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Sunday, July 25th, 2010
12:43 am
Writer's Block: Good Morning Heartache
What is something you worry about everyday? How long has it been plaguing you? Do you think you'll ever overcome it?

Basically, being homeless. I keep trying to get an agent for my novels, no luck so far (although there are a lot who have yet to reply), and I have no job since I finished college. It's like no one wants to hire a person with a degree even if he is applying to be a cashier.
More and more, I'm starting to see homelessness as a possibility for my life.
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
2:56 pm
See Alice in Wonderland now!
I've arrived safely in London, and I saw the new Alice. It's awesome. See it now.
Sunday, February 28th, 2010
1:23 pm
I now have an iphone
Expect me to lose all my money on downloading apps now.

At least it saves me trouble of packing my laptop for weekend trips.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
12:04 pm
Does anyone care?
I posted already about it, but since there was no response from anyone, I'll just do it again


I finally got something published, to actually be purchased. It's bad enough that no one I know actually has kindle, but can someone just tell me I did good? Or that I didn't waste my life?

Current Mood: tired and depressed
Monday, February 8th, 2010
1:11 pm
Let the madness begin
My first book ever to see the light of day for sale is available on Kindle right now. If you have an iPod touch or iPhone, you can get the Kindle app for free and buy my book.


How awesome is that?
Monday, January 25th, 2010
6:30 pm
Arrived in Riyadh
Tired as hell. So I'll be brief.

Plans are: Get on Facebook so I can be in better touch with everyone. And publish my short stories on Kindle for both profit and leverage to getting pro-published.

I go sleep now.
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
3:22 pm
Writer's Block: Back from the dead
If you could experience being dead for one day to learn what happens in the afterlife, and were guaranteed to return to life the following day, would you do it? Why or why not?

Yes, just to see it, and relieve myself of all fear and doubt about it.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
4:51 pm
Writer's Block: A rose by any other name ...
How did you choose your LiveJournal username? Is there an interesting story behind it?

Not as interesting as others may be, but there is a story to it.

I used to write fanfiction, and the first character I wrote was named Scimitar. A friend of mine, who liked running words through translators, found that the Japanese equivalent was Engetsutou, which broken down runs like this:
Engetsu: Crescent moon
Tou: sword

So, Scimitar is Crescent Moon Sword.

Fun what you learn, huh?
Monday, January 18th, 2010
10:18 am
I really don't get it
So, Sony has essentially forced Sam Raimi off Spider-Man 4, and are going to reboot the franchise.

Seriously, why?

I mean, for one thing, making Sam Raimi leave because he needed more time to fine-tune the story, and thus take out all the actors that are in the public consciousness as these characters just seems like a dumb move.

Also, it's too damn soon for a reboot. Yes, by the time it comes out it'll be 2012, ten years after the first one, but the last one was only in 2007. We're still going to remember it. And it's not like the Batman franchise, which reached the level of just plain stupidity and needed a reboot to save the character's rep.

I mean, yeah, seeing what someone can do with a new take on these characters is intriguing, but I really don't want to see another Spidey origin flick so damned soon after the last one.

Current Mood: Geek rage!
Friday, January 15th, 2010
3:32 pm
Writer's Block: Time may change me ...
People often focus on the things they'd love to change about their lives. What parts of your life would you choose to keep exactly the same?

My friends, for one. But more important, the kind of person I am, or think I am. Basically, my ability to care about people, be honorable, and maintain a level of both dreamer and realist, and hopefully, the ability to keep trying and never stay down.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
2:04 pm
Arrived in London
I managed to land in good ol' freezing London.

I miss California.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
9:29 pm
a funny video

This was from the trip to Canada. I made this, and I think it's quite funny.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
1:10 am
I remember this. It's still funny as hell.

Monday, December 14th, 2009
12:25 am
Couple of early reviews
My friends from my high school days hooked me up with a pair of cool games. And here's my early reviews from playing with them.

Prinny, Can I Really Be the Hero?:
You all knew this was coming.
As we all know, in the Disgaea series, lowlife criminals become the canon fodder Prinnies, better known as the explosive penguins. Anyway, you play as Prinny, who Etna has given a scarf to make him more durable, so that he can retrieve the ingredients for the Ultra Dessert. That's right, it's an action platformer where you are a penguin in hell fighting demons for the pieces of some crazy dessert. Also, you start the game with 1000 lives. The reason? When a Prinny dies, the next Prinny gets the magic scarf and gets to try.
Like Disgaea, it's insane, over-the-top, difficult, and hilarious, especially since Prinny is so down on himself, you can't help but laugh, dood!

Legend of Zelda, Spirit Tracks:
If you played Phantom Hourglass, it's pretty much the same. The big difference? ZELDA IS YOUR NEW COMPANION!
That's right, for once, Zelda helps out, instead of being captured while a strange creature like Navi or Midna goes with you everywhere (and Twilight Princess is my favorite Zelda game ever).
Set a century after the events of Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass in the new Hyrule founded by Tetra and the previous Link, there's a legend that the spirits of good bound a demon king in the land. To bind him, they made the Spirit Tracks, a series of train tracks that run from all the temples to the Tower of Spirits. Zelda's chancellor, Cole, turns out to be a demon, and separates Zelda from her body, so that the demon king can be reborn in it. In one of the funniest scenes, Zelda has a complete psychotic break and is determined to get her body back. And with train engineer and new swordsman Link in tow, they'll ride the rails, righting wrongs and saving the world.
Again, I've only just started, but the high light is the team-up with Zelda, and her ability to possess the suits of armor called Phantoms to help out. I'll say more when I finish it.

Well, now I'm officially 27. Let's rock it.
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
11:41 pm
Questions wonder about
1. In the Terminator films, they say that the only way to time travel is for organic material. That's why the Terminator is covered in flesh and blood, and all humans and Terminators arrive naked. So, how under that logic can the T-1000 in Terminator 2 time travel when he's made of liquid metal? I mean, hell, he didn't even need to steal clothes, he could just make some. What the hell?

2. How the hell does holding onto some cable/wire/whatever keep a category five tornado in "Twister" from yanking you?

3. Why aren't furries into centaurs, minotaurs, or mermaids? I mean, they don't seem to connect to the furry culture, but they are animal/people hybrids.

4. Why is it that at Burning man, a wild and hippy kinda festival in the desert for a week, where there is no one who will criticize you for walking around naked, having sex in public, and have 24 hour raves, do they give you shit for wearing nikes?

5. How the hell did Frank Miller go from a talented-if-opinionated writer to absolutely laughably insane?

6. Why are Mickey and Goofy the only old school cartoon characters I know who actually wear pants in all their appearances?

7. Why the hell is it that every time I start to enjoy Batman comics again, they do a story arc that just pisses me off?

8. How the hell did the old He-Man cartoon come out with so many gay moments for a show that wasn't trying to do that?

9. What the hell happened to the new Reboot?

10. Why the hell do I think about things like this? ^_^

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
1:11 pm
Writer's Block: The One Movie Everyone Should See
What one film do you think everyone should see?

12 Angry Men or Seven Samurai. Both of these films are classics, and absolutely pivotal for anyone ever hoping to work in films to own.
Monday, December 7th, 2009
1:24 am
A favorite of mine

Best Superman cartoon ever? Pretty damn high on the list at least.
Monday, November 30th, 2009
11:41 pm
Ninja Assassin review
Yes, I'm alive, even if no one noticed I haven't been posting as much. I figure, I might as well use this LJ for a lot of the things I used to. So, here's my first new review in a long time.

Ninja Assassin is not the best written story. It's got a very basic plot about revenge and has a few holes in it. But you're not watching this movie for well-written drama. You're watching it for copious amounts of death by ninja.

It follows the story of rogue Ozuno ninja Raizo, who is being chased by his clan after leaving. Teaming up with a pair of Europol agents, Raizo has to kick tons of ass to survive to the end credits.

I'm not spoiling much. Honestly, while the story is not rocket science, as a martial artist I love watching the fights. They're well choreographed, and honestly there are some stunts that are just stunning (including an amazing run headfirst towards a moving car, kick off the hood into a forward somersault going the opposite direction). I especially liked the use of the chain weapons.

In the end, Ninja Assassin does what it's supposed to do. It delivers action on a stylish level, honestly reminding me of the anime classic Ninja Scroll. I recommend seeing it at least once.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
11:34 pm
Writer's Block: Book review
What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?

This is a loaded question. And if I was in charge, I'd have a list, but a library needs to have books of all kinds, because how are we going to learn about things outside our small worlds without the books that describe them.

Although anything promoting the hatred of others, I think should stay out of libraries.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
11:42 am
Writer's Block: Name your talent
If you could have one extraordinary talent, what would you choose and why?

I would like to say.. my ability to tell stories, and inspire people. I really don't have to say why I would love to do that, would I?
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