18 April 2009

"the last haunted house" scene-by-scene breakdown 1st draft...

...is finally finished and in jamie's capable hands.

anxiously awaiting discussing it with jamie tomorrow (or, rather, later today as it's past 1am).

and now, off to bed to read a bit and fall into a hopefully peaceful slumber.

g'night john-boy.

04 April 2009

The Dardos Awards

“The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”



I was given this award by my good friend Chick Young over at Trash Aesthetics. It is very humbling to be recognized by one of my peers. It is also very gratifying, because Chick Young always inspires me to be at the top of my game. I graciously accept this award in the spirit in which it was given.

As is usually the case with awards such as these, it now falls upon me to give out this award to five peers whom I feel embody its spirit. And the winners are:

Moneyeyes at Postcards From Ironyville - Moneyeyes (aka Jamie) is one of my closest friends and a kindred spirit. He is also, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the finest writers that I have ever met. Moneyeyes is a true artist who always challenges himself and those around him. Finally, he is also a great collaborator. Without him, there would be no film project (more on this below).

Sarah at She Speaks...And Then She Went Mad. - Sarah is another dear friend and a talented writer. She has this uncanny ability of finding the beauty or horror of every day life. This is why I have tasked Sarah with the responsibility of writing the liner notes of my first album, "Beautiful Decay". (Personal Note to Sarah: it has been too long since we've seen each other...we need to rectify that sooner rather than later.)

The Merry Band of Pranksters at We Read Comics - The entire crew at Vault of Midnight have one mission: to get everyone in the world to read comics. Make no mistake about it: this is a noble goal. Not only should you be reading this blog, you should also make it a point to visit the Vault of Midnight at 219 S. Main St in Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Go there...strike up a conversation with anyone that is working there...peruse their bountiful selection of books...drink one of their organic colas. It is well worth your time.

Chris at Slightly Affected - Chris is another of my closest friends. He is also a master photographer. You may recognize this...it's the cover of "Beautiful Decay". He is also responsible for my profile photo. He has the ability to see the beauty in EVERYTHING. Chris, Jamie and I are creating a film-making collective. We have a LOT of projects that are percolating.

(Personal Note to Jamie and Chris: Losing the South Africa gig might very well have been for the best. We can now focus our efforts on the important matters at hand.)

Finally, Chick Young at Trash Aesthetics - Is it possible to give someone the award who has already received it? Well, it is now. Chick (aka Nick) is another kindred spirit who constantly challenges me to do my best work. It is very fitting to me that he receives this award for a second time. (Personal Note to Chick: I look forward to reading your dissertation when it is completed. I also look forward to your notes on "Word Virus (Fever Freaks)", so call/write/email/post them when you're ready.)

And now, let's all get out there and do what all artists do: create.