Friday, April 24, 2020

Being Productive as an Artist

I have my book back from the copy editor and will be accepting the changes and making small revisions over the next week before formatting it for paperback and kindle. Which got me thinking about all of my creative friends. One of the reasons I STILL enjoy Facebook is the hundreds of creative people I follow on that platform. Authors, actors, musicians and artists. SO, here are three who have recently released their work. Take a look and maybe be a patron of their art. Musician Daniel Anderson, Author Eric Hanberg and Artist Kathy Traxler Anderson. Tarantula Tapes - Released today. I was lucky enough to get an advance digital album of Tarantula Tapes from Daniel Anderson. It is an instrumental album of a genre that I was not able to pinpoint and I spent a half an hour talking to him about. Some of the cuts reminded me of the Twin Peaks theme, some reminded me of what would happen if bluegrass and smooth jazz had a baby, a few made me think about driving through the Utah National Parks. It is eclectic, hypnotic and absolutely thematic. He did use the phrase lo-fi hip-hop about one, and I have no idea what that is. What I do know that the guitar work is infinitely cool, and it has been a perfect complement to my taking walks around Tacoma and while grading homework. You may know Daniel from his days as part of the alternative rock duo Idiot Pilot or his recent Glowbug We may be sheltered in place but the amount of creativity and productivity is inspiring. Semi/Human - This YA sci-fi heist thriller is the latest release by author and all around good guy Erik Hanberg. I have known Erik for many years including several where we would gather as pat of a writers group to encourage each other. I read all of his mystery books, which were the first fiction that he published and this is the latest sci-fi work since he completed The Lattice Trilogy in 2018. As Kirkus Reviews recently stated "Hanberg deftly combines convincing high-tech (plus some surprising low-tech) touches with believable, sympathetic characters. " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and his interpretation of the effects of A.I. on the workers in a dystopian society. He puts the auto in workforce automation. (a semi really but I wanted the pun). "Hope Grows Here" Project - There is so much good will and great art being spread by the Hope Grows Herebeing spread by the Hope Grows Hereope Grows Here project and much of that is exemplified by the sevent rather large pieces that were done by Kathy Traxler Anderson. I have loved watching these pieces develop both on Facebook and on instragram. Right now on her Instagram page is a great shot that gives a perspective shot of a piece being drawn.

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Rorschach Test and Other Stories



I have made quite a bit of progress since the end of NaNoWriMo.

The event ended with my crushing the low bar of 30,000 words that I set (the official site wouldn't let me adjust anyway) and I finished with 53,000 words written.

This equated to 18 first drafts of short suspense, horror and/or supernatural stories.  Since then I have dropped one but written two more for a total of 19 titles.

My next effort is concentrating on piecing them together into a full collection under the title:

The Rorschach Test - and other tales of suspense, horror and the supernatural

It may be tough going for me, as they are different lengths, and some decidedly different tones in some cases. You might jump from a ghost story, to a gruesome tale to a comedic piece.

My hope is that they will still hold together as a collection.

The next step for me is to collect them all together in one document and list out all the stories, though the order in which they are presented is subject to change. The book cover is just an idea so far but I have a mock up using some tweaked graphic that I found online. The final cover will be an original piece.

I am happy to have made progress beyond the original challenge and hope to publish before the end of August this year.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Looking forward to giving my first go at NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.  Taking inspiration from my daughter Savannah who has successfully complete the event four times already, I am geared up and ready to go.

My launching point is the 30 short story ideas I generated in August of this year, with outlines for ten different stories.

The standard goal is 50,000 words, but I am setting mine at 30,000.

I have only found an hour to write per day so far, but have managed to do so for five days to date with a near 5,000 words completed.  I will have to step up the word count to make my goal but I think I can do it.  I should have at least six first draft horror/supernatural short stories by Novembers end. 

Then I can use the holidays to polish them up.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Savannah's Nine Years of Blogging

I look back over this blog which I have had for SOOOOOOO long and marvel at the drop off of posts from year to year.  With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and so many other platforms, it is difficult to maintain any regular content.

So it is with great fatherly pride that I share Savannah Fry's ninth anniversary post.  She has struggled, (slightly) to maintain posting but relates nicely in her post the reasons for this struggle as well as how she is refocusing.

Here is her Playing in the Pages  post.






Thursday, January 4, 2018

The South Sound Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

I haven't posted in over a year.  The last post was a guest blog.

This year is different.  Stay tuned.

I am going to be posting at least once per month on the topic of the South Puget Sound Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

From early education to accelerators, incubators and investment, I am going to assess where we are today and what we need to do to continue the momentum being established.

This post will be replaced by one with more detail, but first I need to teach my class.

Andrew
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Guest Post from Author Erik Hanberg

Erik Hanberg is guest blogging today.  Check his site out at http://erikhanberg.com/

The Scorpion Extraction


January 5, 2017 by Erik Hanberg,


In the spring of 2015, a group of friends and I went to Portland, Oregon to “escape the room.” (An escape room, if you don’t know) is basically a chance to get locked in a small room with a group of friends or coworkers and have to figure your way by solving puzzles, figuring out clues, and then communicating with others in the room. It was an absolute blast. I came away thinking that I wanted to create an escape room in Tacoma.

The idea of an immersive experience with a ticking clock and lots of puzzles really appealed to me. There are many escape rooms all over the country, and I knew it was a matter of time before one came to Tacoma. I wanted to be involved! I started talking about it with friends, but soon realized that two kids, a business, several unfinished novels, and a seat on the Metro Parks Board might be too much to also add managing an escape room. Fortunately, my good friend Andrew Fry was eager to start one.

He created Adventures by Appointment and wrote a script for the business’s first escape room.

He called it The Last Escape. Using his connections in the theater world, he brought together a team to build a sumptuous set and an engaging mystery. I loved participating in The Last Escape in my own small way, but it made me even more excited to create a room with Adventures by Appointment.

So when Andrew approached me about a new room, I jumped at the chance.

I’m happy to say that The Scorpion Extraction, the next room of Adventures by Appointment, is open and ready to go. I wrote the “script” for it, which is a funny thing for an immersive theatrical experience. Basically it means I laid out the premise: here’s the general storyline, here are the twists, and here is the puzzle path that a group will have to follow to get out of the room. But that’s only a thumbnail of what’s needed to make a room work.

The production team at ABA are the ones who realized the vision.

My puzzle path was fun, but it was sometimes impractical (at one point the script would have required a loaf of bread be used for every run of the room, which is probably the very definition of impractical). Jen and Blake straightened things out and brought their experience from The Last Escape to bear on the creation of this room, which allowed us to jump over hurdles and figure out what would be workable and fun. And the actors who inhabit the roles needed in the story will make each show slightly different, depending on the mix of actors and the questions they get from the group trying to escape. So there’s a real improv nature of this kind of experience that I only provided the loosest of sketches for. I got to participate in some of the tech rehearsals in preparation for opening, and it was a joy to see things in real life.

I’ve written a few plays over the years, but this was a particularly fun experience because so much of the joy of it comes from things outside the “script.” So. The Scorpion Extraction is now open.

Here’s the story:

You are part of an FBI recovery team getting ready to extract an informant who has been feeding information to the FBI on the dangerous and powerful mob boss known only by the code name Red Scorpion. However, when you and your team arrive, it becomes difficult determining just exactly who is who. Be careful not to side with the wrong person, as it could be a fatal error. Can you rescue the informant before the Red Scorpion’s henchman reach you? 

I think it’s a blast. If you would like to book a group for either The Last Escape or The Scorpion Extraction, you can do it on the Adventures by Appointment website.

 Good luck with your escape!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Announcing the Next Escape Room (and a surprise)

As we move into September we have had to make a decision on the small business Adventures by Appointment LLC.  It has been fun and the response has been as much as I could have asked for.  The month of August was busy and the month of September has filled nicely.  This makes continuing the room on into the holidays and beyond an easy decision.  After hiring the Jen York as the Managing Director it is time to get serious.

However, without the Spaceworks advantage on rent it becomes a little trickier, plus we need to satisfy all of patrons who pleaded for another room after finishing the first.

So what to do next?

Announcing the second adventure offering from Adventures by Appointment.  This next room will be in keeping with the theatrical requirements of the escapes, with two actors in the room as part of the action.

Even more exciting is that Mystery and Sci Fi Author Erik Hanberg will be penning the script and puzzle path.  Erik was instrumental in pushing the first room forward and a great sounding board for what was being created.  So now it is his turn.

You are part of a FBI recovery team getting ready to extract your informant who has been feeding information on the dangerous and powerful mob boss who has been terrorizing the city.  However, when you and your team arrive, it becomes a challenge determining just exactly who is who.  
Be careful not to side with the wrong person, as it could be a fatal error.
Complicating matters is that you are under pressure to beat the clock, as henchmen are on there way and the consequences of there arrival are to be feared.
Can you figure out who the informant is and escape, or will you fall victim to "The Dark Count".

Being Productive as an Artist

I have my book back from the copy editor and will be accepting the changes and making small revisions over the next week before formatting...