Okay, I haven't posted in a while;
Well... I realize I haven't given much of a "how's life" update in... over a year now.
Err... let's just say, I don't want to start a lengthy rant about the entire situation I'm in, and leave it at that.
I just can't seem to find a way to condense it into a short explanation without going off a tangent, and I don't feel entirely comfortable putting this kind of stuff up on the internet for potentially unintended eyes to see.
The gist of it is that there's only 2 out of 7 days in the week where I can do anything productive, really, sometimes less than that. So if progress on my projects is slow ... that's why. Recent projectsThus, unward to a happier subject!
For the most part, I'm working on two larger projects; As the title of this journal suggests - No, it's NOT "Little Big Planet"-related, I don't have even a PS3 and I'm not intending to buy one
- they're both "My little Pony" related.
One of them is an especially lengthy comic I've been working on since about a week or two after season 2 ended;
...aaaaand it only now occurs to me that it would probably have made more sense to plan ahead releasing the comic in several parts, but I kinda started somewhere in the middle and am only now fleshing out the beginning, so err.
The other one you should actually already know about - as the first three chapters are already available in my gallery.
That's right, I consider this fanfic one of my "bigger" projects, or at least with the potential to become one.
Now, it obviously wouldn't make much sense at this point to make a comparison to my already-finished mammoth-projects such as "Sonic Billiard Adventure" or "The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Zone" with the better part of an entire year for production time each.
After all, it's only been 3.5 months since I started working on it. And that's the beauty of it!
With my flash and hacking movies projects, I couldn't exactly just split them somewhere in the middle - not until I had actually finished
the entire thing first!
Here, I can release separate chapters. HORRAY FOR DIFFERENT MEDIA ALLOWING FOR ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES, YAY!
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about quantity here. While I certainly don't know how many chapters it will take to finish what I have in mind, it is a matter of how much effort
I put into it, and the quality of the concept of the story itself.
It allows me my own twist on the almost cliché trope of "fan of 'My little Pony' ends up in Equestria". Here, Rainbow Dash finds herself in the fictional world of the "Daring Do"-book series. Just let the irony of Rainbow Dash telling Daring Do that she "can't be real" sink in for a sec.
Also, I am taking my shot at explaining Pinkie Pie
, from what might very well be a rather unique angle - Rainbow Dash's own
learning experience in breaking the fourth wall.
Plus, all this is wrapped up neatly in an adventure story involving a lost temple and a mysterious artifact. And I assure you, it's gonna be a lot less generic than it sounds on first glance.
And for those of you that are into MLP:FiM, but aren't especially fond of 'reading' written fanwork, fret not, for I am providing text-to-speech generated audio books
for each chapter. Just download that on your mp3 player or Iphone or whatever.
Runtime for chapter 1 is 15 minutes, and next time you have to some boring grocery shopping, you can give it a shot while simultanously doing your chores.
Multitasking, horray! Aaaarg, I wish I could tell you about some of the stuff I've in mind, but alas, that'd be spoilers.
Right now, I'm somewhere into chapter 5 (writing ahead pays off in the long run), and currently filling in a blank spot in chapter 4, which will likely be finished 'soon'.
tl;dr this soundtrack
...because it just fills my head with all kinds of ideas for where I can go with this story, and I love it! Movies and games
In movies, I bought Doctor Who season 5 and 6 off eBay a few months back, but forgot to mention it here.
I'm a huuuge fan of the Doctor ... well, the 2005+ series, anyway. Never been much of a fan of "old" TV shows or movies, a lot of them are too slow-paced for my hyperactive late 20th/early 21st-century brain.
Cheers to Roger and Euan on this one, I'd never even have know about the show in the first place if Euan hadn't requested Roger to make a couple parodies on the subject.
Alas, we don't get the show on German TV anymore. The channel that bought the rights to broadcast it is one of the *big* TV-channels here in Germany (or part of a network of the big channels anyway)... and they shoved it into a crappy timeslot, NEVER advertised it (I only saw it by pure chance, really), threw in double-feature episodes with no forewarning and just switched to re-runs of "Desperate Housewifes" for a few weeks at one point... and then outright canceled it.
Honestly, for shame.
CURSE YOU, "PRO 7"!
I mean, WHAT THE HELL. It's like... British Star Trek/Star Wars
. It's THAT big. And they cancel it. AAARGGHHHHH.
So anyway, watched it all on DVD in like a week or two. Gee, now I need to wait for season 7 to finish and the DVD to come out.
Also watched "Scott Pilgrim vs the world" and "PRESS START Adventures 1"
, now that I think of it. Also, Inception.
In gaming, I finished "Back to the Future: The game" - only 'recently' released for Wii, for about 20 - a 'while' back. And clumsy controls and lagging cutscenes aside, oh boy, that was hilarious!
We don't need to wait for a never-coming "Back to the future IV", we've got this game instead, continuing the plot of the movie-series. (Yes, the Delorean is back, they give a wacky timy-whimy explanation for how that's plausible in-game)
Also, the ending is completely over-the-top.
Furthermore, I bought Minecraft for 360 the day it came out a couple weeks back, and played it to death.
Now My Xbox is kinda broken... although I can still play Minecraft, it's only the disc drive, and the "overheating"-crash only kicks in after 40 minutes or so!
(Considering I already 'played it to death', I pretty much lost interest already, and haven't played it in 2 weeks. Err.)
...yeaaah, overheating consoles do funny things. I'll see if I can fix that by following some interesting instructions I got on the Microsoft service hotline.
Turns out that, if your console overheats, it crashes which messes with the system cache and THAT can be the reason that Xbox can't recognize discs anymore, INSTEAD of the actual disc drive really being broken.
In hindsight, it's so obvious - it is a Microsoft
Ah well, off to try fixing it, and if that fails either send it to repairs or just buy a new one with a -GASP!-
250GB harddrive. New computer
Annnd the consol crashing with an "overheat"-signal could also mean that the *power-adapter* is overheating.... yeah, it's pretty dusty in here.
Which has also lead to me purchasing a brand new "Windows 7" 3Ghz-Quadcore Raedeon...something-or-other computer. I've instantly plugged it into my new TV (yeargh, lots of old stuff breaking in the last few months)
instead of my old monitor, and can now browse the web on the sofa... properly
, that is, as opposed to what Wii and 3DS provide.
But nah, the point of that is that I'm still trying to get all the programs to run properly on Windows 7 before I can ditch the old computer (on which I am still typing this) that is slowly going the way of my old Laptop all those years ago, and has developed it's number of odd hardware quirks...
After repeated crashes due to the graphics card overheating (it's pretty much on 92°C by default with no videos running), I took the time to clean the inside of the computer with a can of compressed air and lots, lots of cotton swabs. Geez! I had to wear a protective mask to prevent inhaling 10% of the computer's interior.
Of course, after that, while still occasionally crashing due to graphics card overheating (and being unable to restart for a whole hour), NOW, sometimes it's too COLD for the PC to boot up.
Like, seriously, I need an hot air blow drier to get it working. I'm not joking. When I ran into the problem the first time I tried to get it working for 3 hours and it wouldn't budge. Blow hot air on it for a minute, and BAM, it works again. In closing
Uhmmm... oh my god, look behind you, a distraction!