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Adventure!


So today is the first day of my vacation and it has been a busy and tiring day. The last 24 hours have been interesting to say the least. I got off early from work to gets some last minute laundry done. I got that started and my friend Pike showed up. He was taking Amanda to the airport at 4 in the morning and ended up coming over early. We chilled out and played some rock band. Amanda came home early and she finished getting ready for her trip. Fast forward to a couple hours later. I’m on my way to pick up my mom and drop her off at the airport. It was 4:45 in the morning. As I was driving down the interstate my car suddenly jerked then started slowing down. I dropped gears and then it started going again. Before I get to my moms house I notice that the dashboard lights were dimming. I reach my mothers house only to have my car die. I jump it with my moms car we get in and go. Not even a mile down the road I nearly loose all power. I quickly turn around and make my way back to my mothers house. We barely make it. We jump into her car and get her to the airport. By this its 5:30 in the morning. At this point I leave for Denver in 6 hours. By the time I get home its 6am. I try my best to fall asleep. An hour later I get woken up by my ex wife who shows up at my place so she can watch the kids while I’m gone. I tell her to let me sleep until 9. 5 minutes passes by, well it seemed like 5 minutes, and she’s waking me up again. At this point I’ve had less than 3 hours sleep and I have a full day of traveling ahead of my. I go back to my car, swap the battery and make my way home. I stop off at the store first to pick up some last minute items and get home. My friend Emily offered to drive down from Denver to pick me up and take me to the airport. She shows up just as I’m done with my shower. I hurry up, finish packing and make sure I didn’t forget anything. We pack up my things in the car and head to Denver. By this time is 12:30pm. I have to be at the Terminal by 3pm. We stop off for lunch and make another stop at Target and then finally get to Emily’s house. We have a quick cup of tea then realize that by this time it’s 2:30pm. It’s off to the airport where I arrive at 3pm. Check-in and security were fast and painless. I only had to wait 30 minutes before they started boarding the plane. The flight was fast and smooth. Once on the ground I got to see my good friend Kelly who was waiting to pick me up. I haven’t seen her in about 3 years. We’ve been friends since high school and we are old party buddies. We made our way to the carousel to pick up my bag which was pretty much waiting for me. I’m fucking amazed at how fast and efficient this airport is. Once we got to her house I could finally take a few moments and relax. We had a nice dinner and then we went to Fremont Street. That was certainly an experience. Well, now its off to finally get some good sleep. I’ve only gotten 6 hours sleep in the last 48 hours so I’m pretty fucking tired. I think I’ll have some wine first. Tomorrow looks to be a relaxing day. Some breakfast, a massage at noon, possibly a new tattoo and a movie. Saturday is when we hit the strip and at some point we’re gonna go see a show call Zumanity. I’d also like to be able to go see The Amazing Jonathan but I’m gonna play it by ear. I am sleep deprived and exhausted but even with the minor setbacks that happened I arrived unscathed. So far its been a rough start but it looks to be worth it.

Ciao

-Mondo


If You Can Make It Here…


One of my guilty pleasures in life is watching the TV show Glee. I don’t know why I like it but I do. I was finally able to watch the season premiere last night and it was entertaining. One of the song choices they used was Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z. Its essentially a song about New York. I’ve heard this song before and I’ve always liked it. Well once I heard it again I decided that i wanted to listen to the real song so I went to the interwebs and downloaded it.

After downloading that I then got on a music kick and downloaded a bunch of other songs and albums that I wanted. After everything was done downloading and imported into iTunes I listened to the song that started this quest for music. I love this song and it gave me nostalgic feelings of when I was younger.

When I was 16 I went to New York to visit some family from both my moms side and my step-fathers. We arrived in Newark and stayed in Jersey with my aunt. The next day we went into the city. We didn’t really do a lot of sight seeing but we walked around the city and I was just amazed. As soon as I stepped off the bus I was in love and knew that one day I would live here. The next day we met my uncle in the Village for lunch. Even though I had only been here just the day before, I was already acting like a New Yorker. The trip ended too quickly but I left with a desire and passion to one day live there.

After the song finished playing and I was done reminiscing I was reminded of another song that was very inspirational when I was about to leave high school. Its called Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann. It was played quite frequently on the radio and its really makes you think about the future. This combined with Empire State of Mind made me remember how much I really wanted to live in New York.

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I think I lost my desire to live there after 9/11. When the whole thing happened it shook everyone up and it wasn’t that I was scared to live there but the whole feeling of the city had changed. It wasn’t the city I had remembered and I didn’t want to live there anymore. I decided at that point to move to the second city, Chicago. Well its been 9 years since the attack and its back to its same old glory that I remember. I’m no longer wanted to live in Chicago. I’m taking up my old stance and changing my choice back to New York. The city so nice they named it twice. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. So I’m saying goodbye to the thoughts of living in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. I left my Heart in New York and I’m going to make it there one day. It may not be in a year. It may not be in 10 years but one day I’ll get there.

-Mondo


Viva Vacation


It is now official. I will be going to Las Vegas in November for my first real vacation. I say its my first real vacation because all the other times I’ve traveled it has usually been due to family get togethers. Are those vacations? Sure, but this is my first one where I chose the destination, I paid for the trip and I completely planned it. It’s just me and the world, and my friend Kelly and her fiance since they’re putting me up while I’m there.

Now the one downside to this is that NaNoWriMo starts on the first and I’ll be gone from the 4th through the 10th. I doubt I’ll get much writing down while I’m gone but there’s always the plane ride and the time at the airport I can use to write.

I’m really looking forward to this trip because I need it badly. With all thats happened I need to get away and immerse myself in some pure unadulterated fun. I really need to get away and be somewhere else so that when I come back I’ll have a clear mind and can tackle the things I need to do with a fresh perspective.

I’ve found something out about myself and its quite jarring. I don’t know who i am at my core. I don’t know what my base color is. I’m a chameleon. I blend in with those around me and match their colors. I’ve done this for so long that I don’t know what my original color is.

I’ve felt this way a lot recently but it didn’t really hit me until Labor Day. I was invited to a BBQ and got to see a lot of my friends that I don’t hang out with a lot. I wish I could but schedules conflict with being able to. When I was there I felt like the odd man out. Here are a group of people I’ve known for years. They’re all parents and are all married. It was odd to try to adapt to the surroundings there but I ultimately couldn’t do it. I was just there.

So I need to find my center again, to find out who I am without any outside influences. Hopefully when I come back from my vacation I’ll be able to do that. If can’t do it when I come back maybe when I move to Denver next year I’ll be able to.

-M


The Wall


Sorry about not posting lately.  I’ve seem to have hit a wall and haven’t been writing much lately.  Its really frustrating when you have all these great ideas but when you try to write them down you draw a blank. 

Such is life I guess.  In the mean time Ro has sent me some of the finished drawings and they are great.  I’m playing around with them a little bit to see if it’ll be feasable to do it in color. So far it takes me a day to color one so I may only color the ones that would look good.

In the mean time I think I might have to postpone the launch.  I only have two finished comics and don’t know when to expect more.  I guess we’ll see.

Catch ya on the flip side

-Mondo


Interview


I was interviewed!

A fellow writer and blogger has taken upon herself to interview aspiring, unpublished, and unrepresented writers on her blog. She has introduced me to many different blogs, mostly about writing.

Well, today it was my turn to be interviewed. You can read it here.

February Grace is an amazing person to be able to do what she does, especially since she has issues with her eyes. I first met her through the Script Frenzy boards. She was one of the few to first read my script and she gave me a lot of great notes and I cannot praise her enough. If you have time please check our her blog. Its funny insightful and informative.

I am truly honored to be lucky enough to be interviewed by her and I can’t thank her enough.

-Mondo


Hooray for Productivity!


So tonight I went out for coffee with Manna, my fiance for the uninitiated, and Cleo and had a great time. We had a coffee raid and had a blast. We talked about life, whats going on, what we wished we could be doing and what not. It was great. Then we got to work.

Cleo is the artist who will be drawing Coffee Raiders. i cannot tell you how amazing of an artist she is. She’s working on the story boards for the web comic and they are looking pretty good.

See for yourself.

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This is just one of the panels that we’ve come up with. I’ve covered up the text because Cleo wants it to be a surprise for readers.

Now this is no where near what she can actually do artistically. We wanted to keep the comic look simple, that way she can draw them up and get them done more quickly. If she went all out this would look a lot more detailed and realistic.

We had a brilliant and productive brain storming session this evening. Manna also got into it and came up with some great ideas. So now there are three of us working on this. We’ve come up with 30 different scripts so I’m going to be busy for the next couple of days writing and revising them to make sure they’re perfect. Then I’ll give them to Cleo and she’ll draw them up send me the finished comic.

I think that with the three of us tackling this project we’ll actually produce something and follow through with it. Cleo and I are notorious for starting projects and not finishing them. Manna is excited to be involved and is looking forward to getting the site launched. I think she was the missing piece of the puzzle that kept us from completing anything we started.

So I’ve decided that I’m not going to be using iWeb or Rapidweaver because I’ve found that WordPress has a theme that is specifically designed for web comics. I’ve lined up a hosting service which is very reasonable and will be setting up the site soon.

Things are looking great and I can’t wait until we launch. I’ll post with a solid launch date once I’ve determined when the site will go live.

Stay tuned

-Mondo


Coffee Raiders. Writing apps and more.


So my friend Ro and I are working on a web comic/graphic novel. We’re calling it Coffee Raiders. A Coffee Raid is a term that my friends and I use via Twitter, Facebook, etc to announce that we were getting together at the coffee shop to talk, hang out and relax.

Over the years we’ve amassed a large collection of stories while at coffee. Some are too out there to be true but sure enough they happened. Some of them are so memorable that we are constantly telling the same great stories to new people who have joined us over the years. In fact its gotten so bad that even the waitresses know some of them and have favorites.

It got to a point where one day while hanging out we came up with several ideas for these stories. One was a book tentatively titled No Shit There We Were. Another was just to post them in blog form online but we decided that the best way to be able to tell these stories was in comic format. This is because for some if not most of them you have to be there and see what was going on to truly get the true emotions of what was going on.

So now I’m writing the scripts and Ro is drawing the comic. Which brings me to my next topic: Writing applications.

When I started writing my novel for Nanowrimo last year I felt I needed something a little more than just text edit. Mainly because I needed a word counter in the program so I went out and looked at various programs. Because I use a Mac my options are different from the windows users. I tried Scrivener, WriteRoom and even MS word. Of these three I choose WriteRoom. I like how it had many different customizable options and the ability to go full screen and write without distractions.

Well I was not able to finish nanowrimo and felt like a failure. Well lucky for me I found out about Script Frenzy which took place in April. 100 pages in 30 days. Seems like it’d be hard but I was up for the challenge. Again I was faced with finding the right tool for the job.

This was a little bit different because this was a script. Format is a big deal and I wanted to get it right. First I tried Celtx. I like the feel but something about it didn’t sit right with me. Possibly it was the way I had to change between the different types of writing e.g. Scene heading, action, dialog, parentheticals, and cuts.

Next I tired Scrivener again for script writing and I loved it. I was lucky enough that I was able to get a 30 day trial with the program because of Script Frenzy. Even though it cost 40.00 bucks I will own this program. There is just so much to it that it makes things so easy to write with. The changing of writing sections was very intuitive and made things very easy.

Other people may like other programs for their own reasons but Scrivener works for me.

I bring this up because again as I’m writing I’m stuck with finding the right tool for the job. Until I get the money for it, Scrivener is unavailable. So I’m back to using Celtx.

I find it interesting though how similar writing a comic is to writing a scripts. It makes it so much easier to get into since i’ve already completed a script.

So thats whats on the front burner for now. I can’t wait to see some of the finished artwork. If I can I may post some before we go live with the web comic.

Until next time.