It helps if I remember to turn the microphone on when using the camera! My goodness, one week off from vlogging and I’m losing all my skills!
Today’s music, via the YouTube Audio Library:
Chicago by Joe Bagale
Panzer Dragoon Orta by Sega
Video game footage: Panzer Dragoon Orta by Sega
Sometimes the weather just conspired to make it difficult, even impossible, to get things done. It seems this is what is happening with the driveway we are having added to the house. The work is now in its third month when it should take, at most, a week to lay a drive of this size and put in bracing walls on either side of it, to keep the garden back.
Still, I can’t complain too much – we spent the first two months digging out the topsoil and the hard clay underneath it. It was only when a local builder came ’round with a quote for finishing the job that we decided to pack in our efforts and just let him do the lot. Still, that was a month ago.
Oh well. As long as it gets done in the end, I suppose.
Work continues apace. I’m busy with the comics and the videos, as well as getting a load of writing done. It’s great to finally be back doing what I love instead of constantly worrying that I’m not doing enough revision and fretting over minor issues in the coursework for my law degree. I’ve put all that behind me and I’m looking forward to the future with my creative work.
Speaking of which, here’s today’s video from my main channel, Nobmouse.
I’m currently still bashing away at The Curse of the Other World but I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by the end of the month. The reason I want it done by then is so I can put it aside for about 6 weeks, while I work on the second Gretl Lune novel, Forged In Blood, as part of NaNoWriMo.
It’s important to let a novel rest for a while before you come back to it for editing, so with a bit of luck and a trailing wind I’ll get this beast of a novel completed. I say it’s a beast because it is taking me so long and so much effort to slay it, not because it is monstrous in size. It will be around 90-100 000 words in total, so comparable to the average novel on bookshop shelves.
Drawing the comics is taking longer than it really should but I think that’s mostly down to me being under the weather, so to speak. I’m constantly tired, I’ve got a feeling of being drained and I just feel awful. Today I fell asleep in my chair for a couple of hours while I was in the office; which delayed today’s All Over the House comic as I’m sure you’ll understand. As a result, there has been no Nob Mouse comic today.
I’m sure I’ll get back into the swing of things in a few days but at the moment, I’m just run-down and feeling like yuck. It’s annoying but I’ll work through it. Being freelance, there’s not really an alternative, after all!
Speaking of comics, today’s All Over the House is the 500th comic. I think you’ll agree that this is an amazing achievement given everything that has gone on here. Jennifer and I are both very proud of what we’ve achieved with the comic and we’re looking forward to the next 500.
Sometimes things just come to me and I have to get them down on paper right there and then. It’s the reason I carry around both a lined notepad and a sketchbook in my handbag, as well as making extensive use of the voice and text notes apps on my mobile phone. I don’t want to lose something that made me chuckle, or made me think “hey, that’s a brilliant idea for [something or other that I’m working on at the time].”
Today’s episode of The Life of Nob T. Mouse was one of those things that just came to me. Jennifer had put forward a story about Franky getting on Spam’s nerves by trying to help with his inventions, and getting sent on a fool’s errand as a result. While I was doing the laundry, the thought occurred to me that I should have Franky actually succeed in the fool’s errand, and at that point we had the punchline for the comic.
The end result is one of my favourite episodes of The Life of Nob T. Mouse, and that’s taking into account its 15 year run of comics, games and short stories. Jen likes the comic too, but something about this one is just really tickling my fancy. I think it’s the combination of the joke and me feeling like I finally got the facial expressions for the characters just right.
I’m still waiting on the new power supply for the MacBook arriving, so there is not vlog today. There is an episode of the Nobmouse channel however, so at least that’s something.
I’m looking forward to being able to get back into vlogging but without the autocue, the essay style that I’m going for on that channel just won’t work. Plus, I can’t edit Reading The Weird together to make a watchable show without the MacBook, so for now the whole channel is on hold. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long, because I have some fantastic stories coming up that I think will be worth watching.
Speaking of the shows, today’s major news story was the police in America (where else?) who killed a homeless man and claimed he had been “resisting arrest”, only for video footage to come out showing he did no such thing. I wanted to cover this in my video but I really could not have done the story justice. It is cases like this that make me want to go into criminal prosecution rather than contract or estate law because I want to see the kind of people who could attack a mentally ill man, and kill him for no good reason, punished to the fullest extent of the law. I get angry when I see things like this, and that’s why I didn’t cover the story in the show. I would not have been able to treat it with the calmness and delicacy that it requires because I wouldn’t be able to edit out the screaming at the camera that I would inevitably end up doing.
Philip DeFranco covered it, however. You can find his video here.