Another thing i made on a dare. A mashup of the Peter Schilling song "Major Tom" and the audio from the Onion's "Our Dumb Century" - oh yeah -- NSFW
It's not that I don't think my art is good. I like my art. "Me Do Art Good" used to be on all my business cards. I'm just concerned about the future. My income has dropped dramatically this past year, with me being sick. I've watched my savings get smaller and smaller.
As it stands right now, i can only afford my rent for 2 more months. I NEED to figure out what to do next. The art directors that love my stuff, can't afford to pay me more that what they do now. And I don't think I have the chops for the 'major leagues'. To be more accurate; I am better than the worst guys getting big time work - but I don't know how to get that work for myself.
That's what 'Machination' is about. Trying to find new streams of income. I just hope it's in time
I've also been working on a top secret video game project. Top secret that is, until now...
This is a big deal for me - not only is it to be an awesome iPad game full of my art. But I also have a share in the project. a big first for me. Normally I do the art, I get paid, and move on.
This time however, when Signal Flare Games came to me looking for some art, I decided to take a chance. I sold them on my vision of FAUST, The Fraternal Alliance of Unethical Steam Technologists. I pitched them on my 'wired west' universe (from which also comes the Tesla Rangers, and The Adventure Society). They loved the setting and were very interested. And I could have stopped there...
But I went all in. I told them that they'd get all the art, the setting, and my buttery man-voice 'for free' - Because I wanted royalties.
I wanted to try my hand at making something that would actually keep working FOR me, while I was distracted raising my daughter. You know that old saw - "work 'Smarter' not harder".
So we'll see. Maybe it'll go bust - or maybe it'll be gangbusters. Either way - I'm doing this fearless.
On Monday, January 3rd, My Wife Eli Danger had an appointment with her baby doctors. It was supposed to be a routine check up but instead the doctors decided that today was “the day“.
Then they all put on sunglasses and said “Let’s Do This” as they walked away slowly while things blew up around them. It was really cool looking.
Well some of that happened
Mostly the part where the doctors decided to induce labor. They had been monitoring the baby’s heart rate, and normally when a baby moves, it’s heart rate jumps. on this day, it wasn’t. The doctors took this a sign to get rolling.
I was still home working when Eli called with the news so I raced down to the hospital and began the waiting game.
Eli’s girl parts however gave no sign that they were informed of these decisions. Even after some hardcore medications had been administered. Eventually after almost 36 hours of false labor, and two close calls where the baby’s heart rate dropped dangerously low, The doctors informed us that we really needed to think about the other options.
So at 11pm on Jan 4th we prepared ourselves to bring this baby into the world in the “Manner of Caesar”I put on scrubs they gave me, and tried to calm myself with a special playlist of music Eli and I had built for the birthing room.
TRACK 1 A MAD MAN WITH A BOX
Maybe not the best music to 'calm' me but it sure put a dramatic flair to my pacing in the halls till they came to get me...
TRACK 2 THE ANVIL OF CROM
The nurse came to get me around the time this track started... the prologue ending just as the doors to the operating room opened. I think this song was the only thing keeping me upright.
TRACK 3 UIRCHILL AN CHREAGAIN
At this point I was sitting with Eli, a curtain separating her and I from the more gory aspects of was was about to happen. I held her hand and talked to her. the music in one ear, my eyes locked with hers. I told her I loved her, and this was all going to be ok.
TRACK 4 WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE
The cutting began. Eli said that she couldn't feel anything, just the sensation that she was floating. I told here "Well you're still here. And I'm going to hold on to you as tight as I can."
TRACK 5 HOLOGRAM / BINARY SUNSET
It was at about the 2:19 mark in track 5 that I heard the first gurgle of a voice that had not previously been in the room. I look at Eli, "Did you hear that?" - "No" she said. Then there was a second uncertain whimper, then a clear and sharp cry before the next track started.
TRACK 6 LOVE THEME
The first time I ever saw my daughter, this song was playing in my ear. They proceeded to do a quick clean, count the toes, and then asked me if I wanted to trim the last bit of the cord. "NO" I said. I didn't think I could stand up. They laughed and did it for me.
As they wheeled Eli back to her room, they bundled my baby girl and put her into my uncertain arms, just as this started...
TRACK 7 END CREDITS
It was the longest walk of my life, my first with Maxine Danger Wright
Total Running Time 27.9 Minutes