Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas . . . and . . . stuff . . . .

I had a great day; family, food, and of course: a great haul! I hope your Christmas was equally as fantastic! So tired now . . . time for bed . . . goodnight!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Saving the Kingdom

Small moment of excitement here, guys: I FINISHED MY GAME.

Haha I was stuck (or rather, convinced myself I was stuck) at the second-to-last boss battle in Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, buuuuut after watching a really great, quick Youtube tutorial on how to do it, I couldn't stop thinking about trying it again. So I DID, and I beat both bosses (hey, alliteration), and now I'm HAPPYYY!

Fawful, the second-last boss
It's always such a great feeling to accomplish something, and for me, it's an especially great feeling to COMPLETELY finish a video game!
You see, though I game quite a bit, I don't usually finish the games, or if I do, I'm able to GET UP TO the final boss, but not defeat him. Around here we still consider that completed. In my dad's words; "I got here, I did everything I needed to do, and I had fun doing it. I tried, and I lost. Oh well. The kingdom is doomed."
The Dark Star, the Final Boss
And sometimes, putting the game away and calling it finished is for the best. But it's just a really nice feeling to beat that sucker. XD

I made a list (I freaking love lists like you don't even know) of all the games I'd ever finished, and specified whether or not I'd defeated the final boss (don't look at me like I'm a freak, I just like to be able to see an idea or problem as a whole and on paper/computer, rather than chasing the fragments around my mind) and it turns out that of all the game's I've finished, I've defeated the final boss on most of them!

It just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, slaying bad guys. XD Also, Final Bosses are usually tough as nails and hair-pullingly frustrating, so it's really satisfying to see him (or her) explode in a ball of light, or collapse to the ground, or whatever defeated bad guys do in the game you're playing. And HEAVEN FORBID they have another form.

Then it's just rage-quit time.

P.S. Yes, I know it's obnoxious to put a "p.s." in your own blog post. Shush. *stuffs you under the couch* I just wanted to post the tutorial vid I watched. Not that you guys need it, or are necessarily interested. I just wanted to show you what the battles looked like for this game, just for fun. :D


Thursday, 4 December 2014

One Lovely Blog and Blogger Recognition Awards

The lovely Heather nominated me for not one, but TWO awards recently! That was so nice of her, wasn't it? I thought so. :)

As the awards are rather short, I thought I'd do what other nominees for these awards have done, and just lump them together in one lovely recognition post. ^.^ lol see what I did there? No? Oh well. On to the awards!

The Rules:
 Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
 List the rules and display the award.
 Add 7 facts about yourself.
 Nominate 15 other bloggers.
 Follow on blogger the person who nominated you

Let's see, seven facts about me . . . .

  1. My favorite color is red
  2. 1/4 of my blood is Scottish, so I love mostly everything Scottish
  3. I love tea, but really only one brand of it
  4. I watch probably too much tv/play too many video games to be healthy
  5. I love organizing and organization with a deep and abiding passion
  6. I took tap dancing classes for two years, and am now taking Irish dancing classes
  7. My family consists of me, my dad, my mom, my younger bro, and one cat

The Rules:
 Thank the person who nominated you.
 Leave a link to their page.
 Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips.
 Nominate 15 other bloggers
 Notify your nominees by email or comment

How I started blogging, hmm? Well. Correct me if I'm wrong, Sunny, but my first blogging experience was my third of Super Hyper Human Beings, was it not? I think so.

Let me explain.

SuperHyperHumanBeings was a blog that Sunny, our friend Lizzy, and I started way back in February of 2010. As the name may imply, it was a blog of UTTER RANDOMNESS. We blogged about everything and abso-freaking-lutely NOTHING. Somehow we still got 27 followers (three of them were us). We also blogged under pseudonyms. I was Dakota Densmore. None of us have been on that blog in over a year now, but if you wanna go back and laugh at us, you can. 

Anyway, it was a super-duper fun blog, and low-stress/responsibility. since there were three of us blogging whenever we felt like it. Looking back, we probably did everything you shouldn't do on a blog, but meh. It was awesome. XD

Things grew from there for me. I think I've had three other blogs before this one? None of them lasted very long, but I have high hopes for this one. ;)

As for tips? LOL. Just have fun. Read a lot of other blogs. Find a niche for your posts, and sprinkle your life among the pixels. You do you. XD

And that's it for the awards! Now, for nominations . . . 15 nominees?!? ARE YOU KLEENEX CURLY? *coughhack* sorry, that's a quote from an oldoldold MadLib. The real sentence was "are you people crazy???" and whenever I feel that sentiment, the MadLib sentence comes to mind. Anyway, no. I don't think I have 15 nominees. And anyway, I feel like I just nominated a bunch of people recently. I don't like nominating the same people again and again. Not because I don't like them! It just feels intrusive and annoying. 
SO! Here's what I'll do: All of my followers! Yes! You! All of you! You're all nominated!! And anyone else who may be reading my blog and feeling like doing this. You're nominated too!! Is this a massive cheat? Yes. Do I care? *snort* heh. 

Now, don't be skittish and think (like I would), "Oh, they don't mean me. I don't even know them. No way are they nominating ME for this award. They didn't say my name. I can't just assume that I can take this award, that's selfish and creepery. They might think I'm some sort of attention-seeking stalker, or something." 

STOP THAT. I nominated EVERYONE!! Put it on your blog! Pass it on! Draw traffic! And I don't mean go out into the road with a sketchpad. Bring people to your blog! Tell the world about yourself! Be amazing! Take the award. This award is rated 'E,' for 'Everyone.'

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Getting Stuck

This applies to basically everything (well, everything I do): writing, drawing, gaming, etc. You're going along, just as happy as could be, until suddenly! You hit a snag. It could be a plot hole you just can't figure out how to fill, drawing those hands on that character (it's always the hands), or beating that one stupid boss level. You just can't do it. YOU JUST CAN'T!! *commence wild weeping and fit-throwing*

And so you move on to something else, telling yourself you'll come back to it later, once you've rested, calmed down, cleared your head; once it doesn't seem so daunting any more.

Pfffft. Yeah, right.

I know I can't speak for you guys, but for me? 90% of the time, whatever I was working on just sits there forever, and I never touch it again. Or, if I do touch it again, I'll start it over from the beginning (where games and writing are concerned), because it's been so long since I saw it last, I've totally forgotten everything about it. Or if I do go back to it, and I do start from where I was last, I find that it's JUST AS FRUSTRATING AS LAST TIME OH MY GOSH I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO DO THIS IT'S TOO HARD EVERYTHING SUCKS AND I HATE ALL OF IT.

*cough* Um, or something like that.

So, what's my point? My point is: nothing. I have no definitive advice to give, especially because I'm the main perpetrator for this. Are you required to finish whatever you're working on (e.g. commissioned artwork, book deadline)? Then YOU CAN DO IT, DANGIT!! You're so skilled, you've worked so hard, you've already come this far. You can totally take it all the way! In this case, when you know you must come back to it, taking a break to refresh your brain and hands is a good idea if you're stuck. You'll still have the motivation to finish it.

Are you simply doing whatever-it-is recreationally? Then IT DOESN'T MATTER. That sounds bad to say, but really: what are the consequences of NOT doing the thing? Nothing? Then why torture yourself with it if it's really frustrating you?

Now sometimes, it's a matter of pride. You're not going to let this thing beat you! Well, great, if you can do it. Oftentimes, you can. But it can be stressful for everyone. Because you're getting frustrated, and everyone else in your house can hear your angry growls (unless you live alone, in which case, your neighbors can hear you screaming in rage), or can feel the weight of your sullen, brooding silences, and that makes them tense and upset. And while they may listen with a sympathetic ear the first three times you rant to them about your struggles, anything after that just gets increasingly irritating, and they wish you would just quit it.

Yes, I speak from personal experience on BOTH ends of that.

*blows a calming tropical breeze over you* *whispers* just let it go.

Unless it's required for your livelihood, or to fulfill a (paid-for) promise to another, you really don't need to cause yourself so much stress. Hey, even if it IS required, you shouldn't stress. Relaaaaaaaaaax.
I'm not saying that giving up on everything is good.
I'm saying that you need to know, for yourself, when to quit, or at least when to take a break. I'm saying you should only go back to a project if you can approach it calmly. I'm saying you shouldn't kick yourself when you're down, nothing gets accomplished that way. Troy in High School Musical. Whenever he was upset, he'd try to shoot hoops, and would miss every time, and would get more and more upset.

*coughs again* uh, moving on from that analogy...... XD

Ok ok ok, I'll come to the LEGIT point of this ramble: Take it easy. Don't stress yourself. Life is good, God is good, YOU are good. Feel free to stop and breathe. That thing will still be there when, and if, you go back. There is no shame in giving yourself a rest. There is no shame in knowing when to put aside a project and when to pick up another. Or when to pick up nothing at all. Just give yourself a high-five regardless, because you rock.

Now that we've established that......I guess I'll go try that one boss battle again. XD

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What's in a Name?

GUYS quick question: what are your thoughts on video games?

Let me clarify. I am a self-proclaimed gamer. I mean, my dad and brother are the true video game masters of the house, but I enjoy those virtual worlds as much as the next person. So I was thinking it'd be cool to blog about them sometimes.


I've read (somewhere. I forget where) that it's good to have a blog name that encompasses what you blog about. "Secret Scribblings" can cover writing, reading, and even drawing, but I don't know that video games or tv shows (I love me a good tv show) can fall under the umbrella of my blog name.

I've also read (again, who knows where) that a blog name change is not to be taken lightly. So I don't wanna just jump from name to name because I feel like it.

Yes yes yes, it's my blog, I can do whatever I want. But let's be professional about this. What do you think: should I change my name to suit my tastes, or post whatever I want on my blog and say "meh" to professionalism?

EDIT: I'VE DECIDED! Thanks to some lovely and helpful friends, I've decided to keep the name as it is, and blog whatever I feel like blogging. "Secret Scribblings" shall not mean secret writerly things, but instead it shall mean all the secret things I feel like scribbling about on here. X) lol that sentence wasn't confusing at all, I'm sure. ;)

What I'm playing now:
Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story