Thursday, October 19, 2017

An Age of Division

It's not the easiest thing in the world trying to move forward as a creative in an atmosphere that is increasingly polarized, and becoming less rational and honorable by the minute. 

I will forever be grateful that my parents raised me from day one to see each person as an individual and not someone to categorize in a group.  I didn't encounter categorizations until the world at large taught me about them.  I never felt comfortable when encountering those who seemingly felt a need to put each person into a certain category, whether that be gender, racial/ethnic, religious, or something other.

Today, that dynamic is exacerbated to a tremendous degree, where we are all being labeled in categories and being more than subtly guided as to who we should be opposed to, hate, or shun.

Anyone that has read my work or knows me is well-aware that I do not fit into any box.  I see people as individuals and my positions could be described as libertarian (small "l", not the political party which is about ineffective as a political party could possibly get).

Some of my positions would be described as liberal, some conservative, and some centrist.  I am an open-minded thinker and look at things on a case by case basis, evaluating things mostly on how much they embrace individual freedom.

It is one reason why I do love the United States and what it stands for.  For all its flaws, the United States is unique historically in that it (at least in theory) looks at rights as being natural in nature, not granted by humankind or government.  In that area it really stands apart and warrants defending, as the concept of natural rights can conceivably pull people in the right direction and away from totalitarian vibes that are sweeping much of the world, with clever sugar-coating using terms like democracy and freedom, when the latter is being constrained more and more with each passing day.

This is why it is not an easy path doing what I do today.  I have friends and work with individuals who are all over the spectrum, in terms of the aforementioned categories.  They are at each other's throats more than ever before, and it is dismaying as I see them ignoring their true adversaries; a group that works very well together and occupies not the 1% level...but the .1% level economically.

That upper crust knows the value of cooperation and cohesiveness, the very things they seek to divide in the rest of the world.  This is a big part of many of the themes that I explore in my work as a writer.

I would like to see people come to their senses and realize that they have so much more to gain by becoming individually empowered, and working together in a cohesive fashion, than they do in falling prey to divisiveness and those who would lock the chains of massive governmental control over them.

It will take a big awakening, but it can happen.  If it does, and people realize the power of individuals, a society with abundance and success like no other in history is capable of emerging.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TV Pilots and Conventions Back to Back Make Definitely Challenge One's Endurance

It's October and I need a vacation.  Haven't had one of those in a LONG while, but it would be nice.

It has been quite a run since March, a full-throttle work mode that encompassed the pre-production/production of Rayden Valkyrie, Saga of a Lionheart, and then the main preparations and delivery of Imaginarium Convention 2017.

Both are projects near and dear to my heart, but they both required wearing multiple hats and grueling schedules. I exhausted myself and regained some weight in the process, unfortunately, but in order to deliver both projects it had to be done.  Both were on very small budgets and a lot had to be taken on that would normally have been handled by a hired staff. 

We just released a new trailer about a week ago for the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot, which stars Brock O'Hurn and Sol Geirsdottir, and has an extremely talented ensemble cast. Take a few moments and enjoy the trailer here:

For the next few months I will not have any major events looming, thankfully.  We are in the post-production phase on the TV Pilot and we will be presenting it to a number of parties before the year is out as we seek a good home to develop a full series.  

I will have a lot of activity to attend to with my writing, working for Seventh Star Press, and developing things for next year's Imaginarium Convention, but it won't be at the same intensity as my March-October schedule was.  

I am also aiming to ramp up my physical training again.  Really not happy about backsliding a bit these past few months, but I had to do what I had to do to take the next steps on my path.  I sincerely hope I will not have to run that kind of gauntlet again, and the next time I will be able to operate on a level where there is a budget for additional staff help, etc.  I know I can get shored up physically again, it's just a matter of consistency and focus.  

One project I am excited about is The Creative's Cauldron, a new YouTube show I will be doing with my better half, Holly Phillipe, that will be a candid, funny, and entertaining take on our lives working in the indie creative world.  It won't be scripted I think a lot of authors, filmmakers and other creatives will relate to the kinds of stories we share from our daily lives working to take the next steps on the creative path.  Definitely check it out, and be sure to subscribe to the Seventh Star Press YouTube channel so you get the notifications on new episodes!  The link for that is:

It's a very interesting time for sure, and I know there's an audience for the things we have developed and are developing, but I would not turn down a vacation opportunity! haha! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chicago Trip for Rayden Valkyrie TV Pilot Project

Started this week with a very intensive two day excursion from Chicago to explore casting possibilities for the role of Rayden Valkyrie in the Rayden Valkyrie TV Pilot Project.

Obviously, the casting of this central role is critical to the potential success of the project, so we have to take extreme care with this decision.  We have had to adjust our production window a couple of times during the process, but we want to make absolutely sure we do it right.

This project could not only lead to an entire season of episodes, but it could kickoff some wonderful new projects for Seventh Star Studios, which is the production company bringing this to life (and it is the first project for Seventh Star Studios).

Me with production team members John Wells Ken Daniels and Holly Phillipe
We are very busy with several areas of the project at the moment, from storyboards to locations props, costuming, and building the production crew. It's coming together and I hope to be able to share some cool news in regards to our cast very soon!