Rear View Mirror – April 2023

It was hard to concentrate on my indoor tasks during the first half of April because the weather—and especially the temperature!—started turning to my liking. But then…the temperatures dropped, and the rain decided it wanted to challenge all the small creeks. In other words…the second half of April is when I achieved most of my writing-related goals. Weird how that works.

The upgrade of my studio / sanctum continued with a couple of purchases…an audio interface unit, and a pair of studio monitors to go with it. This steepens my learning curve just a bit, but so far I haven’t run into anything I haven’t been able to figure out.

In addition, the companies I bought from have been sending me emails to on-line resources, up to and very much including a treasure trove of free digital audio tools. And, just like that, the learning curve grows more radical. What can I say? Bring it!

These purchases have prompted me to push back my plan of acquiring a new synthesizer. The reason: I know myself well enough to know that, once I get my hands on that synthesizer, I will spend all my time creating new sounds and new songs instead of learning how to use my recording equipment. One step at a time, I tell myself. Yeah, that sounds kinda boring.

Video channel
I’ve only recorded one new video during April that will be uploaded when I officially launch the channel. Instead, most of my efforts have been in coming up with unique ideas on how to shoot the videos. This has turned out to be a much more enjoyable task than I expected it to be.

Metzgerhund Retreat progress
The ‘pieces’ I mentioned last month to the last three stories in the series are in place (mostly), and I’ve been filling in the scenes and the dialog. I estimate I still have 32,000 words left to type, but at least I have a much better idea of how the scenes are supposed to go. Or, so I keep telling myself.

R&D Ate the Time I Was Supposed to Use For Doing My Homework
Research and development, when done correctly, is a black hole that gobbles up time you are perfectly acceptable to exchange for the knowledge and—hopefully—the success you gain during the process. So, when it becomes obvious to me that not all my projects will experience expected progress due to time spent on my R&D exploits (exempli gratia: notice I didn’t even mention anything about my alien world books this time around), I accept it without much thought and no noticeable regret.

In preparing this post, I also wrote an entire essay regarding my experience implementing the R&D approach during my software development days, and how not all managers / clients / stakeholders understood and/or accepted the practice. I realized it was getting lengthy, so I will probably turn it into a separate post for another time.

Suffice it to say…for someone whose only boss is myself, I can practice any methods I desire. And, if anyone thinks I’m spending eons of time increasing my audio and video knowledge, wait until I buy that next synthesizer!


About Steve 46th

I like creating things. I draw energy and passion from music. I enjoy solving puzzles and mysteries. I would be quite happy spending the rest of my life playing games with words for the enjoyment of others.
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