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Thought I'd spread word on a sort of raffle. My friend MischievousRaven has created her own species and now arranged a fictional festival with the species that could be potential original characters. I glossed over it, but there are stories behind them and reasons for their features. You'll get all the detail by following instructions here-- fav.me/dbbpapq --and following the previous journal entry featured.
  • Listening to: Jacksepticeye's comentary
  • Watching: Jacksepticeye playing Undertale
Can't believe I've been forgetting. To those who read my previous riddle, the answer was tree. Now then, riddle me this:
I am a vessel without hinges, lock or lid. Yet, within my walls, a golden treasure is hid. What am I?
Cookie for who gets where I heard this one.
Passed this on from DragonDodo Please, ask me the following questions, using the numbers in comments.

1. Do you ever doubt the existence of others than you?
2. On a scale of 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you?
3. The person you would never want to meet?
4. What is your favorite word?
5. If you were a type of tree, what would you be?
6. When you looked in the mirror this morning what was the first thing you thought?
7. What shirt are you wearing?
8. What do you label yourself as?
9. Bright room or dark room?
10. What were you doing at midnight last night?
11. Favorite age you’ve been so far?
12. Who told you they loved you last?
13. Your worst enemy?
14. What is your current desktop picture?
15. Do you like someone?
16. The last song you listened to?
17. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?
18. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?
19. If anyone could be your slave for a day, who would it be and what would they have to do?
20. What is your best physical attribute? (showing said attribute is optional)
21. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?
22. Do you have a secret talent? If yes, what is it?
23. What is one unique thing you’re afraid of?
24. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your disposal.
25. You just found $100! How are you going to spend it?
26. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, but you have to leave immediately. Where are you going to go?
27. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. “Be brand-specific” it says. Man! What are you gonna say about that? Even if you don’t drink booze there’s something you can figure out… so what’s it gonna be?
28. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place? 
29. What is your favorite expletive?
30. Your house is on fire, holy shit! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the one thing you’re going to save from that blazing inferno?
31. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
32. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool shit… you can move to anywhere else in the world!
33. The Celestial Gates Of Beyond have opened, much to your surprise because you didn’t think such a thing existed. Death appears. As it turns out, Death is actually a pretty cool entity, and happens to be in a fantastic mood. Death offers to return the friend/family-member/person/etc. of your choice to the living world. Who will you bring back?
34. What was your last dream about?
35. Are you a good….[insert anything you’d like here]?
36. Have you ever been admitted to the hospital?
37. Have you ever built a snowman?
38. What is the color of your socks?
39. What type of music do you like?
40. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
41. What is your favorite milkshake flavor?
42. What football team do you support?
43. Do you have any scars?
44. What do you want to be when you graduate?
45. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
46. Are you reliable?
47. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?
48. Do you hold grudges?
49. If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature, what new animal would you create?
50. What is the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?
51. Are you a good liar?
52. How long could you go without talking?
53. What has been you worst haircut/style?
54. Have you ever baked your own cake?
55. Can you do any accents other than your own?
56. What do you like on your toast?
57. What is the last thing you drew a picture of?
58. What would be you dream car?
59. Do you sing in the shower? Or do anything unusual in the shower? Explain.
60. Do you believe in aliens?
61. Do you often read your horoscope?
62. What is your favorite letter of the alphabet?
63. Which is cooler: dinosaurs or dragons?
64. What do you think about babies?
65. Freebie! Ask anything interesting you can think of.
May fourth. It's a fan's day with a name that's a cheesy pun. Still, what is celebrated on this day is a part of my childhood, and many would say the same as well.
Star Wars!

It was sort of a fast decision, but just like I did on another part of my childhood last May, I thought, "I wanna show off my knowledge."

A long time ago in a city far, far away, a man designed his own universe of planets, and various life forms, and his name is George Lucas. This man invested everything he had in making a movie that became his masterpiece and a household name. While creating great characters and having a concept executed well, his movies also taught inaccuracies that people believed. "Star Wars" was originally called only that as George was certain that it wouldn't have a sequel. It introduced a text crawl as an introduction, giving an explanation of the premise, or at least the start of it. Then, we're literally brought right into the action. The premise was simple: rebels fighting dictatorship.
A miserable farmboy is caught in the middle of the conflict with a pair of mobile machines brought to his planet and his property and meets an aging Jedi master that he's heard of. He teams up with a cocky pilot and his giant, furry partner to deliver the droids and the message to a captive princess's home planet, only to find themselves in more trouble.
Alec Guinness, who plays Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi, was 63 when the movie was released, but he passed for much older. The English actor David Prowse, who stands at 6'6", was the only one credited for the role of Darth Vader in this movie. When being heard speak on TV, people were surprised, knowing that he didn't sound at all like his character. An interview that was never released has him commenting on how they made the right choice about the character's voice, but it comes off as racist. The famous James Earl Jones wanted to be uncredited, to avoid being typecast. Vader's robes were inspired by those of Bedouin warriors. His intimidation from just his image may conceal that he's weak for one using the Dark Side of the Force. Luke Skywalker was originally named Starkiller, and was first drafted as a veteran general. Leia makes for a unique princess. She may have learned the hard fact that even when in danger she can't always rely on others, even those who follow her orders. As for Han Solo, he's likeable for the factor of his reluctance to do his deeds and taking no chances. A controversial topic was the worst Special Edition change, which is at the cantina. The bounty hunter named Greedo has a gun on him at point-blank. Han shoots him dead at the line, "Yes, I bet you have." The change is that Greedo shoots first and happens to miss, which destroys Han's ignobility. Knowing that in this, he's only in things for the money, he comes off as an anti-hero. Ironically, Han was originally green, scaled, and gilled; Greedo is green and fishlike. Another Special Edition change, which is cringe-worthy, is the laughable special effect making Jabba the Hutt in Han's deleted interaction with him.

After the success of this movie, we got a sequel better than the original: "The Empire Strikes Back". It introduced different themes for the characters, namely the romantic tune for Han and Leia, and the Imperial March. People can argue that it's the strongest of the series. Others can say it's no coincidence that it's the best "Star Wars" movie and George had the least involvement. He worked with people sharing his vision, gained by the original. While George considered more action, the others wanted to develop the romance between Han and Leia. The romance, the evasion from Imperial troops, and Luke's training in the Force on Dagoba by the ancient Jedi Yoda: they were all tied into a neat bow. Just like with the previous, we see environment transitions as the movie progresses, like transitions with the themes.
Han's reply to Leia saying "I love you", "I know": popular belief is that the line was improvised. In the training moments, Frank Oz had an Elmo puppet to cheer Mark up when on set and not shooting. There was another inaccuracy that the movie taught through a famous chase scene. The fight on the ice planet Hoth still holds up. Another thing to make this unique as a movie itself is that the villains win. George must've known that he later wanted a trilogy. Otherwise, this wouldn't have been deliberately left with a cliffhanger. With the big plot twist, it wasn't always planned that Darth Vader is Luke's father; it wasn't always planned that Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker are the same man. Fans also deliberately get the famous line wrong in order for their friends to get the reference when quoting it. This also has the rare twist of someone scary really being an underling and to someone with more authority and influence.
We had a few unneeded Special Edition in Boba Fett's voice dubbed by the man who played Jango Fett and Luke's wit being broken with the plain line "You're lucky to be out there"

To bring everything to an end, we have "Return of the Jedi". Funny thing is that it was originally called "Revenge of the Jedi". A cut plot point from it is that Yoda told Obi-Wan to not tell Luke that Vader is Luke's father. One amazing thing, to me personally, is that Ian McDiarmid was barely 39 when the movie was released, but some good makeup and the right tone make all the difference. That's quality performance there. He comes off as very old, but he shows how powerful he is, which makes him something we would be afraid to cross. I ignored a video on why the Emperor deliberately weakened Vader, but in my opinion: Vader became crippled in order for him to be too weak to betray the Emperor. He also can't use the Force Lightning not just because his robotic arms could short-circuit, but it damages his respirator. At least Vader gets the last laugh on him in the end. Personally, this one's my favourite "Star Wars" movie, simply because we have a hero now at the peak of his strength and it gets me emotional. The ending still has me crying. Say which one is your favourite. I want to respect your choices.
Harrison really wanted his character to die and he was willing to get fired. It was considered that Han would sacrifice himself in the end, but George didn't let that happen, afraid it'd affect toy sales. The unneeded Special Edition change in this is having Hayden in place of Sebastian in the ending shot as Anakin's ghost, as was a certain someone exclaiming, "Weesa free!" I appreciate that they're more diverse, using mostly chants and percussions in the ending scene. Even if the Ewoks were there for some comic humour, they are still helpful. Funny thing is, when I was eight I got interested in the movies again as the sets in LEGO were big at that time and a moment was a short comic in the LEGO Magazine.

Over the decades, we've seen several video games based on the movies and video games as spinoffs before we were treated with the prequel trilogy, which weren't as big. I could nitpick at "Revenge of the Sith", but it could mean giving myself a headache staring at my screen. I'm with others that the prequel trilogy was lackluster with George calling the shots on everything. Writer, director, producer. Hayden as young Anakin seemed to destroy the badass that is Darth Vader. His dull speech makes him sound so bored that he's thinking of being somewhere else throughout "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith". One great character is Darth Maul, who has little screen time and five lines. He was played by an Scottish Olympic martial artist named Ray Park, and looked badass with the marks, the horns, and the dual-bladed lightsaber. The highlights, though, of the prequel trilogy are the musical soundtrack and the duels. Grievous comes off as a throwaway with recycled concepts. He could've had more screen time and put up a better fight himself. One cut plot point is that Palpatine was taught by his mentor to manipulate the Midi-clorians to create life and there would be the implication that he created Anakin, explaining why of all people he chooses Anakin to tempt with the Dark Side. Watching "Revenge of the Sith" two weeks ago, made for another moment of me questioning my own writing.

New life was then breathed into "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens". My skepticism was in knowing that J.J. Abrams directed as his trademark is lens flares. Smosh once joked that in the new Star Trek movies, everyone on the bridge of The Enterprise would burst into flames from all the lens flares. However, his directing paid off. George sold off the rights to Disney in 2013 for 4.06 billion dollars, partly to pay off alimony to his ex-wife. He did offer a few written ideas, but there's the doubt that they'd be used. Just like with the original "Star Wars", it was intended that there would be obscure actors. For the read-through of the script, Mark spoke the settings of the scenes. Adam Driver was afraid he'd get fired; John Boyega assumed, it was like the final exam of the audition. I, among many, longed to see a real sequel to the original trilogy. A funny thing there is that when seeing Adam's face in the movie, I thought of Alan Rickman, who, believe it or not, was considered for a role in "Return of the Jedi". The new droid BB-8 was actually considered by J.J., drawing a dome shape atop a sphere on a sticky note.
On the first day at the set, Daisy was already upset by stress from J.J calling her acting wooden, and she considered quitting the movie. Thankfully, she pulled through. By the way, I may support the shipping, but I don't want to overthink whether Rey's relationship with Finn is to be romantic or platonic. Harrison now got the last laugh, though he cried when watching the movie. I like to think, people were talking about the one person yelling a short "NO!" when Han is stabbed dead (that was me). They really evolved with the rendering. They really blended the sets, the locations, and blue-screen effects. The moment of the fight in the snowy forest used a set with a painted backdrop for the background, 790 containers of fake snow, and many real trees. Daisy said, to go over the duel, they started with bamboo rods, then wooden sticks, then the staffs for the lightsabers, which she stated were heavy. The colours of the lightsabers are vibrant. Though they did recycle concepts, I can counter that even when someone so manipulative and dangerous is killed, there will be another just like him, which leads to another needed hero to balance it out. The movie lived up to the hype and I think it'd hold up in 2025.
My favourite shot is the rotating shot of the Millennium Falcon flying along the dune of Jakku; my favourite line is "If I told you, you wouldn't like it"; my favourite gag is when Kylo Ren interrupts the captain by swinging his lightsaber on a computer terminal and then asks, "Anything else?"
The depressing part: Kenny Baker, the English actor who would move the body of R2-D2 with his own body, passed away in the summer. Even worse, I learned of Carrie Fisher getting a heart attack at the end of a flight over Christmas holiday. I really hoped she'd make it...

Now then, what I wanted to do. Before I do, though, don't tell me who I forgot or ignored. Enjoy the selection:
SW:Destiny - Luke Skywalker by wraithdt Grandmaster Luke Skywalker by PemaMendez Star Wars: Princess Leia + General Leia by daekazu Han Solo by AmandaTolleson Han Solo - Commissioned Painting by Erik-Maell Darth-vader by samwyse Alec Guiness - Obi-Wan by GabeFarber Yoda by DenisM79 Rey by aqueous-transmission Finn by WesTalbott Kylo Ren by mistermat05 Darth Sidious by Lotsmanoff Captain Phasma  by Devin-Francisco Poe Dameron_ oil painting by FantasminhaCamarada
  • Listening to: Dead by April
  • Watching: The Big Bang Theory
  • Eating: an apple and Skittles
  • Drinking: tea
I don't know if anyone read, but the answer to my previous riddle was rabbit.
Now then, riddle me this:
I am something that has a cycle like the seasons, gaining a decoration that leave me for the simplest reason, and I always stand out on a city street. What am I?
  • Watching: The Big Bang Theory
I hate April Fool's Day. I didn't want to take chances on here. So, I read only a reply note, not wanting to fall for April Fool's jokes. I hated the day's trend of the pear with teeth. That's stupid. However, I watched the video of Jacksepticeye claiming that YouTube sent him a 15 million subscribers play button, and I'm still laughing about the 3-minute compilation of videos with him just screaming. He yells a lot.

On another note: I don't know who cares, but "Play For Me" now has over 40 000 words; Defiance at 39 300 words and reaching something I've been thinking of for some time. I'm always eager to get to what moments are my first thoughts with a story.

To those who read my previous riddle: the answer was smoke.
What I have in mind is not just in the spirit of spring. Now then, riddle me this: you know me just for my ears and how I move. However, I am not in the open. While quick as a whip, I also learn to sneak around and I always eat from the ground. What am I?
  • Listening to: Jacksepticeye's comentary
  • Watching: Jacksepticeye playing Deadpool
I don't know if anyone got it, but the answer to my previous riddle was puzzle pieces.
Now then, riddle me this:
What I say depends on a matter of perspective, for I always change my shape. You can reach for me, but I will never be in your grip, and my life is very short. What am I?

By the way, I heard that Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday was this week. Did anyone get festive or possibly have pancakes? :D I didn't really know until seeing what the jigsaw puzzles were on MSN Games ^^ In the spirit of it, there was an episode of "Worst Cooks in America" when the recruits made New Orleans dishes. They had a hard time, of course. Still, I finally got to start using my Tassimo brewer again.
  • Listening to: commentary and noise
  • Watching: Cutthroat Kitchen
I am now living in the house where I grew up. Didn't turn on my laptop at all yesterday. So, sorry that my comments and replies are a day late. Been tiring myself out getting my things inside. Surprisingly, it didn't really take all day, loading everything. Another plus is that I've unpacked all my CDs, books, and video games.

On another note: when going through my messages I saw that cassiian had a birthday today. Please, give her some love.
Valentine's Day. Love day. A day when dating couples get closer. A day when married couples are more loving than normally. February 14th is called that because of the murder of a saint in the third century. It's just another commercial day: kids giving small cards to all their classmates; stores selling chocolate boxes in the shape of a heart. I still regret that I didn't get something for my mom.
I just played the Valentine's Day themed ladder of "Mortal Kombat X", and then watched "Beauty and the Beast", the Special Edition. Speaking of which, the Special Edition has one additional musical number. The live-action remake, I've been anticipating. However, I'm now skeptic about it, having listened to Screen Junkies go over the theatrical trailer. It may be a shot-for-shot remake, a mistake with the remake of "Psycho" starring Vince Vaughan. Some are furious about how The Beast looks, one complaint being the horns not pointing up. So, I wonder if this movie will be as successful as the remake of "The Jungle Book".
Also, with romance movies, Dan Murrell alone gave his thoughts of "Fifty Shades Darker", and had no one else of the Screen Junkies watch it. The two stars had bad chemistry in the first, but the first Dan called a masterpiece compared to this trainwreck of a garbage movie. He considered the script something written by a third grader's third grader, and called the dialogue laughable. First movie fuck-up movie of the year.

One more thing: Sarn-Elyren had a birthday today. I haven't known her long, but she is a good friend and makes some good fan art. Please, give her some love.

Now then, enjoy the selection of my feature:
Symbols of Life by JoJoesArt It's time to play! by Martith Just you and me by LadyKuraiArt Cat Cuddles by adimlylitroom Family Time by Jack-13 I'll Keep You Warm by SilentRavyn Cuddle With A Tiger by MaliciousLion Goodbye kiss by Ishna-Valley blue and hige petit calin numerique by Airdutemps Pastel hug for Ma cherie by OutThereOtaku Flying  by Sn0wyAnGel Inktober #17 2015 - The Love of Ravens by Kamakru .:Fallin in love:. by SootxSprite
  • Listening to: Nighwish
  • Eating: biscuits
  • Drinking: tea
I've been scraping the bottom of the barrel for a while, but now I thought of a good riddle. So, riddle me this:
Alone, we seem like nothing. With a few of us, we make something. With all of us and our friends seen from a specific perspective, the thousands words that what we make is worth is complete. What are we?

On another note, there are some books to get online that I can't wait to order. Just think it would be a heavy addition to the loads I carry when moving. Also, I like to think I'm making good progress on my novellas, but I'm disappointed that I'm getting no feedback in advance. How can I get better if someone doesn't try to correct any kind of errors I make? I've been stumped on what to make with my series of drawings on Wolves of the Beyond, too.
  • Listening to: Jacksepticeye's comentary
  • Watching: Jacksepticeye playing Undertale
  • Eating: a muffin
  • Drinking: a latte
Thought I'd start this year with a survey. It gets personal. Hope you can handle it. Just post your answers in the comments below.


One
: Love and Hate
You know a movie is weak when--
You know a song is weak when--
You know a cartoon is bad when--
You hate a character for--
You hate a song for--
You hate a movie for--
You know a video game is bad for--
You know a book is bad when--
You love a movie for--
You love a video game for--
You love a book for--
You love a song for--
You love a character for--
You hate a person for--
You love a person for--

Two: What Comes to Mind
Hot--
Cold--
Bitter--
Sweet--
Playing--
Serious--
Morning--
Evening--
Fast--
Slow--

Three: Feelings
You know you're angry when--
You know you're sad when--
You know you had a bad day when--
You feel old when--
You lose your patience when--
You feel pestered when--
You feel stupid when--
You get cocky when--
You get jealous of others for--
You're disappointed in yourself for--


Well this took too long.
  • Watching: Cutthroat Kitchen
I wanted to do what I did last year. The year is coming to a close tomorrow night. So, let's recap. Let's think on all the achievements and fuck-ups from over this year. Based on what I tried keeping track of, this year sucked both ass and balls.

I much enjoyed watching a performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Princess of Wales Theatre. I'd been dying to see it even though I've read the original book by Gaston Leroux. I had a good seat, to see up close. The first amazing thing is the moment of the auction at the beginning, and I could see the cobweb texture. Another highlight is the performance of the lady playing Christine. It amazed me how she managed to hold a note in the duet between Christine and The Phantom. I was really surprised at the moment of the chandelier seeming to fall along with the stage. To make it more unique was the stage transition, having a wall on a turntable, with doors that open and close. Also, crew members managed to pose as characters, to avoid revealing mistakes.
Unfortunately, my joy was short-lived. Just two days later, I read that cancer killed Alan Rickman. A death that I took personally. To make it worse, my laptop broke. As it turned out, I was ignoring that damage of its chassis. Its joints and screen connection broke. I had to wait four weeks to get a new one. I also updated it to have Windows 10, which sucks balls.

To really go on in the world, though, I learned that Pakistan has honour killings, one of which was really a man killing her own daughter for marrying the man she loved. That mistake in the law hasn't been perfectly corrected, but at least killers won't go free for that anymore. Also, in Afghanistan, a woman was hit by acid thrown in her face for doing the right thing and leaving her abusive husband. That was also changed by passing the bill prohibiting the violent use of acid. A terrorist organization called ISIS has been posing as a major threat, as well. Terrorism is the main reason I wish it was the '90s again.
Germany has been taking in Syrian refugees, wanting to get away from the Syrian Civil War. Add that "je suis Charlie" has been a tag after a sarcastic journalist was assassinated; the streets of Nice, France saw several people run over by a truck carrying explosives; the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida was both a hate crime and terrorist act. How long before everyone boycotts flights to other countries out of fear of never coming home alive?
Over this year, people have been protesting about the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to one Jo Ellen Darcy: "crossing the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Conservation", which would poison the river and kill too many animals if it was to leak. Too many of those protesting about the government doing the right thing were assaulted and gassed. I really hope it was worth all that. Just weeks ago, the permission for the actual construction has been denied, but there's still no doubt that the pipeline will still happen.
The poor treatment toward the kangaroos at the Tim Height and Tiger Paw Exotic hasn't changed. However, that wasn't the last thing to infuriate me. There were protests over the handling of one Brock Turner having raped a young woman on the campus of Stanford University. He was sentenced to only three months even though the prosecutor said Turner's actions called for a longer sentence. So, the protest was on taking the judge off the case.
Add two police scandals: first one being on a mother not having the truth for a year about her son Anthony being shot dead in a hotel room in Calgary; the second being explained over the summer of Constable James Forcillo having shot dead one 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on a streetcar, Forcillo sentenced to six years, but spent only one night in prison and next hearing possibly unlikely.
Learning of how pets are treated at Pet Habitat in Burnaby, British Columbia wasn't the last news of animal cruelty this year. Some idiots planned to build--and I quote an e-mail--"planet-frying coal plant, right next door to the mega forest that's home to some of the last Bengal Tigers". There was disaster at the opening ceremony of the Brazil Olympics. An Amazonian Jaguar was used as a mascot and paraded about for the lighting of the torch. She got scared and started running. A guard shot her dead without hesitation.
One achievement, there, though, is that SeaWorld has stopped keeping Orcas captive for money and shows.
Other achievements are that, thanks to Avaaz, SumofUs, and change.org, the TTP is dead and net neutrality has been agreed upon, El Salvador's water has been made safe for drinking after building pressure toward OceanaGold to drop a lawsuit.

There was one other fuck-up that I forgot to mention in my last recap and in my vain journal. In Nov. 2015, I tried reporting on someone having posted the work of DarkIceWolf as their own. I tried very hard to send a message to the staff on this, but all I got was frustration and I cried about it.
Last, but most of these fuck-ups, let me say first: I'm a hater. I'm a hater of the Spyro in the "Skylanders" series; I'm a hater of Dante in "DmC: Devil May Cry", as well as its story; I'm a hater of Core Membership. And I'm a hater of the new president. There were heated arguments over here, and no doubt on facebook and twitter. I wish I didn't give a shit about politics...

Now let's think about entertainment. I anticipated many movies released over this year. Even though it was released a week before last Christmas, the new "Star Wars" movie kicked off this year nicely. To further please me, the "Deadpool" movie, which was made under a budget of only fifty-eight million dollars and grossed over three hundred million dollars, came out fast-paced, hilarious, and without almost any dull moment. I also got interested in Disney's "Zootopia", which is awesome as well. The animation is superb and the story is very profound. However, after that, there came a movie that was hated by fans. Bats v. Supes came out an overhyped disappointment, just as I feared. I tried avoiding the news and rumours on it; I really did try. It was basically sub-plots, mangled like vines. They were too focused on special effects. I know the origin of the character Doomsday, to say they bastardized him. I pan the movie for the miscast of Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor. Captain America: Civil War came out a lot better than that. While action-packed, that movie has its dramatic moments. I think X-Men: Apocalypse has its ups and downs. The highlight is the performance of Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. I can remember that she really expressed. I appreciated a few small things, too. What bothers me from the movie is some bad bluescreen effects. They may have been too focused on fan service. Plus, fans hated the portrayal of Apocalypse. As much as I appreciated "Finding Dory", I'm afraid it might be overrated as a sequel. I shared the skepticism of Dan Murrell of Screen Junkies, as he pointed out the reuse of two concepts that I spotted in the commercial. Of course, the animation is commendable. I had no interest at all in "Suicide Squad", and I'm glad I never watched it. Fans were furious by the Joker portrayal. I myself really hated the first leaked still of Leto as the Joker. IMDb stupidly named that movie #1 on their list of movies of 2016. The new Ghostbusters movie got a lot of hate as well. Screen Junkies had to disable the comments of their Honest Trailer to avoid the flame wars on the video. Its actual trailer on YouTube now has over a million dislikes. If I remember correctly, it quickly earned a few hundred thousand dislikes. Though I didn't really plan on it as much as Civil War, I watched Doctor Strange in theatres. What I commend there is the special effects with the colours and environmental manipulations, along with the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. One last disappointment: two years ago, the teaser for the Sly Cooper movie was made and available for viewing. They said it'd be released this year. Unfortunately, the critical reception of the Ratchet & Clank movie affected someone's confidence in this. So, I'm afraid we might have been... deceived.
Music? I got Tarja: Shadow Self and Epica: The Holographic Principle from ordering on Amazon. They, too have their ups and downs, but they still manage to keep it up. I say that because I can't remember how all songs on those two CDs go, but I know that there a few I want to sink in.
I wasn't much with video games this year. I finally played "Mortal Kombat X", which I've been relying on to vent anger. The Deadpool game, I got a kick out of, for all the humour in it. It was re-released for the Next-Gen consoles last year. I also bought LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Like the other LEGO games, it has the humour and is accurate to the story while taking a few liberties. Personally, I think it was a nice break from the gory stuff. Foolish as it may have been, I also bought Darksiders II "Deathinitive" Edition. I quickly noticed a difference in it. The images are sharper and the colours are easier on the eyes. This year did come out with terrible things. The trailer and demo of No Man's Sky were apparently big fat lies; Mighty No. 9 is tedious; The Last Guardian was criticized for glitches and hard controls; StarFox Zero was called a disappointment for needing to switch between looking from the pad to the TV to the pad; ReCore was called terribly repetitive and has long loading screens. Acclaimed games were Dishonoured 2 (which I got my brother this Christmas), Dark Souls III, Uncharted 4, and Overwatch (which people call overrated). I know Overwatch to be a multiplayer unconventional shooter, and to have killed its competition Battleborn.
I still watch the TV shows that I've been regularly watching. Someone thinks someone should be fired for reusing a concept for the twist in the second season of "The Flash". The start of its new season is based on "Flashpoint", the comic book volume. This may be the last season for the comedy that I've been obsessed with: The Big Bang Theory.

Now, personally: I can't believe what I've been up to. I held out my personal promise to not use the cheap stuff. I stopped using the Crayola stuff. I said in a reply to a comment on "I Look to the Sky", I wanted to be more mature with my tools. My first picture of the year was really a crappy drawing of Trish from "Devil May Cry". Then, I made a painting built simply on the title "Unicorn Slayer", which came out very dark. I don't know who among my watchers knew, but it was "Felidae" that inspired my painting "Lost in the Darkness". I also watched the old movie "Watership Down". I asked a contact of mine for thoughts on "A Rabbit Like No Other" and she said it reminded her of that, when I really got the idea from "Pandora Hearts", which I watched over the summer.
Both those movies have a bad reputation for being violent, bloody, and scary, making them underrated. I also learned from a video by Looper that audiences walked out of "The Lion King", parents getting their crying kids out after the moment of Mufasa's death. The show "black-ish" referenced that as the family's watched it several times, but glossed over that moment to spare Jack pain, prompting him to ask the others what other lies he's been told. So, it makes me wonder if death is one of many things that parents try to sugar coat. I didn't have that.
I've also been reading, out of curiosity, the works of someone on FA, the same person who gave me an idea. I could go on and on, but I'd rather save that for comments below. If you'd like to know what I think of any of the following-- "Legacy", "Cruelty", Unconditional", and "Heretic"-- just ask.
Furthermore, with my writing, I closed the first part of the trilogy that I hope to publish and started the second, which was the highlight of Halloween. Not really coincidental. I reached the end of the first story that I typed up on my laptop on the night of Halloween '11. I hope that I continue to grow as a writer. I hope to further expand upon the universe of my mind.
A major part of my life is that I've been in preparation to move back to the house where I grew up as my mom moved. My house was put on the market. The showings really pissed me off. An afternoon of reading and having a good lunch sounded like too much to ask. At that same time, I was alternating between two stories, writing every day. My house is sold now, but I'm not officially moving out for weeks. It's still insufferable.

And that should be everything. I tired myself out. So, tell me what you think.
  • Reading: e-mails
  • Watching: The Big Bang Theory
  • Eating: Nanaimo bar
  • Drinking: tea
It's that time of year again. The holidays. A time to be with family. A time of giving. Store discounts. Putting garlands and plastic baubles on a pine or fir tree. Christmas.

I told how I was motivated to draw over October. The same can't be said about me with December. I could've drawn in the spirit of winter and I'm no stranger to a picture with the combination of white and dark blue. I wish I could really see the art of this. On a website, that's hard with all the lines of lights, the sleighs, the flying deer, and the Santa suits. To irritate me, the Holiday Baking Championship this year started almost immediately after Halloween ended.

I saw a bit of the art in Cake Wars: Christmas. While people decorated with talent, using fondant, sugar class, candy, rice cereal, and fruits, I saw people make mistakes. Even though they agreed on ideas, someone was occasionally put in a rush or let break, crack, or fall apart. I'm disappointed that I didn't really hear a team argue like brothers and sisters.
There was art in the Holiday Baking Championship as well, giving the professional bakers some challenges. I can name two rounds in which I saw such artistic treats, and they were quite talented.

As for myself: I was afraid that I wasn't in it. I love giving, but I didn't feel it this year. I'm still learning. There's much I don't understand and there's much I can't let go of. This is also a time to reflect on the year. I've read about many fuck-ups that happened over this year, and I've been to theatre more times this year than any other year, with several movies that I anticipated.
I like to think that it was in early spirit of NaNoWriMo that I wrote every weekday from September to November, alternating between two stories, each of them at around 24 000 words at this point. I held out my personal promise to ditch the kids' stuff with drawing. I made pictures with pencil crayons and markers of a higher quality. My first picture with them made me proud of myself and I had to remind myself to not get arrogant.
By the way, I'm not watching any of the Christmas TV specials or holiday movies. I stopped caring for those long ago. I'm only thinking about my favourite band, Nightwish. Christmas is the birthday of Tuomas Holopainen and other musical artists. Just like other specific days, I like to work on a project on Christmas Day. I'm not really social, either.

I hope to keep growing as a writer and keep going over the year to come. I also hope to see more art from my dear friends here on dA, while see what catches my eye on FA. I hope no one I like interacting with on dA gives up on what they love to do or on their dreams. I've been here for five years. To my dearest friends: I'm glad that you're in my life and even though you only read what I type on a keyboard, I hope that what I say is no less meaningful. You're like my family, and I love you all.

Now then, my friends' feature:
Overexposure by TrollcreaK Snowolf by AledaneF Dream A Fantastic Dream by Bandarai Isjaki by dreameroftheblue First snow by FlashW Thalarctos Nivalis by FelisGlacialis Under my Christmas tree by woxys Cosmic Catch by GoldenDruid That's Amore 2 by FrancescaDelfino Forest of Dreams by MarcoHerrera Saidy's Area by SaidyWolf themorningstar by Cassiuseos :PA: Universes within by DragonDodo Silver Song by Kamakru .:PW:..:Little Wolf of the Galaxy:. by I-WhiteLightning-I Space Lion by Leundra
  • Listening to: Nightwish
  • Eating: peanut butter squares
  • Drinking: tea
For those who read my previous riddle, the answer to "How do you scream silently?" is, you write the word. I got that from the riddle book "I Spy: Haunted House", the first riddle. I had a Happy Halloween, but that happiness seemed to all leave last night.

Now the, riddle me this:
I am the only person you can control, who you can have like you or unlike you, and moves as you want me to. What am I?

In other news, I've been considering signing up on Twitter, just to post questions for the Screen Junkies Movie Fights, and maybe post links to petitions without spamming dA. I bought a few used games from EB Games. Been playing "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag"; bought "Devil May Cry 4"; last night bought a Yu-Gi-Oh! RPG for the original Wii, "Darksiders II" the "Deathinitive" Edition (clever, whoever the hell suggested that), and a Structure Deck that's up-to-date with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Also, in anticipation of the new Wolverine movie, I bought a volume of Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
  • Watching: TV
Ah, Halloween. All Hallows Evening. A night to think of the Saints and of our loved ones passed, a night of warding off monsters and evil souls. To prepare, children dress up in costumes of what they like and carve faces or pictures in the fronts of pumpkins. Children have their own fantasy worlds. I see no reason to discourage that.

I love the spirit of Halloween. I noticed quite a few people posting items for Goretober, Inktober, Owltober, or just Drawtober. The spirit of such seemed to fuel me. I managed to make four fully-coloured pictures over this one month. And frankly, I loved doing that. Last year, I said in a comment of one my own pieces, "I should get in the spirit of themes more often."
What will never change is that Halloween is a time to be artistic, hollowing out and making faces or pictures on pumpkins, to put a candle in. There's a lot more than that. I remember a family of my siblings' friends decorating their house to the extreme, and I remember being skeptic once, while their parents have scared me at least two Halloweens. I remember a Halloween night when there was snow on the ground and my dad told me that he and my brother's friend's dad drank whiskey and coffee to keep warm. Still, my siblings and I enjoyed getting candy when we were kids. Furthermore, there's a reason for the choices of costumes and a reason someone acts. You only need ask.
Anyone would put up decorations for this one joyous night. Fake cobwebs, plastic or cardboard skeletons, tombstones, garlands, lights. There is such a thing as going to the extreme. All that'd be needed is the horror movie clichés. I much appreciate the art that is brought out by the monthly theme. Horror movies actually back to as far as any movie goes. In the '50s, scary movies were big. Then, they were brought back with icons from the '80s. Curiosity got me to watch the "Friday the 13th" movies, then the "Halloween" movies, then "A Nightmare On Elm Street", then finally "Saw". I wanted to learn so much about those horror icons, feeling like I missed out. Over grade 12, the slasher movies were sort of a guilty pleasure of mine.
I must pick at "The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror" of this year. To me, two of the three shorts are spoof porn and everything Halloween, except for puns for names in the credits, was thrown out the window. No aliens, no monsters, nothing supernatural. It wasn't funny, either.

Also to show me the art brought out from others were watching "Halloween Wars" and "Halloween Baking Championship" on Food Network. These are cooking competitions following the holiday theme. I saw the process of the works of the teams, each member of those teams having their own specialties. The struggles are showcased as much as the achievements. They show that not everything can be perfect, something can break the first time, and there can be disagreements. I saw such talent in the pumpkin carving and the sugar glass molding as much as the baking. Just like with any art piece, the displays have commendable elements while something is amiss or not convincing. I tried my hand at candy apples. I coated two green apples in caramel and chocolate that I melted, but the caramel I coated them with had to much weight. So, it came out clunky.
It just goes to show that you can make something look good as much as make it taste good. You can make something look terrifying but delicious. Even though a presentation is off-putting, you could make up for it with the flavours. Of course, who can turn down the mini chocolate bars?

Everyone has their idea of celebrating this day. One of those ways is where the green-eyed monster called envy gets me. You all have someone to just hang out with, either to make some art or watch movies. And yet, being all dressed up and working on a project, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Also, Happy Birthday to KovoWolf. Please give her some love.
Now then, time for a friends' feature. Enjoy the selection:
QuillDog Design: The Werewolf's Last Breath by MischievousRaven Commission - Three's A Howl by FantasyFlixArt Moon by FrancescaDelfino Black Magic by Bandarai The Guardian of Darkness by FlashW:bigthumb635182671: Destroyer of all things + Video by Grypwolf Let It Burn - Trade by Sarn-Elyren My Name Is Magneto by MegBeth Purple Dragon Portait by Kamakru Black star by RiversOfHell Guardian by jocarra dream by AledaneF Vain by TrollcreaK Jack o lantern by What-is-that0-o My jack-o-lantern  by Azulthecat4759 Jack o Lantern by XWeather-DemonX Jack O lanterns 1 by JB22 cat Treats by HelenaKiss Halloween - The black (K)night by SecretDarTiste
And a self-promotion:
A Rabbit Like No Other by Agent36496 Hatred Has a Face by Agent36496 Save Our Last Goodbye by Agent36496 Wondrous Night by Agent36496
  • Listening to: Disturbed and Within Temptation
  • Eating: an apple
  • Drinking: Chai Tea
Sort of last-minute, but I wanted to do a feature.
Midnight by Crowtesque Of Cat and Crow by Crowtesque Stained Scenery by Crowtesque Eclipse by Crowtesque Virus by Crowtesque
It's the birthday of Crowtesque. I love her ideas and style as if illustrating a dark book that can appeal to all ages. It just goes to show the amazement of what imagination does. Please, give her some love.

Also, Happy Thanksgiving to fellow Canadian deviants.
  • Listening to: Jacksepticeye
First off, today was the birthday of MischievousRaven. She has been on here for quite some time. She loves fantasy animals and makes them with a style that's sort of old-fashioned, in a good way. Please, give her some love.

Now, the time has come for the riddle of the month. It's in the spirit of Halloween. Also, take a wild guess where I got the idea for it. Now then, riddle me this:
How do you scream silently?
  • Listening to: Jacksepticeye
  • Watching: Jacksepticeye playing Event [0]
Tonight, I'm logging out of here. I've now completed and posted "Silent Howl". So, I'm taking off, to focus on other things.

Two new ideas each for a new story came to me. I hope to have them only as novellas, no more than fifty thousand words. One is that for which I got inspiration from the author I watch on furaffinity.net, who I have the impression is famous in the furry community. The other I got inspiration from an anime that I got a kick out of. Each will much resemble where I got the ideas from. I'm saying that now. When I come back, I want to know if I can find any Beta-readers. Just send the link to whoever you know who reads written works online. Comment below if you're interested. I will let you know what kind of story it is. As long as my readers are mature. Also, expect factual errors. I want more than just comments saying "I like this" or "This is good". I want you to criticize me. Tell me what points to remove, what points to change, and what points to add.
"Silent Howl" is now complete. Just wait for me to submit the last part of it. I will take a hiatus from dA then to focus on what I've inspired to write. It'll need a lot of thinking. Please, send the link of my previous journal to contacts of yours if you think they'd be interested.

Without further ado, onto the main event. I couldn't wait to submit this: a question meme. The theme is video games. Post your answers in a journal.

1. What game systems do you own and what systems have you played on in the past?

2. On consoles, what genre of video games do you prefer?

3. On the internet, what genre of games do you play?

4. What video games have you watched and do you watch a playthrough of but not own?

5. What video games have you played that you hated?

6. Which video games' artworks do you have a book of?

7. Apart from glitches, freezing, and crashes, what moments in video games frustrated you the most?

8. Which video game characters annoy you?

9. Who do you think are the worst characters to play?

10. Which video game genre would you say is not your forte?

11. Were you big on arcades when you were a kid?

12. Which video games' musical soundtracks do you love?

13. What original songs from video games do you love?

14. Which old video games do you think deserve a remake (exact same story and gameplay but with modern graphics and audio)?

15. Movies based on video games have a bad reputation: which do you think is the worst?

16. Which derailed video game franchises do you hope get revived someday?

17. In 2014, it was confirmed the rumour about all unsold copies of the worst video game ever were buried in the New Mexico desert; which video games do you wish were buried and would never see the light of day?

18. Assuming that they could survive the tests of time, which video games would you put in a chest buried as a time capsule?

19. Which video game's world would you love to be a part of?

20. Which video game's world would you hate to be a part of?

21. What do you like to drink while playing video games?

22. What do you like to eat while playing video games?

23. How long do you regularly play video games each time you play?

24. What do you hate about retro video games?

25. What do you love about retro video games?

26. What do you hate about today's video games?

27. What do you think is the worst way to die in video games?

28. One thing to annoy gamers is people bombarding news about upcoming works. Which overhyped video game did you play that you'd criticize?

29. Which clichés in video games annoy you?

30. Some components and mechanics of video games make no sense. Which video game logics do you question?

31. Name a video game series that you think has overstayed its welcome.

32. Which weapons from video games would you love a replica of?

33. Which gamers on YouTube do you subscribe to?

34. Who was the first gamer on YouTube you came across?

35. Which gamer's commentary do you enjoy listening to?

36. What games you play on a computer or online can you name where you always want to beat your own best scores?

37. There are a few video games that couldn't get a sequel and those that got a sequel, but a very bad one. Give an expression on how likely a video game would be made with the intention of having it as a standalone.

38. Name a video game that you think is underrated as a sequel.

39. Which video game would you call the most unique you've ever played and why?

40. Name a video game that you think is/would be/would've been better left as standalone.

41. A few games are big on gags. Name a funny moment from a video game.

42. Surely a scripted event has made you groan or growl. Name an angry moment from a video game.

43. Name a mind-blowing moment from a video game.

44. Name a video game you were skeptic about and why.

45. (Other than those possibly upcoming) Name a video game series that should have a movie adaptation and said movie being faithful to its source material.

46. Were there any video games that stumped you, and you never picked up on? If so, name one.

47. Which do you think is the worst video game based on a movie?

48. Name a video game you watched a frustrating playthrough of (frustrating meaning the videos featuring too many failures, too many cuts, running around for too long, etc.).

49. Name a video game you've read a fanfiction of and liked.

50. Name two video games that you think deserve a crossover.

51. Name a video game sequel (regardless of number of installment) that you criticize for taking everything great about its series and throwing it all out the window.

52. Name a video game that you think is good for venting anger.

53. Websites with reviews and news can be helpful, but not always. Name a video game that you think a critic got wrong.

54. How old were you when you started playing video games?

55. Which would you call the hardest game you ever played?

56. Name an Honest Game Trailer that you got a kick out of.

57. Have you ever considered posting "Let's Play" videos?

58. What do you think of motion games?

59. Do you have app games on your phone?

60. Name an achievement in a console game that you doubt you'd unlock.

61. Which video game do you think is most fun to play?

62. "Cake Masters" shows the processes of Duff Goldman collaborating with professional bakers, decorators, and mechanics to make unique and memorable sculpture cakes for events. The first episode to air, shows his friends building cake sculptures of characters from "Skylanders", which also have joints and lights. Which beloved video game characters would you love to see sculptures of, made of cake, icing, fondant, rice cereal, and other sweets?

63. What do you think is the most emotional cutscene in a video game?

64. Name a video game that made you want to cry.

65. What is your personally highest-rated video game?

66. And finally, the most serious: which would you buy: a video game with amazingly lifelike graphics complemented by convincing voice acting and realistic motion capture, but a paper-thin story plot, too little gameplay that's very tedious and cutscenes that you can't skip--or--a video game with a very profound story, complex characters and widely diverse gameplay with much replay value, but environments lacking detail and graphics looking so clunky that they could pass for outdated?

Now then, I challenge...
ProjectOWL Guardianowlbubo MegBeth cassiian LydeaBlaze
  • Listening to: noise
  • Watching: TV, what's it to ya
To those who read my previous riddle, the answer was wolverine.

I'm doing another survey this time. Just answer in the comments below. All questions are just words and you say the first thing that comes to mind.

dark--
light--
black--
white--
full--
empty--
best--
worst--
only--
broken--

Tale of--
World of--
Scared of--
Story of--
Out of--
End of--

"I turn to the sky"--
"What can I do"--
"Life is like"--
"There is no such thing as"--
"Who would ever love"--
"I don't believe in"--
  • Watching: TV, what's it to ya