Monthly Archives: February 2014


I’m a big fan of Despicable Me (and Despicable Me 2!). And as much as I love Gru and the girls, I have to admit that the minions are the best(well maybe Dr. Nefario but he’s just so old). Me and my friend have this inside joke about how the movies needed those hilarious yellow guys because nobody would want a Gru action figure. It’d be creepy and horrible. Found out today they exist! They’re actually pretty snazzy. Not as cool as the minion Dave one though.

At any rate, as great as the movies are; I think it’s pretty clear the minions helped sky rocket its success. I wonder if the creators put a lot of thought into that. I mean, you never know what’s going to make it big. Twilight, Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey (guh), Harry Potter; some things just work. 

I have no problem seeing the writers add in the minions as a comic relief and not thinking much of them at first. The same way Quincy has a pet Easter Bunny named Snuggles. It was never my intention to make Snuggles a huge character, but people love him. So I intend on giving people more and exploring what I can do with him myself. I could see the same effect from the minions. People loved them, so they had a bigger role in the second movie. And hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future. But only to an extent. There gets a point where enough is enough. Look at Shrek. I don’t even know how many Shrek movies there are any more, but I hope they stop making them for a while. It gets to the point of beating a dead horse and ends up killing the character. I’ve always hated to watch that happen.

The lesson in all this is: we can’t choose, or know, what our audiences will love. So buckle down, do what you love, keep an open ear, and give them everything you got. You never know, you could invent the next minions!


-Your Usual Boogie Robot Owner

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The Inspiration of Others

Life is hilarious. The things people do, the way they act, their words, tics, etc are great. At it’s core, writing, and stories in general, are a tribute to this. The things we authors write all have some sort of influence to them. Sure, an author creates a character and scene from thin air, but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their personal experiences and inspiration gather from others.

I wanted to blab about this because I owe a lot to the people in my life for things. Just the otheer day I came up with Queen City’s signature dish because of what a friend said. She said the word octopi, attempting to refer to the plural form of octopus. We weren’t talking about my writing or anything but it ignited an idea in my head instantly. Just by hearing her say it, my brain went: octopi -> octo pie -> Octo-pie! -> Queen City has a huge history with Octopus. Of course everyone love Octo-Pie!  I immediately loved her to death.


It’s amazing, how something so simple can spark something so big. Even just daily conversations, or inside jokes. As a writer, all of those things end up being bled onto the page. Very bit of every person we interact with leads to some bit of writing. It’s the natrure of it I guess. 


Thank you, friends, for saying normal, stupid, quotable, everyday things that lead us to craft entertainment.


-Your Sub-Par Swyper


-> Everything is Awesome <- Because the Lego Movie was surprisingly good.

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Super Late Super Bowl Thoughts

Well, I think it’s safe to say the Super Bowl was kind of one sided; and kind of a letdown. It was built up to be a great battle; the best offense versus the best defense. An unstoppable force against an immovable object. But instead the Broncos decided not to show up.

I was torn beforehand. As a Colts fan I wanted Manning to win a title, but I liked the Seahawks too. Either way, I would get to see a great game, enjoy some food, and pretty satisfied with the result; all the while hooting and hollering about how each team should do something stupid just to hit my square numbers. It was poised to be a good, entertaining Sunday. But instead I got fat for no reason.

 The game itself was terrible to watch. The Seahawks dominated in every aspect of the game. By the time the fourth quarter came around, I found myself cringing like I would during a Saw movie. Down 22? Not a big deal—oh wait that’s a pick six. It was brutal. The Oatmeal summed it up nicely here.

But that’s ok. The games miserable, but I least I had my squares right? Well not after that Safety I didn’t. But at least I could enjoy the commercials! That’d be true if they were good. But only a couple really made me laugh. Though, I probably missed a lot of them to be honest.

At any rate, Super Bowl XLVIII will go down as one of the worst. It’s sure to see very little replay. I’m just glad I got to enjoy a lot of good food and good people. Congrats Seahawks.

-Your Dissapointed Manning Fan

P.S. From a writing standpoint you could take this as a lesson. Don’t build up for an epic battle just to have it end in a one sided romping. It’ll leave the audience unsatisfied. 


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