Thursday, December 2, 2010

Back from the Fall

Fall quarter is finished, so now it's a vacation until the Winter quarter. Could have done better grade wise, but I was actually sort of happy that the letter grades made up one of my most favorite networks.

It was a busy quarter along with my three classes, I did ad building, worked a bit with Myriad (SCAD eLearning blog), and the biggest project was probably the work I did with a group of students from SCAD (Go Team Mishap!). We worked on a game for the Independent Game Festival. Currently it's a first level with plans of completion in 2011.

You can find the first level of our game Julia's Magnificent Mishap here:

Follow us on Twitter:!/TeamMishap or 'Like' us on Facebook:!/pages/Julias-Magnificent-Mishap/137732242945299?v=wall

One of my new favorite songs from Coldplay!

Sightings of Elvis and Christmas lights and I am loving the old worn style of the set.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Classes!

This Monday I start my new classes for Fall quarter. It's a bit of an assortment. I have classes C++ Programming, Creative Copywriting, and 3D Graphics. The latter two classes are a bit of a return to my original degree, so I am looking forward to learning more.
I could always find a career as a Graphic Designer in Gaming.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When I am not writing for this blog.....

Myriad is a Club through SCAD that I participate in, very exciting to see the launch and growth of a club, and I work with awesome people.

Here is a piece about Doctor Who: The Adventure Games that I wrote:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coffee in a Tea Bag?

My find of the day! My cousin Joni had mentioned Coffee in Tea Bags, but I didn't really think that they made those. Now they call them Coffee Bags, but if you just looked at the bag, you would think Tea.

I love coffee, I have been drinking coffee since I was about 5 years old. I am trying Decaf since Regular coffee seems to make me feel a bit more anxious and if I drink more than 2 cups then I feel pretty jittery.
It actually made a pretty good cup of coffee, still working on how long I need to leave it in.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Roadblocks.... I mean Mindblocks

I am realizing that I have set up a lot of Roadblocks for myself. It's more mental, although the way my room is right now, it's pretty much one big roadblock for me to trip over, hoping I don't break my neck, most likely it will be my toe.
Where was I? Oh right, so I apparently have a fear of change, I know change happens constantly, and sometimes things change for the better like getting married, which has not happened for me yet, actually I am still waiting on the right man to come along, as getting married doesn't really work if you are alone, although there was some strange movie on Lifetime where the woman was going to get married to herself, of course while planning her wedding she meets the right guy..... I am sort of sick of Lifetime movies, same plot, same outcome, my dad would always make fun of those movies if my mom and I were watching one.
Back to my fear of change, I think it stems from a lack of self-confidence. I have a lot of goals and dreams (Don't you dare make a joke about my name). I am attending SCAD for my B.A. in Game Development which should help me achieve my goal of getting into the Gaming Industry, although I can honestly say my confidence in the goal was tested during the last couple of weeks since I felt like I was falling behind and I made the wrong choice, why am I even going to SCAD?! I should have gone into banking! Banking would have probably been a nightmare since I am not a fan of math. I am actually making improvements in my classes now, partly because I actually watched the tutorials (got a gift subscription to, Thanks Katherine!) and worked on my assignments more than usual. At the same time I have to watch that I don't fall into the habit of waiting until the weekend to get my projects done. Part of it is being lazy, and I think the rest goes back to my mental roadblocks, as much as I want to succeed, I am afraid of the change that comes with it. At the same time I feel extreme pressure sometimes from others who I feel think that I do not have any focus and that I should be working, (currently I am doing ad building). While I am sure they are looking out for my best interest, at the same time I feel absolute judgement, like "no you can't do anything right". Which leads me to missing my dad more because he didn't care what others thought, especially if you had a self-righteous attitude. He could be the most caring person, but the minute you did him wrong or thought of yourself higher, your opinion didn't matter to him. I wish I had a bit more of that attitude, I always doubt myself, even with writing a simple message, I can usually find something wrong with it, especially when someone else has taken something out of context.

So my goals for this week are to improve my classwork and take out a few of the roadblocks in my room like the papers, magazines, and clothes.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Small Spaces

Small Space Style Blog

This is a great blog about adding style to small spaces. My house has a lot of rooms but we certainly to not have any "Great Rooms" My room is pretty much like an apartment, it's just missing a kitchen. When I do purchase my own home I really have no desire for a mansion or huge house, all I can think of is how much more cleaning you would have to do.

Some companies specialize in the small house business, and while it seems like it would be okay for a single person or a weekend getaway.

Tumbleweed Houses

I would actually like to add a small type of cottage to the property in Ocala someday (with ADT security since there are a few people who think if a place is empty then that means FREE room and board).
In day-to-day life I could not imagine living in too small of a space, seems very claustrophobic!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Have you ever been trapped in a room. I was trapped in my bathroom for about 15 minutes yesterday. I had taken the doorknobs off because I had planned to paint the door later. Well, I shut the door, didn't really occur to me that the knobs had a purpose. Of course the door shut, no way to open it couldn't press it open. My mom was in the kitchen and couldn't hear me as I was shouting and banging on the door. The only soul who could hear me was my dog Millie and she was trapped in her crate (Now I have an idea of how traumatic it can be to be stuck in a room with no way of getting out, sorry Millie) Anyway, my mom finally came to announce that dinner was ready, still she had to find the doorknobs which ended up not working.
Lightbulb moment! Credit cards, I learned that from years of watching the telly, and I also checked Google (I had my mom pass my laptop too me through the space above the door) One woman apparently used the Sim card from her iPhone to open the door, not sure of where my iPhone was, although I am pretty sure it had a dead battery. Anyway, the credit card did the trick. Really everyone should keep an old credit card in their bathroom I think. Being trapped in the bathroom is not the worst thing in the world, being trapped in a room with no water resources would be worse. Either way, lesson learned!
I was really trying to channel MacGyver too, although the only things I could find were Shower gels, Cleaning supplies, and breakables. I guess I could have cleaned the bathroom.

p.s. Door is still not painted.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cars, Car Parts, and Argh!

The theme of my week is Cars, no not the movie, that would be nice though. No, I have car parts strewn about my deck and a few in my closet.... waiting to be placed on eBay, I know I should have done this a while ago..... procrastination is my worst habit and add a bit of self-pity and voila! They are still there. This week I did manage to make a step in selling the Iroc-Z, it was my dad's car, it was not his favorite car though, that would be the 39' Coupe, the El Camino, and the Sedan Delivery. It's made it an easier decision to sell, however, it is still easier to let the car sit, and as long as no one shows interest, it will continue to sit there. Mentally I am still comprehending and sorting. It gets to be too much, I start to feel alone in it all, and some days it feels like I have velcro on my feet.

Yesterday, the car battery quit, a frustration and expense, but I have now bought my first car battery, it should last at least 2 years. Our neighbor installed it, but I want to know how to install the battery without causing a short. I am getting an education in car repair costs. Next week my car is scheduled for an oil change and a check-up..... the air conditioner is blowing hot air, which is not a good thing in sunny hot Florida (why do I live in Florida again?). Car repairs were not something I had to worry about before, it was a perk of having a dad who worked in auto body, I am not uneducated about cars though, my dad did not specifically show me how to change a tire, but I learned from observation. I do know how to tape light shades, wet-sand an RV, and I dabbled in painting power trucks when I was 5.

Maybe this weekend I will make up an inventory list, or maybe not....

My meditation for this week:
Psalms 43:3
O send out your light and your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I love this blog!

So much creativity, it makes me want to be more creative! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Weary via Technology

I love technology, I really do, it makes work easier. I can watch episodes that I have missed, or British television like "Doctor Who" (I think my family and friends may have me committed if I mention "Doctor Who" anymore). The computer allows me to see overseas family and find out what's going on in the world. At the same time I get where I really dislike it. The computer doesn't always work, and it seems I have become more lazy. I have not written a letter in months and I owe quite a few people letters like thank you letters and how are you letters.
Then there is text messaging, at one point I did not text message, I didn't have a cell phone til I was 15 or 16, that was my car. It was a shimmery Sapphire Nokia with no color, now it would seem ancient but at the time it was the best thing ever. I really did not want a car, I didn't go to driver's ed until I was 17, the previous year I was a bit frightened by the teacher who brought up Murphy's Law every class, so instead I went to an Art class. Back to text messaging, I used to like getting text messages, it was fun, oh you thought of me, now it's just oh you couldn't call me so you are text messaging me. If I don't get any text messages, I feel left out, it's a lose-lose situation. I am forgetting some friend's voices, maybe it's my fault because I don't call them but I do not want to interrupt their day. I feel like such a misfit with communication actually I just feel like a misfit, if I don't get a response back from a text message then I wonder if I said the wrong thing. I know I over think everything, so now I am taking a sabbatical from text messaging again, if you text me, I am just going to call back, this way I will at least hear a tone in their voice.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Interactive Design to Game Development???

I made an error with classes this quarter, possibly lost my scholarship for a quarter, if I bring up my GPA it will come back, "a small bump" (words from my friend Daniel) in this upcoming quarter, I am remembering that I am not the first student to make a mistake, it's just irritating, just extra money that I don't really have. Good News is next month is Scholarship month at SCAD, for some reason you only have one month out of the whole year to apply for all of the scholarships available through SCAD so I am going to apply for everything that I can, also looking at Fastweb and contests and such online, I know a couple students who are always entering in Art contests, really it's a smart idea.
I had been thinking about this lately, and this issue with scholarships is really making me reflect on if I am happy with Interactive Design as my concentration. I am thinking of changing my degree concentration from Interactive Design to Game Development, either way I can incorporate classes through electives. Both would take four quarters to finish. I have my A.S. degree in Print Design and it seems like Game Development would allow more opportunities most game companies seem to be on the West coast or in Orlando. Seattle seems nice, and California would not be bad, just not really a state that I ever thought of moving to or thought that I would want to move to, of course one friend asked me if I had been to California, which I have not, I sound pretty close minded with the lack of information that I have. Most of my immediate family and friends are in Florida which makes me rethink the whole idea of ever moving to another state, I do want to travel though, perhaps I could live in an RV and be a traveling game designer! Even though I am not married yet, I also have to think depending on when I marry, will my future husband even support the idea of moving to another state? Perhaps I think too much, haha.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

End of 2nd quarter

Finally finished with 2nd quarter, it actually did not seem that long, but I am happy for fresh new classes. My fresh new classes include two aesthetic courses, one is digital. Hopefully they are not the same, it might make the class seem easier, but to make two assignments that are the same seems a bit much.

My color theory course final probably got the worst grade, I am not too worried about it, I can fix it up for portfolio viewing. My American Moderns class final was great, a 94% on my essay, had an awesome friend proofread it so I knew it would work out, haha. My Intro to Interactive Design and Gaming is undecided, had a problem with the file so I am still waiting for my grade. Overall with the events of last year, I think grade wise I did okay this quarter. Of course it could have been better, but there is always next quarter. One of the quarters I will get all A's, I am determined.

I set up a store on Etsy, no sales yet, but I am still figuring it out. I need to get some photos of antiques items to put on there today as I will not have my camera for about a week, which is okay, it's not being used at the moment. Plans are to send out the HP Laptop before my warranty ends since it is definitely looking grim with a keyboard that doesn't work. I really am not a fan of standing in line for Geek Squad though, I always feel a bit dopey, and last time the Geek Squad guy had to comment on all of the auto starting programs, Grrrrrrrr.........

Okay, that's all for now!

Friday, February 26, 2010


I have recently been making wraparound bracelets, and I really like it, what I don't like it going to the local bead store. First because of the road construction, I have to make a 10 minute drive for what would have been 2 minutes Second, the prices are just a bit steep for me for just a strand.  So instead I have gone to where not only do people sell handmade and vintage things, they also sell supplies a variety of supplies! The shipping is not too bad, same price as it is for a gallon of gas. However, now it is not just beads, I bought mesh bags, and wire, and antique skeleton keys! I set myself an investment budget though, so as long as I use all of my supplies and hopefully sell a few creations then it works.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dad's Birthday

Today is my dad's birthday, he would be 62 today.
I miss him terribly, but I am oh so thankful that I can call him my dad.
Happy Birthday Daddy.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Game Nights

Once a month I try to get a group of friends together for a game night at Hooker Tea Company in Downtown St. Petersburg, really it started after meeting my friend Nathan there and getting beat in a game of Battleship (he also beats me in Chess, I will succeed one day!) and deciding that it would be fun to have a Game Night with a group of friends. Hooker Tea Company supplies the games and we just buy tea if we like and visit the Gelato place next door. It is great fun, and we've discovered a few games that otherwise I don't think we would have known about.
Last night we played Bananagrams, really we wanted to call it Bananaramagrams :) The game was like a crossword, I did not win one game, with the two Matts dominating the entire game practically, it was challenging and fun!
Bananagrams Site

Other favorites are Moods which apparently has been discontinued :( Hoping to get one on eBay but I really don't have the $30 to spend on it at this time. The seller through Amazon has it for $75!

If you have not played Moods, I highly suggest it, of course that is if you can find a copy, the game can seem a bit daunting especially if you get an odd phrase or do not quite understand the mood, like "Aloof". However there are quite a few laughs, and a bit of an ice breaker.

Last game night we played a game I had to create for class, it is still in development though, maybe I can work on that over break!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's already Wedsnesday?!

The week just seems to go so fast, however the days can be really long.
I have started on some of my assignments already, have yet to really read my F. Scott Fitzgerald reading assignments, I think I am revisiting high school, well at least with Fitzgerald and that Hemingway reading I had to do a couple weeks ago. When I think of Fitzgerald, all I think of is either how sad The Great Gatsby ending was or his tumultuous marriage with his wife Zelda.
Over the weekend I made Wild Forest Mushroom soup which was good, but for some reason after I spend time making food I really lose interest in eating it, I guess it's because I have smelled it so much!
My Ger's Bread and Butter pudding turned out really well! Unfortunately, I didn't have any that night, really bad headache, nausea, and homework just made me want to crawl under a rock :(
So off to get ready to go out, going to visit Joann's Craft Store :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

600 word essay break

Made a dent in my 600 word essay and I am taking a break, I take a lot of breaks!
My color theory class is going okay, finally have an assignment that is turning out well.
I am happy to be busy on Valentine's Day, I am not Anti-Valentine's Day (maybe one year I was) it's just a holiday that is more setup for couples, and as of yet I am not apart of a couple. I would love if the right man professed his undying love for me, I just don't see that happening right now.
So instead my Facebook relationship status remains "Single", and I continue to wait for God to reveal the right man.
Okay, back to classwork!
Hope whether you are single, in a relationship, or married that you enjoy your day.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010 Opening Ceremony

In the past few years I have started watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, actually I probably really paid attention during Summer 08. Anywho, this year's Ceremony was great, I was impressed by the use of the fabric and projectors. It really proves what you can do with a blank canvas and how it can be transformed into something beautiful and inspiring.
The most impressive parts for me visually was when the canvas transformed into a moving living sea, the whales swimming across were majestic. The totem poles that became trees were pretty neat.
It seemed like the creators really had fun, and it was a bit more lively especially during the fiddle and tap dancing, Bejing 2008 had a great opening ceremony, it seemed from what I remember to rely more on symbolism and the intricate details. Neither can really be compared though as they can be appreciated individually.
So t.v. will be interrupted for the next couple of weeks, not sure how much of the actual Olympics I will actually watch, hopefully it will be good and safe, very sad start for the Georgian team, and my sympathies are with Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's family.

Friday, February 12, 2010

.........and I am still awake

This day has been so long. It's almost 1 a.m. I accomplished two things today, I started both assignments for Color Theory.... However I have a 600 word essay due Sunday, apparently I am supposed to have read the entire book "Their Eyes were Watching God", and I have only read 2 chapters, actually less than 2. Oh and I have an assignment due for my Interactive Gaming class and I still do not know what it is exactly.
I know I will get it all done, I just have no idea of where to start, I am almost at the point of not caring. I want to be enthusiastic about my work!
Instead I have Michael Bublé's "Lost", Dido's "Grafton Street" and a couple other sad songs on repeat on youtube, I am stuck in my grief, and just feel abandoned at times.
What bothers me most is when a person is not present anymore, I start to wonder if they were ever here. Did I just imagine that life? Maybe it has something to do with what my Ethics teacher mentioned about Philosophy a few years ago, if a person leaves a room and you cannot see them do they exist? I know my dad existed/exists, I am afraid that I am going to forget him or forget his mannerisms and voice. I am so thankful for my photos and bits of video here and there.
Life just is not the same, it's been turned upside down, and I am just trying to keep my head above water.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Here is the new music video for "Happier" by A Fine Frenzy, this is probably my favorite song at the moment and the video is so pretty. "It's not you, it's me" seems to be the focus and the use of special visual effects throughout the video visually and symbolically emphasizes it. His belongings start floating away, and he leaves in the pictures of the two of them. The video alone is worth watching just for the visual effects.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Nick Chase and the Deadly Diamond

For those of you familiar to Nick Chase: A Detective Story, this is the second game in the series. In Nick Chase and the Deadly Diamond you begin in a bar where you receive a curious package. You must find out who sent the package and the mystery of the Deadly Diamond. As the player you are Nick Chase the detective for a majority of the game, but you also switch to roles of different characters that help Nick solve the case. At first it might be a bit confusing, but it adds variety to the story and a lot more challenging puzzles. The style of the game graphics is a Film Noir comic strip, and the environment style is quite retro, although I did spot a computer in the Police Chief's office.
Nick Chase and the Deadly Diamond is an Adventure/Hidden Object game by Gestalt Games. There is yet to be a Mac release so I played on my HP Laptop which may be a bit out of date since it did not deal too well with the special cursor, something that can be fixed in the neat wallet style Options menu.

Find it here:

And the first game in the series here:

Monday, January 11, 2010


Expect some big changes to this blog this month. I have been trying to find my voice in what I want to do with this blog. I have a blog at SCAD which is more for me personally and to talk about what is going on in my classes. Originally I thought of using this for my business, but I am not just interested in Graphic Design. With the degree I am pursuing I am hoping to move forward toward a career in Gaming. So I hope to start sharing games that I find, that I think are really good for one reason or another, maybe a few games that I am not too fond of as well. Or talk about something in relation to games that is current.
To those who follow or just read this blog. Thank You for your support!