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    • Entry #107, 2017/10/09: Times do change....

      1 year ago


      So, if you're in the know, something important happens tomorrow.  If you don't, I'll tell you a little prelude to tomorrow.

      I've recently gotten hired to work at a bank in my region.  I have felt that my job at the grocery store had reached a place where I couldn't grow anymore, professionally or personally.  There was the need to move on, and banking seemed like a good option.  So, in the middle of last month, I had the interview, and got the call for the offer later in the day.  I have officially left the store I worked at, with this last week being my last there.

      So, tomorrow, I start work at the bank- training, first of course, and then working at the branch with my new coworkers.  Remember, treat your bank tellers and bankers nicely!

    • Entry #106, 2017/09/16: Let's Play!

      1 year ago


      So today I'm hosting another Minecraft LP with my buds over at The Good Guy Gamers.  Its been awhile since I've hosted one  Here's the Info:

      What: A MC LP Hosted by me, OsageOrange

      Where: The Good Guy Gamers PC Minecraft Server and TeamSpeak Server

      When: 3 pm US Central Daylight Time (4 pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific)

      Who: Everyone who can show up!

      Why: To have fun, that's why!

      If you wanna join up, just send me a PM here on the site before the LP starts at 4 pm Eastern time, so you can get whitelisted.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #40, 2017/09/15: Concerts

      1 year ago


      So, with the recent concert I went to, I figured I'd write a bit on one's characters going to a music concert.

      First of all, the type of concert your character(s) would go to would depend on many factors.  It would include the time period they live, the technology levels, the genre(s), the tastes of the character(s), the band(s) to preform, the venue itself (including its design, capacity, staging, amenities, its location, etc), what you want the characters to go through, the logic for going to the concert, amongst many factors.

      In terms of presenting a concert, again, personal experience is a big help.  One should also be aware of how you want the concert to proceed, as well the experiences you want your characters to take away from the event.  Most often, its for a good time.  But one thing to include would be to have a character interact with a performer at the concert.  Though I didn't have this experience, getting to meet a band member of a popular band would be an awesome experience for any person.

      So, in writing a concert-event for a story, write something interesting, or unique.  Make it something for your characters to remember, and to have the readers be touched by in some fashion- it doesn't have to be super over and beyond amazing.  Making an event worth a character's time is good story-telling.

      So next month, I'm inclined to discuss safes and lock-boxes.

    • Entry #105, 2017/09/13: U2's Joshua Tree Tour in Kansas City.

      1 year ago


      So, yesterday, I was in Kansas City to see U2 live as apart of their 2017 Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour.  This was actually my first concert I've been too of a well known band like U2.  My roommates, a friend of theirs and I stayed at friend of mine who was also going to the concert, and allowed us to bunk at his place Monday into yesterday.

      Then my friend took us visitors to Westport and the Country Club Plaza (sorry, no pics).  We toured some stores (including a place I enjoyed, Barnes and Noble) before returning to my friend's house.  I was able to momentarily get on to chat with some of my peeps over at the Good Guy Gamers and then we had to get ready to go to the concert.

      So, then, while we were enroute to the show venue, Arrowhead Stadium, during rush hour, we heard police sirens behind us.  It was thought it was police going to an accident.  Then we saw five cops on police bikes, followed by a limo and other escort vehicles.  It was quickly reason U2 had just passed by.  So after getting to the stadium and parking, we got food (I got myself a commemorative tour cup) and ultimately got to our various, dispersed seats, for the concert.

      The concert got started at 7:30 with Beck; it was during this pre-show that I realized that I needed earplugs as to reduce the amount of hearing loss from the concert, so I went and got some.  After an hour's performance, there was 45 intermission, and U2 came on.  Most of the stadium lights went dark, and the music began, folks going from sitting to standing- U2 was starting the concert.  The lights came up as the band members made their appearance.

      The main concert was awesome in its two hour length.  The best part (at least for me) was when "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" played, which was just over half an hour into U2's performance.  This song was the primary reason I went to this concert, besides going to a famous band's concert I could go to.  As the first notes of the song made me realize it was "I Still Haven't" and I was ecstatic.  I sang to the song with Bono and fellow audience members, moved about to it, clapped in-between verses with the crowd and enjoyed having the song be played.  When it ended, and the last few refrains were said, there was a euphoria I had never had before, and I'm glad I experienced it.

      The rest of the concert was excellent, and when it ended, there was a tinge of sadness, but I felt that this concert was going to be something I could never have had at any other time and have such wonderful memories.  So, with that, I met back up with my traveling companions at our car, said goodbye to my KC friend, and after a long wait in the parking lot (as everyone was leaving the concert), we got underway back to home.  We of course got home safe and sound.

    • Entry #104, 2017/09/11: A Multi-faceted Journal.

      1 year ago


      Firstly, today's the 16th anniversary of 9/11.  Part of what makes me think of this date is what might have happened if more people had lived.  I prayed for the victims, survivors and their relatives today, hoping they have peace.

      Secondly, I'm to embark on a journey to see U2 in concert, in Kansas City.  I'm going with folks I know to see the concert, and should be back home sometime early Wednesday morning.

      Thirdly, and not least importantly, this Saturday, at 3 pm US Central time (4pm Eastern, 1 pm Western time), I'm going to hosting a Minecraft Let's Play with my friends at the Good Guy Gamers.  Get in touch with either me or group admin @BeepBep to be able to get onto our VoIP TeamSpeak channel and our Minecraft server.

    • Entry #103, 2017/08/21: Were you Solar Eclipsed? I was.

      1 year ago


      I made the journey to experience the solar eclipse that occurred today; I got home not too long ago after a great journey.  Me, my roommates and a group of folks (some of whom we knew personally, others we didn't) who wanted to go see the eclipse traveled to the central Midwest to catch the path of totality.  

      As the eclipse started to occur, people were paying close attention, and there was a lot of conversation about the event itself.  When the totality came, there was a lot of excitement, and people were thrilled- a lot of the people present talked about how awesome it was.  After totality and the end of the eclipse, we packed up and headed home- it was worth the time and trouble to do so for this event.

    • Writing Thoughts #39, 2017/08/17: Memoirs

      1 year ago


      So what is a memoir?  A memoir is much like an autobiography, but is often aimed more toward a more specific series/timeline of events in a the life of the subject, often the writer, rather than the whole life of the subject.

      What inspired this entry was that years ago, I saw the film October Sky, based on the Memoir Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam Jr.  My mother had gotten the film, and I watched it several times.  Then a few years ago, after seeing the VHS tape laying around my parents' house, I got memoir itself, and watched the film as a comparison after rereading the memoir.  Hickam did take some liberties in writing his memoir, as well as there being the same in the film; as much as I might not like that thought, if it helps the story, its not necessarily wrong.

       Now, what might prompt the writing of a memoir?  Basically, to help recount one's personal experiences and histories.  It would be a way for a person to tell the family lore in a way to help preserve the family story.  It could also be a way to publish material that might be ultimately bound into an autobiography in the future.  Knowing what needs to be told should be a key point of any memoir, and having the audience relate to it.

      Gotta decide what next month's topic is

    • Entry #102, 2017/08/02: Le Gasp!

      1 year ago


      Yesterday, my U2 Live Concert ticket arrived in the mail.  I was so excited when I got it that I spent about five minutes being enthralled about having it in my hands.

      Now time to keep stowed away, in a safe place, till the concert next month!

    • Entry #101, 2017/07/27: Going to a Concert

      1 year ago


      I'm gonna be going to a U2 live concert in September.  I made the arrangements for my tickets a few days ago.  This is the first really popular band concert I'll be going to.  I've been to concerts and public music performances, but not of this scale, and that it was time to do so.  Thus, this event is going to be a real life achievement for me, and I'm glad to be doing it.

      I'm already making plans for the trip- already requested time off work, and I'm making the other needed arrangements for this event.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #38, 2017/07/16: Alternate History

      1 year ago


      Alternate History is a an interesting novel genre.  Basically, this genre explores the potentials of what might have happened if a particular event had gone in a different direction- the great "What ifs" of history.

      So what would cause an event to be a "what if"?  In a simple answer, and event we know of in our history goes differently.  Because this particular X event goes differently- creating a point of divergence leading to a different timeline (even more than one separate timeline)- the history known in that timeline can be very minor to oven greatly varied from what we know in our history.  It can be a very minor event that leads to a big change in history- a big change in history can lead to even bigger changes.

      What inspired this journal entry is the Southern Victory Series (or Timeline-191) by Harry Turtledove.  This series' point of divergence is centered around Robert E. Lee's Special Order 191, known in our history as "The Lost Dispatch"/"The Lost Order."  In our history, SO191 is recovered by Union forces after its lost by Confederate forces, thus leading to the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam.  In the TL-191 universe, Confederate scouts taking the orders to the needed forces lose the orders, but other scouts recover them, thus preventing the capture of SO191 by Union forces.

      The result is that the CSA is recognized as a nation by France and Great Britain, and ultimately gains independence from the USA.  The Civil War is officially known as "The War of Secession" in the TL-191 universe, and this starts a series of different events compared to what we know.  As I have continued to read the series, there are a number events that are same or similar, and based on what I've read, I expect to find more similar events in the series.

      So, what about writing in the Alternate History genre?  As I have said in prior entries, you must know your history, locations and people.  In the Alternate History genre, you really must know your history (and the material associated with it) if you are going to create a point of divergence to an alternate timeline.  The people, the events- especially the causalities and results pertaining to the events, the various nations and any related alliances, cultures, etc.  The writer must be aware of the general situation of the event to be changed.  But also having the courage and willingness to have the imagination to see that one little thing that would set up an alternate history from what we know is also important.  So take a chance as well.

      For next month, we'll talk about memoirs.

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