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Comics and Vegas


Tonight I will be posting the second comic of Coffee Raiders. I have taken measures to make sure the posting goes smoothly this time. There were some other minor edits that had to be made. I made a few tweaks to the site as well. Nothing major, just some house cleaning stuff. I’m very happy that the pilot was so well received. I hope that we can keep up this momentum and continually gain more readers with each passing week.

In other news I will be leaving for Las Vegas in just over a week. This will be my first real vacation that doesn’t involve any kind family celebration. I’m really excited about the trip because I will be able to see my old friend and party buddy.

We have a few things planned out. There’s the standard fare of cruising the strip, going downtown, gambling, seeing a show, etc.

One of the shows I’m going to see is from Cirque du Soleil called Zumanity. I’m told its part burlesque and part cabaret. It should prove to be entertaining. Also I’m finally going to be able to try In n Out Burger. I know that isn’t that exciting but everyone from California always raves that they have the best burgers so I will have to give one a try.

I will make sure that the comics do post on time while I’m away. If I don’t It might be because I was too drunk to post them in a timely manner. I’m going to schedule them ahead of time so that they auto post but that feature hasn’t been working properly for some reason. I’ll try to set up a backup plan in case the unforeseen happens.

Incase you don’t already know you can read the web comic at http://www.coffeeraiders.com

-Mondo


Coffee Raid


Over the last few years I’ve started a lot of projects A few I was able to complete but most of them were lost to obscurity. They were all great ideas and I really did want to follow through with them. A year and a half ago my friend Robin came to me and wanted to try to make t-shirts out of some characters that she drew. I got the site set up. Threw down some money for the domain and set forth to make this a reality. It ended up on the back burner and we only realized this once the time came to renew the domain name. We decided against it and let that dream fade. Fast forward to today. In just a few minutes we will be launching a project that will have been able to complete.

Four months ago I had the brilliant idea to start a web comic. What brought on this idea is that for many years we would go out to a late night diner, have coffee and discuss whatever came to mind. We have so many stories that we find ourselves telling and retelling them to anyone and everyone we know or even don’t know. I realized that since we had all these stories that we needed to share them on a grander scale. There was talk of a book and even a website but the idea of a web comic seemed, to me, like it was the best way to be able to tell these stories.

I proposed my idea to Robin and like usual we started planning with gusto. I started writing furiously and once I had a few scripts I gave them to Robin so she could begin writing. We got a couple of comics done but things began to slow down. It wasn’t until our friend Amanda learned of the project when things began to take off. She kept us on task and got involved with promoting the comic. She even helped write some of the scripts.

So now after many months of hard work, great fun and MANY cups of coffee we are launching a project that we are proud of. I can’t wait to see the reception of it. I hope people like it as much as we do. And if your interested in reading it please check it out at www.coffeeraiders.com


And Now For Something Completely Different


So I’ve realized that when I combined both this and my writing blog that, at the time, it would be a great idea. I have noticed that I really haven’t written much about much of any writing that I have done. This is due to the fact that I haven’t done much writing. I did start writing a book and I’m up to three chapters but I seem to be stuck where I’m at right now. I want to write more but I just don’t have the drive to do so. I’m not painted into a corner. I know where I want the story to go, I just can’t seem to get it down. Its very frustrating to not be able to write. I think I’ve lost my inspiration.

Other projects that I’m working on are in full gear. The web comic I’ve mentioned is close to launching. We have a tentative date to launch on the 26th of October. I’m really excited about the project but I’m concerned that some of the art wont be done for the launch. I’m hoping this isn’t the case but I haven’t really been in the mood to have a meeting with her because of other shit I’ve been dealing with lately. I’ll get back on task starting Monday I hope.

The one daunting task with the web comic is the website design. I had forgotten most of the coding knowledge I had when I was younger so I had to start over from the beginning. Another thing that I had to deal with was dealing with designing software I wasn’t familiar with. I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles and it’s starting to look very nice. There are a few things that I need to add and punch up before its done but I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.

I have a busy couple of weeks ahead of me and I hope that everything works out but you never know what may happen. In the mean time I’ll continue to stare at my novel hoping that I can squeeze a few paragraphs out. If not I’ll just start anew when NaNoWriMo starts.

-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


Short stories, scripts and a novel.


With everything going on lately in my life I’ve found that there’s one thing that’s actually improving. I’ve been writing a lot more. Nothing like major life changes to put you in the mood to write, I guess.

First I started working on my love life novel. I’ve decided to shelve that for now. I just wasn’t feeling it when I was writing it. I felt like I was forcing myself to write it and I didn’t want to do that.

I did write a short story over the course of a few days. It was just an idea that hit me and I just started writing. I was hoping to make it more of a novel but I didn’t really think it through and it just organically become a short story. I think I’l revisit it and make it a full blown novel. I might use that for nanowrimo this year. We’ll see.

I find myself full with ideas lately and I’m thinking about writing another script. I have a general idea and I’m going to plan it out before I start writing it. I don’t know how it’ll be classified but it’ll probably be another rom com though it might just be a straight drama.

I’m going to set a goal for myself to write at least once a day. I’m taking the idea this from my friend and fellow writer Heather. She’s awesome and has inspired me to make some changes in my life like she has.

With so many ideas I hope that I don’t get overwhelmed and just decided to give it all up. Speaking of which, no I haven’t given up on Coffee Raiders. I have written nearly 40 scripts for it. I’m just waiting on the art to be finished. Once thats done I’ll launch the site. I’ll posted here once its launched.

Until next time.
-Mondo


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