I feel like I posted something about this at some point, but also don’t feel like I did, so I’m making this separate post about it. (New chapter of City Intersection is coming along nicely and should be out soon, by the way.)
I haven’t made a new episode of 108.3 in, well, a long time. And I think it’s due to a couple reasons.
It started with me just taking a little break with it as I’ve done in the past. Making an episode, start to finish, takes a while and thus takes away time I have on working on other stories/novels/music/etc. that I’m working on.
Then I was feeling a bit uninspired with it. I know (and knew) how the story is going to progress from this point, but I just wasn’t really feeling it. I do want to get back to it, eventually, but I just wasn’t that enthused by it.
Then my friend almost died.
As for how that actually relates to 108.3… In the next episode, a new character was going to be introduced who would be in the next several episodes, at least. I had talked about it with my friend Connor (who hasn’t been on the show yet) and he sounded up for it.
But he’s in the army (stationed in Alaska), and with what role he plays in the show, his audio quality needs to be pretty much on-par with mine, it would sound kind of odd otherwise.
So when he came back to where he and I live for a month or so, I was planning to write and record an episode or two with him.
Now, something to know about Connor, he is (as am I) into weaponry of almost any kind. Knives, swords, guns, cannons, whatever, and he and I used to do Revolutionary War reenactments together, and thus we both had (working) muskets. The kind you pack gunpowder and lead balls into and shit. And as you may or may not know, muskets were pretty awful guns.
Basically, the musket exploded in his face while he was firing it, a bunch of shrapnel tore through his skull and brain, and so on. It wasn’t looking good at all for a while, but he managed to pull through. (As someone may notice, Connor got referenced in a recent chapter of City Intersection.) Once he was somewhat stabilized, he was flown to some super high-tech military hospital. He’s still in quite bad shape, but I think most worry about whether he’ll die or not has passed by now.
Now, the thing is, the general area in which speech processing takes place was quite damaged in the accident. This all happened about two months ago, and he just made a sound for the first time in the past couple days. I hope he will regain speech eventually, but it’s going to be a long time, likely many years of therapy and whatnot.
So, obviously he can’t really play a character in the show. But at the same time, I don’t want to just get someone else to play the part. I’m kind of conflicted about it. So as a result of the combination of that and the other reasons, I haven’t really done any more work on 108.3, and I’m not sure when I will get back to it.
I have, however, been working on some ideas for another little audio show I might do, something I can just do myself without having to figure out other people to play parts. A pretty quick show that I could probably write, record, and edit in an evening. So that might be coming along here at some point.
I also posted a demo of the third ambient track in my series based on Finlandia by Sibelius. It’s about half of the length the final track will be. You can listen to it here.
I’m not really one to get into my personal stuff on here, but thought, one, that I should probably give some explanation for why I haven’t released anything 108.3-related in a long time and, two, the story of Connor’s accident is pretty crazy.
While I’m on the topic of my personal-ish life, I’m going to be taking a trip to Hungary and possibly Romania soon. Which will mean there will be a period of two or so weeks where I won’t post anything, but trust me, I’ll still be writing. I intend to write a lot on that trip.
Anyway, keep an eye out for the next chapter of City Intersection, coming out fairly soon. Shit is about to hit the fan, let me tell you.