Drop Everything and Move… To A New State

One of these days I’ll figure out a way to update this blog more than a few times a year.

And that could very well be today, as through a series of sudden developments, I’m now living on my own Stillwater, OK. After 2 productive years I’ve left KTXS in Abilene and am now proudly working for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or CareerTech for short. And despite how hectic everything has been in the two weeks up to that point, I’ve never felt more at ease.

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Super Smash Bros. 4… a game for everyone? – A Fan’s Perspective/semi-review

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One of the things I’ve been catching up with since NaNo ended (and truth be told, lost a good amount of time to it during NaNo) is the new Super Smash Bros. that came out smack in the middle of last month. I can’t put the thing down. If this doesn’t at least win fighting game of the year by someone’s count, I’ll lose even more faith in the gaming press… somehow.

But it seems to be gaining some pretty high honors, as most Nintendo games do. And part of that, I believe, is that it’s a game that truly appeals to everyone.

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50,000 Words Later: NaNoWriMo 2014 Aftermath

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Too late for a NaNo postmortem, you say? No, I’d say it’s just about right. This time last week I was sleeping in the glory of winning. Just hours before that, I was planted at a Denny’s with a delicious breakfast of french toast and unlimited refills of coffee at my side, charging through those last 1,600 or so words to the goal for my novel, “Enter Sma Man.” I was accompanied by the late night Denny’s wait staff, and a raucous, well-inebriated group seated on the other side of the dining room who swore “they were getting ready for church.” I think at one point they mistook me for a Hispanic friend of there’s. That was fun.

But after I got my manuscript verified, then typed in a hundred more words since it didn’t count my chapter headings for some reason, I took a break. All week. There was a whole lot I had been putting off in November that I had to catch up on. I also felt myself getting dangerously close to burning out on the story, which is never a good thing. If you’ll recall my last post just before November began, I said I couldn’t wait to begin “Enter Sma Man.” By that last week or so of NaNo, I couldn’t wait to be over and done with it.

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What I’ll be writing this NaNoWriMo… “Enter Sma Man!”

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It’s November! Can you believe it? That means I and millions of others around the world are about to embark on a quest to write 50,000 words in one month, and have a blast doing it.

I told you about the novel I began last year in an earlier post. I pondered using this time of great motivation to finish it. I’ve been crawling ever since November ended. I’m now to about 85,000 words total, and just barely digging into the third and final act. I’ve come to the realization that I’m getting a little burnt out on it. (A huge contrast to last year at this time, where I couldn’t wait to get started.) So, I’m going to set it aside this next month and get to another story that’s been begging to be written.
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Candid thoughts after a year of institutional vampirism

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Working the night shift sucks, (hence the vampire metaphor) but there’s much worse things out there. Unemployment, for example.

You probably remember last year when we talked about leaving my longtime job at KACU and I took on my first full-time job as morning producer at KTXS. Now, let me make one thing clear, I’m happy with my job. A lot. Becoming nocturnal, on the other hand, will be the subject of this post.

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I should at least be the Vice Treasurer of the “Last Year’s Model” Club

So, Apple’s out making stark raving news with the new iThings it unleashed upon the world. Lines are probably already forming at your local Apple store or other tech-savvy place that sells the goods.

It all looks great to me. Personally, I’m okay with my technology getting bigger. It’s harder for me to lose it that way. The features look nice, the new OS looks fantastic, and the Apple Watch looks like it might be just the thing to get people to wear watches again!

One thing that’s been said in many of the news outlets covering the big reveal is “The old iPhone models are already dropping in value!” Well, that’s just great. No, really.

I’m not being sarcastic. It is! That means it’ll be cheaper for me and the many others who can’t wait to snap those old models up.

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“No human life in the vicinity” … or is there?

“No human life confirmed in the vicinity,” said Liam. With one year of experience in this line of work, there was much he knew of, and many precautions he knew he had to take. He was a temporal agent, a man charged with keeping the very fabric of time in order.”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’ve still been writing, as you saw last time. But most of it has been for a novel that for now, I’m titling “CANON.”

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To New Beginnings!

“…are walking on railroad tracks… I better go, too.” ~Pokemon Red/Blue

What a crazy… span of time it has been. I’m not gonna go into all the excuses on why I haven’t been posting again, so let’s cut right to the chase: This week I’m starting as KTXS’ Morning News Producer! This has been the product of a long, difficult job search. Let this be a lesson that no matter how qualified you think you may be, any kind of job hunting is hard in this economy. That said, I can’t wait to get started! I’m not sure what to expect. The word “producer” can mean anything from “man who funds a project” to something way more hands on. But that’s all part of the fun, right?

It’s a transition to be sure. Starting at KTXS means my time at KACU has come to a close. It finally sank in on the last hour of my shift today, as I looked around my all too familiar workspace.

These monitors, music card bins, soundboard and other equipment in this and the adjoining rooms were my life for the past four years. Coming to the realization that this ingrained routine was ending was a little overwhelming to say the least. I mean, I know I’ll come back and visit. I’m not leaving town or anything. But it’s still major.

It brings to mind another major change in my life. As you may know, I used to live in Chalmette, Louisiana, just a stone’s throw from New Orleans. Last week was the 8-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Louisiana coast. And in a very similar way, my life changed forever, in an even more abrupt fashion. I gave KACU a two weeks notice, which is a lot more than this natural disaster gave me.

I’ve found this blog post articulates my thought’s pretty well on the subject, but I’ll give you my quick rundown on how I feel…

Imagine suddenly becoming far removed from all your friends, family, and familiar settings. I was just starting my sophomore year of high school, a few big tests I was worrying about were coming up, and I was planning on asking out the captain of the cheerleading squad who was dropping some rather obvious hints. In an instant, however, all this changed. The last time I saw many of these people in person, (and let’s keep in mind that Facebook was not quite out yet) was at the football game two nights before. They, and the venue I saw them in, were gone in a blink.

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I’ve gotten over it for the most part. My family found a new home in Abilene. We went to new schools, and I just graduated last December at a college that 8 years ago I would’ve never dreamed of going to. Most years the anniversary will pass, I’ll acknowledge it, and move on. But something about this year weighed a bit more heavily on me, and I think it had something to do with the fact that I was entering another period of major change.

This job, as I’m slowly finding out, is polar opposite in many respects to what I was doing at KACU. The chief similarity is that it’s in the broadcast news field. I’m using the skills I’ve honed over the course of my career to this point, but in very different ways. Going from PM public radio to AM commercial television is as daunting as it sounds. The writing style is different, the producing style is different, and my sleep schedule is very different! (As I’m writing this I’ve begun the transition, so if this feels incredibly ramblesome… there’s a reason)

But in the end, I’m welcoming this change. I find as soon as I accept that the end to one beginning is coming to pass, I can more readily open to the new one. There’s always gonna be things I’ll miss about the previous chapter as I turn to the new one, but it’s something that must eventually be accepted.

So here we are. The new me starts today, and to tell you the truth, I couldn’t be more excited! There’s loads of uncertainty, but that’s all part of the fun, right?

A Happy “Mother”s Day, Indeed

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After over 15 years, Earthbound (or Mother 2 as it’s known in Japan) is finally getting a re-release on the Wii U’s Virtual Console!

… Yeah, I’ll admit it’s rather late for me to be weighing in on this. In truth I only found out about this last week, and I can’t believe that either considering how much I freaking love this game series! Earthbound is probably one of my favorite RPGs of all time. So, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to spend a little time talking about my history with this under-appreciated classic. Continue reading

A Fable About Patience when Dealing with Technology

This week, I was hoping to introduce to you, and the rest of the world, my new web series. Due to a rather bone-headed move on my part, however, that won’t be possible for a while.

A couple of weeks ago, after a rather successful and overall fruitful test screening, I was about to sit down and iron out the few final kinks that the screeners picked up on, (if you’re reading this guys, thanks again!) and get ready to send this pilot episode on to a web series network for approval. I opened up my computer, grabbed out my external hard drive where the video footage, assests, etc. were, hooked up the FireWire, but something was missing: my external’s AC adaptor. Yes, it’s one of those high-end, faster drives that requires its own power source. Continue reading