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100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 15: Silence

As I’ve said before, when I have to resort to my 100 theme challenge posts and the like, it usually means I’m low on ideas.  Usually.  Right now, I’m actually in the mood for a nice random prompt to get me writing, and today’s theme is #15…silence.  There is something to be said for silence.  The world is such a noisy place, with so many people and traffic and…leaf blowers.  Yes, even leaf blowers.  (What happened to a good, old-fashioned rake?  On second thought, why don’t we just leave leaves alone?  That was a weird sentence….)  There is too little silence in modern life, and sometimes, I feel like I’m one of the only people left on the planet that still enjoys it. View full article »

Top Songs from Ni no Kuni

I recently had the immense pleasure of playing through a truly spectacular RPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.  This game excelled in storytelling and characters you could really feel attached to.  The graphics were beautiful.  And the music, well, it all fit perfectly in this amazing world and served to enhance something that was already truly special.  Behold, my top five songs from Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. View full article »

The (Tidy) Return of the Old RPGs

Lately, I have really begun to lose my affection for RPGs, a genre I used to love after discovering how amazing they could be thanks to my first playthroughs of Square’s Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X.  Those games were truly special and introduced me to some complex and deep stories and characters I could really fall in love with (but not in that way, you silly people!).  For this reason, I came to look to Square Enix for good RPGs, I found myself, nevertheless, underwhelmed with the release of FFXII and FFXIII.  While I did have a lot of fun checking out some of the old RPGs, like FFVI and FFIX, I still had quite a bit of trouble finding any good new games of the genre, and as my schedule became busier, I also had less desire to spend such a huge quantity of time on a whole category of games that, in general, felt slow-paced and tedious.

That all changed when I was first introduced to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on the gaming blog, RPG Square.  Something about it caught my interest, and I ended up finding it at Wal-Mart when I was in possession of a gift card.  And yet, at the same time, I must admit that my initial impression of the game was a bit reluctant.  I didn’t know about the cartoony style of graphics (I know, I’m a snob sometimes), and when I saw the creature on the cover (who turned out to be Mr. Drippy), I thought, oh, no, not another cutesy sidekick. View full article »

Rosalina Cosplay: Luma Plushie

I have still been putting off making Rosalina’s actual dress for my third cosplay, as I prefer the smaller commitment and challenge offered by her accessories.  With the wand and earrings done, I turned next to her crown and the Luma plushie I wanted to carry around.  The crown will have to wait until a latter post, however, as I have run into some rather troubling trouble when it comes to making the round gems, as I apparently used the wrong materials for mold-making.  Which I’ll get to in more detail in a post covering said topic.  Nevertheless, as I experimented with various types of molds, I have not been idle.  No, I have, in fact, been working on my first ever plushie. View full article »

The Duck Has a Real Afternoon Tea

I have become a bit of a tea-drinker over the last few months.  It’s silly, really, but it’s become a little bit of an obsession, especially lately.  Why it suddenly occurred to me that I was in dire need of some fine china, I have no idea, but I did.  I ended up scouring my local stores-that-sell-stuff-like-that, and I managed to find one that sold several designs of bone china (it sounds creepy, but they are quite nice) teacups and saucers.  I feel rather silly about the whole thing, as I am not normally the type for frilly things.  I play Halo, darn it.  And own a Keyblade.  But, those teacups were too great to pass up and now occupy a special shelf in the kitchen, after I cleared away the ugly cups.  I have yet to locate any fancy plates, however, or those three-tiered thingies, but I suppose I have a head start in my bizarre road to poshness. View full article »

Into the Nexus, I Hardly Knew Thee

I went on a bit of a spending spree around Christmas time. When I was stocking up on supplies for this year’s masquerade, I decided, while I was at it, I might as well buy a whole bunch of Ratchet and Clank figurines. As if that wasn’t enough, I also decided this was a great time to catch up on some of the games I had missed from the series, as well, so I went ahead and bought Quest for Booty and Into the Nexus (the latter was just $10, which was a pretty good deal, I think, and I am well aware of the fact that Nexus is supposed to come with a downloadable copy of Quest for Booty, but I like hard copies, darn it!).

Now, the reason I didn’t bother buying these games at first was because I heard they were short. I mean, it’s great that Insomniac has been making so many R&C games, but any joy this might bring is greatly lessened when many of their games lately are so absurdly tiny. I don’t want to spend all that money on a game that’s 5 hours long. I know they are priced cheaper than typical games, but I’d much rather pay full price for a full-length game myself. And yet, the pain of feeling left out spurred me to buy these games to see what I had been missing because I am weak like that. View full article »

Five Years of Duckyness

I nearly forgot to type this post, and I guess when you’ve been blogging for as long as I have, it is easy to take it for granted that I’ve been doing this for, what’s it been?  Oh, yes, five years.  That’s right, say what!  I don’t know, just ignore that.  Ahem, so yeah, I can’t believe it, either.  I mean, seriously, half a decade?  That’s like, more than 1000 days!  I’m awesome! View full article »

Rosalina Cosplay: The Earrings

I’ve been hard at work on my third cosplay, and the next thing I completed was Rosalina’s star-shaped earrings.  This was a rather difficult shape to make, so I first began practicing with paper.  I found that I could cut out a four-pointed star, with some carefully-placed folds, for each side of each earring.  I then ended up cutting out this shape four times out of foam, two for each earring.  I quickly found, however, that the foam didn’t fold very well.  It was just too thick, and if I folded it, it would merely flatten out again after a few seconds.  Nay, that simply wouldn’t do, as I needed a 3D shape, not a goofy flat one.  Nay, indeed! View full article »

I had a very strange dream the night of April 27, 2015.  First off, I remember a rather long dream involving myself, someone I don’t remember, and, well, Dr. Nefarious, the villain from the Ratchet and Clank series.  He was his usual loud self, but I don’t remember if he was particularly bad in this dream or not.  Just grouchy.  I don’t remember many of the details of this dream, but I do remember another dream I had afterward.

It started off in this large yard behind a house with a lot of people milling about.  It was akin to a mental hospital because everyone was acting strangely, but I don’t remember if we were actually mentally ill or not.  Either way, people seemed strangely suspicious of me.  They seemed to think I was strange and up to weird things, and I decided to pay them no heed and continue on with whatever it was I was doing.  I remember talking to this woman, and she seemed unsure whether or not she should be seen talking to me. View full article »

Rosalina Cosplay: The Wand

How do, everyone?  Not too long ago, I went down to my local fabric store and bought the main supplies I would need for my third cosplay, Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy.  I wanted to make a fancier version of her dress, so I bought lace to go around the end of her sleeves and a fancier material for the white skirt beneath her dress, with sequins I hope will shine like the stars she watches over.  It really is quite lovely and should really add to the costume.  I also bought the material and stuffing needed to make a Luma plushie, silver paint, and some clay, which I heard works well as molds for resin.  This costume will require about five round jewels, and I decided clay would be easier to work with than making round molds from tag board. View full article »

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