It has been a dream of mine for many years to truly add media formats to the line up at Dark Oak Press (http://www.darkoakpress.com). Thanks to Haunted New Orleans, we know have that dream up and running. Just in time for “Vampires for Valentines” we can now add Haunted New Orleans: Vampires.
This weeks brine shrimp / sea monkey update: yes the little bits of flamingo food are living the marine crustacean version of the good life. We are still months away from any type of live testing on the laser delivery systems. I will keep the updates coming.
The Desk of Endless Tasks has been going well. Several book projects are out in various stages of editing. We should have some exciting announcements soon.
Pyrate Fight Club continues to get better and better. The swords are moving faster and the routines are growing more complex every week.
Full moon rumours: No that is not me in the wolf running on it’s hind legs pictures.
No, I had nothing to do with that “paranormal” event at animal control.
No, my hair did not “grow back in”.
No, I don’t know where “Fluffy” is – now matter how plump and tender “Fluffy was …
Inch by Inch, I am clearing the backlog on The Desk of Endless Tasks. With all the bad weather over the last few weeks, I have gotten just a little behind. The Desk and I still have to sit down and pick out new merchandise. Happily, I have a little time to find some new stuff. https://www.cafepress.com/gtrmerchandise/14488659
Editing is going well. Several books are now in various stages of the process. Yes, please keep buying books and we can afford to make more.
Video editing has finally managed to claw its way up the top of The Desk of Endless Tasks. So much stuff to do and so little time. Hopefully, this means I will have a lot more projects wrapped up.
Here is a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ME5xWtuk4
Please go check out the Dark Oak Press – Vampires For Valentines selection. I have a couple of books in the line up for those of you who haven’t read them yet.
Writing events are booking up fast. We have just about got a full year’s schedule laid out. If you are in the Mid-South, come out and have a little fun with us.
Last but certainly not least – the brine shrimp are doing fine. They are getting bigger every day and starting to swim like tiny brine shrimp are supposed to.
Or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. The Intergalactic Truck of Hauling and I have rolled more than 350 miles in the last two days through this freezing mess. People had to be picked up and dropped off – everywhere. I am fairly certain I have seen at least on Yeti lurking around the house. Okay, it might have been a neighbor’s cat, but it was dark, I was tired and cold – so in my mind – Yeti. You get the picture. I also got around to refilling the bird feeder after knocking all the ice off of it and let’s just say my lovely forest of banana trees is in the “not so much” department. However, sooner or later, we will thaw out and move on with the weather.
Thanks to everyone listening to the Geek Tank Radio show. We have achieved true international status with more people listening in every day and from all over the world. http://www.geektankradio.com
At Dark Oak Press, we have several new releases in the works. I will be posting more about them as we get closer to done on the projects. Happily, I am closing in on being done with the portable (and downloadable) murder mystery party game. Look for more details on that coming very soon. Seminar – we got a lot of seminars coming up all over the Mid-South. Check out the Dark Oak Press Blog for more information.
Sea Monkey Update – the baby brine shrimp are doing fine. You can almost make them out with the naked eye, but they are in there swimming around living the brine shrimp version of the good life.
The best stories always come from things not going exactly according to plan. Now, I do know that occasionally you have to toss a real hissy fit to get people’s attention and/or get something corrected or done. Sadly, customer service just isn’t what it used to.
With that said, there comes a point at which things are about as good as they are going to get. Now is the time to start making the best of the situation at hand. Over this past week, the temperatures have been been way below normal and causing problems all over the place. Anything from freezing winds on the outside to frozen pipes on the inside.
I was just at ShadowCon in West Memphis, AR this weekend. The hotel venue had burst pipes and was actually closed until about 4 p.m. on the Friday of the convention. Bless the hearts of the convention staff, they dove in and pulled to together their event in an hour as people arrived. While actual experiences will vary, I will remember watching a burlesque show in a pile of friends huddled together for warmth as the performers bravely went on with the show. There were plenty of hot coffee runs, trips to the con suite, and at least one major raid on a Popeye’s Chicken. Great conversations were had in the dealer’s room and people you just met become good friends by the end of the event. Thank you to the staff of ShadowCon for boldly striding forward and putting on the best event possible.
Now, I am back The Desk Of Endless Tasks with a shiny year staring in the face and a renewed commitment to The Amazing Order Of Done. Just remember, you can’t actually save time, you can only use it wisely. So off we go …
Our new year rings in under the full Wolf Moon. It is a clear and very cold night. While the reality is that tomorrow is not really any different than any other day, mentally, it is the start of a new year. We get to look forward to the possibilities of of all that stuff we haven’t done from last year. Currently, I am sitting here at The Desk Of Endless Tasks while the temp outside drops to stupid cold levels. The Murder To Go game is nearly complete. Everything about the game itself is done. Now working on the gloriously painful part, the instructions. The beta version is out at the readers. I am now waiting on the questions and comments to roll in.
Hopefully, I will get over working everywhere else 80 hours a week and I will get back to my own projects. As I am fond of saying, so much mischief, so little time. So many great ideas populate numerous post-it notes in a pile on the desk. It would indeed be a banner year if I could turn these ideas into finished works.
2018, I look forward to you with an eye to The Amazing Order Of Done. You are greeted by a fabulous full moon thus you are rolling in with some fanfare. Well, with a bit of hard work and a smidge of good luck, this will be a better year for all of us.
It has indeed been an interesting year. As we close in on it’s end, I always ask myself if I want another year of the things I have been doing. Most years, this means the end of various activities, employments, employees, projects, and associations. As I ask myself the same question this year, I have already divested myself of the things I did not want to carry forward and actually surrounded myself with so much that I want to see into the shiny new 2018. I have a couple of book projects that I should be able to wrap up in the next few months. Numerous media projects that will finally finish after years of chasing them down. Geek Tank Radio keeps growing by leaps and bounds. I am already booked into many of my favorite conventions. My customer service seminars are booking up and this coming year I am trying to add a portable escape room to the mix. The Dark Oak Press Writer’s About Town seminars are growing rapidly as more locations and dates keep getting added. Then there is the Pirate Fight Club. I can not tell you how proud I am of everyone involved. It takes amazing people to pick up a stage sword for the first time and commit themselves to the art form. It is a lot of hard work, but it looks so good when it goes right. From the side project department, both batches of muscadine wine turned out very well and now sit aging in their bottles.
Midnight approaches yet again as I sit here at the infamous Desk Of Endless Tasks. She has been very motivational this year and many projects that were merely in the way of progress have been wrapped up. The Intergalactic Truck Of Hauling has all new seals and it ready for further adventures. For my next trick in world of wines, I think the next batch will be blackberry. That just sounds like a lot of fun. As for now, I and going to wrap up and stare at my new childish wonder, a small tank of brine shrimp. Yes, sea monkeys, I have always found their tiny little antics to relaxing. Relax and actually enjoy the Holidays for a change.
This past week which. by the way was the living embodiment of the the great Monty Python skit “The Spanish Inquisition” except they did not bring the “Comfy Chair”, has reminded me to get back to my deeper, darker business beliefs. As a founding member of The Amazing Order of Done, I have been repeating to myself all week the basic mantra – Do Not Confuse Effort With Results.
Sometimes, getting so overwhelmed by what all you have to get done, you drop all the trappings of “trying” or “attempting”. All you have time for is the most streamlined way of getting to a solution. The simple beauty of no-holds-barred brutality of just plain and simple getting a task done. I have noticed that a lot of the trappings of normal society have been sneaking back into my personal processes. If you are truly honest with yourself, you will have to admit that many of the things we are actually sub-consciously doing many steps due to “Legacy” processes.
Legacy process – the best example I can give of how entrenched this can be comes from many years ago when I was an instructor at a technology teaching facility. Because of our location all Saturday classes began at 8 am. During the week, classes began at 9 am. I taught numerous Saturday classes so the timing was no big deal to me, but the clients could get a bit testy about having to be up that early on a weekend. A few months later, the entire facility moved into it’s own building. Not long after the move, the general manager (GM) came to me and asked if I could do a Saturday class. I said no problem and that I would see the class at 9 am. The GM said no – class started at 8. I asked him why and he responded that “They turn off the air at 4 pm.” I said,”No, class started at 9. The GM looked at me like I was an idiot. Then I asked, “Who turns off the air in here. We own the building and the thermostat. Are you going to sneak in here of Sat and turn of the electricity? The look on the GM’s face was beyond priceless when if hit him that he had mentally transferred the legacy way of doing business with the old location and our new building. I told me to let those poor people sleep in a bit.
So, review how you do things and see if there are any “Legacy Methods” holding you back.