Sunday, November 23, 2008

Well, I have news

I knew back in high school and I started reading fantasy that I was teetering on a precipice. I could be just a normal guy that read fantasy, or I could be a nerd. I feared the nerd culture. I saw what they showed on TV -- the stuffy noses, the suspenders, the pocket protectors -- and I wanted to distance myself.

Despite my best efforts, the nerd culture enticed me. I noticed that everything they did was awesome. I began watching anime, another sign of becoming a nerd. I loved them all. I started pursuing the lesser known ones, to see if there were any hidden treasures. I knew I was starting to tumble down the edge and gain momentum, but I thought that I could stop at anytime. I didn't start wearing suspenders, but I started talking about video games, fantasy novels, anime, etc. I began smoozing with the leaders of the geek kingdom.

There was one boundry I refused to cross. It was for only the nerdiest of nerds. But eventually, I began to watch and realize it looked like fun. Well, I finally crumbled to the temptation Thursday. That's right...I played Dungeons and Dragons.

And I loved it.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have arrived. I am a nerd. I am proud.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Short Posts Are Annoying

I'm sorry for posting so many brief posts and such over the past several days. I've been extremely busy, and it doesn't look like things will be getting any better. I've been keeping careful track of my grades to make sure that I can keep my scholarship. Next semester is going to be a fun one though. If I can, I'm gonna try to take Fiction Workshop, and a class specializing on Edgar Allen Poe, both of which have me very excited.

Beyond that, I've also been working on my latest project. It's coming along pretty well, but every time I think I'm ready to write, I remember something that I need to have settled before hand. The plot is still very convoluted, and the idea is so complex I'm having trouble tackling them. I don't want to have the story too complex -- no one will understand what's going on, but I feel there's more the story than I originally thought. So, after a test scene, I think the story will work, but I need to work on it a bit more. On the plus side, I made quite a bit of progress on it, yesterday. Today is going to, at least partly, be devoted to catching up my homework. With the end of the year fast approaching, I'm feeling the noose tighten so I'm scrounging for every point I can whether I need it or not, ha ha.

On the other news front, I've been busy with more than just school work. I also got a part in my school's production of The Pirates of Penzance. I'm only a part of the chorus, but it's still fun. It's quite an adventure though, since I don't know how to read music. I'm having the others in my group teach me, or at least explain where I can follow along a bit better.

I've also been reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I know that he's taking over The Wheel of Time series, and I was curious of his writing style. I really like the book so far, it has a very interesting magic system, and I might start dropping hints for the second one to my family for Christmas.

And finally, movies. I'm a huge movie buff. When I treated myself yesterday with a trip to Hastings, I found a movie that made my jaw drop. It's called Sinatra -- it's about the life of Frank Sinatra. More importantly, Frank helped with the movie some. I've been talking about how I'd like to see a Frank Sinatra movie for while. Little did I know there was already one made. So, I might be spending part of this evening reveling in the story of The Voice. I also rented Speed Racer, just out of curiosity. Some of my friends told me it was good, some told me it was horrible. I'm easily pleased, so I suspect I'll enjoy it, even if I don't love it.

Anyway, that's all for now. For those of you participating in NaNo, how are things going? Some of my quitter friends have already dropped out. I teased them about it, but I can't say too much since I didn't participate at all. To those of you still in, good luck, and I can't wait to see what comes of it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Who's Gonna Run This Bitch?"

It's election day over here in the states. I rarely talk politics with people. The two things I never talk about: Politics and religion. Both fascinate me, but both also cause way too many hard feelings. So who I'm supporting is under lock and key. However, I encourage all of you in the states to go out and vote. We live in a nation where we get to choose who leads us. There may be problems with the system, there may be things we're unhappy about, but we still get to choose. So go make the choice.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

NanoWeen!



Happy Belated Halloween, and Happy Nano Day 1!