Friday, December 12, 2014

Status Update

Howdy folks! Every once in awhile I like to do a status update in which I over share so that those of you interested in my various projects know what's up.

When you think of writers and artists, it's probably easy to imagine us in some idyllic world where we just get to write and create art all day. That would be nice, but the truth is that like most, we have day jobs, loved ones, and a lot of other obligations. As for me, I now have a fun full-time job, and I'm back in grad school full time. (Fortunately, my classes are online, and work is a two minute drive away.) I'm also working on a new demo reel (you can see my current reel on either my personal website or the Bodacious Creed site). Most importantly, I'm a single dad with an awesome son.

I also created some steampunk iPhone cases recently for the iPhone 6 and for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which you can find in my Bodacious 3D shop on Shapeways. (The site recently lowered the price of plastic, so they're quite affordable!)

So yes, busy!

I am getting two weeks off school during the Christmas holiday season, and am going to put o9ut the effort to write more of Bodacious Creed, my forthcoming novel.

A buddy of mine with a 3D printer also set aside about half a spool of plastic to print things for me, so I hope to get a certain Bodacious Creed model done, and then to figure out what else I'd like him to print.

I realize I also haven't been updating this blog with new general steampunk posts, and I hope to do more of that soon as well. I  keep seeing interesting things, but I just have to get to them.

And that's my update. I hope this finds the rest of you enjoying some free time!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Roundtable Revival - Lindsey Stirling

Do you all get the impression that the guy writing Bodacious Creed might be into Wild West Steampunk? That obvious, huh?

And then, I saw a post about a video by Lindsey Sterling called "Roundtable Revival." Sterling is an excellent violinist who does something most violinists don't: she dances while she plays. And she's mastered this art form. Sterling has played with exceptional vocal acts like Peter Hollins and Pentatonix.

The video for "Roundtable Revival" has a western steampunk setting, electric violin, electric guitar, and Sterling's trademark dancing. It's a lot of fun, so check it out here:


Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014 Update

Here we go with a general update about my various projects!

First, I have a feeling a lot of you are wondering what's happening with Bodacious Creed. Currently, I'm outlining the next few chapters before I write them. I have the general outline, but whenever I get into the details, I realize there were things I didn't consider. This has been true for all my books, but Bodacious Creed has so many characters that there is a lot to think about.

When I started getting into the nitty-gritty of the current chapter, I realized that certain important characters would need to get involved, which led me to figure out that the plot needs to go in a slightly different direction.

Somehow, quest stories, where the characters are traveling the entire story, are easier. They leave other characters behind and go to the next setting. In a story where everything happens in one town, the motivations of a lot of characters need to be considered every scene.

Hopefully I'll be able to add a few thousand words to the word count soon.

In other steampunk related news, I was finally able to put an actual iPhone 6 into one of the cases I designed! Thanks, Costco, for having an iPhone I could do that with. Here's how it looks:


That case is available in my Shapeways store, Bodacious 3D.

I've also been working on a new demo reel for a particular job application, and looking for a full time job. It'll take awhile to finish the reel. Once I do have a job though, I'll be able to prioritize my art and writing better, and hope to get a lot more done on the book!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bodacious Creed Bust

Recently, my friend John got a 3D printer. He's been printing all sorts of things and experimenting with different materials.

I sent him a model of Bodacious Creed to show him how the low resolution model worked. He went ahead and printed the bust! Again, the resolution is low with little detail, but this is still pretty fun.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Few Updates for Late October

Howdy, Everyone.

First update: I took my iPhone cases on Shapeways out of beta. The Steampunk Clock case printed well at the Shapeways shop, and based on that, I know that the Violin case will also print well. However, they are still selling for beta prices! If you need a good iPhone 6 case that shows some serious style, you can't beat these.

My Shapeways shop is Bodacious 3D.


Second update: I'm currently looking for a full time job outside the house. I simply can't find any great jobs online. Much of my focus for now must, by necessity, be diverted from my writing and art. However, I did plan out the basics of the next three or so scenes for Bodacious Creed, and am eager to write them. One in particular I've been eager to write since I started the book. Bodacious Creed is never far from my mind!

I will continue to keep everyone updated on interesting steampunk happenings and more, as time permits!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Subconscious Slowdown

When it comes to writing novels, I have an interesting problem. I'm sure other writers face this, too, but I've never heard anyone talk about it, or read any articles about it.

This is the one thing that slows down my writing the most.

I'll be going along with my writing, with scenes planned out and ready to go, when I have to stop for the moment or the day. When I come back to the scene, I feel as though I can't continue. It's not writer's block, per se, it's something in the back of my mind saying, "There's something not right with this scene." It usually takes my subconscious a few days before it tells me what's wrong. At that point, it's easy enough to figure out how to fix it, and then to go forward with the story.

Some writers will say it's their characters guiding them, wanting to go in a different direction. My issue may be the same, but the characters wait awhile to point out what's wrong.

Now that I've articulate this, maybe next time I can speed it up, like, "Hey, subconscious, why isn't this scene working?"

All right, that's my rant for the day. Time to go fix the scene that has been vexing me this last week.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Half Rats: The Music of a Steampunk Time Traveler

Today, we'll start with this question. What is filk music? Starting in the early 1950s, sci-fi and fantasy fans began writing their own music with speculative fiction themes. There are songs about everything from 'Lord of the Rings' to 'Battlestar Galactica,' and filk sessions are popular at many sci-fi conventions.

Now, for the real question of the day. What is steampunk music? Picture people in the late Victorian era writing Vaudeville-style songs about the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Much of today's steampunk music is just like that.

Musician Half-Rats writes and records his own brand of steampunk tunes alone, ostensibly because the rest of his band died due to "a rather unfortunate incident involving time travel."

He also dubs his songs "neo-Victorian." They tell the story of a man living through the late 19th century, into World War I, and forward to the 21st century. Half-Rats finds inspiration for his dark lyrics inspiration in the works of 19th century authors like Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In addition to Victorian and Gypsy influences, much of the music is recalls modern composers like Tom Waits and Danny Elfman.

Steampunk fans can listen to samples of Half Rats's "Ague" album at CDBaby and purchase individual tracks or the entire album. You can also visit his Facebook fan page, and read more about Half Rats and Ague on Steampunk Wiki.