July was a busy month. I actually got some stuff done, fell into directing a web television pilot, and generally kept my head above water. There’s still a lot to do, and now I’m working toward building my Fall slate.
I’m still working on SEO for God Jots. I’m getting a lot closer to done with it, as there’s only a few blogs left to go. Once I hit that finish line it’s off to cleaning up a lot of other things – other blogs sections and pages. We’re getting there. I did a couple other things along with this during the month – mainly installing and configuring a page caching plugin and an image compressor. Both help speed up the website. I also installed a new database backup manager, and I’m flirting with getting rid of the Forums, but I’m not entirely sure yet.
The Dream Divide was finally released last month, on both Kindle and Print editions! I was really excited to get my copies in the mail, and I’m super-proud of myself for following through on them! They are proof that if you work hard, be patient and aim toward those seemingly unreachable goals, you can get there. If you want The Dream Divide signed, you can get it here.
I’m still working mainly on maps for this. My intention is to have those maps created within the next few months, have them turned into posters, and use them for my own reference as I move along the development of this project. Again, I wouldn’t expect the first Elrik O’Dune book to drop until late 2018, but I do expect there will be some things happening on the official site at the start of the new year.
The Art of Tactful Procrastination
After pulling out some other demos that I was actually setting aside for a follow up album to this one, I’ve come to the conclusion that I actually have just about 9 songs ready for vocals. All assuming I can get lyrics written. Everything still technically needs some instrumentation here or there, but I’m saving that for after the vocals are laid down. Usually I have something extra to add, or change or remove, after the vocal performance is put in. Not all the things I record actually end up working well with the vocal melodies that come out in the end, so sometimes I have to change or replace them. That being said, I spent most of July working on lyrics. The good news is I have a lot of material to work with and I know the direction this is all going, as well as what I want to say. The bad news is the words aren’t quite coming out yet. But I’m getting there. I laid a first verse vocal on “The Storm” (which is so low I can only sing in the morning right after I wake up). But my real focus is on three potential singles that I’m intending to release this Fall with videos (though I’ll settle for two). One has a name: “Still No Closer To Tomorrow”. The other two don’t quite have names or focuses yet. Which means I REALLY have to get on the ball to get them done. Once I do, however, I think I’m well on my way to getting the rest of the album to fall into place.
As an aside to this, I finally sat down and did some new recording and a little rough mixing for the Christmas song I’ve been meaning to release for the past few years. Like the work for this upcoming album, this particular tune has been sitting in demo mode for quite a long time. While I can’t guarantee I’ll get it out this year (because it really depends on how things come together with these three singles, as well as whether or not I can get any traction for proceeds to charity), I still want to work on it and get it done sooner than later. Worst case scenario is it comes out next year, as I want to do a video for this song’s release as well.
The filming of our web television sitcom pilot “It’s Complicated” went extremely well! I spoke about it here. But to sum up the experience, I didn’t blow it as director (phew!) and both Emily and myself were doubly blessed and humbled by such a stellar and talented cast and crew! With filming complete, the project will now get edited into something close to a half-hour program (which I’m not editing this time around) and God-willing will get entered into the next Nashville Film Festival under the web series category. If it doesn’t make it on time, we’ll try for next year, and in the meantime we have a plethora of places to pitch it.