Sunday, October 01, 2017
Bad, bad, BAD couple of weeks...
Thing is, just when I think things can't get worse, they DO.
Not gonna go into the pumpkin trail shoot any more than I already am over on the other blog, which is here:
It was really miserable. And I'm not very confident that what I shot was very good, so there's a chance...and I hesitate to voice these words...that there will be a segment in an anthology that's entirely mine...that will suck.
See, problem is that the pumpkin thing in it really didn't work well. It sure seemed very campy when I shot it, so the whole time I was shooting, I was thinking, "Well, I guess I may take my older brother up on his offer to make it CGI..."
And then we got news that is still hard to process.
His 18 old son--my nephew--died. My brother found him on the sofa unconscious, called 911, and tried to give him CPR, but it didn't help and they couldn't revive him.
My mom called to tell me the news--the second I heard her voice, I could tell she'd been crying so I knew it was serious. I thought maybe her sister, who has cancer, might have died.
The shock of this whole thing is something I wasn't prepared for. We've never really had a serious death in the family other than our grandparents, but I guess we were prepared for that. They were old, so I guess it's always in the back of your mind that you're going to lose them.
I'm not sure how my brother's going to deal with this. I'm literally the worst fucking person in the world at consoling people.
Meanwhile, I got a horror convention coming up over the weekend and I'm not sure whether I'm going or not. If I don't go, I stand to lose around $400 at a time I really can't afford to eat it. Worse yet from an objective standpoint is that I now have to figure how to complete the stuff my brother was working on for Ttory 2, because I don't wanna bother him about it.
They're not going to have a service until the end of October(my nephew's being cremated), so I end up going to the show.
Last year we did well, and got to pass out a lot of flyers for Ttory. I had hopes that this year would be good too.
DID. NOT. HAPPEN.
It was slow as fuck. First night we did $45. I came home that night to check my online shit and I'd almost done that in Amazon sales that day. (in other news, I sold 21 books in September, which is pretty high. Made like $76, so you can see Amazon takes a fuckton percentage)
Day 2, Saturday, is normally the good day. It picked up, but not by much. We still hadn't covered the table, much less the hotel room, by the time we bolted out to grab a quick, cheap bite to eat with a buddy writer who came up to hang for the day. He sold a couple books at my table, which was cool.
I do this con for one of two reasons--to either make money or to see friends I only see once a year, and party with them into the night.
Neither one happened.
Now I'm back, and I've been trying to sync all the audio for day 2 of the trail, because I have to do a quick cut of it to figure out what I missed on the shoot so I can go out and get it before the leaves change any more.
Also have to really put the pedal to the metal on the final segment. It has a naked woman outside, and it's only getting colder.
And after Ttory 2, I pretty much feel like maybe I'm done making films.