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New Job!

Hello everyone! I am happy to announce I start a new position at work tomorrow! This should be great all around. I will no longer be traveling 90% of the time and I should be able to hunker down on writing like I used to! Something I’ve been yearning to do once again.

In other news, we took a trip to Universal Orlando Studios and Islands of Adventure a week ago! It was amAzing. Weather was a little crappy, but that worked out wonderfully line wise and what not. We only waited longer than 30 minutes one time! And most of the time the lines were 5 minutes at most.

Anyways, I could go on and on and on about how great the trip was and how we got to swim with Manatees!!!! But I’ll try to shorten it down a bit and just give the important details.

Best Ride: It’s a tough call but I’d say the Hogwarts ride. Harry Potter played a huge role in my life growing up and the ride was not only fun, but puts you in all your favorite moments from the series. It was just incredible. I will say the Transformers ride is a close second. I’m not a huge transformers fan, but that ride was incredible and a lot of fun.

Best Area: Diagon Alley. Though the Gringots ride isn’t anything to write home about, the scenery is. The second you walk through the brick wall you find yourself immersed in your childhood dreams. The stores and the wizards walking around; don’t forget the butterbeer! Is really cool. It’s one of the coolest places I’ve ever been; hands down.

Worst Ride: I think the new Simpson ride. We only went on it once, but it wasn’t anything great. It wasn’t unique and was quite dizzying-which is strange for me as I’ve never had motion issues before. On top of that, the motion car has two rows of seats and we were in the back. Being in the back half the screen was cut off. Through the majority of the ride we couldn’t see the main characters and on occasion I didn’t know what caused us to twirl or flip or fall or whatnot. The experience was sub-par.  The Simpson area is pretty cool though.

Top Experience: Meeting Scooby-Doo!

Funniest Experience: Disaster:The Ride. Completely worth it. Just do it.

I also have to mention how the Rip It! Roller coaster has one of the coolest features I’ve ever experienced. I used to be a huge coaster junkie back in the day. But getting to choose a song you’d like to listen to while riding a thrilling coaster is a great experience. Something about it just makes it feel that much more awesome.

That’s all. Until next time.

-Your New R&D Engineer!

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Minions

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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Being a Writer

I just sat down on my floor and coffee table to get some work done and instead decided to write a post.  It’s a long the same lines of my last one, but more about how it feels as a writer. Or at least delves into the thought process of what it feels like to be an active writer.

 

You see, as a writer we have, at least in our own minds, this great epic story to tell. There is nothing more important than this story. Whether it is actually the greatest thing since Harry Potter or will define an entire genre like Lord of the Rings is probably unlikely. But that doesn’t matter to the writer. In the writer’s head it is and it will be as conversational as Star Wars when it’s all said and done. I mean how could it not be right?

 

This train of thought leads writing to become an obsession. You have this brilliant idea that you need to share with the world. Every minute you’re wasting not putting pen to paper is depriving the world of this great story. You have to get it out. And as you work on it, edit it, fix this, add that, delete the part about the goose triumphant-ing over a dragon, reread it, hate it, throw it away, start over, hate that, pull the old version out of the trash and re–edit it; you love it more and more.  Each step makes it more and more brilliant. 

 

Sure, during the entire process you have doubts and stress out. There are plenty of moments where you feel like your beating a dead horse or that you have absolutely no talent. You take in the ridicule of 5 critiques that say your favorite part sucks and gain the tiniest pat on the back that at least your character  has a cool name, or that one sentence is brilliant.In short, the process sucks, but you endure this.  You endure it because you have this inner voice that tells you, your idea is brilliant and that you’re going to see it through to the end no matter what. 

 

I guess you could say writers are stubborn. That they don’t know better. They must be stupid to continue working on something night and day after constantly being told it’s garbage and having boatloads full of truck loads of  people say they want to read it but don’t- clearly that must say that it’s not even good enough to read past the first few pages. Even the writer spends nights thinking it would be unfair to the trash can to throw such a foul piece of junk into it. 

 

This all might be true. We writers may be dumb, stubborn, obsessive, self-loathing, and a bit insane. But I’m ok with that. Because the joy you get as a writer is beyond describable. When you sit down and work on your world, you get swept away to s perfect place. A story that you love above any other. It becomes your favorite piece of fiction, and whether or not everyone recognize’s your Bat Signal doesn’t matter. You love it, and want to share it with the world. If the world doesn’t want to see it, they’re the ones missing out.

 

And that, is what it’s like writing.

 

-Your Bursting at the Seams with the next big thing Story-weaver

Started From the Bottom – Drake

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