Gateway to the Empyrean is now serializing on my fiction blog!

I know I’ve been on-and-off with this and most of my other blogs, but I will have regular content on my fiction blog.

Gateway to the Empyrean is a 100 chapter cell phone novel about a teenage boy named Hosea Breckenridge who moved from Maryland to Vermont and he’s trying to adjust there. He’s really into archery, playing the violin, and drawing…particularly when it comes to designing futuristic aircraft. Hosea struggles with his overactive imagination while also being bullied for his atypical interests. This flatlander manages to meet a shy and nerdy girl named Corinne who wants to write a sky punk novel and they soon have a bond with each other. It’s a slice-of-life story using an experimental fiction format and the whole thing is there for the month of July.

Here’s the first chapter: https://cmbbwrites.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/gateway-to-the-empyrean-cirrocumulus-1/

Don’t forget to follow that page if you like stories, fiction, and anything of that nature!

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Significant List Entry 1!

You’ve probably seen my post a while ago hyping up my friend Korisa with her project The Significant List. The first entry just dropped and I hope you like it. Yes, that’s also me playing the ukulele in the end in the background.

Seriously, this is an inspiring video!

Proving My Humanity

This is just a personal post that I felt a bit compelled to write.

I’ve been talking about some harsh subjects with some friends and some fellow bloggers especially when it came to race. No, the fact that this is Black History Month was entirely irrelevant although one could argue with it being unintentional subtext.

Some of you that have read some of my previous posts may have seen me mention about reading some historical subjects especially when it comes to Black and Native American history. It was shocking with all the things I’ve read about that were well-researched and it frustrates me how a lot of this stuff isn’t talked about in history books. Race relations and multiculturalism are subjects that’s been in my heart for a while.

It has showed up in so many of my blogs. For example, I got video of a biracial poet who talked about growing up as a minority on Autumn Peal Media and Vimeo. In Iridium Eye, I’ve reviewed multiple documentaries dealing with that subject and I’ve reviewed movies that have anti-racist metaphors. With my fiction projects that I’ve publicly shown and the ones I haven’t revealed yet. I enjoy using protagonists of all ethnic groups in several stories because I like diverse casts, writing characters that break stereotypes, and I would love it if some reader says “This is awesome! This hero is well-written and looks like me!”. If that happens, I’ve done my job. Well, that and not making race the main crux of a plot. People should write characters of a certain ethnic group and not an ethnic character. There’s a huge difference.

I had a conversation with a friend where I opened up some of my feelings of having self-hatred. I’ve been bullied during my younger years and part of it was because of some racial stuff later on in life. Whenever I call them out, they get so defensive and are full of denial. Every day (even today), I’ve felt like I had to prove my humanity to show that I’m just as competent as most people. More often than not, I had to work multiple jobs and study harder than anyone else to show that I’m a human worthy of respect and dignity. It does give me hope that my friends see me as someone worthy and they were able to listen to me.

Granted, I’m far from perfect and I’ve certainly stumbled. I have been slowly beginning to love myself even though it’s been a gradual process. Blogging in all of my pages has given me more confidence and a chance to show my knowledge in multiple subjects.

Sorry for rambling, everyone. Thanks for reading this.

So I made some improvements to my film/documentary/anime review blog known as Iridium Eye…

Hello, everyone.

As some of my followers may or may not know, I have more blogs besides this one. Sure, it is my main one where I focus on my spoken word/music project, but I have additional interests you know.

That other blog is Iridium Eye. My new slogan if you will, is “Reviewing the best movies and series you’ve never heard of.”

This is a little review blog where I post things every Saturday. If you’re looking for a  place that’s all about the latest mainstream movies, this isn’t for you. I focus on media that’s lesser known to the mainstream zeitgeist.

I now made a menu of all my archived reviews from past to present. Everything is even in alphanumerical order from numbers to A to Z as redundant as it sounds. At the time of this post, I have written 135 articles critiquing things like indie movies, documentaries, anime, and short films.

Not everyone has checked it out since it’s inception in March 2017, but I would really encourage my followers and even some new faces to check it out. Iridium Eye has been cathartic for me and it helped me become more assertive even in real life.

“What stuff have you reviewed before?” You may ask.

Good question, and I’ll make some statements that might match your tastes in film and/or animation.

Do you like some quality foreign films?
I’ve talked about movies such as Before Your Eyes, Ringu, Mother of Mine, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the original) to name a few.

Do you like some well-made documentaries?
I’ve reviewed docs like Danielson: A Family Movie, I Am Not Your Negro, Bananas!*, This Is Not a Film, and many more.

Do you like anime?
I’ve critiqued movies and series such as Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, The Ghost in the Shell: Arise prequels, Haibane Renmei, and Kino’s Journey to name a few.

Do you want to see Western animated films outside of the iron grip of companies like Disney, Dreamworks, or Illumination?
I’ve certainly highlighted lesser-known animated films such as The Secret of Kells, Ernest & Celestine, Fantastic Planet, and Song of the Sea for example.

Are you into old-school stuff?
I’ve discussed things such as Yojimbo, Kimba the White Lion, and Key the Metal Idol.

Feel free to check out Iridium Eye if you want to discover movies and series you might enjoy. If you know some of that stuff, then that’s awesome. Follow that blog as well, if you please.

Thoughts on the New Year

Here’s a quick blog post.

I want to thank anyone who’s checked out the Ospreyshire blog over the past year. Granted, this is still a small blog, but it’s great that anyone would want to bother checking out my content.

This was a big year for me in different ways. I had many ups and downs in my creative and personal life. One ongoing goal is producing weekly content with my Katauta 52 Project which has been stressful trying to fit this in between work, but I’ve been doing my best to get a video every Wednesday.

I also had a huge spike in stats because I now have over 1000 views on this blog. That’s incredible and I certainly don’t deserve it. I also got into making other blogs like C. M. B. Bell Fiction for my stories and Iridium Eye where I’ve been posting film reviews of lesser-known works.

I hope to make some more katauta videos, but I also want to make some more tracks. Who knows what will happen?

What things do you like about the Ospreyshire blog?

Anything I can improve upon with my poetry and avant-garde music?

What content would you like to see that would fin in this blog?

Thank you,

-Curtis

Oh, wow! I got the One Lovely Blog Award!

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So recently, I received my 2nd award as a blogger on this platform with the Ospreyshire page. Thanks to Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews for nominating me! I didn’t see that nomination coming. Even though I cover so many topics with anime being one of them with Iridium Eye, I’m glad people still appreciate what I blog about across all my pages.

Here’s how the award works:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
2) Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
3) Share 7 things about yourself
4) Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
5) Include this set of rules
6) Inform your nominees

Alright then. Without further ado, let me tell you seven things about myself.

1: I have written bios for various musicians.

As you may or may not know about me, I enjoy writing. You know that I write fiction and that I do film reviews on my other blogs. However, I have done some commissioned public relations work for various musicians in different countries. Granted, these are independent artists, but I’ve enjoyed being able to write pieces on various singers and bands. I’ve helped out some of my labelmates on ZAP Records and then some.

2: I have been training to become a multi-instrumentalist.

Okay, not as much now since I’m not into the music scene as much as I used to be, but this was a huge goal of mine for years. I’m not a maestro by any stretch of the imagination. The instruments I have the most competency in would be ukulele, guitar, turntables/DJ-ing, Omnichord, hand percussion, bass and some keyboards. Don’t expect me to shred like crazy, but I can at least jam with other musicians and do my best to hang with them.

3: I’m a three-time NaNoWriMo winner and a six-time Camp NaNoWriMo winner.

This goes out to all my followers who know I do fiction. I’ve been getting into storytelling over the past three and a half years. 2014 was my first year where I wrote books and where I tried National Novel Writing Month for the first time. It was shocking that I was able to write a 50,000 word novel (roughly 100-110 pages) over the span of thirty days on those Novembers. I tried out Camp NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month’s off season challenges that happen twice a year (April and July). It does feel invigorating trying to write a book in a month’s time. Now, I have to publish my bibliography…

4: I’m a geography nerd.

I love learning about other cultures and countries. It was amazing visiting outside of America for the first time of my life when I was on vacation to Ecuador earlier this year. This international affinity started when I first watched Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego (the game show) when I was a child. That was my favorite show growing up. My love for geography shows since I write multi-ethnic casts for many of my fiction projects and world cinema is one of my specialties when I review movies on Iridium Eye.

5: Speaking of stuff from other countries…Wanna know the first anime I’ve watched?

This one goes out to the anime reviewers that know my blogs. The first anime I’ve ever watched in my life is Teknoman AKA Tekkaman Blade. Yes, this was the edited English dub version, but that was my first exposure to Japanese animation despite me not knowing anything about it when I was in elementary school. This was on UPN Kids back in the day which is a defunct channel as it merged with My Power and Warner to make the CW. I thought it was cool seeing superheroes in metallic suits fighting aliens and stuff.

6: I’ve wanted to be a voice actor, but never got around to it.

Part of it involved me watching a ton of anime during my teen years, but I’ve been good at using different kinds of voices. I’ve been known to do impressions of various movie characters, cartoons, and some random celebrities in front of some of my friends and co-workers as a joke. If you know me, I can come across as dry in my humor, but I can make people laugh whenever I do these imitations of random voices. I’ve had others tell me that I should be hired as a voice actor, do TV announcements, or a radio DJ.

7: What’s in a name?

I’ve always wanted to name either a band or a creative project after a bird (insert Portlandia joke here). The word Osprey came to mind, but I wanted to go beyond that once I started coming up with this current spoken word/anti-pop project on this blog. Suddenly, “-shire” came up in my mind as the definition of a place. Thus, I fused the two words and came up with Ospreyshire as my stage name.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, I want to hear from the following people. Enjoy the nominations!

1: KimchiSama
2: Travel Itineraries
3: Adventures of A New Floridian
4: Tim and Joanne Joseph
5: Girl Goblin
6: Remy Fool
7: Auri
8: Irina
9: Bel
10: Joshua Stamper

-Curtis

Verses Vs. Anhedonia: 1 Year Anniversary

Can you believe it?

Exactly one year ago, I released my debut EP “Verses Vs. Anhedonia” to the world. Time has gone by way too fast here. This was my first foray into recording some poems and adding some avant-garde soundscapes with them. It was also the first time I’ve ever used my omnichord as an instrument for some of the tracks. Granted, this stuff isn’t the kind of music you’ll hear on Top 40 radio or commercials, but I hope you check it out for those who didn’t catch it the first time.

You can download it for free or you can pay what you want.

I want to thank Dave Emmerson from ZAP Records for distributing it worldwide and for formatting the liner notes of the album. Thanks for believing in my art, mate.

One year later, and I never thought I would continue with this avant-garde project.

Thank you all.

-Curtis

Over 50 followers?

This is slightly outdated, but I thought I would make this post.

Later last week, I reached 50 followers with this blog. That’s crazy! I didn’t think that many people would want to follow me and my avant-garde/spoken word project and other musings. This is just a tiny blog and I’m the farthest thing from some rockstar, but I want to thank all of you that have followed me since I started this Ospreyshire thing a year ago.

-Curtis

Do you like video projects and/or photography?

Here goes my 2nd week in a row about my other blogs. Hahaha!

One thing I’ve been doing for years is some videography and some photography. I have my own little DIY thing called Autumn Peal Media.

The video projects I’ve done in the past involve concert footage, some sports highlights, poetry, and some music videos including the following:

The Old-Timers “Mammon” which I do-directed with lead singer Dave Emmerson [Hardcore/Punk from Scotland/South Africa]
Watercolour “Ulysses” [Indie Folk from England]
Praiser “Your Ego” [Hardcore from Germany]
Ospreyshire “My Heart is a Crater” [Spoken Word/Anti-Pop/Avant-garde]

I have these projects on Vimeo and I also have some photo projects including my Shutterbug Saturday stuff where I show off photos from my trip to Ecuador on the WordPress blog.

Feel free to check out my other works! I post photos every Saturday and reference throwback videos on Thursday.

-Curtis