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What I'm Doing This Summer

Posted by Velox , Jul 06 2010 · 32 views
Life
1. Getting my freakin driving permit. I've put this off far too long [I mean, I could have my license in two days (I'll be 16) if I wanted to, but I haven't started anything yet].

2. Writing 750 words a day, at least. There's this awesome site where you write 750 words a day, and after each day, it'll show you frequently used words and some other stats [there's also badges you can get for completing this however many days in a row and stuff]. I would link to it [really, it is an awesome site; I've written more in the past five days than I have in like a month or two (five because I started on the second of July, not the first)], but it does have some sort of commenting feature and it may not be completely BZP-appropriate ['cause you can choose the option of sharing your work, and so what other people may share might not be entirely appropriate with language or whatever]. But anyway, the point is it's an awesome site and motivates you to actually write, which for me is amazing. =P Many things to Lazzy for showing this to me.

3. Reading at least a chapter of some book a day [and on that note I will take suggestions for people's favorite books that they think I should read even if I don't ever end up reading them].

4. Trying to write a review every day.

...And I think that's it. I've been slacking off on writing, reading, and reviewing things, so I need to get back into those things.

Anyone else have summer goals?

-Velox



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Preston Stormer

Posted by Velox , Jul 04 2010 · 56 views
Bionicle


Not exactly my favorite set, but not bad [William Furno definitely looks a lot better from DV's review]. Also my first time using a black background instead of white -- I'm still not pleased with some of the pics I took, but most turned out alright. Anyway, since I finished taking pics yesterday, I'll start on a review some time next week.

-Velox



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Why Does This Always Seem To Happen?

Posted by Velox , Jul 01 2010 · 39 views
Literature
Whenever I write a short story, or get an idea for a short story and start planning it out, I work a lot the first time I work on it, but afterward I never feel like working on it.

A few nights ago I was sitting in bed somewhere around midnight not all that tired and decided to write so I pulled out a notebook/pen and wrote out part of a short story and outlined the rest of it. Personally I am quite fond of the idea, and think it's pretty cool. But, as what always seems to be the problem with me, is that I haven't felt like writing much more since then.

Then of course there's that murder mystery that hasn't really been worked on in a while either. Ah, well. I just hope I can finish those by the end of the summer.

Then of course there's LSO [Library Summer Olympics] which I may or may not write something for, as well as the BS01 contest, which I definitely hope to write something for. I keep getting more and more ideas for that and haven't quite decided which one to go with. The idea is definitely an epic one, though.

Other than that, not much going on. Summer league for basketball has started [as well as conditioning], and surprisingly we won our first JV game [it was against one of the hardest schools we will ever play (not even in our normal league, but much higher) that has two JV teams -- they started with their second (yeah, so our reputation for being good isn't all that great =P), but they brought in their second team after we showed that we didn't want to loose. Turns out we won by a couple points]. So yeah that was fun.

-Velox



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The Importance Of Being Earnest

Posted by Velox , Jun 04 2010 · 22 views
Life
So we read the play a couple weeks ago in British Literature class. It's pretty good.

I'll tell you one thing, though. It's extremely hard to try and explain it to someone in just a few sentences. My first attempt [spoiler'd for those that haven't read it before]:

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Yeah, didn't make any sense, did it? =P I could probably do better if I took a little more time, but on a spare-of-the-moment type of thing it's kinda hard to plan it out coherently.

Also yay just another week-and-a-half until school is finally done. Of course teachers have to load us with big projects at the end of the year, but whatever. If I bug any of you on AIM at like 11 or later it's 'cause I'm finishing a project and wanna kinda talk to someone while I'm working. =P

On the subject of writing I do have a couple other ideas I could use, so hopefully soon I'll pick one that I like and finally be able to start writing.

That's about it. Just remember that your banners gotta be under 100KB -- that's what makes the page load slower, not the large pixels sizes.

-Velox



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A Penny For Your Thoughts

Posted by Velox , May 23 2010 · 75 views
Literature
Yes, this is another blog entry about my murder mystery story. =P

Anyway... I'm still stuck on what short of team Velox & Co. [in their human forms, obviously] should be on. I really like the idea of being on NCIS, and I kinda think I'd write the best with that, but the only problem is that I'm not sure I should do that. Just because of the whole NCIS TV series and such.

I dunno, it's hard to explain, but for some reason it doesn't seem right doing it, but at the same time I really want to.

So here's your job: Should V and Co. be NCIS Special Agents, or something else [specify]?

I guess my second choice would be just the LAPD [Los Angeles, California], but yeah. I'm not even sure if the police department has teams of people, so yeah.

Anyway, thanks.

-Velox



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Which Would You Rather See?

Posted by Velox , Apr 30 2010 · 75 views
Literature
Now this doesn't mean I'll do whatever one wins, but I am just curious as to which option you would rather see:

A -- A series [or just one story] of Murder Mysteries set in a BIONICLE world with Velox, Jural, Iavo, and others as the investigators -- if anyone knows the characters of Velox, Jural, and Iavo, you will know that they were all on the same team once and were the "police" of their city. Modernized, and more humanized.

Or

B -- A completely human series [or just one story] of Murder Mysteries involving one of the options I showed in an early blog entry [PI, random police detective, normal police, a team of people, etc., etc.]. Completely unrelated to BIONICLE.

Or

C -- A series [or just one story] of Murder Mysteries that's completely unrelated to BIONICLE and is completely human, but uses the characters of Velox, Jural, Iavo, etc. [with human names].

Thanks to all who comment.



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Good Cop, Bad Cop

Posted by Velox , Apr 16 2010 · 36 views
BZPower


That’s right, folks; there’s two new cops in town [aka Forum Mentors]. Nuju’s the good cop. sly.gif

If any of your posts disappear, that’s me. =P



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Decisions, Decisions

Posted by Velox , Apr 14 2010 · 41 views
Literature
Any of you remember that murder mystery idea/prologue I posted before?

Well, there are several reasons why I have not worked on it any further than I have. One of the reasons is because I'm not sure which idea I like best for the detective. So I will be listing all my ideas, and I'd appreciate if you'd list your choices from one to five [1 being your favorite choice, and 5 being your least-favorite].

-A specific police detective
-A private investigator
-Just normal police [so the detective would change every time]
-A retired police detective that now works as a PI of sorts
-A team of people [like a government agency or something -- please state what agency, if any]
-Something else? [say what]

Thanks for all the replies.

-Velox



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Murder Mystery

Posted by Velox , Mar 13 2010 · 42 views
Literature
Okay, so, for a long time now I've wanted to write a murder mystery [thanks to Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and the old TV show called "Columbo"].

Now I have finally started it, finishing the prologue today [and of course, thanks to Nuju for pointing out a few mistakes for me]. This also is one of my entries for this "week's" [since this time it's longer than a week] exercise.

It currently doesn't have a title, but if you guys have any ideas I'd like to hear them. Not sure when I'll write more, but I hope to soon [and, for those curious, it will not be a BIONICLE-themed epic]. I tried to use a lot of description, so hopefully I did well on that. Anyway, all comments/constructive criticisms are very welcome. I would love to know what you guys think. ^^

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.....Evan Jameston, famed and acclaimed writer, puffed away pensively at a pipe as his fingers clattered away on an old typewriter. He came to the end of the page, but before removing the milky parchment, he looked out the window next to his maple desk. The clouds had been swelling up, and if it weren’t for his clock he would have never guessed it was nearly four in the afternoon. Without his two lamps, the room would have been in almost complete darkness.

.....Moments later, droplets began to tap upon the glass plane of the window as if they desired entrance into the smoky room. The pairs of droplets soon multiplied into scores. The noise resounded through the room as the beads simultaneously hit the glass. The loud clap of thunder was followed by a yellow dagger piercing the sky.

.....Turning his attention back to the typewriter, he took out the piece of paper and hastily read it over before crumpling it up into a ball and lobbing it into the waste basket on the side of his desk, already half-full from the other various pages he had thrown away today, making little-to-no progress since the night before.

.....He sighed to himself, taking the pencil from its resting place on his ear and tossing it onto the desk before him, watching it bounce back and forth across the dusty surface before landing horizontally and rolling a short distance. Taking the pipe out of his mouth and placing it on its holder, he stood up from his chair, making his way to the stereo system at the far end of the room to turn on the radio to his favorite music station [classical, of course], and sat down in his preferred chair near the fireplace, which spread its warmth throughout the cold room.

.....The writer picked up a newspaper on the table adjacent to his chair and began to read, calming himself and letting the thoughts in his mind about the progress he had made today [or lack thereof] be driven off.

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.....After about fifteen minutes of reading and relaxing, Evan came to feel he was ready to begin writing again. The chair rocked back and forth as he stood up, making his way to his desk again. The soft squeak of his chair was accompanied by the click of his typewriter being reloaded. Nearly an hour later Mr. Jameston found he had written seven full sheets of paper, a commendable feat given his previous failure the night before.

.....Feeling the pangs of hunger gnawing at him, he abandoned the papers on his desk and proceeded to the kitchen, where he prepared a sandwich with a grilled chicken breast, bacon, cheddar cheese, and lettuce [I dislike this list greatly] on French bread; consuming it before it could touch the plate he had set out for it. Draining the glass of milk he had poured with his dinner, Mr. Jameston walked back to his desk where he tidied up the stack of pages and stapled them. Counting twenty-seven pages, he was extremely pleased with the short story that had been in-the-works for nearly a week-and-a-half.

....."Time to edit," he muttered to himself; the short celebration over.

.....Leaning back, he turned the lamp on his desk to illuminate the papers sufficiently, and, pencil in hand, he began to read while crossing words out and making various marks.

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.....Finishing the thirteenth page, he looked once again at his clock to see that it was approaching midnight rapidly.

.....Good, he thought, I’ll be able to finish it tonight. He knew that he would be up past one or two, but didn’t let that bother him; he had been up later in the night before, after all.

.....As the hours went flew past, Mr. Jameston could feel the weariness overcoming him. His mind started to doze off, and after a few minutes he fell asleep completely; never once to have a dream.

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.....About two blocks away, a man ran silently away from Evan Jameston's small apartment; his long trench-coat billowed behind in his wake as he sprinted away from the fresh murder site.


[Edited after Kopakalaka's suggestions]

-Velox



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Kiina

Posted by Velox , Jan 19 2010 · 25 views
Bionicle
Only one word describes her: Awkward.

I don't really see how she's seen as proportionate, either. The torso is too short, and the arms seem to be too long. Then there's the torso itself that's just awkward. And then the helmet. It looks pretty cool, but not feminine -- less so than the Kaukau Olda and Faxon. Her double-sided trident is odder than just a single one with an extended pole [not that I'm complaining, as that is a lovely weapon]. And then her armor. I half like it and half don't like it. I think it's a little too long, and doesn't cover enough of the front, nor the inside of the legs/arms [where especially on the legs you can just tell how empty one side is]. Red pins are horrible.

But anyway, she's not bad. I really wish she came with two light blue Vahki leg pieces, but alas that is not the case. I almost wish those double-socket connector pieces would be normal ones, as it'd be nice to have those in light blue, but the holes on the side are kinda nice at the same time. Just not many armor pieces to use with that -- I'll have to experiment.

But overall I like her [though not as much as Gelu -- which reminds me, I like him far better than when I last mentioned him]. The last Legend I'll get is Mata Nui, which I'll have to order online.

So those are just a couple notes I'm throwing out there in a hurry as I gotta go right now. I may end up liking her more later, but yeah.

-Velox







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