Friday, March 18, 2011

The Bloomington Storytelling Project

Did I ever tell you the one about Five-Dollar Frank?

Hear it tomorrow on The Porch Swing on WFHB broadcast @ 5:30p on FM 91.3 or 98.1 (bloomington) - 100.7 (nashville) -106.3 (ellettsville),
or podcast here.

Produced by The Bloomington Storytelling Project.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Where'd I go?

Wow, almost a year since my last post? Really?!

Well yeah. At one point I was sure I was going to abandon this blog for ... something else. Not FB (plenty active there). Not livejournal (who?) or myspace (what?). LIke, maybe my own, semi-pro website. Real horror show, eh?

Of course, life intervened. And I'm lazy. Really! Especially when it comes to thinking in terms of innovating with my content. I am so blessedly old school about writing and posting stuff online. It simply has no attention whore appeal to me. So I am forever a dabbler at it.

But ... I have followers now? Really?! Wow, there's like 4 new ones. Drop me a line!

OK, so I'm not even gonna try to recap the past ... 10 months. Suffice it to say, poetry gigs: check (solo and with the Reservoir Dogwoods). Sound effects gigs: check (here and out of state). Roller derby announcing: check. All that stuff continues apace. Actually not much has changed about any of it. I'm not planning on calling as many away derby games as in past seasons, but the girls only have 3 this season and I can only make maybe 1 (in New Orleans!) plus 2 tourneys, and I can only make 1 of those as well. I have a new chapbook manuscript I'm shopping around, hoping to find a publisher for spring 2012 so I can do a little tour on it. (I'd love to make my way to the city in which the publisher is located, like I did with Plan B Press for the Little Glove chap, so hopefully it gets picked up by someplace exotic. Like Texas.)

I have continued writing scripts for Roller Mortis Films, makers of 8 Wheels of Death, the premiere of which last Halloween was fantastic. We're focusing on short subjects and commercials and whatnot, mostly comedy, and sticking with our core themes: rollergirls, zombies, and a fake pharmaceutical company. But I'm also developing a story my director offered into a script, based very loosely on Henry Darger. An actual Independent Film (which I consider a genre Big Hollywood has been cashing in on since before the rise of Wes Anderson). More on that as it comes together. It's a knock-out idea, I think. Hopefully we can do it justice.

Beyond that, little in life has changed and I continue to enjoy the ride. Visited San Diego in Feb for the first time. Have been advised by professionals that visiting a beach in Feb does wonderful things for my generally low-key self, so I'm making tentative plans to visit a friend next Feb in Hawaii (she's moving there this summer).

Probably not buying a house any time soon. Lingering financial entanglements with my ex had to be dealt with (i.e., I had to pay off some of the neglected debt we shared on paper even though, also on paper, it was her responsibility to manage that joint debt). But really, that's okay. Major investments right now do not in any way inspire confidence. I'm pretty damn happy doing what I'm doing and living how I'm living, so I'm going to go with that and as things change (I'm sure they will, for good or ill...), readjust.

I think it's a good time to be living slowly right now, and within my means. So much change and turmoil, everywhere. It's a little overwhelming sometimes. I've no doubt some will slop onto me at some point. I'm not, for example, looking forward to $5-$8 / gal gas this summer or higher food prices, and I'll be watching the enviro/economic fallout from the Japanese quake/tsunami closely. And Libya, of course. And Wisconsin, and of course, right here in Indiana. And and and. Whew.

Stay safe, gentle readers. Be kind where you can. It gets better.

Here's Bill, keeping it real.