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I am typing this post on my latest purchase — a brand new netbook. I used part of my tax refund to treat myself to a new bit of technology and got myself an Acer Aspire One netbook. I’ve been mulling over the prospect of getting a netbook for quite sometime. While I have a laptop it is soon to be an antique, quite hefty to lug around, and is prone to lapse into comas requiring me to completely reboot my hard drive from scratch and losing files.
I’ve been wanting to get myself something that was a lot lighter and smaller that I could use to basically surf the ‘net and write — or write and occasionally surf the ‘net. A netbook seemed like an ideal option. I’m already getting used to the smaller keyboard, and with any luck and burst of inspiration I’ll give the keyboard a worthwhile workout over the next few nights as I work on a few scripts and outines.
I’m looking forward to finally having a notebook/netbook that I can carry around with me and write when muse strikes me over the head with an inspiration-filled sap or blackjack.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll even blog more often.
So, last night I was thinking about a couple of pitches that I sent to an editor at a comic book publisher. In fact, it was a couple of pitches that I thought were pretty damn good that I never heard back on. This got me started on a blog post about one of the pitches in particular, and I thought that I’d share it with my vast readership. After I typed it up I read it over and I felt that I’d sort of came across as if I had just come off of binging on sour grapes.
That’s not what I was going for. I just wanted to share what I thought was a good idea that I was proud of. The other writers out there know what I’m about to type — especially the comic book writers… We come up with ideas all of the time — some good, some bad, and some ugly. But, we put a lot into these ideas and many of them turn into pitches for screenplays, comic books, short stories for anthology collections, etc… You throw up against the wall in the hopes that they’ll stick like a perfectly cooked piece of spaghetti. It seems that lately I’ve got quite a pyramid of pasta piling on the floor.
So, I figured that rather than just sweep ’em away I’d share them here — my somewhat soapbox of self-promotion. Am I going to share them all? Probably not. But, I’ve got plenty of ideas and pitches that I’ve formulated enough that I want to share rather than let them rust on an external hard drive that I’ll end up crashing on me anyway. (Yeah, that happened to me just the other night.) But, I wanted to throw this introduction to my plan out there first. Warn those editors that passed on said pitches that might happen to find themselves reading my blog — not that they’re flocking here after passing on my pitches — that it’s nothing personal. I don’t have an objective. I’m just sharing ideas that would have, could have, or (in my mom’s opinion) should have gestated into a final product.
They’re not all gems — I know that. I’m not fooling myself and claiming that everything I write or pitch is pure gold and that the powers-that-be who make the decisions don’t know a future Pulitzer Prize winner when they read one. But, I feel like throwing some of these ideas and pitches of mine out there. At the very least, they can serve as filler material for my blog. At the very best, maybe one of those powers-that-be that make the decisions will spot that perfect piece of pasta pasted to the wall.
Weird… As I crawled into bed to write the Seinfeld rerun “The Cheever Letters” begins on television where Jerry and George sit down to finally write the pilot script for the show they’ve sold to NBC. Of course, through the entire episode they get very little writing done. Much like I’m doing know. Sure, I’m kind of writing — I’m at least blogging — but, I’m not working on the comic book script I should be dedicating my time to, or the screenplay idea I’ve been tossing around for awhile, or any of the other gazillion idas and projects I’ve got bouncing around in my head.
But, here’s the deal… I’m just thrilled to be writing/blogging while I’m in bed. You see, my laptop crashed on me the other night. While not completely giving up the ghost, it did fall into a deep coma. I thought I was going to have to give my laptop its last rights. But, I pulled off some sort of miracle and managed to resesitate it back to life. Of course, when it regained conciousness it had complete amnesia and I had lost everything. But, I got my laptop back, and here I am typing in bed. Not exactly writing, but at least blogging — avoiding writing.
Alright, enough with the blogging and time to get some serious writing done. Or… maybe surf the internet for awhile — I can do that from bed now, too.
I’m thinking about doing regular posts about my guilty pleasure of watching various sitcoms of various of various degrees of quality from syndicated reruns to first run programming. I’m not necessarily proud of my television viewing habits, but over the years I’ve developed some interesting theories about the programs that I watch and I watch them — sometimes over and over…
Maybe I’ll post my sitcom rants, raves, reviews, and rebuttals here — or on a dedicated blog of its own. I’ll have to kick the idea around. If I were to do such a blog, the image here would be quite fitting I believe. I’m guessing I’m upset about the fact that Peter might not be allowed to go on a camping trip after breaking a vase because he disobeyed the commandment of “don’t play ball in the house.”
No, this isn’t a post about a comic book crossover event featuring Joss Whedon’s character Spike interacting with the regulars of the Hideout Bar & Grill from Hero Happy Hour. Though if this was something that IDW Publishing would be interested in pursuing their Editor-In-Chief knows how to contact me.
What I’m referring to is the strange event that occurred over Christmas. Up until then, my blog averaged a humble 120 to 140 views a day. Then, out of the blue, my view count jumped from 130 to 15,596 on December 25th. Then the next day there were 24,191 views.
Almost all of the views were in regards to one particular post — Hmmm… Super Heroes Hanging Out In A Bar… — a post about Hero Happy Hour and the new British sitcom No Heroics. With the surge in traffic I was thinking, “Hey, maybe were finally turning the corner in regards to Hero Happy Hour finally hitting the big time.” Wishful thinking. Turns out it was some sort of foreign-message board-spamming-bot deal. Ah, well… Someday.
Here it is… The new year. And, with it comes my first post of the new year. This is the day where we all start anew with resolutions, aspirations, and an eye at looking at a future 365 days with the hopes of them being brighter than the previous 365. Throw in an extra day every four years for leap year — in which ‘o8 was one, but ’09 is not. That at least eases up on the pressure by twenty-four hours.
So, what do I have on line for ’09? (Last year it was “what was on the slate for ’08.” Clever, huh? I’ve got 364 days to come up with something for ’10.)
Every first of the year, at least since I started blogging, I vow that I will post every day. I’ve never pulled it off. In ’07 I managed to start the new year with five straight days with a post, and a total of seventeen days with blog posts scattered throughout the month of January — none on the weekends. At least I managed to do slightly better than sharing my thoughts on half of the days of the month. In ’08 I managed to shoot out of the gate by posting on each of the first twelve days of the year (sometimes even twice in one day), as well as managing to post on twenty-six days during the month of January.
Now we’re starting fresh with a whole new year and I’m one post in toward a goal of posting at least once a day for a total of 365 days. Posting every day for a year isn’t the only goal I have for the new year. There are of course the old standby resolutions of “losing weight” and “managing by money better” to throw out a few. Since I call myself a writer, I’m also challenging myself to write and read more — every day as well. And, no, my daily posts here do not count toward the goal of writing everyday, nor does surfing the web reading other blogs count as reading everyday. I’m very lazy when it comes to these two activities for some reason — which is a very bad, bad thing.
And, I’ve got other resolutions and goals for ’09, but I’m not going to cover them all in this post. I do after all, need material to achieve my goal of posting everyday throughout 2009.
If you happen to be one of my few regular visitors you’ve probably noticed that the ol’ blog looks a little different. In anticipation of returning to blogging on a somewhat regular basis I figured I’d mix it up a little bit with a new look. Admittingly, it’s not a whole lot different than before — a little less on the blue and framed widgets to the right. I reviewed my options regarding various WordPress themes available and decided to stick with a basic white — my reasoning being that most projects, such as writing, drawing, painting, etc… start off on a blank piece of stark white paper or canvas (or Word screen).
Speaking of “stark white,” the all new title header at the top of the page is just that. The narcissist in me retained the image of yours truly sitting at the bar with my trusty notebook and even trustier mug of beer — drawn by artist D.J. Coffman (who will draw anything for two bucks). I’m not sure what to add to the header. A “title,” maybe? I mean, “Dan Taylor Blog” seems appropriate, but it’s not floating my boat. Being rather “blank” seems somewhat appropriate seeing how I haven’t blogged much, nor have I written much of anything over the last couple of months. I’ve been on a sort of sabbatical.
But, the creative juices are beginning to peculate once again — and I miss by blog.
So, I shy away from posting to the ol’ blog for awhile and the folks at WordPress decide to mix things up a bit and change things around. Maybe learning all the new bells and whistles will bring me back to posting on a more regular schedule.
Actually, to be honest, I’ve missed posting. It’s just that I haven’t had a lot to post about lately. Other than the rare pimpin’ of my webcomic in Zuda’s October competition and the two issues of my comic book that recently came out the posting around here has been rather slim.
You know… maybe the whole site could use an overhaul.
It’s been awhile. Throughout the month of September I was rather scarce around these parts. I think I had a total of eight posts — and most of those posts were pimpin’ Pirat Tales. While there’ll still be plenty of promotion going on for my new comic book series about Captain Blacktail and the crew of the Vile Vermin, I’m hoping to return to some sort of regular posting on a more frequent basis.
What happened? Well, after giving the freelance writing gig a go for a year I finally had to suck it up and return to a more normal life and get myself a “civilian” job with a steady paycheck. I gave it a whirl, but there’s only so much Top Ramen a guy can eat.
So, I’ve got a new job — well actually, I’ve returned to a former job. I’ll be spending a lot less time creating and writing, but hopefully in return I’ll have a steady income in order to spend. There ain’t much left around here to eBay.
Now that I’m settling back into my former lifestyle of working by day and creating and writing by night I should be posting a bit more once again. I’ve got the Angels in the post season to discuss. There’s the new fall television series. There’s also the regular “fanboy” and “geek” related pastimes. And, of course, I’ll be continuing to discuss and promote my creative endeavorers — even if they’ll now be taking the backseat to sucking it up and being a grown-up.