Monthly Archives: July 2012

War At Our Doorstep: Finally a Worthwhile Promo

As the YouTube description goes:

The last “War at Our Doorstep” video I found to be quite a bore without the additional text and music…

Thus, the purpose for this slightly better video, which only took a small portion of time to create. Some of my blog posts likely take longer!

If you’ve already read War at Our Doorstep, then I recommend closing your eyes and listening to the soundtrack. Garage Band loops (legally available from the Apple Inc.) were utilized to create the soundtrack which was composed by Zechariah Barrett.

The soundtrack is a remix of something I composed for a prior obligation. This time there’s an extra background loop to add to the tone, as well as sound effects.

“It all started three weeks ago, when the first HWK-325 emerged from the night’s sky followed by a score more of its kind. 

The residents of our humble town knew little of the ways of war and were unprepared for the onslaught to come. Many lives were taken that first day, mainly of those who did not heed the alarm.

Since then, many of us have not dared to set foot out into the now foreboding pastures of our country which holds such terrors in the night.

Our storehouses we have filled with what sustenance we may until the bombers pass (which is our one last hope).

Those who have lived to see the bombers firsthand, such as myself, have reported many great wonders, such as the arrival of the AGL-435’s, great white bombers of extraordinary size which fought against the HWK-325 in a war of unknown causes.

Perhaps they warred for control of our land, for every day they would annihilate a few of our land’s kind residents in their destructive conflict.”

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For Your Perusal: Where Have I Seen That Before…

When I read For Your Perusal today, I was reminded of a section of my manuscript where I had used the term. A few minutes ago, I did a quick search to find out if I used it correctly.

“Having been thus satisfied with this glimpse of human stoicism, his weary gaze perused the room to another stonesque human…”

Hand to brow, sigh of relief (the Pages proofreader tells me this is cliché and to be avoided), I did.

Now back to work I go, page ninety-three here I come…

P.S.- I feel as if the postaday tag is a bit out of place now that I’ve missed a month’s worth (or more) of posts. I do hope to get back on track, however, after the deadline. One more post coming up tonight, this time about a project that I made while letting my mind rest after writing.

3-Pages A Day: Painstaking (at times) Progress

I’ve been focusing on my writing lately, with very little distractions in terms of media. My grandmother is self-publishing a poetry book, however, so I’ve been assisting with that. It’s amazing what time I save, simply by refraining from my daily “online check-up’s,” including blog stats and posts, side projects, monitoring sales, reading news, etc. Thus the reason for my lack of posting.

My goal has been 3-pages a day until my deadline, August 10th, which will leave me at about 156 pages, give or take. It’s been an amazing journey, and I thank God for the opportunity. Though there’ll certainly be plenty of revisions to be done after completion… side-affects of fun!

Once my novel is finished, I’ll post updates about the publishing projects, “dust off” my photography collections for posting, and perhaps even a review or two – it is part of the blog’s tagline after all.

 

Project Ordine Teaser

After meeting my writing quota today, I made a teaser for my novel via Garage Band and iMovie. Made for the fun of it, not to attract readership.

The first sentence of the prologue is revealed: “I woke to the sound of the crashing waves.”

The animation reveals two of the novel’s primary locations.

I posted an excerpt to the novel here.

Settling Into My Niche

Brilliant. My “Big Day” widget has at last starting counting down the days to Project Ordine, or rather what may come to be referred to as LoCN (an acronym which will make much more sense when the novel’s title is disclosed).

Progress stands at 75 pages (though not for long!).

Lately I’ve gotten into a habit of visting Barnes & Noble and lounging about writing… whilst sipping smoothies and eating scones. The atmosphere is a pleasant one, and what better than a place full of books?

In conclusion – whenever I mention my roman en cours, I feel an irresistible urge to thank Jesus Christ for the purpose given to my life, as well as the talents I pray will be utilized to their full extent for His Glory.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:6 NKJV)

Up the Mangled Tree: Leaning on Firm Ground (II)

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“We found this tree while searching the mountainside for our kayaking destination. I struck me as peculiar and I decided to snap a pic while stumbling over the steep, rock-strewn slope.” And boy was it steep at times, or perhaps it only seemed so, since I was attempting to take decent compositions along the way while keeping up with our party. Note the blur in the upper-left hand corner, tis’ evidence of my… “gracefulness.”

The Likeness of a Pear

At the moment, I’m focusing on refining my still-art skills through Art Academy.

Via today’s lesson, my subject is a pear, which has been placed in grayscale for an easier model.

My sketches have been rough at best, though improvement is on the horizon!

Art Academy (1st Sem.): Review

From a blank sheet of paper to an astounding piece of art – I’ve often been caught up in this process, as in my writing.

Recently I was able to try my hand at some of this magic-making, via the Art Academy application.

The step-by-step tutorial made drawing and painting easy, even for those with little to no prior experience.

Attached to this post-by-email are two of my humble attempts. The first is the rough sketch I was instructed to make before my pencil tool was locked out and switched to paint. It was a worthwhile endeavor in my spare time, and a fun one too. Brings me back to the art classes I took in Middle School, albeit these sessions bear much more… aesthetically pleasing results.

Having Fun with Wikipedia

Tonight, in addition to making the necessary revisions for my novel, I also spent time revising the Wikipedia page for “The House of Silk,” a Doyle Estate endorsed Sherlock Holmes novel written by Anthony Horowitz. The book, as I’ve previously mentioned in my review, is exceptionally dark in comparison to its predecessors and is not suitable for discerning readers. It is really too bad an age recommendation may not be added to the page.

Back to writing!

First Look at Project Ordine

In order to prevent confusion with other organizations, my novel now has the working title: Project Ordine. The changes will be in effect on the site very soon.

Snow Storm in the Mountains

Snow Storm in the Mountains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Below is an excerpt from the seventh chapter. Certain names have been replaced [ ] with more generic appellations in order to prevent certain plot points from being revealed:

Romanesque – it is a word with fantastic image inducing qualities capable of sending one back in time to an era of much finer and more elaborate architectural design. It exudes curving forms and engraved figures, dramatic arches and extraordinary proportions. In these regards, romanesque is the perfect word to describe the [Enemy] headquarters in Siberia.

Why someone would ever desire to build a base in Siberia is beyond me, [Susan] thought to herself as a fierce chill overcame her and the agents around her. Moments ago they had descended from their assault chopper when the rotor, too, seemed to whine in complaint as the cold set upon it. Now they were in the blinding white of a Soviet Union wasteland, attempting to locate the hiding place of the infamous [Moriarty de Mort]. In such a place it felt as if time itself stood still, lost in oblivion – it was no wonder the German troops had so readily lost their ground in World War II, for it was such a surreal and bitter setting. Another gust of wind ravaged their party, albeit this time it served some use. The snow momentarily parted before them, revealing an ominous monolith in the distance. They had arrived.