Day 2 – Magic Kingdom

It has been a long time since I’ve posted on this. Sadly so much has happened that this description will be nowhere near as detailed as the last one. There are some fun stories for it though so not to worry!

When Day 2 started, my friend had just come out to visit us from Texas. Although this was the first time we’d met in “real life” we’d known each other since around 2007 through the wonderful ways of the internet, specifically an online video game called Guild Wars. Not surprisingly, she was just as fun to run around with in an amusement park as she was to run around with in a virtual world!

Magic Kingdom: Across the Lake

The Magic Kingdom was no less overwhelming than MGM studios, although there was less fire here, it was still full of things to do. The day started when we took a boat over to the park! A boat! I couldn’t believe it but it was that or the monorail (if memory serves), so duh, the boat was the obvious choice. By the time we got on, there was very little seating left, I really didn’t mind as I was by the edge taking pictures of the castle from across the water anyway. Apparently the Disney World castle is the Cinderella’s castle and the one in Disneyland (where I grew up going) is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Learn something new every day.

$32,500…. The cost of that one piece of paper I have hanging on my wall… I think it’s called a ‘diploma’

$2.500… still expensive, but so gorgeous!

First thing I notice when we get there is that the front setup looks a lot like Disneyland’s. We go through and Rob wants to show me a specific shop. We go to the shop and I stop, eyes bugging out of my head because everything is so shiny and sparkly. Apparently there’s a crystal shop in the Disney area that I just literally wanted to buy everything at…. Unfortunately money is expensive and buying everything wasn’t going to be even a little bit of an option. I did end up buying a cute headband with a butterfly on it and some gifts for my friends.

After what felt like an hour, we were done looking at the overpriced shiny things, we go through the castle and see all the mosaic murals inside (if you’re going to the magic kingdom, I highly recommend you do this, they’re beautiful).

Just one of the many Cinderella mosaics you can see when walking through the castle!

Photo bombed by R2-Mickey!!

We went on all the usual rides. I of course wanted to see the differences between the rides first hand, so we went on the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion. Since I’m such a Little Mermaid fan, Rob and Ally (my friend from Texas) humored me and we went to the Under the Sea: Journey. We did Stitch’s great escape and the little tram that goes around Tomorrowland. That one was really fun because I was blowing bubbles and watching the random people below look up like what?! But by the time they looked the tram was no longer above them… very fun.

At one point in the day we got stuck waiting for the parade to go by and I realized that I was not in good enough shape to be walking this much… I’m not sure if it was my shoes (probably flip flops) or just my lack of being on my feet anymore but I decided to sit down against a wall through most of the parade standing only to take pictures of the cool floats.

I guess there were 3 big things that happened though. First, the log ride… or Splash Mountain, or whatever it’s called, second was to do with Space Mountain and finally was Small World.

-Splash Mountain-

Splash Mountain, Disney World! image obtained from destinationthemepark.com

The day was getting hotter and hotter and, like so many others, we had the bright idea to go on one of the water rides. We were a bit upset when we realized that the only water ride was Splash Mountain and even more upset when we saw how long the line was. Nevertheless we decided to stand and wait, and wait, and wait. Finally we were able to get on and the three of us piled into the log, which I was surprised sit 2 to a row, unlike the logs at Disneyland that have the long bench that each seat one person.

DO NOT TAKE PICTURES ON DISNEY’S BACK LOT!!!!!!! image obtained from https://c2.staticflickr.com

Anyway. We’re going through the ride having fun and all that jazz, go down the first little (and I mean little) and get splashed a tad. Just before the first big drop (not the final drop but the one that you actually cool off from) the ride suddenly stops and we hit the log in front of us. We hear a voice over the speaker telling us to remain in our log… great. About 5 minutes later we hear another voice come over the loudspeaker telling us not to take A few minutes later all the lights come on for the ride and we finally see some cast members, who repeat stay in your log, don’t take pictures behind the ride. About 20 minutes after the ride stopped, they come to our log and let us out, repeating 3 or 4 more times not to take pictures and reiterating loudly as we walked down the emergency escape and through the unpainted back lot to the ride. We saw large gears and other ride parts, and it really wasn’t all that different from what you’d expect when seeing the back lot, but apparently those ride parts were top secret and pictures would destroy them (or ruin the magic?) anyway. We got a free fastpass that was usable at many of the other lines (none were quite as long as the log ride) and none of the cast members would tell us what went wrong or when/if the ride would be up later. We heard someone say that a cable snapped, but nobody was able to confirm it. We used the fastpass to get on big thunder mountain and when the cast members were out of earshot, Rob kept saying, “It’s a good thing none of us took pictures, or Disney would have us ‘disappeared’”

-Space Mountain-

Space Mountain – Disney World! Image – randomindependent.com

Not too much to say here, but Ally does not like roller coasters! It took what felt like an hour to convince her to go on it with us. It was rather amusing that we stood in the whole line then after the ride, Rob and I wanted to go again, but she adamantly refused. We gave her the choice of it or Small World and she chose Small World…. After Small World, Rob and I went on it again… Roller coasters are awesome!

-Small World-

This ride is not designed for adults… or people taller than me. I’m 5’3 Rob’s 6’2 and Ally isn’t

Disney World Small World is NOT a castle! made me sad! image obtained from cdn.wdwmagic.com

much shorter. We all sat in one boat. I didn’t think much of it, but I was a little cramped in the boat, then I looked at poor Rob and Ally. I honestly wasn’t sure how they were able to sit, and was afraid they might not be able to get up when the ride was over… not only that, but when Ally noticed the dolls mouths and eyes moved, she freaked out… apparently she doesn’t like dolls either. I was amused for the whole ride, but did feel bad for them. I don’t recommend this ride for anyone taller than me or anyone who doesn’t like dolls singing the same song over and over in a bunch of different languages. As for the ride though, the outside is nowhere near as impressive as Disneyland. The ride itself seemed about the same though.

Just before the projector show started

After the rides were done, we saw the fireworks show, which was great. I highly recommend you go directly to the castle after the show, as they have a beautiful projector show that they play right onto the castle. It was definitely worth the sit and wait. We were thinking of passing it up, but the three of us were glad we stayed.

Cheshire Cat

Wreck it Ralph

That’s pretty much it for the Magic Kingdom, I think the Jungle Cruise ride here is definitely worth going to. It was different than Disneyland from what I remember, but also the cruise person we got was very fun. Too bad I didn’t catch their name or I’d have given them a shout out. Anyway, I promise I’ll put out the next two days (with pictures) soon! There’s also a ton more Non-Disney stuff I need to write about as my life has been rather busy lately, so I’m hoping to post more for the next few months (at least)!

Four Magical Disney-Filled Days.

Where Dreams Come True

As you may have read in my last post, Monday March 21, 2014 was the first time I’d stepped foot on Disney World Florida Property… in fact, it’s the furthest away from home I’d ever been! Here is the day-by-day story of my adventures in Disney World Florida.

 

Ticket Line for Hollywood Studios

First Stop- Hollywood Studios

As my boyfriend put it, he overloaded me with fire on the first day here at the once MGM Studios of Disney World Florida. We went on the Great Movie Ride, which had a reasonable line, but since it doesn’t exist at Disneyland, I had no idea what to expect. (I will likely compare the two parks since I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life.) Anyway, when the ride started, I was outrageously underwhelmed. Since Rob thought that it was a good ride, I was being polite, but he knew that I was fairly bored, until about the third room that is. I won’t ruin the surprise for anyone, but just know that this ride is more than it appears :)

Giant At At at Disney World Florida

After this ride, I practically ran over to Star Tours… they have an Ewok Village and a giant At At Walker in the outside area where the line snakes. We ended up going on the ride and got Vader in the intro, the Wookie planet, and were chased by Boba Fett! Very fun! We went on it a second time, but I honestly can’t remember what we got… it was at the end of the day.

San Francisco Skyline

Fast forward a few hours and we’ve walked around the park to see the sites, eaten lunch at Pizza Planet from Toy Story (where I was greatly disappointed that there wasn’t a claw machine with little aliens). Probably one of the cooler things that I was able to do was take a picture of the San Francisco skyline and the New York skyline while standing in the same place. Even though you might be able to do this at Disney’s California Adventures, the crowd was thin enough for someone of my height to be able to take these to pictures fairly unobstructed.

New York Skyline

Since I had heard wonderful things about the Tower of Terror in Disney World, it was naturally the next stop. I must admit that even though the lobby for the Disney World Tower of Terror seemed smaller than the one in Disneyland, the ride itself is even more legit than the already awesome version in California because it goes through the rooms… too bad I didn’t get to go on this one again, apparently it goes through different rooms each time.

This guy slid through a wall of fire and stayed lit for about 15 seconds flailing about.

Ok, I promised Fire, and here it is. Rob really wanted to go to this stunt show “Lights Motors Action!” and honestly, it sounded incredibly fun… I was not disappointed. Not only did they jump cars, over ramps, they jumped them backwards, drove cars on their side two wheels, jumped motorcycles, lit a man on fire and dozens of near collisions. This show was definitely not something I expected to see at a Disney Park, but I was thrilled that I did.

I had to scoot about 3 feet away from the edge of the tram to keep from getting wet. (sit on the right hand side, while moving forward) to stay out of the ‘splash zone’)

But the fire doesn’t end there. after the stunt show, we went on the ‘Backlot Tour” which is comparable to the backlot tour ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, complete with giant fireball and wall of water racing toward the tram.

But the fire doesn’t end there. After the stunt show, we went on the ‘Backlot Tour” which is comparable to the backlot tour ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, complete with giant fireball and wall of water racing toward the tram.

Ursula Puppet

After the tour, we went to the Indiana Jones show (there was a fair amount of fire here, but since we got to sit so close to the front, the fire was just that much closer. The show was fun, but I personally prefer the Indiana Jones ride, even with the laughs the show brought. Finally we went to Fantasmic when the intercom said “standing room only” I looked at Rob and asked if he would be willing to see the later showing because 1. I didn’t want to stand for the show and 2. There were a few more rides I wanted to check out. First we went to the little mermaid, which I didn’t realize was a show, and was expecting the ride from California Adventure. It was actually really cute, basically the entire little mermaid story wrapped up into a 15 minute show.

While wondering around the park, I heard someone talk about how the ride “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” was the best ride at any of the four parks.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Guitar for the Aerosmith themed ride.

“Hey hun? Where’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?” I asked, seeing as it wasn’t his first time in the park.

“The what?”

“There’s apparently another scary roller-coaster type ride… you want to go on it?”

“Um sure?”
“Did you go on it last time you were here?”

“No, if it was here, then my cousin and I didn’t find it.”

I later looked it up and it was opened in 1999, so it was there the last time he went… anyway. We found it on the map and got in line. If you don’t like rollercoasters, this ride is not for you. It starts with at 0-60 mph launch in 2.6 seconds… straight into a fairly tight loop.

Since it’s a Disney ride, I figured, “Well that was cute, guess that’s all there is.” Nope.

A few moments after the loop we hit a high bank then go into a corkscrew. At this point my left hand is on my glasses and I’m worried there will be some sudden jolt that will make them rattle off into the darkness. This ride was not what I’d expected from a Disney park, but I was far from disappointed J

Fantasmic!

After the ride was over, we had just enough time to make the second show of Fantasmic, which was unsurprisingly fantastic. I’d never seen the Disneyland show, so I was thrilled when we got to see it, not to mention that there was stadium seating. My feet didn’t hurt too much at this point, but they hurt enough to be glad for a place to sit, even if it did start to rain a little… not enough for the people in front of me to buy and wear plastic ponchos… but to each their own…. I guess.

Anyway, that wraps up my Hollywood Studios visit, check back to read and see pictures from the other three parks!

March 2014 – Best month of the year… so far ^.^

This was the first through and through good month of 2014.

I totally felt like Simba here for most of March :)

At the beginning of the month, my Boss pulled me into his office with a fairly characteristically serious tone. I hadn’t done anything wrong, yet I had a heavy feeling in my stomach that made me walk a little slower than necessary. I walked into the office and closed the door behind me. Since the move to the new offices was fairly recent, there was no other chair and I stood there, wondering what my boss could possibly want to talk to me about.

“So there is no guarantee, but the Marketing department is looking for someone new and there’s a lot of talk about wanting to move you over there.” He finally said.

Will this help me become a better writer?

I stared blankly, out of all the things he could have said, this was the last thing that I’d expected. About 4 months earlier, I went to “Girltopia” a Girlscout Convention in Los Angeles to promote some of our company’s games (primarily Monster High 13 Wishes and Barbie Dreamhouse Party). I had talked to someone in marketing while there and who wondered if I’d be interested. Of course at the time I wasn’t really sure, and to be honest I’m still not entirely sure if it’s for me. As time went on and more people were hired into the department, I figured they’d forgotten about me and I really wasn’t going to bring it up, primarily because I joined the game industry to write creatively.

“So the department asked me if you would be a good choice and I thought that you would be. I thought I’d let you know that you are being considered and that if they do ask you, that it’s ok by me.” He continued.

My mind snapped back to the present. “Oh, thank you. Um, if they do hire me over there, would I still be able to take my trip to Disney World at the end of the month?” I stammered.

He laughed, “I’ll mention it, but I don’t think that would be a problem.”

I nodded and returned to my desk.

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful, and I didn’t want to spread rumors about something that wasn’t guaranteed, so I kept the news to myself. Thankfully nobody really asked. I continued training the two new people who I’d only begun training and work continued as usual.

Finally, I received an email that asked when a good day to meet up was. I set the day for that Friday and met with two of the ladies from Marketing. The meeting went well, because later that day, I was sent an email with a hire packet and pages to fill out to get benefits. Without hesitation, I signed myself out of QA and over to Marketing starting Monday, March 17th… Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Achievement Unlocked: Promotion!

Ally (Left) Me (right) at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

I’d only worked a week before I was scheduled to leave for Florida. I was going to Disney World, leaving Saturday, March 22, and couldn’t have been more excited. I flew into Northern Alabama and drove out to Florida with my Boyfriend. Disney World was fantastic, we went to all four parks (and I could, and might, write a blog post for each park). We met up with one of my guildies at Magic Kingdom and had a blast! By the time Friday came around, both Rob and myself were ready to go, not because it wasn’t fun… but because our feet felt like, well, the feet of gamers trying to be active! Regardless, Disney World was fun and now I’m finally going to get a Disneyland Season Pass… I still think Disneyland is better than Disney World, just because Disney World is so spread out. But my boyfriend and I will probably butt heads with that until the end of time…

Cinderella’s Castle with Mickey and Mini Flowers

February 2014

I cannot believe it’s now April… where does time go? Rather than cramming the past 2 months into 1 long post, I think I’ll split it into 2 semi-long posts… after all… a lot happened.

 

Valentines Day

February 2014

Like January, February didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. Let’s go back in time, all the way back to Friday, February 14th. Work was pretty typical, sit at my half desk, test DreamWork’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 Game, and stare at the clock on my netbook with the corner of my eye awaiting 6:00 PM. I knew I wouldn’t do overtime if… when it was offered, but what could they say? I had plans. Besides, the only times I’d ever turned down overtime in my 6 months of working was for my night class.

Valentine’s Day has never really been my favorite time of the year as my boyfriend lives too far away for us to really do anything spectacular. This year, however, my best friend decided we would all go mini-golfing with her brother, as it was his anniversary with his ex-wife and we all wanted it to be a fun night, besides her brother and I had been trying to get her to go out mini-golfing for a while now.

Around 1:00 PM, just before lunch, I was idly staring at the clock wanting to be just about anywhere else, when my boss entered the room and told us all to go home. He said work was being called early and we should spend this day with our loved ones and family. Nobody had to be told twice.

On my way out I called Holly to make sure everything was still good for that night and I went to go grab some food at Islands, one of my favorite ‘nice’ burger places. I called my friend in Chicago and wished her a happy heart day as well as her children. It was still too early to call my boyfriend, as he was still at work, so I sent him a quick text to let him know my day’s plans, which were: eat, wander around the bookstore, get a starbucks, and head over to the mini-golf course.

Barnes and Noble

In the bookstore, I gave my aunt a call to wish her and my grandpa a happy Valentine’s Day. The conversation was short, and I confirmed I would be going over the next weekend to help her out with Grandpa.

Finally I arrived at the mini-golf course and wow, I don’t think anyone can be worse at that game as me. I think I somehow got a hole in one on one of the putting courses… somehow… but my overall score was sill somewhere in the 40’s over par… yeah, that bad. Regardless, it was fun. We ended up going to a burrito place called ‘Freebird’ which was much better than I’d expected.

mini-golf

Full and satisfied from a fun night, I go home, only to realize my parent’s car is gone. My brother is standing outside so I ask him where they went. I double checked my phone to make sure I hadn’t gotten a missed call or text (by now it’s about 11:00 pm so I find it very odd they’re not home). My brother looks serious, a somewhat uncharacteristic trait, when he says “Grandpa passed away. Mom and Dad went over to say their goodbyes. I can drive you there if you’d like, but I decided I didn’t want to go. I really didn’t want to see my grandpa dead either, so I just said I was going to go inside and I called up my boyfriend, then Holly, then my aunts, parents, and cousin. It wasn’t terribly unexpected, I mean he had brain and lung cancer, and the last time I’d visited (a few weeks prior) he was having a very difficult time breathing.

The funeral was a few weeks later, open casket, with Buddhist chanting and not a single dry eye. We could place items in the casket to be cremated with him. I placed a picture my cousin took, it was of us playing Hanafuda, a Japanese card/tile game where you match tiles of the same season and each tile is worth different points… Grandpa had won, by a lot, but it was still one of the last times I remember him really having fun.

Myself, Grandpa, and Mom playing Hanafuda at my aunt’s dining room table.

Why I Was Late to Work Yesterday: A Story Worth Sharing

This is a true story told to the best of my memory. I left out some of the dialogue and another phone conversation I had with my friend about the situation but the main points are all here.

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I woke up like every other day, tired and forming a list of excuses in my head on why I should stay in bed. Eventually, my alarm convinced me I should get ready for work. I moved slow, even for a Monday, but still managed to be ready about 15 minutes before I had to leave. Unsure how the traffic would be on this first Monday of 2014, I decided to leave a little early, just in case. I got to my car, unlocked my door and climbed in. My left foot pressed my clutch to the floor of my car as my right foot rested on my brakes. I turned the key in the ignition and heard nothing. No roar of the engine, no eerie clicking sound, nothing. Confused, I released the clutch, and brake and pulled my key out. Wash, rinse repeat. After about 2 minutes of twisting my key in the ignition I signed heavily fearing the worst. My car was in and out of the shop on a regular basis in 2013, so I could already hear my wallet begin to weep. I pulled out my already abused AAA card and dialed the number on the back. While on hold, I decided to inquire with google about what the most common diagnosis for my car’s symptoms. One forum had a concerned car-owner talking about how her lights came on but the car made no noise. I vaguely remembered only hearing the mechanical lock when I’d left my car.

The phone I have... Image acquired from amazon.com

The phone I have… Image acquired from amazon.com

My battery must be dead I thought to myself maybe I left my radio or my lights on and just didn’t realize it cause my tape deck to auxiliary thing  was in my stereo….or it was daytime or um… something?

The hold music coming through the phone had been driving me crazy but I needed to get my car fixed and even if it was just a jump, my brother was still asleep or gone, I really didn’t know. I walked outside to test my theory about a dead battery. Flipping the switch for the automatic locks on the driver’s door did nothing and my headlights were in the off position. Still, the lights on the dash didn’t come to life when I turned the key, so a dead battery seemed to be the problem, at least what my limited knowledge told me was the problem. I rummaged through the glove box of my car and pulled out my battery warranty. Thank goodness for AAA, I only got this battery about two years ago so it should still be covered, I thought.

AAA Battery Image acquired from www.colorado.aaa.com

AAA Battery
Image acquired from http://www.colorado.aaa.com

Moments later, a lady from AAA came on the line and took down my information. She told me she would send someone out to check my battery and they would be at my house in the next 30 minutes or so. My morning haze was starting to wear off and, I realized why I had been so early, I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet. After double checking that my car was locked, as I always do, I wandered into the kitchen and grabbed some food while I waited for the tow truck driver to jump my car. About ten minutes before I was scheduled to be at work, the tow truck arrived. I told the guy my theory and show him what I noticed with my locks. He said he would test my battery and told me to pop the hood.

He stared under the hood and said nothing for a moment.

“You don’t have a battery” he finally said.

“What? Of course I do?” I replied confused.

 “No,” he pointed to the empty space where my battery should have been “See these are the connectors for the battery, your battery isn’t here.”

“What?” I asked walking around to the front of my car. “Are the connector cables damaged?” I asked.

“No it looks like whoever did this had the tools to properly remove it and it doesn’t look like they damaged anything.

“So someone stole my battery?”

“It appears that way. I’ve never seen anything like this. Did you file a police report?”

“No. I, someone stole my battery… I should, I should call my mom.” I took out my phone and dialed my mom’s number. While the phone was ringing I looked to the mechanic

“Well it looks like I’m going to have to buy a new battery. Man, I was still under warranty too.”

“Unfortunately warrantee doesn’t cover stolen, but if you file a police report you might be able to get your insurance to cover it.”

“Yeah… Good idea, I can just call the police department for that, right?”

“Correct, you should be able to just go to the city police department website to do it.”

My mom’s voicemail came through the phone and I dialed my dad’s number.

“Hi dad, my car battery was stolen out of my car.”

“Did you leave it unlocked?”

“No, it was locked when I got to it this morning and nothing was missing from inside it oh the mechanic is saying something about scuff marks? I’ll talk to you later.”

I hung up the phone and walked over to the mechanic, while I was talking to my dad, he noticed some scratches on the front grille of my car and called me over to look at them.

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The scuff mark the mechanic found.

“I guess it’s a good thing it’s been a while since I washed my car” I joked. “At least now I know how they got in,” I grumbled imagining a person poking a screwdriver through the grille of my car while I was inside asleep or otherwise not paying attention.

While the mechanic was installing the new battery, I called up the police department to file a report. They told me I could either wait for the police to come by to take my report in person or I could file it online. I decided that I would go online and fill out the paperwork because I didn’t think my brother would appreciate cops swarming in front of the house.

When the mechanic finished installing the battery, I asked if he noticed if anything looked damaged. He said everything appeared OK and that it seems that all they did was take my battery. He asked me to turn my car on and I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding when I turned the key and heard the engine roar to life.

Well, the guy that helped me wasn't wearing a yellow coat and didn't have gloves but this was the best I could find. Image acquired from automotive.aaa.com

Well, the guy that helped me wasn’t wearing a yellow coat and didn’t have gloves but this was the best I could find.
Image acquired from
automotive.aaa.com

He hit the final bit of trouble when he tried to close the hood of my car. He tried about five times but the hood kept popping back up and refusing to lock. He messed with the locking mechanism and pulled the tab to pop the hood again before the lock engaged and, at least for now, the hood stayed closed.

I paid the mechanic for my new battery, and thanked him for the help. He printed me my new warranty and I headed off to work. About halfway to the office, I realized I’d forgotten my laptop at home. I was already about 45 minutes late so I decided I would just have to go through the day without it. I explained to my boss and coworkers that I was late because someone had stolen my car battery. It seemed too ridiculous a thing for me to have made up and whole situation turned into a running joke for a few hours, and it was brought up again today. Great way to start the new year. I will be filing the insurance claim today, if State Farm ever decides to answer, or return my calls…

I guess, sometimes, all someone really wants to do is steal your car’s battery.

 

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Just to be clear, AAA is in no way responsible for my battery getting stolen, they’re just the company that discovered it was stolen and helped me replace it.

Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year 2014

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year. Last year, my New Years Resolutions didn’t go over so well, they never do. So instead of shooting for two galaxies over, getting overwhelmed, and completely giving up, I will make my 2014 list of resolutions a little more achievable.

  1. Replace 1 drink a day with a glass of water instead of whatever else is in the cup.
  2. Write something at least 4 days a week.
  3. Post something at least 2 times a month.
  4. Finish writing at least 1 of my books.
  5. Work on a sculpture at least once a month.
  6. Do something I haven’t done at least once a month.
  7. Read a minimum of 12 books cover to cover.
  8. Smile more.
  9. Forgive those who do not deserve forgiveness.
  10. Be a better listener.
  11. Go to the gym for an hour at least 4 days a week.
  12. Update my progress.
  13. Give myself a monthly goal each month.
  14. Give myself a weekly goal each week.

This week’s goal: Respond to the writing prompt posted on my blog.

This month’s goal: Stop biting my nails.

Why I haven’t written…

I’m so sorry! I really will do the weekly journals but they might become bi-weekly because I just get so busy then distracted by life! Worst part is that this isn’t even the journal update (I have my prompt response mostly hand written out but I haven’t put it into the computer yet!) but I really wanted to share what I’ve been up to because I’m actually quite proud of it, I hope you like it too!

I actually took pictures of this one while it was progressing because it took a really long time!

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This image was taken a little over a year ago, I’d say.

This project was originally an assignment for my arts class. The assignment was to make a bust of yourself or someone you associate yourself to be. I choose my main character (My elementalist Tammy) form Guild Wars 1 because I spent so much of high school playing that it seems like this video game character truly is a part of me.

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So this one was taken about a week of work after the previous image.

The sculpture was still wet but for the most part it was finished. We were permitted to turn the sculpture in wet so I did. I was afraid it would crack when it was drying.

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So this is the backside of the sculpture taken at the same time as the previous image

So this is what took probably the longest. I had to put each individual piece of armor on her … so each little bump was ‘measured’ using the that looks about right… method, cut and scored so it would stay on.

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This image was taken about a month ago, maybe 3 weeks ago… so late November early December.

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I primed the back side too!

So the sculpture sat in my closet for about a year. It dried not too long after the previous image was taken (maybe a month?) and I put it in my closet and all but forgot about it. I decided I wanted to paint it and was told that since the red is so dark it would be a good idea to prime it so… tada! (I did not take a picture of the sculpture once it was dry and unpainted because the clay dried blotchy and I did not think it looked very nice).

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So about a week after it finished priming I began painting the hair and face

So my Guild Wars 1 character had normal colored eyes… I think they were a dark hazel. My Guild Wars 2 elementalist, Who I designed to be a descendant of this character because the game takes place 200 years after Guild Wars 1 has purple eyes (I have a strange love of purple eyes). So I decided that my origional Tammy Redda character also had purple eyes (my Guild Wars 2 character has the same name as my Guild Wars 1 character… in case it was not already confusing enough ^^)

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Finished the sculptures paint last week!

So this is the finished sculpture… this is what I’ve been up to for the past month and a half… I had a lot of fun! I will start doing the writing prompts again this week but I think they will be bi-weekly instead of weekly.

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Here is the back!

So I used a course brush to texture the hair, you cant really tell in the picture but in person you can see it a lot better. I really think it made a difference because it looked like there were real strands of hair. Below the sculpture is a picture I printed out of my elementalist from Guild Wars 1. The backside of the armor did not turn out quite as I had hoped but that was mainly because when I was placing the little armor pieces, I wanted to make it more realistic looking by making them seem more random than have an actual pattern… it made it very hard to paint.

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Side picture complete! (sorry its a bit blurry)

Just for the sake of thoroughness, here’s what she looks like from the side… considering she is a 3D sculpture. Oh and because I failed to mention it anywhere else, I used acrylic paint for this project. I’m still fairly new to painting but I mostly used “Basic” paint, at least i’m pretty sure that was the company…

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So here is a screen shot of my elementalist from Guild Wars 1

Since this was one of my first sculptures like this (i think it was my 3rd clay sculpture ever) I didn’t know I could have stuck sticks in her hair then later attached flags on them… I didn’t think that would stay so I might consider gluing something in for those, but I am not committed to or not to do it. You might also notice that some of the completed sculpture images have a printed version of her from many angles, I was using those for color reference.

That’s all!