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Studiolog: Week of January 28

February 1st is Jake’s birthday! Happy birthday, Jake! What else have the Shames been up to in the final week of January? As usual, there’s a new posted episode of The Writers in the Room, about setting ambitious goals but having realistic expectations. This was the first week where we actually skipped recording a new episode, due to Amy’s absence. Don’t worry, we’re back on it this weekend, jet-lag be damned! As I’m about a chapter and a…

She Is

A conversation that came to me as I sat on the couch the other night… “What do you know, teacher?” “Too much.” “A given.” “Too much sadness.” “Whose?” “Everyone’s. I move through a crowd and it sloughs onto me.” “What do you know about the woman?” “She is.” Curious silence. “A woman.” “She is.” “She is, and she will be.” “While we are still watching, teacher?” “Yes. I believe so. She is coming quickly to the turning point. Not long now.” “When she is… will the sadness change?”…

Studiolog: Week of January 21

Welcome to yet another studio update. What have the Shames (minus Amy) been up to? First and foremost: we have bacon again. Jake worked his magic and it is a delicious batch. Fueled by bacon, Jake and Josh and I have been playing a lot of collaborative music. More and more, we’re incorporating our stringed instruments into the improv sessions, and it’s sounding, well, Not Bad so far. Today Zach and Josh and I took…

Studiolog: Week of January 14

Howdy, faithful readers. What have the Shames been up to this week? It’s been another quiet week, mostly because Amy is off travelling the world! (For work.) The rest of the Shames will miss her dearly, and I expect things will remain a little slow under the studio roof until her return. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for two weeks to hear our voices. We’re still dropping new episodes of The Writers in the…

Studiolog: Week of January 7

Howdy, world! Has it truly been just one week since I last wrote one of these? Dang. Long week. I spent three of the weekdays at an offsite for work, and am now completely peopled out. So the Shames haven’t been up to too much in the meantime. I kicked off the year for The Accidental Magic Project with a short story called “Son of Rock.” Surprise, surprise, it’s guitar-themed. Bear with me, though, I tried…

Wake-up call

Preston’s eyes remained closed, though he could feel the lightening of morning outside his window. These moments were precious: self-reflection, brilliant ideas, anything that required a still mind and a complete focus on nothing else, these were the commodities he crafted in the wee hours. Then the first electric shock hit his toe and travelled all the way up through his veins. Preston used to scream when the alarm clock went off, but after five…

Studiolog: Week of December 31

Howdy folks! It is 2019 and the Shames are feeling good about the year here at the studio. So what have we been up to this week? Ohhhh, we’ve been planning. It’s felt a little like voluntary homework, but in the best possible way! (Yeah, yeah, don’t forget, I was homeschooled. All schoolwork was homework.) I created a sheet to help us focus our vision for our studio overall as well as for each project,…

Studiolog: Week of December 24

It probably looks to those watching like the Shames spent a quiet holiday at home. Well, that’s more or less true… it was a very busy time in the studio as the Shamesian elves slaved over their projects with oodles of joy. So what were the elves up to? Me? I’ve been writing. A lot. It was a slow first half of December as far as getting back into the swing of making progress on my…

Studiolog: Week of December 17

It’s officially the December holidays – no one is around, stores are either closed or packed, and I can feel my end-of-the-year itches coming on strong. Yet there seems to be no time for anything… So what have the Shames been up to? I broke out our new camera to refresh some of my blog post illustrations. You can see the results on this post, or on some future ones I imagine I will create!…

Studiolog: Week of December 10

This was my “birthday week,” which is not to say that I celebrate my birthday all week but rather shorthand to inform my coworkers that I won’t be around for their end-of-the-year “hurry up and wait” BS and will be enjoying some quiet, restful time at home. So that’s what I’ve been doing. And meanwhile, the Shames have been up to a few things… The new guitars are finally up and ready for their new…