Twoflower Talks About… Harry Potter
Just finished book four of Harry Potter, the Goblet of Fire. ….eeee.. I think he and Himei could be good friends at THIS point. If anybody was turned off from the series because book one is fairly ‘kiddie’ and thin, damn, by the time we hit book four, well… everything that could possibly go horribly wrong in Harry’s life — and for the world as we know it — does. It’s looking like we’ll be seeing a bit of a good vs. evil cold war for a book or two, before the all out battle starts in the last book… I can’t wait for book five now. Not just because they’re popular. Not just because it’s a money making franchise. I want to read the rest of the story so bad I can taste it. This is MY kind of story; dark, character driven, with hints of romance and happiness mixed in with action and desperation… and anybody who poo-poos the series for being kid’s books or a fad phenom can take an acid bath.
Twoflower Talks About… Guilt, Priority, and Projects
Lately I’ve noticed I haven’t felt quite as guilty about not feverishly keeping up with my creative projects. My writing, and especially my music. I’m not sure why. Maybe I just have so many recreational options, particularly social ones with my friends offline and online, that I don’t miss it as much. Maybe I just finally got to the breaking point where I was tired about feeling guilty over not writing and creating every day I was alive. I don’t know.
Part of me still screams “It’s been OVER A MONTH since you updated UE! What is WRONG with you?” but I’ve been finding it easier to ignore that part. Living day to day and staying happy are my primary goals now, rather than that driving guilt. When the time comes that I want to write… I WANT to write, not out of guilt, but out of LOVE for writing… then I’ll write. (I’ll never truly lose that love for writing, even if it’s sometimes not at the forefront.) And until then, I won’t worry. It’ll mean disappointment for some fans (unless that ‘I wanna write’ moment comes tomorrow, which it’s been known to do after I declare a delay) but they’ve told me they understand.
Twoflower Talks About… Arcade Cabinets
Iiiit’s official; my arcade cabinet project is underway! Jen did a mockup in cardboard that is just SWEET last night before Smackdown, and my friends agreed it kicked much booty.
Unlike other Mame cabinets, I’m doing several things differently:
1. I’m using a Dreamcast, not a MAME PC. Everybody does Mame. I wanna do something different. Something I can play Crazy Taxi on, for instance. I already have all the hardware and software needed for a DC cabinet without having to buy a PC and a monitor and all that.
2. The controls are modular. The space where joysticks go will be an empty shelf. I have an arcade style joystick that’ll be ideal for it, but if I want to use an analog controller or a fighter pad, I just drop the cord in through a hole in the cabinet and hook it up. The control shelf flips up so I can access the Dreamcast inside, too.
3. It’s MY size! As most of you know, I have diastrophic dwarfism. One of the annoying things about arcades was that arcade cabinets are made for big guys standing up. I could never properly reach the joysticks and/or see the screen. Not anymore! In revenge for this insult to my person, my cabinet will be sized for ME and everybody else gets to bend over. Muwahahaha. And it looks damned cute that way, too.
4. We’re going to do mockup side and marquee artwork to make it look like a real arcade game… and guess what game it’ll be based on?
I’ll get some digital photos up once I get the camera installed and such. ^_^ Sweeeet.
Twoflower Talks About… Nothing Else