Productivity rocks!

Since moving to Los Angeles I have been running non-stop. My day job, working for a startup (yes I have a day-job) involves at present, 5 different job titles, and for the past several weeks has involved working long hours preparing for our Grand Opening. I haven’t had much time for anything else beyond a few parties with my sweetie. This weekend I finally had the chance to buckle down and get caught up on writing, editing and a few other things.

Friday night I attended The Animator’s Guild party with Steve, and we met up with some awesome friends. (And made a few new ones.) Given that we didn’t crash until after 3am, I didn’t really expect to get much done on Saturday. Boy was I wrong! on Saturday I managed to get my tires checked out, got a package of promo materials sent out to a convention for bag stuffing, and then made it home to finally get a chance to clean my house. Believe you me, it needed it. I also managed to tailor four new shirts that a friend gave me a few months ago, so I actually have some decent work attire now!

Today the trend continued and has been no less productive! This morning I got up and finished all of the formatting for the interior on the 2015 Story of the Month Club Anthology, A Baker’s Dozen of Magic, and discussed the cover art with my fantastic Graphic Designer, Sandra Wheeler. (If you need a cover designer, let me know, I’ll put you in touch).

THEN, as if that wasn’t enough, I released  the first chapter of Captain Jac and the Seven Deadly Sins over on my Patreon account (www.patreon.com/jabrawner your support is appreciated!) and spent the rest of the day editing and doing re-writes on the first 30,000 words of Seven Deadly Sins. So, all in all, a very productive weekend. I don’t want tomorrow to be Monday,  I’d rather be creating!

 

The Force Awakens – and rocks and rolls and slides and turns…

Last night I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the second time. (The first time was last Sunday, and it was absolutely awesome, I loved it! – I have lots of thoughts that may warrant another, longer post, later.) Last night though, was something entirely different. Last night, in the company of my sweetie and one of our mutual friends we went to see Star Wars in 4XD. What is 4XD you may ask? (I certainly did!)

The seats of the theater are rigged to move in time with the movie, fans and air jets are set so that you feel the desert wind, you feel the spray of the ocean, and in some cases, you smell the forrest around you. Light saber battles? Explosions? The seats use vibrations and impact points in the backs of the seats to let you feel it. Side note: it’s almost as good as a chiropractor. If you have actual back issues though, I’d be cautious. Grand vistas of space, you almost feel like you’re floating.

I had a fantastic time, I haven’t giggled that much in a movie in a long while – I did however see two or three people running for the exits when motion sickness overcame them, and I’m thankful that whoever programed this experience used the scent factor sparingly.

Based on what I’ve heard, there are only two or three theaters in the US that offer this experience, but it is a lot of fun.

In the absence of productivity…

Photo on 1-4-16 at 7.50 PMIf you ever wonder why I don’t get more work done, here’s an example. In addition, my very large puppy dog likes to come and put his head on top of the cat… with mixed results.  This evening, in an attempt to be productive, I went in and started setting up a new Patreon account. (You’ll be seeing more about that later!) Unfortunately, midway through, the Patreon website went down. I’m really hoping that it saved all my work – because I think you will be as excited about the projects as I am. At least I hope so! But, as you can see, the kitty has taken over my lap, the Patreon website is not back up yet, and I have editing to get done!