Three Dreams:

Dreamt that a necromancer put a lifeforce-binding spell on me, and I had to trick him into playing a boardgame called Super Best Friends, that would give me control over his soul.The soul link was like a magical rope connecting us, and Super Best Friends had a giant arch that tangled it like a knot.

Dreamt that I went to a Chinese restaurant and forgot to wear any clothes but underwear, and everyone I know was there. I felt surreal-ly casual about this, making jokes with people. My cousin starter pouring hard blue lemonade for everyone.

Dreamt that I assigned my class of students to go to a swearing in of the next Congress. I lived in DC too.
Not sure how to interpret these dreams. None were scary or anything. All very casual, chill.

My Most Anticipated Game of 2018!

Return of the Hair

Me and this dude grew our hair out in high school. We've both had shorter cuts since then, but we both have the hair back and it's cool. I'm the ginger, btw.

Being thankful

Every year my friend does a "Thanksgiving After Thanksgiving" to bring friends together. It's so awesome to know such a great cast of people.

Writing some new songs...

working lyric:

Build it overhead,
built it over all.
Can you see it in place?
Can you see it from space?

Can you see at all?
Have I sunk into a wall?
Have I become Mr. Invisible?
A dotted line’s my skin;
a trace vanished within
a signature from an ink pen.

My month in pictures

Mario Run

I've been playing Mario Run for my phone lately. It's great. Only 10 bucks and it unlocks all the content. I don't have much in the way of criticisms, I just want more game, truly. And there's a new update with new levels coming out soon.

I will say I wish this had a level maker on it. Made me want to play Mario Maker again. Also, I'm sick of the New Super Mario Brothers assets. They've been reused too many times for too many games. It's time for a new style and flair.

Also, I wish there were levels with fireballs. Yeah.

Kingdom builder is cool but too simple. Also, I don't know how to visit my friend's kingdom. What's the point of customization without being able to show off?

Anyway, I love the coin challenges. I wish there was endless mode, too. 

The Drawing Of The Three

I finished reading this book. It is the second book in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

SPOILERS for it ahead

I'm not sure I liked it as much as the first. The Gunslinger is one of my favorite books, ever. I was so excited to start Part 2, but it was hard for me to get through.

I guess the first reason is that I'm very anti-drugs. I've never done any drugs, and I don't know anything about them, so I just don't understand addiction. I know SK had to cope with that, so Eddie is just not a character I relate to.

Also, even though SK even explains how Detta is a stereotype, I still have a hard time stomaching her. She's such a harsh stereotype of a black woman that I just don't enjoy her scenes. I started book 3, hoping I'll like it since Eddie's off drugs and Detta has been merged into a new character, but we'll see.

SK's writing is still top notch, though. I just didn't relate to the characters at all.

Working on The Wiz

Theatre has sorta taken over my life again. My new job is being a theatre tech director, full time, at a high school. Right now, I'm working on The Wiz.

I guess the challenge with the set design is the fact that there are SO MANY LOCATIONS. I'm trying to build a rolling set, too. To be able to move pieces in and out quickly.

The other hard part is learning how to perfect my skills with the ETC Ion. It's a tricky lighting system, but it feels like learning a new language. I have experience with lightboards, but not this one, so it's a challenge. I really enjoy it, though.

My work space:


Eclipse 2017

I saw the eclipse at the high school I work at.

these photos were taken through eclipse glasses so I didn't damage my phone

the students were all yelling... it was fun!

this was my first eclipse

I really enjoyed it, way cooler than I thought it would be

magical, almost

this is totality with no glasses

there's something primal about seeing an eclipse

next is 2024!

This last one is just a cool photo I saw on facebook that I just had to share. Enjoy!

Replaying Skyrim

Last month I wrote about building a new gaming PC. Well, of course I had to buy a game to play on it. Skyrim happens to be one of my favorite games ever made, so, with a Steam sale going on, this was a no brainer.

I originally played Skyrim on PS3, so I didn't have mods. Along with the special addition and mods (plus my PC which is OP), I've got an insane graphical upgrades.

Mods are wonderful. Yes, I'm hanging out with skeletons that I own, a new companion, a pet frog, Hedwig, and I'm riding a giant beaver.

Upgraded texture packs, upgraded weathers, and new ways to play

I've been taking screencaps, mostly because I like to have a lot of changing background pictures.

I got a mod that adds like 50 new monsters to fight, too. Met these two earlier. It's such a surprise to see a new monster. 

New dragons mod, like this bird dragon

and this robotic dragon, and new perks, spells, and abilities to fight them with

a mod that makes giants... even taller

A mod that adds more grass and foliage. SO PRETTY

Anyway, this is what I've been playing lately. Still, Skyrim is a 10/10 masterpiece. One of the best games ever made.