That would definitely be interesting! I expect it will at least have something akin to the owl statues in Majora's Mask, which allow you to move quickly between regions once you learn a certain song. I'm hoping for a better musical instrument than we got in Skyward Sword, though I don't feel like that's asking very much. I'm surprisingly excited about this game, and I love it. Like, I remember getting pumped up for Twilight Princess at the same time as the "Revolution" console. When they released the first trailer, I spent the whole day on the phone with my friends talking about how awesome it looked. I may not have done quite that with the new one, but I definitely texted everybody who would care and raved about it enough to annoy my wife. I never bought a Wii U, but I'm already tempted to buy the new console even if this is the only game I get for it.
I'm unbelievably excited. It's been a rough year, and I've been more stressed out than I realized, but seeing this video calmed my fried nerves. There's a lot of cool stuff that you can see in other videos, so it's just getting better by the minute.
Thanks! Because I took a one-week intensive last week (9AM-5PM every day for a graduate-level course), I haven't gotten to write as much as I hoped this month. I'm at ~40K words, which is the length of a short novel in some genres, and I'm not quite halfway through the plot. I'm hoping to end around 100K, and I'm hoping to finish my first draft by August so that I can work on editing and the such for the rest of the year. It's been interesting to write, for sure. When the narrator leaves the castle for the first time, it's really a turning point for everything. The castle where he was held makes it seem like the kingdom is repressive and bleak, but remnants of native customs and a unique appreciation for the supernatural permeate each town they pass through. Honestly, it's kind of cool seeing the story take on a life of its own.
I'm 25k words into this fantasy novel that I'm writing, and I'm realizing that it's different than anything I've read. Like, it's a world where magic and monsters exist, yet the narrator has been trapped as a slave in a castle where magic is banned so far. It's anything but boring, in my opinion, and there has been plenty of action (bloody action, political intrigue, some Lovecraftian tales), but there has been very little fighting. That is about to change, since I'm sending the main character on a quest, but I may end up having to rewrite some early chapters to increase the excitement a little.
I played a bard in my first DnD group, which was a lot of fun because I brought my mandolin and plucked out songs on it. Honestly, though, I much prefer playing a rogue, though not one that is stereotypically opposed to the party's goals. My favorite was a rogue named Kole who believed himself to be a Kolyarut and cared greatly about the social contract between the government and the people and stole books more often than anything else.
Man, I didn't realize that game was as old as it is. I've been feeling nostalgic about Twilight Princess too, specifically because it was the first game I bought for the Wii. I waited in line with my grandma overnight at Target to get one, and I did nothing but play it for like two days. I can't believe that was almost ten years ago! It's funny, I didn't look to closely at Twilight Princess when it first came out (probably because I was too busy enjoying it), but it actually is one of the most memorable games in the Zelda franchise. It was big, each section had a unique feel without compromising the overall tone, the characters were great, the music was great, and it had so many moments that felt epic without becoming quicktime events. Remember the sword fight on the bridge? Me too. It was awesome. I don't have a Wii U, though I may get one soon, but I'll definitely be busting out my copy of Twilight Princess this weekend.
If I may offer some advice about the writing, I'd recommend that you work on churning out a complete draft before doing any editing. It's hard, and it sucks knowing that you aren't happy with what you have, but finishing a draft is honestly one of the hardest parts of writing. Once you have the first draft finished, set it aside for a little while and do something else before coming back to edit. When you do, take it one chapter (section, part, whatever) at a time and work through. Butcher it. It will be difficult, because it's like a child, but you have to be willing to cut and rebuild mercilessly until you are satisfied with the result. But again, it's so satisfying to finally produce a product that all the struggle will be worth it. And for now, you just have to finish a draft and get your plot on paper. With regards to people leaving, I understand. After losing my best friend at the end of last year, I've been struck with a profound sense of being alone. I'm in a new city, working a new job, attending a new school, trying to figure out how to be good at all of that while also being a good (new) husband. My friends are either in San Antonio or Houston, for the most part, and I don't exactly fit in well with my new peers. That's probably why I started showing back up here, honestly. When it was an active and thriving community, this place helped me through some of the loneliest years of my life, so even though it's a lot less active now, it still brings some comfort. But yeah, I completely understand what you mean about feeling old. I mean, I'm a married, gainfully employed, twenty-two year old grad student with aspirations and ambitions. I'm considering doctoral work and managing investments. When I look at what I posted when I first came here, the difference is almost unbelievable. And you know, I remember when y'all first started coming around too. It's strange to consider.
Alright, I just finished the audiobook I was listening to, so now I'll start on Left Hand of Darkness. I'll report back on it in like a week! I had two tests yesterday in back-to-back classes, running from 8 AM until 12:30. The first was in Intro to Christian Theology II, and it covered a lot of theology related to heresies and councils in the first 6 centuries. The second was Christian History I, and it was much of the same with the addition of Roman and Germanic history, and with a greater emphasis on specific people rather than movements. Also, there were a lot of dates.
Oh, I'm ashamed to say I completely forgot about that book! I really should read it soon. I'm a fan of Le Guin's other works, particularly the Earthsea cycle and Changing Plains, not to mention that a friend of mine wrote her thesis on the effect The Left Hand of Darkness had on the representation of sexuality in modern fiction. That will most certainly be the next book on my list!
Knuckle: I understand needing some time away. Life can be completely brutal at times, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes you just need to step back so you can breathe. Cass: I didn't know you wrote poetry! I went through and read it, and I enjoyed it a lot!
I never realized you posted these! Having just read them, I actually like them a lot. They have a musical quality, like they would be well suited to being lyrics, but when I try to imagine them set to melody I struggle. I most enjoy Meltdown in Time Zone, I must say. The mechanical imagery is striking after the emotive discussions of the previous poems. Good work!