Living the Creative Life in the Real World

Sometimes it seems as though reality is constantly trying to close in on our creativity, that the world is fighting an unending battle with our creative wills.

And sometimes, if you live in a place like TVWriter™’s home base of Port Townsend, WA, you find a reality that lets you live and breathe free and true. For example:

‘Lose your mind and come to your senses’
by Chris McDaniel

Whether on a street corner in Europe, a ferry crossing Puget Sound or in the Port Townsend Post Office, harpist David Michael lives to serenade strangers with his angelic melodies.

“I occasionally bring it to the post office and play there by the main entrance and there are marble floors,” Michael said. “People on the third floor on the far end of the building can hear every note. It is like a castle in there.”

Some passersby tend to lose themselves in the music, Michael said.

“The last time I was in the post office, two people left their stuff behind. One person had just picked up a package and then walked out the door without it. Another person had set their wallet down. It does sort of transport people.”

And transporting people to a realm of peacefulness is something Michael said drives him to busk.

“It is a centuries-old time-honored tradition and nobody conflates it with panhandling.”

However, the term “busker” is not well known in America, Michael said.

“In Europe, it doesn’t matter if you are French, German, Italian, Danish or Swedish. Everyone knows the word ‘busker.’”

Also understood is that busking is an auditory gift, Michael said.

“I always thought of myself as a busker, a cultural ambassador and not a beggar. I always dress nice and when I played a street in Europe I put a rug down. I have a gift for everybody right here.”

Michael’s music has been featured on syndicated radio shows, network television and in nature films. A producer and multi-instrumentalist, he has run his independent record label Purnima Productions from Port Townsend for 30 years and has released 25 albums of original music.

Now, Michael is bringing his gift to the stage.

David Michael will be joined by Grammy Award-winner Nancy Rumbel (best 2002 New Age Album) and musician Benjy Wertheimer for a concert Sunday in Port Townsend. The concert will celebrate their debut CD release as a trio, CONFLUENCE, a collection of World Fusion featuring oboe, Celtic harp, tablas and other instruments….

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“Shia LaBeouf” Live

NOTE FROM LB: I’ve never in my life seen a film starring Shia LaBeouf, but I will now because this oldish- first posted to YouTube five years ago? OMG! – video is funny as hell and I’m looking forward to discovering who it is I’ve been laughing at.

“SHIA LABEOUF” is a song by Rob Cantor.

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Purchase the song on Bandcamp:

FEATURING: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles — Dr. Joseph Nadeau, Artistic Director
The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir — Barbara Klaskin Silburg
Artistic Director The Argus Quartet

Directed by Scott Uhlfelder
Produced by Erica Harrell
Arranged by Greg Nicolett
Mixed by Gregtronic
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Asst Choreographer: Bruce Weber
Director of Photography: Scott Uhlfelder
Editor: Randall Maxwell
First Asst Director: Tyler Reynolds
Second Asst Director: Chandra Anna Marie
Second Second Assistant Director: Daniel Erikson
Camera Operators: Marco Cordero, Jonpaul Douglas & Andy Melo
Asst Camera: Seth Smigelski
Data Management: Ben Piety
Gaffer: Brian Sorbo
Electric: Lucas Pitassi
Production Designer: Sara Kugelmass
Rigger: Bobby C. King
Art Assts: Tamara Gurevich & Shannon Malone
Costume Designer: Alison Uhlfelder
Asst Costumers: Nicole Gemma & Mary Russell
Makeup Artist: Jenn Rose
Asst Makeup: Samantha Ward, Sheila Curtis
Technical Effects Supervisor: Jeff Barber
Asst Effects: Amanda Barber

There are more credits. Many, many more, HERE

Speaking of the credits, I keep asking myself, “How much did this fucking thing cost?” Or to put it another way: “Did all these people really work for nothing?” and, “Wow!”

100 Common Publishing Terms

Every industry has its own language that gives everyday words a special meaning to the in, hip, and working their butts off crowd. For our visitors who write for publication as well as (or – sob – instead of) TV or film, here are publishing terms you’ll need to know if you’re going to communicate with publishers, editors, et al.

And they’re especially important for keeping up your end of lunch table talk with other writers in the field as well!

Not your father’s printing press!

by Robert Lee Brewer

Advance. A sum of money a publisher pays a writer prior to the publication of a book usually paid in installments, such as one-half on signing contract; one-half on delivery of a complete and satisfactory manuscript.

Agent. A liaison between a writer and editor or publisher who advocates for his or her client (writer). Agents usually take a 10-15% commission from the advance and royalties.

All rights. Situation in which an author sells all rights to a work. Not recommended for writing that could have reprint potential.

ARC. Advance reader copy—an early version of the book sent out to media outlets for possible reviews and interviews.

Assignment. Editor asks a writer to produce a specific article for an agreed-upon fee.

Auction. Publishers sometimes bid for the acquisition of a book manuscript that has excellent sales prospects. The bids are for the amount of the author’s advance, advertising and promotional expenses, royalty percentages, and more. Auctions are conducted by agents.

Backlist. A publisher’s list of its books that were not published during the current season, but that are still in print.

Bimonthly. Every two months.

Bio. A sentence or brief paragraph about the writer; can include education and work experience.

Biweekly. Every two weeks.

Blurb. The copy on book covers or book dust jackets, promoting the book and the author or featuring testimonials from book reviewers or well-known people in the book’s field. Also called flap copy or jacket copy.

Boilerplate. A standardized contract.

Bound galleys. Prepublication edition of book of final galley proofs, also known as “bound proofs.”

Byline. Name of the author appearing with the published piece.

Category Fiction. A term used to include all genres of fiction.

Chapbook. A small print or digital book of poetry or fiction—usually fewer than 40 pages.

Circulation. The number of subscribers to a magazine….

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‘Neo Cab’ may well be the best written game of all time…so far

NOTE FROM LB: Having rediscovered video gaming (because I’ve ended up owning a gaming laptop that I love…and almost can afford), I fully intended to write a full review of the game Neo Cab, which is being released this week, and which without a doubt is the deepest, most subtle exploration of humanity and characterization I’ve ever encountered in a video game.

As luck would have it, however, Sam Machkovech of ArsTechnica.Com had already done it. So…here it is!

Neo Cab is the dystopian gig-economy Crazy Taxi we’ve always wanted
by Sam Machkovech

Before I go into how much I really like the new video game Neo Cab, I want to speak to the clever new way that some people can pay for and enjoy it.

Last month, I gave a nod to the video game Gears of War 5 as a no-brainer reason to throw a few bucks at Xbox Game Pass. Instead of paying $60 and going into the game with high expectations, you could jump into the XGP subscription service at a promotional rate, sample the variety of Gears 5 solo and online modes, and get out unscathed, if not quite entertained.

This comes to mind when I recommend Neo Cab as a perfect bonus for the new, $5/month Apple Arcade subscription service. Do you own an iOS device and want an awesome, not-too-long game that leans into the limits of a tablet or smartphone? Neo Cab is arguably the coolest game outside the subscription service’s premiere deluge of quick-burst, twitch-and-tap games, and its brief, genre-blurring impact is easier to suggest within a reasonably priced subscription.

The other option, a $15 standalone purchase, adds just enough friction to a universal recommendation. (It’s this version I tested, launching this week on Windows, Mac, and Nintendo Switch after an Apple Arcade exclusivity period.)

Though the game swims in incredible atmosphere and hinges on a cool premise—you’re a gig-economy taxi driver in a dystopian future, determined to uncover a mystery—this isn’t a steering-wheel drive through busy streets. Think of Neo Cab as “Emotional Conversation Taxi,” not the arcade classic Crazy Taxi. The result is one of the most unique and self-assured games of 2019, but its niche appeal is worth minding.

How many years in the future does Neo Cab take place? It’s not entirely clear. Some of its citizens’ faces are smothered in high-tech headsets, which generate “augmented reality” grids of data or cover people’s faces with “digital beauty filters.” (That seems a bit more futuristic than even a folding smartphone.) And the game’s dense, handsome cities resemble the neon-lined vistas of your favorite far-future sci-fi. Yet the populace of Los Ojos relies so heavily on smartphone apps and handing data over to massive corporations that its conversations could easily be copied and pasted from the year 2019….

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Life, Love, Career et al Got You Down? ‘Rise Up!’

A 5 minute message for those of us who need help keeping on keeping on, which you can take as meaning just about all of us humans on this planet or even more of us humans struggling to make it in the creative arts on his planet:

“Rise Up” by Andra Day, from the album Cheers To The Fall, available now. Director: M. Night Shyamalan

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