Category: Spotlight

I post a lot of stuff, but if I file it under this category, that means it’s something I’m particularly proud of or something especially important to me. This is my way of shining a light on all the stuff I don’t think you should miss. This category also has a subcategory for each month (at least, for each month that there was something to include in the spotlight), and each month’s spotlight posts are featured in the menu bar at the top of every page under “Spotlight”.

Spotlight

I post a lot of stuff, but if I file it under this category, that means it’s something I’m particularly proud of or something especially important to me. This is my way of shining a light on all the stuff I don’t think you should miss. This category also has a subcategory for each month (at least, for each month that there was something to include in the spotlight), and each month’s spotlight posts are featured in the menu bar at the top of every page under “Spotlight”.

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Reflection

Introducing The Pillow Game

After yesterday’s update, you may be wondering what I’m working on that’s so much cooler than my Short Stories Art Project (which I’m now putting on the back burner).  Well, I did mention something about The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends, didn’t I?

What’s so important about this imaginary pillow thing, you ask?

The story of The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends is project I first conceived in January of 2012, originally called Imaginary Mafia.  It was inspired by a dream I had around that time.  In my dream, I was in a very stressful situation, where I felt emotionally and physically threatened by a specific person in my life.  Suddenly, I had an entourage of fictional characters and imaginary friends (including Aurthose, of course) surrounding me protectively, intimidating my attacker.

I assume it must be a fantasy of most authors to actually meet their characters.  After all, they are our beloved children and friends.  I then conceived of a story that could encapsulate the temptation and danger of make-believe for the creative mind.  After building up my cast of characters and dreaming up the plot and setting, I ended up with a story so massive, it could not fit into a traditional novel.

Ultimately, I ended up with the concept of a story that would be like a TV show that you read.  As of this past weekend, I finally finished drafting my first episode of this adventure.  (And I am currently working on the second.)

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My soft goal for publishing to ThePillowGame.com is as follows:  I plan to finish writing the entire first season by the end of this year while working with Nikki and Shawn for art and illustrations for each episode.  Episode I should then premier in January of 2015, exactly three years from it’s conception.

For this reason, I’ll likely be less attentive to my blog in the coming months.

New Content: Fairy Tales!

During my quest to update the main menu (which is a long story all its own), I decided to add a Fairy Tales page to serve as a hub for the two fairy tales I had already published to the site, and a series of fairy tales I wrote in 2007 as a Christmas present to my family.  Even though they are Christmas related… well, I’m one of those weirdos that watches Christmas movies year-round, so I don’t care that it’s April.  Anyhow, check ’em out:

Fairy Tales (hub page) →
A Fairy Tale Christmas →

Menus: A Work in Progress

WARNING!  This is a very long post.  TL;DR – I updated the menu and felt like blogging about it.

So, I haven’t really been satisfied with the main menu — a feeling that’s been going on for a really long time now.  I could never seem to find the exact right balance that made me happy.  Since my Auridesion.com uses WordPress as not only a blog platform but also a CMS (content management system), it can be really difficult — and not very smart — to mess around with the files that generate the markup and structure of webpages based on what’s in my database.

If that sounded like gibberish to you, let me a’splain:

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Before You Buy Your Computer, Part 3

Read First: Before You Buy Your Computer, Part 2

This is the third part of three in my series about everything you should know about computers before you buy your next one. In part 1, we got a good grasp of understanding the basics, and in part 2, we focused on understanding technical specifications of computers, and now it’s time to take a look at…

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Before You Buy Your Computer, Part 2

Read First: Before You Buy Your Computer, Part 1

This is the second part of three in my series about everything you should know about computers before you buy your next one.  In part 1, we got a good grasp on understanding the basics, and later in part 3 we will address knowing your options, but right now, it’s time to start…

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Quitters Always Prosper

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’ve been smoking cowboy killers since I was seventeen years old.  By “cowboy killers” I mean Marlboro 100’s, of course — as I write this post, I’m smoking one now.  I say “somewhat ashamed” because I can’t really say that I regret being a smoker for ten years.  However, as the title of this post implies, I don’t plan on being a smoker forever.  In fact, I’m quitting on March 11th.

Now, if you consulted a calendar and realized that March 11th falls on a Tuesday, you might be wondering why I would choose this particular date to quit.  You might also be surprised that I ever began smoking in the first place if you knew that I was very close to my grandfather who died of lung cancer exactly seven days before my tenth birthday in November of 1995.

Papa and Ashley Jo, 1988.

Papa and Ashley Jo, 1988

Papa — that’s what I called him — was born on March 11th, 1934, and had he lived, he would be turning eighty this year.  It just feels right to finally quit on his birthday.  If he is somewhere out there watching over me, I feel like it’s the best birthday present I could give him, because I know he wouldn’t want me to be risking my health with every cigarette I light up.  I certainly know that he wouldn’t want me to die from the same disease that he died from.

I have tried — in vain — to quit smoking before.  This time around I plan to use the nicotine patch, because that has been the most successful strategy in the past.  (I also got my doctor’s approval to quit using this method.)  If you want to quit smoking too, I would advise you to check out some of these free online resources, brought to us for free by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and find the right strategy for you.

On a personal note, I would like to thank the people in my life who have been nagging me for a long time now to take the plunge.  Especially you, Kayla — and of course, Bob.  Thank you for caring so much.  I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to start taking better care of myself.

To remind me of my impending deadline, I’ve added a nifty countdown clock to my blog.  I’m also premiering a new Spotlight Tag, named Quitters Always Prosper, which will chronicle not only my journey to quitting smoking, but quitting all the things that are bad for me.

It’s like a chemical burn
Peeling off your skin
And when you see your face
Well, you’ll never be the same again

— “Burn Bright” by My Chemical Romance