VISUAL INSPIRATION: Day 6 of Found Songs by Heidi Kuisma - via Flickr
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A beautiful and haunting little picture that I found while surfing around. Not much to say, so just sit back and enjoy!

VISUAL INSPIRATION: Day 6 of Found Songs by Heidi Kuisma - via Flickr

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A beautiful and haunting little picture that I found while surfing around. Not much to say, so just sit back and enjoy!

AUDIO INSPIRATION: RUN BOY RUN by Woodkid
I came upon this song several months ago and as it’s been making the rounds recently, I figured I’d post it. A fantastic, pulse-pounding, ambient, epic song…rare, right? Woodkid nails it with Run Boy Run, bringing out such stark and beautiful imagery in the orchestral score and soothing, unique vocals. The video to this is exactly what I see in my head when I hear such music. If you’ve never given Woodkid a chance, take a few minutes out of your day and do it.

THOUGHTS: Reflecting On A Year Of Random Writing

For quite a while this past year, I disappeared from this blog and kept court in another. Volunteering For Sisyphus was the combination of two ideas: First, a project I came up with where writers were given a random photo and tasked to write up to 1,000 words based on it; the second, my friend Joe’s desire to see if he could write every day for a year. With that, V4S was born! Every weekday for a year, we found pictures and wrote whatever they inspired us to write. It was excruciating at times and bliss at others. But we stuck it out and got through.

Now that it is all done, I have tried reflecting on the experience to see what came of it from my perspective. I am a full supporter of the idea that, if you want to write, do it every day…no matter how long or short, that sheer act of doing it will help to make you a better writer in the long run. That it did. It really helped me to think on my feet and look outside of the box for plot lines, things that I thought would be interesting from an audience’s perspective as well as things that would keep me creatively stimulated to see it through. While there are certainly things I wrote that I wish had never seen the light of day, there are others that I love and find inspiring. Overall, a fantastic success!

On the flip side of that, however, is the “quantity over quality” aspect of the endeavor. With a new photo coming in less than 24 hrs., it was never imperative that we fine-tune the stories and make them the best that they could be. Quite the opposite, in that it was an encouragement to get it down, get it out, and move on. This is a lot like the NaNoWriMo method of writing (which we included in our V4S days): Get out of your head and get it down on paper. Except in this instance, we never went back, ignoring the fundamental, “Writing is Re-Writing” adage. It was always bothersome to me that a lot of ideas were left half-formed due to necessity and I am a firm believer that a story isn’t something that just happens but is shaped and worked on over time. It was a struggle to move on each day and, towards the end, it almost became to much and affected the initial creative process for me. No longer did I want to create something fully formed, but started to take an easier route of just getting something down.

Overall, I feel the entire experiment was a success and is one that I am glad that Joe encouraged me to participate in. Despite some of the problems and struggles that I had with the process, I now have a year’s worth of material to go back and work on and, in the end, I am a stronger writer because of this journey.

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AUDIO INSPIRATION:Industrial Tileset - Time Splitters 2 Soundtrack

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There is something to be said for the increasingly excellent scores to video games these days, fully orchestral behemoths that could rival and film score or classical piece. Yet while an epic sound with faux-Latin is always welcome, it doesn’t always fit each and every game (plus with it’s prolific use, can cause a bit of overload).

Enter (once again) Time Splitters 2, a fantastic game for the original Xbox and PS2 that came out around 2000. While the game was super fun, the music always captured my imagination. A techno score that hinted at a dystopian future ran under everything that you did and really helped to create the atmosphere for the game. To this day, I still listen to this soundtrack when I’m in the mood to write futuristic fiction.

VISUAL INSPIRATION: PORTAL by rustyjaw - via Flickr
This is the kind of photo that can really set off my imagination. The odd angles, the bizarre patterns, the throw-back Brutalist architecture - all come together to make for an intriguing creativity session.
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VISUAL INSPIRATION: PORTAL by rustyjaw - via Flickr

This is the kind of photo that can really set off my imagination. The odd angles, the bizarre patterns, the throw-back Brutalist architecture - all come together to make for an intriguing creativity session.

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The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.
~ James Frey (via Go Into the Story)

RADIO POETRY - WHISPER

Episode 2 bringing a little bit of creepy!

Poem - WHISPER by Patrick Alberty (The Penhead)

RADIO POETRY - I AM HERE

The first in what hopefully will be a series of my original poetry readings over music. Wanted to mix the storytelling aspect of radio theater with a bit of a modern and dramatic flair.

The poem is titled I AM HERE by Patrick Alberty (The Penhead)

Music: EVERYDAY by Carly Comando
Copyright 2006, Deep Elm Records Inc.

STORY - WISH YOU WERE HERE

Writer’s Note: This is my Day 90 story re-posted from the year-long writing project I’m doing with my friend Joe. If you like what you see, please follow our plight on our blog!

TODAY’S PHOTO


I watch you each day from the shop down the road,

While writing you postcards from a far-away land.

Wish You Were Here… I sign off each one.

Every time, I wish I was too.

AUDIO INSPIRATION - PROWLER (from the album SUNSET MISSION) by Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

I’ve been working on a noir webseries and to help get me inspired, I went about looking for the perfect old detective, noir music.

The journey was not easy; many things listed as NOIR tended to be…well, not NOIR.Then, through chance, I found Bohren & Der Club Of Gore as a recommendation from random forum post. I’ve never looked for noir music ever again…these guys are EXACTLY what I was looking for. Smokey jazz, lonely city streets.

If you’re looking to channel your inner gumshoe, look no further.

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