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There and Back again

Posted by TinkerTech , in All the world's a Stage Jan 29 2015 · 109 views

So obviously I got a little sidetracked during the month of November. And December. And January...

First off. I FINISHED MY BOOK. Or at least, I got 50k words. There's still 2 1/2 chapters that need to be written, that have not been done because of exhaustion/school/whatever. But It's almost there. One of my goals this year is to get it published. A Huge task, I know, but the reward would be worth it.


Will I be making a full return to BZPower? That remains to be seen. I'll be popping in every now and then when an article catches my eye, I may even write a new comedy some day. But for now my focus is in the real world and that pesky menace, essays. And this blasted concert that's driving me mad.

(Exposition: My Chamber choir is putting on their annual big concert, opening tomorrow. Not only am I performing, I am also running the lights, setting up a special effect or two, and coordinating with the Chemistry club for their demonstration. SIMULTANEOUSLY.)

Three more days, and I get my life back.

So I may be on BZP more often in the future. Or I may make this post then vanish back into obscurity. Who knows?

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Fourthly: I've decided to change my display name. If I'm feeling egotistical enough, I'll have a post detailing the long and complicated history of my name here on BZP. For now though, I'll just say that Jalina T.T., the high schooler who thought she could write good comedy (oi!) and was antisocial has grown up. Now she is TInkerTech, the weird college student who is obsessed with Minecraft, Doctor Who, and is still rather antisocial (Oi!) What led to this name change? Well, like previous name changes, I was signing up for a new account, and decided that Jalina T.T. (Which when I first made it as Jalina Taekwondo Toa, I thought was rather original) was immature and just weird. Instead I wanted something that reflected me, sounded good, and was easy to remember. Over the last year I've been updating all my old stuff with my J.T.T. name to my TinkerTech one, just for ease of remembering what account is what. Unless you need a subscription to change your name, which is annoying.

BZP I saved for last. Don't know why. Maybe because this is where I started on the internet, before art sites and social media and image sharing and streaming. Maybe because I hadn't visited this site in ages.

So that's me and what I'm up to, sorta. Will I stick around? We'll see...


NaNoWriMo Day 7: State of the Novel

Posted by TinkerTech , Nov 07 2014 · 87 views
Hello everyone! Seven days have passed since the start of National Novel Writing month, so it is time for a Novel Update!

First off, there's now a topic for NaNoWriMo in the Off-Topic subforum. Go check it out! It's a great place to talk about NaNo without visiting five different blogs.

And now! My novel!

I'm keeping up on my word counts fairly well, enough that I might finish a day or two early. If I find myself falling too far behind on a particular day, I'll set aside a few hours and write a bunch to catch back up and build a buffer for another crazy day. Honestly, I could have a little more written by now, but my time is taken up by a couple of different projects: A Minecraft Fanart-type base that I'm building in a creative world, and the closing weekend for Jekyll and Hyde. (Two more days!) Once the show is done, I will have 100% of my evenings back, which can be dedicated to writing. (Or you know, homework, which is what I'm doing instead of writing.)

As for the novel itself... It's actually progressing really nicely. I was having a blast creating characters and introducing the world, but after four chapters I realized that I hadn't even introduced the main conflict yet and decided that I needed to get a move on. My current word count, as of this writing, is 11,477. Not too shabby. (I Might insert one more chapter that introduces what the setting actually IS and how it works via student orientation. But I at least wanted to get my main conflict introduced. Is four chapters too much for exposition and introducing the setting?)

There are potential problems that I face though: Commitment and Perserverance are one of them. I have a tendency to not finish projects, and I'm worried that I'll do the same with this book as I have with so many others. Another is Attitude: Keeping up spirit at the half-way point when it starts to slow down and I have to force myself to write.

The third is support. I was walking with a friend last night and he asked about one of my rules (Will not buy Alpha Sapphire until the book is done) and he asked in such as way that it sounded as if he didn't think I could make it. (He just wants me to buy the game on launch day, Methinks.) Don't get me wrong, I've got a lot of other awesome friends that are also working on NaNo and they're a huge help. I'm just worried about haters and doubters weighing me down.

So, to summarize: The book is going really well, and I'll have more time to dedicate to it once the show ends and I get my evenings back. I'm hoping that starting sunday I can pound out a few extra thousand words here and there that will carry me through the days I have too much homework to write.


NaNoWriMo Tips!

Posted by TinkerTech , Nov 02 2014 · 106 views
It's-a me again!

So I was asked about the little word counter I have in my blog, and how to get ahold of it. So I'm going to tell you how to get your own, and give some other tips for keeping on track during the NaNo extravaganza!

1. The Word Counter

Having a word counter in a place outside of the NaNo website can be a great reminder of what you've done so far and what you still need to do. If you want one like the one I have, start on the NaNo homepage. click Inspiration--> Word count helpers, then click the Word Count widgets link. After that, simply pick the counter you desire and copy the HTML information into the Blog block of your choice. The counters range from a simple bar to a complex calendar that tracks your words per day.

2. Have a "Writing Time"

Set aside an hour or two every day that can be exclusively devoted to writing your NaNo novel. It may be early in the morning or late at night, or even in the afternoon between classes. Find a time that works the best for you. Also find a place where you can sit quietly and not be disturbed by people, maybe the library or your living room. If you're bound to your desk, close your door. Grab a cup of your favorite drink (or at least a glass of water) and start writing. You can have some soft music in the background, or maybe even a youtube video (If you do this, choose videos that are mostly centered around talking and not around action. Action-packed videos will simply draw attention away from your work.) Turn your phone on mute.

3. Research!

I know this seems a little strange, but research can be really important for your book, especially if it takes place on planet earth. It doesn't have to be extensive-just a little fact-checking to make sure that, yes, Tillamook, Oregon is near Portland, not near the California border. Have a folder or place where you can store pictures for reference. You might find out some information that could benefit you greatly, or at least keep you from looking like an idiot.

4. Collaboration and Accountability.

You may think "Oh, I can get through this no problem! 2,000 words a day? Easy!" Now, but a couple weeks down the road, you'll find yourself actively avoiding your desk and pencils. To beat this, find some friends that are also doing NaNo. Talk with them on a regular basis about their book. Maybe have graphs in a central place that shows how everyone is doing on their word-counts. Not only does this add a bit of competition between writers, it can also help you keep on track for finishing on time.

5. Patience and Writer's-block.

You may reach a point where you just can't think of where to take the story next. You've written yourself into a corner, and you don't know how to get out. At this point, take a break, walk away from the computer, and go do something else. Do your dishes that you're neglecting, go for a walk. Something mundane that can really get your creativity flowing. Just don't think about the book for a few hours. (I find a nice, long walk around town really helps me.) You could even do your homework! (And suddenly, you know how to get out of that corner...) Breaks are really important for long hauls like this. So is endurance. Don't work on it for several hours a day. Two or three hours will usually suffice.

6. Brainstorming and Finding the End.

I give this advice to all writers: When you write a story, know your ending. Where does the character end up at the end of the book? Are they better off? Or is it only the start of a grand series? Regardless, figure out the ending before you start the book. You don't take a road trip with no destination. Novels work the same way. Once you have your ending, Brainstorm! Start writing down everything you can think of about the story, the characters, the world... Everything from their friends to the books they read. It may not show up in the story, but it can help you establish the setting. Keep it on a notepad or in a binder that you can take anywhere with you. Keep a writing tool handy at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike! (My legal pad has 20 pages of notes on my story already.)

7. Have at it!

You can do all the planning and thinking you want, but you won't get anywhere unless you sit down and start writing. So go for it! Don't be afraid to say 'What if I fail?" You'll have a lot of fun, and even if you miss your goal, you won't regret it.


NaNoWriMo Day 1: The Lord of Misrule

Posted by TinkerTech , Nov 01 2014 · 67 views

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of the Annual NaNoWriMo challenge! Every week, I am going to post here regarding my progress on my NaNo project for this year. If I'm on top of my game, I congratulate myself and evaluate my progress. If I'm short on my word count, I'll evaluate what I'm doing wrong and work to improve it.

Day 1: GO!

This will be short: I have somewhere to be. But let me introduce and give a preview of this year's NaNo book: The Lord of Misrule!


Somewhere in the world, there exists a place of magic and wonder. It is a place where the future of performing world comes together to create extraordinary works of art, to hone their craft, and to find their path before scattering to the winds to share their magic with the world. This place is neither here, there, or anywhere, really. Its lost arts and hidden location connects to every theatre in the world, and its players. This place is the Thespian's Institution of the Performing Arts.

The annual Feast of Fools is approaching; a time of revelry, excitement, and pure tomfoolery. Their equivalent to a normal school's homecoming week, the Feast of Fools is the climax of a week of merriment. And the "king" of this feast is the Lord of Misrule, one of the highest honors for any actor to play at the institution. There is, however, a small hitch. No one knows who the Lord of Misrule is. They never do. He or she is selected anonymously by the staff, and the actor in question is sworn to secrecy. Not that it stops the student population from going wild with guesses. And for sophmore student Elijah A. Goodblood, it's personal this year.

Annnd... A Sneak Preview!:

Once upon a time, the world was filled with magic. Creatures of mystery wandered the night, and bursts of magic duels filled the air. The elements themselves could be controlled by those who could hear the wind sing and feel the earth dance. For centuries, this was the way of the world.

Then the magic died.

To this day, no one really knows how it happened. It is hypothesized that over time, as science became more prominent and the borders of the maps filled in, magic, and belief in it thereof, faded. The more out-there in frame of mind claim that the principle sources of magic were extinguished. Regardless, it was clear that magic had gone from the world.

Or had it?

The truth is, magic isn’t gone. It has faded, yes, but it hasn’t disappeared entirely. The dirt of the world, the artists and performers and dreamers took the magic into themselves and their art, preserving its remains. it passes on, both down family lines and in new generations, emerging on the stage, canvas and screen to prove that it does indeed live.

And even today, those who can heard the wind sing and feel the earth dance use Magic to create wondrous tales of majesty and wonder. These young artists and dreamers are sought out and brought to special schools where they can train their bodies and minds to use their magic, before scattering to the winds to share that magic with the world.

-Magic and Its Use in Theatre.


National Novel Writing Month: 2014 Pre-Show

Posted by TinkerTech , in All the world's a Stage Oct 27 2014 · 118 views

Greetings, Peoples!

NaNoWriMo is upon us once again! For those of you who have never heard that term, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Sounds pretty cool, right? For all of those who love to write, a challenge is issued; write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I've tried it a few times in the past, but have never 'won' a year. This year, though, I plan to succeed.

So how does this all work, you ask?

Well, if you want to participate, check out the official NaNoWriMo site. You can sign up with your own account, then start filling in the basics; author profile, title of book, synopsis...

"But wait! I don't even have an Idea yet!"

Don't worry! You still have some time to brainstorm an idea. I wouldn't wait too long though; the average words a day is 1,500, and that can rack up quick if you miss too many days. Thankfully, NaNo gives you some helpful widgets (Such as the one to the left) that can help you keep track of your word count. Every day, you can enter the amount of words you have written in a search bar-like area at the top of the homepage. You can go over 50 words, but you have to have at least 50,000 by November 30th.

"So what happens if I win?"

You get a pat on the back!

*Cricket Chirps*

Actually, there's a lot of cool stuff you could win, including a paperback copy of your book! Be sure to check out the website for more details.

"So just how do I get started writing a book?"

That's more information than I could ever fit into one post. Thankfully, there are a ton of resources online that can help with that. I'll probably also have another post with some helpful tips and worksheets.

"Enough with the advertising, already!"

Ok, Ok. So, as I do NaNoWriMo this year, here are my personal rules:

My NaNo 2014 Challenge!

-I can do all the planning and Research I want, but I cannot start writing the book itself until Nov. 1.

-I can write at least 2,000 words a day (Which really isn't that hard for me.)

-I can not go back and do any editing until I have finished the book. (This is a good way for a book to get stuck.)

-I can not buy Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire until I have finished my book. (That, and it will be killer on my homework.)

-I can not write chapters out of order. I can know where I want the book to end, but I can't start by writing the final chapter.

-Every week, I will post an update on the book to this blog (to keep me motivated and on track.)

And that's it!

So stay tuned! On Nov. 1 I will announce the title of my story and even give a sneak peek at the first chapter!

Happy Writing!


Another Opening, Another Show!

Posted by TinkerTech , in All the world's a Stage Oct 23 2014 · 98 views

Our College theatre department opens our new show, Jekyll and Hyde, tonight.





Jk, just some pre-show jitters. Honestly, I'm really excited. it's going to be a really fun and spooky show. (And I can't wait to be done so I can start focusing on school again... and BZP. But, we're going for three weekends, so it will be a while.)


So You Want to go to College? Part 1

Posted by TinkerTech , in So You Want to go to College? Oct 21 2014 · 120 views
College, application, advice
Greetings, Amazing Peoples!

After coming back to the forums, I started posting in a topic entitled College Applications. Made by a high school senior looking for application advice, I soon regaled him with bit after bit of advice about applying, looking for colleges, etc... I realized fairly quickly that there was far more to this process than I would ever be able to fit into a single post. So I’m making a blog series about applying for college, preparing, and the first term. I hope it’s helpful for all the soon-to-be grads on this site.

So let’s get started! As always, we open with a song!


So You Want to Go to College?

Part 1: Finding your Path

Ah, College. That institute of higher learning that we all strive for. The gate to a hopeful land beyond that promises better jobs and a more successful life.

One myth that I will debunk right now: There are articles circulating around the internet that claim college isn’t necessary, That you can do just fine if you have a high school degree and lots of work experience. (And also some complaints about how people with bachelor’s degrees are getting all the jobs that don’t require them.) Sure, that may be true; for the retail industry. But what about engineers? Surgeons and doctors? Ambassadors? I can speak from personal experience; even professional performers can’t get by on pure talent and hard work. They need training. That’s what college is for: Professional training and education for higher-end jobs. (And the “Degree-people-are-getting-all-the-jobs-thing” is slanted. I know someone who DIDN’T get a job with a retail place because she was overqualified.)


The first question you need to ask yourself is this: Do I want to go to college? In my personal opinion, the answer should be Yes. Not only is College a great place to get that degree you need, it’s a great place to learn everything important about being an adult while still having a support network; paying bills, taking care of a house, balancing a job and social life, and so on. You also make friends for life. My dad still hangs out with his friends from college, and some of the best friends I have ever made I met in the Theatre department here at school. If you don’t want to go (Or can’t afford it right now) That’s fine. Consider at least an associate’s degree at a community college.

Which leads into the next question; What do I want to Do with My Life?

You don’t need to know the exact answer to this question right now. I’m in my Junior year and I’m still learning what I want to do. A lot of kids start college without any sort of declared major. But if you at least have an Idea, it can help put you on the right track.

If your high school was anything like mine, they have you do a program that makes you line out your five-year plan for after high school; The college you go to, what you plan to major in, where you go after you graduate, etc... This is a pretty good baseline. Don’t be surprised if this changes, though. College is a learning experience, and not just in the classroom. If you do have an idea (or already know what career you want) good for you! This will make looking for colleges and signing up for classes easier.

Don’t know what you want to do yet? Start by figuring out what you DO like to do. Are you outdoorsy? Do you like to debate with others? Are you always doodling in the margins of your notes at school? Is Chemistry your favorite class? Your hobbies and interests are often a good indication of what career field would suit you best. How you organize and process information in also a good indicator. If you tend to be the person who organizes events or is the class secretary, you’re probably the manager type. If you like to design posters and tell others about upcoming events, look for a career in promotions or advertising. I, myself, didn’t realize how much I organized meetings and rehearsals in high school, or improvised a performance or class project until I found out there was a career field in Theatre that specializes in just that: Stage Management.

Why is this information relevant and important? Because it has a huge impact on what colleges you will apply for, and the career fields you choose. I don’t know of any people who go to law school to become better actors. By choosing a school that specializes in a certain field (or at least has a large department dedicated to it) You are more likely to get the help that you want, when you need it.

Oh, one more thing; There have been criticisms of people who get bachelor degrees and don’t use them, people who don’t even get degrees, people who go to school for expensive grad programs... Remember that people will disagree with anything. (If your response to that was “No they don’t,” You’ve already proven my point.) Don’t be afraid to do something because people will criticize you. “Oh, you’ll never make any money doing that!” “That field’s too hard to get into. Why don’t you try something else?” “You’re a theatre student? Oh, I’m so sorry.” (I personally hate that one. Not all theatre people are actors looking for a gig while working at a fast food place!) My point is, don’t let these people scare you away from the Dream job you’ve been searching for, from the mountain you’ve started to climb. Sure, the path there will be hard. (No one ever said life was easy. Anyone who says different is either a liar or selling something.) But it makes getting to the top of the mountain all the more worthwhile.

Well, that’s all for today! (I have a class to get to, myself.) Next time, We’ll discuss choosing the right college for you, before you even start applying.

Discussion Points:
-How can a College Degree improve your chances of getting a job? How could it hinder you?
-What jobs require a college degree, and what doesn’t? What jobs are there where the line is blurred; between a degree holder and someone with 15 years experience?
-What traits or hobbies do you have that could lead to a specific field? Or lead to careers that seem a little out of left field for your interests?
-Should the career you want influence the school you go to?


Is back!

Posted by TinkerTech , in BZP-Related Oct 17 2014 · 112 views

So BIONICLE's Coming back.

...Yeah, I'm a little excited. Dunno how much of a presence I will have on the forums though. I got this really complicated thing called a life while I was gone. It includes college, a production, a part-time job, and taking care of your very own house! (Roommates sold separately.)

I may not be frequenting the forums as often as I used to (at least after the novelty wears off) but I'll hang around a little. I'm also updating my profile and stuff to reflect changes in my life (and the unified internet profile I'm trying to make; I'm tired of having multiple accounts on different sites, all with different names. It really gets confusing.)

As for the new title of the blog... I went up to check on something during a choir concert last night in the booth and found five members of the community chorus watching from up in the catwalk because the theater was so packed. Metaphorically, I guess it could be all the crazy aspects of my personality and imaginary friends ( a "Greek chorus" if you will) up in my own "catwalk" (Aka my brain.) I dunno. My brain is weird sometimes.

I'm thinking about doing a "So you're going off to college?" Series on my Blog. I was giving advice to a member on the forum, and I realized there was way more stuff I wanted to share about college then would ever reasonably fit into a single post. So I would move it to my blog and share every detail of my college experience and how to get ready for college yourself. Those would be super-long though, and would need research, so they would probably being every two weeks or so.

And now... I'm off! I'm behind on homework and we open our show next week!



Posted by TinkerTech , Jul 24 2013 · 63 views

...That I would totally participate in if I weren't on vacation at the moment and had internet/lego access for more than a couple of hours.


Ah well, at least I can update my comedy...which is almost entirely caught up now. So excited! Now I can actually start writing new chapters!


Do I talk too much?

Posted by TinkerTech , Jul 11 2013 · 144 views

Recently (in various venues/topics) I've posted long, detailed analyses of various topics of interest. (A rant about movies on a social network site, my epic essay about bionicle here, ect...) Not to mention that most  of my comedy chapters are really long. And for some reason, no one ever gives any feedback.
Is it because there rants/chapters are too long, complicated, and/or boring for people to read?
I dunno. 
...But I just got a new idea for a comedies contest if another ever happens...

NaNoWriMo word count!

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Quotyness! (Everyone Should Have One)

you need a life.

Can I Buy one of those at Wal-Mart?

Quit acting like a teenager!

I am a teenager.

Carter: alright, Where's..

(Zoe walks into room)
Zoe: where's what?
Carter: Your hair...
Zoe: where's my hair?

Adam Savage: I Reject your reality and subsitute my own!

If you make things unorganized enough, no one will realize you're unorganized.

The laws of physics are in peril, My daughter's moving out, and the world is about to end.

I say, Have a Muffin.

Who needs Disneyland? We've got SPEED BUMPS!

All About an NPC!

Name: TinkerTech
Previous Name: Jalina T.T.
Real name: Nope. Not telling. :P
Favorite food: Chinese, particularly sweet and sour chicken.
Theme song: Right Now? Awake and Alive by Skillet
Favorite subjects: Choir, Theatre, then Science. (Funny how this hasn't changed in six years)
Occupation: Theatre Technician
College Major: Theatre arts (With a concentration in Stage Management)
Where I live: In a house! (Which is awesome compared to living on campus.)
What's on my Mental Playlist: Random Hits from the last 50 Years.
Typical role in a production: Chorus.

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