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Hey guys, long time no see. I've been crazy busy with college and a ton of hardships in my life. However, I feel it was a much needed "forged in flame" revitalization. I've been running around like mad getting things done, getting to a better place for my mental and physical well being, and enjoying the holiday season. However, I felt like sharing something that took me the entirety of last summer to make: my short film "Canned" which stands as my second official short film (official as in I acknowledge it as such). You can watch it here and if you want feel free to send me your thoughts either here on on twitter

I've got big plans for the future, and for the first time in a very long time I feel like nothing can stop me from seeing these plans through.
  • Listening to: \"Baby Blue\" by Badfinger (Breaking Bad rocks)
  • Reading: The Princess of Mars books.
  • Watching: Princess Monoke
  • Playing: Alien: Isolation
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: water.
Figured I'd say that I might be adding some more stuff to fill my painfully low deviations page. Most would be writings and the like, scraps of things I had originally planned to make into full on novels, until I realized I was far too lazy to do so! Though I do plan on working on some drawings, doodles, and such. Nothing spectacular mind you, I just want to start working out my creative muscles again. They've been neglected for far too long...
  • Listening to: The crackling sound in my brain
  • Reading: Clone Rebellion by Steven L. Kent
  • Watching: good opportunities pass me by
  • Playing: Riven: The Sequel To Myst
  • Eating: quesadillas
  • Drinking: birthday vodka
Life has been moving fast for me. It seems like it was only yesterday I was working on the first third of my book, now I'm struggling to get the second third under way. It's been a tough process, and I have, sadly, been forced to take a step back and reorganize my schedule around it. I want this book done, more than anything, and it seems the fates have conspired to help me. While I do intend on working more on less important projects, I will be devoting most of my time to this book, best not to squander the chance fate has given me... sadly, my brain isn't working as quickly as it used to... hopefully it warms up before the year is out...
  • Listening to: The crackling sound in my brain
  • Reading: Into The Looking Glass by John Ringo
  • Watching: Jack shit
  • Playing: Dead Space 3
  • Eating: Ham sandwich
  • Drinking: Coke
Working, working, working. I've been busy working. Writing mostly. Writing a novel is hard! But so damn worth it! I'm loving every minute of it!

Apart from that, I've been writing for Nerd Like You, it's an awesome new site and you should see it!

Plus I've gotten round to rooting in my art folders and found a piece that I touched up. Hope you guys enjoy it!

I'm out!
  • Listening to: "Breakdown" by Breaking Benjamin
  • Reading: Into The Looking Glass by John Ringo
  • Watching: Arrested Development
  • Playing: in my head
  • Eating: Pizza Rolls
  • Drinking: Maker's Mark
I figured I'd regale you folks with a brief update of what I'm currently up to. Because all of you are so damn interested in what I do! *sarcasm*
All sarcasm aside however, I've been surprisingly busy. My work on my novel has been progressing as well as it can be. I'm happy with how far I've been getting in it. So far, it's the longest I've ever stuck to writing a book. Normally I find a better idea and go on with it, and plan to return to my old idea later. But this one is it, this is the one I really want to get down on paper. It's become more than just another story for me, it's kinda become my life.
I get up in the morning because I want to write this story. Instead of a cup of coffee I get a good jolt from all my enthusiasm for this story and the potential it holds. I spend hours of my free time working on it and, sometimes, when I look over it, I can't help but feel like I'm accomplishing something for the first time in my life.
Now, I'm not saying it's a good story, for all I know I'm just writing crap, but I'm enjoying it all the same. And I love this story, it's one I've been working on for most of my life, and I've finally got it to the point where I honestly, truly, love it.
Oddly enough, I wish I could share it with everyone. However I can't not until it's done, otherwise I might end up ruining my good streak here.

So that's what I've been up to for the most part. Apart from that, I've been really enjoying all you guys' deviations, as you can plainly see from my favorites section. And I want to just say to you all to keep up the amazing work. It's artists like you guys who really inspire me to make art of my own, and I can't respect you guys enough for that.
  • Listening to: "Countdown To Destiny" from SGU
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows, and my own work
  • Watching: A lot of SGU, and Raising Hope
  • Playing: in my head
  • Eating: Slightly Healthier Food
  • Drinking: Rum, coke, and water
I haven't really been writing reviews, instead I've focused on writing my stories. The slow burn of writing reviews for my bog has kinda petered out and I've transitioned to other projects. While I'd love to focus on just my one novel at the moment, it is folly, one does not simply think about one of their stories. Thus, I have been working on my novel AND a number of short stories. As such, I have been neglecting my work on reviews. Though I'm sure no one, apart from the five people who seem to read my reviews religiously, is really missing me.

Needless to say, I have found that focusing on these short stories has been very therapeutic. While my sleeping schedule has been thrown off, I stayed up till seven in the morning writing at one point, I have found my depression has significantly dropped (and I have been on antidepressants for two months beforehand with minimal results). So I have no intention of stopping for the foreseeable future.

Then there's my brother's wedding, which is happening within the week. This has been a long time coming and while I'm happy for my brother and sister-in-law, I'll be happy when it's all over. There's only so much lovey-gooey marriage talk I can take before I want to jump into a pool of angry piranhas. So there's a good chance I'm not going to even be able to write all that much this weekend :(
  • Listening to: The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack
  • Reading: Reliquary
  • Watching: Looney Tunes
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3
  • Eating: Chicken Nuggets
  • Drinking: Rum and Coke
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Most of my work is done on this computer. From my books to my schoolwork to even what little of a social life I have revolves around this thing I find myself very reliant on. It's actually very spooky when you think about it. Almost everyone these days store their lives into computers. Whenever I see online backup commercials on television it reminds me of how fragile my established life really is. One virus or catastrophic crash and everything I hold dear is gone forever. However, over the last few years I've learned this lesson already. I've lost books and essays before and now back them up on a regular basis. However that doesn't completely protect me. I know this. It's a fact that can translate to other facets of life every easily. What I find myself realizing is that no matter how much I back things up, no matter how many thumb drives, secondary hard drives, CD's, and print outs I have the only place where my work will always remain is in my mind. For the human brain is the most remarkable piece of information gathering we still have, despite its obvious flaws, and no number of terabytes can compare to our brain's capability for memory.

Why am I writing this? Because I like to think, it's part of my job as a writer and a student to think, but I also like to make other people think.

Whenever I do end up losing 450 pages of a book I've been writing for the last five years (over the course of many, many reworkings and iterations) I do feel like I've been cheated. As if some supernatural force is just toying with the meager mortal that I am. However, whenever this does happen, regardless of how angry I get, I eventually come to the realization that even though all that work is gone it isn't COMPLETELY gone. Because I still have it, in my head. Sure, it may not be the same words I put down years ago but then again I was no doubt going to end up revising it at some point. But the story is still the same, the characters are the same, and the emotions I'm trying to invoke in a reader are still the same, just with different words.

So if anyone out there has recently gone through such an ordeal and feel that all their work was for naught, don't. Because you still have it in your heart and your mind and not even the cruel forces of the universe can stop your creation from bursting forth. As long as you remember, it will never be completely lost.