Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Green Lantern

So I went out to the Green Lantern last night. This movie was supposed to be a mega-blockbuster summer action movie from DC comic studios to compete against Marvel's X-men: First Class. Unfortunately they did several things wrong. They showed too much of the CG effects in the trailers, making people have Star Wars prequel flashbacks, They used the DC Ultimate Universe storyline rather than the original, they put unneeded 3D effects into a movie that takes place almost entirely in the dark (3D needs a lot of light to really be effective, on dark scenes it's very hard to see), and they cast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern. And of course, they put it up against X-men which both looked like a better movie, an WAS a better movie.

Now, I will admit, that it would ahve been impossible to make a Green Lantern movie without some use of CG effects, however, there are quite a few scenes in the movie where it's one actor in a completely blue room trying to figure out what he's supposed to be looking at and talking to, just like the Star Wars prequels. You don't NEED to use CG effects that much. They make the movie look sterile and fake, when the entire point of a movie like this is to make you believe that these things actually exist.

The Green Lantern cost $200,000,000 to make, and since it's release in mid june has only made back half of that. In other words, it flopped big time, leaving the production company a hundred million dollars in the hole.

Now for the uninitiated, DC comics has two sides. There is the DC Original Universe and the DC Ultimate Universe. The DC Original Universe is basically all of original versions of all of thier comic book heroes. The DC Ultimate Universe came along in the mid 90s when DC decided that they were sick of adding onto all of these 50 year old comics and it was time for a change. They ended every single one of their big series, including superman, batman, and the green lantern, and started them over with more modern artwork, and new storylines that the people of today would hopefully connect with better than the Original Universe. Many of these Ultimate Universe comics completely flopped and DC was forced to revive many of the Original Universe series, they also tried many more Ultimate Universe reboots, but most of them were never as popular as the Original Universe stories for those same heroes. One of the ones that did not see a return to the Original Universe was the Green Lantern. And this movie was based on the Ultimate Version of the Green Lantern rather than the Original Universe version. This is something that annoyed me from teh very beginning of the movie, because I never did like the Ultimate Universe Green Lantern very much, and I loved the Original Universe. Also, there are two Green Lanterns, there is Hal Jordan, and there is Guy Gardner, who took over as Green Lantern from Hal Jordan when the original writers decided that his character wasn't interesting enough, and the series needed something new to interest comicbook fans. Guy Gardner is BY FAR the more entertaining of the two, btw.

The movie wasn't completely horrible. It did have some good parts, but the bad outweighed the good. Of course I was biased from the beginning becuse they used the Ultimate Universe storyline. Their casting was horrible, I get that they wanted a sarcastic douchebag that could crack jokes to be the Green Lantern, but there's plenty of those around that aren't as goofy as Ryan Reynolds. He's not superhero material, and he plays the role like it's another gross out comedy, when there are no gross out jokes. At least half of the movie takes place in completely CGed environments like the Star Wars prequels, and it looks just as bad and fake as they did. There are too many completely CGed characters, including the entire green lanter corp beside Ryan Reynolds and the guy he got his ring from (who, funny enough, was played by the guy who was Jango Fett/the clones in the star wars prequels). The thing that put it over the edge as unredeemable to me was that his suit was completely CG. I get that they wanted to have the animated glow on it and all, but you see, there's this thing called rotoscoping where you add an animated glow to objects already on screen, and it both a.) looks more real, and b.) costs way less to do than CGing his suit on every time he wears it.

There was very little in the way of character developement, which is odd, because they spent most of the movie supposedly developing the characters. The villain is completely flat, with no personality and absolutely no reason given to be evil. A cardboard cutout might have given a more believable performance as the love interest, and Ryan Reynolds can't decide whether he's taking the role seriously or not.

They got Hal Jordan's personality completely wrong in an effort to make him a more likable character. In the comics he's supposed to be a complete douchbag that cares about no one but himself, and the extent that he doesn't give a crap, and the lengths to which he will go to avoid having to do anything that doesn't directly benefit him are normally hilarious. You can make an unlikeable character likeable with the right writers and the right actor. Look at Ironman. Tony Stark is not a likable person, but the writing and the performance given by Robert Downey Jr. make him entertaining enough that you don't care he's a sarcastic dickhole. The Green Lantern is supposed to be the same way. He's an unlikable, sarcastic dickhole, but he's usually written in such a way that it's funny and entertaining. Seriously, if your writers aren't talented enough to pull something like that off in a movie, FIRE THEM AND GET NEW WRITERS THAT ARE!!! Don't completely change the character to fit the movie. I always liked the Guy Gardner Green Lantern more, because he was even worse than Hal Jordan in not caring. Half the time he wouldn't even wear his suit becuse he just didn't care who knew he was the Green Lantern, and that was really funny.

Anyway, Green Lantern wasn't horrible, and someone who has no clue what I've been talking about for most of this mini-review will probably find it rather enjoyable, but to comicbook fans this movie was basically an attrocity. It's worth seeing once, just to know how bad it was, and to see Tim Robbins finally returning to movies, but wait for it to be at the dollar theaters, or redbox/netflix it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thundercats remake

When I was like 10, Thundercats was one of my favorite cartoons. It was freaking awesome. So, when I saw that they were remaking the series I thought it could be either incredibly awesome, or incredibly awful.

Fortunately, it was incredibly awesome. I you liked the original, or are looking for an awesome animated show to watch, check out cartoon network's remake of Thundercats.

The show is basically completely different, about the only things that are the same are the characters and the villain. Rather than having a technologically advanced race of cat people in space fleeing their dying world for a new one, they are a more primitive culture without technology overrun by an ancient enemy thought defeated. Their entire race is almost exterminated or enslaved, and a few survivors must search for a book with the secrets to defeat the villain.

I liked it a lot, it had pretty good character developement for a cartoon on cartoon network, the animation and music were excellent, and the voice actors were pretty good too. The original Lion-o made a cameo as the new Loin-o's father. And it had quite a few other good references to the older series without trying too hard to copy it, or remake it exactly as it was. It's its own show that remembers where it came from let's say. So yeah, check it out.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Adventures in Mail Delivery - Part 2: Revenge of the Stupid

So, like people at any job, every now and then crazy things happen to Mail Carriers as well. Such as a stray horse walking up and trying to eat mail out of your hands. Here are some of the crazy things that have happened in the last few days at the West Jordan Post Office.

First of all, something that didn't happen to me personally, but the post master and the supervisors have been making sure everyone knows about so it doesn't happen again. We're currently understaffed, meaning on saturdays several routes have to be split up and people have to deliver a route and a half. We were so short handed last saturday that we actually had to borrow a weekend carrier (the job I used to have before getting my not quite route) from another office, a dude that has been working for the post office in this job for almost twelve years. He was on the easiest route, so we all figured that someone that experienced would be able to figure it all out on his own. He sorted the mail out quickly enough in the morning, and got out of the office faster than I did, as I had to sort two routes that day.

The gearshift in mail trucks trucks is rather odd. It's not like normal automatic transmissions which usually go P R N D 2 3. The gearshift on the postal trucks goes P D N R 2 3. The retarded logic behind this is that mail trucks have HUGE blind spots and they don't want us backing up, so they put the reverse gear further away from park to discourage it. Stupid, yes, I know. This leads to a huge design flaw in that the vibrations of the engine when idling in park can actually cause the gears to shift from park to drive, which leads to runaway vehicles.

It is post office policy ever since they started using these vehicles rather than the Jeeps that every time you get out of your vehicle, you put it in park, curb the wheels, turn the engine off, and set the parking break, even if you're just walking 2 feet to reach a blocked mailbox. That way there's no chance of the vehicle getting away from you. If putting it in park, setting the brake and turning the engine off all fail, it's angled at the curb and will stop rolling when it hits it.

Anyway, this guy that we borrowed actually managed to run HIMSELF over with his own mail truck. There's a Monty Python sketch that is an obstacle course to determine the twit of the year and as a joke one of the contestants ran himself over with his own car, because the impossibility and ridiculousness of it makes it hilarious. But this guy actually managed to do it.

He pulled up to a mailbox that was blocked, someone parked in front of it. He didn't turn the engine off, didn't curb the wheels, and didn't set the parking brake. He took two steps away from the vehicle and that was all the time that the vibrations from the engine idling needed to pop it from park into drive and the truck started coasting down the steep hill he was on. Naturally he ran after it, but it was starting to pick up speed, with a final sprint he managed to reach the door and tried to jump into the seat. He missed, fell out, and the back tire rolled over both his legs at the thigh, breaking one and severely bruising the other.

AND THEN he got back up, on his broken leg and proceeded to chase the runaway vehicle the rest of the way down the hill until he collapsed from the pain, only to watch his truck zoom miraculously untouched through a busy intersection, and crash into the side of a maverick.

Needless to say, he's become the joke of the West Jordan Post Office this week. Crashing a vehicle due to a rollaway like he had is one of the few things that you can be fired for at the Post Office without the supervisors having to jump through hoops for the unions. Your vehicle rolls away on you due to negligence like he showed, you're gone. Especially if you manage to total your vehicle in the process. Even the unions recognize the need to get rid of people who will endanger themselves and the lives and property of other people in that way. So this genius returned to his own post office monday to fill out paperwork for workman's comp, thinking that he was going to coast by because it wasn't his post office it happened at to find that he was now unemployed.

Honestly, you'd think someone that has worked for the post office as long as he has would know the value of following the rules, especially when they drill them into you in weekly staff meetings.

This next story actually did happen to me.

So, yesterday I was delivering mail to a row of community boxes. There were four of them in a row, with a parking lot to one side, and houses across the street. I had my mail truck parked in the street between the mail boxes and the house across from them rather than in the parking lot so I wouldn't have to back up. As I'm delivering my mail I hear something hit the side of the truck. I look around and see nothing, so I go back to work. Then I hear it again. It sounded like a kid chucking a rock at the side of it, so I looked around for kids, but didn't see any, and went back to work.

Then something slammed into the lens of my sunglasses hard enough to crack it and knock the glasses off my face, and I hear a kid laughing his butt off. I look up and see a 5 year old in an attic window with a BB gun. Naturally I'm pissed, because those were prescription sunglasses that cost me $180. A new lens will probably run a good $50 if not more.

Ducking another BB, I get back in the truck where I'm out of the line of fire, and call my supervisor. Meanwhile the kid continues to pelt the truck. It rings loud enough on the inside that my supervisor can actually hear it over the phone. She tells me to call the police, and says that she will be there in 15 mins with a postal inspector (who, by the way, have the same authority as US marshals).

I call the police, and they show up about the same time as my supervisor and the postal inspector. The kid sees the police car and knows he's in big trouble so he disappears from the window and I explain to everyone what happened, show them my broken glasses, and we all walk over together to the house an knock on the door.

The boy's father opens the door. He is the epitome of white trash. Shoulder length hair, shirtless, hairy chest, side burns all the way down his jaw, porn stash, tattoo of a naked chick on his shoulder, and a beer in one hand.

The policeman explains what has happened to the guy, shows him my glasses, and takes him over to see the dents in the side of the truck that the BBs made. Then we walk back to his house.

He says, "So why the hell you talkin' to me 'bout it? I ain't the one that did it."

The police officer explains that as the child is under age and in his care he is responsible for his every action, and that assaulting a government employeed on the job with a weapon, even a BB gun is a federal offense for which he, not his son, will be held accountable for.

He just laughs, takes a swig of his beer and says, "Well hell then, arresst the little bastard." like my coming half an inch from being blinded in one eye while trying to do my job is just a big joke to him.

The policeman looks at the postal inspector. The postal inspector looks at the policeman and they both shrug. It was so perfect that I'd swear it had been scripted ahead of time if I didn't know better.

"You're under arrest for negligence of a child and the assault of a government employee."

That wiped the smile off of his face. He threw his beer at the cop and tried to close the door, but the postal inpector pulled his gun and blocked the door from closing with it then kicked it back open like a freakin' action movie hero, and proceeded to tackle the guy to the floor and cuff him while the beer soaked cop began reading him his rights.

Long story short, the dude was arrested and taken off to lockup. I get to testify at a hearing tomorrow, and child services were called and the 4 children in the house taken into custody because he was the only adult present, and had been so incredibly negligent in his parently duties. And I get a completely AWESOME story to tell. And I plan to make that dickwad pay for my glasses to be fixed too. And the very best part is that this man now has a lifetime hold on his mail, meaning we will NEVER deliver to him again for the rest of his life. If he wants his mail he has to pick it up at the post office, and if he misses more than 10 days in a row we return it all to sender.

So yeah, there's a whole lotta stupid in the world. And people wonder why I profess to dislike people in general...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A River Runs Through It... parking lot that is. I didn't think to take a picture of it with my phone until later on when the water had gone down, but the murray canal runs right past the parking lot of my apartment complex. The levels have been really high the last few weeks already because of melting snow in the mountains. With the ridiculous amount of rain today the level rose enough to flood the lower part of the apartment parking lot, and part of the hospital parking lot. Vine Street was under a foot and a half of water where the canal goes under it, and the trax parking lot also got flooded. It was freaking AWESOME!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captain America

Captain America was awesome!!! Like Thor it didn't overuse CG effects, and gave character developement as much care as it did the action scenes. I did not see it in 3D because a.) Im boycotting 3D, and b.) being half blind in one eye 3D isn't in 3D for me, it only looks blurry. It's definitely one of the better done comic book movies, and certainly one of the better movies to come out this year. It felt more like the older adventure movies like Raider's of the Lost Ark rather than a modern day special effects brain dead action movie, and I really liked that. They even make a couple allusions to raiders of the lost ark for laughs, which I found funny... but aparently I was the only one in the audience that got the jokes, because i was the only one laughing at them. I had to explain them to the girl I went to the show with afterward. Come on people, it's freakin indiana jones!!! who hasn't seen Indiana Jones?

Hugo Weaving (Elrond in Lord of the Rings, Agent Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta) is perfect as the Red Skull, and you can tell he's having the time of his life with the role, which makes him a really fun character in the movie. The makeup effects are WAY better than older captain america movies too, he actually looks like his head is a red skull. The guy they got for Captain America is pretty good too, i forget his name. It was a little weird to have his head CGed onto a scrawny guy's body before he became Captain America, but most of the time they did a good enough job of it that you can't tell it's been CGed. There are a few times, though, when it's really obvious and looks really strange.

Anyway, I really liked it, and I definitely reccomend it to anyone looking for a fun action adventure movie this summer. And remember to stay until the end of the credits there is a teaser trailer for the Avengers afterward.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Moving Date Set ^^V

I've got my new lease all worked out with the apartment management and it looks like my moving date is set. I'll be moving on August 11th (and probably the 12th too) which is a thursday and friday. it will be soooo nice to have my own bedroom again... and not to be living next to the inconsiderate prick that calls himself my neighbor. If anyone would care to volunteer their services in hauling my junk across the yard (about a grand total of about 300 feet or so) any help would be welcome. Basically all we'd really need help with would be the dressers and bookshelves, but as my dad likes to say, "Many hands make light work" and the more people we have to move boxes the less time it will take.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Sooooo, I was flipping through my copy of Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, the latest Wheel of Time book.

I found something in the glossary that I find extremely amusing.

For over a decade it has been one of the biggest questions in the world of fantasy nerds. Who killed Asmodean? I, for one, figured it out after having read the book in which it happened and never understood how anyone could not know who did it. (rather than looking for the person who killed asmodean, it's a simple matter of eliminating those that could NOT have killed him and you're only left with one character that could have been the killer) Aparently, most people are not as sharp as I am, and it's been building and building for years. Robert Jordan said that in the final book he'd have a big reveal of who did it just for the fans because of how many people had become obsessed with it.

Well, in the glossary, under the character that I knew all along was the one that killed the dude, it actually SAYS that she killed him, which kinda ruins the big reveal scene in the final book.


After a bit of looking on the internet i found that the first printing of the book contains this gigantic spoiler in the glossary, but all further printings have removed it. This problem had nothing to do with Brandon Sanderson, the writer completing the series after Robert Jordan's death, as the contents and text of the glossary were chosen by the editor, though that has not stopped the nerd rage against him from exploding amongst fans.


Sooooo, my brother's complaining about having no room in my apartment for any of his things has finally gotten to me and I've decided that maybe it's time to move to a somewhat bigger apartment. I'm not exactly thrilled about having to share a bedroom, I haven't had to do that since I was 10.

Anyway, the Lost Creek apartments where I live recently lowered rates on their two bedroom apartments and so I figured that I might as well switch my lease over to one of those. Normally there is a $150 fee for this sort of thing, but with how many complaints that I have given them on my new neighbor they decided to waive it for me. Honestly, it was the new neighbor, who STILL blasts his stereo, though not as loudly as before, that finally pushed me over the "OMFG I NEED TO NOT LIVE HERE ANYMORE" edge.

It's not a huge move. I'm simply moving to the building across from the one I'm living in. Having an extra bedroom will be extremely nice. My brother goes to bed at 4 AM and I get up for work at 6 AM, so he always wakes me and I always wake him. Plus he has a ton of stuff that he has been unable to unpack yet due to the fact that there simply isn't any room for it in this dinky little apartment of ours.

Unfortunately the apartment I'm moving to is also on the third floor so we'll have to carry all of our stuff down three flights of stairs, and then back up three more, but you know what, it'll be worth it to get away from the retarded punk jackass next door. I pity whoever moves in here after me. He's going to really hate life. The extra room and not having to share a bedroom will be very nice as well. Plus, my brother's friend has asked if he might be able to move in with us and share my brother's bedroom, which would be great because it would mean less rent for me to pay, and I'd still get a bedroom to myself.

They're not sure when the apartment will be ready for me to move into, the best guess is 3-4 weeks depending on how much they've got to clean up after the previous tennant, but I'll be spending pretty much all of that 3-4 weeks packing up stuff and cleaning up this apartment to get ready for the move. So I'm probably not going to be getting much in the way of writing done until the move is done with.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Splitplane Saga chapter up for download

Sooooo, I started work on Splitplane Saga, a story that I really, really, really, really want to write, about a year ago, and posted a sample chapter on my website as a sort of preview for it. I have not continued work on it for two reasons. It is LONG. And I do mean Looooooooong. And I am currently an unpublished writer. I don't want to go to a publisher with the first book and tell them it's the first of five to seven books, possibly more. I'd get laughed all the way back home for that. And the second reason is that I don't think I'm a good enough writer at the current time to tell a story of the scope and complexity of Splitplane Saga.

However, as I am incredibly excited about this story, and literally thinking about it ALL the time, I really can't stop myself from writing a bit on it here and there, and so, after about a year of putting a little tidbit in here and there, i've got another completed chapter of it posted on my website and it can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book Review: Wise Man's Fear

Well, that review did not take so long as I thought it would to write.

I've posted my Review of Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Reviews

Reading has been one of my favorite passtimes since I was given a little book called Redwall by Brian Jacques for my 8th birthday. I used to spend around 2 hrs a day reading before I got sucked into college, and work, and found my love for writing. These days I don't have as much time for reading and I have to pick and choose the books that I read rather than grabbing anything and everything. I've overcome some of my lack of free time to read by listening to audiobooks at work, but I still don't get as much "reading" done that way as I used to because i read in my head MUCH faster than the actors reading the books aloud.

Anyway, I've found myself relying heavily on book reviews to choose the books that I read. There are, of course, certain writers and series that I follow, but when choosing new things I don't really have the time or patience anymore to just grab things off the shelf and go with them anymore.

So I thought I'd do something new with my website and free time. As I may have mentioned before I have some kinda severe ADD. It's extremely hard for me to concentrate on one thing for more than an hour or so at a time, and i usually flip between different projects frequently during any given sitting. At the moment I have a bit of a problem. I'm only working on one project, and having nothing else to work on that I can switch to when i get frustrated or bored is actually making my progress on that one project slower, believe it or not. I figured that if i'm not working on something else, I might as well start a section on my website for book reviews.

AS i rely on book reviews so much to pick out what I read, I figured I might as well start writing some of my own to break up the monotony of working on a single project. Starting next week I hope to review one book per week, and post the reviews on my site. I realize that I'm something of a nobody and my opinion doesn't really matter much to most people in the world, but it's more something for me to do when I can't focus on what I'm doing. It's just something fun for me to do, giving praise or critisism of other writers who have made it in the profession i hope to someday make my way into. Who knows, maybe someone, somewhere, googling, will think that my opinion actually matters.

So, i've been working on a format for how my reviews will go, and I've come up with something like this:

1.) Introduce the book and the author, and give any interesting details on the history of either if any.
2.) Give a spoiler free synopsis.
3.) Point out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
4.) give any closing comments/thoughts and whether I would recomend it to read or not.

These will all be written reviews rather than video reviews as seems pretty popular on the internet these days because of one simple thing. I am not an actor, and I am not exactly the most articulate person on earth either. I will be working on making the new addition to my site as well as my first review and hope to have them up sometime next week. I'll post here when I do get them up and running.

What book will I review first? Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Why? Because I think reviewing it will be a lot of fun, because it is both a very good, and a very bad book in the same package.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Path Chapter 8

I've finished chapter 8 of the first draft of The Path and it can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Well, when i got home from work yesterday there was a note from the apartment management taped to the door of my retarded neighbor basically saying that they've recieved numerous complaints from other residents, as well as several notifications from teh police of being sent out because of noise disturbances and one more would result in eviction. Since then, it's been blessedly quiet, and i've been able to concentrate on writing instead of on how much I wish someone would dump my neighbor into a wood chipper.

Anyway, this chapter begins where we left off, with Sam confronting the insane AI Roddy. It ties this storyline up with a nice neat bow. There are some clues here to a MAJOR plot twist that will be coming a few chapters from the end, but I'm not gonna say what they are until then. Stark also makes an appearance to really get Sam thinking on the question that has haunted her ever since Ethos.

I also made some changes to the end of hte previous chapter, mostly having to do with how the fight starts. I removed the bit where Roddy ofers to turn off the transmission if she beats him, because it was retarded and contrived.

One thing I've found is that I have a limit to how many main characters i can have in any given scene without one or two of them fading into teh background. That limit is 4. But now I've got 7 characters together, and in the next storyline with these characters that is going to become 8. My solution to this is to have them fall into situations where they are required to split up. This keeps the scenes from being bogged down by too many main characters being present, and makes it easier for me to keep track of people's personalities and how they would all react to any given thing. Most of the storylines with these characters in this book are going to have them being split up like this one. If you look at Spires of Infinity, every time I got more than 4 of the main characters together in the same place, they split up almost immediately. Putting main characters into a scene is kind of like juggling. The more characters you put in, the more complicated it gets, and the harder it is to keep things moving.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Online Reviewers

The other night Richard and I were talking about online movie reviewers and i mentioned a bunch he had never heard of, sooooo, if you'd like to check em out here's some links. These guys pretty much find the absolute worst movies video games and TV shows and do extremely funny reviews on them. These are all video reviews that go streaming off the internet, you'll probably need quicktime and/or flash installed on your computer to watch them.

The Spoony Experiment
This guy does reviews on video games and 80s sci-fi and fantasy movies. I recomend his final fantasy 8 and final fantasy 10 reviews.

Red Letter Media
This one is mostly Star Wars and Star Trek movie reviews, with a couple others. Definitely check out his ones on the Star Wars prequels.

The Nostalgia Critic
This guy does reviews on movie and TV shows that are more than 10 years old. His catch phrase is "I remember it so you don't have to". He's likes to brag that he's seen more of the worst movies ever made than anyone else on the planet, and he wants to share his pain. Most of his reviews are pretty hilarious, the older ones are at the end of the list with the newer ones on the top. He has a few running gags that, while usually funny with no context, are much more entertaining if you've seen the review they started in, so if you feel the great urge, start from teh beginning, otherwise, just picking and choosing the reviews you wanna see is cool too.

Bad Movie Beatdown
This guy goes after movies that were supposed to be big and flopped, or that a lot of people like and he can't figure out why. I recomend his pirates of the carribean review.

Disclaimer: All of these reviewers do use some rather foul language, sometimes it is bleeped out, but most times it is not. If you're offended by that, you may not have much fun watching their reviews.

Friday, July 1, 2011

noise. Noise! NOISE!

I feel like the freakin grinch. I'm sick of all the noise, noise, noise coming from my neighbor's apartment. Despite having the police called on him not once but TWICE now, this retarded little punk has still not gotten the message.

His excuse "It's the middle of the day. I can't listen to music in the middle of the day?"

He might as well be saying, "It's the middle of the day. I don't have to respect other people in the middle of the day?"

Seriously, when your music is so freaking loud that I can hear it through a wall, WITH headphones on, you don't think that's even a LITTLE BIT excessive? ARGH!!! I hate inconsiderate punk kids that think the world revolves around them!!! he smokes too, which stinks up my apartment! He's been here a little over a week and already he's managed to make it to the top of the list of people I think the world would be better off without.

I only hope that the police get sick of coming out and make the apartment management evict the retarded little prick, I don't know how much longer I can take this BS. I'm getting ZERO work on The Path done because all I can do all day long is grind my teeth at the incessant bass beat pounding through my walls.

Small Spires of Infinity Edits

Soooooo, there I was, writing The Path, and I came to the very first storyline with the characters from the previous book, and I found a very big conflict in one of the characters: Sam. In prepping to write from this character's point of view I came up with a lot more backstory for her that contradicts some of her actions in the first book. Ive decided that the first book is wrong, and not my new backstory, and have therefore gone back and changed the first book to match her character's behavior to the person she is rather than having her act a certain way because the plot says so.

As I've said before, Sam has led a pretty nasty life. She was sold as a whore by her own mother when she was 10, escaped in the night, and lived on the street by her own abilities and intelligence for years. A character that can survive a world like hers alone in those circumstances is not a character who would be easily cowed by the Children of the Chosen. She's going to fight back. She's not going to sit in her cell, crying and feeling sorry for herself. She's going to freak out for a few minutes, and then start working on a way to get herself out of the situation before anything bad happens to her.

I've changed chapter 14 to have her fighting back more while being captured, and chapter 21 to have her working on a way to escape rather than huddling in the corner crying. She does start crying when she sees Gabriel, but that's because a.) she's fallen in love with him and she thought he was dead, which is a perfectly natural reaction, and b.) she is incredibly touched that anyone would care enough about her to risk his life to save her, also a perfectly natural reaction, and both fitting her character far better than the way things were before.

As i started writing her storyline in The Path, those two things were really bothering me, because they were so completely out of character for her. If the plot has your characters acting in a way that they wouldn't act there's something wrong with the plot and it needs to be changed, or the character needs to change to fit what's going on. You can't have contradictions in a person's character like that. They all have to act true to who they are at all times or things start falling apart.

Anyway, I went back and fixed those two chapters and reuploaded them on this page. Now I can go back to work on The Path.