2013 Flashback – My Desktop: March 2013

Mesnard desktop 13.03

Much is at play with this image; behind and on top of the desktop.

The obvious is what a cluttered mess things are.  Less than a month away from Script Frenzy Camp Nanowrimo‘s April session; which I  decided to write a screenplay rather than a novel [which is a legitimate choice in Camp Nano this year].  There is also one or two shorts which won’t see the light of day.  Poor concepts.  Good thing I keep my ego in check came to my senses.

Business concerning a couple writing buddies are displayed on my digital plate, but I also picked up an “outside” project.  I was hired for another script doctor job.  For those who don’t check my freelance profiles, I used to be a screenwriter before making an effort at prose.

Being a script doctor is pretty much like being a ghostwriter.  Tasks can be simple; such as formatting a script correctly, or lowering a page count.  Heavier lifting could be rewriting dialogue or changing the story completely.  This is a short film, but I’m treating it just as seriously as anything else I put efforts into.

If anyone reading this is looking for someone to do any editing, polishing, or whatnot…I’m for sale hire.  [Contact me or comment if interested.]

As the image is concerned – the obvious answer is Star Wars art.  It was said to be for an emulation program.  The game Star Wars Galaxies went defunct when The Old Republic MMO got readied for launch.  Such a thing hasn’t stopped many people from assembling teams and launching versions of the game all their own.  So long as someone legitimately owns a copy of the game discs, it is legal to participate.

This game is entitled SWGemu.  Not only was a former guildmate part of the team at one time, it’s the version I have been leaning most towards.  The image is supposed to represent a new introduction cinematic (or cut scene) for this game’s iteration.  It is certainly ambitious.

I couldn’t accurately track down the artist, but I’ll add it as soon as I’m positive.  I have a feeling I know who did it…but I did not wish to inaccurately credit.  I’ll get to the bottom of it.

For a taste of what the game is like, here’s a bonus video.  If I had more time in a day (or a genie allowed me to never sleep yet never feel tired), now you know where I’d be.

My Desktop: October 2013 (thanks, V.G. & co.!)

Screen shot 2013-10-01(no spoilers – whether warranted or not – I promise!)

September was a busy month for a number of reasons.  A few know a greater part of the story, but some of the files can offer hints or insight.  Next month it should [hopefully] look a tad bit leaner as far as desktop clutter is concerned.

This month I’m changing things up and honoring one of the most creative teams in the business up until the evening of the twenty-ninth of September: when the last episode of Breaking Bad aired.

My desktop (for the moment) will reflect my appreciation.  It’s a serene moment which will look pretty to the uninformed viewer; but have another layer or two for the deeper fan…such as myself.

Kudos go out to Vince Gilligan (and his esteemed team of six others in the writers room), David Porter, Michael Slovis, and all the others who helped bring each and every episode to the public’s eye: AMC, all the post folks, production folks, and MrABQ too.

And now to uphold my “no spoiler” promise, here’s a video below which will in no way affect anyone who hasn’t started watching the series yet.  I could say this is the very worst moment in the show’s history, but…I cannot call anything an awful part of the series.  If anyone DOES hate it, don’t let it detract from any of the hype.

Respect the chemistry.

2012 in review: Oh, Mesnard via WordPress

I received the following writeup from WordPress about my blog in 2012.  Following the link it provides even gives you a firework show.


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Been a year, Mikey…

Mikey fishy

It’s been a year and two days since you saw a Dead Hot Workshop performance.  It’s been a year and a day since you spent all night getting the baby’s room up to your level of perfection – and it’s been a year since I found out a December phone call would be our last conversation.

A day still hasn’t gone by without something popping into my mind.  A song; a Howard moment; a syndicated Simpsons episode I didn’t see yet.

Most commonly it’s one of those throwaway lines we’d use towards one another; like a stenographer’s shorthand.  Something most wouldn’t pay attention to, but spoke a paragraph of feelings or emotion towards one frivolous thing or another.  “Who told you that!”  “Oh no, nippy.”  “MM-hmmm…”  “Hello hello.”  “See?  Wha’d I tell you!”  “Ho-MER…!”  “Let me see bonehead…”

What’s a worse travesty – me not talking to you again or me not knowing your favorite Dead Hot album?  Who am I kidding – it was that garage cassette tape you never got enough of…and didn’t get enough of making me listen to.  Not like I objected.  I was just as proud as you were when we saw your favorite band “go national” so to speak.  I still have a copy of that Best Buy ad safely tucked away in a box somewhere.

Music was a thing of ours.  With all we had in common, nothing was better than listening to CDs in your Toyota – or whatever music format on my stereo.  Hunting down tracks; hearing new cuts on the radio.  Acoustic rarities.  Our shared interest in local and obscure music; including bands we went to high school with.  I still wonder how your radio picked up those heyday performances of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin as we froze while camping out in the woods near the crater for that dirtbike race.

I hoped to post a  jukebox of tunes, but these will more than do: representing the Tempe sound and spirit of Long Wongs.  As Brent would say, “This is a love song…  Well, they’re all love songs, aren’t they?”

Amazing. You still had a way to help guide with a couple of these choices.

Flip a coin / What shall we talk about

Something new next year?

Even if I did…I still doubt I would forget.

Happy Fathers Day 2012

To qualify, this goes out to [my friends and] all of those who are really taking care of the kids (in the Chris Rock implied sense), and all the positive role models out there who turned out to be male.

The above track is a tad NSFW, and really depends on your point of view…but I say give it a spin.  The sentiments should still resonate Blue true.  In the above context, happy fathers day.

Give it a like if you agree.  And if you don’t, comment negatively.  [Ordell says that rhymes.]

Moonlight Books You’ll Never Read

These books all look like great finds at yard sales – or more-worn versions of these could be found in a library discard pile.  Thankfully and shamefully, neither of these is an option.

By way of Figment:

“Unfortunately for all of us, it’s a collection of FICTIONAL fiction. Fake books that that master auteur Wes Anderson created for his new–in select theaters now!–movie Moonrise Kingdom.”

What does that mean?  James Cameron can call off the blue kitties dogs since that hued female on the far right won’t conflict with monies coming from any future trips to Pandora (the movie planet, not that awesome music service which I have a profile on).

According to the prophecy, Wes Anderson actually commissioned these covers to be made – but he wrote excerpts for each book.

Still want to read a little bit of these books?  Well here may be as close as you get.  Watch the video below and make it count.

Hit the jump to see additional images…

To read where I lifted most of this post from (and see a Tori Amos reference in the comment(s), click here. Continue reading

Camp Nano: Two Week Report


As you can see, everything is pretty well illustrated.  I did get to a new chapter [segment] finally.  These things get beefy, and I can’t say why.  In case you can’t tell, those numbers are integers in the negative; not out-of-place hyphenations.

Hopefully I’ll start picking up slack.  Good or bad, I had to post progress.  Perhaps I’ll hold off on making crafts until July.