Yeah, I totally love it! The United Methodist Church calls their campus ministries "Wesley Foundations," and the one I went to during my undergrad was a truly great place that helped me get through some rough times. The one I'm serving is on a Community College, so it has a lot of different challenges that I'm working to figure out, but I'm meeting some great students. I've been there for a year and a half now. I would love to stay in the world of campus ministry, though there are a lot of variables that will come up once I finish seminary to determine what type of ministry I'll end up in. My wife and I are looking to move to Alabama, which is where she's from, so my future will largely be determined by what they have available there. I don't know how interested they are in Wesley Foundations there, unfortunately, but I would be perfectly happy to get appointed to a conventional church as well. Basically, I'll go where they send me!
Congratulations! That's all very exciting. I got married about a year and a half ago and am working my way through Seminary right now. Hopefully I'll finish in Spring of 2018, but that depends on what classes they offer each semester. It's kind of tough for my wife and me, since we're so far away from both of our families (9 hours from hers, 6 from mine), but we're making it through. I'm running a campus ministry at a small community college, which is a blessing despite its challenges (all my students have jobs or families, which means they can't come to the same kinds of things as students at a 4-year school). It's been a good, busy time for me as well, I'd say!
(This is a super delayed response, but so it goes.) Man, I'be been a fan of The Dear Hunter since like 2008! Act I was what pulled me into the world of rock operas, which I was all about for several years. I'm really enjoying their newest album, I must say.
I drop by on occasion, usually when my grad school is wearing me down. Like Teto, this place was really important to me during my formative years, and it holds a lot of sentimental value as a result. When adult life starts to get depressing, it's nice to come back here, into a space that uniquely preserves that memory of youth. It's not actually just the stuff I posted here, either, but everything that was happening in my life around those times.
I use the intro from a mewithoutYou song, Watermelon Ascot, but I don't usually keep the sound turned on. The vibration pattern when my phone rings is part of my school's fight song, though, which I still really enjoy.
Yep, it's still here. Some people still come around from time to time, but it seems as though a lot of the old active members have moved into adulthood and the responsibilities that brings. I try really hard to come back, but it seems like there's always something new to do with work or grad school, so there are pretty big gaps in my activity.
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.