Ok, it's sort of an informative one, anyway. About my book and the stuff going on right now. Check it out.
Hey, I had a chance to catch an early screening of Ender's Game, check out my review:
Hey, everybody, just a quick note to say, go check out my newest video blog on the TMDgraphics YouTube channel!
As you'll probably notice, this is Episode 3, but rest assured, Ep 2 is also there! :)
Have fun, and check back, because I have some sweet Holiday news coming up real soon.
Hey, so, in the midst of editing, rewriting, and making my book as awesome as I can, I've also been making video blogs for my friends over at TMDgraphics. It's sort of random, and sometimes I just like to share the stuff I like. Who doesn't? If you'd like to hear my thoughts and musings, make sure to check out ThinkTank Roulette. Updates every week.
Hey! New video. It's nothing fancy, just a new song I put together. Hope you enjoy. Disregard the crappy quality of my webcam. :)
Hey, my new album's out. Seriously, go download it for free. I really had fun making this one, it's a wild mix of old school hip hop, 80's synth-pop, funk, soul, and just all-around good music.
Check it out at http://Jahshewael.Bandamp.com!
So... here's a new thing I've been doing. And a pretty big announcement involving my music... a video update:
Workin' on some good stuff in the studio. Actually just finished two new songs! Ok, one of them is new (altho the lyrics are older--and it has been recorded once before, very poorly), and the other one is sort of a remix... The point is that this next batch of music is going to be a bit of an interesting side-trail off the beaten (and battered) path of my more recent music. Hint: Think of a musical journey somewhere between Clapton and POD, from Run-DMC to Nirvana... or something like that. I hate trying to compare what I do to other stuff, because it doesn't sound like a whole lot else-- as is evidenced by the lack of popularity... but I jest (or do I?). But THAT, my faithful fans and friends, will ultimately be up to YOU to decide.
And, as usual, there are millions of other things on my mind and my creative queue: I'm piecing together the history of the Lifebreed Universe, you can see some of it at Globe-(6)-History. This is backstory for the Lifebreed Chronicles webcomic (currently on hiatus). It's also a bit of an experiment in journalistic fiction, wherein the fiction is detailed and chronicled in a non-fiction style. Imagine reading or watching a documentary-style non-fiction work... except it's fictional. That's the idea. Good writing will have people believing no matter what. But a fair warning: This is definitely for nerds.
In the meantime, I've been coming up with various ideas for other projects, done a bit of design concepts for Joel Lux's future graphic novel. That's quite a bit forthcoming at this point. Also I'm hoping to collaborate on either a music video (or short doc) or a small side-album with Ryan Spencer... or both. Whenever we can make time to get that together.
And all in all, we're in the middle of trying to move. Yay. The upside is that I'm no longer working a dayjob, the downside is that I have way too much to do and no time... and I no longer have a dayjob. Yes, that's right people! It happens. I've also been thinking a lot about comparative anatomy and evolutionary biology (especially in reference to design research for my webcomic). I'm thinking of a scenario wherein humans land on different planets and then adapt to extremely different environments for long periods of time (separate from any outside influences). The end result is a projection of human evolution which leaves humans looking quite different than our own particular breed... and how far would they have to go until they no longer could be considered human? Or would their DNA be compatible with ours? What kind of factors would shape them, and what sorts of biological features would they evolve in response to those factors?... Got some interesting design concepts I might post up on Globe-(6)-History...
Anyhow, so, yeah, it seems like a lot going on, not to mention trying to maintain websites, etc... and real life (can't forget that!).
Well, a lot's happened since I really have done too much to this site. Well, first of all, Blue Mosaic Media has really begun to see some good changes. You may notice if you click the eponymous (did I use that right?) link on the menu, it'll take you to the official bluemosaicmedia.com. Yes, an official ".com"! Anyhow, between life, love, and liberty, I've been writing some new music--lyrics and otherwise--and actually have released at least two new songs pretty recently.
I've been delving into the acoustic roots music/soul/hip-hop/blues/folk thing... even further, baby. Can't listen to the great ones like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy without feeling a little inspiration. But as I've noticed in my musical explorations, then certain things hit me, outta left field, and it just works. Lately I'm feeling some more funk creeping back in. It's what I use to play, rhythmically speaking, almost solely. Then I would rap over that beat. So, in some sense, a bit of my personal roots are returning, but hopefully with some flare. Been experimenting a bit, and it's pretty snazzy.
A side note: There is a new video on the pics/music/videos page. An older track by Eric Polley (Quick Like a Bunny) featuring a guest spot by yours truly. Check it out.
Onto slightly more personal matters, yep, once again, I find myself packing up with the fam and moving to another state (thankfully it's not too far this time). Still, interesting how this place I very much hated has become a place I'll very much miss. But on to bigger and better things: my wife's career taking off, my son heading into schooling years (hard to believe!), and well... here I am, still doing my thing. And dagnabit (as they used to say), I'm gonna make it someday.
My writing projects are kind of on hold. I've been working with some journalistic fiction (yes, the term I coined). More info on that later. And in the midst of the current chaos, my art projects are completely on hold... And in the instance my webcomic The Lifebreed Chronicles, they may see a complete reworking. Oy.
But the other good news is that Joel Lux is releasing his first graphic novel anthology of shorts through Blue Mosaic Media, and I'll be doing some art for a story on the sequel. Excited about that.
And on another completely random note: I'm considering doing some non-fiction at some point. My personal studies into science, theology, and history have definitely compelled me to make some interesting statements and observations. More on that later as well. I feel like my brain's about to 'splode, and there's too much going on! Oh well, I will try to update more often. (hehe, watch, I'll write in another six months...)
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