3 new songs. I released 3 new songs in 2012. That's it and that's bullshit.
I released an album and a few E.P.'s, but those contained songs that
were originally released in 2010 & 2011 along with a bunch of
remixes. In terms of brand new original music, I only released 3
songs. 2013 is going to be different, but I need your help.
Will you join me for the "23 in '13" Challenge?
great things happened in 2012. I opened for Paul & Storm, Molly
Lewis and The Doubleclicks. I traveled to Salt Lake City, Dallas &
Baltimore to perform at events like Nerdtacular. By the end of the year
though, I felt really unhappy.
my ideal life, I'd compose music all day and share it with you. While I
haven't figured out how to make a living doing that yet, I realized
that I'd be a lot happier if I composed every day. This is how I
arrived at the "23 in"13" challenge.
I'm going to release at least 23 new pieces of music in 2013.
of it will be instrumental, as I'm interested in composing music for
webshows, video games and independent films, but there will be vocal
I was going to announce this just to make myself accountable, then I realized...
You should do this with me.
can create 23 short stories, songs, blog posts, podcasts or pieces of
visual art. You can submit a story to 23 different markets. You can
read 23 new books. Adapt the challenge any way you'd like.
the weeks go on, I'll blog about the piece that I'm working on
and you can tell me about your progress. In addition to my music,
I'm going to feature other creators work here too. If
you're taking on a new creative challenge this year and making cool
stuff, let me know.
So, who's with me?
Are you going to take the "23 in '13" challenge?
Reply in the comments.
23 pieces of art of some kind. Yes, I can do this. I will do this. In.ReplyDelete
Excellent! Looking forward to seeing what you make Paul. Photos?Delete
I know you said that we can adapt the challenge any way we like, but would it violate the spirit of the goal to mix and match things?ReplyDelete
For example, if I write/make/build 3 poems, 2 short stories, 1 XBMC media center, 1 song, 7 blog posts, an Android app, a non-fiction article, 3 submissions of writing for publication, and upload 4 recorded versions of my band playing other peoples' music to YouTube, does that count? Or am I stretching it to far?
I know, I know. The goal is to be creative. I get it. And when it comes right down to it, numbers are arbitrary as long as creativity in general does not go dormant.
For what it's worth, I already submitted one poem for possible publication in a print magazine this year, my first poetry submission in ... uh ... seven years, almost exactly. If it doesn't get accepted there, I'll shop it somewhere else.
That's fantastic Stace!Delete
Yeah, do whatever you'd like. The idea is to do stuff and not spend time worrying about what you should be working on. So that breakdown of projects would be just fine.
Best of luck with everything and keep me posted.
How did you come up with the 23 part?ReplyDelete
Like Stace, I'm probably going to mix and match a few things to get the 23 new things this year.
It will involve some creative writing, learning a few songs on the guitar (I'm still at the very early stages of playing though) and some programming and electronics projects. And I should probably do something with a blog to keep track of them.
I figured that I could do a piece of music every two weeks. Minus one for wiggle room gets it to 23. Plus 23 in 13 is catchier then 24 in 13. :-)Delete
If you have any guitar questions, please shoot me an e-mail or a line on Twitter or Facebook. Always happy to help in that department.
Best of luck with everything!
This is a great idea - a support group for nerds. I am so in. Need to think a bit about how to adapt it... or maybe just 23 groups of 23 things would work? No no... lol, that's begging for failure. Wonderful idea, John, can't wait to see and hear what everyone does.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ingrid! Public accountability is always a great motivator to move ahead with your projects.Delete
Can't wait to see what you create Ingrid!
I'm game. Boffo Yux Dudes probably won't get 23 new songs, but we'll come close, since SpinTunes kicks off this month. I'll say 23 blogposts at boffoyux.com, with most pointing to new material.ReplyDelete
And John, you now have no excuse to avoid signing up for SpinTunes - it'll be 4 of your slots if you shadow. http://spintunes.blogspot.com/2013/01/spintunes-6-sign-up-page.html
I wish everyone luck and success!
That's great Tom!Delete
I shall give Spintunes some thought. Don't I say that all of the time? :-)
Since it's been a year, I thought I'd take a quick look back and sum up what I did over the last year. Not as much as I would have liked to, but it seems like a decent amount of things got produced, with a lot more on the front burner for 2014.Delete
BYD got 16 songs out the door for Nur Ein, SpinTunes and Song Fight. There's a few others that could count but since they're not released yet, I'll put them in 2014.
I hosted 16 listening parties for Nur Ein 8 and SpinTunes 6 & 7, which premiered about 200 songs to the world. That was quite fun to do.
I videoed a bunch of concerts including The Doubleclicks, Sarah Donner, Wil Wheaton, Paul & Storm, PaxEast with MC Frontalot and Jonathan Coulton, Sam Hart. My daughter draged me to see Watsky, Wax, BCap, and Dumbfounded, and I became a fan. I got to see some new material for Paul & Storm and Marian Call that was quite special.
I tried to enter another film festival with a few friends, but this one didn't quite make the cut, tho I think it was quite funny in a restrained way.
I had thought I had an OK year production wise, but it looks like I got more done than I expected. This year BYD has an ambitious slate including 2 albums due soon because I set an arbitrary deadline that will bite me in the ass if I don't hurry up.
So while the year wasn't a 'Failure', I did feel I neglected BYD output yet again by having fun and covering friends materials and events instead. And that's not a bad thing. Now I have to convince John to enter the next SpinTunes to alleviate his own guilt at 'Faliure' in 2013.
Count me in.ReplyDelete
23 new creative things in a year.
Excellent! What types of things will you be creating?Delete
Mostly Writing. Poems, Short Storys, Blog Posts, Etc.Delete
This could be just the kick in the pants I need. I'm in. Will likely fail miserably, but what a way to go... :)ReplyDelete
Excellent Hobart! Will you be writing fiction?Delete
Yeah, fiction. Maybe dabble in creative non-fiction if I have a chance, but that sounds like a lot of hard work :)Delete
I am in. Now I just have to decide on what I need 23 of.ReplyDelete
Cool. Let me know what you come up with Terry.Delete
Write 23 short stories. I was only going to try for 12, but I think I can be more ambitious.ReplyDelete
That's the spirit Jazz! Keep me posted on your progress. Hope all is well with you.Delete
John, this is really cool. I love that you have invited others to join you on this. I plan to draw, and publish on a website, 23 pages of a comic book. Best of luck with your songs, and I look forward to reading about you creating them!ReplyDelete
Thanks Dan! I'm psyched to hear that you'll be doing 23 pages of a comic book. I'd love to help spread the word about that.Delete
I've actually already come up with my own creative resolutions for this year; like you I based them on improving over what I did last year. I've committed myself to adding at least one new thing to my online jewelry shop every week this year. Last year I fell short by about 10, but without my computer this past week and a half, I've already made a jump start for this year. I've also committed myself to publishing at least one new book this year, hopefully two. Maybe I'll do 23 chapters?ReplyDelete
23 chapters is a great idea Trina! Best of luck with it and your jewelery. What kind of stuff do you make?Delete
I do earrings, bracelets and necklaces, plus beaded bookmarks. The styles range from simple bead strings to more constructed, industrial/steampunk style stuff. So far this year I've done two bracelets, a pair of earrings and two necklaces. I still need to get cracking on that writing though!Delete
I'm in. 23 submissions or queries in 2013! The first one is just a solid half-day's work from "send" and I'll have 22 to go. I'm glad I drafted a half-dozen shorts in NaNoWriMo 2012. Now I'll have things to submit.ReplyDelete
Excellent Darin! Please keep me posted on your progress. Good luck!Delete
I don't know if I can accomplish 23 things because if Gwyddion meets its campaign goal, that will hog up a lot of my time for the first 7 months of the year...so here are 23 things I am going to work on accomplishing this year related to the arts:ReplyDelete
1. Gwyddion, obviously! First big step is funding (campaign launches Jan. 15 on Indiegogo).
2. Finish my BA in English (Bachelor of Arts, lol).
3. Get back into acting.
4. Write Season 2 of Gwyddion.
5. Knit 10 guinea pigs (part of the Gwyddion campaign).
6. Finish the medieval cross-stitch sampler I started years ago.
7. Sew myself a new dress when I'm done losing 70 pounds (62 to go!).
8. Make a Baked Alaska, because hey, ice cream and fire!
9. Master knitting with double-pointed needles.
10. Finish that stupid t-shirt quilt I started years ago.
11. Write a song.
12. Write another song.
13. Writer yet another song.
14. Master that %$#*ing F chord on the guitar. It's hit or miss with F, sometimes I can play it, sometimes I can't! Hold me to this one, John. I've been playing for 8 years now and this is ridiculous!
15. Ditto for all the B's, except for Bm because I can do that one.
16. Learn mandolin (I got an awesome mandolin DVD for Xmas, yay!).
17. Write a screenplay that's not related to sci-fi.
18. Learn more about film production.
19. Improve my nonexistent film editing skills.
20. Sew a summer dress for Nora.
21. Design a homebrew recipe by myself without help from Paul.
22. Design and decorate Nora's bedroom.
23. Write a short story.
There you go!
That's it? :-)Delete
Some awesome stuff on that list Heather. Good luck with it all.
This sounds like a great idea. I was just telling a friend that I'm ready to get back to work now that the most recent health crisis is over. I've got a new print and some found tatting packaged and ready to mail to her gallery to be installed for February... but then what? It's time to make a plan.ReplyDelete
Sounds good. Keep me posted.Delete
Yeah! I'm in. 23 short stories or chapters of a larger work in 2013.ReplyDelete
Fantastic! Keep me update on your progress.Delete
John, I'm in! I don't know if I will mix n' match, since you're allowing us to be Gumby, or if I will truly challenge myself and give myself the gift of 23 written pieces. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Either way is fine Alexis. The idea is to just keep making stuff and not worry so much on what you're making. Good luck!Delete
I've already emailed you about this John but here's my website where I will be posting my challenges http://www.dovesandbullets.me.uk/ReplyDelete
Excellent! Be sure to tweet or e-mail me your progress from time to time.Delete
Sounds neat, John. I'll try to join in. Lord knows reading 23 books, submitted 23 stories, and such shouldn't be difficult. Writing and producing 23 songs, though--I don't envy that challenge. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I don't know, 23 books would be a big challenge for me.Delete
I just said the other day. I need to post to this blog.ReplyDelete
I haven't done it in a long time, and now is a good time to start.
I'm going to do my first brief one now.
Having trouble with the above post. It should not have been anonymous. My blog is http://kattales.typepad.com/blog/ReplyDelete
I replied via twitter but I'll make it official. Your challenge dovetails nicely with how I've adapted Write 1 Sub 1 to suit my goals this year. As far as W1S1 I'm committing to writing a story a week and to submitting two per month so that is 21 stories submitted, I think I can bump that to 23 short stories submitted without too much pain. I'm looking forward to hearing how everyone does with their goals this year.ReplyDelete
Fantastic Rebecca! Good luck and please keep me updated on your progress.Delete
I'm in! 23 blog posts is too easy -- I generally do anywhere from 1 to 3 a week. Submissions is also easy, assuming short stories get rejected and go back out -- last year, I had almost 40, and I had almost no new written work. So I had to think about what I was going to do.ReplyDelete
Craft projects? Ummm . . . I'm good at working on those at the beginning and end of the year, but if I get a dozen done, that would be excellent, since they tend to be things like queen-sized quilts and knitted sweaters for my kids (who get bigger every year, thus requiring more time for me to work on said sweaters).
Which means I have to dive in for the real challenge that's doable: 23 short stories.
Psyched that you're participating. Good luck with the stories. Keep me posted on your progress.
I'm in for 23 short stories, too. Some of those might be collaborations, but I don't know if I can do 46!ReplyDelete
Good luck with it!
Great idea - I'm up for this! After a couple of years writing songs and stories, I'm spending some time this year focusing on just instrumental music, particularly using some of my more obscure and under-used instruments and gadgets.ReplyDelete
My wife set me a challenge to come up with 10 new pieces in as many weeks, blogging about each one, but I'm enjoying it so much that I will be continuing on past those 10 initial challenges. 23 seems as good a number as any!
I'm releasing them all under a CC-BY licence, so I'm hoping that a few folks will be inspired to take what I produce and spin them into their own creations.
More info at http://www.mickbordet.com/2012/12/10-weeks-10-sounds-a-challenge/
Excellent idea Mick! Good luck.Delete
Thanks, John. I ended up with 46 usable pieces of instrumental music in a range of styles, from folk and blues via ambient to modern classical. It's available as a full album (including a novella that draws a narrative around the various instruments used) at http://mickbordet.bandcamp.com/album/obscuritiesDelete
I'm down for the challenge. Sounds like fun.ReplyDelete
I was in much the same boat this last year. I've mainly been working on projects I wrote a few years ago, and my production of new pieces has been way down.ReplyDelete
I did a similar project in 2008, where I wrote a new song a week and posted it. I only got halfway through the year (the arrival of daughter #2 had a lot to do with that), but having a set period of time in which to finish a piece did wonders for my output, and my creativity...kept me from sinking into the neverending cycle of revision upon revision....and telling people I was doing a weekly project kept me on it. It surprises me that some of my personal best songs came from that "churn 'em out" project.
In short, I'm in. A piece every two weeks sounds much more manageable, as well...."Songs From the Dumpster" sort of ate my life for a while. I'll post at my blog.
Just commented on your blog post.
First time blog post here. Just listed to the Talyn Sonata and it was beautiful. I have added it to my favorites on my iPodReplyDelete
I could write some great stories to the Sonata. I take you up on your 23 in 13 challenge!
Thanks for dropping by! Glad that you enjoy the Sonata.Delete
Would love to read your story! Please send it my way when you complete it.
congrats on The Talyn Sonata! If you remember I recorded 12 whole CDs in a year last year (www.12cdsin12months.com)and really don't feel like recording music for a while, SO...I told you I would launch a new podcast and produce 23 episodes (two a month, one in January). I am working on episode #1 and it's scheduled to be released tomorrow, so wish me luck!ReplyDelete
OK I did it, the first podcast is up, check it out at http://shouts.at/GNc or on my new music marketing web site at http://musicmarketingmind.com/Kids_Music_Marketing.htmlDelete
Only 22 more to go!
Just listened and it sounds great Billy! I'll be sure to tweet out a link this week. Good luck with it!Delete
Love the Talyn Sonata....very pretty.ReplyDelete
I also replied by email .... and I am working on a non-fiction bit where I want to do 23 non-fiction blog posts in a single series called "Backing into Eden" which discusses the tools we will need to care for the Earth -- I bought the url yesterday and I did the first post on my blog (where it will all live until sometime in the spring). I also did the intro post - which is one down of 23. I am contemplating turning this whole bit into a non-fiction book eventually.
That's a fantastic idea Brenda. Read the first post and it's wonderful. Good luck with it and keep me posted on your progress.
As for my 23 stories in 2013-ReplyDelete
One flash down, one longer in progress. If I get time to do some edits on the flash (it's pretty awful right now!), I may post it on my blog. The other is going to a specific market, so no posting.
Awesome! Looking forward to reading it Mary.Delete
I'm super late responding to this but I've been giving it a lot of thought. I love the idea of this challenge, but most of the projects that I do are either so large that I average 10-15 per year or so small that I average several per month. At first I couldn't think of anything suited to doing 23 in a year.ReplyDelete
Then, upon re-reading your original post, it came to me. Blog posts. I don't do nearly enough of those anyway, and this challenge is good motivation for me to stay more on top of it than I normally do.
So thanks for the idea, thanks for sharing it, and best of luck to all of us as we make our collective, creative way through 2013.
That's great Edi!ReplyDelete
I fall behind on blogging all of the time. That's one of the reason why I'm doing 23 pieces of music this year. It means I'll write a blog post for everyone one of those! :-)
Good luck, and let me know how it goes.
All right, John. I've been staring at this web page for days on end, fearing to comment and throw my hat in the pot (see? so nervous I'm mixing metaphors). But, you're right. I hardly made anything myself last year despite a strong start the year before.ReplyDelete
23. It's not such a large number. With a whole year, that's a little less than one every two weeks. I'm jumping on the bandwagon a bit late, but it's still totally feasible.
I will create 23 new creative works this year, and see each one at least to a state where I don't mind letting other people see it (finished enough). I'm currently wrapping my head around in circles on a novelette series, and I think I'll let each entry into that count as 1, but I'm also working on launching a webcomic. Should each comic count as 1? I guess I'll have to gauge that as I see how much effort I put into each strip.
23 comics, novelettes, short stories, etc.
Let's do this.
Psyched to hear that your joining us Jon. Good luck with it. Keep me updated on your progress.Delete
I have just found this and I am joining you ;-)ReplyDelete
Already started my new blog for 2013 and about to publish my first Podcast, but I am going to join you in the 23 new songs. I write and perform shows - mix of comedy and cabaret so I have written one song on Thursday and intend to catch up if I can on the 23 songs in 2013.
Great idea and thanks for making us all accountable !!
So an update on my creativity this weekReplyDelete
I filmed a short film (actually took my uke to write a song during downtime but as I was the lead I had no downtime!) I did manage to work out iTunes and Stitcher Radio for publishing my first podcast, I made 2 VINE videos, wrote 2 blog posts, booked a voiceover, a pop up theatre gig in London and have been asked if i would be happy to sing thru a megaphone as a kind of Pied Piper of music at the Royal Fest Hall and the Southbank Centre for a special concert they are doing.
Plus I used a track of mine that being remxed for release later in year as my podcast music ;-)
So not a bad week - but WILL write a song and record it this week a la your challenge
Thanks John for the Challenge - hope u producing songs u happy with ;-)
Busy, busy. Sounds great Marysia!Delete
yep all creativity no downtime but got to enjoy these times ;-)Delete
I realise the year's almost half done already, but I thought I'd join in the fun, and announced my intent to do so over at my blog: http://lostzeppo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/i-accept-your-23-in-13-challenge-john.html :DReplyDelete