November 28th, 2019
We... and I keep saying "we" although right now Winterwind is really just me although I bounce ideas of a couple of people... have put up a new video. It's Part 1 of a brief history of Winterwind, covering the origins of the site, the name, etc, etc. Part 2 will be along soon and will cover some of the selected highlights of the site's content from 2003-2013.
November 14th, 2019
We put a brief little test video up. It's just over a minute and a half in length and was done just for the sake of playing around and getting familiar with video editing software. It's nothing serious. It's silly but hey, why be serious all the time?
October 11th, 2019
It was brought to my attention yesterday by a friend that some of the ads being served to the site by the ad provider were offensive. Investigating this I discovered that when recent updates were made to the advertising program all of the previous filters I had in place were reset to the deafult of allowing everything. I've put the filters back in place and hopefully there will be no more offensive ads appearing on the site.
August 2nd, 2019
Inspiration from profound pain...
A short time ago a woman walked into my life, told me she was my soulmate, that we'd always known each other, always been together, that she loved me, would always be there for me no matter what, that she would help me heal and find the peace I've spent all of this life searching for... blah, blah, blah. Fool that I am, I actually believed her. I trusted her. And my life was irrevocably altered because that trust was abused and betrayed.
Still, inspiration from profound pain... 12 songs written in four weeks addressing the themes of love, hope, trust, betrayal, (surviving) child abuse and (attempted) suicide. Now it's time to start arranging and recording the album which is tentatively titled...
Songs in the Key of BAH
Wrong Place and Time
All So Perfect
Hold My Breath
It Ain't Blue
(Maybe) I Was Mistaken
Secret Decoder Ring
Your Brown Eyes
Fields and Blankets
Guttered (In the Wind)
And if you're curious as to the sound/style of the music, well just imagine taking the Beatles, Blue Rodeo, Cake, the Alan Parsons Project, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Raconteurs and putting them in a blender and it'll probably sound like... WHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
May 30th, 2019
Content is written, or roughed outlines skected in some cases, but when the three people involved all work the 9-5 grind... well, we haven't found time to actually started filming yet. We hope to. I'd hoped to have at least the first video, the "introduction to Winterwind" in the proverbial can by now but sometimes life has other plans. Or, you're just drained from the day job. Soon, folks, soon.
March 28th, 2019
The site received a minor tweak today. I made new logo/banner for consistency on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and then figured consistency meant using the same artwork here on the site. Which then clashed with the old dark grey colour scheme. So I had to do a little searching and replacing of the old colour code. This isn't the revamp. That's still coming. This is more of a quick coat of paint to brighten things up in the meantime.
The tortoise and the hare... Winterwind is slowly getting the attention it missed for five years. The content is being reorganised, there'll be another tweak to the look of the site coming later this spring, there'll be a Youtube channel launching so, again, stay tuned.
January 14th, 2019
Winterwind is pleased to announce further details of an upcoming project - A Guy & His Gretsch is the story of a lonely drifter (kind of like the Littlest Hobo only walking on two legs instead of four) drifting from town to town righting wrongs with a magic guitar... that shoots lasers and stuff!
With music by Hot Karl & the Alabama Donkey Punchers featuring their soon to be smash hit "Your Laundry (The Ballad of Thursday Afternoon)".
January 1st, 2019
The 2018 winter solstice would have been Winterwind's 15 year anniversary. The first 10 years had a few highs, a few more lows, a revolving cast of characters and ultimately proved to be unfulfilling.
Paying the annual hosting for five years for a stagnant site was unfulfilling too so...
December 21st, 2013
Today is Winterwind's Ten Year Anniversary. Yay for Winterwind! We've had some highs and lows and some long pauses here and there but it's ten years today that we've been online.
To mark this event we have six pieces today for your enjoyment. Emily Thorburn examines the confused feminist message in Lily Allen's "Hard Over Here" track. Amy Van De Casteele takes a look at the dark nature of the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Jon Arnold gives us his reasons why he finds Best Of and Year End lists to be really rather useless. Both William LJ Galaini and Nathan Frederick Garden return with the latest entries in their respective columns, Gamer on a Budget and The Fitba and our Assistant Editor, Michael S. Collins treats us to a short story that has us visiting Séance Booth Four.
Since our re-launch in the summer we've been on something of a lovely roll, publishing more in the past six months than we have in the past two years and we look forward to bringing you more in the future.
So please, read, enjoy, like, share, tweet... and tell your friends!
Also, as always, we are looking for submissions and contributions. Articles, reviews, artwork, photography, anything that fits under our umbrella of arts, pop culture and social issues.
We had hoped to have the ezine re-coded and ready to go for this special event. Unfortunately... well, the chap that was supposed to do that didn't and disappeared on us... such is the way of things sometimes but we soldier on. Still... ten years... wow.
The Winterwind Team