Adventures in Writing: Part 1

So my plan was to get to bed before dawn. But yet, I find myself typing away on my computer. Again.

But seeing as today is a holiday and I really don’t have much to do, I suppose I could sleep later. I’ve found that unless I’m falling asleep at my computer, or the next day is rather busy, it’s better to write while the ideas are in my head than to wait.

So what am I working on now? Well, I’ve got a BL manuscript for my publisher that I’m working on. If you don’t know what BL is, refer back to my interview with Hamlet Machine.

I’ve been plugging away at it for a while and I’d decided to take a couple of days away from it this weekend. The break was awesome—I got to hang out with friends, got some air and my head feels clear that I can finish it.

And this week, I’ll start writing a feature script, yay! It’s an idea that I’ve had for a while and I’m excited to get started on it. It was an entry I’d submitted for a script challenge, and though I didn’t make the final list, I was invited to write alongside those who were selected. Why not seize this opportunity?

So I have six weeks from start to finish. I was able to complete NaNoWriMo in 30 days, let’s see if I can make this happen in 42. Wish me luck!

Murjani’s Miscellania with: Hamlet Machine

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Recently, I had the chance to interview Hamlet Machine. She’s the creator of Starfighter—a yaoi sci-fi webcomic. The first time we had met was at Katsucon last year and she was so nice to chat with me about publishing and her characters. You can read Starfighter here—as long as you’re of age.

Yaoi—or boy love (BL)—is a Japanese genre of fictional media that centers on the sexual or romantic relationship between the male characters. It’s normally created by female authors and illustrators and marketed towards a female audience.

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Murjani’s Miscellania with: Gina Miller

I had the pleasure of chatting with Gina Miller from the ASPCA about their No Pet Store Puppies pledge. As animal advocates, it was important to outline what puppy mills are, the dangers of them and what it means buying puppies from pet stores. You can find out more about taking the pledge at nopetstorepuppies.com and more about the ASPCA at aspca.org.

Murjani’s Miscellania with: Some Gadget Guy

The other day, I had the chance to interview Juan Carlos Bagnell— otherwise known as Some Gadget Guy and Some Audio Guy. He’s a freelance voiceover director based in Los Angeles, California, and tech blogger who has been featured in a number of various publications.

In the short time we’ve been acquainted, I’ve learnt a great deal chatting with him about voiceover and about gadgets, and have taken a voiceover coaching session with him. If you’re interested in commercial voiceover and will be in the LA area, check him out. He’s a fun guy with a ton of knowledge. And he makes a mean origami crane.

You can find him—and his words of wisdom—at his sites somegadgetguy.com and someaudioguy.blogspot.com. Thanks again to Juan for having the time to chat with me!

 

Summer Update!

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Hey guys!

How’s everyone’s summer coming along?

Mine is coming along better; I’ve been sick with bronchitis for the past 2 weeks. I’m feeling better now but I’ve still got a mild cough. I think the worse thing—for me—about being sick is that I can’t sing. And coughing. That sucks royally. But I’ve got my voice back—not fully—but it’s better than it was before.

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Hurray for Maryland Pit Bulls!

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A couple of months ago, Maryland’s governor, Martin O’Malley, had signed HB 73/SB 247, which undoes the 2012 ruling that pit bulls and pit bull mixes were “inherently dangerous.”

As you could imagine, this is a huge victory for dog owners, many of which were faced with choosing their home over their beloved family pet. There was always room for an owner—of any breed—to be sued if their dog had attacked and bitten a person, but the 2012 ruling had targeted pit bulls owners specifically, and stated that the owner’s landlord could also be sued.

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Murjani’s Miscellania Episode 1: Terri White

 

Hey everyone!

Apologies for the delay but it’s here! My 1st episode of Murjani’s Miscellania podcast! For this episode I interviewed a friend of mine, Terri White. Her goal is to travel to all 50 US states and DC by August 2016, and she blogs about her journey at fiftystates5years.blogspot.com. You can read about the states that were covered, and the states that are up next. If you’ve got an interesting museum, activity or restaurant she should try in a state she’s yet to visit, please let her know.

Oh yeah, I found out which piece of highway I was able to see from my hotel in LA—it was the 110.

I hope you guys enjoy it. It was my 1st time recording and editing alone so apologies if it’s a bit rough. If you have some kudos and/or suggestions, leave word below.

Reflection

The other day I was combing through a few of my old journals looking for random poems I’ve written. Sometimes I’ll be inspired in the middle of an entry and I’ll haul off and just write what’s in my mind. While looking for them, I started reading over the various entries when I was involved in my past relationships.

Let’s just say I wrote quite often when I was involved with those particular men.

Now a person could just sit and start tearing themselves down like Why didn’t I see it coming and What the hell was I thinking being involved with them? Now I’ll admit in the early stages when a relationship falls apart, I’ve asked myself the same questions. Sometimes you see or remember an ex and wonder just what the hell you were smoking when you’d decided to be with them.

Honestly, with each relationship I’ve had, I’ve learned a lot from. I’ve learned how to be better selective when dating, what I will and will not tolerate and just what it is that I want. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had the nasty habit of putting myself dead last in the past—under the guise of compromising—and it’s only been to my detriment. Now that I’m a bit older, I’ve become a bit wiser and a lot more awesome!

From time to time, I’ll share some verses I’ve penned—I’m proud of them. But I’d also like to hear from you. What have you learned from your past relationships and do you feel you’re a better person after your trial(s) by fire?

Easter!

What’s new folks?

I hope everyone enjoyed his or her holiday this past weekend. Mine was spent staycationing with my family at the National Harbor for a night, interviewing a friend for my 1st podcast episode (Yay!!) and having Easter dinner with the rest of our family. And then it was back to work today.

Because of the busy weekend, I had missed AwesomeCon, which was kind of a bummer. I had went for the 1st time last year, and had a lot of fun meeting and chatting with voice actors Billy West and Phil LaMarr. But my best friend, Mansa, had the pleasure to attend this year and had a blast meeting and hanging out with Phil LaMarr, Rob Paulsen, Sean Astin and Cary Elwes.

I’ve been a fan of Cary’s since The Jungle Book so I was happy for him that one of us had the chance to meet and chat with him. Even though he was a douche in the movie—his character—I was smitten with his charming looks and accent. Actually, that’s also how I became a fan of Lena Headey’s. I also wanted to visit India because of that movie. It’s funny the things you remember from your youth =)

I’d really like for him to guest blog here so he can share his experiences firsthand with you guys. Here’s hoping I can sweet-talk him!

For those who have never watched Animaniacs, below is a video of Rob Paulsen—who voices Yakko Warner, Pinky, Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff among others—doing Yakko’s Countries of the World. It’s pretty awesome, enjoy!

 

One small step for woman!

…well not that dramatic, but I’ve made good progress on my recordings today. While doing a trial run on my new Nessie microphone, I noticed a slight echo in the playback. While playing with different angles and distances, I thought about what my friend SomeGadgetGuy would say—look at your environment.

He’d done a great video on making your audio better, I’ll put the link down below. But he makes a good point. The room I’m in is untreated, larger than a recording booth with 2 windows and mirrors. And while the echo isn’t large, it’s still something I noticed. Which means it’s going to bother me until I get it right. I will say this about the Nessie; I had recorded next to a closed window and it didn’t pick up any of the noise outside. Awesome!

So it means back to the drawing board. Hmm… maybe some packing blankets on the next Amazon shipment is in order.