Thursday, 22 January 2015

Metal Gear Rising (OBS Test Recording)

I've been debating with myself over whether I should make this Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance footage public or not. This was only really a test to see if I could go through the process of recording footage with Open Broadcaster Software, with commentary and gameplay audio in the same stream, and upload the entire video to Youtube in HD.

Those who watch will soon find that I haven't anything particularly interesting to say, nor am I playing particularly well. Keep in mind that this was the third time I've tried to do this recording in full, so I was also pretty tired(and hungry) when playing through the footage above.

It seems to have worked. Although I still think the volume of my commentary could be a tad higher.

Listen to parts of it, all of it, whatever. What I really want to know is if the audio/video quality is good enough without any editing on my part. If so, perhaps I will do better prepared videos in a similar vein in the future.

Let me know what you think on Twitter @MegaWestgarth.

Details of the settings used to record the video can be found after the jump.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 13 - Home Alone 6: Lost in Beijing

In case you missed it last week, here's another plug for mine and Stevie Grant's wonderfully ridiculous podcast: Chuckle-Bits Radio.

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 13 -Home Alone 6: Lost in Beijing

(Official Site)

Stevie edited the most recent episode and I think it shows. His style of editing is much less forgiving than mine, and as a result the episode is a mere one-and-a-bit hours in comparison to the ones I edit, which are often two hours-plus. Admittedly, Stevie tells me that he had to cut out an hour long conversation about Gremlins 2 that made little sense without visual aids.

Even so, I'd be interested to know whether our listeners prefer a two-plus hour free-for-all or a finely tuned one-to-one-and-a-half hour podcast.

Let us know vis Twitter @MegaWestgarth and @TheStevieGrant.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Jurassic World: Alternate Screenplay

Back before Christmas my brother William and I were discussing the recently released trailer for the upcoming 2015 blockbuster Jurassic Park: Lost World II as well as our rejected screenplays.

While we have no doubt that Jurassic World: Lost Park World will live up to the quality dinosaur suspense/action/thriller films that came before it, we can't help but feel as though our vision for the film will ultimately serve the franchise better than the footage shown in said trailer.

Have a read and see if you agree.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Fiction Writing 2014 - In Summary

The first short story I sent to a paying publisher was "Nine Days" sometime in April 2014. I sent it to a competition run by Almond Press, who were putting together a dystopian-themed anthology, where first prize was £100.

Nine Days wasn't even shortlisted.

Since then I've sent 68 submissions to various publications from Asimov's, to Stand Magazine, to that's life!. Of those 68 submissions I've received 50 rejections, with 17 more still waiting in limbo.

My first and only acceptance came on October 21st 2014 and was with Charles Christian's Grievous Angel webzine for a piece of flash fiction titled "Memory Lanes". The story clocks in at around 350 words and has yet to be published.

As of now I have 14 completed short stories, the lengths of which range from under 100 words to over 4,000. I also have one completed comic script intended for 2000AD's "Future Shocks" which needs a synopsis. I have six short stories that in the process of being rewritten.

As for my novel, "Soci of Metro", I have rewritten 72 out of an ever increasing total of 250 pages -- that's nine out of 39 chapters -- with a word count of over 70,000.

I try not to talk about how my writing is going, even with family, because my foray into the world of fiction writing has yielded few achievements. Realistically, receiving even one acceptance in my first six months of writing is a phenomenal achievement, especially considering Grievous Angel is a SFWA-qualifying professional market.

Nevertheless, I've failed to achieve my own self-imposed goals and deadlines. Admittedly, these goals were outrageous, including "Complete Novel in Six Months" among others. But I can't help but feel as if I should have done more.

So there's a quick and dirty summary of what I've been doing in 2014 with regards to my fiction writing. With a hearty stockpile of completed stories and works-in-progress, I hope to reel in another acceptance soon.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 12 - Untitled Pilot

Happy new year from the Chuckle-Bits Radio office! Oh wow, there's so much naughty stuff going on here with all the admin staff. Look, Gary's wearing a lampshade on his head and Judy is singing Bon Jovi songs to herself.

It's crazy I tell ya!

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 12 - Untitled Podcast

(Official Site)

Anyway, while all that ZANY party stuff is going on, what with it being New Year's Eve an' all, why don't you listen to this previously unpublished pilot episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio recorded and edited in November 2013?

See you next year!