Spare Parts

Thoughts I Have No Use for, but Can't Bear to Throw Away

10 December
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The short version:
Eking out an existence in the midwest. Pursuing far too many hobbies at one time: playing in a band, writing, building sculpture, drag racing, photography, drawing and on and on. I'm currently trying to figure out which one should be a vocation, and how to prioritize all the rest of it. Right now I spend a lot of time being tired after doing all of it in the space of a week or two. I have a love for the creative side of life, and a good amount of frustration at not being able to devote another 40 hours of my life to said creative side. It occurs to me that the day job sure does suck up a lot of time that could be spent doing *important* things!

The slightly longer version:
- I took part in NaNoWriMo in 2008 for the first time, and I hit my word count, but had not finished the novel even at 76K words. It took seven months for me to write just 16K more and finish it. Slow, but finished! In 2009 I took part in NaNo again and wrote the entire 64K-word novel, completed from beginning to end, and I had a whole day to spare! In 2010 I perticipated again and wrote a 52K-word novel, finishing on the afternoon of November 30th. Apparently, I'm learning brevity, if nothing else. After the third, I've begun wondering when I should quit simply writing novels and start trying to get novels published as well.
- In 2007 a friend and I got on our motorcycles and rode from Indiana to the Bonneville salt flats in Utah and raced our bikes. It was one of the single greatest adventures I've ever had in my life.
- I love dystopian literature. It's been a recent discovery for me, and I've dived into it with abandon. I have read The Iron Heel, 1984, We, Player Piano, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Feed, 334, and Canticle for Leibowitz. I have a list of over sixty of these types of books, and I want to read every single one on the list. It's a bit of a tall order, partly for lack of reading time, and partly because I seem to keep finding new ones!
- I like weird speculative fiction. Not all of it dark, but the dark adds to the fun. Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont are two of my favorite writers. They wrote for the Twilight Zone as well as doing novel and short story work, among other things. Beaumont died far too early for his gifts to be fully recognized. He is still acknowledged as one of the greatest modern writers of fiction by the likes of Harlan Ellison and Dean Koontz.
- In 2008 I discovered a passion for building kinetic sculpture, specifically rolling ball sculpture. I've built eight or nine or ten of them now. It causes me some amount of nagging mental distress (like when you can't reach that spot in the middle of your back to itch it) when I don't have proper time to invest in working on them. It's frustrating to have all these ideas about what to build and not be able to put them into concrete form simply for lack of time. I need to win the lottery so I can quit my job and do this full time. If you're ever in Indianapolis, Indiana, and you're of a mind for these things, go to the Children's Museum there. They have a really large one that runs with billiard balls. It's awesome. I'd like to build one that's mounted to the ceiling of my house and runs through every single room of it. Seriously. I took a steel sculpture fabrication class on 2/6 and 2/7/10, and that caused me to immediately dig through my belongings and decide to sell a vintage guitar amplifier so that I could purchase a TIG welder. My goal is to eventually make them out of stainless steel rather than the copper I'm using now and to build them on a larger scale than the desktop models I've created up to this point. Update 4/12/14: On 8/18/2012 I uploaded a video on Youtube of my first completed stainless steel kinetic sculpture. As of this date I have 12 completed steel pieces with two commissions on the books.
- I play in a band. I've been doing that since college. I've now been in the same band for a dozen years or so. Lately the conflicts between time demands with the band and my other interests have been showing up, and that's been unfortunate. I never expected that I was going to want to do other things as much or possibly more than playing in the band.