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Studiolog: Week of June 18th

Is this thing still on?

Man, what have the Shames been up to? Besides, of course, sprawling in the heat, getting more new jobs, and rescuing guitars…

Wait, rescuing guitars? Yes, Jake is now the lead artist at the shop in our garage we’re calling The Sharper Axe. He finished his first guitar this week, and yes, it IS inspired by Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony. (It’s also for sale, if you have a kid or pal who loves the show!) There’ll be pictures of the avocado guitar (also going up for sale), the spectacular orange bass for Amy, and my own purple Seagull M4 very soon.

We’ve been posting semi-regularly on our musical collective’s Instagram, so if you’re interested in our weird little loops, you can find ’em there.

For The Accidental Magic Project last month, I wrote a short story called “The Chessboard“. Trivia that’s probably only interesting to me: it was inspired entirely by a visit to a pawn shop in West Seattle – I had none of this story when I walked in, and most of it when I walked out. Funny how some places and people can just grab your imagination.

I’m itching to work on a novel again, so I have a feeling I’ll be picking up one of my trusty inspiration books – like Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing or Lamont’s Bird by Bird – or one of the many “novel tricks” books that always get me fired up, and following that up with wrapping on the first draft of “Portent.” How long can I drag this damn thing out? Weeee shall seeeeee…

If you’re someone who writes collaboratively and regularly, and you’re interested in being a part of an author collective, please contact me! I’d love to talk.