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The Game of Minecraft

Hello!

Statistics: I played quite a bit this week. I think I was putting off homework… Anyway, 8 hours in total, shocking I know. 3 hours on January 25 (this doesn’t include the time in class), 2 hours on January 26, and another 3 hours on January 29.

I didn’t realize I had played so long this week until I tallied up all the hours. It’s amazing how much time you can waste just playing a simple game like Minecraft. It’s odd how much time I waste in a week. I especially felt that way this past week. The game just felt like a distraction to me, not so much fun anymore. It was weird and I don’t know why. Usually I’ve had fun playing the game but it started to lose my interest. I don’t know if I’m just too distracted by my thoughts and even a video game won’t distract me, or if maybe I just need a small break. Small meaning a day or two. I feel so focused on my stories but I can’t seem to produce enough of them to complete one. It’s driving me nuts!

Another thing I was thinking about was the question: why? I’ve tried to answer it before but then another day passes and I feel that my reasoning has changed. At least that’s how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of days. I’m not sure what has happened. Maybe it was reading those romance excerpts for my genre fiction class or thinking about my own romance that I’ll be writing. I’m sure my mind is just jumbled and even a video game won’t straighten it out. It used to in the past, but maybe I’m just changing. We all do, after all.

Even though this week was weird, I did enjoy playing the game before the weekend. I’m not sure what happened, but I guess that’s a mystery I’ll have to work out myself. Asking questions until finally I can get a straightforward answer.

-wl

Works Cited

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

Game – Minecraft

Hello.

Statistics first: a total of approximately 5 hours of Minecraft. January 18, 2 1/2 hours, and January 19, 2 1/2 hours. I didn’t have time to play any other games last week, so it was just Minecraft.

Minecraft is awesome. It’s simple yet very fun. So far I’ve just had it on peaceful mode and chosen to build. On the 19th I started crafting Hogwarts. It’s not going to be perfect because you can’t make the towers round and the rooftops won’t be slanted and come to a complete point. It looks okay right now, I haven’t gotten very far, just the entrance into the castle from the Black Lake, but I’ll get there. I’m a big Harry Potter fan and I wanted to construct something from the series. I thought Hogwarts would be the best place to start 😀

I didn’t expect to play that long on Minecraft; I actually thought I’d just take a peek inside and then play something else. That didn’t happen. The time just flew by. But I had so much fun! I want to try it on a harder level next time, try having monsters in it so I have to defend myself. Though I’ve watched some others play it with the monsters and the sounds they make are very frightening.

I like simple games. To me it gives more freedom to be creative and that’s something that I enjoy very very much. I really like to create new things, as I’ve said before, with my stories and now that I’ve discovered Minecraft, I can build some of the buildings or characters or creatures that I’ve thought up in my mind. It’s really sweet how this works; it’s like I can create my own world and watch it come to life! It’s so rewarding. Almost as much as my fiction professor praising my work!

Well, that’s all for now!

– wl

Works Cited

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

The Only Game This Week: Sims 2

Hello everybody!

Alright, statistics first (and I warn you it’s not much), but: January 11, I played Sims 2 with 13 expansion packs (I’m only missing three but the disc needed is from Mansion & Garden Stuff) for 2 1/2 hours. I also play the same game January 15 for another 2 1/2 hours. So, in total 5 hours. I also tried to play Minecraft for a little while on the 14th, but it was all wonky when I was playing it. A friend has offered a solution but I have yet to try it; this week I will.

It’s weird having to ask myself “why I game” because I’m not used to looking into my own life; I tend to only do that with the characters I create for my stories or scripts.

For the first time, well okay maybe not the first time, but for the first time in a while I played my Sims family without using the “familyfunds” cheat. I’m so used to being able to do that that it was weird not being able to. I suppose I always used the cheats because I liked to buy all the fancy and expensive items that could be chosen. It was a different experience this way; having to get the parents a job and saving money that way. It’s pretty cool though, and a different experience when you play it that way. Sure, I always get the parents a job but the house they live in is much more grand and I usually built it myself. Starting with just the 30,000 doesn’t let you build their house (or at least it doesn’t for me) because there isn’t enough money to make it perfect or pretty, as that’s usually what I strive for.

I find that playing the Sims calms me, but not as much as playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with my best friend, Vanessa. There’s just something calming about sitting next to her and cursing at the television screen. They’re also a way to escape the real world and focus on what’s right in your mind rather than what’s real. It’s nice, at times, to be able to do that.

– writingleo

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.

Intro to Gaming Blog

Hello everybody. This category (Gaming) is going to be used to record and share the different games I play each week throughout this spring semester (January to April). I will make it so every blog posted under this category also has ‘Game’ somewhere in the title and a direct link on my Game Blog page so everything can be tracked relatively easily. I shall be updating my blog every week on Monday, most often at night when I have time to bring everything from the previous week together.

I shall include every week the name of the games, where and how I play them, how long I play them and, if I can, the company or maker of the games. My games don’t tend to be online or in a community with other players that are also online but once I get Minecraft and learn that game, it may change. I’m also going to try and look into myself to find out why it is I play the games I play. I do this when I write, sometimes and usually poetry, but I’ve never taken the time to look at it for other aspects of my life. I enjoy these ‘exercises’ that allow you to look within and rediscover a part of yourself you thought you knew.

This post isn’t too long, but it’s the introduction to this category and I hope you understand the purpose of this category.

I’ll go into more detail next week! Have a good night!

– wl

December twenty first twenty-ten

Hey.

It’s almost Christmas! Snows on the ground, the weather is very cold that you have to wear an insane number of layers if you want to survive. Or, if you’re insane and want to go out dancing but you want to drink and none of your friends will agree to be the DD then you have to try and dress warm with layers that can be shoved into your sleeves for coatcheck so you don’t have to pay more!! But you still die on the way to the c-train, to the club, and back. But that’s the holidays, right?

Now, I’ve taken on another task for my Wattpad account. I’m going to write an end of the world story. My mom went all sarcastic saying that’s not original! Of course it’s not original! No stories really are nowadays. I quite like my idea though. I haven’t read anything like this nor seen anything similar. (But lets just remember that I haven’t seen/read everything in the world – there’s too much for that). I want to make a very cool cover for it too. I just need to think of the title. I have all the characters down and their personalities. I wrote a couple of stories with these characters for my fiction class. They’re quite fun and interesting. I have a plan of where I want the story to go, I just don’t know how to start it. That always seems to be the hardest part. That and the title. I’m not good at titles.

My friend showed me this blog: the style rookie. She’s really cool if you want to check her out. Her outfits are unbelievable.

Since I don’t know what else to write about, I’m going to leave you with an awesome picture.

Toddlers Rule the World

❤ night hawk

Poetry

I admire poets that can write in a certain form. In my current poetry class for the last two weeks we’ve had to stick to a form. There were a few to choose from but none of them are easy. Accentual verse; I don’t understand at all. I’ve never been good at understanding metre. Today I wrote a Triolet a form that has eight lines, two refrains, and two end rhymes. I did it though; it’s not too bad all things considered. I called it Ring the Bells. I thought it was fitting considering it was about christmas. It’s getting close now; my university is already decked out in the christmas gear; trees litter the cafeteria making it even harder to find a seat and the trees outside in the main plaza are strung up with lights! It’s all very beautiful and another amazing thing is that it actually snowed here on the island! I think that’s where I got the most inspiration for the poem…

Poetry is an odd form of writing, at least to me. It can take, almost literally, any shape it wants. On paper it can look just like a list or it could take the shape of a rocket ship. It’s amazing what it can do! But, I’m not too good at it…

I feel so weird lately; I haven’t been able to write much. I wish I knew why. Right now I don’t even want to read and that’s really strange. I almost always have a fanfic open just waiting to be read; now though, there’s nothing. It’s kinda weird. I want to say I need a break, just from school and the people (rather person) here at uni. It’s coming soon enough; I believe 18 days now until I fly home! It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to see my friends and go out partying and play COD: Black Ops and (hopefully) get my “mojo” back to write! I have at least two creative writing classes next semester; I’m on the waitlist for one, then I’ve got a math course and two media studies. I might drop a media studies one though; if they seem to have too much work.

You know another link I should put up here? Anastasia Ruby’s youtube. She’s who I listen too for babynames and with that I tend to get quite a bit of inspiration! She hasn’t posted in a couple of weeks though; it’s kinda sad. I’m waiting for her to do S in her alphabet (at least I think she’s at S). She’s from Canada too and we Canadians should stick together! 😀

I don’t know what else to say today; I just thought I’d post since I haven’t in almost a month. I really have to finish chapter 22 of Everlasting, but I just don’t like the story anymore. But I feel bad and I would like to finish a story for once… or well, I guess again since I have finished a story (chapter length story) but it’s been a couple of years now. I’ve finished quite a few short stories in that time but chapter stories? Not so much. I need to become better at deadlines… Anyone have any ideas? (if anyone’s out there…)

I’ll talk to ya all later! ❤ nighthawk

Media Studies Project

This is a project for my media studies class that I chose to do about blogs. Since this is my blog, I decided to write a blog about it :). This is the information I found:

A quote that I just made up (or at least I’ve never seen it before and it came to my head): “There are as many things to blog about as there are to write about.”
I’m pretty proud of that.

Blogs can be everywhere; they are in fact everywhere. The internet scans the globe which happens to be the home of blogs. This space is transformed into their home by the ones that write them; the bloggers. To the bloggers, or at least to some, this is our home away from home since this is a place where we can post whatever we wish to share with the world.

History of Blogs

Blogs were originally called weblogs back in the 1990s when they first started to become popular. Some also say this is when they first started. This debate has been going on for years. Justin Hall was a student at Strawthmore College back in 1994 when he wrote his first blog. Others argue that Tim Berners-Lee, the credited inventor of the internet was the one to write the first blog since he wrote the first website. The term weblog was first used in 1997 by Jorn Barger, but it was shortened two years later by Peter Merholz to blog.

When blogs first came out there were only a handful of them; about 50. Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress, and others hadn’t been invented yet. 1999 was a big year for blogs since that year pitas.com was invented, creating the first website where anybody could create a blog; you didn’t need to know how to make a website to make a blog. The invention of this website led to others and the influx of blogs from 50 to over 2.4 million 5 years later.

Blogger was the website that changed the form of the content within blogs. Before there had been limits on what the writers could post; there had to be at least one link to another website. But with blogger, those restrictions disappeared, allowing people to post whatever they want.

Blogs became a home away from home where you can vent or post anything that comes to mind at that point in time. Teenagers, and mostly girls, these blogs are used as an online diary to get feedback about their life from their friends on the web.

In the publishing world, publishing companies usually have a marketing department where they set up interviews, book signings, book tours, anything to give an author a boost. This is still going on, but now the internet is making a stronger impact.

The internet allows for publishing companies to post their ads in another medium and reach more people faster. Along with that, there’s also the author taking a stronger initiative to get their book out there. It seems to me that there’s this unwritten rule where authors, or aspiring authors, need a blog to be hear. It does help, I believe, as well as the social network websites.

There are many different types of blogs ranging from personal to informative to political to educational. There’s no limit on what one could write about. There’s also a new trend going around called ‘vlogging’. It’s pretty much the same thing as blogging but instead of writing what you’re feeling or doing, you videotape it and post it on youtube or megavideo.

Along with the different forms and the ways they can be shared comes the supporting systems used so people can read/watch the blog. The internet, of course, is the main one. Then the company, or yourself, needs to get a web hosting support system. Then of course, last but not least, is the device in which you read the blogs from.

For the authors in the world, blogs are amazing! We can post and edit what WE want. There aren’t any restrictions except for our own, which allows our creative juices to flow however they wish. They truly are an excellent way to get information out to the world.

Blogs are also a way for people to connect with others around the globe. They can also be good for therapy. People don’t have to talk to someone; they can vent in a blog. This way, they won’t have to look up and see the look on their face as they’re judged. Everybody does it, no matter how hard they deny it or try to hide it. It’s just something that can’t be avoided. At least in my opinion.

Websites are changing how information gets out there, making us seem kind of like a virtual community. While that’s partially true, I don’t believe it’s fully true. We still have radio, television, newspaper and magazines, as well as gossip that’s travelled the old fashioned way by meeting people face to face. I think that blogs and social networks will work alongside the media.

Another thing is there is no real definition of time when reading a blog. I was reading one from ten years ago. Blogs will be there as long as the internet is. I believe that from blogging, people can realize things about themselves that they never thought of or knew before. I know I did, and so did Rebecca Blood, a blogger I was reading earlier.

Bibliography

http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/05-06-wt1/www/A_Cho/introduction.htm

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2010/why-dont-publishers-market-all-of-their-books/

http://blog.eukhost.com/webhosting/web-hosting-support-systems/

http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1853875/the_impact_of_blogs_on_society.html

Also information from my publishing class which came from my notes.

It was very interesting to write this. I enjoy learning about the history of things.
Until next time!
❤ night hawk

Twitter

So I gave in and got a twitter account. Hopefully it’s appearing on my page now. I don’t have any ‘tweets’ yet but I just don’t know what to put. I guess I could start putting quotes that I like but I don’t know. I don’t really want to tell people what I’m doing every minute of every day. That’s just over kill to me. But I’ll probably just do quotes or lines from plays or stories or stuff like that. I really need to write chapter twenty two of my fanfiction Everlasting. I have it all planned out I just don’t have the motivation. I just don’t like that story any more. It didn’t go in the direction I first thought it would. People seem to like it still though, so I’m trying to get out the next chapters. I want to wrap it up soon but it’s not in the right stage to wrap it up. Here, I’ll tell you about it:

It’s a Harry Potter fanfic, totally over done but I came up with this idea and I like it. I like how I’m slowly trying to kill off Dumbledore but he’s being stubborn and outsmarting Hogwarts. (Yes Hogwarts has a mind/soul of her own). Anyway, it’s one of those Harry has a twin brother stories where the twin is the BWL not Harry. I have James and Lily alive, Jared (Harry’s brother) is James’ child while Harry is the Dark Lord’s child. The Dark Lord in my story is good. Anyway, right now I’m only in Harry’s fifth year. I don’t know where exactly I want to go anymore except for the fact that I want Dumbledore to die.

I just added my first tweet! lol.

Anyway, I’m not having a good time right now with school. I’m having trouble getting passed writer’s block and completing my assignments for my classes. I have my mid semester project for scriptwriting due next Tuesday, I just found out today that my Media Studies case study is due in two weeks and I have yet to start it, then I have poetry every week, thank god I don’t have fiction due Monday, but I will the following Monday, and finally the next publishing assignment is due October 28. I’ve gotta get down and work but sometimes it’s hard. Especially trying to get passed writer’s block. Other writers out there will understand.

I just thought I’d update. I need to practice deadlines because I’m not too good at them, but if I want to get into the writing business I need to do better at deadlines. So, right now I’m going to try and start chapter 22 of Everlasting. I know it’s not for school, but I need just a little break. I’ll probably start poetry soon here too.

Have a great day!

❤ night hawk

Nelson Mandela

I don’t know if any of you have heard or read this saying, but it’s amazing and, right now, determines my life: “when we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” Isn’t that just amazing? I can’t help it. I enjoy it immensly. It’s written on a cloth scroll I bought at the Lilac Festival in June when my friend and I went. It also has courage in Chinese scripted on it as well, which I have tattooed on my right wrist. I just love that saying, and it is so true! Oh yeah, and the saying is by Nelson Mandela.

So today, after Media Studies I decided to go to the library. I only ended up staying there for an hour and a half and during that time I re-named the characters of my story that I want to, hopefully, have published one day. It took me an HOUR to re-name six characters. Isn’t that sad? But the names are important in a story and I had realized that I had two characters starting with the same letter. While that’s not really a problem in stories, I’m taking a scriptwriting class right now and one of the pointers my prof gave was to never give your characters names that start with the same letter. It makes sense because when you get lazy outlining a scene or whatever you can just put the letter of their name and not get mixed up! It’s great advice, really. Then when I got back to my dorm room, I spent pretty much two hours trying to decide how to start my story. Although I did have lunch and I was trying to see if Sims 2 would actually play full screen on my computer, but of course it didn’t work. 😦 just my luck really.

My friend, Bec, who has the beachrockin’ vlog updated a little while ago with our first video of Mexico. It’s too short for the time she covered. I personally think she should’ve added more then what she did. After all it was only five minutes long when we have HOURS worth of video from there. As well, just the other day she updated a video about the Justin Bieber concert she went to. bleh. That’s my response. I definately do not have “Bieber Fever”. I watched part of the video though because I was curious, but still no. It’s just weird. I don’t believe he’s old enough to be able to know what it is that he’s singing about.

That’s all for today. I’m trying to get in the frame of mind to work better with deadlines. So I’m going to try to update this more often then I did; like the 2 weeks between posting. I’m going to try my best, but I am just human.

❤ night hawk
aka writing leo

Thoughts…

They say that when you’re in university and living in dorms that’s where all the parties happen. I beg to differ. At least here at my school I haven’t come across any yet. Mostly because we’re only allowed to drink inside our rooms and anybody caught underage drinking is immediately evicted. But here that doesn’t stop many people, nor does the fact that I’m on the quiet floor stop people from not being quiet. University is fun and exciting while challenging at the same time. Though that can depend on your major.

I love writing. Hence my pen name and major. I enjoy all forms except for journalism. I’m just not comfortable going up to random people I’ve never met let alone heard of and interview them. It’s just not in my forte. So I dropped out of that class last year. Stories are my favourite form though I’m beginning to enjoy scriptwriting.

You know how summer is supposed to be the time of the year when you reconnect with friends because you’ve all gone off to university or you’re the one coming back and you’re all supposed to party and hang almost everyday? Yeah, that didn’t happen. The only exciting thing was going to Mazatlan. But then again, life isn’t a fairy tale, no matter how much you wish it to be so. But that doesn’t stop me, and I’m sure quite a few others, from dreaming it anyway. *sigh* fantasy is much better than reality sometimes.

So I just got back from eating dinner and 2 fire trucks, one with its sirens blaring and lights flashing, came driving through res. I don’t know why yet as nothing was wrong with my building, but they didn’t seem to stop for long before they continued on their way. Weird this world is…

But goodnight everybody. I shall try to update this often, though tomorrow’s probably going to be very boring so I’ll update on Monday after classes. Weekends are pretty dull here at res… Not much to do. Just reading and writing and homework.. The last one isn’t so much fun sometimes..

❤ writing leo