Writing…hence why no new entries in a while. & my mom got a sneak peek at the Next chapter, and has been calling me to write write write with my co-writer, “Ya’ll done yet?” LOL chillax Mom!
just working, writing, and LOL
saw “Despicable Me” cute lil movie. I like the Minions! lol there is one scene where those in/or past Military service will get. I and a few others were laughing as we got the reference. I was stopped outside by one of those others, them, “Vet?” me, “Yes!” them, “Why you were laughing too then.” me, “Def!”
so if you want some funnies, and a kid-friendly movie. Go watch!
I feel that Roleplaying has made me a better writer.
What do I mean?
RP’ing one has certain parameters to work within, not just the 140 character limit on Twitter. But one has to be able to let the ‘readers/followers’ know what the situation is, describe what the character is doing, and the why?
All of these are important to remember while writing as well. I have become more detail oriented as a writer because of the fact, I sometimes ‘script’ my stories to be tweeted/played out.
I have also learned the value of monologuing. How one character can help keep a story line going, by their opinion on what’s going on, through their POV-point of view. A character can also give more detail on them through monologuing.
I have learned that describing a scene, can be very important, is it day/night, are they indoors/outdoors, on a ship, on a boat? Also what is going on? Are they dancing by themselves, with a partner? Some time earlier on as a writer, I left certain important elements out- I thought that the ‘reader’ could figure out what I was thinking. Not really? So working within the parameters as a Twitter RP’er, I feel that I have become a better writer. I’ll let the rest of you decide?
And I would love to know how the other writer’s/role players feel? Does being a RP’er enhance your writing? If so, how? Or do you feel stifled by the constraint’s of Twitter?
I’m a curious person, and an analytical one as well. I just feel that personally, Twitter RP’ing has enhanced my writing. Anyone else? LOL
It is with a very sad heart, that I am to inform you, the Player behind, Major Malcolm Reed has suffered some personal losses lately, and for the time being that account is not being continued. The rest of the player’s are regrouping, and a new Character will be introduced. Gol’dara is still an ongoing RPG, and we will be more active over the coming weeks. Please stay tuned. to catch up to speed, please go to the link! http://bit.ly/du4nfBWARNING This is a NSFW site, and the story is R/X due to mature content; language, sexual situations, etc.
We are sorry for interrupting the story, and we hope you all understand. Any thoughts to the Major may be DM’d to me on twitter, @GroovyTGoddess or maybe emailed to me, for those that have my address.
I will ensure that he sees them. Thank you very much!
Oh & a language warning…I swear! I mean I cuss! Whatever ya’ll wanna call it. I’m an Army brat/and an Army Veteran- deal! lol or delete! I was prepared to fight for my 1st Amendment Right! as well as YOUR’s!
Some ppl don’t like girlies that swear, oh well…I do-swear that is! and I make no apologies for it. It’s a word; adjective, verb, noun, and adverb. LOL If I remember correctly! It could even be a pronoun. LOL
I was @ Starbuck’s and had to leave….apparently my outfit is distracting! whatever? That and I was writing in a notebook-real paper, not a laptop. I had my laptop for getting on the net, *waves* at Madison! *wink wink* @ Mac! (apparently- ‘real’ writers use a laptop) Whatever?? some of us still prefer, real ‘ink’ pens, and the feel of the paper! I’m all about textures. lol And guess what? I am a “real” Writer!-morons (starbuck’s ppl here in Moron, Indiana, not ya’ll) ….just got a check for an article I wrote! oooh Nice!!! not for my naughtiness but for a real article on my career field. lol
I can’t wait to get a comfy chair for this room, and a small coffee maker, I mean hot water maker, for my tea.
yes, I am drinking more H2O for those that are wondering. LOL & I have cut down, drastically on the smokes too. No cold turkey yet….I ain’t stupid, I know my BP will shoot up if I do that!
Friday, I went to the doctors, and saw the Vampires (aka the blood lab-no sparkling-LOL) and had another EKG, and that was fuckin’ it!! Still no fucking idea what’s wrong with me! lovely! Really?? Can we please maybe….oh maybe get the MRI, Cat Scan and the stress test soon, ya think? Fucking Morons! (My patience expired after 8 months, 4 TIA’s, and an actual stroke. hence the f-Bomb usage too)
And then I went to GenCon! Like Geekapolis! I Love GenCon!!!
Now there are some pix I took, but and I was planning on doing them today on here…but um, sorry! My story is coming to me, rapid fire, and I really “Need” to get this out! Not to mention that it’s the one thing, that keeps me calm and my Blood Pressure (BP) down!
so there you go…an update on moi. Just in case a few want to know!
And….for the picture of me being caught….
Warning for the ‘cleavage’ showing… hey, if it offended the moron’s here (IRL)…don’t wanna chance it will liberal ppl? LOL
This plot bunny has me! He just keeps whispering really good ideas in my ear. I am listening too. And trying to write ‘em down as fast as I can. I’m on page 25 or something now. Yes, I prefer to write the old-fashioned way first, and then type it up. As I’m typing, I can tweak it then. Adding or deleting something’s. My first proof-reading of the story. Even after I send it to my Beta’s, I still proof it myself, one final time before posting it. Anal appears to be my middle name. LOL Hey, I admit it!
and I received another pretty wallpaper, which…has also inspired the Muse. “hey, that looks like my idea of ***” (in the future of course) LOL
The instrument costs far too much at $36, considering it’s the sort of thing you’d play with once and then relegate to a dusty draw, but the iPhone app is only $3. Ok, still too much for something you’d relegate to the “boring apps” folder, but hey—tell me something else that resembles a sperm and adjusts its tone when you tilt it vertically? [iTunes via TokyoMango via JapanTrends via OhGizmo]
*Okay seriously, show of hands, who’s going to buy this?? Not me! LOL
If I want a ‘sperm’ looking critter, I’ll look at GenCon this weekend. LOL
I own this, received it as a Present! and OMG! I love it for my private bitching…I mean really we never saw Picard lose it. LOL He had to have a private log. And now I do too!! you can share if you want, post it to Twitter/Facebook, or email to your trusted Crew. LOL I do!
But this is worth the money to get. Lots of great effects in the app, and I love watching the ‘ship’ go down to the planet through the clouds. course I really really love the Phaser Fire!!! *Tactical ALERT-Fire!!!* LOL
Last week I had a chance to try out Captain’s Log, an iPhone app meant to promote the latest Trek feature. As a Trekkie, I wondered how long it would be before someone made a nice Trek-style communicator for the iPhone. This isn’t the first, but it’s pretty, fun and makes use of the iPhone 4’s gyroscope. Here’s what I found while playing around.
Look and feel
Turn it on and you’re greeted with familiar Star Trek sounds. I’ll let the Trekkies among you ID what you hear, but there’s communication noises, the famous “woosh” of the ship’s doors opening and closing and of course the chirp that accompanies flipping open a communicator.
Speaking of which, yes, you can flip it open. At first you’ll see a pulsating Starfleet logo and a window displaying a rotating 360º view of the Enterprise (more on that later). To open the communicator, either jiggle the phone or slide your finger up across the screen.
There is another app that I use, that is a Communicator, and I can dial my phone #’s with it. Very cool! As well as the Stargate DHD Dialer, it engages the wormhole open.
25 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed
Another beautiful summer week brings another beautiful social media round-up. In case you missed any of the resources published here on Mashable, we’ve got them all laid out in neat little sections for your perusal.
This week we looked at some great podcasts for summer listening, some hilarious infomercials on YouTube
and some awesome trailers from Comic-Con 2010.
Tech and mobile fans will be pleased to see stories on the new Samsung Galaxy S, a look back at the last five years in mobile, and an interview with superb designer Jesse Thomas.
If you need some business tips and advice, we’ve got ways to promote your brand on YouTube, how social media can make you more productive, and ways to include multimedia on your website.
Looking for even more social media resources? You can find this guide every weekend, and check out all of the lists-gone-by.
5 Ways Facebook Questions Can Be Improved Because the new feature is still in beta and not yet available to all users, we thought we’d provide feedback on what the feature is missing and how some of the gaps could be bridged.
10 Best Viral Video Remixes on YouTube You know a viral video has made it into the zeitgeist when it gets remixed. From Leeroy Jenkins to Chris Crocker, these amusing remixes take a meme and make it even more memorable.
For more social media news and resources, you can follow Mashable’s
and another from Mashable; the Fail Whale aka Lifting a Dreamer
who knew the background behind the ‘famous’ Fail whale, and yeah, she doesn’t like it called that. read on…really interesting stuff here! :D
Lifting a Dreamer
Q: How did you get into graphic design? Was it something you always loved?
Lu: I suppose it’s one of those things you find yourself more good at — artistic things, like drawings and shapes and color … I didn’t know that I was an artistic kid until I went to [a] technology high school and I’m like, “Oh my God, everyone is so good at math and I’m pretty shit!”
… I was sort of self-taught in high school times. I would spend two hours or three hours every day just sort of browsing all these artistic books like Salvador Dali and René Magritte … I didn’t even know I was learning it. I just though it was one of those, “It’s like you’re eating main meals but you thought it was a snack.”
Q: How did that experience inspire your personal style?
Lu: … If I wasn’t trained in the tech high school I probably wouldn’t be as confident to use all these new technologies, and all these new websites and all these new things, really. You wouldn’t be able to have the guts to try it and that was particularly interesting and insightful.
Q: Do you still draw by hand or is it all on the computer?
Lu: … I think the beauty of it is that I have all these hand drawn illustrations still here, but then technology enables me to scan them in and put them online to share with more people. I guess it’s a whole experience — a combination of technology and organic processes that I truly appreciate.
Q:You posted the Fail Whale image on iStockphoto. Did it end up anywhere else?
Lu: Oh yeah, I only put it on iStock at the time. I was sort of using it as a showcase because I didn’t have a website at the time.
Q: For you, is the image still “Lifting a Dreamer” even though everyone calls it the “Fail Whale?”
Lu: I mean, that thing really bothers me and I really wanted to be very honest and transparent to you because I hate the name Fail Whale. Really, I do hate it … I’m like, “It’s not a Fail Whale, it’s like, originally, just a message for my friends far away and it has absolutely nothing to do with failure.” The original icon and symbolism was originally about good wishes and happy thoughts, and that’s what this image is all about. And I guess that’s why people really love it.
Q: Are you more frustrated by how Twitter has used the image, or how it’s been publicly named?
Lu: It’s really just about how people interpret the picture. Rather than people seeing the picture as a sign of technology’s failure, they should see it as a sign of, you know, “sit back and relax.” You know there’s a problem, but at the same time, enjoy the time being. It should be a visual soother, like, it should be a visual therapy rather than something that people would get really mad [about]. Sometimes you will see some tweets [that] go “Fuck the Fail Whale!” and I just go “No, it had nothing to do with the whale!”
Q: Have you been able to make any money from the image?
Lu: Yes, I do have a merchandise website. I am selling some t-shirts … and it’s really great that now there are more opportunities from other people. People start to negotiate and talk to me about licensing possibilities. It’s just good to find all these good people to work with. I think the whale image actually enabled a lot of opportunity for connecting with the right people in a lot of different areas.
Q: How are you trying to reclaim the image — to turn it from something negative to something positive? Is it just the fail whale forever now?
Lu: Again, it’s something I’d leave to the public to decide because originally the name of the fail whale was a meme and it came out from the public. I really appreciate the fact that people started to dig out their own creativity by interacting with the original image. So, I guess I don’t want to force anything. I just want to see the organic process and just sort of let it sprout as it should be.
Q: Has it opened doors or pigeonholed you into one design style?
Lu: It has been really helpful, although … when you showcase your work, some people would say, “Oh, you’re just the ‘Fail Whale girl’ and I’m sort of stuck with it at the moment. But it actually does open a lot of doors to collaborate with people such as the LTL prints, and I don’t know whether you know the story behind the win penguins… And I thought, that’s how we just sort of connect. Purely because of love of art and love of technology.
Q: Is there anything that you regret about the Fail Whale?
Lu: I really have no regret at all. I’m really just so grateful and really, really thankful for this opportunity happening…[Designer Stefan Sagmeister] said something that the goal of my design is “touching somebody’s heart,” and I guess I was very, very fortunate to have this chance to touch — hopefully to touch — millions and billions of people’s hearts by showing them the artwork during a 404 [error page]. If the image can give people a happy thought or a moment of peace and also generate so many new creative projects, I think this is probably the biggest gift I could ever receive. And so I really don’t have any regrets. All I have is really just gratefulness.
Q: As long as they stop calling it the “Fail Whale?”
Lu: [Laughs] As long as people aren’t swearing at me or at the whale!
Lu is launching a new series of wall graphics in the next few weeks based around the Fail Whale/Lifting a Dreamer, some of which include the animals featured in this story. Aside from generating some revenue, Lu loves the wall graphics for their interactivity: It’s art that can be moved, changed and modified by the viewer.
Let us know what you think: Is Lu destined to just be known for her whale? Do the new designs spread joy or simply tap a franchise? What’s your reaction?
wrote this out a bit ago, and I enjoyed doing it, take the questions, and your Original Characters, and see what you come up with? Just a lil exercise to stimulate your brain. Lovely plot bunnies were born from this. :D & I have new one’s too-plot bunnies that is. Need to rewrite this with a friend. :D
& Now for some silly fun:
Thank you to:
Hulk Daddy G &
Mr. Marcus both of Deviant Art.
RULES: 1. Choose a few of your own characters. Five at the most. my version of Major Reed
Lt Cmdr Briana Storm / Major Malcolm Reed 2. Make them answer the following questions.
Who/What are you?
I am Lieutenant Commander Briana Storm, a Ki’Taran/Terran hybrid. Created to serve the Empire. I am a Psi and my duties are that of an Interrogations Specialist. I also design and build weapons.
I am Major Malcolm Reed, Commander of the MACOs and Chief Tactical/Armory Officer on board the ISS Enterprise. I am a Terran.
Want a hug?
You want an ass kicking?
What the hell? I concur with the Lt. Cmdr, you want an ass kicking?
You got any bad habits?
Depends on what you consider bad.
No. All my habits are good of course. *smirks*
Are you a boy or a girl?
I’m a woman.
I’m a MAN! Are you daft?
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
No! I am the only of my kind. The rest did not survive.
Are you a virgin?
And that’s relevant because?? And no, I’m not.
Think you could beat me in a contest of strength?
You, I could beat in a battle of wits.
Whats your favorite food?
Cream and coffee ice cream.
*chuckles at Storms answer* I don’t have a favorite food.
I prefer the classics, Mozart. And an eclectic group, Xortax, my favorite is the Bagpipe jam. [link]
The Decemberists, and again I agree with Lt. Cmdr Storm.
Do you like to destroy things?
Yes! See where I design and build weapons, I like to use them as well. And I’m very good at it.
Bloody hell! YES!
Do you love anyone?
*looks at Lt. Cmdr Storm and smirks* Next question?
What is your job?
I’m an Interrogations Specialist. I ‘scan’ individual’s and *extends claws* I have other ways of making them talk, if I can’t scan them.
Did you not pay attention when I answered this question already? I am in charge of the MACOs and Tactical/Armory duties.
What do you do to relax?
That’s personal…oh you mean, um…I sketch possible weapons designs. I also doodle and paint.
I practice with my knives and occasionally sword fight with the Lt. Cmdr.
There’s a person who’s teasing you, what would you do?
Depends on who the person is and their job aboard the ship. If they are unimportant I have an airlock I give personal tours of. *smirks*
Do you really think anyone would tease me?
Let’s say there’s a person you really care about but she/he doesn’t know.
I don’t play pathetic games. The person I care about knows it, and I’m not afraid to show it in many ways.
*mutters*… I barely survive those encounters…
What kind of powers do you have?
I have Psi abilities rated at a P8. I can telepathically communicate with individuals; I have a distance limitation-however that is none of your damn business. I can scan an individual with the highest amount of control-not causing them any damage, unless they fight me, of course. I can also erase a person’s entire memory if ordered-leaving them a veg. And possibly a new ability…*looks at Major Reed*
I have the power to be quite charming.
What is your ultimate goal?
I have quite a few and none of them are your damn business.
In space there is no season.
I don’t like cold or mud, perhaps summer.
Who’s your best friend?
Major Malcolm Reed
*looks at Lt Cmdr Storm* Really? Well then, Lt Cmdr Storm.
What are you doing after this Q & A?
*looks at Major Reed* *looks at Lt Cmdr Storm*
In unison- “None of your damn business!” *pulls phasers, shoots the interviewer*
"Um…there was a stun setting, right?" "Really love, I don’t use stun!" "I suppose we should show them the airlock then?" *smirks*