Thursday, July 30, 2015

Quick update: 7/30/15 / 2 new tools arrived

-I am still working on Warrior25; however, more character ideas seem to be coming. Oh, and did I mention I haven't made it past the first chapter because of this?

-This is my first blog post using a Surface RT, a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop. I got it in the mail on 7/2/15, but forgot the charger, which came from the other Surface I had that crashed with the "BitLocker Recovery" screen. This happened as I was stupid enough to leave my previous Surface in sleep mode for too long (and it was charging up), and when I went to turn it back on, the BitLocker bug happened. Microsoft has an update that stops the BitLocker bug from happening.

-I also purchased a new USB flash drive from SanDisk last weekend, which stores up to (get this) 128 GB of space. The last one I've had since 2013 had a cover fall off my keychain, dropping the outgoing drive--which was able to store 16GB of space--to the floor at times, and caused the light to glow, and sometimes the processing unit found in the drive to be exposed. I am in the process of getting a lanyard to place the new flash drive and keys on, as I am constantly getting tired of having to carry everything in my pocket at once.

-Back to Warrior25: Each teacher character working in driver's education (Ashton, Darren, Amanda) has a set of students. However, unfortunate events happen with his two friends, Darren and Amanda, so he has to teach their students. I may have mentioned this before, but Warrior25 takes place between 2012-13 (failed projects Project Dylan (actually 2011-12) and Redline Kid (2012-13)) and 2014-15. There are more teacher and mentor characters planned as well.

-Since the days when I tried to write Insert Coin (2010-11), I have been obsessed with making certain writing projects inspired by a video-game adventure. This explains why, starting with The Story of Aaron, I have placed a "1-1" underlined on the upper right hand corner of my documents, similar to how Louis Sachar--one of my favorite authors and one of my inspirations to write since my days at both Adams and Underwood--did in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, a book I read when I was younger besides Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Wayside School is Falling Down as well as the 1994 finale, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. I think Sachar placed the chapter number followed by a period while aligning said text to the right.

-Speaking of inspirations, some of mine in regards to writing are (in no particular order): James Patterson, R.L. Stine, the late Stephen J. Cannell, Survivor host Jeff Probst (he's a writer, too), CSI trilogy and Whodunnit creator Anthony E. Zuiker (like Jeff Probst, he's a writer, too), Nicholas Sparks, One Tree Hill and Royals creator Mark Schwahn, Rocko's Modern Life creator Joe Murray and a bunch of others I don't have enough hours in the day to list--the sky's the limit!

Whew, I think I just said a mouthful.

Until next time,
-WM86 :)

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