Monday, November 30, 2009

A Day of Accomplishments

My time with Terra Gardens came to an end a couple of weeks ago, though I will still continue to maintain their website, along with some of their social media and email marketing, until they can find a suitable replacement. Today I started my new job working for the Oregon Department of Justice. I will not be able to share much about the actual work I will do, other than that I will be transcribing interviews and basically typing all day. I think it will be interesting work, with lots of benefits that will be good for me and my family.

On another note, today is the final day for NaNoWriMo, something that I said I was doing this month. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November (hence the name "National Novel Writing Month"), which is the length of a short novel. I followed through and finished a very poorly written novel in those 30 days, and now I will be taking some time off, probably through the end of the year, from writing much fiction. I will probably post occasionally on my writing blog, but now that the daily writing discipline is very attainable, I think I need a small break from it.

I want to get back to writing on this blog more often, plus I restarted my vocal percussion website and want to add more content to that. I have a few more ideas rattling around in my brain, and I can't wait to see what next year will bring!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Sing-Off

I like a cappella music. I know, it's a big surprise to a lot of the people who read my blog right?

I've watched a lot of American Idol, and while listening to the people sing I think to myself a lot of the time that the singers on the show really need the band in order to sound good. There is a new show coming in December on NBC that I can forsee myself liking more than American Idol, except for maybe the audition process where I get to hear people sing horribly and experience the reality part of reality television.

The new show is called The Sing-Off, where a cappella groups compete against each other for a recording contract. They will have judges from other musicians familiar with a cappella music such as Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men and Ben Folds.

On a related note, I am in the process of reworking my vocal percussion website to make it more functional and interactive. Instead of a static website, it will have tips and audio that will be put into a feed that users can subscribe to. There is more to come, with the possiblity for articles and audio from guest musicians or even a podcast.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

At Least It's Paid Off

We only have one car. It is something we decided to do in order to save money. Our job situation is such that we are able to car pool to and from work. Not long after we bought our house, we paid off our car, using the first time home buyer's credit to do so. This way we figured we would have fewer bills and we would just drive the car into the ground and the need arose to buy another car. It was a great thought, and it's worked well for us so far.

Hopefully we will be able to get our car fixed. Tonight my wife was out driving and someone rear-ended her. It was dark and rainy, and the intelligent driver decided these were the optimal conditions for holding a conversation on her cell phone while attempting to drive down a busy street. I have said it before that trying to hold a conversation on a cell phone has been proven to be equivalent to driving drunk, whether you're using a hands-free device or not.

The most important thing is that my wife is not injured. I suppose we are lucky that the person didn't take off, and at least they were insured, but I can't help but wonder what might happen if getting a license required a little more proof of driving ability than they do now.

I also am taking the night off from NaNoWriMo. Not only have I been having to figure out what to do next with the car, I'm also getting a cold.