I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I posted last…the days really are running together, one of the not-so-pleasant things about being housebound with this late fall weather, I observe to my chagrin.
The time hasn’t been entirely unproductive, I had another article published over at the American Daily Herald a few days ago, and so far it seems well received. I certainly enjoy the writing, but it does take it out of me. To a healthy observer, it must seem like I’m moving at a snail’s pace; lots of breaks to clear my mind, making sure to keep some food in me lest I get even more lightheaded and gloomy than usual, and LOTS of editing. I’m the sort that mainly edits on the fly, not a bad thing when I’m writing a narrative based on my experiences…there’s a strong tendency for the topic to get lost as my mind tries going in a dozen directions at once. A 2000-word article takes me a good two to three days to put together, something that I could have done in a matter of hours in my healthy days.
The satisfaction of putting these things down in print is worth it though, and gives me all the incentive I could want to keep up with it. Still and all, I only have a limited amount of energy even when I’m at my best (remember the Spoon Theory I wrote about a while back?) and I just haven’t had anything left at the end of the day in me to write anything here.
It’s getting better with practice, albeit slowly, and that’s gratifying. Over these last few weeks I’ve also been devoting a bunch of time and effort to getting up to speed on my videography. That first Krip Kam video came out acceptably, but there was and is plenty of room for improvement. It’s not just the editing that’s been on my mind, I also spent some time researching no-royalty music I could use in my videos without running afoul of the horribly tangled IP regulations that swarm around these creative endeavors.
In this area, I’ve found some fine resources, but one stands out from all the rest: Kevin MacLeod’s terrific incompetech web site…he’s a gifted and prolific musician who’s also very serious about helping people like me (substitute the phrase ‘poor slob’ in my case) find all sorts of great audio for all manner of creative productions. His songs and sounds are available in every conceivable shade of tone and feeling to fit any project, the site is the most user-friendly I’ve come across in a long time, and best of all, he only asks for a properly worded attribution for himself in new works, along with an acknowledgement of the Creative Commons license structure. If you’ve ever wondered how you can find genuinely good music for a video or other artistic endeavor, look no further.
There’s plenty more coming, but I’m out of juice for now, so until I get caught up, allow me to leave you with my latest offering in my Krip Kam© series of videos. It’s my first go at using a wheelchair mounted camera for videography, as well as trying new things with my video editing skills. I hope you like Krip Kam Video #2!