The Roundabout – Vol. 4 – March 2015

Well hi there folks, I’m not really sure what to talk about this month.  It’s probably going to be brief.

It’s been an absolutely wild month in which I feel I’ve done nothing, and yet seem to have done a lot.
It’s been a month of change and bluster…fitting for March.  The winds of fortune swirling around, blowing this way and that, shifting everything.
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I’m in.
100% in my space.
And it’s a mess.  Dreadful, horrible, cluster of a mess that looks like a tornado hit it.
But I’m in.  No longer in storage.  And things just keep falling in my lap.  I’m going to be that eccentric guy in the Mill. I will have a fountain outside my door and a fake ficus I call Fakeus to keep the fountain company. There will also likely be a table beneath the fountain and some other fake greenery – because honestly real greenery isn’t going to grow in the dimly lit hallway outside my studio.  I’ll try real greenery inside. I like green things.
I also salvaged a sign that was going to be tossed. It’s a fantastic old marquee from the 70s that I don’t think has actually worked properly since I’ve been alive.  But I took it and applied a little lovin to the sign and now it properly welcomes people to the Pond.
Plus too many other things to really list off, but for which I’m grateful to the universe for sending my way.  I will try to do it all justice and put it to good use.
I’ve got about a month to see it all sorted properly.
Which brings me to an announcement.
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Mark it down my friends, May 1st, 2015, Halfacre Pond, located in the WRK GRP section of Taylors’ Mill in Taylors, SC will be having a grand opening as part of the grand re-opening of Taylors’ Mill.
You’re all invited to see the new space and to have fun.  I’m told it will be a veritable circus with live music, entertainment, food trucks, the works.
Hoooooo boy… I’ve got a lot of work to do.
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Immediately following the epic success or catastrophic failure of the grand opening of Halfacre Pond, I’ll be going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.
A few of my friends and I began planning that out today, a month in advance.
Yes, it’s that important.
Yes, you’re invited to that as well.  Midnight show at the Hollywood 20, Friday (yes Friday) May 1st.
Yes, I’m a geek. You knew that already.
Few things get me more pumped up than comic stories and characters brought to life and done well. They are our modern myths. Our heroes and legends. Our moral allegories of the present day. And of late, they finally get the treatment and respect they deserve.
The boom of the comic cinematic and television translations has made me giddy. It tickles the nerd neurons.
So much so that my friend Sean and I have started a podcast devoted entirely to comic material on the silver and small screen. It hasn’t been released yet, but we’ve got five episodes in the can so far and if you want to hear them, please do bug @seancampbell on the twitters to get them out there. :D
PS – We call it… something really awesome you’ll just have to wait for.
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I haven’t released much this month.  I know. I’m terrible.  I haven’t done any photo shoots.  Not a single one this month.
All my time has been devoted to getting the studio up and running and also to several projects currently in production…including GBS, PS, and a film I’m currently working on – and should be working harder on – for the MyRodeReel contest, which I’m looking to shoot in April.  I’ve actually taken time off to do so.
But I need a little help.
Right now, I’m kinda short one location for the film and possibly a lead actor.
Anybody know of a theater I could use for a few hours?
Maybe an actor? Male? 20s-30s.  The guy I cast originally is moving away soon, so probably won’t be able to do it.
++++++++++++++++++++++Contests+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
It’s juried show season again. Time to do some prints and have my work judged by other people.
So far this year I’ve entered Carolina’s Got Art and the 40th Annual Juried Show at the Anderson Arts Center.  Will find out next week if anything got in.  Wish me luck :D
If it does, I’ll do a mid-month blast with all the show opening dates.
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Maybe it’s the hour, maybe it’s the mushy fingers I’m feeling as I type and gibberish comes out, but nothing really, really stands out among the hours and hours of things I’ve watched this month.
Nothing I haven’t already covered before. It’s all met expectations of being good, with few falling short.
Arrow, Flash, SHIELD all staying the course…nothing out of the ordinary or exceptional.
Animes are finishing this month. Aldenoah.Zero has perhaps been the best surprise out of Japan this last year. It’s an exceptional story that I think will have legs beyond the season. Sure, there have been some great shows the past year. Most of which I’ve forgotten the names of and didn’t leave much impact on me.  I think I’ll be rewatching A.Z in the future and will find it just as relevant and impactful then as it is now. Few series do that.
YuYu Hakusho… that’s one that does. It’s a treasure from the 90s I treated myself to this month, finally picking up the boxed sets. Also, Full Metal Panic!  I watched that whole series again for GBS and loved it just as much as the first time I watched it 13 years ago.
Movies and TV consumed: YuYu Hakusho, Aldenoah.Zero, Log Horizon, Durarara!!x2, Kaze no Stigma, Full Metal Panic!, The Devil is a Part Timer, Arrow, Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Powers, The Blacklist, Backstrom, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt, iZombie, Wild Card, 2 Guns, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Rope, Birdman, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything
 
That reminds me. If I EVER hear drums featured heavily on a soundtrack again I’m walking out of the movie or turning it off.  Whiplash annoyed the crap out of me with it and so did Birdman. Yes, I know Whiplash is about a drummer. JK Simmons was fantastic in it. But it serves no point to play the same damn thing over and over again with minor variations.  I can’t tell the difference and found it actually distracted from the story rather than adding anything to it.  Then Birdman did it for no damn reason at all except to show the film kids the difference between diegetic and non-diegetic sound.  ENOUGH WITH THE DRUMS
Also, I met the new Reed Richards and the new Supergirl in the same movie.  One furthered my decision to not bother with Fantastic 4 and the other didn’t tick me off.
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It’s some place I’ve been going more, lately.
The fresh air, delicious sunshine, not freezing temperatures.  Quite refreshing.
I’ve been frustrated with a lot of things lately, yes even despite all the good things happening, minor things have been irking me.
Reading outside helps. I finished The Arrivals, finally, and have been delighting my eye holes with Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things which I have been intending to read since December.
It’s an odd little story that I’m falling in love with.  It’s more a novella than novel and comes with illustrations, something I wish more books would take note of. Art bolsters the story. I’ve always been a fan of creative deviations from normalcy.  I’m one myself. This book is definitely for me.
Later today I intend to pick up PV Brett’s The Skull Throne which pleasantly popped on my radar earlier this month.  I wasn’t expecting another volume in his series for another year.
But that seems to be the way of things. I’ve got new fare from Robin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson as well.
It’s time I took a break from TV and go read under a tree again.  I need to find a good one here.
In college, there was a delightful little park tucked away by my major building that had these remarkably large cherry trees, and every spring I would just go relax and read beneath them. One of my fondest memories.
Someplace quiet, with only the wind to keep me company as I leaf through the pages of other worlds.  Where can I find that?

 

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