Back to the Building Blocks

Sooo . . . the Oscars are tonight. That reminded me of The LEGO Movie not getting nominated for Best Animated Feature. And that reminded me of how I’ve recently gotten back into building with my old LEGO collection.

So guess what I decided to write about?

Well, it’s actually less writing and more showing you what I’ve built. And then commenting on it a bit.

Just for a little background, I’ve decided to get back into building LEGO, for a few reasons. First, I just miss it — I used to do it all the time, and spent countless hours designing and creating things, not caring how much time I spent because I didn’t have nearly as many cares as I do now. Also, as I’m pretty busy these days, it’s nice to have an outlet here and there to just relax and remember what it was like to be younger, when you could just spend the day letting your imagination go crazy. And after seeing The LEGO Movie for the first time last year, I officially decided that I wanted to build LEGO again, but I didn’t actually get to it until about a month ago — a year later. That’s me for you.

So, anyway, with the background and context established, let me show you what I’ve built so far! It’s not a lot — I am busy, after all — but it’s definitely a start.

First up:

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I call it the . . . um . . . uh . . .

SPACESHIP!!!

Yeah, that works. *nods*

Anyway, I decided to build a spaceship first because I nearly always build something related to castles and the like, so it was fun to experiment outside of my comfort zone. I like how this turned out overall, although next time I’d like to try to make something much bigger!

And then there’s this, also outside my comfort zone:

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I wanted to try to build what’s called a mech — a robot usually meant for battle that’s piloted by a person. Now, this didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, and the design is a little wobbly, but I still think it’s pretty fun. Plus the arms move!

That’s all I’ve got for now. For my next project, I’m hoping to recreate the chess scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ll probably do another post about that once it’s finished!

Hope you enjoyed this little post. See you next week!

What Do You Do When You Get Writer’s Block?

It’s a good question. I thought I should ask it.

Why? Well, you may or may not have guessed this yet, but . . . when I sat down to write today’s blog post, I got a very bad case of writer’s block.

Don’t worry, it’s not contagious.

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Cat, I know how you feel.

Yeah, I’m just gonna cut right to the chase and say that I really don’t have anything to write about today. I tried everything I could think of to get rid of my writer’s block — I even banged my head against a wall to get my brain juices running again.

Okay, not really, but seriously. I just don’t know what to write.

. . . Except I’m kind of writing something right now . . . well, that’s something!

OOH OOH OOH I KNOW! I can write a few tips on how to beat writer’s block! I just . . . you know, won’t use them right now. I want to go play video games. *nods*

So. Anyway. Here’s a few tips for when you don’t know what to write:

  • Write. No, seriously, just write. Even if you absolutely hate what you’re writing. Just write. Writing begets writing. The more you write, the more likely it is that you’ll actually start to write something good.
  • Take a break. If you’ve been staring at that blank Word document for a while, you should probably just get up and do something else. Take your mind off your writing for a bit and then come back to it later. Getting a fresh new start often helps.
  • Bang your head against a wall. I hear it works pretty well. You should totally try it. Go on. Don’t be shy.

Hope these tips are helpful to you the next time you’re stuck! I also hope I’ll have a better post for you guys next week. See you then!

Dear Netflix, Please Don’t Screw This Up

Have you heard the news? Netflix is apparently planning to make a live action original series based on The Legend of Zelda!

And, honestly, I’m really not sure what to think. Perhaps it’s a combination of these reactions here:

OH MY GOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!

OH MY GOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!

NO NO NO WHY THEY'RE GOING TO SCREW EVERYTHING UP

NO NO NO WHY THEY’RE GOING TO SCREW EVERYTHING UP

But... what if they don't? What if it's really awesome?

But… what if they don’t? What if it’s really awesome?

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO THINK?!

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO THINK?!

Yeah, I think that about sums it up. *nods*

Many of you reading this are well aware that I’m a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda, and so I think it’s pretty easy for you guys to see why I’m conflicted about this. The announcement came out of absolutely nowhere — this is pretty much the LAST piece of Zelda-related news I was expecting to get anytime soon!

My first thought: I’m not going to pretend that I know a lot about how these things go, but I’d like to think that Nintendo has already given their seal of approval on the whole thing. Why else would the report come out? Going further, is Nintendo going to be involved at all in the writing? The casting? The production? Is Koji Kondo going to be involved with the score? SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

Now, if Nintendo is going to be somewhat involved, then I have to admit that I’m pretty hopeful. If done right, this could be really good! But it also brings up other questions. For one thing, in the Zelda games, Link is a silent protagonist. It’s assumed that he does have the ability to talk, given the fact that you, playing as him, are able to speak to NPCs in the game. But we never actually hear him form coherent sentences (nor do we hear anyone else, but we do see text boxes of their dialogue). So how are they going to handle Link in the Netflix series? Is he going to talk? Would that be considered too jarring for fans? But if he’s silent, how are the writers going to keep him interesting to people who aren’t familiar with Zelda as a whole?

So yeah, those are just a couple of my thoughts on this. We hardly know anything yet. So, in short, I do have some concerns/wonderings/fears. But I’d like to be optimistic — if they pull this off, it ought to be really entertaining, plus it’ll bring even more people to the Zelda games (I assume, anyway). I guess only time will tell!

Just one more thing, though . . . Netflix? Remember when people other than Nintendo were given permission to use the Zelda characters for their own stories — in their own games and in a short-lived cartoon? Remember that? Well, please don’t go the same route that those people went.

GEE IT SURE IS BORING AROUND HEEEEEEEERRRREEE

GEE IT SURE IS BORING AROUND HEEEEEEEERRRREEE

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Please.


 

What are your thoughts on this? Excited? Nervous? Flat-out against it? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see ya next time!

A Somewhat Lame Attempt at Poetry — Part the Fourth

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Poetry’s fun. But I’m jumping the gun.
I’d rather have one post today than have none.
So, at the request of my good buddy Josh,
I’m doing more poems — they’re really quite posh.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. It came here so fast.
I’m attending a party — it’s sure to be a blast!
Though I really don’t care who the winner shall be,
I’ll watch the game anyway. So . . . sue me.

As I sit here working on this bit of poetry,
I listen to “Waltz of the Flowers” (Tchaikovsky).
It’s my favorite piece from the Nutcracker Suite —
Just thought I’d say so. I think it’s real neat.

Sadly, I’m now running short on my time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my humble little rhyme.
I’m off to have supper, then it’s time for the game!
And thus is the end of my poem somewhat lame.