Monthly Archives: June 2016

Emerald Specter 15: Catching Up

Time to check in with all my loyal readers, listeners, followers, and whatnot. Sure, there could be more, there could be activity, and there could be a lot in the way of posting going on here, but who am I to complain.

If you haven’t noticed, I changed the look of the site up. The images that are associated with the blog postings will probably also be changing in the near future. But before I digress even further, let’s drop the “intro” image and get into the meat and potatoes of this blog.

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The recolorized Space Ghost will be the first thing I’ll be working on because, while I love the Hanna Barbera properties (Space Ghost, Blue Falcon, Bird Man, Herculoids, Teen Force, etc), I want to have something a little less “we’ll sue you for using the image” and more Emerald Specter-ish. What do you care until it changes, right?

I’ve been quiet… there have been a lapse in the SpecterFit columns, we have a hiccup in the Greatest Show schedule, and I’ve done little else in the way of getting things done on this site. There are a lot of things I’d like to do but I haven’t taken the time to do them.

That’s about to change.

One of my biggest hiccups with how I operate is the overplanning of projects without actually producing anything significant. For example, let’s say I have this great idea for a book. Rather than do a rough plot outline and start writing, I develop the shit out of the idea and let is sit for years before coming back to it without really remembering what the whole point was in the first place. Writing. I’m currently spinning my wheels with yet another planning escapade for something and I decided this morning that I was going to do something more productive with the actual process.

I’ve been listing the “Specter Show” on this site as “coming soon” and I had intended to start the show, weekly, with the first week in 2016… here I am in June and I still haven’t pushed forward with the show. I’m going to be working on my “big idea” and I’ll probably just put the assembly process while I come up with the background. I’m also thinking about just starting the writing.

Amazing idea, right?

I’d just write a chapter, part, segment (whatever) and post the damn thing on the site. If I make some errors or continuity needs to change, maybe I just rewrite and rerelease the chapter, part, or segment.

As a spoiler alert, I’ve had a few ideas on the back burner for decades and just recently have I started doing something I never realized I could be doing that would be awesome. I’m connecting them all and making everything part of the same continuity. I have some superheroes, they’re in there. I have a science fiction epic, that’s part of the same story. Time traveler? Yep, he’s in there, too. Fantasy adventure, that’s also part of the whole shooting match. Everything is interconnected and now I need to just start putting finger to keyboard (pen to paper) and start writing at least some of this grand connected universe.

This process will be starting today. I need a baseline for the world (geography or planet info), and then I’m going to start writing. I’ll post it, wait for critique, and if there is none, do the next step. I’ll also start podcasting on the Specter Show… hopefully before August. It will start this year, though. I need to do this.

Enjoy.

Emerald Specter 14: Time is the Enemy

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Some wonder why I don’t post more often. Some wonder why SpecterFit isn’t actually a weekly thing. Some wonder why the ESPL isn’t running non-stop year round instead of being simulated “seasons” like a video game you don’t need time in between. The thing about all these items is that they require time. Time is currently my enemy, because I don’t get paid for the stuff I do on this website.

SpecterFit started out as a way to chronicle what I’ve learned while losing weigh, weight lifting, and working out in general. Well, I moved to Portland from Bismarck and the food around this place is amazing. I haven’t been working out here because, as any of you know, I’m brand loyal and I was going to Gold’s Gym in Bismarck… something that Portland doesn’t have. I haven’t found another gym here and working out at home is easy to “put off.”

The ESPL was originally going to be posted weekly with a small break between seasons to set stuff up… that may even still happen, but right now I’m running it “real time.” I can pre-load the posts ahead of time, so that if I get a spurt of time I can put up 5 or 6 posts, or if I won’t get to the weekly posting I have a few posts in waiting so that something is still coming out. If you’re curious, I’ve already loaded the first 2 weeks of the second season already and I’ve not had a chance to work on anything else. There are also several “off season” posts you’ll all be treated to, as the ESPL is expanding!

With time being the enemy, I have to get back on topic… the topic of time being the enemy.

I don’t get paid to do anything on my website. When I was 22, I started dicking around on the Internet and eventually learned how to code using HTML. The driving force behind that was running an eFed, or an electronic wrestling federation. People jump online, pretend to be professional wrestlers, and fun is had. In order to keep doing that, though, one needs a lot of spare time. Thus, the prime time for eWrestlers is ages 15 to the mid-20s. There is a lot of time to be had then, and being 40 now, I can’t keep up with what the kids are doing these days.

Moving away from the eFedding, I wanted to set something up online that kept a running record of all kinds of stuff… I plug this website that inspired that so often that I don’t even think he realizes I drive him a little extra traffic annually. At zompist.com, Mark keeps almost everything that he does online and accessible from his website. That design has been the exact same look for his website since I discovered the site way back in 1999.

The difference between Mark and I is that I would technically be considered an “engineer,” which means I like to change stuff. I have done at least one, if not two or three, redesigns of my website every year since I put it up (the original website was LimeFlavored.com, which went up in 2000 as a free domain and then went ad free in 2001). With almost every design, I ended up having to dump large amounts of information (historical stuff, previous posts, eFed stuff, old designs, etc). Thus, my realization of the Zompist look a like were dashed fairly early on. There was a point where one design I had was so good that I, to this day, think about going back to it… but I don’t want to hand code again.

I’ve utilized hand coded HTML websites, I’ve used content management systems (various ones, too numerous to mention and several that no longer exist), and I’ve been using WordPress for the past five years (at least). I switched from the original domain to this one (EmeraldSpecter.com) as the previous one had things associated with it that I didn’t want to deal with anymore, so a fresh start rebooted everyone’s mental image of what was possible. I’m starting to slide back into the old habits of “drive by” posting, not being consistent, and promising things that never happen.

All because time is the enemy.

I am a writer. I can technically say author since I’ve been published (small, local, not paid), but writer fits better because I think that writing is an ongoing process. I’d like to write a book, multiple books, and I’d like to write comics. I’ve plotted out a couple of each of those and I’ve just never really gotten into moving forward with that. If you saw the slider on the front page, then you also know that I’ve been promising original fiction on the site for at least a year. That’s to say nothing of the¬†podcast that I haven’t started when I said I was going to start it.

I’d really like to get paid to do something that can entertain others. I’d like to write a book and sell that book, so that I could stop working where I work. Working AND this website often gets too much and because I have to make money, the work part of the equation quite often takes control of the non-paid ¬†activities. Money trumps all. I’m not hurting for money but I don’t want to not be making the money so I don’t slip into poverty like I have been in the past.

Life is short. I’ve said in the past that I believe I’m immortal but the body is starting to feel the wear and tear that older folks complain about. My knees have been in bad shape for a long time, my weight is almost back at the level it was when I started losing the 91 pounds that I had lost. My back is starting to hurt in ways it never has before and there is more that I don’t even want to get into. Since life is short, shouldn’t I be doing something that isn’t a chore? Shouldn’t I be doing something that isn’t something to be dreaded? Work is a drag and work has pressures that don’t need to exist (and exist because of specific individuals). It would be nice to get paid to do something else, something I enjoy doing.

Until that happens, though, I guess my ass needs to get up off my couch and go to work. Sad face.

Think on it.

Sorry, 404: The Greatest Show Not Found

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Sorry, folks. There have been some things that will prevent us from appearing tonight on the Greatest Show. Kevin seems to have been tamed by his horrible, horrible bosses into working during the time we record the show.

Stupid bosses.

Tricia has come down with something that has taken away that beautiful voice, and since she is zapped in energy by the same illness, there isn’t much in the way of excitement (or volume) in the only lady on the show.

Stupid illness.

Metal Jesus and DJ are in good health… but Metal Jesus would be up wicked late and DJ has been up since before the crack of dawn… thus, there isn’t enough energy to sustain the show this evening.

Stupid energy.

We will see what we can get going next week, maybe another round with Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes and maybe we’ll talk about the greatest Christmas movie ever made: Gremlins.

Sorry folks. See you soon.

ESPL Week 22 – And There Would Be Champions

The race came right down to the end, the fate of the league’s first season is capped off with one club being crowned the champions. Will the leaders coming into the week, Gothica, pull out their victory? Will their closest competitors, Shamrock Celtic, overcome the odds and win the championship? Only the recap will tell in the season finale of the first ever season in the Emerald Specter Premier League. Let’s get to the action.

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Wordsmiths hosted Shamrock Celtic in the week opener, only to get routed 6-0 as Celtic fought to stay afloat in the league. Shamrock Celtic’s goals came from Shamus O’Mara, Kip Nguyen, Marco Kaspazov, Thor Skjelstad, and two from Arak Shemin. Wordsmiths weren’t able to convert a single chance into a goal, and they only got three chances. Most of the match was spent on Wordsmiths’ side of the pitch, battling to keep the away side out of their net.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my team mates,” said Patrick Barnes, Shamrock Celtic forward. “This is a great cap to the season.”

Knightsquare hosted Vulcan FC and Halo hosted Sporting Black Cats to scoreless draws.

Real Olympia hosted Gothica in the must see match of the week, and Gothica pulled out a 1-0 victory to seal their championship in this inaugural season. The goal came off the foot of Simon Tarken, the team’s captain. The goal came at 6′ into the match and though they tried to score more, Gothica only needed the one in order to secure the league. More on that after the rest of the recap.

Allen FC hosted Naval Armada in a 1-1 draw, with Allen scoring off of Max Vice’s foot and Naval Armada scoring off of Pedro DeJesus’s foot. Emerald United hosted Shazam CM in a 1-1 draw, United’s goal came from David Jason and Shazam’s goal came from Jackson Alexander.

“It is my pleasure to award the ESPL Championship to Gothica,” said DJ Allen, ESPL founder. Allen was present in Olympia for their victory. “They fought hard and persevered, even though the end looked a little uncertain. This is a momentous occasion for the league in that Gothica will always be remembered as the first champions of the league. Enjoy the win.”

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“There was no way we weren’t winning this cup,” said Peter Stark, Gothica Manager as he hoisted the ESPL Cup. “I had faith that we, as a club, could accomplish this goal and I look forward to us defending this championship all next season. This is the first of many, folks. Enjoy it.”

“I think we can enjoy ourselves for a week or two,” said Simon Tarken, Gothica team captain. “After that, I want us to start working on next season because champions don’t rest. Champions are never satisfied.”

“This one is for the supporters,” said Donovan Righte, Gothica forward. “This one is for the fans!”

Gothica won, leaving Shamrock Celtic’s victory a little hollow. Shamrock Celtic declined to make an official statement in response.

What does the off season hold? Time will tell.