O Hai.

Yeah, pardon the dust. We’re still on Hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t hard at work trying to churn out a slate of awesome releases for 2015. I just wanted to give you all a look beneath the curtain as it were at what is in the works.

First off, our goal is to not need another long break like this ever again. To that end we want to have a solid YEAR of material ready to release before we make our glorious return. The idea is that episodic shows like Bubblegum will still release weekly, but FMP Presents and Forward March will release one episode in a staggered monthly pattern.

For example (and this isn’t really the schedule guys, don’t hold me to it) in June you may get the next three episodes of Bubblegum, July will see a Forward March and August an episode of FMP Presents and so on. The idea is to keep the schedule realistic while not allowing the waiting period for finished projects to balloon as it has previously.

SPEAKING of Bubblegum… The original animated series was just released on bluray. I cannot recommend that enough. Furthermore, since they had so much room the included a truly STAGGERING number of subtitle tracks so even if English isn’t your first language, they probably have you covered. Here’s a link: http://www.animeigo.com/products/anime/bubblegum-crisis-ultimate-edition

2015 is looking like a great year for FMP, we hope to have a lot of great audio for you soon.

On Hiatus.

It shouldn’t come as a big shock to anyone who follows the glacial pace of updates, but I’ve got to be honest with the audience, and our cast members.

Things are not happening at anywhere near the pace I would like, and that’s mostly my own fault. I’ve allowed myself to be spread too thin, across way too many projects and something eventually had to give. So after a great deal of soul searching, I’m going to admit to the obvious and say that FMP will probably not have anything to release in 2014.

“On Hiatus”, you’ll note, does not mean we’re closing up shop. It’s my intention to stockpile productions so that in 2015 we can let fly with everything that’s been building.

I hope our fans will understand and hang in there. The reward IS coming.


2014… Our Five-Year Mission is Officially a Continuing One

LenaHSSmallFebruary 9, 2009.
That’s the date of the first post on this website. We’ve been around longer than that of course, but this is our concrete date of birth, if you will. The day we can point to and say “Yep, we started HERE.”
Over the last half a decade, we’ve tried to bring you a lot of fun journeys into the mindspace realm of audio drama, and although we’ve made fewer trips than we’d have liked, we still have big things planned for the future.
Like what, you ask?
Bubblegum Crisis: Tinsel City Blues for one. The second chapter in the Bubblegum Crisis audio drama is just about ready to drop, with lots more to come.
But that’s not all. We’ve got a fascinating short almost ready to come off the stove as well. Don’t want to give away too many details just yet, but it’ll launch a new imprint: “FMP PRESENTS” will feature individual short stories written by myself and others. Presents will include both fan audio as well as original work, each episode running about twenty minutes or so. If you’d like to contribute a story, details will be forthcoming.
And that’s STILL not all we’ve got in the works.
We’re also going back to our roots for a special series of stories in old, familiar stomping grounds.
… and a very special old friend may be making a comeback.
What? You want MORE? Sorry Internet, spoilers.
Now, if you;’ll excuse me, *cracks knuckles* time to make the doughnuts…

Parry Horter and the Crushing Inevitability of Reality’s Suckage.

((Brace yourselves folks, this one is so far off topic, the light from our topic will hit it in fifteen years.))

When you’re a kid, the horizon is so very far away.
The world is full of magic and possibility. Your Dad’s the smartest person you know (except for Mom) and the summer is always full of polliwogs, fireflies and cherries right off the tree.
Childhood is when a day fees like an eternity, the turning of the seasons is the turning of unimaginable time and you can’t even comprehend that one day you’ll look up and it’s all changed. The horizon is measured in city blocks instead of rolling green miles. Your parents are nice, but no, they definitely don’t know everything. Just explaining (again) how only having a cellphone on when they want to make a call voids the entire point of the device…. but I digress.
We make choices. We accrue responsibilities almost as fast as we lose time in the day. The polliwog’s stream is now a paved-over rain trench, fireflies have all but died out and the cherry tree got badly topped by the electrical company and died. Summer has official become the time you desperately wished you’d install central air.
Face it kiddo… reality sucks. And now that I’ve completely killed your mellow, what’s the point of this post?
“Sometimes, you hit a wall. Sometimes, the wall hits back. And sometimes, you pick up your chainsaw and make yourself a new @#$%ing door.”
That’s become a motto of mine the last few weeks. I went into this whole #FMPnano thing with high hopes and horizons as far as I could stretch them. Heck, it even worked for a while. I hit walls, the walls hit back. I climbed, I dodged, I dug tunnels…I even sent in a sapper or two.
But then the walls got together and decided to play Gandalf. And I shall not pass, right enough…
The details are private, but let’s just say my family is shrinking. Again. It’s the sort of situation that involves a lot of thinking about words like eternity, final, and reason… but never seems to yield an answer.
So here I sit, wondering if the walls have won, if I Shall Not Pass after all.
The last few weeks, my priorities have shifted from writing, and it shows in the work. I’m not giving up, not even remotely. But I’m really not satisfied with what’s come out of my mind the last couple weeks. Worse, that’s on the odd days I’ve found time to write. I’m over 10k words behind Nano pace right now. Granted, I’ve got half of my goal. I’ve got a solid stack of scripts for Bubblegum, but I should be entering the home stretch, not halfway through.
I think it’s time for one of my favorite lines of Bruce Campbell dialog: “Good? Bad? I’m the one with the gun.” I love that line. He’s not a hero, or a villain. He’s the one with the power. So, to twist it to my own ends. “Success? Failure? I’m the one with the SCRIPT.”
There’s no way in heck I can make the Nano deadline of 50K words by the end of the month. But here’s what I CAN do….
I CAN keep going anyway.
I CAN tell Gandalf I’m writing cyberpunk sci-fi, not fantasy. Then blow his bearded backside over the moon with a well-placed sapper charge.
I CAN finish what I began, regardless of the date. This is soul-feeding, not pocketbook-feeding. The battle isn’t between me and a deadline, it’s between me and inertia.
And best of all? Mr. Wall?
*Reaches for a chainsaw*
“Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!”
Rev rev, Baby.

FMP Nano, Week 2

So, ok. Here we go.
Nothing terribly dramatic this week. At present, we are at 15,765 words, which is 735 ahead of schedule. Awesome so far, right? Yeah, maybe.
See, I think I ran headlong into a problem. I don’t know if I have enough story to hit 50,000 with BGC. Bear in mind, lest you think I’m short changing the story, that BGC arcs 1-3 already clock in at over 65K words. The arcs tend to average 24K words each.
Which is kinda the problem.
I’m not sure there are six arcs in the story. It might end at five. (Waiting for the obligatory joke about bubblegum popping).
Never fear though faithful Internet! I have a cunning plan.
Should BGC conclude below 50,000 words, I have an awesome short story idea that will be thrown in gratis.
Does it break the laws of Nanowrimo? Like Han Solo stepping on an Endor twig, but that lead to cool things too, right?

FMP Nano update!

nonowrimologoTime to bring everyone up to speed on the first week of FMPNaNoWriMo! It’s been and odd ride so far, so here goes.
The basic upshot was, I planned to write three arcs worth of the Bubblegum Crisis Audio Drama over the month of November. I’d begun outlining, planning. I even had a rough draft, but it frankly sucked so I trashed it and began a new with the planning in early October. I got a lot of work done in the first half of the month, but dark clouds loomed. Unfortunately, the end of October proved to be a really awful time plan for a major writing project.

ggctinyI always knew we were going to lose one weekend near the end of the month to a convention down in Seattle. Geek Girl Con 13 was a lot of fun and extremely interesting. We spent most of Saturday in the lower levels, playing board games and even getting in a really fun Star Wars RPG session with the new game. Highly recommended!
Unfortunately, Sunday… Around 11AM I got a call that my Paternal Grandmother had entered hospice care. She died just as we reached the hospital.
I’m working on a blog post about my Nana, and how important she was to me not just as a grandmother, but as a writer. She was a really special lady and I want to share her with you all, but right now it’s still too close, so that’s for another time.
But it meant I spent the next two weeks arranging to travel to Oregon for her funeral and coming to grips with a huge part of life not being there anymore. Thoughts of writing, or planning, were light years down the list and I got next to nothing done.
So, November began, and I decided to just…wing it. No outline, nothing but vague ideas, and CHARGE!
As of Sunday night, the word count stood at 5,285 of 50,000. Right about on target.
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