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Lost in the Music

A friend who gets lost in the music.
Lost in the music

It’s like a trance. She’s in her own private world; oblivious to anything but the music.

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Google Maps

This is a much edited version:
The people over at Pioneer Loan have had an office on Decatur, right across from Arizona Charlie’s casino for many years. Now Google Maps says they are permanently closed. WTF???

The folks at Pioneer couldn’t fix it, so I tried.
Well, they had one office they closed when they sold the building but that was on the other side of town, so I logged in to google, and having no authority to do shit, got it marked as permanently closed. –It took less than a 1/2 hour to complete after I put in my edit.

The correction from closed to open on the other office is still floating around in limbo. I did get a thank you note but no action has been taken.

Why is it I can login and apparently mark any business that has ever annoyed me as closed, but getting Google to mark a business as open seems to be impossible?

–It’s good to be the king.–

Yep. I’m pissed. Does it show?

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Yet More Boring Podcasting Shit

I’ve been informed by the powers that be that I have to sign a nondisclosure agreement in order to continue my glorious podcasting career.

Come on, the job pays a whopping $35 for a 3 to 5 minute long humorous safety skit that can take anywhere from a couple of hours to 8 hours to write, record, edit and post.

Do you have any idea how much talent you get for 35 bucks? Let me put it this way; do you remember sitting through your high school theater group’s plays?…

At any rate, we’ll sign on the dotted line, certainly not for the money, but because –don’t tell the boss– we’re having so damn much fun doing this. Where else can we get paid to be totally irreverent about a subject that the company takes so seriously but bores us to death?

Now the scary parts.
First: The reason for the paperwork is that the company has an attorney that deals exclusively with copyright.

Second: Seven podcasts in and we’re starting to get fan mail. 🙂

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Script Writing

I’ve been writing scripts for a company -in-house- podcast with little success.

My creative process goes like this, I write, I read out loud, I edit, I shred, I start over.

Somebody said a blog post needs pictures. So here’s my latest script.

There’s something about the way my mind works that makes the process work well when I make notes and we ad lib. But I can’t for the life of me figure out the whole line by line, he said/she said, get the tone right, scripting thing.

Because of this I’ve taken to reading advice from successful authors, looking for inspiration.
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
When asked about what is the best training to be a writer, Ernest Hemingway replied: “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.”

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” —Anton Chekhov

For more insights on being a better writer go 99u, they have a bunch of quotes from published authors.

You know what I’ve discovered from all this reading? Not a damn thing.

I already knew that Hemingway liked paragraph length sentences with odd phrasing, but I still enjoy his stories.
Chekhov was a cliche spouting bore. -I was forced to read his work by an English teacher I detested, which didn’t help.
And the authors on 99u didn’t say anything I haven’t heard a hundred times before.

Maybe I’ll just take a class.

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My Desk

Do you find yourself working in cramped quarters? Well, don’t feel lonely, this is what my desk looks like this morning.
My desk

To say I have a small office is an understatement. As a result I have a small desk, which is usually ok, but there’s not a lot room for “stuff.” So in the never ending search for a more space I’ve gotten rid of my desktop computer, and I use my laptop, which can always be put away to give me some working room. But today I have two computers updating to Windows 10, which leaves no room for my laptop, and which takes forever. I’m beginning to think that Microsoft’s version of “a few moments” is measured in geologic time.
At any rate I’m stuck using my old, slow, failing, iPad.

Working on machines on my desk is no fun, but with my bad knees it beats the hell out of running up and down the stairs carrying whatever computer they’ve broken today. –So I guess I’ll sit here and feel sorry for myself. Or better yet, I’ll just shut up and go to lunch.