It's been a while...

...But I would like to start posting here regularly again.

A lot of things have been going on in my life, but none of them too exciting. Still, I hope I can find some things worth writing about. The biggest thing that's happened is probably my getting serious about my webcomic. And embarking on a highly ambitious house cleaning project. And getting addicted to The Big Bang Theory.

I've missed you and I've missed being here.

To know or not to know the plot beforehand? That is the question...

So I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 a while ago, and...didn't enjoy it that much.

No, don't get me wrong, I said "didn't enjoy it that much" because I read the book already, and every few seconds my head was going "Wow, that's different from the book", "Okay, here's where this should be happening...", "That's even better than the book" or "That's worse than the book". And not a few times of "How the heck are people who haven't read the book supposed to make sense of this part?" Seriously, for instance, the reason why Harry could "go back" after Voldemort Avada Kedavra'd him for the second time...should have been explained better.

Come to think of it, this isn't the first time my experience of a story has been "ruined" because I already knew what happened. When watching the second and third movies of Lord of the Rings, the same thing happened because I decided to get my hands on Tolkien's trilogy after seeing the first movie. I fear to think of what this tendency will do to me when I finally manage to see the screen version of Atlas Shrugged.

I wonder if anybody else has the same "problem". Then again, knowing the book in the case of book-to-movie adaptations might add a deeper layer of enjoyment as you appreciate the brilliant ways the story was made to work across a different medium, and it's especially pleasurable when the movie does something even better than the book (it does happen, seriously, at least sometimes). Still, to not know anything beforehand and be drawn into the story, the characters, their hopes and dreams, and to fear whether they will get a happy ending is a wonderful experience too - at least when things actually end happily. (Thinks back to the time I saw Miss Saigon and deliberately kept myself ignorant of the plot. Not a good idea - Was in a blue funk afterwards.)

On another note...I must apologize for my wannabe webcomic Breezy Days being slow in coming. I felt a bit drained after drawing, inking, editing, scanning and posting that first one, but I promise I will continue...sometime. A million thanks to broccoman for giving me the golden advice that I should draw a good stash of strips before actually putting them on the web as a regular - That stopped me from advertising prematurely before I could actually do it.

Breezy Days are here again

Please pardon my lack of posting much, but I finally have something of substance to add and (very importantly) have decided to actually get off my butt and add it.

For a long time, I've had this idea for a webcomic called "Breezy Days" in my head. I've thought up characters, backstory, plot, various situations, and even the main character's pet kitten. Unfortunately, my artistic skills are...not so good. Therefore, I wasn't sure what to do and stalled on it for ages.

Until now. I have actually drawn the first strip by hand, and inked it too...all in one night. It's amazing, I've realized, how little time it takes to read (or appreciate) any kind of book or movie or artwork or statue or song or even one single comic strip, when compared to the time and effort the artist spent getting the darned thing right or even just presentable.

I won't say too much about the strip just now, except that it's a light-hearted story about a girl named Bridget (known on the Internet as Breezy), her boyfriend Adrian, her ex-boyfriend who is a fat "starving artist", and the wacky situations they all get into. Unfortunately, story ideas tend to take me about fifteen seconds to think up and two hours to draw in a single strip, but I'll try to be brave and actually draw the strip regularly (more or less). Hopefully some people will like it. :)

First installment to come tomorrow, when I get access to a scanner at work as I don't have my own. But it may be time to purchase one.

Ten twists in the Atlas Shrugged movie series we'll never see coming

Okay, so this is my first post after not doing anything here for like forever, and I post a random Top 10 list of stuff that may or may not be funny to you, depending on whether you read Ayn Rand's novel or not. Oh well, any post is better than no post I guess.

I've been following the progress of the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 movie on Facebook, and am rather disappointed as it isn't doing that well and therefore will probably not be coming to my country. Even whether Parts 2 and 3 will be made is under question. But if Mr. Aglialoro does decide to make them, let's hope he doesn't decide to make changes...

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Note: I based this list on "fake plot twist" lists done for the Lord of the Rings movies written by fans, and that is the spirit in which I approach it - good clean affectionate fun.

Writer's Block: Food glorious food

If you could get a free, unlimited supply of one food for life, what would you choose?

Mmmm, hard choice - does different flavours of ice cream count as "one food"? If it did I'd go for ice creams sold by the Movenpick chain store.

However, realistically, one would soon be tired of whatever the unlimited supply is. Something similar has happened to me, with chocolate, since I've started living at and helping in the corner store. I've put on a bit more weight since then, and now I'm even almost tired of chocolate. Hard as that may be to conceive of.

When that happens, I suppose the only thing to do is to voluntarily deny yourself the thing to which you have unlimited access of, until enough time passes and you'd like some of it again.

Writer's Block: Lazing on a Sunday afternoon

What's your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday?

Curl up at the kitchen table with a snack and a good book. A while ago I would have said "look through TV Tropes until I collapse", but now that I'm (more or less) busy keeping house and helping out at the dairy...okay, busier than I've been for most of my pampered life, and the computer hasn't been moved over there yet, I think I'm about to be weaned of my Net addiction.

Helloooooo, life of responsibility. Somewhat.

Dairy Christmas!

I ended up spending December the 25th learning how to run the dairy.

(No, this isn't actually our dairy, but they all look kinda like that. :) )

But, more seriously, Merry Christmas to you all!

Or is that "Mew-y Christmas"?

Okay, you can stop pelting me with candy canes now. :)