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Date:2007-06-28 23:39

Just saw a sneak peek of the Transformers and it was fantastic. It has its problems, but the robots were cool and the transformation sequences were everything I wanted them to be. If you have any nostalgia for the toys you should go check out the movie.

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Date:2007-03-23 14:38

My first public reading will be tonight at 516 Art, which is a gallery located at 516 Central Avenue. The reading starts at eight.

I’m a little nervous, but my advisor and I picked what I would read together, so I feel good about the choices. I’m going to be reading The Death of Billy Jensen, and Sounds from the Uji River. I’m excited to meet some local people and some other writers. Everyone send me good luck vibes!

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Date:2007-03-07 22:42
Subject:On the radio

Today I was a guest on KUNM's show linebreak. I was their featured writer. It was pretty cool, I got interviewed and I read one of my shorter pieces. It was strange to be interviewed. I was very nervous at first, but I was pretty calm by the end.

I'll be reading my new short story "Artifacts of a Different Possibility" at 516 Central on Friday March 23rd. If you are in town drop in and see me.

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Date:2007-03-06 23:14

How's everyone doing?

We watched the film Ugetsu tonight and I have to say, if you haven't seen this movie go out and rent it right now. beautiful.

I think I'm going to be teaching creative writing next semester! I'm really looking forward to teaching within my own field. Some would argue that comp and ret are in my field, but most of the time I feel like a tourist.

I'm doing the sixth draft of a short story I've been working on since last semester and it is finally coming together. I love the feeling of getting a story right.

Ordered a bunch of live shows from the SWANS website and they are stunning. I think I prefer Michael Gira live. I hope the Angels of Light come through Albuquerque again.

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Date:2006-08-21 09:01
Subject:First Day

We finally made it back from Japan, finished up with all the weddings (we hosted my cousin’s wedding and Yumi and Ryo’s), and went through the bureaucratical hell that is UNM. I’m about to head for campus and start my first day as a grad student, but before I take any classes I have to teach my first English 101 class. This is making me really nervous, but I’m combating it with organization. I have my syllabus all ready, I know what I’m going to say, I just have to act well enough to hide fear from my students. They can smell fear.

It feels strange to have gotten this assistantship. I’m constantly amazed by my own successes because most of the time I don’t feel like I deserve them. Deep down I feel that they made a mistake, or I fast talked them into giving them the position. Of course this isn’t true considering I never met the TA people, just sent them one of my papers, but it still feels strange. We’ll see how it goes.

If anybody has any free time let me know. We could meet on campus seeing as I’m there all day with very little to do.

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Date:2006-05-30 19:43

We moved from Laramie to Albuquerque a couple of weeks ago. I got all set up for grad school, which went much better than I expected. UNM has offered me a tuition waver, and the gave me a teaching assitantship that pays 12,000 a ear. Junko and I were realy glad to hear that we wouldn't have to go any further into debt.

Junko and I have been in Japan and Korea for the last week. My journal of the trip so far is below the cut. Please forgive any mistakes you see as this journal has never been proofread. I hope to rewrite it later, but I thought it was importnat to capture the events of the trip so far. Hope everyone is doing well!

Our Story so FarCollapse )

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Date:2006-03-10 14:08

Yesterday it snowed all day. This is the best part of Laramie for me and one that I will miss. There's something magical that happens to a place when you're about to leave it. No matter how much you hate it, you start to miss it. I'm sure all of you understand because you've all probably experienced it.

My spring break starts in about an hour! It's going to be a busy vacation. Junko and I are going to go through our house and try to get rid of half our stuff. This will make the move to Albuquerque easier, and ulitmately the move to Japan easier.

I just finished reading "The Stones Cry Out" by Hikaru Okuizumi and it was brilliant. If anybody is looking for a good read I highly recommend this.

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Date:2006-03-07 22:09
Mood: accomplished

I've just been accepted to the MFA program in creative writing at the University of New Mexico. This is the news we've been waiting for, so now our plans of moving back to New Mexico in May are solid. I can't wait to see you all there!

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Date:2006-02-14 16:12
Subject:New Books

I got the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda in the mail today. I'm really excited. I also got Hikaru Okuizumi's The Stones Cry Out, which is supposed to be brilliant! It seems reading is all I do nowadays but I can't complain.

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Date:2006-02-08 12:50

The Mabinogion is a brilliant read! I just went through it a second time and loved it even more than the first. If you haven't read it you should check it out.

I also recently finished Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore and it was really good. Pick it up if you have a chance.

Still waiting to hear from UNM. I should know sometime before the 28th of this month.

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Date:2006-01-21 14:59
Subject:An update

So I’ve officially applied for the MFA in creative writing at the University of New Mexico. Now I know how Paul felt when he tried out for a masters in music. It is incredibly difficult to have your art judged! I doubt they will tell me for quite awhile, so I will have to sit and wait. Junko and I desperately want to go back to New Mexico because my parents and our friends are there. After I finish my MFA we are going to Japan and it will be much harder to see the people we love. I sent in 26 pages from my novel for my writing sample so I hope they like it. This isn't the novel I was writing here on live journal, but on eI've been working on for the past two years. I think Britt read some of it once.

Sorry I missed your call Paul, I had Mike turn my computer on while I was down in Albuquerque and I forgot to tell him that skype turns on automatically. It should tell the truth now.

Junko and I went down to Albuquerque for Christmas, and then Junko took off to Japan for new years. I spent the time she was gone hanging with Takeshi (whose wife also went to Japan without him) and Beau and Fro. We played a butt ton of L5R (we missed you Paul) and had a lot of Barbecues. It was much fun.

I’ve finished a complete second draft of my novel and it already needs a third draft. It keeps getting longer and (I hope) better. I’m doing it as a creative honors English thesis, so we’ll see what my teacher thinks.

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Date:2005-11-30 14:10

My novel is not happening. Due to all the traveling and waht not it became impossible to finish. It's probably for the best because I didn't like this story being told in first person. I'm going to back and start over again in third person, which I think will suit it much better.

Just got back from Albuquerque. It was a short trip, but tons of fun. Sorry I ddin't call you Gabe, sorry I didn't call you Britt, there just wasn't enough time. I got to see a lot of my family and Junko's sister Nobuko. I got roleplay with Beau and Fro, and watch the entire Samurai Champloo series with Beau. It was so much fun.

Now I have to get back into the swing of school and do my finals. I'll back in Albuquerque in two and 1/2 weeks. I'll call the people I couldn't see this trip when I arrive. See you all soon!


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Date:2005-09-26 17:11

I'm planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year, anyone interested in joining me?

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Date:2004-06-29 00:52
Mood: thirsty

The novel is taking turns that I didn’t quite expect, but I think it’s all really good. Akiko is turning out to be a lot different from how I originally envisioned her. The characters are all developing much better than I expected. I was afraid for a while that I would have to put this one down after the first chapter, but it doesn’t look like this one will go away that easy.

Tonight we watched Kwaidan and I found that I still have an incredible urge to re-write Yuki Onna in a modern setting. Maybe after this novel, and the mad scientist novel, I will do that one. So many things to write about!

Britt showed up for a few days of relaxation! Today we went to her favorite park and walked about, it was a lot of fun. We’re planning to do the mountain soon, which will be Britt’s second time and Matt’s first. The mountain is my favorite place to take quests, it is a wonderful place.

Ummmm that’s it.

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Date:2004-06-27 21:07
Subject:New Community
Mood: crazy

Anyone that is interested in the adventures of John Doe Movement and Living Room Studios please join frontroomstudio . I'm going to try and avoid posting about John Doe stuff here.

Britt came today! I'll post more when I get to work.

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Date:2004-06-26 02:29

Yesterday we recorded the loudest point of the record. It was a good time considering all of the mellow things we’ve been recording recently. We got a license free drumbeat that’s all distorted and wild, then put some good old rock and roll to it. Jason and I will be sharing vocal duties on this one. I can’t wait to sing it. Today we took a day off from any recording. We need breaks every once in awhile!

Tomorrow Junko and I are celebrating our anniversary. The actual date is the 29th of June, but we’re going to celebrate on the weekend. We’re heading out to Boulder Colorado to see what that town is all about. Junko is really excited and so am I. I saw the Throwing Muses in Boulder in 1994, and that was the only time I’ve ever been. I hope it’s fun.

I got inspired tonight and wrote half of chapter three of my new novel. There was a pause after chapter one but now the juice is flowing. I’m excited about this one.

That’s about it over here. Hope everyone is doing well.

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Date:2004-06-24 02:43
Subject:Senda's Song

Another late night at work and I’ve been listening to the first finished piece on the new John Doe Movement record. It’s called Senda’s song, and it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been a part of. The first part is written by Senda. She sings and accompanies herself on harp. I’ve never played with a harp before. It is big and beautiful. It works with bass and guitar much better than I ever imagined it would. The second half is written by John Doe Movement (all of us) and simultaneously moves forward with a driving bass rhythm from Matt and makes you fell floaty and meditative with a lovely harp solo from Senda. I play rhythm guitar and basically keep the rhythm for Matt and Senda who really shine throughout the song. It’s a wonderful thing.

I just finished the first draft for my new novel. I’m taking it to my workshop tomorrow and also giving it to May-Lee Chai for a critique. I have wonderful people all around me that help me to make my writing good. Iowa here I come.

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Date:2004-06-21 00:55
Mood: happy

Matt didn’t come to work with me today so instead of talking all night I’m posting in here. It has been great having Matt here. I haven’t seen him in so long. He has known me longer than any of my other friends and we can talk for hours about past events. Usually we each remember something the other has forgot.

Recording the record has been a blast. The first song were recording is actually the last one on the album is coming out to be 23 to 24 minutes. It was originally going to be a lot longer but I decided to cut the noise piece intro. It’s a hell of a journey and Jason’s vocals are outstanding. I did the final mix today, but we encountered a technical problem on part three. It is unfixable so we are going to have to record that one again. At first this made me sad, but it is a blessing in disguise. Re-recording the track will give us the ability to practice live, which we didn’t get to do before recording live. I’m pretty excited. I really wish we had an organist and a drummer. I think this song could be great full band version, but hey, gotta work with what I’ve got. This song marks the first time I’ve ever written a complete song, vocals, music, melody and all. I’m really proud. For a wonderfully in depth journaling of the recording process go to sanscesse
’s journal and scroll down to the entries titled moving with John Doe. Lots of love goes out to her for doing this for us.

We had a big graduation party for Matt last night and it was great fun. Just the kind of drunken debauchery that takes me back to the days of Chelwood Park. I’m glad that I finally have a group of people that I really enjoy.

Junko is taking statics this semester and it’s kicking her ass. Anybody that knows anything about that kind of stuff should call us!!

That’s it. Lots of love to all of you.

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Date:2004-06-14 02:28

The second to last entry, not the last one. Sorry.

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Date:2004-06-14 02:22
Subject:I Forgot

Everyone go to the comments of my last post if you want to hear the Hip Hop song I did with some of my buddies from the english department. 7ghent was kind enough to let me use some of his space. It's in one of his comments responding to me. Enjoy. Here's the song info

Jason Kirkmeyer - Vocals
Leeann Torsky ( I don't think I spelled that right. Sorry Leeann) - Vocals, Flute
Nick Prevenas (Didn't spell that right either) - Guitar
Chris Boat (That's right... I think) - Bass and piecing together drum beats.

It's in MP3 Format so download it and enjoy.

PS This is not John Doe and doesn't sound anything like what were doing. Just a bunch of homies screwing around.

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my journal