February 6, 2012

The Conclusion – with a Twist

According to the calendar, it’s been over 7 months since my last post here at Dryvetyme Onlyne. To be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed not writing music reviews on what seemed to be a perpetual basis. Have I missed writing them? Absolutely. Do I feel like working a full-time job and attempting to operate a D-List music blog on a nearly full-time basis on my own at the same time? Not in the slightest.

Thus, it is with a strangely happy heart that I have decided to close the door and shutter the windows of Dryvetyme Onlyne once and for all, but I do so while seeking out another aperture or two. It really boils down to this – since a 7-month hiatus is quite a long time in Internet “years,” I felt that making a return to this specific website wouldn’t be very interesting or worth my time. Sure, I might have over 5 years of fantastic content stored here, but if I were to attempt any sort of return to regular writing (whether it be music review, short stories, or anything else), I wanted it to be new, fresh, and as free from stress as possible.

Thus, I’m going to start penning record reviews again, but I will be posting them instead to my personal Tumblr site – aptly named Dryvetyme Onlyne. Simply put, the relaxed and whimsical feel of that platform greatly suits my attitude about the music review these days, and along with my Twitter feed, it presents a picture of my personality and worldview that is much more holistic in nature. I probably won’t post 4-6 reviews a week like I did in the good ol’ days; I think 1 a week or so will probably do the trick.

As usual, I also have several different ideas for books brewing, and maybe I’ll finally work up the courage and momentum to pursue one of those ideas to its proper conclusion. If I can succeed with If This Parking Lot Could Speak, I should feel confident enough to finish another book or two in my lifetime. Thus, I can’t chase down other literary dreams if all I’m doing is writing record reviews about whatever hip buzzbands happen to be occupying space in my inbox this week.

All in all, I’ve enjoyed my time operating this site. I might have not become the next well-known music critic, but I’ve met some great people and listened to some fantastic records. In the long run, that’s what I enjoy most about music as an art form – it has this curious ability to provide both the backing soundtrack and the driving impetus for an amazing time with your friends and family.

Thanks to everyone who has ever read a review, left a comment, or given me any sort of encouragement about Dryvetyme Onlyne. If you do happen to visit this site and are interested in submitting music for a potential review, please visit me at the “other” Dryvetyme Onlyne or follow me on Twitter – I’m much more interesting there.

Peace.

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June 23, 2011

Dryvetyme Onlyne Goes On Extended Hiatus

I’ve thought long and hard about how to broach this topic with you, my dear readers. Several drafts of this post have been written in my head, and my wife and I have had very long talks about what this decision might even entail. Nevertheless, much as I did back in May 2010, I am taking a hiatus from this blog of mine, yet there’s a great chance that this one will last more than two or three months.

I’ve put a great deal of hard work into this site over the past few years, as I haven’t wanted to skimp on actual, incisive content and critical reflection upon music, as opposed to racking up blog hits and street cred by focusing on the most minute and fleeting flavors of the nanosecond. On one hand, the decision to go on hiatus been rather easy to make, as I’m excited to see what lies on the other side of operating a D-List music blog on my own on a nearly full-time basis. On the other hand, I know that I will miss writing about music on a regular basis, as I have loved everything I’ve done for the past five years.

And it’s been a great five years. The first two years of this site were filled with the occasional review, pictures of my time working at Boy Scout Summer Camp, half-assed poetry, and my random thoughts and ramblings about life, religion, and politics – much in the vein of a traditional, classically styled blog. For the past three years, I’ve made this site exclusively music-oriented, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it – from writing record reviews across the musical spectrum (stylistically and in terms of origin) to covering various festivals to posting all sorts of free mp3’s for you to download.

Many of you might be wondering exactly I have planned for the next several months. First of all, I will continue to push and talk about my recently published collection of short stories – If This Parking Lot Could Speak. Second, I have a couple of really great book ideas (both fiction and non-fiction) that I really want to pursue, and I feel that it will be difficult to make any sort of headway on these projects while both working a full-time job and maintaining this blog at a level I feel is worth my energies. Furthermore, there’s a distinct part of me that wants to seek out ways in which I can employ my writing talents and knowledge of various aspects of the music scene along a totally different tangent than that of just critiquing music, and I’m already making mild strides along that path. And lastly, I simply want to write more short stories, and hopefully, I can get some of those published.

I do want to thank all of you for reading and following along over these last five years. Specifically, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all my friends who’ve served as occasional guest contributors over the last few years, most notably the inestimable Michael Dallas Miller and the effervescent Jenn Broadwell. And, I would be remiss in mentioning my lovely wife Jennifer, as she’s endured all sorts of music permeating our vehicles and apartment over the last three years – whether good, bad, weird, or intriguing – but she’s never failed to support my dreams of becoming a writer on my terms.

If/When I do choose to start writing music reviews again (whether on this blog or at another outlet), you will certainly be the first to know. It’s been a great experience, and I’m glad that you’ve been here with me. If you’re interested, I’d encourage you to keep following me further online at Twitter and Tumblr. Thanks so much – you’ve all been great. Peace.

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May 20, 2011

If This Parking Lot Could Speak

As some of you might know (though some of you might not), I spent 2010 working on a micro-fiction story cycle called If This Parking Lot Could Speak. Late in the year, a small boutique publisher out of South Texas called Substance Vs Style contacted me about publishing my book, which thrilled and excited me to no end. After spending the first few months of the year feverishly editing, re-reading, and editing some more, I wrapped everything up and sent the final draft off to the printers.

Well, I’m proud to say that the book has been converted into electronic form in advance of the official paperback release, and you can now download it for your Kindle or iPad! As soon as the actual book form is ready for purchase, I’ll give you that information as well.

As always, thanks for reading Dryvetyme Onlyne. I really appreciate it.

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