2014 : Day 20

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Somehow yesterdays post was lost in the ethereal limbo. It should have saved as a draft, but didn’t. Actually it should have just published…but it didn’t. Barring that, it normally saves as a local draft but magically disappeared.
Oh well.
Have a bad migraine today and it is playing havok with my thought processes.  Especially my writing.

Yay me!

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Hilarious little comic.

Speaking of comics… visit fallen comics for a little window into our world. You can also visit our fanpage here.

Also check out www.gamers-heaven.info. They are a good source of video game fun and knowledge. There is also a group on FB, if you’re so inclined. 

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Squee!!!!

I did finish The Raven. Really damn good movie. Can’t help that I almost teared up at Poe’s death. He has been one of my literary heroes since I first started reading.
Also watched Kickass 2 last night. It was ok…but nothing to go on about. Really only recommend it if you’ve seen the first one.

Well that does it for me today. Migraine making it difficult to focus on any more. Until tomorrow. …

~ Harbinger Owl of Syn

2014 : Day 17 or … Yay, it’s the weekend again!

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The weekend is upon us once again. Thank you Valued Readers for all of the recent views to my blog. It is indeed getting somewhere, slowly but surely. Be thankful that most of you never have to endure a city bus full of school age kids chattering like crazy. Makes me feel like I am in an international zoo on wheels. 

Still don’t have a very valuable topic today. But I have thought of doing a short survey. I am requesting someone, anyone of my Valued Readers send a 20 questions survey and I will answer it here for all to see.

Jusr something to spur the juices of creativity, let people who don’t know me in person get to know me a little quicker. Here is where it gets quirky…no questions are off the table. I’d be willing to answer most any questions. If that isn’t a loaded gun waiting for me, I don’t know what else could be.

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Www.fallencomics.com

In other news… Fallen Comics has had some issues that have slid us all back a little…but we persevere. Our site is being reworked and should be up very soon. If you like your stories with intelligent flair and great artwork, them you need to check us out. We also give back to the community with our Wingüd Society division. 
What’s the use of trying to make the world a better place if you don’t start closer to home.

Help us make a difference and find something entertaining simultaneously.  You can also find our fanpage on FB.

I will have a much more comprehensive post for you tomorrow and  I look forward to those 20Qs. Send them in.

~Harbinger Owl of Syn

Organizing Life?!

Is there really a way to truly organize life without some form of OCD or anal retentiveness becoming forefront? I use a few items to try and keep myself as organized as possible.  I am a Libra after all, and whether you go in for the astrological approach to various personalities or not…it has become someway fitting for me as a creative to balance a fine line between messy creativeness and organization of visual filing cabinets. Between my Google Calendar and Google Drive folders and documents,  I also make rather extensive use of Evernote, Pocket, and even Springpad occasionally. Evernote is really indispensable as I can take any notes offline, pictures of important documents, verbal dictations, etc for later filing and they can be accessed on various devices and PCs. I can only usually afford the free versions of most apps. Evernote and Skitch are made by the same company and the free versions are packed full of features. Eventually, I will be able to afford the premium edition which has a monthly fee ( something I usually shy away from) but I have used their products for a few years now and bvd found them to be comparable if not better than any other note application and even better than many office suite applications on mobile devices.  Granted, you cannot do xls, db, or power point type presentations on it per se…but now they added .pdf integration and markup functions for better working on rough drafts for later publication in numerous formats.

I have even allowed others the ability to look at writing projects I have in the pipe, with access only as I allow and while they can review it, thankfully they cannot copy pasta or otherwise make any changes unless I give them future permissions.

Google Drive has also become incredibly favorable to me and especially the team at Fallen Comics. It has allowed us unpresidented access to work and projects that would otherwise get bogged down or lost in spam folders or whatever amounts for the lost file formats online anymore.  We can easily save our projects for use anywhere and anytime, allow others view and even write permissions…plus you can highlight blocks of text and make specific comments directly about the highlighted info. It is IMHO, the best free office suite program I could ever hope for.

To be fair I have to provide a little bit of background, especially if this your first visit here: I have sadly been without a PC/laptop for a few years. I found that the vast majority of my work could be done from my smartphone. It is an old DROID 3. I have had to rework a few things here and there to keep it in the highest working odds especially. I no longer have regular service on the device through any carrier, so I grab a wifi access point wherever I can that will allow me internet access to do most of my work. I may be a freelance writer for now, but I am also old enough to know that this still has yet to pay my bills on a regular interval and I seek normal banal work to pay my dwindled bills.

If only finding work were as easy as that anymore. Try being unemployed for over 6 months and you’ll quickly find how fast people Do Not want hire you. Could just be my experience,  but it plays hell on ones’ psyche. Especially with depression so close to the surface so readily. 

I suppose that is why I have strived to write at least 30 minutes a day again. Not just to keep my writing skills sharp, but to just keep my wits about me. I have so much creative energies of late and I find myself struggling to find proper productive avenues or channels for it. I find myself starting projects and then losing steam somewhere in the middle…the eureka moments of inspiration seemingly lost to the æther. 

Not that I intend it at all, quite the opposite…until the Muse takes full control of me and makes me stay consistently on point to a fault of my healthy will I feel as though I can complete many of the projects I have started or want to start.

Such is the train wreck of mental boxcars in my head being driven by a caffeine and nicotine addicted driver with ADHD and some mild autistic symptoms. Not that I don’t trust this driver, but I have story characters that interrupt my dreams and travels demanding that their chapters and books be finished. They need to know that their fates/destinies are worthwhile to be completed. They have done enough time in the oubliette of my brain…they have been waiting for their release for sometime…especially those that have taunted me since high school or even before.

Stories that have been stolen by others or just flat out lost. Annoying as it is to any writer to lose very inspired work is the inability to rewrite that work that has been lost to various predicaments of youth. The words refuse to materialize again, the story threads are taunting…but seem to be phased out once they are ready to be rewoven within a tapestry. They deny the loom of mental acuity. They tease and dance within my head as vignettes and solid .gifs or even animated dioramas…but then flirt off where I cannot grasp them to give them proper accord.

Writer’s block some might say…but is it really writer’s block when you’ve already written it before, only to lose it in the way it was once and forever intended and it refuses to be rewritten again because it isn’t the proper structure?!

I leave that to the reader to discern and for other creative creatures to discuss.

~H.O.o.S.
(Come on baby, don’t fear the Reaper!)

Random Thoughts 1144111912

Whew, not enough time in the day for all of the writing and blogging and extra meh that I do on a daily basis. Been busy busy busy with work for Fallen Comics ( quick shout out to Robbie and Mike, hoping that Mike gets better very soon), and moderating Facebook pages, promoting, applying for 9-5 jobs, taking care of my very co-dependent Bruiser dog, and battling the flu and depression. Pretty busy indeed. I have been unable to find one of my old notebooks to get all of that work posted here digitally before it is lost forever; but the search continues. I know it can’t be very many places, so it has to be safe. It just proves to be elusive and wants to be well hidden for now.

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Walking Bruiser, we came across a very unfriendly gato. Bruiser was raised with cats and consistently thinks they all will be friendly and want to play. Most cats are, well cat sized. He is not.

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Bruiser Chilling

So the cat decides that Bruiser is going to attempt to eat him, Bruiser wants to kiss and make up, cat shackles up. Swat on the nose with perfunctorily hissing and menacing appearance. Bruiser whimpers in defeat and off to the next bush to pee on. I feel for him. It isn’t easy being perceived a menace when you aren’t. It isn’t easy being stereotyped because of your breed, or appearance. Too many are oh so quick to judge, but get all pissed when they are judged in return. At least animals have the decency to let bygones be bygones and quickly move to the next order of business without remorse, regret, or any grudges.

In closing, for now; please support the arts. Show some love to the kind hard working creatives in your life or circles of life. Stop by the Fallen Comics website and even look them up on Facebook. I know this blog is a drop in the ocean of blogs in the platitudes of creative iconoclasts and trendsetters, free thinkers and boat rockers. Show some love by spreading the word. Sign up your email if you choose. ( I don’t like to spam people by sending them out by surprise. If you take the step to sign up, then I never forced you. ) But share, share, share. Don’t let a gato smack you on the nose…but if one does, walk away with humility and dignity, and move to the next enterprise with your spirit intact. 🙂 ~H.O.o.S.

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Shout out for greatness!

#FallenComics
I wanted to give a shout out to all of my friends at Fallen Comics. I would name names, but my mother always taught me to be polite. :P. Actually, I won’t name names simply because I can’t (sadly) remember everyones’ name and I don’t want to rudely leave anyone out.
They have been exceedingly patient with me and a treatment for an upcoming book of theirs that I have tried to tackle. I am still working on it, and hope to have it over to them soon. After a little bit of tweaking and some finesse, I am Über confident that it can be successful and a fantastic addition to their lineup.
Most especially: Thank You to Robbie for your inspiration, diligence,  and patience. I assure you that your choice of adding me into the Fallen Comics fold was not a bad choice, and I will prove that very, very soon.

* To everyone and anyone else within eyesight of this Blog Post. Please go to Fallen Comics and look around, log in, and tell your friends. Support the arts, support real expression, and support fantastic storytelling with phenomenal artwork. Thank you!

~Harbinger Owl Of Syn
{Thomas -E- Brewer.}

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