Week #16 Round-up

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I’d hoped that I would have gotten another blog post done over the weekend (I was able to do “Year of the Shadow” post on Saturday), but due to the Easter Holiday and trying to get ready for Easter Service and school, I simply ran out of time.

Writing

  • Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel: I printed out the pages that I’ve done so far through issue 2 and I’m going to rough draft them out at night after work and will work on typing them into the script on the Mac.
  • The Independent: The Independent is the “space truck” story that I’ve been working on. I got partially through a 2nd draft when I had to stop for school. I’m starting it back up, but I’m starting at the beginning because I have a several new ideas that I’d like to integrate into the universe.
  • I, Mage and Project Sage: Still in the “pre-production” stage of fleshing out my characters, ideas, and plot for the world.

Gaming

  • Finished Gravel, a racing game that I’ve been playing for a while now. I finally managed to get 100% on the game by completing 10 online races (best I could manage was a 2nd place, but luckily I only had to play, and not win, the online mode–this is the way online trophies should be done, if they have to be done at all). I now have my 17th Platinum Trophy–Good job, me!
  • Started Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20th Anniversary Edition. I started this one on Christmas, but abandoned it while trying to find my “gaming focus.” I’m about 6% complete (according to the game’s internal tracker), but I highly doubt I’ll try to get the Platinum Trophy (do 100% of the game’s challenges). On this one, I’ll probably be content to see the credits roll.

Media

  • Still no love for GoT (Game of Thrones). Just not my “cup of tea.”
  • Watched Aquaman after Easter Dinner. I really liked it. I will write up a more extensive review (hopefully, this week), but I thought that it was fun.
  • Watched Season 2, Ep. 1 of Netflix’s The Dragon Prince. While I liked it, being the first episode, I found that a lot of the first episode was just recapping the previous season and re-establishing the characters.

Sidney

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  • Current Work-in-Progress–February 2019: Project Dog  (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 1st Draft — Character Draft “Finished”)
  • Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue # 2, Currently on Script Page 32)
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DREAM BIG FOR 2015

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For me, 2015 is all about Dreaming Big. On New Year’s Day, I was half-watching the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade while doing something else.  I have always loved the floats, be they crazy, inventive, traditional, or imaginative.  Usually, the floats have some elements of whimsy associated with them and I usually gravitate to the floats that are fantastical, futuristic, or highly imaginative in some way (the floats that feature animals are a particular favorite).

This year, the “Dream Big: World of Possibility” float caught my eye.  It featured Jack Black and one of his former teachers (among others).  It was also designed to honor teachers.  It had fantasy and sci-fi elements and I was captivated.

So, my motto for 2015 is simply, “Dream Big.”  How that manifests itself this year, I don’t really know.  I’m hoping that it translates into my first novel, but we’ll see.

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What I do know is that Far Orbit: Apogee, the newest entry in the Far Orbit Anthology series is open to submissions until 3/31/15.  My goal is two-fold: 1) to submit a sci-fi short-story to them and 2) focus all my writing projects to the deadline of 3/31 (which means that I write all the way until 3/31 and then begin submitting everything I’ve written–or rewritten–after that date.)

So essentially, 3 months of focused writing time, followed by a period of submissions out to markets.  Then I’ll try to find another deadline to write to–did I mention that I’m pretty good with deadlines?  Incidentally, I made the banner a link, so click on it if you want to find out more about the Far Orbit: Apogee and the type of work they are accepting.

So, on to the Weekly Updates:

Weekly Apple Router Update: Still not working correctly.  I thought on Friday night/Saturday I had a breakthrough as devices such as the iPad and iPhone were able to connect after I erased several passwords and “repaired” my hard drive using the Mac’s Disk Utility feature to “clean up” permissions and “repair” the disk.  But, later Saturday night, I started to lose wi-fi and by the end of the night, Internet was completely down.  Couldn’t even access it through the ethernet port (which is one reason that this blog post is a day late).  There are several errors that seem to be in play and I’m not sure what’s going on.  For anyone who even wants a sample of the frustration that I’m having with my network right now, check out this forum posts: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6607637?start=30&tstart=0.  And this is only one of the MANY threads that I’ve read over the past 3 weeks.  Still not sure of what the problem actually is–firmware, Airport Utility, settings, flaky unit, or what?  I just know that it is very hard to diagnose and I’m limping along right now.

Weekly Writing Update: Didn’t get a ton of writing done this week, but I did get SOME writing done, so I would call it a successful week.  Worked on two projects: HawkeMoon and Project Skye.  Also discovered something: I’m okay for creative writing on Tuesday nights, but by Thursday nights I’m exhausted.  Might try to REVISE or REWRITE on that night and see if that works better–I didn’t get ANY writing done Thursday despite my best intentions.  I’ll see how it goes.

  • HawkeMoon: Section 1- “Predawne” Done – (Story Sections – 1 of 4 Done)
  • Project Skye: Planning – Work in Progress on Section 3 of 3