Thursday, September 27th

Achieving Escape Velocity

Music: Project Polaroid
Mood: editing
I finished the manuscript of my book in June, but I took the summer off to recuperate. It took six months of writing to finish the manuscript and it took a lot out of me, but I'm off the couch mentally and am currently in the middle of the first edit. I haven't done much writing at all in any format since I finished it, but now I'm at the point where I need to, which bodes well for the athenaverse.

I can see now I needed the time off even though I felt guilty for needing it. Reading the manuscript for the first time as a whole, I am really impressed with myself. When I finish shining it up, I have met an editor who is interested in working with me and giving it a professional once-over. Pretty soon, the manuscript will be ready to be sent out to publishers or perhaps even self-published.

Every minute I spend writing is one minute that brings me closer to achieving escape velocity from the work-a-day world. I have so much writing to do, so many films to make, so many other art projects to embark upon, and the athenaverse is my soapbox that I can stand on and tell everyone what I am up to.

The fire is back. Stay tuned.

santo26 on 09.27.07 @ 04:32 PM PST [link] [44 Comments]

Friday, September 7th

The First Of Many Crotchety Old Man Rants

Music: Gogol Bordello
Mood: got the day off
I was talking to someone I work with about how punk rock I used to be/am and mentioned how I attended my first punk show at the Rat back in '91. This guy was floored by the fact that I have been going to shows since he was 4 years old. This kid was born two years after "Appetite For Destruction" came out fer chrissakes! He also mentioned that his cousin who is roughly my age, is still listening to punk music and living the lifestyle. This got me to thinking about myself and my relation to my own adulthood.

At first I thought, "Wow, when is that guy going to grow up?" Then I looked at myself. I am chronologically an adult human male, yet I still wear T-shirts with humorous slogans or band names on them. Did this other guy and I somehow miss the adulthood boat? I pay my bills, I go to work, but I don't go around in a suit and tie. Am I supposed to or was that just a fashion fad that every man in the earlier parts of the twentieth century followed? I was talking to my old chum the Right Hon. Rev. Josiah A. Perkins earlier today about this. The Right Hon. Rev. said that at this stage of the game, people are growing apart, splintering into ever smaller groups yet at the same time we have all become more tolerant.

Is there such a thing as an adult anymore? Was there ever such a thing? Or am I what an adult is in the absence of war, pestilence, plague and famine, at a time when, in the immortal words of Hard Harry, the protagonist of a teen movie once aimed at my age bracket, "all the great themes have been used up, turned into theme parks???"

santo26 on 09.07.07 @ 09:24 PM PST [link] [No Comments]

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