Friday, March 15, 2013
Back in Ballad of the Emerald Bard: Making the Band - 5, I knew that Deeya, for the second time, would be called out to perform on stage. It was a wonderful opportunity to pull out a song from her early days as a video game character. The problem is, the song I had in mind was quite interlaced in that old video game's lore.
So, I set about rewriting it. As I rewrote the poem, I created a new city, a desert city named Cahsh Dynar, where there are sultans and the slave trade, giving the city a very ancient Arabian city, with a seedy side. This, in turn, brought out the character named The Masked Canary, and inspired parts four through six of Making the Band. It also allowed me to bring in a different version of Deeya's backstory and add a bit of mystery to her history. I truly love it when inspiration goes in a circle like that.
Either way, please enjoy this poem, out of the story's performance setting where you can judge it on its poetic merits.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Now that it’s a couple of weeks since the wedding, its fun to look back upon the whole experience and make some observations. The main one I’m going to focus on for this post is the most interesting one that I really noticed. The fact is, for the wedding, we had some people stay at the house. My parents, my aunt, and the best man.
The house is easily big enough for everyone, and it felt nice when everyone came over to hang out the night before the wedding, and the day of. There were so many people in the house, playing pool, hanging out talking. It was a whirlwind experience that I wish would have lasted far longer, as seeing all my old friends together under the same roof...yeah, it was amazing.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Last week, I had the joy and pleasure of being part of video gaming history. It is rare for any video game event to be so in the media as what happened on March 5th, and the days that followed. I could site page after page of news story, showing how widespread this was, but instead, I’ll just stick to my own observations.
SimCity is a gaming franchise that goes WAY back in time. It has always been a favorite of mine, and I’ve enjoyed every incarnation of it. It had been a decade since the last true SimCity game, and the video game market was dying for the return of the franchise.