On another note, I have written my first 5 minute stand up routine. I was inspired to try. I am guessing it is pretty lame at this moment. I don't know that I will ever get to the point of actually performing it, but I wrote it. That is the first step, right? It is funny to me. Might not be funny to anyone else, but it is funny to me. I figure at the very least I am practicing my comedy writing. As most of what I want to write for my stop mo is comedy, it is probably not a bad thing to be practicing. I think if I were to ever try performing it I would need to work one-on-one with an actual comedian, getting thier feedback on how to make it work better. I realize that most people do this on stage, honing thier routine every time they do it, but I don't think I could do that. At least at the start. Here in Eugene we have one open mic night. If it still is going. I have been gone over a month, and it has been about 6 months since I last went to watch it. It wasn't very well attended back then. There are a few of our local comics that are good, a bunch that are so-so, and some that are cringe-worthy bad. I would be essentially doing the same routine over and over for the same people. That is not ok with me. I would prefer to get 2 or 3 five minute sets done, then hit the local open mic. I don't know if I will ever get up the nerve to get that far, but I like the idea that if I get the chutzpah I have something to work from.
Another project I am contemplating is another podcast. I miss my Celtic music podcast. It was fun to make. In my search for stop motion referance material, I have noticed the dearth of stop motion podcasts. There is one that posts a video every month or so, and there are several that have not posted in a year or two. What I am thinking of doing is creating a format and about 25 to 30 shows worth of topics and how to approach them, then approaching several of the online stop motion magazines or sites. Stopmotionanimation.com for instance or Animateclay.com, which is Mark Spess' site. Once I get my home set up worked out, if I can find a partner I think getting a show a week is within the realm of possibility. It would definitely be an audio podcast, maybe with video insterted here and there.
Yeah, I have a lot of big ideas. Part of the reason I started this blog was to organize them and explore feasibility, then document progress so that I don't drop my projects and have a bajillion good ideas and half done stuff. I was starting to feel like I was always working at things, but never had anything to show for it. This blog has been great for my productivity. It definitely helped me to get through the Douglas Adams contest. My next step is to find creative people to work on project with me. I love collaborating. Nothing is more exhilarating than that moment when two or more creative people start creating. When your ideas feed thier ideas, and thier ideas feed your ideas, and things start taking shape and stuff gets created. Even if half the ideas discussed don't get done, it is still a huge rush. A rush that I miss. My theory is that creativity begats creativity. The more you feed it with other's creativity, the more yours grows. Even if the things you are discussing have nothing to do with what you are doing, being around that spark helps to spark that part of your brain that creates. I feel like I am being very redundant in my words, but youknow what I mean. I am not in a writing space in the moment, so I feel like I am not expressing myself as well as I want.
Anyway, I think that is good for now. I will try to be more consistant with my posts. I vow to get my shit together and start creating again.