New Roads and Good Times.
It’s been quite a week for me. As always I have been working hard even though when you love what you do, it never really seems like work. After putting a resume up online last weekend, I have been responding to a number of job offers. By the time Sunday rolled around, it hit me how much my life had changed. Growing up, career focused whatever you want to call it but when I was putting it all together I didn’t think anything would come of it. Much like making business cards, it was just a new project to keep myself entertained.
Out of all the jobs on the sites, I applied to two. The first was the examiner.com with an interest in writing about live local music and the other I am waiting to hear back from. Another that contacted me sounds like a fun writing exercise even if it doesn’t turn out to be a real paying gig so I will wait to write about that one.
Last night I turned in my first piece to the examiner about a band from NY who my friends like a lot who is playing tomorrow night http://www.sirsy.com/. It went live this morning and I am working on my next one already. This new path is really exciting and when everyone said that the key to writing is to write what you know, well, I have found my place it seems. Most of my 20’s were spent in one bar or watching one band or another that ranged from amazing to absolutely ridiculous. The other path, well, my job history prepared me perfectly for that but what scares me is how well I lie. This was never something I was aware of before. My friend was kind and told me I should call it acting but I really can’t talk myself out of calling a spade a spade.
Either way, I figured tonight was a good night to celebrate with a few drinks and a bit of relaxation. It seems well deserved. I have been trying to write with purpose so it feels good to just shoot the shit and decompress a bit. I am fairly proud of myself and once again I am looking forward to what’s to come.
It seems like every time you feel like you have reached a plateau you find a completely new vista that you never could have imagined before. Like publishing a book, or being in a band. Everyone says, “I want to get signed, get published, and make it big.” No one ever talks about what comes after that or where you are supposed to go from there. In the era of things like Amazon.com anyone can publish a book, what comes after is what is important I have found. I sure as hell don’t know what it takes to make it big but I think any and all excuses to write should be taken. Rule number two after write what you know is to write, write and keep writing until your fingers bleed all over the keyboard, or at least this is what I hear.
As an added bonus, on the night I decide I need some time to chill and figure out what this week has brought me, one of my favorite shows was more violent and graphically bloody than most weeks. You have to admire special effects like that, or at least sacrifice anything in your belly in honor of it, both reactions is appropriate. If you have not seen Spartacus on Starz, really, stop watching the Walking Dead and sort yourself out, there is better stuff out there.
On that note… if anyone is here for my half assed movie reviews, Atlas Shrugged Part 1, three thumbs way up. Yes, I grew an extra thumb just so I could like it more. Immortals though, again I would have to say watch some Spartacus. If you liked 300, Clash of the Titans, Thor, Conan and crap like that, well, great, you might really dig it. If not… Spartacus, Spartacus and more Spartacus. Did I mention Spartacus has Lucy Lawless? Yeah, well, there you go…Spartacus.
You can read my examiner.com piece here http://www.examiner.com/live-music-in-manchester/sirisy-live-saturday-night and check out some good tunes even though the article is sort of locally focused. Sirsy is a great band from New York and I look forward to seeing them tomorrow night, and doing a follow up piece about how much fun it was.
3/10/2012 2:05 AM