Resisting the lure of new projects

by Doc Coleman on January 30, 2013 · 0 comments

in Asides

Some weeks are full of accomplishment, and some weeks feel like nothing gets done. This past week felt like I couldn’t get anything accomplished. That wasn’t true, of course, but that is the way it felt. Visiting friends occupied a good chunk of the weekend; something I really haven’t done in a while. And then there was the very tempting talk of adding new projects to the docket…

I’ll come back to that in a bit. The surprising news for me is that my existing projects have moved steadily forward, although not as quickly as I’d hoped.

The new Balticon 46 Wrap-up episode got completed and released on time. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull that off, but my wife helped me out with the editing. The episode was ready on time, and I’m happy to say that since I resumed working with the Wrap-up, I’ve been able to keep with a schedule of one episode every two weeks. I hope to keep this schedule going until the Wrap-up is complete. Then I should get a little time to rest before Balticon 47 begins and I end up walking away with a new set of recordings to work with over the summer.

The Way of the Gun story moved forward in the last week, even though I only got to write one day over the past week. I did exceed my planned word count by at least double, and I was very happy with the progress of the story. I just need to see about planning in more writing time this week.

A couple of other things have also come up in the past week to sorely tempt me to add new projects to my plate. The first item came from Dave Robison of the Writer’s Roundtable podcast. Dave has proposed an association of Voice Actors under the name of the League of Extraordinary Vocalists. I don’t want to say too much because this is really Dave’s baby, but part of the plan is to make a début at this year’s Balticon by doing some “stunt voice” work and dramatic readings. This is a great opportunity to promote my voice work, but I still need to clear some things from my plate first. As long as things don’t start before Balticon, I’m sorely tempted to add this to my projects.

Another potential project reared its head this morning on Twitter. This one started with a comment by Veronica Giguere about doing a production of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ with the afore-mentioned Dave Robison as the Great and Powerful Oz. This would be a very fun project as a dramatic read of the original book, which is now in the public domain. The problem with this idea isn’t copyright, but trademark law. Warner Brothers owns the trademark on the Wizard of Oz based on the film starring Judy Garland, and they’ve been over zealous in blocking use of the intellectual property in the name of protecting their trademark on the film and the characters. In fact, they’re in court with Disney over Disney’s planned re-make of the film.

Assuming that these issues could be overcome, this would still be a full-cast production and would take a lot of time. I’ve already had to back-burner a production of Treasure Island and a planned production of The Taming of the Shrew that I inherited from Pirate’s Cove last year, so I’m a bit reticent about taking on a new production along the same lines. Then again, Wizard of Oz should have a much smaller cast than either of the others and aside from bit parts, it should be a simpler production. I’d love to do it, but now, I have to resist the temptation until I can finish some of the work I’ve already started.

So, wish me luck for a productive week. If you’re interested in any of the projects I’ve talked about, please share your thoughts. What would you like to see me take on next? You’re my audience. Where would you like to see me go with my future projects?

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