January 29th, 2009

ghost academy

progress....

Chapter 3 of StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1 is scripted and off to the editor and Blizzard. It wound up ending on page 98 instead of 96. But I'm okay with that. *grin*

Tomorrow, we dive back into Spectres full-tilt boogie...............
  • Current Music
    "Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse" by Warren Zevon
OCLT, crazed writer, dark forces, ellie, command & conquer

the good and the bad of being freelance

The good: I have invoices out right now that total $4310.

The bad: I have none of that money right now.

Sadly, even with this nonsense (mostly of my own doing, thanks to the move and writing the two Mack Bolan books taking far longer than they should have), I still feel more secure in my job than a lot of people working 9-5 in offices right now.....
  • Current Music
    "Elijah" by Cats Laughing
schott

Schott's Miscellany 28 January 2009

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was first published (1813)


APPLAUSE AT CLASSICAL CONCERTS

In recent years, commentators have discussed an evolution in the unwritten rules governing applause at classical music concerts. Since c.1900, it has been customary for audiences to hold their applause until the end of the final movement--lest they break the concentration of performers. Applause at other times has met with glares (or worse) from fellow patrons and conductors. Yet, nowadays, "premature clapping" is an increasingly frequent occurrence--and one that has been embraced by those who worry that an overly stuffy atmosphere dscourages younger fans. In September 2006, the internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin penned an essay entitled "To Clap or Not to Clap?" in which he encouraged audiences to applaud whenever they felt so moved, whether or not the final movement had ended. An October 2006 poll on the blog Adaptistration discovered that 74 percent felt audiences should "feel free to applaud after a movement if they wish," so long as a conductor can make it clear when applause should be held. Inevitably, there remain some who detest premature clapping as a distraction, while others argue that an applause-free experience can easily be enjoyed for nothing in one's living room.


The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go, she went.
Saki (1870-1916)
  • Current Music
    "All Our Past Times" by Eric Clapton & The Band
Simpsons KRAD

I never could get the hang of Thursdays...

Today has been a weird day.

I'm having a certain amount of anxiety about certain things that I'd rather not get into, because intellectually I know I'm being a big honking doofus about it, but emotionally I'm being a wreck -- not in the least because of a couple of possible slights that probably weren't meant that way, but don't help to make me feel better. terri_osborne also got some news at work that has the potential to be incredibly ominous.

Due to economic fear as much as anything, I spent a lot of today touching base with editors and other folks who may or may not be interested in hiring me. I also wrote up a blog entry for my agent's blog (look for it next week; I'll announce here when it's live), and also discussing NYCC stuff with both BOOM! and TokyoPop.

Then karate class, which was exhausting in a very very good way, as I sweated out all the agita and anxiety. I'm still concerned, but much less so than I was before class.
  • Current Music
    "With You There to Help Me" by Jethro Tull