Archive for April, 2010

One door closes, another opens…

Posted in Mindless Madness with tags on April 12, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

If, for reasons I cannot fathom, you have subscribed to this rss feed then you might have noticed I am not the most prolific writer in the history of blogdom. While I find twitter a life changing form of communication, I find that my mind seems to be ok with the idea of leaking tiny bits of lunacy verses writing them in articles with more than 140 characters.
There are factors involved here that have factored into my lack of posting. Oh sure, laziness might be in there somewhere but there are other things as well. Honest! You gotta believe me!
1. Gravecast.com. I started podcasting the week I heard that it existed. I had been doing sound effects for haunts for several years so I knew I had enough equipment to do it. It was such a thrill thinking being a cyber D.J. My goal was to seek and find fun Halloween and horror themed tunes from every source and mix a themed batch of tunes for people to listen to while working, driving, ect. I now have 4 years of podcasting under my belt but made the choice to end it last Christmas. Now, music is everywhere and the laws of using music are changing daily to the point that I no longer wish to take a risk. Gravecasts were a blast and for the most part, the people who followed were outstanding. I hope to start podcasting on my own again someday but I am not sure what the next generation of casts will be like. It is like haunting, once you get the bug, it never goes away.
2. Time. I’m an old geezer. (47) I work full time plus made the choice to return to school for some more edumacationing. Last semester was very time consuming. Plus, my priority is my wife, first and foremost. I make time for our relationship above all else. I figure, when I look back, I won’t be wishing I had more time to blog, wish I could listen to more Halloween music, or any of a hundred other time filling events. I had time to do a lot of things, I think most of my choices were pretty good ones.
3. Fatigue. Two years ago, I set up an event in September called the Bloody Good Horror Fest. It was set at a local college using 3 rooms and their auditorium. We played 3 sets of classic double features free and open to the public, had free popcorn for everyone, had an independent horror film along with the man who created it, had a live comedy troop perform on stage, had a blood drive, and had representatives from several haunted houses in full costume to meet and creep those who came. It was the largest thing I had ever put together.
No one came.
When I say no one, I mean that in the literal sense of the word. For the first set of movies, not one person came. It was my worst nightmare. It was the most humiliating day of my life (and if you knew me, that is saying a lot). We went on tv, we passed out fliers, we made t-shirts, we used the internet, we did everything I could afford. No one came. It has taken me quite a while to get back into the swing of Halloween since that moment. At least I got a cool logo out of it.Morbius J Kromwell
4. Last year was just a lousy year.
Like I said, once you get the bug, it finds a way to draw you back. Enter Slice of SciFi. (sliceofscifi.com) Sliceofscifi is a podcast run out of Phoenix by a small group of individuals who enjoy science fiction and horror. I have been enjoying their audio casts for quite some time now. They have 2 new shows that are recorded on Thursday nights. One is called Sliceofscifi and the other is their voice mail show. Each cast is recorded while you can watch live via ustream. The standard show has news about movies, tv and other genres of upcoming projects and interesting interviews. The voice mail show is a free for all with questions and craziness. I thoroughly enjoy both programs. I started sending in little bits to the voice mail show. Most of them were my attempt to be humorous and seemed to go over quite well. I had a string of entries that the owner liked and, much to my surprise, he has added one of my bits to their regular show. I get to do a brief scifi news update on the show with made up news. It has been a blast to do and I plan to enjoy the ride while it lasts. The other thing I have chosen to do is join in the Halloween blog countdown craze this year only, with a twist.
Tons of blogs post stuff everyday (or close to everyday) all October long. That is cool and all, but some of the stuff pops up WAYYYY after I could have used it. Especially music and sound effects. It might be Halloween day and someone might post something cool that I say to myself, “Great! Wish I had that last week!” My goal is to post 30 Halloween themed sound effects that I have mixed in 30 days from September 1 to September 30. That way, people will have it in time to use it and it will be there the whole month of October. I have about a 3rd of the effects done. I REALLY hope I can get this done! I have posted it now so maybe that will be the motivation to finish this project.
I take one day every 2 weeks to produce my scifi stuff; I hope to fill that day by also working on sounds. We will see. I have a few other things to post but hey, might as well save something for next time. I hope you stick around.

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