As I’m writing comics and thinking more about my writing, I’ve been starting to get a sense of the influences that have played a part in the types of stories I decide to write about. I’m still pretty fuzzy on a lot of it and am trying to figure it out. But I certainly don’t think I’ll ever get as precise as Quentin Tarantino is on his influences in this video interview with him.
The book includes an introduction written by Mr. Brian Brushwood. I became a fan of his magic show years ago and even got a chance to do some design work for him a few years back. I sent him a preview copy of the book and was thrilled when he told me that he not only enjoyed reading it but also agreed to write the intro for it!
A couple of weeks ago, I went to check out a local band called The Limit Club since the lead singer, Nick is a friend of mine from high school. I realized that they’ve been playing for quite a few years now (and I kinda felt like an asshole for not checking them out all this time). I really enjoyed their show and it was awesome catching up with Nick afterward.
Both Brian and Nick started doing their thing years ago and they’re still at it. It’s encouraging to see that as I continue doing more writing work, and plan on doing it for many more years to come!
This past month I was in Romania visiting family I hadn’t seen in about 8 years. While there, I spent a majority of my time at a bar/cafe that my aunt and uncle own.
Being a million miles away from home, I started reflecting on things and eventually started thinking about big life changes that I felt I needed to make. However, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like I had to essentially throw away many aspects that were currently going well in order to make room for the drastic changes. It can be easy getting lost in what we should change in our lives for our goals and miss what we already have for them.
Realizing this, I started to focus on the things I could do with what I had to work with instead while leaving open the possibility for change when it made sense. Back from my trip with this in mind, I have a new sense of inspiration going forward.
Yahoo has recently started animating the logo on their site. It reminds me of their early days on the web. I was such a fan back then that I made my own animation of their logo. The animated GIF above has a timestamp of 12/26/1996, I was 12 years old at the time.
Tomorrow I post the final page of the first Hacktivity story arc. It’s been quite a year working on it, and while I’m ready to do more with the series, I’m going to take some time off from it. At least the writing part, there’s still a lot to do regarding trying to get it out to people!
Besides my writing, there’s another side project I’ve been working on almost four years now. It’s a web app for independent authors to publish ebooks that I call Indie Aisle. While it hasn’t been a business startup success story, there’s a lot that I’ve learned from working on it and have not given up on it yet simply because I still find the work involved interesting.
Now excuse me while I take a break and go kill some zombie Nazis in South Park: The Stick of Truth!
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their year from hell and why the Internet will never be the same.
A good in-depth look at the Snowden leaks and their impact.
thirty years ago
I’ve blogged on an off in the past, but it was always about thoughts and ideas in the form of short articles. I seem to have missed the point of the logging part of blogging, so I’m going to give it a shot.
What I primarily want to cover is my efforts towards becoming a writer. Though I’ve attempted to write for years, I’ve only been seriously putting in the work for the past year and a half. So far, I’ve self-published a short story and am currently working finishing up a comic mini-series called Hacktivity.
This past weekend, I sat at a table at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con to promote Hacktivity to anyone willing to listen to me talk about it. I had some good conversations and met a bunch of great people. I’m enjoying doing the cons more and more and will hopefully be attending more of them in the future.
Earlier this evening, I watched “what.”, a comedy special by Bo Burnham. I’ll leave you with a clip of my favorite part from it.