I guess in order to get anything done, Zeno never took any half measures.
Happy Friday and happy one year to Offbeat On-point!
May 2017 – May 2018: year 2
As I mentioned one year ago today in my very first post, I’m going to do one of these each year. Probably more “rewrite” rather than “update” the first few years at least because the idea with the first one was to introduce myself and the blog. Also I had no idea what to do for my first post and figured something relatively static would be a good start. This year I’ve decided to use this post as an opportunity to shape this into a yearly “state of the blog” sort of post. A look back at the year past, where we are, where we want to be, how we plan to get there, and maybe most imporant and interesting, why we’re working so hard to get there.
So gather around my fellow Cyberpunks, Rebels who Read, Digital Nomads, and the lot of us, while we take a look about what this upcoming season holds for you and I and everyone.
2017-2018 Offbeat On-point Manifesto
A Look Back:
This first year has been pretty incredible and I have quite a list of people to thank. This list is by no mean’s exhaustive but it was the best I could do.
Thank you Andreas Beats for my first interview and an exclusive track
Thank you Hanna at 2B or Not 2b Writing Tips blog for letting me do my first guest post
Thank you Mega Ran for the interview and excellent show
Thank you Koo Koo Kanga Roo for my first ever “dance-along show” and interview
Thank you MC Chris for all the excellent music you’ve put out over the years and listening to me ramble on at your show for like 10 minutes and thank you for the signature and if you’re reading this, I still want that interview…please
Thank you MC Lars for the excellent show and turning classic English literature into nerdcore rap
MC Lars Interview and Poe Playlist
Thank you Lady J and Paleface for reaching out to me and letting me do a press release for your music video
Thank you Anti-bodies for reaching out to me and providing excellent music
A Look Around:
We’ve gotten this far but I can do better and here is what I am actively doing right now towards a better blog. I hired on a co-editor/writer, Brad Evans, who I will be working with. He will also be starting a new column on Tuesdays. He’s going to post next Tuesday for the first time further explaining his plan of action.
I will continue with my four columns Mystery Monday, Rewind Wednesday, Thursday Night at the Cinema, and Funny Friday mostly as usual but some will see some minor changes.
MM: I am focusing on doing more book reviews but it will remain a wild card because I personally need the flexibility to have a wild card column.
RW: I plan to keep posting but to use it as a launching platform for OBOP Radio. Then the Wednesday post will have the tracklist what I played that day and maybe a short script. I would also like to do band interview’s via podcast or video in the future if I can make it work.
TN@C: I plan to continue as usual with this column. Someday I would like to get caught up on telly series and movies I’ve missed in the last few months/years and write about them here.
FF: I plan to keep on course with the comics, I will use this also as “fan art day”. When I get more fan art I’ll post it with the next Friday comic then add it to the fan art page. When I figure out animation, I’ll post Fin & Louie animation shorts here but I will likely primarly stick to drawing comics.
I’m coming back to St Louis to build a local audience as I believe that the strong communal and entrepreneurial culture is the best place for me to build my audience. Also St Louis has a rich literary and music history with greats like Mark Twain and the late Chuck Berry coming from St louis. On a more personal note, I have a much more well developed support network professionally in St Louis and generally as reluctant as I am to say so, I do miss her. She’s a good city and I’m looking forward to coming home to her.
I’ve made some wonderful strides with The Big River Chronicles. A few weeks ago, I had this…“moment of clarity” (I really have no better way to express it). I conceived the idea in 2010 and have been slowly turning it over for years. It started as one book, then became a couple, now it’s a trilogy. It’s all come, come to think of it, out feet first or that is to say backwards. I have had the outline and cast for the third book for sometime now and have had a decent sketch for the second volume but book one was always a mystery to me beyond the beginning and the ending until I had this “moment of clarity” where everything just kind of fell into place while I was out walking around and played out in my mind’s eye like remembering a movie that’s never been made. Now having the outline for all three and therefore the meta narrative outline, I’ve found writing to be both more straight-forward and easier to systematically produce.
Speaking of books, I’m announcing here for the first time The Fin & Louie Comic book. I think I can put out a small comic book each year (I was thinking 42 pages) depending on interest.
A Look Forward:
Looking forward, there are a few things I would like to get going this year:
OBOP Radio – hopeful launch late September 2017
Merch (bookmarks, stickers, business cards, etc) – Summer 2017
Fin & Louie animation shorts – 2017/2018 ¯_(ツ)_/¯
A Plan of Action:
A Band of Misprints (Big River Chronicles book 1) – 3000+ words a week until it’s done
OBOP (Offbeat On-point) Radio: I am looking into buying a laptop and a microphone.
Merch in design pricing out companies for stickers and business cards.
Fin & Louie animation shorts – needs equipment and software.
Book sell/swap – I’d like to start buying/selling/trading books not only online with readers but also in St Louis. I will be looking into vendor stalls eventually but first I’ll try my luck setting up a small stand on Cherokee st or in the Delmar Loop or somewhere with a lot of foot traffic and I won’t get harassed (hopefully).
#ThePostItProject – I was made aware of this brilliant little project from a one of my instagram followers called #ThePostItProject. The idea is to write a positive/uplifting message on a post-it note and place it in a book with your instagram/twitter/whatever information and set the book back free in the wild. The twist I would like to see is when you take a picture and tag me, I’ll send you some free merch. It’s a win-win for everyone: you find a random compliment in a book, if you pic and tag, I get more views and you get free schwag. Let’s see how big this game can get, shall we?
A Reason for this Season:
I have believers level faith that with persistence that I can make this a full time writing job or get a job I want doing this blog, more so than what university can fully offer me
and especially more than any non-media job can teach me.
More powerful a motivator to me is that I have a blue-white hot passion for books, culture, art, writing, and storytelling. My ultimate goal is to build an intentional community of readers and creators who are equally passionate together and mix our ideas, celebrate our victories, and be supportive of each while we all grow.
I’m still looking for volunteer writers/editors and I’m always open to suggestions for books you want to see me review, music you want to see featured, if you’re in a band and looking for some free publicity reach out with some samples, or if you have anything you want to say, sans shit posting (just don’t do it), leave a comment below.
Got a comic and some announcements today.
Growing Staff, New Columns, and Fan Art:
I have brought on board a co-editor/writer and he will be writing here a few times a week. We’re still discussing column ideas but we are going to have a dedicated book column on Tuesdays, I will still be doing book reviews on Mondays whenever I don’t have another mystery lined up. We are talking about doing a Saturday column for poetry and short stories and such.
I am still looking for writers, content editors, etc. If you’re interested feel free to contact us and let us know why you feel like you’d be a good addition to the obop team.
Speaking of contacting us, if you follow my instagram (@fin.louie) you’ll have seen I got my first pieces of fan art!
This has inspired me to start a fan art page. If you would like to send me any fan art, feel free! We love getting stuff like this over here! I got these pieces a solid three weeks ago and I’m STILL buzzin’!
Coming Back to St Louis:
I’ve had my old job offered back to me and a place to stay in St Louis which, being a hobo, I had to follow the work. I was originally planning to fly to San Francisco for the summer, but not this year.
Speaking of work, I have always had plenty of ideas for the blog, not only how to entertain you in a variety of unique ways, but also help expand my audience base. I’m going to be making stickers and business cards this summer and leaving them around town. If you find one, take a picture and tag me on instagram (@fin.louie), twitter (@offbeatonpoint), or facebook (offbeat on-point page) and who knows? I might send you stickers or other swag.
Branching Out into Podcasts/Youtube
I’m planning to make a podcast radio show either in tandem with Rewind Wednesday or in addition to it, either way I won’t entirely drop Wednesday. Also I’d like to get some interviews on skype or something to upload for youtube, like for a band, or a local artist, or what have you. Speaking of youtube, I’ve been thinking about trying to make a Fin & Louie animated short. I have never done animation before but then again I haven’t done a lot of the things I’m doing before.
Tune in Monday for even more future speculation!
MC Lars was the fourth and final artist I saw at the Manchester show. I really liked his set, I was vaguely familiar with his music before now but after the show I’ve found a new nerdcore great.
The First song I heard from MC Lars was a song about Edgar Allen Poe(1).
Then recently when I started listening to him rap, I noticed a trend:
Big thank you goes to MC Lars for the following interview:
OBOP: Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally? (As many answers as you want, don’t worry about restricting yourself to one source)
MC Lars (MCL): My biggest influence is definitely “Weird Al” Yankovic! I love how he was able to, as Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Marc Maron’s podcast recently, strip music of its “genre clothes” and comment on everything. He’s definitely my biggest influence and I was so stoked that he thanked me in his last album.
OBOP: Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?
(MCL): I always wanted to be a cartoonist, but when I did my first Shakespeare rap in 1998, I knew I was onto something!
OBOP: What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)
(MCL): Definitely playing Carnegie Hall in 2012! We debuted “Flow Like Poe” and I felt like I’d finally made it.
OBOP: What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)
(MCL): I’d have the power to heal people’s hearts. 🙂 I try to do that with music anyway!
OBOP: If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?
(MCL): It would be amazing to go into the Bible and meet Jesus – I’d love to hear what he has to say about today’s political climate.
MC Lars is one of the most approachable people I’ve ever met, I mean that includes all celebrities and everyday people, when he says
I’d have the power to heal people’s hearts. 🙂 I try to do that with music anyway!
I can really buy it. Funny thing is my friend and I had gotten to Manchester a few hours early and we thought the doors opened at 7.30 and so we walked in and there was like this hush of when people are present who aren’t immediately recognized and like 5 dudes standing around. I thought we were early and didn’t think much of it until one of the roadies (I assume, maybe he was an employee of the club) asked me if we had tickets and I said yea and as he was informing us that we were 30 minutes before the door this big dude, who I didn’t at first recognize as MC Lars comes over to us and asks us if we’re here to see the show.
This giant man has a butter melting smile and his handshakes turn into back-pat hugs, even with me and my mate who were strangers to him. We get to talking and MC Lars hears my accent and asks me where I’m from, I frequently forget that I have a discernible accent, and I tell him I’m from St Louis and how I’ve been trying to see MC Chris in concert for 10 years and had missed him in concert in St Louis 3 times including October 2016 and all that. He then asks how long I’m here for and all that which leads me into talking about how I’m a study abroad student and somewhere around minute 5 of me rambling on I realise this guy has been giving me his ENTIRE attention as if I was an old friend and we were catching up. As my friends can tell you, I have no problem talking(2), but I’m not always used to having someone pay so much attention to what I have to say much less this strange celebrity.
I feel bad because I remember asking him where he was from as well and couldn’t tell you where without looking it up but I do remember he told me that he studied abroad when he was in college too. He told me it really changed his life. Dude’s a great artist, writer, performer, and if you ever see him live don’t be afraid to approach him. If he doesn’t approach you first.
- Remember “Offbeat, On-point: A literary blog…kinda”
- One of my friends has described me as “Fin doesn’t say much until you get him talking. Then you can’t get the guy to shut the fuck up.”