November 9th, 2009

Typewriter Guy

I done writ a lot this weekending

I find myself working on two concurrent pieces about the Byfar Hour -- one regarding the improvisational aspects of the pre-show (and that pizza!) and one in response to an interesting post by woodwardiocom regarding the levels of metafiction in the Byfar Hour and The Big Broadcast as a whole. There's a lot of questions to be answered, some of which I'm perfectly happy letting people answer for themselves, but there were other artistic goals which I think it necessary to explain.

Then there's the annotations I'm already making for the inevitable commentary track should our recordings turn out all right (no multi-track mixer on site meant either a single channel bootleg off the sound board or a omni recorder dangling on a boom off the balcony) and stuff. Beyond that I can't say anything more about release plans because there's a lot of things to iron out there and I don't wish to make any more presumptions about future merch. :P

There's also a surprise which I'm almost finished with for those on the PMRP current mailing list. It, uh, ties up a loose end or two (which we'd always meant to keep untied, mind you.) You'll see.

Now is the time when we also start planning for Red Shift's yearly Arisia show in January. Michael Simon is joining our writing team for reals yo, and I hope we'll start work on the story this week. Unfortunately the PMRP won't be part of First Night this year due to budgetary problems on their side. While that is a real shame considering we did so well for 'em last year, it gives us actual time this year to actually work on a Red Shift script rather than whip one up in a week and a half. The last time we had the luxury to really work out a script, it was for Havoc over Holowood and it turned out to be one of our best scripts yet. I'm looking forward to figuring out what we do this time around.

There's also the notion that Frank, Amelia, Lex, Jenny, Charley and the gang will return sometime next year, but those cards will be kept very close until I've finalized more details. No cryptic promises or teasing here, honest. I do think I've found a new character to write in, though.

I was supposed to catch up on Mad Men, Venture Bros, and hell even 30 Rock this weekend, but I kept typing and typing and typing and then dealing with the cat every 5 minutes which derailed my train of thought more than I'd care to admit, so I got very frustrated and not everything got done. But the Byfar yammering will come next, I'm sure.