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November Is Not My Friend

Posted by Zatth , Nov 24 2014 · 366 views

Usually my life is measured by the days when I'm not in a hospital versus those when I am in a hospital or when I'm afflicted by a specific thing. Since moving to the U.S. when I was fourteen, my health had been the best it ever had been in fourteen years. In 2011, I used November to do and win NaNoWriMo, convincing myself that I could do anything, and continue writing as much as I wanted.

Should've knocked on a lot of wood.

Next year, as November was starting, I was taken to the hospital because I was losing weight too quickly (and my depression started to really manifest for the same time). Because of a treatment of TPN "(Parenteral nutrition (PN) is feeding a person intravenously, bypassing the usual process of eating and digestion. The person receives nutritional formulae that contain nutrients such as glucose, amino acids, lipids and added vitamins and dietary minerals. It is called total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or total nutrient admixture (TNA) when no significant nutrition is obtained by other routes.") and trying to adjust my TPN levels, I spent all of November hospitalized. Whatever, no biggie, I told myself.

Then November of 2013 it turned out after a fairly normal year for me that I'd had blood pressure so high, I'd been having random absence seizures "( The hallmark of the absence seizures is abrupt and sudden-onset impairment of consciousness, interruption of ongoing activities, a blank stare, possibly a brief upward rotation of the eyes. If the patient is speaking, speech is slowed or interrupted; if walking, he or she stands transfixed; if eating, the food will stop on its way to the mouth. Usually, the patient will be unresponsive when addressed. In some cases, attacks are aborted when the patient is called. The attack lasts from a few seconds to half a minute, and evaporates as rapidly as it commenced.)" If you ask me about specific moments from November of 2012 to November of 2013, I have quite literally blank spaces in my memory. They discovered the absence seizures because they caused me to 'cheat' during a Forensics competition, with me not remembering having cheated, and my coaches giving me an ultimatum and threatening me off the team. A phone call later, some tests later, and I was put on way too many medications that made Nov 2013 - May 2014 the worst year for me medically since 1997.

So after getting out of those long years of medical annoyance, I thought This year will be different! No weird brain problems, no TPN, nothing terrible to hold me back! I'll get back to seriously writing during November and it will be just what I need!

Remember that tournament in Illinois we went to? Turns out the team didn't do as well as we should've. Because of our terrible record (we finished fourth in the nation), I tried doubly hard to focus on Forensics work, plus school work. Add to that a lack of being invited or even acknowledged by my 'friends' from the team, plus a kidney stone that dislodged itself a week and three days ago plus a laptop that got fried on Friday evening and my depression popping by again to make me Apathetic Man, and I've gotten nowhere with my writing.

It's just annoying to me that I've decided that I love writing more than anything, and because of school/Forensics/medical stuff, I haven't written anything as satisfactory as my novel The Spark for 2011's NaNoWriMo. It's tedious, and annoying, and I just wish November would be kinder to me.

‚Äčtl;dr: I had a bad week and needed to vent. I guess this entry counts as writing, so at least it did me some good there :/



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The Benefits of Having a Radio Show

Posted by Zatth , Nov 13 2014 · 376 views

  • I get to play all kinds of music I love (Weird Al, BIONICLE songs, Vitamin String Quartet, Chameleon Ciruit, Gothic Archies, etc).
  • I get to tell fun and interesting anecdotes and personal stories
  • I read a quotation of the week and a Today in History segment
  • Total indoctrination and mind control of the general population
  • That last one might have been a lie...



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NORTON WARS

Posted by Zatth , Oct 30 2014 · 256 views

14 hour bus ride to Peoria, Illinois for a Forensics tournament. It's the first big national tournament of the year, and as a measly sophomore I don't expect much success. But I'll still pour my heart out in my performances.

At least the theme this year is Star Wars, so I hope to get a lot of pics with Yoda. And whoever else is there.

Also got some good reading material for the trip, plus planning for NaNoWriMo.

I'm also showing up at our parking lot at 4:45 a.m. as Pajama Deadpool. I'm not wearing a costume for 14 hrs, so I'll just slap on my mask and leave it at that.


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Dagnam It, Marvel

Posted by Zatth , Oct 28 2014 · 195 views

I'm supposed to be writing an essay. How do I concentrate when you've announced movies like Black Panther and Captain Marvel (FINALLY some more representation on superhero movies), the extended trailer for Age of Ultron, the Agent Carter trailer, the rest of the movies, and the FREAKING INFINITY WARS TEASER?

More than one hype train...


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NANOWRIMO WHADDUP

Posted by Zatth , Oct 27 2014 · 181 views

So yeah, I'll try and do it this year. I won when I was 16, but every year after that I've gotten sick every November, and never been able to win again.

UNTIL NOW (i hope).

I have an idea of the novel, and since our next tournament is in Peoria, Illinois, I will have a 14-hour drive to plan characters, plot, and whatnot. I've also been forcing myself to read a lot this past month (I've blazed through The Ocean At The End of the Lane, Carrie, On Writing, Fear No Evil, Hyperbole And A Half, The Ressurectionist, and hopefully The Best American Non Required Reading of 2014), as well as been writing a bit every day. Add me on NaNoWriMo, I'm Zatth (surprise surprise), and I want buddies to write alongside.

Oh, also life is good. Tournament season has been good, updated my major to become a Language Arts for Education teacher, been keeping up with Korra, Doctor Who, and AHS:Freakshow, and been doing better in class.

SO NANOWRIMO, HERE WE GO


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I Just Realized Why I've Been Doing So Lousy on Science Class

Posted by Zatth , Oct 21 2014 · 236 views

The professor has made all of our presentations in Comic Sans.

Also that I didn't pay much attention during the first month of class and now have a D after a 53% on my first test and am procrastinating on studying for the second one which is in 10 hours haaahahahahaaaaaaaa i wanna crey


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NYCC and BIONICLE returning

Posted by Zatth , Oct 09 2014 · 273 views

The panel was wonderful. The BIONICE team has kept us fans in mind, but also prepared for the new fans and context. I agree with (pretty much) all of their decisions on BIONICLE 2015.

We also got to play and keep pieces from the sets. TLG is wonderful and I was so blessed to be invited by BZP and LEGO and to have this opportunity.

Got to chill with other BZPers, and met the remaining cast of TTV. They are awesome and wonderful and boss.

Finally, on the topic of Barnacles:
Whether you like that it's a reboot or not, whether you like the building style or not, you should know one thing:
Every time I passed by the BIONICLE booth, there were little children entranced by the video, awed by the Mask of Creation, amazed by the pictures and sets. That was us seven, ten, fourteen years ago. This is the new generation that will get to experience BIONICLE.

Oftentimes it's important for a reboot. If Doctor Who hadn't done it, we couldn't have gotten as much into it. If Star Trek hadn't had TNG, it would've been tough for the fans to get back into it. And hey, maybe BIONICLE 2015 is connected to the Mataverse, maybe not. The important back is that it's returned. But more importantly, the team is aware of us. They took the history of the sets, of the story, of the fans in consideration.
Criticizing BIONICLE 2015 is alright, criticism and discussion are crucial. But also remember that The LEGO Group is here for us. And this community is strong, y'all.

Get excited.


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Pre-NYCC

Posted by Zatth , Oct 08 2014 · 157 views

Travel was ok, and am now staying at my big's apartment. So very excited for tomorrow, and can't thank TLG and BZP enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

NOW, ON TO TOMORROW! (Or today, technically).


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Life, The Universe, and Everything.

Posted by Zatth , Oct 07 2014 · 173 views

Life's being life.

As in that things are happening. Got to finish The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell and loved it, I'm getting ready for NaNoWriMo (want to win it a second time), am DMing a D&D game with some friends, got to build a life-sized model of K9 and dress as Ten alongside it (here be an example),
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am competing with the Forensics Team with two topics I love, and am getting so excited for NYCC and just to spend time in NYC with other BZPers and school/college friends.

In terms of some bad (or less than stellar stuff), I haven't been getting much sleep. I also have had some medical scares that aren't always fun. Have a bad grade in Science, and have to do Selective Withdrawal on Arabic 250 (don't get me wrong, I love the language, but over the past year and a half I haven't had the chance to really study and understand it, and I can't afford to have my GPA suffer).

But hopefully with one less class and more time to sleep/do homework, things will get back on track. There's good and bad patches in life, and I think I'm exiting a bad one and heading to a better one.

ANYWHO, this was me just rambling on. NOW I PREPARE FOR NYCC!


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ERMAHGERD

Posted by Zatth , Oct 02 2014 · 216 views

I made a thing:
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Also, I am making another thing: stay tuned, because in about two to three days you should be seeing a picture of it (you'll enjoy it much more if you're a Doctor Who/arts & crafts fan)