content, and new episodes of season three only to find nothing short of a few posts that should qualify as blatant cop outs, I apologize. Events spun into motion that I could not control, as I’ve described at length in in recent posts regarding my ineptitude on the show blog.

But as I’ve had time to think about it. I’ve come to realize that these events would not have been allowed to spin, let alone slowly rotate, into motion had I not lacked the foresight to get to work earlier than I did.

I was planning on spending the month of February working on all of that fun stuff and then launching the first Monday of march. But I’d get home from work and think to myself, “Oh, it’s no problem. I’ll have plenty of time to work on it.”, Until one day I woke up and noticed that I’d found myself at the very last day of February with no work to show for it. So I pushed the release date back by one week and got to work. I had everything all ready to go, and as I’d previously explained on the show blog, my file hosting server just plain refused to step up to the task.

Had I gotten to work sooner on the launch of season three, this would have been something I’d have noticed back in February when I’d originally intended to release the first episode of bonus content. But instead I sat around and did no work on the show and didn’t find out until it was too late to fix. The show has been delayed due to things I cannot control, but had I stepped up sooner I would never have lost the reigns to that mythical creature that none of us really have command over, known as “control”.

Everyday I learn something new, some of those days the new thing I learn is something about myself. I’m big enough of a man, metaphorically and literally, to admit when I’ve done wrong.

Sorry, I fucked up. And now I have the knowledge to prevent this in the future, lets hope that when the time comes I’ll have cultivated the skills to act upon it.

Back in December after my ex left for Texas I came home to find a box sitting on my coffee table. This box had contained an advanced, first edition copy of Scott Sigler’s newest novel “Contagious”, the sequel to his novel “Infected”. They are both good reads and I hope you’ll check them out.

I’d recieved this book ten days prior to its release date for the sole purpose of doing a book review. This is a promise that I’ve yet to make good on. At the time that I’d gotten the book I didn’t have a computer to do the review on. And when I finally did have a computer I had technical difficulties setting it up, a new job that I had to perform for money so that I could buy myself nice things, as well as personal drama in my life that I had to sort out. Now after all the dust clears, the only reason that I have left to not do this review is procrastination. I’ll have this review written and up by the end of tomorrow. In this day and age a man’s worth and a mans word don’t count as much as they used to. Which is why I use every opportunity to keep mine. I’ve been neglecting to do that as of late, it’s something I’m working on.

I was going to insert a small update of what’s been going on with me lately, but I’m almost one-thousand words deep in this post and I don’t want to wear out your attention span anymore than I already have. Anyway, I’m drawing a blank so I’ll see you next time.

Season Three is almost ready

I was planning on making the rounds on all my blogs and updating all of them a couple of weeks ago but then I ended up only updating the the show blog. And then I ended up procrastinating for a couple more weeks. I’ve been spending the last couple of days getting everything ready for the show. I’ve gotten the intro, and outro all ready to go. The songs from both as well as some other bonus content will be hitting the feed soon. I’ve got to re upload the episodes from season one and season two to my new file server and change all the links to fix the RSS feed for the show before I can add any new to it. So I’ll be doing that for until I go to bed and then finish it off tomorrow. I doubt that I’ll get past the first few episodes from season one before it becomes too tedious and I become too tired.

I’ll be sitting down with the guys and recording a new promo for season three tomorrow.

I’ve also got a new sound technician and chief editor for the show. He is one of my personal friends just like my two cohosts. I wrote a little about him on the show blog and you’ll learn more about him if you tune into the first episode of BOaC Season Three, which is launching on March ninth.

I could take this time to update you on whats been going on in my life but I’ll be doing that in the first episode of the show.

I’m pretty sure that there was more that I wanted to talk about but it’s late and I’m starting to get a little tired. I might just have to save all the link changing for tomorrow. I might hit the hay after this post is done being edited for spelling and such and then published.

There’s a good chance that might happen anyway.

More on the hiatus of BOaC

this was clipped from a blog post I made a few minutes ago on a blog I started on one of those social networking dating sites, OKCupid.com if you were wondering, and I felt that it should be published here as well. The snippet will jump right in, seeing it was in the middle of the post, and there will be no pretext seeing as I’ve done nothing but talk about the hiatus on the BOaC Blog, and here for the last few weeks. So here we go.

Sadly the show is going to be on hiatus until around March. But there is still some great audio content in there, the first 14 chapters of my novel as audio for example. One of the reasons my cohosts and I are going on hiatus will be discussed later. The secondary reason is that I want to take some time off for the holidays and I also want to work more on the production angle of my show and work on my hosting style. I think some of my best work on my show was back in the first season because it was funnier in my opinion, with more off the cuff, and snarky/crass remarks than I had in season one. This is mainly because I’d spend a good half a day reviewing the show material and so those comments came more freely. But with school to think about I didn’t have as much time to think about all of that. So I’m taking this time to get back into the core originality of the show from its first season. I’m also going to have to take that time to teach my cohosts more about audio recording, editing, and production.

The other reason, see I told you I’d talk about it later, that the show is going on hiatus (and the reason this profile exists) is that my live-in girlfriend of almost two years is leaving me. We broke up nearly a month ago, and I have to drive her to the airport this coming Friday so she can fly back to Texas. She will be leaving with her computer, the computer that I use to do research, recording, and production for my show. And I can’t really host a show if I don’t have a computer to plug my microphone into can I? and even if I managed to procure a computer in a speedy manner, she’s also taking her wireless router. Which means that I’d have to get a new router and a computer with a wireless card, or put some holes in some walls to run a very long CAT5 cable from the room across the hall to this one.

That’s a lot of trouble, and near impossible seeing as the only thing I do now is go to college and don’t possess the funds that would allow me to accomplish those things. Which means that I’m going to need to go job hunting. Luckily for me my semester is ending soon.

I would use this time to explain how this turn of current events has made me feel, but I’m pretty sure you could guess, and I feel that I’ve been typing long enough.

How it’s going with me

Well, it’s getting down to the wire.

The ex-girlfriend lady is leaving next week, for good. She’s leaving on the 12th and she’s taking the router and the computer with her. So I’m going to be offline all next week and up until I get another router and a new computer.

Today after my night class ended at night I went to McDonald’s with one of my teachers from last semester and a girl that I met in his class, we had a snowball fight in the parking lot and then just hung out outside her van. By the time I left around one in the morning I couldn’t feel my feet.

I’m going to do some production work on the last episode of BOaC Season Two and post it tomorrow. I’ll probably post a bonus episode sometime in the near future just becasue there’s some stuff that I wanted to talk about but wasn’t aware of it until today.

That’s all I really have to talk about for now.

See you next time I do.


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