X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 19, Part 1

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 19 of Rogue Squadron, wherein we start to deal with the aftermaths.

In personal news… sick, fighting two deadlines, and so exhausted. So exhausted.

will: For anybody who observed, I hope you had an easy fast on Wednesday, l’shana tova and allathat. My busy season is about to begin, but as always, we shall endeavor to be here.

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 18

will: Welcome back, readers, to this week on Force Visions, where we go groundside for a sneaky action sequence. Rogue Gear Solid?

z: In personal news, my evenings this week: Monday rehearsal; Tuesday and Wednesday, meetings at the album producer’s place for bug-finding and take-picking and strategic planning; Thursday and Friday, in the studio assisting post-production. While I finish writing one proposal, drawing one design, and start drafting a second proposal at my actual work. Which is why Will is taking the lead this week, and also why eeeeeeeeeeeeee

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 17

will: Welcome, readers. We hope your Labor Day (if celebrated) was good, and we return now to some downtime, and not-so-downtime, for heroes and villains alike.

z: We had a great trip to Detroit and Ann Arbor and environs, and saw two great friends get married. {raises a glass} Then upon my return I immediately went back into the swing of things in album post-production.

Yesterday I realized that I can now hear intonation errors and wrong notes in random live classical music concert recordings on YouTube. I never used to notice those before. It seems my ear is more sensitive now, after nearly two months of “listen to the same sixteen bars over and over and over and over and over and over again and write out a bug list and then move on” and “choose between 40 takes to stitch a piece together by listening to the same sixteen bars etc.” Yay?

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 16

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 16 of Rogue Squadron, wherein the Rogues see their first planned action.

On my side of How Things Are, it turns out that making an album doesn’t end with recording the album. There’s this whole “production” process to go through. And this part of the process is even more learning-as-we-do-it for most of us, so… yeah.

will: Mixing, mastering, editing… on the other hand, one imagines fewer people need to be corralled.

z: This is exactly right. The corollary is that said fewer people have each already put in three times as many hours as we spent actually recording already, and there’s about as much to come.

But in better news, by the time this is published, Will and I will both have started out or be getting ready to start out to go to the wedding of two dear mutual friends in the Midwest, so there’s that.

will: Woo!

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 15

will: Welcome back, readers! This week, a short chapter, which is good, as I’m still recovering from Worldcon and Z has a concert coming up.

z: Actually, Z had the concert last Saturday while Will was in WorldCon, and she has a summer barbecue/picnic with the orchestra this Saturday, which makes it the first weekend since mid-July that she doesn’t have any work going on, but since this is also the first rehearsal week of the Fall season and there’s a flurry of corrections to the repertoire that the Music Librarian has to make, it’s not like we’re swimming in spare time here.

will: One of these days, we’ll both settle down into nice, quiet lives.

z: {gives a look}

will: Yeah, right.

z: {retracts look}

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 14, Part 2

(will: Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. This is up a couple of hours late, due to time zones and travel days. It’s all on me, gang.)

will: Welcome back, readers. It’s mid August (how did that happen?).

z: ….don’t. Don’t even go there with me right now. Just… don’t.

Cracking sounds? What cracking sounds?

will: Before we begin, if you’re reading this as it goes live, I’m in San Jose for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. Unlike usual, I don’t have any panels or appointments planned, so if you’re looking for me, follow the trail of booze and esoteric conversations about books and law and related topics.

Well, one such trail.

z: And I’m going to be performing on Saturday the 18th for the second and final small ensemble showcase concert, and since I play in the encore, I’m going to be one of the nine people who’ll play the last note of what has been an outright insane summer for WMGSO. If you want to witness that and you’re around here, check wmgso.org/events for tickets.

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 14, Part 1

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 14 of Rogue Squadron, wherein oh, it’s that trope.

will: For multiple values of “oh, that,” no less.

z: On the other side of things: Third orchestral recording day, done. Second choral recording day, done. Second mixing day, done. All that’s left is small ensemble recordings this weekend, and then a boatload more mixing, and then, it’s increasingly beginning to look like, then we’re going to have an album in a few months.


There’s also another concert on the 18th because We’re All Mad Here, but hey.

will: So what else is new.

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