Archive for Music

Review: Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant (Music)

Christopher McElroy is a writer with the Consortium. He’s also a fan of interesting music, and a dedicated supporter of the indie community.

He thinks the Consortium should be a reliable source for good, independent music, and in support of that he’s committed to writing a regular column here.


This month I will be reviewing the new pop sensation Rebecca Black and her sleeper hit “Friday.” Check it out on YouTube!

Now that we have all had a good laugh, lets talk about some real music. Read More→

Review: Permalight by Rogue Wave (Music)

Shawn McElroy is a writer with the Consortium. He’s also a fan of interesting music, and a dedicated supporter of the indie community. He thinks the Consortium should be a reliable source for good, independent music, and in support of that he’s committed to writing a regular column here.


The opportunity to review music is a Pandora’s box of temptation. Being given a soapbox I can use to shake a finger at the current industry is mouthwatering.

Because I believe that speaking about the problem is less useful than presenting a solution, I will do my best to avoid this pitfall. Instead, it is my hope that I can shine a light in the dark corners of the industry where creativity is hiding out. Music will survive. Bands like Rogue Wave will see to that. Read More→

Still Waters

Things have been a little quiet around the website lately, but that’s not to say the Consortium’s been quiet. Quite the contrary: we’ve all been way too busy to talk about it.

That goes double for me. Last time you heard from me, it was just a little press release announcing the release of Gods Tomorrow — forgivably, I figure, because most of you understand how much work that was.

It was also something of a last-minute accomplishment before the monster that is National Novel Writing Month moved into my life. I had a mighty successful one — featuring the conclusion of the third sequel to Gods Tomorrow, which I look forward to publishing early in 2012 — but it was everything I could do to keep up with absolutely critical responsibilities. Pleasant diversions like blogging, watching TV, hanging out with friends and family, and even talking with friends and family all got pushed to the back burner.

Which is to say, Dec. 1. Read More→

New Artists, New Opportunities

It’s been a thrilling week! My niece had a birthday, my daughter learned to read three new words, and I doubled my knowledge of VBA scripting, bought a videogame, and devoured the nearly-final-draft of my friend Becca’s novel Flawed: The Empath.

And, of course, that doesn’t even touch on the exciting things going on with the Consortium. Let’s take a look: Read More→

Weekly Snapshot: Time to be an Artist

Topeka KS Worldwide Photowalk image by Julie V. Photography

One submission to the Topeka Photowalk contest

This week I have felt the need for the Consortium to be a fully-operating organization quite heavily.

Julie and I, against considerable odds have accomplished some significant, gritty work in establishing our photography business, but through all of it we strained against limitations imposed against us by my demanding full-time job and unpredictable life circumstances like a baby nephew going to the emergency room and staying up all night to help his mother, and Julie having some sick days afterward.

Practicing and improving our photography received only a sliver of Julie’s time and none of mine. Instead we spent our time communicating with potential clients, building web pages during lunch breaks, and trying our inexperienced hands at graphic design. It’s been quite a full week! Read More→

Week in Review

It’s been an absurdly busy week, and that’s nearly all because of the Consortium. It’s been productive, though! And more fun than you might guess.

As a matter of fact…I’d say this post deserves a checkmark for every single one of the categories I’ve got so far. Which is to say, I’ve got something to report for each of the Consortium’s initial schools of art.

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