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Studiolog: Week of November 5

Short update this week on what the Shames have been up to… Guitars go on. Streaming goes on! (Amy and I are looking to rebrand our stream, maybe this week, maybe next. It depends on how sick I still am tomorrow.) Not Bad goes on, now with 100% more guitar. Jake and his team Arts & Crafts took first place in yet another Roberts Space Industries Star Citizen commercial contest, this time featuring the mighty starter…

Studiolog: Week of October 29

Another week, another series of studio updates! What have the Shames been up to? Besides finishing more guitars, continuing our streaming habits, and acquiring a few pedals (Jake got me an awesome looper pedal to go with my gorgeous Witchell guitar, and a nifty tuning pedal as well), it’s been a chill week for the studio. For me, on the other hand, it’s been a busy week. I started by creating a mailing list for…

Studiolog: Week of October 22

It feels like so much has happened! And yet… What have the Shames been up to? Our trusty and talented designer Patrick sent over the draft of his cover concept for our comic book project with Alex – and wow, it’s hard to think about much else now that I’ve seen it! This is the stage at which a project feels real to me. Speaking of fake covers, I’ve made a few fake covers for my NaNoWriMo novel and…

Live podcasts

I mentioned in the last studiolog I wrote that we’ve been streaming our studio. Since then, we’ve refined that practice a little bit: Jake and Josh stream their shop time, which is mostly guitar work, and Amy and I stream our creative collaboration time. It feels like a live podcast. And it’s awesome. (For us, at least.) I’m not a big podcast fan. I’m not an audio learner, and I find it difficult to focus on…

Studiolog: Week of October 1

I would say this has been an uneventful few weeks in the Shames’ studio, but I would be lying. So what exciting stuff have the Shames been up to? Let’s get the big one out of the way: we’re streaming our studio! Instead of trying to set up our PCs for game streaming, which sort of gets lost in the crowd anyway, we had the idea of making our streams the “behind the scenes” experience…

Studiolog: Week of September 17

Jill and I were just talking the other day about how the late summer/early fall months are hard for us, creatively. I wrote about it in December of last year; I said the autumn months were “for forgetting how to write, except when it’s very structured,” and “a time of extreme writer angst.” See? I did kinda figure myself out. So in this transitional time of difficulty, what have the Shames been up to? As I may have mentioned…

Studiolog: Week of August 27th

Dogs. Are. Exhausting. Even (especially?) when you love ’em. So what have the Shames been up to? Jake shipped off the first Sharper Axe adoption: the Star Trek guitar. I’m so proud! Check out the other guitars still for sale if you’re interested in rescuing a custom instrument. I had a false start on my Accidental Magic Project story for September, but luckily inspiration swooped in today. Fingers crossed it sticks around long enough for…

Studiolog: Week of August 13th

What have the Shames been up to? Well, turns out fixing and/or customizing a car is more work than expected (just like production, how about that!), so that continues to steal the majority of our combined time and attention. Thankfully, Six is in fewer pieces than before and seems to be coming out of surgery A-OK. Since Six is going to chill for today before she can go see a mechanic tomorrow, that leaves today…

Studiolog: Week of August 6th

Can I just brag about my lunches this week for a second? Oh geez. They were delicious. Little half-cups of this and that for a light, well-balanced meal. So much better than heavy Bellevue lunch food. Uhhhh, OK, that was a weird aside. Anyway, what have the Shames been up to? In some ways, it feels like hardly anything. It’s been really hot again, so we’ve all been trying to stay cool. On top of…

Studiolog: Week of July 30th

This might be about the week of July 30th, but ’tis now my namesake month – my favorite, especially when everyone at work has to clarify that they didn’t mean “in August, in the month of August.” Anyway. What have the Shames have been up to? I just published my latest short story for The Accidental Magic Project: “Tea for Deux,” based very much on two of my dearest and oldest friends. This was a great example of…