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Today I decided to leave LiveJournal. I think I've kind of outgrown it, and I hardly put updates here anymore anyway. My new blog can now be found here. I hope y'all like it as much as I do!

Oh, and I also got a Facebook account. :) Yeah, yeah, I know...
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Here I Come

Well, it's official...

...I am now no longer a teenager. As of today, I turned 20 years old. Maybe not the most spectacular milestone, but I like it. Here's to the next quarter of my life being even better and bringing me even more happiness. (and also the ability to legally drink. w00t!)
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Doctor's Vibe

Two episodes in the same week???

Say it ain't so!

Oh, but it is my friends. Yes, as a special treat to help make up for putting off Ep4 for so long, Episode 5 of Dreamfall is now available, a mere three days after I posted the last one! Cool, huh? :)

I also have some other fun things to share...

A funny YouTube video guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any Star Trek or Monty Python fan.

And another interesting video for the writers out there...I think I want to be like him when I grow up. (NSFW)

Also, is this not the coolest sounding game? Almost makes me want to buy a PS3. (Almost.)

Finally, I suggest this podcast for anyone who wants to get in shape, or who needs a way to stretch out all the aches and pains of a physical job. (Such as cashiering) It's done wonders for me, and I've only been watching for the past three weeks or so. (I love my shiny new iPod with it's video capabilities, oh yes I do)

Also, I saw Hellboy 2: The Golden Army this past Sunday. (three cheers for having a short shift at work on a Sunday! w00t) Condensed verdict is that I really liked it, though there are a couple of things that bothered me. One I can't tell you about because it's a spoiler. The other is that Abe Sapien is no longer voiced by David Hyde Pierce! This makes me very unhappy. No offense to the new guy, but it really took away something from the character, at least in my opinion. He wasn't nearly as funny or sharp-witted as before. Instead he ended up being kind of bland and neutral, which is a shame, because Abe is probably my favorite character after Hellboy himself. But it was still a good movie.

That said, I can tell I've been spoiled by the hi-def plasma TV screen my mom bought for the family last month. When I got to the theater I couldn't help but notice how blurry and grainy the picture was, (which KILLED me because the graphics/costumes/etc. were SO EFFING COOL) and the sound was up so loud it was truly painful during action sequences. I can't wait for Hellboy 2 to come out on DVD so I can watch it at home and get all the gorgeous detail I missed in the theaters. From now on I don't think I'm going to bother seeing movies in an actual theater, unless it's so I can go out with friends. Everything looks better at home. (It's cheaper, too, and you don't have to put up with all those other people in order to watch your movie, even though the crowd at Hellboy was pretty well behaved.)


Have a good day, everybody! =D
Tea & a Good Book

Ep4 and other things

In light of the fact that I'm A) lazy and B) slow as molasses in February, I've switched Dreamfall off of a weekly schedule and onto more of a two-week release schedule. These episodes are a lot longer and require more editing than I'd originally planned on, so it seems fair that I give them the attention they need instead of constantly trying to force myself to crank out a new one every week. Also, just so you know, I've finished Episode 4, but it won't be posted for a little while longer. What I've got now is the rough draft, so I need to polish it a little before letting it loose on the world. I thought it would only be fair, though, if I made some kind of announcement so that y'all know I'm not totally dead and gone. :) Sorry, but work keeps me pretty busy. When I'm not hauling groceries to and fro, I'm so exhausted from hauling groceries that all I feel like doing is sleeping, eating, and watching TV. Bright side: I'm a human being with a working brain and as such I can do things like make the choice to listen to podcasts instead of watching TV, so that at least I can pretend to know what the heck is going on in the world around me instead of living under my dark, albeit comfortable, rock. :) So I'm catching up, I promise, but it's slow going. Bear with me, though. I'm trying really hard to get back into the writing groove and I'm determined to make it. [insert picture of a small terrier sinking its teeth into a chew toy and hanging on for grim death here]

Breathing space

After working another long week, (38 hours this time) I finally have a little room to breathe. I've got the next three days off to rest and recuperate, plus I'm taking some time off next week to go laptop shopping with my mom. We've both finally saved up enough money and I am SO excited to be so close to getting myself the laptop I've been wanting for over a year now. :) Plus, after I'm finished purchasing my lovely new Apple, I can start saving up for the other pieces of technology I've been craving, such as an Xbox 360, a new iPod, and of course lots of video games/music to go along with them. *squee* My poor 20-page-long Amazon wishlist has been sadly neglected over the past couple of months! It'll be nice to get back to shortening it.

Also, words do not describe how happy I am that the new Hellboy movie is finally coming out. I saw previews for it last night and I'm still squeeful. Unfortunately I haven't seen any of the other cool movies that have come out this summer, which is just terrible, but such is the danger of working life. (And not having a car) That's OK though, since I think we're going to go see Iron Man next week after laptop shopping has concluded. I'm amazed at how many interesting movies are coming out this year. Last year it seemed like we had hardly anything worth watching and now my list is so long, I can't keep up with it. On the bright side, maybe now we'll go see more movies since I can finally afford to pay for my own ticket, which makes it a little less expensive. (Though not if gas prices keep skyrocketing)

My writing hasn't been going so great, again thanks to my job. I'm so exhausted when I get home that trying to do anything creative is just too much for me to handle. I have managed to do a little work, though, and Episode 3 of Dreamfall is almost finished. I swear it's forthcoming, plus I'm going to use the extra time off this week to see if I can't get Episodes 4 and 5 done as well. No promises, though, because I've also got to spend time on other things, like catching up on chores and another project I've got going that I'm keeping under wraps for the moment.

The job hasn't been that peachy, either. All but a handful of my friends have left. Yesterday is probably the last time I'm going to see one of my best friends there, and it seems my superiors have decided that they just can't be bothered to train me for anything new and different, which means that I get to be a cashier stuck doing the exact same job day in, day out, from now until doomsday. I am not the sort of person who deals well with monotony. Especially not minimum wage monotony that's so exhausting and painful it's keeping me from my real work. Writers: don't quit your day job, but don't let your day job take over your life, either. Mine is dangerously close to doing so, not to mention I've developed a creeping depression because of it. Things will change soon-- I'll make sure of it-- but I am sad that a job I once enjoyed has so quickly turned sour. And I miss my friends. Not all of them are gone, but the ones I was closest to have moved on, and it makes me sad. Bright side: all this emotional turmoil will make for a wonderful story someday.

And that's your window in to the life for Amanda Cales for this week. :) Have a cookie.
Tea & a Good Book

In which the protagonist briefly reappears

Sorry I haven't been around much. A lot of people at work have either quit or been fired, which means that we're desperately short staffed this week, which in turn means that I'm working almost forty hours this week and I'm totally exhausted. That means I don't have as much time for surfing the internet as I used to. I've also been working hard keeping up with my real work, trying to make up for the fact that there was no episode of Dreamfall last week. Unfortunately I was so sick and tired (literally) after camping that trying to do anything creative was completely out of the question. But, I finished draft 2 of Episode 3 on Monday night, so I'll be posting the finished product it a little later on today. I had hoped to get two episodes out this week to make up for the delay last week, and I still might manage it, but I'm not going to make any promises. Today is my last day off and I've got a killer nine and a half hour shift this Saturday, so unless it gets done sometime in the next two and a half days, it's probably not going to get done at all. At least, not until next week. You wouldn't think that writing a weekly web series would be so hard, but of course appearances are deceiving. It also probably doesn't help that I'm a completely neurotic perfectionist when it comes to my work. =P

For those of you that don't know already, I'm taking a bit of a break from The Dead Robots' Society. I consider it a summer hiatus, to help me recharge my creative batteries and really focus on my writing. So far it's working, too. I won't be completely absent, of course. I've got plans for at least one or two special episodes, and you can still find me on the forums any time. I also plan to be present at Dragon*Con for at least a day this year, so I can meet my fellow co-hosts and properly heckle Justin when he's hosting his podcasting writers panel. XD

It amazes me how quickly the months are passing. It seems like only yesterday the air was chilly, everybody was drinking hot drinks and I was shopping for winter clothes. Now summer is here in full force, the air conditioning is running, and my 20th birthday is just around the corner. My life is virtually unrecognizable compared to where it was this time last year, and June also marks the four year anniversary of my family's move to Tennessee. Again, none of that seems like it was that long ago. Funny how time works, isn't it? Or maybe it's just the human perception of time that's funny. Who knows. (Doctor Who pun not intended.)

Well, that episode of Dreamfall isn't going to edit itself and I've probably blathered on about my life for long enough. If you're reading this, I hope things are going OK for you like they are for me. :)
Tea & a Good Book

Episode 2 of Dreamfall is live!

A day late but not a dollar short, I am happy to present you all with Episode Two of Dreamfall! (Holy crap. I actually did something I said I'd do. SHOCKING.) My only regret is that it took me a little longer to post than I expected. Unfortunately I had some first draft issues that needed resolving. I'm glad I did what I did, though. Yet more proof that first drafts are allowed to suck, and that second (and third) drafts are very, very good things. :)

Happily I'll have plenty of time to recharge my creative batteries since I'll be going camping tomorrow and will have lots of time to rest whenever I feel like it! Yes, if anybody needs me, I'll be up in the Smoky Mountains wrestling bears, rabid squirrels, and Vols for the next two and a half days. Of course, blogging will occur upon my return, and I'll be sure to jot down any story ideas that the peaceful forest pops into my brain. In the meantime, please enjoy Episode Two!