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Yes, it has been a while since I posted anything on here.  Things have kind of been in a bit of a slump for me recently.  But, I have not stopped writing.  In fact, I am writing a children's book that I hope to have published by the end of the year.  I will share more details in the coming months, but for now, my lips are sealed.  I also plan on attending a screenwriting workshop in the near future to draft and hopefully someday produce a film or TV series!

But while on the topic of creative writing, I attended a seminar recently at Barnes & Noble hosted by a children's book writer on how to write books for children.  And one of the things they passed out was a little book that had samples of several manga, one of which intrigued me:  a manga called Cells at Work!

I found the concept highly similar to that of Osmosis Jones, in that it was about a red blood cell making oxygen deliveries to various parts of the human body, and is joined by a white blood cell who kills bacteria and viruses, and usually saves the red blood cell from a gruesome fate.  All the cells in the human body are anthropomorphic, in that they themselves look like humans going about their daily business.

I find the concept highly interesting, and I hope to find it on the bookshelves, either at Barnes & Noble or my local comic book store.  So if anybody hasn't checked it out, I highly recommend that you do.  :D
So lately I have been having some vivid dreams that can stay with me for days on end.  Since a lot of my story ideas can come from dreams that I have, such as my Princess on the Run story, I have decided to create a Pages document completely dedicated to writing down the dreams that I had the night before.  Some of these dreams may be adapted and fleshed out into larger stories, and some may not, depending on how interesting and coherent the dreams are.  When I have a series of dreams that melt together, I will probably be able to take out bits and pieces and make stories out of those.

So, for a little preview of what I mean, last night, I dreamt that I encountered Princess Zelda (or somebody dressed up like her) in a hotel when I was walking to the pool.  I tried to walk around through another room to get a better look at her when I walked into one of her guards and was knocked out.  When I awoke, the guards accosted me, until their commander, who was dressed in futuristic black and green armor, asked "What is going on here?"  Turns out it was Princess Zelda, who also doubled as a general in her own army (which probably makes sense).  Then, all of a sudden, I was in an RPG, and Zelda and her guards joined my party.

The night before, I dreamt that I was hanging out with Michael and Lindsay Jones of Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas.  We went to Wendy's a couple of times, and Lindsay begged me to give her my chili (because she apparently LOVES Wendy's chili).  I forgot, and I apologized to her, promising to get her the entire vat of chili that Wendy's had in their kitchen.  A weird dream, but probably not as interesting as the dream I had last night (the one in the previous paragraph).  That one I will most likely adapt into its own story (SO NOBODY STEAL IT!!!!!  ;P).  Until then, I plan on writing my dreams down, and we'll see where it goes from there.
Yeah, it's been a while since I've been active on dA here.  But you would not believe the crazy August I just had.  Around the beginning of the month, our house got struck by lightning in the middle of the night.  While the house did not burn down or catch fire (luckily), it fried quite a few of our electronics, including our Internet, cable TV, and landline phones.  We only just got them restored today.  In other words, we were without Internet, TV, or house phones for A WHOLE MONTH!!!!!!!!!

Now, don't go blaming our service provider for such the long delay; there's a perfectly good reason why they didn't show up sooner.  My Dad, who is a stickler for things being done the way he wants them, wanted to be here at home when the technicians showed up so he could tell them where he wanted things installed.  Because he didn't want to take another emergency day off of work (as he took one the day after the lightning strike), the earliest their schedules wouldn't conflict was today.

So, ultimately, pretty much everything has been restored to our house:  power, Internet, TV, phones, etc.  With the exception of one TV, a game system (an original model Wii), and a $700 electric keyboard, amongst others, things are pretty much back up and running here at home.  Now we have to work on getting everything moved back to the way it was (which involves some heavy manual labor) and getting our Internet-connected devices reprogrammed to the new Wi-Fi.  But once that's all done, things will hopefully settle down soon.

So that's basically the gist of it.  I apologize for being so inactive this past month, but as Dr. Serizawa said in the 2014 Godzilla movie:

"The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around."
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With game companies announcing
The games they’re releasing
Let’s all give a cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those new game unveilings
And everyone hailing
The games for this fall
It’s the hap-happiest season of all

There’ll be parties for hosting
Noob balls we’ll be roasting
So let’s go check out the new shows
There’ll be celebrities showing
The games that are going
To blow our minds, that much we know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The worlds shown before us
Will soon join the chorus
The launch dates are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

[Instrumental]

There’ll be parties for hosting
Noob balls we’ll be roasting
So let’s go check out the new shows
There’ll be celebrities showing
The games that are going
To blow our minds, that much we know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The worlds shown before us
Will soon join the chorus
The launch dates are near
It’s the most wonderful time
Yes, the most wonderful time
Oh, the most wonderful time of the year
E3, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Style
I wrote this a year ago to essentially showcase my love for E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).  And with E3 2016 kicking into high gear, I felt it was appropriate to upload this.

The lyrics are pretty much original, although it is meant to be sung to the tune of the classic 1963 Christmas song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," made famous by Andy Williams.

So enjoy this song, and to you fellow gamers out there, enjoy E3 2016.  Game on, my friends.  =)

Lyrics © Me
Inspiration taken from "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" 
© Edward Pola, George Wyle & Andy Williams
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So apparently DA rolled out a new update to the Browse feature today.  While the update allows for seamless scrolling between pages, I'm not a fan of the update.  In fact, I hate it.  With a passion.

For one, the aesthetics just seem extremely disorganized in the way the artworks are put together.  It isn't orderly like it used to be.  It's now all clumped together with no regard to spacing or organization whatsoever.

Not only that, but now in order to see the title of the artwork and the creator, you have to hover your mouse over the thumbnail.  What, it wasn't okay to just have the title and creator's name under the artwork for easy viewing?

As much as it took me to get used to the previous update to the Browse feature, at least that one was still neatly organized.  This new update, on the other hand, is a messy, disorganized cluster****.

I call upon the programmers at DA to fix this mess of an update, to feature the artworks in a more organized fashion, and to put the title and creator's names under the artworks where they belong.

And I call upon you, the watchers and users of DA, to spread the word that we should not have to stand for these updates that make the user interface less user-friendly.  As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  Angered 
Yes, it has been a while since I posted anything on here.  Things have kind of been in a bit of a slump for me recently.  But, I have not stopped writing.  In fact, I am writing a children's book that I hope to have published by the end of the year.  I will share more details in the coming months, but for now, my lips are sealed.  I also plan on attending a screenwriting workshop in the near future to draft and hopefully someday produce a film or TV series!

But while on the topic of creative writing, I attended a seminar recently at Barnes & Noble hosted by a children's book writer on how to write books for children.  And one of the things they passed out was a little book that had samples of several manga, one of which intrigued me:  a manga called Cells at Work!

I found the concept highly similar to that of Osmosis Jones, in that it was about a red blood cell making oxygen deliveries to various parts of the human body, and is joined by a white blood cell who kills bacteria and viruses, and usually saves the red blood cell from a gruesome fate.  All the cells in the human body are anthropomorphic, in that they themselves look like humans going about their daily business.

I find the concept highly interesting, and I hope to find it on the bookshelves, either at Barnes & Noble or my local comic book store.  So if anybody hasn't checked it out, I highly recommend that you do.  :D

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RobotCatArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Naaraskettu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for the watch! :3
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CristianoReina Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch Blowkiss valentine fella (Love) Kisses from Jongin 

if you want, watchme 

also on  Youtube icon www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3Ip…

and Tumblr Social Smiley Tumblr icon  kri25.tumblr.com/
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Chesilitia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch!
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KDNightstar Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for choosing to put me on your "watch" list!  :)
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astrofan1993 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
No problem!  Been following your "Carry On" webcomic for a few years as well as the "Cross Time Café," and I have to say, I am impressed with both!  I'm a member on the CTC Forums (I'm the one whose house was struck by lightning a few months ago, if you don't remember ;P), and it's always nice to see fellow CTC members here on DA!  Keep on making great artwork!  Or, should I say, "Carry On" making great artwork!  ;)
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KDNightstar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for following my work--I'm embarrassed to admit I have a mind like a seive, the most recent lightning strike I remember from the Forum was when Kryslin lost his router.  I'm sure I read about your house being hit, but if it isn't right in front of my nose oh look a chicken...!

I hope your house is OK.  I have nightmares about stuff like that!
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astrofan1993 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
House is okay, thankfully.  Just a shame we didn't have a DeLorean.  Maybe I should head over to DMC Midwest (which is in the next town over from my hometown) and see if they have any for sale.  ;)
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Emerash Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the suport!
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MyNightART Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for watch! I hope you have great day! <3
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