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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.

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Colorado is Cleaning Up on Marijuana

How’s this for a headline? “Colorado marijuana sales skyrocket to more than $996 million in 2015.”

I just read it on The Cannabist.

According to the article the taxes generated last year came to $135 million and of that the schools received $35 million.

The reason for the high numbers is that recreational marijuana is a legal product in the state of Colorado, but it has a different tax structure from other retail sales. The standard 2.9% sales tax applies along with a 10% special marijuana sales tax and then there’s a 15% excise tax on wholesale marijuana transfers. As a result, in the month of December alone, Colorado collected $11.3 million in recreational taxes and fees.

Tell me again why every state isn’t legalizing marijuana?

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eBay Purchases

I bought a Rode Podcaster microphone on FleaBay for a total of $77. $60 for the mic and $17 to ship it. This was a great deal because the podcaster mic normally goes for close to two hundred bucks.
The only reason I got a deal like that is because I was the only bidder. You see the seller had been on eBay since 2003 and had a total of 12 ratings, but only 2 of them were in the last 12 months and since most of us on eBay have gotten burned at one time or another a lot of buyers are overly cautious.

For my part, I honestly didn’t think I would win, but what the heck? for sixty bucks it was worth a shot. And I’ll be darned if I didn’t wind up with a nice, good working mic, for less than half what I would normally expect to pay. And I even got a small desktop stand in the bargain.

That’s the end of my bragging, because today I bought a Golden Age Project Pre73 MK2 microphone preamp I’ve been wanting for $225.

At first glance that’s not a bad price. But it was too damned early, I was badly in need of sleep or a lot more coffee, and I simply wasn’t paying attention. –You see, the original price was $299 with a make offer, so I offered $225 and got it. But what I missed was one itsy, bitsy, teeny, tiny detail; they had already reduced the price to $229… Oops.

Such is life. I’m still ahead of the game, but I’ve just been reminded that if you’re going to play this game you’ve got two options, you either keep both eyes open and pay attention or you lose.

And FWIW: I fully expect to do more business with both of them.

After looking at all the shit junk and crap I’ve won on eBay recently, I guess it’s time to start dumping some of it. If only so I can afford to buy newer, better stuff.

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Madness Beckons is Dead as a Doornail

I had a site called madnessbeckons.com. Is that a cool domain name or what?

Well I didn’t use it, so I gave it to a friend, who also didn’t do much of anything with it. Then I got it back, then it crashed, then I restarted it with a total of 18 posts since the first of the year. And today I looked at it, decided there was nothing there worth reading and that it was a waste of time, effort, and bandwidth, so I killed it.

That’s right. I shot it square between the eyes and walked away.

Heck, I have trouble maintaining this beast. (Yeah, I know; “maintaining” is too strong a word.)

I’ve let myself get so involved with work and… umm, work, that I can’t get my head around the idea of publishing something coherent, much less consistent. –Like that? I managed to combine my whine and my excuse of the day in one sentence.

Such is life. In the meantime I’m keeping the domain name because I like it and I’m redirecting all the traffic (one, maybe two visitors a day) here.