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My Elusive Muse

Hey all!

Currently my thoughts are all jumbled around in my head, refusing to be written. It’s very annoying. I have these ideas and they float around in my head but they just won’t let me write them. I sit at my computer and almost immediately I’m distracted by YouTube or Facebook or Twitter and I don’t get anything done! I do feel, however, that I’m close to finishing chapter twenty-two of Everlasting. I really don’t care much for that story anymore… What I think I should do is start posting another story. Not sure which one.. I had wanted to finish writing one before I started posting again but I kind of doubt that’ll ever happen.

At the beginning of this month I had decided to participate in the National Novel Writing Month. However, I’m nowhere near completing a novel and it’s already the twenty-second. I have failed in that goal as well. It’s very sad. Though, that is a very tough goal to set for yourself; a novel written in thirty days. Right now I’m just aiming for as much done as I can!

Btw, Minecraft has officially been released!! Minecon was just this past weekend, I believe, and Notch released the full game! I’ve got to play it soon.

Just a quick entry today. Hopefully I can get a writing routine started and maybe post here and on Twitter my progress. We shall see!

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Semester One of Year Three

It’s been a while. No excuse really; I had days off during the summer only working nights but this summer I failed in my goal I had put forth for myself. There were a couple of goals actually: finish Everlasting and write something everyday. Yeah I can’t keep to a schedule very well. I keep thinking: “today we’re going to write the next chapter!” and I never do. Life is weird that way.

This semester is going good so far, I’ve finally put my characters (Alexis and Cambria Scott) into a longer work. I’m creating a TV drama with them as the main characters. So far it’s so good. My dialogue is something I strive to make sound natural and I’m very proud of all of my dialogue’s in the last year that I’ve written. I feel that I’ve grown considerably in that area of my writing and it’s something I want to continue to develop because in some stories I’m reading for my classes or online, I find that dialogue is something many people have trouble with.

I have trouble with endings. In my short story classes I have a hard time coming to a full conclusion. Last year second semester I kept writing what my professor called a Chekovian ending. Chekov is a Russian writer that was apparently famous for not fully completing his stories. I haven’t read many of his stories, but I’ve read a few of his plays and those are quite fantastic. I guess I just like his endings so much that I continue to write like that; at least that’s what people in my class have been saying about this recent story I wrote. They say it doesn’t feel like a complete ending, but to me it is. I don’t want to tell the reader what happens; I want them to imagine it. I guess we’ll see what my professor has to say.

1.9 of Minecraft Beta is coming out soon. Unless it has already come out..? Not too sure when it was coming out; I don’t remember if Notch put it up on Twitter. I might have missed him posting that on his Twitter feed. If you don’t know or play that game, you should. It’s amazing. Well, I guess it’s more of an acquired taste as they say. It’s probably not everybody’s cup of tea!

Anyway, it’s time to return to my editing/workshopping of my classmates works. This process is very time consuming. You definitely need to be in the mind frame to edit stories. And you need to be able to set aside a few hours specifically for this.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

❤ Tara


Motivation?

July is here; month three of my summer. Three of my friends have gone off to Australia while one has decided not to return home and instead live in the city she attends university. There is only one friend left for me to hang out with and so I have set a goal for myself: finish a novel by the end of summer. Should be possible. I’ve written a 22 chapter novel in 2 months before. However, I do not have any motivation! Not even youtube is helping me right now! 😦 I have these ideas for books and yet I feel too lazy to start writing them down! That’s bad isn’t it?

I seem to get motivation at the worst times. Like at work. I had the strongest urge to start writing at work the other day. Do you think I could do it? Of course not! It’s completely maddening!!

Hopefully I’ll get the motivation soon. I really hope I’ll be able to finish a novel. It would just be so amazing! Two months to complete a novel? That would be AWESOME!!

Okay, but I’m signing out now. I’m finally tired.

Goodnight world.


Women Studies 100 Engaged Project

Hello.

This is an entry to post our one episode only podcast. It features myself (Tara), my project partner Sophie and our friend Mike talking about the women we find inspiring. It was a very enjoyable experience and I hope you enjoy our conversation!

The link: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=ZN4V8ICO

It is posted as a video, however, there is only a picture of a brightly coloured bird. It is purely audio, however, we needed to create a video in order to post it, free, to the internet.

Enjoy!


Glee

You know, I wasn’t too happy with Glee this week. The ending was all “feel-good” (except of course when Holly dumped Will) and I was happy with the ending. But the road to get there just wasn’t very well done. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the writer in me but I just thought it could’ve been written better. In stories you want to build your characters and usually they change or grow within the first quarter, sometimes half, of the book or story. In the regionals episode Rachel had grown. She seemed to be kinder and a better person, not thinking only of herself. Then this episode starts and she’s not! Like what is this! It was so annoying and disappointing!! UGGHHH!!!

Anyway, Portal 2011 launched today, I’m curious to start reading it and see what else is in the magazine. The ones that were read at the launch were okay. I wasn’t very impressed. I kind of wondered why they were chosen. This sort of thing reminds me of high school where there were different groups and outsiders weren’t allowed in. It seems that way to me completely! I could be wrong, of course, but that’s just what it appears to be.

OH but I’m still so angry with Glee! Why oh why can’t they have the characters grow??!!! I know they’re in high school (figuratively) but I just want them to move on and be better!! And have more Kurt. Love him!! And Blaine of course! 😀 They’re awesome and so so so cute together!!

Ah, but just a quick update. I really need to get writing here this weekend. No more distractions computer! I need to get my game face on!

Tootles!


My world is no longer running smoothly

It’s a day as most have been lately. The only thing I did differently is laundry. Lately, with the strike here at VIU, there is nothing absolutely nothing for me to do. I’m sitting on my ass in my room twiddling my thumbs and hoping I’ll get some inspiration, any inspiration would do at this point! I think it finally came. I have come up with a pretty sweet sci-fi idea. I haven’t started writing it yet, I’ve just started the logistics such as the main character and the plot (or the plot idea). But I think it could turn out to something cool. You never know! I just have to get down and write it.

I finally finished this drawing I was working on. I watch/follow Sophiechan90 on YouTube and she gave some great advice to start getting your anime drawing better. I took it and I think this came out pretty damn sweet! She said to copy your favourite anime. So I did. I use this picture for a couple of my profile pictures because I think it looks pretty similar to me! Though mostly just the eyes and hair; and weight. The beauty is lost on me…

Anyway, I thought I’d post mine (the picture quality isn’t very good, I apologize) and the original that I copied it from!

Not bad, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to upload a post that had nothing to do with school. I wish there’d be either some sort of agreement or some action taken by the university. Right now, I just feel that this semester is over. But I can’t make the decisions so the student body here has to stick it out until the admin and faculty come to some sort of decision/agreement.

I also really want the Java shoes from Blowfish. They’re AMAZING!! But sadly my money has to go to University. If you don’t know Blowfish, you should really check them out: http://www.blowfishshoes.com/Startup?clearSession=

But I can only sit here and try to write. Try really is the keyword. I keep getting distracted!! Stupid distractions! I’m going to try now. No I’m probably not. I’m probably going to look into transferring. Then I’ll write. Yes, that sounds like a good plan. I’ll also dream of those awesome shoes!! You should really check them out. They’re under shop and boots/booties. They’re totally awesome! Well all Blowfish shoes are. We should bow to their awesomeness.

Anyway, tootles!


The Imagination of Games

Hello again!

Statistics first: March 4 – only half an hour (Minecraft was being too slow), & March 6 – 3 hours. Total game play: 3 1/2 hours.

It was just Minecraft this week. Nothing too exciting, just building for the local. It’s really hard to make things look like the real life objects in Minecraft. I had to go back and destroy quite a bit of the castle because I missed one part of the wall that’s pretty important to the structure. It’s starting to come together though, and it should look pretty sweet when it’s done. The inside is going to be pretty hard because I don’t know what it looks like. I can’t find anything on it on the internet. (Oh, we’re building Sleeping Beauty’s Castle – the one in Disneyland.)

I enjoy Minecraft because you need to use your imagination (or at least you can). You can build whatever you want! Or you can try anyway. I’m sure some things are beyond the capabilities of Minecraft. I love building things, whether in real life, in games or in my stories. It gives me the opportunity to use my imagination (my messed up imagination, but my imagination none the less).

What I find truly amazing is the amount of hours I play at home compared to here at school. When I went home during the reading break, it really did feel like all I did was play games! Those games mostly included my friends, which I don’t have out here and I miss quite a bit, especially when I want to play Call of Duty but can’t because I’m out here and they’re back there. The environment changes completely (and I don’t just mean the games) when you play with friends. You’re now interacting in person and on the game. Those types of games are good to really just have fun. I mean, you can’t really use your imagination, unless you’re going to try and get some killstreak combo or something. The only time you’re using your imagination is when you’re thinking of ways to curse your opponent or friend.

It’s difficult to analyze why when you’re with your friends. I’m constantly thinking about how much fun it is to be with them, not the answer to why I play.

That’s all for now!

-wl

Works Cited

Infinity Ward. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Activision. USA: 2009.

Persson, Markus. Minecraft. Mojang AB. Sweden: 2009-2010.


Reading Week? More Like Gaming Week.

Hello!

Statistics: Feb 15: 2 1/2 hours, Feb 16: 2 1/2 hours, Feb 21: 5 hours (with the girls), Feb 23: 5 hours, Feb 24: 5 hours (Monopoly), Feb 27: 5 hours. Total gaming hours is 25 hours. Wow.

So I’ve got two weeks posted here. I can’t believe how much I gamed. It’s amazing how much time I spent with my friends and gaming. It’s something that we’ve bonded over I guess. Which is weird because the game we tend to bond over is Call of Duty. I think it’s an odd game to bond over considering we swear and curse at each other. Not exactly a bonding moment to most people.

The fifteenth and sixteenth, the days I gamed before the reading break, was Minecraft. I was mostly working on the local project. We haven’t gotten very far. I was going to play some more at home but I unfortunately couldn’t log on in Calgary. It’s understandable; the server was created in Nanaimo so I didn’t think it would work but I had hoped it would work.

The other two days (the 23 & 27) I was playing Final Fantasy X-2. It’s a relaxing game where I can just focus on the game and not think of anything else or I can let my mind wander and conjure up ideas that I turn around and around in my head, trying to decide if they’re good enough to be used or not. It’s a simple game, the storyline is very fun and relatable. I really like to play games that have storyline’s that are enjoyable. FFX-2 is so far the one I like the best. Though the Sims is fun as well since you can create your own, but FFX-2 has so many different dynamic characters that it’s almost like a book or movie. It’s what I like best about gaming.

Works Cited

Infinity Ward. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Activision. USA: 2009.

Maxis. The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Stuff. Electronic Arts Inc. USA: 2008.

Persson, Markus. Minecraft. Mojang AB. Sweden: 2009-2010.

Square Co. Final Fantasy X-2. Square Enix. International/Australia: 2004.


Didn’t Game As Much As I Planned To

Hello!

Statistics: total hours is 3. Feb 8, 6-8:30 and Feb 9 11-11:30. Sims 2 shut down after thirty minutes and I decided to work on homework instead.

It was a busy week last week and playing Sims 2 was a wonderful distraction that took my mind away from the real world for a bit. I was in a bit of a rut and needed a distraction and a way to clear my mind. It was also relaxing this past week to play the game. Maybe it was because the romance section in my genre fiction class was pretty much over and we were starting fantasy. It was actually this that gave me inspiration to start planning a game. I was thinking of a story and was going into the politics and when it would be set and where, when I thought this could be a pretty neat video game. We’re just going to see if the plans will turn out how I’m picturing it.

I find it very interesting to find out where the people that create video games have come up with their inspiration. It’s something that I love to learn about, more so in other authors, but I just started noticing how close video games and novels can be. It can sometimes give me inspiration for my stories when I find where other people have gotten theirs from; it’s also cool to see if I have anything in common with other authors. I’ve started to become more interested in the ways video games are written, like the storyline in the game. I was, at a time, interested in the development of a game but I’ve come to realize while that would be cool I just don’t think I’d be able to do it and would like to stay focused on the story. It’s what I love and what I want to do in life; besides teaching.

That’s one thing I like about Sims 2; you can create your own storyline. Each family will  be different, not just in looks, but their outlook on life, what they do, what they like, where they live. It’s amazing the different possibilities that come from the game. It’s relaxing and you don’t need to think except for what you want to name the characters and how you want their house to look. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in a completely different world.

-wl

Works Cited

Maxis. The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Stuff. Electronic Arts Inc. USA: 2008.


FreeCell – Card Games Now

Hello!

Statistics: They’re a little rough this week but I know I played at least 3 hours of it starting February 3rd and ending February 6th. I played at least five games every time I opened it and to play one game can take anywhere from five minutes to ten minutes! So, if I’ve added it together correctly, the total should come out to 3 hours.

This past week was busy. I didn’t have much time for games, hence why the game this week is FreeCell; played both on my iPod touch and my computer. This game used to always be challenging and I never knew how to play it for the longest time. It confused me because it looked similar to solitaire but when you start playing you find out it’s completely different! It made me discouraged so I didn’t play for quite a few years until I finally learned the rules. I find the game entertaining now because it challenges my mind and allows me to come up with different ways to tackle the game. It’s just like a story; there are many ways to start, continue and end one!

This game allowed me to take a break from the mound of schoolwork I had last week and it was a nice break, not one where you just sit there trying to plan a story when you just don’t want to think anymore. It’s not a game like Minecraft or Call of Duty where you’re immersed into the game and you personify the character as yourself. In FreeCell, you’re just trying to get all the cards from ace to king in the allotted spots. It was a nice break, because sometimes in the other games you have to think. This is just a game to relax your mind and body.

-wl

Works Cited

Buchelski, Pavel. Freecell Solitaire Games Free. PDArt: 2002-2010. iPod app.

Infinity Ward. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Activision. USA: 2009.

Oberon Games and Microsoft Corporation. FreeCell. Microsoft Coporation. United States: 2009.

Persson, Markus. Minecraft. Mojang AB. Sweden: 2009-2010.