Thursday, September 23, 2010

Middle Earth Therapy


I've had an incredibly stressful week. I've found myself logging on to Lord Of The Rings Online after another night answering emails. I watch players playing in-game musical instruments while other players stand by and guess what song it is. They cheer and talk about whatever. Tonight I found myself sitting on a rock outside Bree, watching an elf, a human and hobbit fishing. And I know that it is silly, but I honestly calmed down. I watched the river. I watched the players casting and reeling. And I finally got sleepy.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What I've been up to.

So I'm in the great and awful position of working on 3 non-paying but extremely important projects at the same time, each of which could easily be full-time projects. I can tell you about two of them.

1. Tadly, of course. Let me tell you, making your own animated series is a very arduous project. I suppose that's why no one does it. BUT I DO. So I'm still hard at work on Episode 01 (which is actually the second episode since we stared with 00). But it's long and involves friends helping with voices and blah blah blah. So that's still in process. Be patient.

2. I'm doing some work for the local library system. More on that in a few weeks when I have something to show, but I guarantee that you'll love it. I've gotten to talk to some of the people who run the library and hear from them what a crap time they have of it trying to stay open. To paraphrase - When will libraries be well-funded? When reading becomes a sport.

3. I've been handed a giant opportunity, career-wise. Can't talk about it, and it's only an opportunity- not an offer, sure thing, or anything other than a chance. Hopefully in the next few months I'll be able to talk about it. Even if it doesn't work out, it's terribly flattering and exciting.

Oh yeah, and I'm still looking for a full-time job or at least steadier freelance. My skills are kinda wasted on most people in Pittsburgh. (MOST people. I've gotten some great work and some wonderful opportunities that are still pending.) The market here doesn't have a ton of room for what I do. New York and LA? Sure, tons of opportunity. So if anyone has an interesting (and paying) project in the next few months, don't hesitate to contact me.

Beyond that, we're into show season with my wife's handmade plush business. That means tons of traveling and, among other things, spreading the gospel of Tadly Waldorfington. We've had some great responses so far and I can't wait to talk to people in Chicago, St Louis, and Providence, to name only a few. Stay tuned.

Also, Lord Of The Rings Online went free to play. That's all I can say about that other than if you see two hobbits named Bliobo and Prancy running through the Barrow Downs on the Crickhollow server, it might be my wife and I.

Otherwise, it's the best time of my life thus far and the best time of the year. So hooray for everything.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Renegade Chicago '10

I'm too tired from driving a zillion miles last night to make a proper post, but enjoy these few pics from our weekend hocking our wares in Chicago. Thanks to the thousands who came out and made it a fantastic show!
Millennium Park self-portrait wankery!
Further Millennium Park self-portrait wankery!
The city.
The fair.
The booth.
The crank-operated bird-girl automaton.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Tadly Episode 2 WIP #6

Hm. Looks like someone's making war on all mankind or something. Huh.

This is about where you realize that you've bitten off much, much more than you can chew on a project.