Where did the summer go?

I saw The World's End this weekend and it was brilliant. It made me laugh and it touched me on a level that I don't think I was prepared for. The Wright, Pegg, Frost endeavors have always had more going on under the surface than one would have expected, but this one hit me right in the guts. It caused me to look at my life a little more. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it's true. See it if you haven't already.

On a somewhat related note, I'm kind of curious as to how the title "Cornetto Trilogy" made it into the public lexicon. While I've heard Wright & Co. call it a loose thematic trilogy, I don't think they ever gave it a name. Now you hear people referring to the three films as if they have always existed as a trilogy…the cornetto trilogy. For the longest time, I heard a few folks refer to it as the "blood and ice cream" series. I don't know, I'm just fascinated with so many people rolling the series title of their tongues, like they're the ones that thought it up. I wonder if Sergio Leone felt the same confusion I'm feeling when people referred to his three films as "the Dollars Trilogy".

I'm currently at work on two Victorian Cut-out Theatre episodes. I know, I know… I keep saying that I'm working on new episodes and to date, none of season 2 has been released. I assure you that episodes are being produced, and that they will air…soon. Anyway, the main episode is all about the obscure occult practice of "sin-eating" and the second one is starting to materialize into a micro series of its own.

I've been trying to find a way to get VCoT out more often, without quitting my day job and spiraling into poverty, because…you know… no one pays me to do these…ahem. So I've developed an idea that I think will provide the same kind of style that people come to expect from VCoT, in a shorter run time. I hope it works and I hope that I don't wear out my welcome. One of the things that I think is special about VCoT is that it only drops once a month. Once people receive more of it, the fervor may die down. It's in the early stages now, but we'll see where it goes.

Summer is almost gone and I can barely remember where it went. It seems like it was wiled away in the aftermath of NOT moving to L.A. with several sub-episodes of moving, weddings, funerals, family catastrophes and work. I'm a little bleary-eyed but becoming less so. I'm finding more time to read and replenish my creative casks, but that still doesn't solve the problem of time moving at light speed. I feel a little like Yosarian; given the choice to race into oblivion through pleasure, or living forever through boredom.

The intermittent breaks have been good for me, I think. Around December of last year I was running myself into the ground, and I don't know if I ever totally recovered. It's a difficult balance I'm striving for. I want to do good work, and more of it. This takes time, time that is also sliced up among a marriage, a day job and social relationships. I honestly don't know where the extra time is going to come from, and I don't know if I will be able to burn the candle like I used to. I feel like I'm closer than I've ever been and I also feel like I've never been further away…there's that World's End coming up again. Excuse me…

Regardless, I do hope you all enjoy reading my thoughts and watching my videos. There have been more thoughts than videos of late, but I'm hoping to change that soon. I also hope that some of you find your way here of your own volition on weekly basis, instead of getting routed here through Facebook. The idea of becoming a part of someone's weekly online diet, sounds really appealing to me.

Take care,

-Rob