Spring’s End

Well. This weekend was tough. Oh well. Happy Late Father’s Day, by the way. I normally don’t work Father’s Day, but because myself and Niax are going out of town this Sunday, I figured it would be better for me financially to go ahead and work the day.

We are rapidly approaching the last few days of Spring. We’ve some rain and some brief storms, but with the exception of today, it hasn’t really helped cool things down. No, quite the opposite: it’s made things heavy and unbearably muggy.

I’ve been working on the new Episode #3 like crazy since this weekend. Seriously, I came home yesterday, planning on taking a shower and fixing some foods to eat and relax, and instead, I turned on Ghost Adventures (research and story-hunting) and hit the ground running. It didn’t help that I’ve been working on the abandoned asylum’s backstory all weekend, too. I even ironed out the supporting cast, and started fleshing them out, too. I just need to do some more research on abandoned asylums themselves (with the help of this useful video), and I think I’ll be ready to start writing it, soon. Editing on Episode #4 is going well, too.

This Thursday or Friday’s post will probably be the last post until next Thursday’s. I hope to get some good pictures while down south.

~Arrivederci~

 

Epiphany~

Last night, I had a major epiphany.

I was up really late last night, thinking about story elements for Keepers of Balance, and my possible upcoming college courses. I’m eager to soak up all of the knowledge that they will offer me, and apply those lessons to KoB. This led me to making an important decision that I probably should of thought of ages ago:

I will NOT try to publish Keepers of Balance until I’ve completed my degree at Full Sail University (or whatever school I choose).

I’ve thought this over a lot, and once I decided to take this vow, I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my chest. With that out of the way, I have to make another announcement that I think will be better if I put it like this:

  • Arc 1: Awakening = 15 Episodes
  • Arc 2: Pursuit = 15 Episodes
  • Arc 3: Equilibrium = 20 Episodes
  • Final Episode Count: 50 Episodes

Yep, you’re seeing this right. After a lot of thought (and slight loopiness from the lack of sleep), I decided that 30 Episodes just wasn’t enough to build proper character development (especially building the relationship between the characters), and the more I thought about it, the more ideas that started flashing by inside my mind. Plus, some of the Bonus Episodes I had planned seemed to do much better as regular Episodes, giving me more to play with and mold. I still want to have some extra content, but they will probably just be random one-shots either going into a character’s past or a a day in the life of Ian and Rach. This means now…now, Arc 1 isn’t complete anymore, and I’ve got a lot of work to do, changing episode numbers and the like. I feel daunted, but I think this will work out for the best.

Always remember: Everything works out in the end. If it not, then it’s not the end yet.

~Arrivederci!!~

 

Damn this heat to hell…

God the temperature skyrocketed. Summer is creeping closer, that’s for sure. Which also means that the Summer Solstice (also known as Litha for Pagans and Wiccans) is only a little more than a week away. Niax and I plan on celebrating next Wednesday.

Anyways, I have good news: I called the Full Sail University Admissions Office yesterday! I have another call scheduled for tomorrow at 3:30. The admissions officer told me about the Creative Writing program and what the online courses will entail…and I’m loving it. I am more than excited to do this.

…my only hesitation is that I already have a hefty student loan out, but I’m tired of letting that paralyze me with fear. I want to continue my education, better myself, and my craft. *exhales* Let’s do this.

In KoB news, editing for Episode #3 is going good. I’m taking my time with this one mainly because I’ve been changing a lot of dialogue between Rachael and her mom. See, this is why I need formal training for my writing. I’m always unsure about what I’m doing is good or not. This is why you just keep writing.

Oh, one last thing before I go. During the last week of the month, Niax and I are heading down to Tennessee for a family reunion. That means you guys won’t hear too much from me that week. I’ll try to keep you guys updated via my Twitter about what’s going on.

~Arrivederci!~

Today? Not too eventful. In the next couple of days, however…

*yawns* Well, my house looks a little cleaner.

My internet’s still out, but I forgot I could use my phone as a hotspot. Once my phone’s charged a little more (it’s sitting at around 26%), I’ll call my provider back and see what the dealio is.

Anyways, work on KoB has been steady. I’ve hit kind of a wall with Episode #3. It doesn’t help that I’ve been writing out the series finale (Episode #30) as well. I already did it once before, but that was a few years ago, and I never truly liked how things played out. This time, I had a better idea for what would happen during the final battle and the aftermath.

I had plans this past Monday to see Wonder Woman, but because money was tight, we decided to see it this upcoming Monday instead. However, I have made plans for myself to see Captain Underpants this Friday. Say what you want, but I was a HUGE fan of the books growing up. It’s been years since I’ve read them. I had the first four books, as well as the two activity books they threw out (which I enjoyed as well). Believe it or not, the series inspired me to draw and write my own stories. My mom refused to buy me any more of the books as they came out, but someday, I’ll have the complete series. When I first heard rumors about the movie, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I wondered, “Who decided to make a movie dedicated to Captain Underpants, of all things?” I thought it was a joke, at first. Then the trailer dropped. I immediately knew I had to see it. The animation and art style not only look gorgeous, but they are very faithful to the book’s illustrations as well. Ah! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

*composes self* Ahem. Anyways, I will be sure to post a review of it when I get back home. Since I’m going by myself (and since Niax works on Fridays anyways, and he doesn’t want to see it), I’ll probably be going sometime in the early afternoon. I’ll iron out the details when I order tickets tomorrow. So no post tomorrow, most likely, but I will definitely write one up on Friday.

~Arrivederci!~

Drained

Hey all.

I had a good night last night. Spent time with Niax and pals, and got some writing done. I even managed to help him out with his story, a little. Didn’t wake up too well, though…and I’ve been drained all day. Unable to think straight. Maybe I pushed it a little too much last night.

I spent a good part of the day yesterday working on Firaggi and McGill’s backstories.

I think I’ll put this down as my shortest post yet. Yeesh. Oh well. Good night, everyone.

~Arrivederci~

What’s in a Surname?

Happy Tuesday.

I hope you guys had a good Memorial Day (and Memorial Day Weekend). I’ve been feeling better since Saturday and Sunday, but still a little congested. Throat still feels a little raw, too. Yesterday, my husband grilled some burgers. They came out almost perfectly.

Not too much for me to say today. Still interchanging work between the third Episode and the third Bonus Episode, trying to spread the work between them evenly. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the Original Keepers of Balance, and how they met/got their powers/etc. For a long time, the Original Keepers of Light and Darkness had no surnames or last names. I’m horrible at coming up with fitting names at times. A lot of the time, I try to interject some meaning into their names. Other times, I just think the name sounds cool, and then I go from there. When working with foreign, fantasy names, I usually try translating a bunch of words that represent that character’s traits or roles, then try to find a fitting anagram. Or, I use a name generator, get a good list of names, and then try to look up the meaning of the names I picked, and try to pick my favorites from there.

Finally, I have found fitting surnames for the Originals that will do for the time being. Who knows? Maybe the names will be permanent. So from now on, when I’m talking about the Original Keepers of Balance, I will refer them to their surnames, to make things easier:

  • Friaggi: Original Keeper of Light
  • McGill: Original Keeper of Darkness

Again, this is subject to change. “Friaggi” is an anagram of the German word for “peace” (frieden) and the Italian word for “travel” (viaggi). McGill means “son of the foreigner”, deriving from the Gaelic word “gall” (foreigner).

Now that I have the whole surname debate out of the way, I can finally piece together a decent backstory for these two! Yes!

~Arrivederci!~

Getting back on my feet

Ugh, thank gods I’m shaking off this sickness or whatever I had. These past couple of days has been miserable for me. I had a very sore throat, my skin felt like pins and needles, and I could barely lift my head up off my pillow. Yesterday, all I did was sleep, play Skyrim, and eat some soup my hubby made me when he got home. Even today, I’m not feeling 100%.

As for tomorrow…I do have to work. I might go to sleep earlier than normal because of it. Not sure what I’m doing after work, but we’ll see.

Editing progress on Episode #3 has been going smoothly. I finished a couple of KoB snippets here and there.

Oh, I wanted to mention this real quick: In the first or second week on June, I plan on doing a weekly stream of Skyrim. More like my own playthrough or whatever. I’ll be creating a new character, and keeping up these weekly episodes as much as possible. And yes, I will be playing with mods. I’ll leave a list of mods down in the description of each YouTube livestream, and will go over my list of mods at the start of each part (or “Episode”), just in case anyone is curious enough to try them out.

One last thing: late in June, my husband, my dad, my soon-to-be-stepmom, and myself will be heading down south for a family reunion. We’ll be gone for a bit, meaning that I won’t be able to post anything come that week. I’ll let you guys know again before we actually head down south.

Also, I just got done watching Logan, finally. For the third time this month, my feels got kicked hard in the dick. Just…just damn.

I wish I had a little more to write about this post. I guess I’ll talk to you guys all on Tuesday!

~Arrivederci!~