This Creative Life

Welcome to the creative work of Alan White, head writer and producer of "FEEDBACK; A HERO'S CALLING," now at Broken Sea. The "Feedback" in question is Matthew Atherton, My Hero. He and other heroes of mine have links found down the left side of these pages. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Is This The First Observation?

"Google" can translate to "Go Ogle".

Monday, March 26, 2007

Back To Kansas

I just spent the weekend in Oz. My black and white world went to color for a few days. There was adventure and lessons learned and wonderful new people to meet and travel yellow-bricked roads with. And there was even a little four-footed companion on the journey with us.

But unlike Dorothy, I didn't "wish I were home". I'm back at work and it's been an hour and fifteen minutes and all I've done is one work-related phone call.

How does one focus back to black and white when you've been exposed to technicolor?


Monday, March 12, 2007

The World Needs A Hero ...

... and I've got him for you!

The latest installment of our audio drama is finally live on the air. Go here.

All the previous posts about the audio drama drama led up to this move to Broken Sea, and everything is going to be just fine. Here is the politically correct published statement, which I wrote when I was bleary-eyed, too excited, and my inner editor was asleep.

This is an episode that I mixed together myself and having done so once, I find I



Consult the links I have To The Left ("everything you own in a box...") and you will see that radio drama has been my passion for quite a while. I remember listening to "Voyage of the Scarlet Queen" on WBAI, way back when Max Schmid's Golden Age of Radio was on Saturday afternoons. I never threw my lot in with Max and the fans of old time radio, but I did volunteer once at the station fund drive, and contributed for a premium of, like, HOURS of programs. I had Arch Obler's "Lights Out," (where in an episode you hear people turned inside-out by a mysterious black shadow) "X Minus One", and once purchased a series of "I Love A Mystery".

I guess creating an audio drama was something I always thought I could do in the back of my mind, but never dared to think I would or should. But now I did.

This is all because of a dude named Matt. How cool is that? I remember when I laughed to see a preview pic of them. Now look at what's happened.

It's still hard to believe that this is me, after having been that other guy in that post.
And as for my auditoning next week in Philadelphia? I don't need to try out for "Who Wants...?" I'm already in The Lair. And that?

That's all right then.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

As Long As There Are People ...

... there will be drama.


Anyway, I got the audio drama biz sorted out. I got my feelings hurt just a very little bit, but so far all involved parties are licking wounds and handling it, self included.

We've all got fragile egos to protect, especially we males of the species. Boo on society which sets us up to be so tough when we're only made of the same stuff as the ladies. The question isn't "Should a woman be the President of the United States?", the question is "Should a human?"

So I have another training class today--in an hour, in fact. I did well up until this morning. All week, I've had appetite and I slept, but this morning Ol' Watery Guts came back. Put the audio drama on top of it and I feel like I won't be eating for the next few months.

Ah well.

IAFAMA, so that's all right then.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Work, Work, Fun, And More Work

So here I am at work, and I have a bunch of reports to write. I have to start my day off by checking to see if I have any interoffice e-mail, and that's when the guilt and my internet surfing begins. Because I should be working, yet with just a double-tap on the cursor pad, I can check my email, see what's new at Tech Support, and find out if Darker Projects wants to respond to my many e-mails about my new production of Episode #2.

So, putting aside the guilt for now, between writing my reports I've been monitoring and conversating over at the Darker Projects Yahoo group. Well, I know they can see my posts because I can see them, and I received a response (we all seem to be monitoring the posts and responding--sort of like an instant messenger system except it's not that instant). And yet, the Producer is not responding to me. Neither is the Senior Producer. They just keep responding to other topics, byt gives me no answer at all, or even friendly banter, on my topics.

Dun-duh-DUNNN! Worst-Case Scenario Man to the "rescue"!

Are they just ignoring me? And if so, why? I know my production job was not perfect--and how do I know? Because I let Tech Support get an advanced listen to what I had, and received many good critiques on what to fix, which I've begun doing. Including re-doing all the scenes with a voice part that was problematic.

But Darker Projects don't know this because they aren't asking. I've submitted the work I did and got no response. No, "This was good, but you need to fix A, B, and C." No, "This was horrible. Please do not contact us again." No, "This was perfect! Beautiful! Don't change a thing!! It'll be live later today!!"

Just nothing.

Why would they just tell me nothing?

If they are passing on the series and don't want to put it on their site, they need to let me know. It's annoying to be ignored. And I can't think of a nice way to tell them this. My impulses want to just blast them for making me wait. I mean, give me an update, an excuse ... something. It just seems rude to do anything otherwise than an answer. It's almost as if everyone there has decided not to acknowledge the series anymore, yet the first episode is still available.

I don't know. The waiting is the hardest part.

Just tell me SOMETHING.

Or maybe I should switch to decaffeinated?