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11th-Jul-2011 12:51 pm(no subject)
Shawn

Life and stress and having 20 million priorities are all factors, but I wanted to spark some of my creativity. I've been using Livejournal over the last few years for personal and creative blogging but I think it's time to just shrink down to one blog I fail to regularly maintain.. and guess what.. Google wins!

Over the course of the next few days I will be transferring some of my work from ssines.livejournal.com over to this blog and I'll be maintaining the site on livejournal for contact with other friends however I expect to only be updating this site long term. I may also keep this site around for "personal" posts that are not meant for public consumption.. we'll see how it works out.

16th-Apr-2011 04:41 pm - The Spark - Revised Part 2
Shawn
Here is the second part revised - from here it'll all be new work.
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16th-Apr-2011 02:42 pm - The Spark - Revised Part 1
Here's the revision of the opening section of the Spark. Still tuning a bit.. I took time to try and normalize the perspective and cut out a lot of the background info that wasnt key to building the scene through dialog and action. I'd appreciate comment. You can find the original version on the blog if you click the "the merge" tag.
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17th-Jun-2010 11:36 pm - Gencon Indy 2010
Shawn
I'm considering going.. wonder how I can afford it though.. sigh.
8th-Jun-2010 12:49 pm(no subject)
Shawn
Yup, still here.. no nothing to discuss at the moment..
Shawn

"Tragic Journey" is the outcome of my tinkering with the old Mix Tape concept. There had been some discussion that Mix tapes just aren't made for or by people these days and frankly maybe it is a thing of the past with iTunes and other music services like Last.FM and Pandora auto-generating playlists for their listeners. As a result, the brain trust over at Cave Radio.com and the CaveIn crew on Twitter decided to resurrect the practice. I hope that this allows for the pre-show music segment to be programmed by the listeners during the Thursday night Live Show, but I'm not sure what Brian and Jen intend.

I've always used music extensively in my storytelling. Many writers talk about how difficult it can be to create while music is playing, that it is a distraction and sometimes I completely agree, but over the years I always used music to focus my creativity. When writing fiction or drawing characters I often take time to build a musical picture of their personality or story arc within the piece I'm writing. I find it helps when writing dialog or scenes to remove myself so thoroughly from this reality and let the music take me elsewhere.

"Tragic Journey" is about a love gone bad. It begins, like most love story's with the promise of love and fulfillment and devolves into a tale of two men and a young woman. One supportive but not the right fit, one obsessive and dangerous. She makes a bad choice and competition emerges, lies and betrayals occur and in the end all the participants are left changed in the aftermath.

I've started at 45 minutes, but will probably work to expand the story to the full 80 minute mark eventually. I wanted to begin with a concentrated list of songs. I'm considering adding some more of the roller coater romance into the story as well as some of the aftermath of her choice.. which is something I elude to in the playlist more than illustrate right now.

There is a song missing from this playlist unfortunately - the opening theme - which is meant to establish that the tale will not end well - The Smashing Pumpkin's "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning", however without it I think the playlist still stands up well enough.

21st-Jan-2009 08:05 pm - Missing Liveblog - Lost premiere
Shawn
Liveblogging the lost premiere.. just like BSG.. lets hope its better hands down.

Liveblogs in the comments.. readers feel free to contribute.
16th-Jan-2009 10:00 pm - Liveblog Galactica
Shawn
Ok.. now to find out if its been worth the wait/journey.. I'm not expecting too much but we'll see.. liveblog in the comments.

Shawn
20th-Dec-2008 05:17 pm - The Death of Gaming Today
Shawn
I'm not sure anyone will even see this but since we're not getting an opportunity to share it on the site as of today Gaming Today, the gaming news blog at filefront.com is no more.

We were victims of an unstable economy I guess.. an easy line item to cut from the annual budget cycle in a world filled with economic uncertainty.

I was honored to write for filefront again. You see this is bittersweet because in most ways this is my second time going through this. I wrote for Filefront before the Ziff Davis Acquisition a few years back and got the suddent news that our news team positions were going away then as well.

When Filefront Launched Gaming Today almost two years ago I was honored to get a call to come back and work with them to build this less newsy blog from nothing to the site it eventually became.

While GT was never a Kotaku level site I think we filled a valuable niche in the Ziff Davis online game sites that was often overlooked. WE weren't "hardcore news" in our focus like say 1Up or EGM. We were just competent gamers who were writers and had a passion for talking about games - often games and other news that bigger mainstream sites would not touch.

Our connection with Filefront also gave us a more PC oriented spin than many of the Gamespots/IGNs of the world. We didn't inherit a huge audience based on our brand, we had to build the synergy like so many startups but we enjoyed the protections of being associated with an established organization like Filefront all the same.

We never knew our numbers, it wasn't something as a writer I much cared about. I knew people were reading the work I did, I knew that all of the staff were dedicated to doing good work as well.. we had a quality product that also happened to be fun to produce.

I think most of all in this closing I should be thankful for the fact that it showed me how others covering this industry could work as a team despite not living in a bullpen environment. I was lucky to call fellow writers like Stephany Nunneley, and Ron Whitaker my friends as well as my co-workers. Those relationships will persist after the loss of the site, I'm sure but I'm maudlin about the end.

I'm going to take some time and go back to my roots. Building gameon.dispatch.com if its parent company will allow it as well as continuing to write for Gaming Nexus.com. I hear Steph already has a great opportunity with a big news group. I'm looking forward to reading her future work.
Shawn
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