For the last few Februaries, Ryan Miller and I have written songs for FAWM under the name Halfpenny Orchestra. We registered the halfpennyorchestra.com domain but never really did anything with it. Well, we’re doing something with it now.

From time to time, we find ourselves lamenting that we’re too busy, that we don’t push ourselves enough to be creative, that we feel like we’re not using what gifts we have very well. Our friend James Van Lommel feels similarly, so we three decided to start a blog together.

The main purpose of the site is really to provide mutual accountability and creative encouragement for ourselves. We’re each committing to post some sort of original content or commentary there at whatever interval we can, with an ultimate goal of weekly posts from each of us. We’ve started with two essays and a photo with commentary, but future posts may include music, book reviews, sketches, short fiction, and all sorts of other things.

So, if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to, you can find out at www.halfpennyorchestra.com. Please feel free to peruse whatever is there and leave comments…and please pester us if you notice that it’s been a couple of weeks since something new was posted. :)

Bret, Sunday 19 October 2008 at 7:01 pm One comment

Notice to Picketers

There are three main groups of people: those who will ignore you; those who are annoyed at you; and those who are already on your side (who may yet be annoyed at you). The number of people you convert to your side is pretty much guaranteed to be lower than the number of people you alienate…just so you know.

Bret, Saturday 18 October 2008 at 6:44 pm No comments

I'd choose the same...

Today’s Non-Sequitur comic…

I don’t know if I’ll be able to suppress my gag reflex long enough to actually write a post about how much I dislike America’s political system (and am frustrated by people who have unflinching loyalties to their chosen political parties). Maybe I won’t…it would just make me grumpy. We’ll see.

Bret, Thursday 09 October 2008 at 6:01 pm

Random tidbits from this week

  • I’m giddy because it smells, feels, and looks like it’s going to rain soon.
  • I just now had something from a top shelf in a closet fall onto my head. I thought that only happened in movies. (It was a bag of paper boxes, so no damage done.)
  • Yesterday, I geeked out over Natalie’s brand-new Fuzzi Bunz diapers. They’re so pretty and soft!
  • I nearly told a painter all about my day. His head appeared in my living-room window as he was painting color samples on the front of our house. I’d just gotten Natalie down for a really late nap and was so relieved that she fell asleep that I nearly bombarded the unsuspecting fellow with details of my at-home adventures.
  • I’ve made more than 70 Christmas cards to date (60 of them are for The Spotted Box).

Andrea, Thursday 02 October 2008 at 8:15 pm No comments