So last Monday I sent up a new schedule for myself to be productive. I have 13 tasks a day 7 days a week. I have a personal goal of completing at least half of them a day. If I complete more than half of them for more than half of the week I will consider that week a success. I came in with a win by an inch. In fact Yesterday, which was really just an hour ago I had my first day will I did everything on the list. I'm proud.
If I keep to this list and everything goes good than I should be starting some radio plays soon. The scripts are in the works. Both Crusaders and a revamped version of WarZone. The comic books are being put on hold once more, mainly because Lawrence who wanted to be the artist for them has more or less lost interest. I use to draw a bit as a kid so I'm thinking of trying to start up again. Maybe one day I'll be good enough to draw my own comic books. Maybe.
This cold weather is killing me. It makes me lazy and tired. Nothing kills creativity worse than cold laziness. But you can't control the weather and you can't control the environment around you. Just as on set when everything hits the fan, in the writing room everything can come and distract you. Pull you kicking and screaming away from the writing table and you can't let it. You have to stand tall and keep at the work.
Life pulls you in so many directions and it is easy to sit back and do nothing but to build an empire you have to push forward and over come everything in your way. The harder it is the harder you work. The more things in your way the more you put into it. Take the time and energy from all other aspects of your life. Your dream has to be the number one goal in your life otherwise it is fleeting and will pass. Hard work = success.
I've started to notice more and more how people just want to do the least amount of work possible and they expect to get something amazing in return. As if they are entitled to anything in this life. What happened to the American dream that "if you worked hard enough you could get anything you wanted". It seems to me that the dream has become "you can get anything you wanted". That isn't how life works and if you think life should work that way than you are out of your mind. Hard work is the only way to move forward in this world. Doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or what you look like. If you hit the pavement and sweat and bleed for your work it will pay off.
What's worse is that we now have people who believe that their opinions are the only ones that matter. That they are correct and everyone else is wrong. What happened to being able to have a dialogue with people? My point of view differs from you, doesn't mean that either one of us is wrong just that we view something differently. What is wrong with that? Why do we feel the need to force other people to think like us? Are we that insecure as a society that we need to be coddled like infants.
As a kid I was taught that nothing in this world comes easy. My friends were taught the same thing. What happened to those lessons?
It's Black Friday so you know what that means! Tell'em Steve Dave Christmas Pod! As always it was amazing. If you don't buy it the second it comes out you really are living life wrong. Just saying.
Anyways, so I've been thinking about what I should talk on here besides random thoughts I have every day. How about process? Now I've never been in a real writers room, something that I keep trying to change and one day I will! However I have hosted a couple rooms. Both for video races. The first race I broke the story in the room with everyone involved and wrote the story in the room with import from everyone else as I go. I like this method because I get to see what is working as I go and not at the end. It is a nice shake up. If something is going astray I can fix it instead of finishing the script and finding out none of it work.
The second race we broke the most basic outline in the room then I went off and made a detailed outline and passed it off to my friend to write. I would go in and check on him from time to time. It is the closest I've come so far to being a showrunner. I loved it but missed the writing myself. While coming up with stories is the best part writing lines of dialogue is almost just as fun and I missed it.
When you start writing you should find what process works best for you. Try as many different ways as you can. Never be afraid to experiment and don't get discouraged when you fail. Every falls before they soar, that's just a fact of life. Happy writing!
No real blog today, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Remember no matter how hard life gets, how many things are thrown in your way it's only a moment in time. Be thankful for everything you have, be thankful for everything you have accomplished and everything you will accomplish. Life is too short to be anything other than thankful.
It's far too early to be awake. Note I said early and not late. I'm a night owl, late night, early morning is my time. It's where I am most alive and can get the most done. A large part of that is due to the fact that I can't sleep. It never comes easy to me, for as long as I can remember.
Today, well yesterday, we started filming our final project for school, as I said on my last blog it was my return to set after my stressful weekend and I wasn't too worried about it because we had some one else directing. I was producing so most of my job was already done. Some how I knew that wasn't going to be the case and surprise surprise I ended up directing it, more or less. It was just what I needed. I felt reborn and ready to take on anything afterward. Things went wrong and we are already way behind schedule but at least I got my mojo back.
I got home and passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow. It was amazing. Three minutes later my mom woke me so I could go grocery shopping with her. Who in the blue hell goes shopping this early? It's un-American I tells ya! I figured while I'm up I should write todays blog. Now that it's done I will attempt to go back to sleep. Wish me luck Blueroof nation.
So they always tell you that when you get knocked down you have to get right back up. Well the 100 hour race knocked me down and tonight is going to be the first time I'm back on set. I'm hopefully that everything tonight goes well but it's a first time director with actors that none of us have ever used before. So many things that can go wrong, but that's what makes filming fun and exciting.
Just because something blows up in your face doesn't mean you should call it in. You should double down and work harder. Give everything you have and then break your back to work harder. That's the only way to get ahead in this world.
So my midterms are done and I have a week off for thanksgiving. Life is good. For the first time in a while I feel like I have some breathing room. So what better way to spend it than by working myself to death. Warzone and Crusaders are back on the top of the pile and I'm diving head first into the Christmas podcast for Clean Jeans.
After the Halloween pod which I love and all of you should go and check out, I was thinking of going a different route for the Xmas one. More of a interactive game. It's going to take a long time to design but it will be worth it once it's done. I hope it comes out as good as I see it in my head.
A weekend of relaxing and studying, or however close I can come to studying was just what I needed. I feel a million times better after this little gitaway. I have started to map out my coming days and have even thought about cleaning my room. Can you believe that? I thought about cleaning! That's the first step to actually cleaning! I'm almost there! Any year now it'll get clean.
My podcasts have taken a hit of late but I plan on getting them back in shape. Uncanny and Clean Jeans will be coming out this week, as will Sunnydale Lives missing episode if I can swing it. Crusaders and the revamped Sunnydale Live are in the works. I have a slew of shorts that I'm trying to work out. If Blueroof Productions is going to be my life I need to get it off the ground. No more waiting for my life to start. My life is now.
So I'm supposed to be in west Texas this weekend working on my friends production but he saw how burnt out I was and let me take the weekend off. Nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. Last weekend I Director the 4 Points Film Project. It was a 100 hour race and it nearly killed me.
I poured everything I had into it and because of one slip up of information on my part we missed the dead line by 30 minutes. The last few days I have been in a huge funk because of it. Everyone keeps telling me that I did all I did and that I can't do everything myself. While I always tell my partners that you can't do it all, you need help this production has shown me that some times you have to take a heavy hand.
I also learned that even when the fault lies with many people you can't sit around and play the blame game. It's a team production and the team failed, not individuals. Sometimes I take the blame on too much myself but as Ashley keeps telling me, it shouldn't be I it should be We. Something I'm still learning.
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