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Yes. I know. I promised you things:

Trip reports.
Me not being silent.
Candy and cake.
A third gorram season of Twin Peaks!

But, it just didn’t work out. I had a big trip report nearly ready to go about everything that happened right before Life Is Good started, but then Life Is Good started. I got caught up in the whole business of the conference and hanging out with people I haven’t seen in forever and meeting new people. And I’m lazy. And after the end of the conference, I went to Las Vegas to spend a week having a father+son vacation with my dad.

Do you think I got much writing done in Las Vegas? Of course I didn’t, but I finally got to see Penn & Teller.

After that, I headed back to Pittsburgh and my family, and had to take a few days to decompress and recover from the desert heat. As soon as I felt like doing any work, I went to the computer with every intention of posting all the details and photos. I ended up working on music. And that was going so well that I just had to keep going at it. Then our cat Lain died. He just suddenly keeled over and was gone. Kind of took the wind out of my sails for a bit.

The bad news for you, my friends, is that a Trip Report is going to be long in coming (if it comes as all), and when it does it just might be a mad and unorganized photo dump. I’m sorry.

The good news is that my Red Lauan Tree project is about to release a new record. It’s one of the best records that I have ever written. I’m really proud of it. It’s a mostly ambient affair. On the dark side, but not oppressive in its sound. I think that I walked the edge between sounds very well. There is a ton of live and analog instrumentation buried under the layers of the final mix. But it’s not the kind of album that uses rainsticks and wind-chimes as instruments. Think more along the line of Coil’s Unnatural History or the song Radio Void by Chris & Cosey. But not really at all. It is its own thing. I guess that means that I’m finding my voice musically!

Here is a preview track:

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The full album clocks in at just about an hour long and I expect it to be out by the end of the week.

Greetings From The Land Of The Lost

It's Like A Letter From Writer's Paradise

It’s November! And that means that it’s about to be my birthday and that it is also National Novel Writing Month. This year will be my second attempt at NaNo. Last years attempt started out really good, but various things caused my attempt to stumble. I got kind of close to my 50k words, but not close enough. I have gotten to the point that I can finish my album for the RPM challenge without too much difficulty (just a last-minute 15 hour mix down session and the traditional 6am Post Office trip in my slippers), but I don’t know what it takes to finish NaNoWriMo. As far as I can tell from others is that it takes coffee and insanity in near equal measure. Last year I had insanity, but probably not enough coffee. This year, I have decided that I’m going to finish no matter what!

To that effect:

  • I have no idea what I’m going to write about
  • I have only written 362 words of my daily need of 1,724
  • I’m blogging instead of NaNo’ing
  • I’m just about to head off to work where I can’t get any writing done

So, looks like everything is working out just great!

Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter you will probably see a whole lot of tweets with the words “shit”, “fuck”, “damn”, and “motherfucking” followed by “#NaNoWriMo” for most of the month. Apologies in advance.