Dreams Are Hard to Achieve

So I’ve been on a journey the last two years. It’s a journey I never intended to go on, but deep down inside, I knew I wanted to try.

In 2015, I began writing a short story; The Ballad of Muzzy Phillips. It was kind of a challenge I tempted myself with. I hadn’t written any type of long form since college, so I thought I’d give it a try. The story began to take shape, get whittled down, refocused, and ultimately, after about ten months, I hesitantly made it available to the world. 

It’s a scary feeling when you pour your soul into something and let anyone take a peek. In the world of blogging, writing, designing and filmmaking, it is perhaps the scariest thing imaginable.

Nevertheless, it’s out there. I was finished with my little challenge.

Except, I wasn’t finished.

Not long after I had safely archived the story, I felt that little nudge.

The same nudge that challenged me to write the story in the first place. 

That nudge has led me down another path for the last eight months or so, and I hesitantly share the idea with you today. 

I am currently in process of adapting The Ballad of Muzzy Phillips into a narrative podcast.

I know, it sounds crazy. Truthfully, for a one-man band with no resources or money; it kind of is crazy.

As I began the process of adapting the story, I started the learn just how difficult it is to take one medium and build it for another. All of a sudden, descriptive words no longer help drive the story. Now it is sound effects and background noise. The dialogue has to develop the character, describe the scene and tell the story. 

As someone who is not great with dialogue, this has been extremely difficult.

Next, you have to tell the story in a way to makes sense to the listener, not the reader. This meant restructuring, adding scenes, removing scenes.

When I began the adaptation, I wanted to be able to release the first episode at the MLB All-Star Break. 

That happened last week…but no podcast.

Time gets away from you when you are being a perfectionist.

But, hopefully…hopefully…the script will be finished by the end of the summer. Then comes the chore of casting, sound editing, figuring out how to pay for it and so on.

I wanted to share all of this for a couple of reasons. First, if you tend to read this blog from time to time, I want you to be a part of this journey. If you haven’t read much, maybe you can tag along as well. It has been a challenge, for sure, but I think it will be something worthwhile.

The thing I am learning about following those nudges is that they drain you. They take every piece of your soul. But in a strange way, they also inspire and invigorate. I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. This passion will come into existence.

It’s just a matter of time.

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