Sunday, February 10, 2013

This. That. And The Other Thing.



While I'm in a great stage of cardboard mode, I just feel like updating about the blog, my collection and just life in general.

Sometimes I forget that it's my blog and that I can write about whatever I want, and not just about what I think people would want to look at and read.

I suppose the more aware you become of your audience, the easier it is to get yourself pigeon holed into writing only certain things and of course isn't really a bad thing either but I'm learning that in writing, one needs to always find ways to keep re-inventing one's self.

This is not an innovative post by any means, but rather a more thorough sit down and reflection on what has been and what is to come.


To be honest, the current stage of focus that I'm in has swept my other hobbies right under the rug. For example, I play guitar but am mostly a beginner to novice and I usually can find at least 5 minutes a day for practice.

That hasn't been the case for the last week or so and my beautiful Schecter Blackjack has been locked in it's case not playing a single note.




Taken a year or more ago, the photo doesn't do the guitar justice as it's a very high quality axe with a maple neck and mohogany body, I love the sound that I get out of her as I can easily go from a nice acoustic folk sound and switch almost immediately to a pounding death metal sound.



Nope, I haven't been picking away or even doing light practice or tutorials.


Another thing that's been put on the back burner due mostly to cardboard related adventures is producing audio with my DAW (digital audio workstation) of choice, FL Studio 10.



You want to talk about time consuming? Try learning how to produce electronic music.

Again with this, I would call myself a beginner still, even though I've managed to put together a few songs and loops. I think the end result is that I wan't to produce trance or psytrance, but there is much to learn before I get to advanced styles such as those.

Or even just to make rock and metal drum patterns to supplement my guitar playing. The possibilities are endless with the FL Studio workstation. You could even compose full-on orchestra type music provided you had the skill and talent.

It's a powerful and rewarding hobby to get into, provided that you absolutely love music.

I'm even going to go out on a limb here and give you a link to some of the stuff I've made and published online.

I create under the alias Mushraven. Upon clicking the link you will be able to hear some of my stuff by pressing the play button next to the songs if your interested. 

Like I said, I'm going out on a limb here and wouldn't normally mix my hobbies together but sometimes I feel like I need to bridge the gaps so I don't always feel that they are separate parts of me.

Just like I feel collecting cards is almost a separate entity as I could almost be apart of the hobby in complete secrecy.

Although, I don't really keep my collecting a secret, I don't really go out of my way to make it known to people that wouldn't have much interest either.




Would anyone I know, outside the blogosphere, give a crap about the cards I've shown? Well, a Mets fan who is not a collector might feign an interested but that's about as far as it would go.

That's what makes me truly aware of whom I'm writing to. Plus the fact that I've read many of blogs night after night and have received multiple packages. That makes it much more personal.

And where would I be in this hobby without the ability connect with each and every one of you? Not having this opportunity to be part of the blogosphere would be devastating to my collecting future.

I'm not saying that I wouldn't be a collector at all, but it just wouldn't be the same. And without saying, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

When I get the passion for this hobby going in full bloom, it makes it so much more enjoyable to be alive. So what if my other hobbies get beat off with a stick. They will still be there when I'm ready.

I still take care of everything I need to take care of before I even open a pack of cards, look at my collection or even log onto the computer.

My family will always come first, no matter what. My self-indulgence will always finish last and sacrifice will always be first. That's just the way I roll and it happens to be working out great.

So, while there are endless things to do, countless projects in life, busy schedules, work, family, school and the whole 9.....

I'm in this for the long haul.

Until my time is up and I'm glad I get to share the ride with such unique, passionate, intelligent individuals such as yourselves. Yes, you. If you are reading this, I'm talking directly to you.

For as long as you are apart of this hobby, I will be too. Even if they stopped producing cards tomorrow, I can assure you that I will be a life long collector.

And more hopefully...A life long blogger friend.












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  1. I hope I'll be a lifelong collector too! I've thought about quitting a couple of times in the past year or so. But even if I do quit, I'd hold onto my cards and continue to write articles on the stuff I have.

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