Labor Day Aftermath

Good evening, everyone. Hope you guys have had a lovely week. If not, then I hope your week gets better!

Labor Day was a very good day. Work wasn’t bad (actually quite fun), got to go to the Renaissance Festival with my dad and his fiancee, and finished the day by going over to my mother-in-law’s house. Got my first henna tattoo at the festival. I love it a lot. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but didn’t have the opportunity to get one until Monday. It was only $25. The only photo I have of it is from the night I got it. I’ll probably take a better picture and post it onto Twitter later on, but for now…

old henna

Sorry about the lame picture quality. Had my husband take the photo. He’s not too good with camera phones. If you can’t tell, it’s a lotus blossom resting within the crescent of the moon. Some of the henna ended up getting kinda ruined before I even got home (it started to rain as we left), but I’ve heard that there was a local shop that did henna tattoos. I have the design saved, so maybe I’ll go back in and get a touch up or just get it redone.

My husband likes it so much, that he says I should get it tattooed on my hand permanently. Honestly, I’m agreeing with the idea, but I think I’ll settle for it possibly being my new logo. Three days later, and it’s still lookin’ good!

Tuesday felt like Wednesday. Because of the holiday, dough production (for our bagels) was the day after because of the holiday. Not too bad of a day, either.

Wednesday was weird, because it felt like Tuesday. No dough production, but it seemed busier up at the front. After work, I went to my mother-in-law’s house to help her organize some Sentsy stuff that had come in. She also helped me pick out the wedding gift for my dad’s wedding (coming in a couple of weeks!).

One of my roommates gave me a small little notebook filled with blank white paper. Been using that do doodle and draw again. Also picked up KoB editing again. Not too much to say on that end, sadly, but as I’ve learned recently: Work hard in silence. Let success be your voice.

~Arrivederci~

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Here, have a Drabble

Good evening, everyone. Hope y’all doin’ okay. Been doing okay. Cat’s been getting flea baths and we’re still dealing with Dylan’s loss, but we’re doing okay.

I still can’t get myself to work on KoB all that much. I decided to spend most of my day looking over other “projects” I had going on. Tweaked a few things there.

As I was looking through my SD card for a particular file, I found something I wrote a little while ago. I don’t remember if I even posted it onto here. Honestly, I don’t even remember writing it (I may have been a bit tipsy when I wrote it, though, so that would explain a lot…). I may have lost my nerve and decided not to post it. So I’m gonna slap it onto here, just in case I didn’t already put it up here.

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When the End Came

I was in the shower when the world ended.

What I’m about to tell you is a hundred percent true, and is not an exaggeration in the slightest. It sounds strange—probably the strangest thing you’ve ever heard—but I’m telling you the truth when I claim that the world ended one cold winter’s night, as I was taking a hot shower, washing away the week’s dirt and stress.

I had my eyes closed, and I was obviously indoors, so I didn’t see any explosion, or blinding flash of light, or anything like that. Why were my eyes closed? Well, nobody likes shampoo in their eyes, and I was in the middle of deep, immersive thought. I was thinking about what everybody thinks about in the shower.

Work. Housework. Family. Passions.

Life.

The beginning of.

The end of.

How funny, I thought, as I rinsed the shampoo from my hair, that we’re always told that life goes on, no matter what. No matter who or what lives or dies, life will go on.

So what happens when everyone dies?

Does everything stop?

Does everything keep doing?

Even now, as I remain here in the emptiness, I will never know the answer to that question.

Because I am no longer going on with life.

Just like everybody else.

How do I know everybody else died, and not just me?

To be honest, I don’t.

But I also strongly believe everybody lost their lives that night. I felt it, when I first felt myself floating here.

I can’t hear. I can’t see. I can’t speak.

I feel…cold.

When the end came, I had my eyes closed. A sudden rush of air that banged against my eardrums, feeling everything around me grow very hot, very quickly…

…And then everything became very still, and very cold.

And now I’m here. At the end. Wandering onwards, past the end, and into nothing. Past the back cover. Past the end credits. Past the midnight hour.

What now?

What’s next?

Nothing?

Something?

Please, let it be something.

I can accept death, I always have…

…but please tell me there’s something beyond this strange ending of mine.

Wait. What’s that?

I feel it…something in the distance.

What is it?

A new start?

A new cover?

A new beginning?

I come to it, something bright and warm piercing the nothing that served as my end, walking towards the bright, new beginning.

Thank you…

Thank you, for this something.

Thank you, for my beginning, beyond the end.

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The original title was “Strange Endings”, but I felt like it didn’t really work anymore, so I changed it at the last second. I think I literally did come up with this idea in the shower, and then wrote it out over a glass. I actually like this one in a weird way. Not my best work, but I’m oddly proud of it. Then again, this is kinda what I think will happen when I die. Float around in nothingness for a bit before being reborn into someone/something else. Maybe a cat.

Anyways, that’s it from me tonight. I’ve got a bit of housework to do tomorrow and Annabelle needs another flea bath. I’ll talk to you all later~

~Arrivederci~

I call this the “Splice n’ Switch”

Happy Thursday, everyone. Gonna tell you guys now, this post is gonna be a short one–just a quick update on KoB Episode-changing process.

I did some location scouting for where the new Episode #3 (aka, the old Episode #2). It originally took place in California City, but I decided to move the location to a city that’s sitting on the harbor of the Pacific Ocean. I found that city much more scenic, and it actually used to be a Native American settlement, if I’m getting my information correct. I have yet to develop a proper “Leyline Map” for the Keepersverse, but if I did, there would be either a Leyline gathering point OR a really wide Leyline going through the city, mostly because of it’s location by the water. It’s also not too far away from the new Episode #2 location (somewhere in Oregon). Since then, I’ve been carefully splicing bits from the old Episode #2 to the new Episode #2, while editing them in the meantime. It’s a bit confusing when I try to explain it, so lemmie try explaining it like this: imagine you are a genetic scientist–a genetic engineer. You have two test subjects–two specimens. You’re taking specific strands from each and carefully inserting them into the other’s DNA code. If you’re a hacker/programmer, then the same analogy could be used with code. Hell, if anyone here watches Steven Universe (which you SHOULD), you could say that I’m approaching these Episodes the way that the Gem Mutants–or even the Cluster–were created: taking the gem shards from other Gems and splicing them together, forcing them to fuse. Except…how I’m doing it isn’t as creepy or brutal.

Of course, I have to tweak dialogue and pacing to reflect the changes I’ve been making, but that’s why I’ve been editing as I’ve been going along. Once both Episodes have been completed, I’ll have to read through them both and make some more edits before drifting back to Episode #4 and making some changes there.

Whoo. All this back and forth splicing and editing makes my head spin some days. Honestly, it’s daunting, but I feel like the first Arc (as well as Ian and Rach’s developing friendship) is a lot better paced. And one of the things I value the most in stories is the pacing. Sometimes, to achieve this, you have to add some Episodes, take away some Episodes, switch around some Episodes, and even merge some together.

….That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t drive me absolutely batty, though.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention one other thing: last night, after spending literally two hours thinking about it, I learned that I can’t name churches for shit. However, I have to give a nod to this helpful website for giving me some pointers. If you are creating a church for your own story and are having trouble naming it, this site offers some helpful advice for creating a unique (and maybe even memorable) church name: http://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2011/01/call-church-practices-naming-church/

~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!!~

 

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~

Taking things to Second Base

Reason for the title: I’m currently at a bar called “Second Base”. So far, I really like it. It’s small, but cozy. The bartender is nice, and they even have a pool table. Granted, I wish they had more than one, but most bars that I’ve been through only have one pool table.

The food here is delicious. I’m a sucker for mozzarella sticks (and fried cheese in general), and they have some pretty good ones. Soon, Niax and I are gonna try some of their pizza, and maybe a burger.

I honestly like bars. Not so much for the booze. When push comes to shove, I’d rather drink at home, anyways. No, I like them for the food, and atmosphere. Bar-hopping would be a hobby of mine, if I had the cash to go to a new bar every week. I find them relaxing, and very casual.

Anyways, enough about the bar. I wanna talk about what happened during my D&D campaign. Last time, we were sneaking into a bandit stronghold through the sewers, and we managed to get into the mansion where the bandits (who were terrorizing a local town) were hiding. They’re not very smart, though due to some bad luck, my character took a bad blow to the shoulder. The mansion is actually important to my character, but I’m not saying a damn thing until it’s been all played out.

I’ve started editing work on Episode #3 for KoB. Mostly reworking the beginning, for now. I’ve always had a hard time starting and ending a story in a way that leaves the reader wanting more. I lack a decent hook, for the beginning, and I’m not sure how well my endings and cliffhangers will do. I normally try to avoid cliffhanger, but I also try to foreshadow what’s to come. Honestly, if there was a seminar of sorts to help writers build a 3-act structure for their stories, I would pay a pretty penny to go to one of those. Even local writing classes would be great, but there aren’t a lot of those in my area…and I have to focus on bills and adulting, anyways.

I’m just hoping the weather in Michigan makes up its damn mind. Seriously, it was nice the other day, now it’s cold and rainy. Michigan’s bi-polar attitude to weather deserves a blog all on it’s own.

~Arrivederci!~

Of Comix and Games

Lately, I’ve been getting into comic books.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member (and if you have the Kindle app installed on one or more of your devices, then you have the opportunity to read certain books for free. Amazon Prime has a fair bit of comics available to read for free–but not as much as Kindle Unlimited. I can’t afford the extra $10/month for Kindle Unlimited, so until then, I can only read for free through Prime Unlimited, or if I buy the comics I want.

I’ve made it through the 2015 edition of Howard the Duck and greatly enjoyed it. I also downloaded the newest version of Ms. Marvel and delved into the origin stories of Star Lord/Peter Quill, Deadpool, and Black Panther. I’ve got my eye on a couple of other series (mainly both Marvel Civil War series), but for now, I’ve got enough to read.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for Kindle, I may not have truly gotten into comics. I usually prefer manga…which, as some people would argue, is just the Japanese version of comics. Which is true. I favor the art style of manga (and to an extent, anime) a lot more than comics. I dislike realistic styles, and usually lean towards more “cartoony” styles of art.

I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but I’ve always wanted Keepers of Balance to be a graphic novel of sorts. However, because of my own limited skills and resources, I have written the series so it can also be a light novel series as well.

Anyways, I want to have a stream tomorrow night. I will most likely be streaming Skyrim (new file w/ mods), but if the mood strikes me, I might change my mind and stream Kingdom Hearts II instead. It’s been a while since I’ve played. One thing is for sure: I will be streaming on YouTube instead of Twitch.

Anyways, I hope you all have a good day. I know I missed the mark by about 20 minuets or so…but regardless, I’ll talk to you all on Friday!

~Arrivederci!~