Wednesday, 21 September 2011

An Elven Lacryment Update

Way back in March I posted about my current putzing around with a novelization of Elven Lacryment (AKA Elven Lacryment: SHREDS). I think it's time for a status update.

But before I get to that I want to let you all in on something: Ever since 2005, when I was writing the script for Elven Lacryment the webcomic, I had this one scene in mind that was very heavy and I actually halted writing the script until the art began to catch up to it. Right before that scene was a good place to stop I felt.

Writing the novelization, Elven Lacryment: SHREDS, I had eventually wound up at that same scene.  And I stalled again. This scene has given me all kinds of angst.

I eventually wondered if maybe it didn't belong in the story but I felt that it did, for various reasons. I did however, tone down the scope of the scene and make it more...in line with everything else. In my mind, anyway.

So for months I abandoned EL:S (again) and worked on other things. I completed Blood in the Water and chipped away at Next to Godliness as well as spent some quality time with my PS3.

But finally I'm returning to EL:S and working through that scene that's been giving me no end to my own grief.  I know in the end it will be worth it.

So, official status update on EL:S...

I am ashamed to say that between June and September EL has gone from 24,500 words to 27,170 words. That's not a lot, but it's something. I'm almost through the obstacle course that is this scene and after that hopefully things will pick up.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Cheap Trick

Last night, at last minute, I had the opportunity to go see Cheap Trick at a small venue.
It maybe lame, but I like Cheap Trick. You may know them as the guys who did the theme for That 70's Show but I discovered them through the soundtrack to the movie Heavy Metal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE3J27ApS_8#t=04m014s

and Rock & Rule (Which is Canada's PG rated answer to to Heavy Metal...which was also Canadian...)
http://youtu.be/kTBjwJyn6gY

The warm up band was a group of kids called Plead the Fifth who looked too young to even be in the venue. They weren't bad, they could certainly play, but the lyrical content was laughable. "We only live to die so nothing matters!" or something.  But, I've heard much, much worse in my time. It was brief and sufficient.

So the lights go down and a recording starts, Bart Simpson says "Haven't you even listened to yourself on a recording?" and Homer retorts "I prefer to listen to Cheap Trick" then Apu sings The Dream Police, then a few seconds of That 70's Show theme and the band came out and did their thing.

I'm not going to give a rundown of the show other than a few brief points.

A) Most docile crowd I have ever seen.

B) They still sound good. They sound the same, and that's good. Some people just lose their ability to preform.

C) Magical Mystery Tour needed lasers!

It was a good, fun, light show. But it was also depressing.

No one sings about Lord of the Rings anymore. Everything is love, or sex, or money, or swagger. Everything is autotuned garbage. No one has any talent or skill, just money. Have money? Know someone? Here's a recording contract!
Those facts, combined with Todd's MTV vlog, the state of music over the last 5-10 years is just freaking depressing.

Sigh.

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