Blogs, rejection and what I'm obsessed with

The second guest blog for Cardiff Book History is up, and in it I explain the inspiration behind “A Touch of Murder”. If you liked that blog and find yourself reading this and want to know more, you can read another essay concerning the episode HERE, as well as essays regarding Sherlock Holmes HERE, HERE and HERE. If you’ve no interest in my thoughts on mystery tales and their sleuth protagonists, please disregard. There are definitely more essays in the pipeline as long as the folks at Cardiff University still want them.

The testing of After Effects goes on, I will be purchasing a subscription this weekend and finally begin crafting the new episodes of VCoT. I have different plans for this upcoming season that will distinguish it from its two previous counterparts, starting with release dates closer together as well as two “gimmicky” episodes. I’ll be mailing off some first drafts of VCoT scripts to the folks at Cinevore this week for any additions or punch ups they may want to do. I’ve not done this before, but the collaboration on the series has become necessary for its continuation, but more importantly for both the episodes and myself to get better. I also plan on getting some other voices involved too. Slow down…baby steps.

I should also have an additional VCoT-esque short to show you soon. It’s really more of a commercial created for a contest. It was an attempt to curry favor with a company who’s asthetic sensibilities match my own, and who’s product I really enjoy. Those of you who have supported my PATREON campaign have already seen it. I’ve heard no news of either acceptance or decline, and will likely unveil it next week. It may be the first of a Nathan Barnatt-style barrage of commercials aimed at getting hired by this company. We’ll have to see.

Making art is filled with rejection, which is a bummer. Of the kind of rejections I receive, I prefer the definitive “NO’s” the best. Soft, non-committal “NO’s” are my second favorite, followed by “no response at all” as my third favorite way to receive a rejection. These things are on my mind because Ive been sending out inquiries and applications off and on since June, and have started to receive correspondence back. I’ve received positive responses from some of my inquiries, which is always what you hope for, but you can’t help get a wee bit discouraged when you get a rejection. The best salve for this, aside from looking upon your own successes, is looking upon the successes of others.

As an artist…or rather a person who makes things for an audience, I hope to share things with people that mean something to me, whether through an article, a video or a blog. I like showing neat things to people and exposing them to stuff that makes me excited that others are making this world not such a mundane place. Inspired by my sister’s BLOG, I’ve decided to share a list of things that I’ve been obsessed with this week:

Disney’s unbuilt Jules Vernian Steampunk-Land:
This was proposed in the 1970s as an addition to Disneyland and would have included, among other things, a restaurant modeled to look like the inside of Nemo’s Nautilus. The new section of the park would have been attached to The Rivers of America and featured an 1800s San Francisco peppered with Victorian invention inspired by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. It was never built, but these ideas and designs found their way into tother Disney parks and attractions.

The Mysterious Package Company:
This is the best thing I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever. The fact that this exists makes me so happy. We need to keep sending letters, if for no other reason than to tell stories in interesting ways. I’ve said too much already.

Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron:
Kim Newman’s ‘Anno Dracula’ is one of the few books that I have read that I absolutely devoured. Its premise of Dracula succeeding at the end of Stoker’s novel is a brilliant jumping off point for a gothic adventure tale featuring spies, murder and political intrigue. The sequel book, taking place during WWI, updates the flavor of the novel to an allegorical war story with just as much dark humor and intrigue as its predecessor. If you like Victoriana, horror and pulp adventure, you might like to read these books.

THIS haunted house project:
I am so glad people made this. I love haunted houses, but don’t want to attend the gore-fests that seem to be the norm during Halloween. This project exists as an experience to be explored and enjoyed. Hats off to its creators. This along with projects like The Betrayer's Banquet and Sleep No More get me so excited. I love that these projects offer art and storytelling and experiences. I wish I had a makerspace where I could work on something this cool.