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Reboots

I enjoy reading comic books. Combining stories with beautiful pictures was always fascinating to me.

Growing up, thanks to my uncle’s influence, I read a few superhero comics like Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I also fell in love with the Archie comics. The goofy situations of the perpetual high schoolers always amused me and I loved the friendship dynamic of the characters. For years, my uncle would get me a year’s worth of a subscription for the Archie comics. We recently stopped them only due to me not being able to spend as much time just lounging around and reading the comics lately.

25852959Nevertheless, I still pick up a digest of the comics every once in a while and, recently, my family and I visited the Amazon Bookstore where I picked up Volume One of the new Archie comics. I had mixed feelings on the reboot only due to nostalgia, but I was able to appreciate the new art style and the fact that the writers wanted to reach out to newer readers.

Volume One has the first six issues and I enjoyed the characters, finding many of them to be fairly true to the original series. There are a couple of characters (side characters, mind you) that I’m annoyed at for causing unnecessary strife, but I suppose it’s on par for high school conflicts. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t mind picking up the next volume at some point to see how the story continues.

Seeing how the comic book industry almost always has reboots going on — especially superhero series! — reminds me of when a novel itself goes through a rewrite. Novels go through several drafts, sometimes completely changing itself from the first draft to the last.

How many reboots and rewrites do your stories tend to go through until you deem them as finished?

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Home

 

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Painting of the Voice

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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Home

 

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Instagram

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How is everyone on Instagram so artsy?

I recently joined Instagram, mostly because Rachel and I had made one for Double Jump, but I figured there were usually tons of pretty pictures of books flying around on there and it could be another fun way to connect to people.

I love pretty pictures of books and bookshelves. They just look so cozy, you know? Especially the ones with cups of coffee or hot chocolate sitting next to them by a window seat.

Then I look at my books and, while I find them pretty enough to be worthy of Instagram, I don’t have any fancy window seats or extra Christmas lights and garland or adorable teacups to pair with them.

I do have a crazy cat and a small dog in dire need of a haircut. Do they count?

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Home

 

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Blog Resolutions

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  • Continue posting every day — last year was the first time really committing to this blog, and it’s been a fantastic habit both for my writing and for communicating with others (see, Mom, I promise I won’t turn into a hermit!).
  • Schedule out more posts in advance — I’m a procrastinator by design, but by actually scheduling and writing out more posts ahead of time, I’ll have more time on my hands to work more on my writing, reading, and drawing (… and video gaming).
  • Read more — definitely need to carve out more time for reading, not only to include some more reviews on this blog, but also because think of all the awesome books I’m missing out on!
  • Be better with commenting — I’m awful at this one, and I aim to be a lot better. Don’t take as long to reply to comments on my own posts, but also poke around more at other blogs on WordPress. I follow some amazing people around here, and I need to show them more love!

What about you all out there? Got any good resolutions, for blogging or otherwise?

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Home

 

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Go the Distance

So, Disney music is amazing.

Disney movies in general usually have those kind of, “Defeat all the odds!” “We can do this!” “I believe in you!” messages, and the music really reiterates the message. Even the villain songs, really — Be Prepared is about ambition for what you want, and Love is an Open Door takes on a new meaning when you realize Prince Hans true intentions, but for him it’s about getting what he wants. I’ve been listening to my favorite songs from the Moana soundtrack on a loop on Spotify for the past couple of days. Have you seen that movie yet? The animation and music are fantastic!

Yesterday I went and saw Disney on Ice with my older sister and our good friend who’s sister in all but blood. Poor Rachel has been sick all week, so she wasn’t able to go (but I got tons of pictures and videos on my phone for her, especially since the show all but encouraged people to share everything on social media). The show was called Dare to Dream, and showcased the Snow White, Cinderella, and Tangled (with little interludes by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, of course) stories.

Honestly, the music and the way the skaters glided across and around the rink, you forget they’re not dancing. The closing number, especially, had many of the princes and princesses come out to dance (including a couple of talented skaters stuck together in a Maximus, the horse from Tangled, costume!).

It’s a bit strange seeing the evolution of Disney movies and their characters throughout the years. There’s princesses like Snow White and Cinderella, who dreamed of different lives, and their wishes came true. Then there’s Rapunzel and, most recently, Moana, who chased after dreams and made them come true.

Those of us pursuing creativity need to do the same.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Home

 

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Dabbles in Drawings

I’m not too sure when the last time I wrote was…

It wasn’t too long ago, I’m sure. It was definitely this month, anyway. Writing is something that, after doing it for years, I can’t not imagine doing for the rest of my life, even if they’re just little stories for myself. Lately, though, I’ve been making plans to draw more.

I’m trying to figure out human anatomy. Like, seriously, what are hands. And, ya know, bodies. Drawing hair is weird. What do we do with glasses. Help.

I grew up with comics. They’re probably what pushed me into stories and, once upon a time, visual art. I fell out of drawing for years, but I’m trying to pick it back up again. Like how you improve with your writing with every word you scribble down, you improve your drawing with every doodle you sketch.

Either way, it’s creation. That’s what I want to do.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Home

 

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Normality

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