Aaron Walker Sr.: Building a Universe… And a Website

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The Making of a SciFy Franchise #20
by Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

On our last blog I talked about my personal and creative priorities, and how sometimes we’re forced to shift focus from our passion to other things. But again, one must know when to shift that focus back. Life happens to everyone. We all have many things tugging at our time. But I know myself, the longer I stay away from a project, the harder it is for me to return. So I had to give myself a hard date as to when I would resume work on the comic.

Now my focus is back to Cargo 3120! Currently, our artist Lemelle is hard at work on the comic. The first couple of pages are complete, along with rough drafts of future pages. And they look awesome. While awaiting the art, we decided to release additional content designed to give our readers insight into Cargo’s backstory. So we started with the human controlled faction of the Cargo 3120 universe: “The Interstellar League of Planets” (a.k.a. The ISL).

The addition of this content meant the creation of a new page on our website as well. Daymond suggested we call the page: “Militant Forces and Factions”, which worked for me. In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a website is making sure that the info is stored in a logical manner. Simply jamming everything on one page, or in a location that doesn’t make sense, is something that drives me crazy when exploring a website.

In our case we wanted to keep all backstory related info in the Universe Section of our website, so this is where I placed our new faction subpage. About a week later, we updated the new page with additional info about the ISL’s military component.

Writing the individual scripts for Cargo 3120 has been a fun experience, but I find myself most drawn to the universe building side of our project. The process of creating what we hope to be a vibrant universe filled with interesting characters and locations, is the aspect that I find most enjoyable. I guess I’ve always been into this sort of thing… What can I say? I’m a geek, and proud of it. Though universe building is not as tedious as it may sound, but I must say, it is a lot of work.

When you get a chance, check out the new Militant Forces and Factions page on our website. We plan to add additional faction info to this page as we move forward.

Aaron Walker Sr.: Setting Creative Priorities

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The Making of a SciFy Franchise #19
by Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

Daymond recently talked about priorities in his series on juggling life and passion. So I wanted to chime in on that as well. Like Daymond and my brother, I too am a man of faith. First off let me say: there would be no Cargo 3120 if it had not been for God and his grace in my life. This is simply my reality.  So for me the priorities were: God, family, health, Work and passion. I rank passion last because for me, if the other areas are lacking, I will never succeed in my passion, which is to tell the story of Cargo 3120. The key is balance… But balance is also the problem, because it can, at times, be so hard to achieve.

The last few weeks have been “very emotional” for me. My daughter finally achieved her goal of enlisting in the United States Army and is currently in her first week of basic training. I couldn’t be more proud of her. It’s hard to let go as you watch your children make that transition to adulthood, so her leaving was both joyous and tough for me. I also have two sons at home, both in high school. I am very proud of the young men into which they are growing. But anyone who has ever raised teenagers in this day and age will agree, it is very challenging. And in a blended family such as ours, there is at times drama (inside and outside of the home) that adds to these challenges.

In my opinion, passion is good, but you cannot pursue these things at the expense of the other areas of life that truly matter.  The key is knowing when to shift focus, and equally important, when to shift that focus back. And believe me, I had to do a lot of shifting recently.

It’s not easy, but such is life. I’ve often heard stories of people who enjoyed great success in their passions, but did it at the expense of things that they later felt should have been priorities in their lives (such as family), and they looked back with regret. I decided early on that I didn’t want to be that guy. So my daily prayer is that God help me to continue to find that balance.  And speaking of balance, time to get to work on that new content for the website!

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Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #18

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Entry 18 – Making Adjustments

by  Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

As you have no doubt noticed, we were unable to hit our January 2015 revised launch date. We tried everything within our power to release on time, but given where we were in January, we were forced to delay the release. This was not a decision that was easily made, but we here at Team Cargo thought it better to delay the release than to rush something that wasn’t quite ready for the public. This decision stems from the commitment of Team Cargo to produce a high quality webcomic that our readers deserve.

In our blogs on the making of Cargo 3120, we talked about the challenges faced while trying to produce an independent comic with no budget. We also talked about the difficulties of managing life, family, and full time jobs, all the while trying to carve time to work on our passion. During the process we set self-imposed deadlines in order to push ourselves to get things done. But sometimes we unfortunately fall short of those deadlines. So what do we do? Do we quit because we experience setbacks? Certainly not! We pick up the pieces and keep marching forward toward our ultimate goal: The release of Cargo 3120!

We assure you that progress is being made. As of this writing, we are preparing for our launch by making the necessary adjustments to the pages that are completed. On the writing side, we are we are half way done with the 3rd script! We will also have new content on the website coming soon as well, including:

  • New blog posts on the Making of Cargo 3120
  • New Character Profiles and images
  • Updated images for existing character profiles
  • Expanded universe information (Alien Race info, Planetary Government info, etc…)
  • New concept art, and much more…

We hope that you will continue with us on this journey of making Cargo 3120 a reality. We promise, it will be worth the wait!

Next Week: Our Weekly Update

Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #17

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Entry 17 – Our Weekly Update

by Daymond C. Roman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

Well, this week has been busy, to say the least. I’ve been hard at work, not only with Cargo 3120, but in other areas of my life: real estate, acting, short films, and family. But, as I write this, I’m seeing that busy is not entirely accurate; productive is more like it. And all I’ve done is stick to my 2015 schedule: health, family, work, and passion.

Now, I’ve made schedules before, but this seems to be different. It’s structured enough to maintain my focus, yet broad enough to allow life to happen spontaneously. In the past, my schedules were micromanaged down to the minute, and while sticking to them maintained productivity, at the end of each day I was exhausted. It was like all day long I was chasing the sun… Now, that’s an interesting concept, “chasing the sun”.

First off, the sun is also considered a star, depending on your perspective. And we are all trying to chase down and become the star we envision for our lives. But, the sun always seems to be moving. Depending on the time of day, it’s either in the east or the west, or even hidden if it’s night. So, how do you catch this elusive celestial body that represents everything we could ever want?

Well, the problem lies in our perception, because the sun never moves, the earth does. So, our problem is never with how complicated the goal may seem. It’s with the Earth we stand on which is in constant motion, just like our E-motions. Therefore, the trick is to make sure we look beyond ourselves and our circumstances when pressing forward. Otherwise, we can end up all over the place, exhausting ourselves, chasing after something that’s motionless.

Next Week: Our Weekly Update

Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #16

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Entry 16 – Juggling Life and Passion Part III

by Daymond C. Roman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

 Okay, so it’s 6AM Monday morning. The day after I wrote the awe-inspiring blog post in which I break down my new schedule for 2015. Only, all those inspirational emotions are no longer with me. As a matter of fact, all I’m feeling at the moment is a strong desire to close my eyes. Y’all know what I’m talking about; when you make plans and you’re ready to go because everything is sounding so great in your head. But, once that moment comes to take action, you’re feeling little to none of that motivation at all.

I really DESPISE those moments, because in the midst of them, you really don’t fell like doing anything. The visions of grandeur don’t seem as serious or important anymore, but at the same time you know they are. So, you’re caught in this weird place where all your emotions are fighting against the very thing you desperately want in this whole world. And, the only way out of it is to make a choice. Only problem is, any choice you make you’ll be fighting against yourself.

That’s when I realized, if I’m going to be fighting against myself anyway, I might as well do it for something I believe in. And I believe in Cargo 3120, as well as the necessary steps needed to make it happen. Even the ones that seem insignificant in hindsight (like getting out of bed when you don’t feel like it). Because when you think about it, our lives are only the sum total of the choices we make, big and small. So, I’m deciding to make ALL of them count, and add up to my desired destiny!

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