Wednesday, March 28, 2007

JAR: The Comic Strip with no Purpose

Hey everyone, I just wanted to tell you about my comic strip that I've started posting. It's not really that great, but it's an old strip that I started a few months back. Finding EGS re-inspired me, so I've been working on improving and coloring the comics on my down time between writing and working (bleh, another blog entry for another day). Anyway, I've been very pleased with the result. The site can be found here:
http://jarcom.blogspot.com/
I'll post the link to the first entry here and I hope that you'll all read and enjoy it enough to go to the main site for more.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_87wn7ejI848/RgfWDqoglqI/AAAAAAAAAA0/lm7mmUZYtgU/s1600-h/Comic+1.jpg
Later!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Updates

Everyone, I've had the chance to write a little. It felt good to finally be able to sit down and write again. Today is the first day of spring break, but sadly, I have to work through it. I have to close today, I only work 'til 7 tomorrow (yay!), but then I have to close three days in a row ( :( ) Anyway, I hope that things work out wher eI can write more often, but I'll just have to wait and see.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Still Drudging through School

Sadly, I haven't done any writing in a while. I'm only popping in to let everyone know that I haven't abandoned this site, I'm just drowning in school work. I haven't had time to do anything but go to school, go to work, do chores, sleep, repeat until the mind numbing monotiny makes one bash one's skull against a wall. I'm about to have to go to work again too. Luckily, it's spring break at last--I'll be able to relax, and write.
Okay, before I go, I just want to mention El Goonish Shive again. If you're a fan of the comics in the paper/a fan of anime, you'll absolutely love EGS. It is a very interesting, and very well done, blend of the Sunday morning paper comics humor, and the storyline and action of an anime series. You totally need to check it out. www.egscomics.com
Anyway, I gotta go, hopefully my workload will lighten some.
Later.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Oh boy.

School has quickly caught up with me and I'm swamped with work. I'll try to post here as often as I can, but the tidal wave rush that is graduation is coming soon and I don't know how often that will be.
On a randomly unrelated note, everyone should check out the webcomic El Goonish Shive. It is a very interesting comic about 8 teenagers and the strange (often magical) things that happen to them in their daily lives.
link: http://www.egscomics.com/
To make up for my lack of being here for a while, a hilarious picture:

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A Meme...Oh Mama

I had a bad day at work--I'm tired of working, and not getting paid. I get kicked off the clock no matter how fast I work, and I'm getting enough of it. So, to distract myself from the aggrivation of work, I'm doing a meme that I got from Jean's blog. It'll get my mind off of the day, hopefully.
Oh, before I do that, I wrote today, no much, but some, and I really like OpenOffice's word processing program, Writer. It's just like Microsoft Word, and it's a huge improvement over what I was using--Microsoft Works Word Processor. Not only is the layout simple--I had some training with Microsoft Word at school--but it saves files that have the same amount of stuff in a smaller size.
Writing wise, my story is doing good. Falovri has discovered an underground cavern that should lead to some answers...but more questions that anything else. I'd write more now, but I'm too mad to concentrate on the story.
1. What is your occupation? Member of Star Command--Too Infinity, and Beyond!
2. What color are your socks right now? Socks? I don't wear socks. I feel that they only take up more room in my shoes.
3. What are you listening to right now? Let me see...a car chase, a baby crying...the neighbors are being abducted by aliens again...same ole, same ole.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? A cow. See, I swallowed the cow to catch the dog, but I swallowed the dog to catch the cat, but I swallowed the cat to catch the bird, but I swallowed the bird to catch the spider, but I swallowed the spider to catch Wilbur the pig...huh, I wonder how he got in there.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Can I drive one? Can I drive one?! What's a stick shift?
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink.
7. The last person you spoke to on the phone? The last person I spoke to was my other personality Reginald, but I didn't talk to him on the phone...
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I did not get this sent to me. I volunteered. See, I'm with the government, and we're trying to see if what's really leading to the melting of the polar ice caps isn't Global Warming, but blog meme's. Sssh!
9. What is your favorite drink? Koolaid. But ever since I drank him, he hasn't been very talkative.
10. What is your favorite sport to watch? Sub-planetarian Psychic Blatherball. What? Haven't you heard of it?
11. Ever dyed hair? No, my hair is still alive. We had a close call once around a campfire, but that was ages ago.
12. Pets? A rabid weasel. Little booger bites, though.
13. What was the last movie you watched? Aladdin
14. What do you do to vent anger? Plot against the government, vanquish evil, magical overlords, conquer space aliens in another galaxy, help avenge the ghosts of the past...whatever I feel like doing that day.
15. Favorite toy as a child? My one-armed Captain America action figure.
16. What is your favorite season? The season of love.
17. Hugs or kisses? Neither, I'm not much for chocolate.
18. Cherries or blueberries? So called "experts" would tell you that they're different, but from independent research done from my basement with a science lab I got in a Happy Meal I can tell you with full confidence that all fruit is actually made of cheese--like the moon, the Hamburgler's tie, and my left shoe.
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? No! I hate those jerks.
20. What is your favorite tv show? The same as Dean Koontz--Dancing with Zombies.
21. If you were to go overseas for a vacation where do you want to go? Planet Glapplesnarb of the Ressecto Quadrant...but that may be considered above seas.
22. Where do you live? In the present...unless I'm time traveling.
23. When was the last time you cried? An hour ago, when I found my pet roley poley dead. Hey! Thanks for reminding me! *sob!*
24. What is on the floor of your closet? 2000 years of forgotten relics, what's on yours?
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? I thought about sending my blogs out to people, but I couldn't get it to come out of the computer, so I had to mail the whole computer, then I had to buy a new computer everytime I mailed my blog out, and the postage started eating me alive.
26. What did you do last night? The ransom note I'm leaving your folks.
27. Favorite smells? Everybody knows the best part of waking up is Uncle Terry's feet stuck in your face.
28. What inspires you? Inspiration of the inspiring kind.
29. What are you afraid of? Our one true enemy--bears. (I'm with you, Stephen Colbert!)
30. Favorite dog breed? Chihuahua, the closest thing you can get to a rat on acid without going to prison for possetion of an illegal drug.
31. Number of keys on your key ring? 7500...but I also stole these from a janitor.
32. Favorite day of the week? The one that doesn't end in Y.
33. How many states/provinces have you lived in? I once lived in four states at once, but that was when I cracked Einstein's Theory of Reletivity.
34. Favorite holiday? The paid ones.
35. Ever driven a motorcycle or heavy machinery? I don't drive, I can fly.
36. Ever left the country? Besides my holiday in 12th century Europe, no.
37. Favorite kind of music? The musical kind.

Monday, March 5, 2007

OpenOffice and other news.

I had a pretty good weekend. I got to hang out around the house, enjoy my family's company, and I didn't have to worry about school. But I didn't get any writing done--I either had to fill out the ACT registration forms, or I was having fun with my family, or I was working. No matter, because I'm gonna fix that. I wrote a very tiny bit today, but nothing that would register.
On another note, I'm reading a lot. I'm a good chunk of the way through To Light a Candle: Book Two of the Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. It's way better than the first one, and I'm finding it hard to put down when I'm just trying to read to pass the time.
More news: I got paid today!
Even more news...that's not really new news...and still hasn't happened: I plan on getting the other two books in Holly Lisle's Secret Text trilogy as soon I as I can get my tax money check cashed. Speaking of Holly Lisle, she's having a sale on her clinic books on her site for the rest of the week. I recommend them--Holly could write a book about watching grass grow and make it interesting. And if that doesn't tantalize you enough, she also has Hunting the Corrigan's Blood, one of her sci-fi novels on sale for only $3.00. If that's not a good deal, I don't know what is...but then again, I once traded all my Michael Jordan basketball cards because this kid told me that the colorful, shiney cards were worth more. I had to get my mom to undo the trade, ha ha.
And more on the tax money front: I got a new radio and new speakers for my car, which means much better sound, and I can play cd's in it now!
And apparently, Freewebs is gonna take a dump for the day, so I'll hurry up and finish:
My final piece of news is that I downloaded OpenOffice, which is supposed to be pretty much the same thing as Microsoft Office, but free. So far, it is pretty much the same thing, whistles, bells, and all. And it has a free .PDF exporter, which means I can put stories on here, one in particular, so people can read them and such. That'll be fun. Anyway, I haven't really used it a lot, so I'll be posting some updates on that as I find its flaws and its good, but so far I like it better than what I was using.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Story Frustrations

It's sad to say, but I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with Jivtor. On the one hand, I got a little over 1500 words today. But on the other hand, I'm in a bind with one of the main characters. Ressto seemed like a cool character when I came up with him--a member of the Revolutionaires, one of the key figures in exposing the conspiracy that's controlling Jivtor's government--but everytime I write a scene with him in it...the scene feels wrong somehow. I can't explain it, but the scene just doesn't seem to be coming out right. Even with a good plot twist--they discovered that someone in their own troop is poisoning everyone--I can't seem to get his part to feel right. I don't know what to do.
On the bright side, the heroine--Falovri--is coming along great. Her scenes are working. They have a nice flow, and they just seem to work. Even the villain has good scenes. But Ressto doesn't seem to want to cooperate. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I need to figure it out.