Tuesday, February 15, 2011

7 Facts, One for Each Day of the Week.

Thanks to Aubrie at whosyoureditor.blogspot.com for this lovely award.

The award calls for seven "random" facts about myself. I prefer to use the term "miscellaneous," as "random" doesn't quite fit this context. I had a hard enough time coming up with seven things before. Here we go! [/supermario]

1. I claim to be a writer, but the only writing I do is when I'm in a medium where it is required of me (creative writing classes, par example). This is why I strive to attend such courses.

2. Buckle my shoe. I wear only slip-on TredSafes without laces or velcro. The same pair. Every shoe purchase. Why not wear slip-resistant shoes all the time? Quite practical (except on ice, oil, or water).

3. When I lived in Hawai'i, I once lifted a plank of wood in my friend's yard and was completely surprised to see a humongous bullfrog underneath. I was terrified.

4. Shut the door. I can't leave my door open. I have to have it closed, especially when I am sleeping. I might prop it open when I am gone or when I am inviting conversation, but these are rare occasions.

5. I am afraid of few things. Those few things are: sunken ships, freaky eyes, sudden loud noises (not bullfrogs, contrary to popular belief).

6. Pick up sticks. I am from Georgia (the American state, not the European one). Taking linguistics courses has taught me that an accent is not determined by the twang of someone's voice, but by how they pronounce words and speak sentences (as with me, for example; I do not sound "Southern," but there are subtle nuances to my speech).

7. This is the seventh number on the list.

I will bestow this award to anyone who reads this.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ruined Plans.

So my roommates just confessed to me that they don't want me back at the apartment next year. This completely kills my plans and makes things more complicated. I now have nowhere to keep my stuff for the summer and I have to find a new place to stay for the next school year.

I really wish I were a more interesting person.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Scene It.

I've decided to share with you all a scene I've written for one of my series, entitled "The Sign." This is the series which stars Jarvis and Marshall. Characters and events will be noted at the bottom with asterisks.

Marshall, Jarvis, and Abe* are walking through a city. Civilians gawk at them in fear and disgust.

Marshall: Jarvis, I don't think we should be walking through a city with Abe.

Jarvis: Why not? Abe's very friendly!

Marshall: He's scaring people.

Jarvis: He is? Abe, are you scaring people?

Abe: Abe not scare nobody!

Jarvis: See, Marshall? He used a double-negative. That means he's definitely not scaring people.

Marshall: His appearance is scaring people.

Jarvis: Oooohhh. Well, he can't help how he looks.

They step into a wide square. Loud screams arise from the city. The crowd disperses.

Abe: What go on?!

Marshall: I told you he was scaring people!

Jarvis: It's not Abe, look! [Points to sky.]

3 UFOs slowly spin into view.

Marshall: What the heck are those?!

Abe: Aliums! Abe scared!**

Cone-shaped beams of bronzed light shoot down from each of the UFOs. 3 scrawny blue aliens emerge from the beams.

Marshall: Hey, they look like that Smeerp alien!***

Jarvis: Finyurpians!

Abe: Finyurpians?! They mean aliums! Rivals to Abe species!

Marshall: Rivals?!

Jarvis: They must be the armada Smeerp warned us about!

Marshall: Grrr...I was hoping he was just making that up...

The 3 Finyurpians discuss amongst themselves.

Fin 1: (Over there, is that an Excriplissian?)

Fin 2: (That fat green blob? No way. All Excriplissians are swoll^.)

Fin 3: (They might have some black sheep, like my brother-in-law. He was a runt, so we ate him.)

Fin 1: (Shut-up! We are not here for him. We are here to find Agent Smeerp's assassins and harvest the planet's denizens.)

Fin 3: (Wouldn't that include the Excri--)

Fin 1: (Silence!)

Fin 2: (Hey, those Eartians^^ with the Excriplissian...They look like the ones from Agent Smeerp's transmissions!)

Fin 1: (Oh, how coincidental. To kill two bugs with three stones!)

Marshall: What could they be discussing?!

Jarvis: They wanna know why Abe's here.

Marshall: Huh? How do you know that?

Jarvis: I can understand them.

Abe: How you know Finyurpian?

Jarvis: When I merged with Smeerp, my brain absorbed his knowledge.****

Marshall: That's crazy!

Jarvis: They say they're here to find the ones who assassinated Agent Smeerp and to harvest the people of Earth.

Marshall: Gah! No way!

Abe grabs Jarvis and squeezes him in his arms.

Abe: Abe no want friend get hurt!

Jarvis: We'll be okay, Abe! We've handled one of them before!

Marshall: Yeah, but this is three!

Fin 2: (Soo...Are we going to attack?)

Fin 1: (Err...Yes! Attack!)

The 3 Finyurpians sprint toward Jarvis and company. Abe releases Jarvis and steps before him.

Abe: Abe save!

Several feet from their targets, the Finyurpians leap into the air and lunge at Abe. When within range, Abe reaches up, grabs the two outer assailants by their necks, and bashes heads together with the middle alien's. Their heads shatter on impact.

Abe: Finyurpians made of glass.*****

Abe releases their necks and the bodies fall limp to the ground.

Abe: We go before they heal!******

Marshall: Wow...

Jarvis: Yay, Abe!

Abe: Go now!

The trio ducks into a warehouse.

Jarvis: Hey, Abe, you said your species is rivals with their species. How long has this been going on?

Abe: Me no know. Many stars before Abe born. In fact, me sent to here because Abe leader hear they leader send someone to here. Me came to stop them!

Jarvis: And we attacked you. You poor creature.

Marshall: This is insane. Aliens invading is absolutely ridiculous!

Jarvis: Believe it! They intend to eat all the chumps on Earth for breakfast!

Abe: Finyurpians ruthless!

Jarvis: Ruthless, you say? So they're just looking for their lady-friend, Ruth, eh?

Abe: Uuhhh...Me think so...

Jarvis: No, wait...did you mean 'ruthless' as in 'cruel without mercy'?

Abe: Yeah, Abe meant that!

Jarvis: Then all may be lost...

Marshall: No!

Jarvis: Oh?

Abe: Whoa!

Marshall: We can't stand by and let them devour us! We're fighting back!

Jarvis: Yay, Marshall!

Abe: You speak da troof!

The trio is suddenly ambushed by the 3 Fins. Fin 1 grabs Jarvis w/ left hand while Fins 2 & 3 restrain Abe and Marshall.

Fin 1: Skreeee skree skreeeee skre!^^^

Marshall: What the heck did he say, Jarvis?

Jarvis: He says: "So you think you can hide from us?"

Marshall: We were hoping.

Jarvis: Skree...

Fin 1: Skree...*******

Jarvis: He wants to know where the man with brown and yellow hair is.

Marshall: Huh? Brown and yellow hair?

Jarvis [whispers]: Psst! I think he means Marskal...********

Marshall: Who? Oooh... He's dead. Never to be seen again. Ever.

Jarvis: Skree...

Fin 1: Skree... (Who killed him?)

Marshall: Your mother.

Fin 3: (When did your mother come here?)

Fin 1: (I don't know, she never talks to me.) To Jarvis: Skree...

Jarvis: "Then tell us where the yellow-haired man is."

Marshall: You must mean Markal. I don't know where that loser is.

Jarvis: Skree...

Fin 1: Skree...

Jarvis: He says you'd better learn or he'll kill "your son, here."

Marshall: He's not my son, go ahead.

Jarvis: Gasp!^^^^

Marshall: Aren't you going to translate?

Jarvis: I don't want to!

Abe: You mean to friend Jarvis!

Marshall: Hey, I'm trying to save my own skin, here!

Jarvis's eyes well up.

Jarvis: Waaaaaaahhhh!

Surprised by Jarvis's wailing, Fin 1 releases Jarvis. The disturbance gives Marshall the chance to free himself from Fin 2's grip. He slams the alien's head into the brick wall, shattering it. Abe acts in kind, taking out Fin 3 with an elbow drop to the head. Marshall takes out Fin 1 by jumping and slamming his leg into Fin 1's head, sending him flying into a brick wall, shattering on impact. Jarvis hops up and startles Marshall.

Jarvis: Ah-ha! You planned that the whole time! I knew you didn't mean what you said.

Marshall: We should run...

Abe: Abe carry!

Abe snatches up Marshall and Jarvis and carries them under his arms as he runs out of the warehouse.

Marshall: Ugh, god, your pits are rank...we gotta find Markal.

Jarvis: Yeah, his life could be in danger!

Marshall: Yeah, I'm gonna wring his neck!

Abe: Who Markal?

Marshall: A loser.

Jarvis: Another friend, Abe!

Abe: Oh, boy!

[End scene.]

*Abe is a portly green alien. His name is short for "Absorbon" and was bestowed upon him by Jarvis, as was his original name. Also known as "Hefty Absorbon" briefly. He went through two other stages before he became the fat fellow he is now.

**Abe is, of course, an "alium," himself.

***Smeerp was a foe with which they battled previously. (Before Abe's time.)

^Short for "swollen," slang for musclebound.

^^Pronounced in the same manner as "Martians."

****Thanks to Dr. Christian's wonderful "mergion machine"! Incidentally, Abe got his very limited intellect in a similar manner: by absorbing the combined energy blasts of Jarvis and a character named Jarell. From their combined energies, Absorbon absorbed some of their intelligence.

*****Not really; their bodies are just sharp and easy to break, like glass.

******They can regenerate.

^^^Their languages is just a series of "skrees."

*******Abridged dialogue.

********Markal and Marshall merged together to save Jarvis from his merging with Smeerp. "Marskal" was born from this union.

^^^^This is not an onomatopoeia, he actually says "gasp."

Please excuse the terrible photo quality. I lack a scanner and was forced to take photographs.


This is Abe in his base stage. Jarvis just called him "Absorbon" here. He is absorbing the earth's energy into his arm.


Abe in his "Beefy Absorbon" stage. As you can see, the beams are combining and striking his gullet. He absorbs the energy (that's why he's called Absorbon) and grows fat.


Abe showing off his spaceship, which is now far too small for him.


Sketches of this scene. The scrawny thing is a Finyurpian. In the bottom left corner, Jarvis is stretching his mouth as he "skrees."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Carekter Profils!

These are divided by worlds, with the first entry being devoted to the main characters. Thus, you will see a new post for each world which will feature entries and commentary on several characters at a time. Also of note, in the context of the story, these were written simultaneously with their respective world entries, so any advancements made in the commentary will reflect appropriately (copywritten names, characters who haven't joined yet, etc.). For this first entry, however, each one was written as each character joined the main party, so you'll see variances in the commentary.

Main Team

Marshall: Calls himself 'the only sensible one among fools.' The team's main fighter (and he's tough!). Puts on a front towards his friends, pretending to hate them, but we know better.

Yeah, Marshall! He's my bestest friend ever!

Jarvis, don't ever say anything about me again.

Your silly, Marshall!


Jarvis: That's me! Loyal Marshall fan and Official Journey Chronicler!*

I told you not to say anything about me, again!

I'm sorry, Marshall, but the truth must be spoken!

I won't tell you again.

So, that means I can do it?

...(Why do I bother?)


Sir Jay: Our new friend, who happens to be a giant blue jay! He carries a halberd (hee-hee) as a weapon. A former knight betrayed by his king.

What do you mean to call me a 'giant blue jay'?
-Sir Jay of the Blue Clan

That's the bird you take after.

I still do not know what a bird is.
-Sir Jay of the Blue Clan

I'll show you if we see one!

Thank you, Young Jarvis.
-Sir Jay of the Blue Clan


Super Cool: Everyone's favorite super hero! This is back in his early days before he became an 'official' hero. He willingly joined our entourage to fight villainy. I'd want him to save my day!

Actually, I think you kidnapped me...Anyway, why don't I come before Sir Jay?
-Super Cool

As I said in the entry, the world we got the journal in comes first!

But, you might have forgotten something about my world by the time you finished with Jay's world.
-Super Cool

(That's Sir Jay!)
-Sir Jay of the Blue Clan

Right, who are you, again? Just kidding! (Was it Super Drool?)


Vlad: A man in major need of dental work (he's always poking his chin). The inhabitants of his own world don't seem to know him. (How could they not notice his huge castle?) He followed us so he could meet new people!

I neverl left my house, much.

No wonder U're so pale!

Yes, that's it...

(This guy freaks me out.)

I vill prletend I did not hearl that.


Markal: Here he is! The guy responsible for allowing me to meet new friends! He had his wish power stolen by a demon, so now he's our new friend!

I'm glad some1 thinks positively of the situation...
-SSJ Markal (CW)

Don't worry about it! We'll get Ur power back.
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Don't think your 'power' will protect you from me, Markal!

Ulp...[SSJ Markal (CW) closed out at 8:37 am]

Don't run from me, Markal! [Marshall closed out at 8:38 am]

Heh, those boys.
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

*It would be easy to make an excuse as to why there isn't more about him, but when it comes down to it, it's not a matter of author laziness, it's a matter of the character. Jarvis doesn't talk about himself and blatantly denies he has powers, even immediately after displaying them (i.e., flying and firing blasts of energy).

Next entry: Midevil Manbird World!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Savyer's World Part Deux!


OK! We're all back and we managed to get all the saviors. But, even though we did that, Cain tells us we can't leave yet! He said Markal has to get his power back from Blackvein (uh-oh, that means we'll have to fight him, too). Cain says he'll train us, but it won't be easy. ( He said proper, slow training would take years! But we don't have the time.)

Hey, is everyone looking forward to their training?
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

I am! Cain said we have great potential!
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

He said that vumpirles Rl the 2nd most poverful in his dimension!
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

I don't know how useful my halberd will be.
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

I'm sure it'll B a gr8 asset!
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Thank U, Young There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW).
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

What are you fools doing?! We need to be training to defeat Blackvein so we can get out of here!

Marshall, U're back!
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

What? I've been with you all this time!

He means U R back in the forum.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

It's a freakin' book! I can open it at any time I choose!

I'm so glad U're back, Marshall! :)
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Look, let's close this book and get to our training.

OK, Marshall! [There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW) closed out at 4:06 pm]

Aaaaaaaaaaand that's all the main entries. I never wrote more beyond the character profiles. So tomorrow, I'll be starting with those!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Savyer's World!

You guys will finally get to "meet" Markal and get an idea of the kind of person he is. This particular world, as opposed to all of the previous ones, it's designed more realistically, while the rest are more cartoon-y (compare G.I. Joe to The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy). As a result of their character designs, the denizens of this world are sleeker and twice as tall as the invading characters (comparable to real humans), meaning that Marshall and co. only come up to about their bellies.


Man, so much happens on this world! Before we arrived, Markal ran into a demon named Blackvein, who (get this) steals his wishing power! Unbelievable! When we arrived, Markal was waiting for us frantically. He told us what happened. After we stopped Marshall from killing Markal, a weird guy appeared. He said his name was Cain. He took us to his training facility and told us that Blackvein ambushed 'the saviors' and tossed them into inter-dimensional portals! Cain said that to stop Blackvein, we had to find the saviors and return them to their world! Cain opened the portals with a weird machine and said we had to split up! And that's where we are now.

Welcome to the Journal Forum, SSJ Markal (CW)!*
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Hey, thanx!
-SSJ Markal (CW)

So, tell us, SSJ Markal (CW), what wuz it like travelling through Dimensia with those pesky heroes after you?
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

It wuz fun, and I learned a lot from my experiences.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

How does it feel to be stripped of your powers?
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Uh, I gotta be honest with U, not good. But I'm making up 4 it thru proper training.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

As you should.
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

Hey! How are you idiots writing in this journal? I have it! We're all in different dimensions!

What R U talking about, Marshall? The Journal Forum is universal. :)
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Y R U always so negative, Master Marshall?
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

You think too much.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

Yeah, let ^, man.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

Don't start with me, Markal! You're the one who got us into this mess! When we get home, I'm gonna wring your neck!

How dare U speak to R friend like that, knave?
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Yes, how can U think ov harlming a frliend?
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

You're such a hypocrite, ya freakin' vampire!

-Double Fanged Action (CW)

U shouldn't call ppl names just cuz U don't like 'em.
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Shut it, kid!

There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

What's wrong?
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

What is the matter?
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

(I already asked that!)
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

(My apologies, we must have been writing at the same time.)
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Marshall's warning lvl is increasing! He'll be kicked out!
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

What [Marshall was kicked out at 9:22 am]

Good riddance, I didn't like him anyway.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

We may never hear from him again!
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

It's for the best.
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Yeah, he was kinda a jerk.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

I cerltainly von't miss him.
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

I will.
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

We'll B fine w/o him, U'll C.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

Cheer ^.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

Perhaps we should close this entry for now. [Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW) closed out at 9:30 am]

Alright. [There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW) closed out at 9:31 am]

I wanna keep talkin'.
-SSJ Markal (CW)

[Super Cool 986 (CW) closed out at 9:32 am]
[Double Fanged Action (CW) closed out at 9:32 am]

Fine! I'll just talk to myself, then!...............................................................................................................
[SSJ Markal (CW) closed out at 9:34 am]

*Markal's design resembles that of a Super Saiyan.

Outside the journal, Marshall and Jarvis are together in their home world looking for one of the saviors, so he got a bit melodramatic. Come back tomorrow for Part 2!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Krazy Robot World!


On this world, we encountered some crazy powerful robots! One had us cornered, but Sir Jay got it in the back with his halberd. (Awesome move, Sir Jay!*) Shortly after, a guy named Vaporwing found us and brought us to his hideout, where we met his friends. They told us they were the super heroes and super-villains of this world, and they teamed-up to halt the threat of the 'audiobots.' They asked us for help, and we agreed. They took us to the factory, where hundreds of audiobots were produced! It was a tough fight, but we pulled through to the boss and defeated him. We returned to Vaporwing's hideout to celebrate. To our surprise, we found Markal there! He ran away through a portal. We would have followed immediately, but Vaporwing suggested we eat first. After a hearty meal, we set off after Markal.

To say it was a tough fight would be an understatement.
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Yes, it vuz a verly tough fight!
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

My knuckles still ache!
-Super Cool 986**(CW)

I'm glad we survived!
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt***(CW)

If your knuckles ache so much, maybe you shouldn't be writing.

Hey, Marshall, where's your journal name?
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Yeah, we all have one.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

I get tired of signing my own name, so why should I sign another? (In fact, I think I'll just stop.)

Who wrote this?^
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

I did.

That still does not tell me who wrote it.
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Maybe it was Double Fanged Action (CW)?
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

It vuz not me.
-Double Fanged Action (CW)

(Didn't we go through this already?)
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

Marshall wrote it!

How do you know Master Marshall wrote it?
-Blue-Feathered Anonymous (CW)

Because I'm Marshall!

Anyone can claim to be Marshall, but without verification, we can't know for sure.
-Super Cool 986 (CW)

I wrote it.

O, hey, Marshall! U know, U should get a journal name so noone will steal Ur identity.
-There's a 'Y' on my shirt (CW)

...(Maybe I'm the idiot.)

*For a drawing of this scene, view my November 7, 2010 post "Remember the Word 'Doodle'?"
**This is the handle I suggested to my mother when she made her first eBay account.
***Jarvis wears a white long-sleeved shirt which features a yellow "Y" extending from his shoulders to his waist. The pattern is mirrored on the back.