Note: Originally published on Medium. So me, being highly interested in learning new things and challenging myself, watched a video from Graham Shaw on how to draw. Well, more specifically, the video was about how to draw cartoon faces. It was entitled “Why people believe they can’t draw — and how to prove they can”. Well, I pressed play, got out my pen and paper, and I started drawing. Throughout the course of his fifteen-plus minute video, he shows several simple steps that can be used to…Continue Reading “Learning to draw from a Ted Talk and what it taught me”

I had several posts that I had written the past week and a half, however, I had saved them as drafts instead of posting them.  This wasn’t on purpose, but entirely an accident!  I just released one small update, but I think the rest can just wait.  Sorry about that! I am planning on returning to China this October and November, either for eight or six weeks.  I’m continuing with Chinese, and I’m very gradually but steadily increasing my knowledge of how to speak their…Continue Reading “Technical errors and more on China!”

I’m into these writing exercises right now.  They are keeping my mind and fingers limber by ensuring that I think through how to describe events that I feel and see.  This is a continuation of my last paragraph.   I push my way off of the train, rubbing shoulders with innumerable people.  The cool fans above the doors rush air past my head as I step onto the concourse.  The heat is sudden and intense.  Although I was stuffy on the train, it doesn’t compare…Continue Reading “Another paragraph”

Okay.  So I’ve been progressing fairly well with my attempt at publishing a novelette of some sort.  This is sort of another update, plus some thoughts that I have about characters. Alright.  Essentially, this is farther than I’ve ever carried a story before.  As this is all new territory for me, things are going a bit slow at times.  However, at other times, I will sit down and write and write and write without a hiccup.  As it is, I’m working on ways to plot…Continue Reading “My obsession with deep characters (and having too many ideas)”

Hello!  I would totally apologize for not being on here writing more often, but every time I have had time to write, I have been focusing on my main project.  Although I completely changed the idea and format of my story, it is sticking to the original ideals that I wanted to portray.  I am well over halfway done with the rough draft, and looking forward to rounding it off this next week.  Once this is finished, I am looking at how to format and…Continue Reading “Writing update!”

I have had in my mind something that I have deemed important enough to write about.  I can’t get over the fact that people will be rebellious, even when the facts are right in there face.  Even when those that are older than them are showing them whats wrong, or their issues, they choose to ignore them.  As I was thinking about this, I had a thought.  I have been writing about an island on and off the past week or two, and I came across several parallels between this island and real life.  I had a young leader, as well as an old leader on this island.  They would tell their people what they should do, give advice, and generally oversee the people.  However, at one point in my writing, these people disobeyed.  Here is a short couple of paragraphs detailing what went down:

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For Today and War of Ages – heavy concert time!

  For Today, War of Ages, Phinehas and Silent Planet – concert time! This last Saturday, I had the opportunity to see For Today and War of Ages up in Jacksonville at the Murray Hill Theater.  Unbeknownst to me, this event that I assumed would be about 3 hours long, ended being a festival of sorts that lasted from 12 PM to 11:15 PM.  There were a bunch of local getups, as well as bands with more of a following such as Traitors, Phinehas, and…Continue Reading “For Today and War of Ages – heavy concert time!”

Okay.  So the past couple of weeks I have been really deep into world building.  There are two things I am going to talk about in this article.  Both of them are very large parts of the world that I have built.  The first, is what one of the main parts of the story are going to revolve around.  The second is also what another part of the story will revolve around, but is of another nature entirely. First of all, I wanted a world…Continue Reading “Explaining world mechanics”

OmmWriter – A review

OmmWriter – A fantastic writing environment I recently began looking for a writing environment that would suit my needs.  What I wanted, was a program that would center everything around the text.  It wouldn’t goof around with text sizing, spelling and grammatical errors, or any of the other hindrances that appear whenever I attempt to write with any of the standard programs.  Upon searching the interwebs, I came across OmmWriter.  It’s a program that takes writing back to the essentials.  A simple background with minimalist menus,…Continue Reading “OmmWriter – A review”

I believe that we need to be reminded of what our freedom costs. I really do.  Having just finished Saving Private Ryan, I decided I have several thoughts that I wanted to share.  The first of which, is that I bawled.  I really did.  For the first time in months, I completely broke down.  It wasn’t even necessarily because the movie was sad, but because of how much that the generation of WWII gave for us.  The horrors they experienced, their bravery, their iron will….Continue Reading “Saving Private Ryan”