Been an interesting week and it’s only Tuesday. Classes started so I’m back in “professor” mode, which means wearing ties and button down shirts. My bow tie collection is growing to the point where I may not have to wear a regular tie at all for a while, which is cool. I’ve been wearing bow ties for a while, even before bow ties were “cool” so it’s nice to see the rest of the world jumping on the trend.
Also this week, though, there’s been some interesting artistic endeavors. Yesterday I recorded narration about the history of Kaunas, my adopted city and on Friday, I have an audition for a film. I’m also supposed to consult on a stage show this week, I’ll have a new short story published on Monday (and I’ll submit the script I wrote two weeks ago) and I have the beginnings of an idea for another new piece of fiction. Now I just need to make sure I actually keep up with the writing. Mostly I’m posting here so I have someplace to hold myself accountable. It’s very easy to let work get in the way of work so I need to make sure I use my time better. I’ve started tracking my time usage on various projects. I’m finding that tracking things like time and word counts is quite beneficial to my process. It’s only taken how many years to figure that out?
So.. new story starting on Thursday. If you see me, ask how it’s coming and make sure I have an answer. Busy is good, right?
Tuesday was our last full day in the Big City and we still had a full day’s use of the CityPass to take advantage of so naturally, we were once again up and out early in the day. This time, our destination was a bit outside the city center and was looking like it would take close to an hour to get there: The London Motor Museum.
Categories: Adventure, Art, Cities, Europe, Friends, Personal, Travel
Tags: batmobile, CityPass, DMC, Ian Rowland, London, london 2014, magic, Van Gogh, Westminster Abbey
With the Con basically behind us, we were all set on Monday to start really exploring London and making full use of our CityPass. Of course, in order to do this, we figured we needed an early start so we were up, had breakfast and were on the train by 9:15, heading out to the Tower of London. This seemed the best place to start, to reverse our trip of Thursday. Do the Tower, then the Bridge, then The Globe. Made perfect sense. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Art, Cities, Europe, Theater, Travel
Tags: beefeaters, HMS Belfast, London, london 2014, ravens, Shakespeare, The Globe, tower bridge, tower of london, wicked
When Sunday morning rolled around, we weren’t sure what we were going to do. We had originally intended on spending the day at the Con, but the one main event we wanted to see, George R. R. Martin discussing Game of Thrones, had been cancelled by George the day before (and what a hassle that was to find out – It was listed in the printed program but then Ruta had shown me the Con’s app for making life easier and it was not listed there so we ended up at three different locations and talked to four different people before someone confirmed it had indeed been cancelled). And while there were bits of programming we wanted to see, we also wanted to see more of London (it’s a big place, after all). Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Cities, History, Personal, Science Fiction
Tags: book benches, books about town, dinosaurs, Doctor Who, game of thrones, Greenwich, hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Hugo, hugo awards, Hugo Gernsback, london 2014, National Maritime Museum, natural history museum, Royal Observatory
Ostensibly, the reason we were in London in the first place was to attend LonCon3, the World Science Fiction Convention for 2014. As reasons go, it’s not a bad one. Especially since I’m a dues paying active member of the Science Fiction Writer’s of America (SFWA) and make such little use of that it barely registers as more than a line on my CV. So, knowing I was going to the con (that’s what we in the “know” call conventions) I volunteered to be on a panel when they had an opening and got an invite to the SFWA reception and had decided to attend the SFWA informational meeting. I figure if I’m gonna get back into this writing thing, I need to start hanging out with people again. Continue reading
Categories: Friends, Personal, Science Fiction
Tags: Amy Thomson, costumes, Laurence Suhner, loncon3, London, london 2014, sfwa, the anubis gates, tim powers, Tobias Buckell
Thursday started bright and early with breakfast at the hotel, which was kind of weird. Most hotels, if they offer breakfast, it’s usually a continental style, with pastries and coffee. Hostels often offer similar. This place had a kitchen so you could make what you wanted and offered up eggs, bread, cereal and some fruits. So we had scrambled eggs and toast before heading out for our day.
First stop, as planned, was the British Library. There was an exhibition on about British Comic Books until the 19th and since we didn’t know when we’d get another chance, today was our day for it (Monday and Tuesday were already blocked out due to the London Pass – to be explained later). Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Cities, Europe
Tags: book benches, books about town, british library, british museum, clink museum, comic books, harry potter, loncon3, London, london 2014, poppies, tower bridge, tower of london
This trip actually started a few months ago when AAron and family couldn’t make it to LonCon3, the World Science Fiction convention, this year held in London. Since they couldn’t go, but had already gotten memberships, Rasa and I took them over and planned a tourist trip around the con.
Of course, this wasn’t the only way AAron was involved. See, we were flying RyanAir which is notorious for how cut-rate they are. Until very recently, they would only allow one carry on bag, no more than 10kg, and anything else would be charged an exorbitant fee. They’ve since loosened policy a bit, but not much. In any case, we still weren’t checking any bags, but we had the ability to take two onboard. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Cities, Europe, Friends, Travel
Tags: big ben, Buckingham palace, loncon3, London, london 2014, ryanair, World Science Fiction convention
Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in quite a while – I finished an original script (first draft) for a TV pilot. 60 pages written in 23 days, from starting the outline to typing “Fade Out.” In those 23 days, I wrote a total of 16,514 words – in addition to the script, I wrote two lengthy blog posts, an original short story for David Magazine (which will be out on September 1) and a book review.
Now, the blogs and reviews, I do those with regularity, so no need to mention them in any detail but the other two, that’s what I want to talk about, for my own sake, not necessarily for any one else’s. Continue reading
A few days back, my friend Monika asked what my weekend plans were and if I wanted to go to Anykščiai, a village of about 12,000 people in the north midwest area of the country. Now, for those playing at home, Monika is a great friend and in the past we’ve done some great road trips like to Tallin and Finland, just to ride the roller coasters (of course, that trip was before I was blogging so no good record of it exists outside of incriminating photographs). Now, though, Monika has a car so there’s a whole new world open to us. Add in the fact that LAST year for my birthday, she gave me a stuffed creature and a book of 100 sites to see in Lithuania in which I had to take pictures of the creature and I was falling behind due to my lack of independent transport. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Cities, Friends, Travel
Tags: Anykščiai, Baranauskas, Biliūnas, creature project, Lithuania, Lithuanian, puntukas, Travels with Monika, Vienuolis
Remember last October when I filmed a tiny little scene for the ABC series The Assets? The show was supposed to air in January – in fact, my episode was supposed to air the week I got back to the States. Would have been fun to watch it with the family.
Unfortunately, ABC decided to cancel the show during it’s initial run and it wasn’t until this summer that it ended up airing all 8 parts.
But now, rather than put you through that grinding ordeal of having to watch all 8 hours, here’s my scene (I’m the guy with the silly mustache – the other guy is the wonderful stage and screen actor Jonjo O’Neill who has enormous street cred as McGillop on the Doctor Who episode – “The Day of the Doctor“)