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About duckofindeed

I like to work on art and writing and was inspired by video games and movies and other such things. I love when I find creative stories and characters, and I try to make my own. So far, I've been unsuccessful, but I'm trying.

A Minor Trek into Fear with Spooky Tales and Haunted Houses

For October, I wanted to think up some spooky topics to share with you all.  And yet, and this is rather fortunate, not that many spooky things have happened in my life, meaning I had to think hard.  And what I came up with were a few semi-spook-related tales that took place during the Duck’s ducklinghood.  We’re verging on spook here, even if we’re not totally crossing the line.

To start off, I have never been good at telling scary stories.  In recent years, I was able to write a few decently creepy Slender Man stories, but without some pretty good inspiration (and believe me, Slender Man is great inspiration for horror), I am just not well-equipped at striking fear into the hearts of my listeners.  I remember one day many years back, I had a rare sleepover at my friend’s house.  As night fell, we decided it would be a great time to try and tell some scary stories. Continue reading A Minor Trek into Fear with Spooky Tales and Haunted Houses

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Killer Trees and Unexpected Guests: Even More Spooky Duck Dreams

The night of October 1, 2017, was home to a marathon of creepy dreams that I wanted to record before I forgot.  It seems my sleeping mind is well-aware of the impending arrival of Halloween, so, as far as spooky dreams go, the timing couldn’t have been better.  As usual, many of the details have become lost to me, so these dreams may not sound as creepy as they actually were.  Nevertheless, believe me when I say that these dreams were quite haunting indeed before the welcome arrival of morning put an end to my unpleasant adventures.

In my first dream, I was in the woods, accompanied by a girl I believe was supposed to be my sister.  While many creepy stories take place in the woods, this one does not involve the mysterious creatures that typically reside in the darkest reaches of the forest, but rather, the trees themselves.  I remember coming upon a very large tree.  It wasn’t exactly tall, but it had a very thick trunk with one of those holes in its side that so commonly house owls or glowing eyes.  Within moments of arriving at this particular tree, the hole in its side transformed into a large gaping mouth. Continue reading Killer Trees and Unexpected Guests: Even More Spooky Duck Dreams

Strange Noises in the Dark: A Duck Dream

Whether or not anyone reads these strange posts, I cannot say, but I enjoy writing them, so here we go.  I had a spooky dream the night of 7/15/17, and I think it came about due to hearing a spooky sound that night.  In this dream, I had two other siblings, an older sister and a younger sibling I don’t remember much about, as this person didn’t play a major role in the dream.  The older sister was, in fact, a friend I once had in real life.  I’m not going to say her name on the Internet, but since these posts are as much for my own records as your amusement, I will give myself a hint so that I remember in the future who this friend was.  She was the friend with the swimming pool.  There, memory secured.  Since this person is important in my dream, I’ll just call her Alice.  That’s not her name.  It’s just better than typing older sister all the time. Continue reading Strange Noises in the Dark: A Duck Dream

Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium

You may recall a few years back that Mother Duck and I visited a butterfly conservatory.  This particular conservatory is called Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ, and is, in fact, the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States.  As you might expect, this delightful place is filled with butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and since you get to walk right inside the lush conservatory they call home, there is nothing stopping them from landing on you if they see fit.  We recently decided to revisit the Butterfly Wonderland, and this time, I had the pleasure of recording our time there.  A video sure beats a bunch of photos, right?

Furthermore, about a year ago, they built the OdySea Aquarium right next door, which has the honor of being the Southwest’s largest aquarium.  This place was pretty awesome, with exhibits spanning from rivers, to the seashore, to the ocean, along with a rotating Living Sea Carousel, where you can see sharks, sea turtles, and sea lions, among other aquatic creatures. Continue reading Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium

Bonus Post: Great Grandmother’s Muffins

While I write a decent amount about food on this blog, I realized that I rarely include any actual recipes.  The other day, we decided to make some muffins using an old family recipe, created by my great grandmother on my mother’s side, who originally hailed from Genoa, Italy.  This is not exactly an Italian recipe; I just thought that was an interesting detail to include, nonetheless. Continue reading Bonus Post: Great Grandmother’s Muffins

Honing My RPG-Skills with Final Fantasy XII

You may recall this past year that I have been discussing with decent regularity my general incompetence when it comes to RPGs.  For the longest time, I have been employing the “beat it senseless” method of defeating my foes.  When that fails, I proceed to plan B, the “level up a whole bunch and try beating it senseless again” method, which, in all honesty, works far more often than it has any right to.  Nevertheless, I was rather ashamed of myself and my apparent lack of skills in a genre I should have been more than familiar with by now.

Well, folks, I think that’s all beginning to change.  Remember my previous post about my return to Final Fantasy 12?  Last I left you all, I was tasked with travelling through Golmore Jungle in order to visit some dude with a fancy title who lives on a mountain.  I do understand the story thus far better than that sentence suggests, but in order to be more specific, it would require looking online for various correct spellings, which I feel is unnecessary.  If you’ve played the game, then you know what I’m talking about.  If not, then they would be no more than mere words to you anyway. Continue reading Honing My RPG-Skills with Final Fantasy XII

Bonus Post: The Best Dang Soda in the Whole Darn Country?

Ah, perhaps you thought the taste tests were over.  But they are not.  We now have several interesting American beverages to try, from the self-proclaimed “best dang soda” to Louisiana’s Swamp Pop to the soft drink legend itself, Cheerwine!  Why not join us and find out once and for all…is the best dang soda truly the best dang soda and is Cheerwine indeed worthy of its title of “soft drink legend”? Continue reading Bonus Post: The Best Dang Soda in the Whole Darn Country?

Mystic Manor and Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean

I spend a good amount of time on Youtube, and one of my favorite topics to watch is anything related to the various Disney Parks.  I have learned history and secrets, not to mention differences between the various parks, including the amazing Disney attractions.  During this time, I have discovered that two of the coolest Disney rides cannot be found in the United States where Disneyland began.  Rather, to find these amazing attractions, you would need to visit the pair of Disney Parks residing in China. Continue reading Mystic Manor and Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Spooky T-Shirts Are Here!

With October quickly approaching, I thought I’d get some Halloween designs up on SpreadShirt.  On my Duck of Indeed SpreadShop, I’ve created a few variations of my new spooky Duck, and I’ve also added a few new designs to my Marketplace page, which is where non-brand-related designs go.  The first design is a zombie with the text “Brains are gluten-free”, great news indeed for any gluten-intolerant zombies out there.  In addition to my Halloween t-shirts, I also added a design with the Loch Ness Monster, Scotland’s greatest hide-and-seek master.  Nessie looks pretty charming indeed.  The designs are as follows:

This is what happens when the Duck drinks expired milk…
This shirt design is zombie-approved
Ain’t she perty?

As an extra treat, I wanted to mention that SpreadShirt is having a 15% off everything sale in all shops (this is where I sell my Duck of Indeed t-shirts) from 9/12/17 – 9/18/17.  If you’re interested, the code is: 150917.  And of course, all designs are property of the Duck of Indeed!

Edit: Actually, several days have gone by, and my zombie design has not yet appeared in my Marketplace page.  I’m not sure when it will, but if it doesn’t show up soon, I might try making it available in my SpreadShop instead, in case you’re interested.

Duck, Creator of Terrifying D-Shirts!

Bonus Post: Fun with Asian Snacks

What’s this, another taste test?  Why, yes!  The world is filled with interesting foods and beverages, and now…we shall try more!  This time, we have amassed a little collection of Asian snacks and treats, including seaweed, red bean mochi, and pillars of rice.  Which ones would we recommend?  Why not watch the video below and find out! Continue reading Bonus Post: Fun with Asian Snacks