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#9 – Miles Away


It’s only been a few days out here, I couldn’t help to write to you. Being so far away, I wish I could hold you in my arms.

When I first arrive in this small town, the locals mentioned something of a small waterfall in the woods. I scrambled all the camera stuff I could pick up and went out. I probably trekked a few hours along a path and through the low brush to encounter this clearing. Sweetheart, I wish you could have seen the roaring falls landing in the pool of water. Idyllic for photos, but all I could think about was swimming with you. I probably sat on top of the waterfall overlooking the area. I saw everything. The tired town as it settled in to slumber. The greenery of every park and tree all the way to the horizon. The sparkling lake almost untouched by man. The red-orange sky as the sun slipped away.

It’s only as fragment to what I’ve seen here. Yet I wish I could convey it in more than just photos with you.



#8 – The Mall


I am so tired after today. Spending the day shopping with you was something I wouldn’t think would be fun. But trotting around the mall with you was a joy. I could never understand anyone could spend an entire day to try clothes. I guess if you’re really into trying out outfits, I can’t help watching you step out with every dress and t-shirt you want to buy.

When I first told you I was madly in love, I wouldn’t have guessed you felt the same but today like every other you showed me the mutual affections. Smiling at you strut every piece new clothing I can’t help to feel so fortunate to be with such a playful belle. In my dorky smiles, I guess you found something worthy about me. Something so dorky to warrant you to pull me in the dressing room and kiss the smile off my face. Sorry to disappoint you but I don’t think kissing would get rid of the exuding joy I feel when we’re together.

I don’t think we can ever feel any less wherever we go. Even at the mall, you could raise my spirits to enjoy a day solely for you.


#7 – Long Walks


Already it’s autumn and you always have impeccable timing to drag me out of the house. I thought it was just another day with you but I you just made me fall more into you.

Darling, every day waking by your side in your bed could never describe the coursing love through my veins. I knew when I first slip into your sunday dress, I knew it would be likely a a nice afternoon stroll. Albeit it was a cold day, we went on the boat to the island. The day warmed up slightly but I’m convinced you love long walks as long as there are blue skies.

I can still remember we sat by the lake on one end and playfully walked to the beach the other end. It felt like every place we stopped was tailored to us. Every beam of sunshine painted the pastel canvas of your gorgeous face.

I could never ask any more from a perfect – perhaps my blisters to disappear.



#6 – “Stay”


We both know the first time we’ve met. Somewhere in the world with a smirk and a smile. You standing there with an honest blush on your face. I never really told you when I first fell in love with you.

It was one of our dates where I took you to the cinema; as simple as it started, it was just the best way to remember. We stay in the dark and watched the drama unfold. Through it, I felt your hand drift into mine. Your head softly lean on my broad shoulders. I looked over to find your hand holding mine. I was still unsure if you would end up like every woman in my life, upped and gone. In the darkness, you reach out and squeezed almost telling me there is someone there for me. I squeeze back, hope you understand what that meant to me.

Though after the movie, I was regretting we watched the last show. I remember taking the train with you. The entire way to your stop, you just held me and I could only hold you back. In our embrace, the world didn’t seem to matter. Time didn’t even seem to matter. As we walked home in the street light, you asked me to come in; of course, I could never say no to you (except playfully). As I close the door behind the stone path leading to your house, you kissed me and pulled me up stairs. Dragging me towards your bed, you made your intentions known. I told you I was tired. You held me down on your bed and kissed softly, you laid me down and cuddled into my arms. I didn’t resist but insisted.


It was enough to know you wanted to be loved. I do; I love you.



#5 – The Right Shot


Thanks for letting me take photos of you. You did kind of did take me every time we went out. You’re such a dork for pulling out your phone during dinner and taking photos. I especially remembering you taking one while I had a bunch of noodles hanging out of my mouth.

Though it took us forever to finish today, I liked every moment. Watching every pose, seeing the smile your always put on; you lift me up to this plane of happiness every time we’re together. As I hit the shutter button, I felt like I was in a trance just seeing the moments we had spent and the dreams I still think about for us. When I put down my camera and kissed you on your bed, I really wanted to mean it. Wanted all those dreams transferred from lip to lip so you can understand how I feel about you.

But I would take a kiss any day.



#4 – The Right Moment


Here’s the thing about taking a photo for me. I love going to somewhere familiar, yet different. An oxymoron, right? The thing is once I find something I want, I do what I can to make it perfect.

I spend so much to change it, alter it, transform it into something I would proud of; sorry sweetheart, when it’s just right I have the urge to make it better. When we first met, I felt like my life can be better. I was a scrambled mess until I starting to pick up a few hobbies then landing to this one, photography – my therapy. Even while I edit my photos with you sleeping next to me, I feel I have everything I could ask for. It’s odd how one little thing, one person, can bring so much joy.

There were time you would surprise me in ways that baffle me. The craziest thing was when you called me over and when you opened the door, I felt my lung empty in half a gasp. You dyed your hair, not only that but you also cut it down where the end curl to almost meet your neck. Yes, at first I was pretty mad you went from your natural blonde to a deep purple. Without warning, I was mildly upset but I hid it; I’ll admit it now. After that day, it slowly grew on me.

You’ve made your point. There are a few things that even when I think I have it right, things get better even if I’m not involved. Perhaps the right moment can be the one I don’t necessarily control but if we’re both willing, we can capture it together.



#3 – In The Roughest Day


Thanks for coming over. We do talk about a lot about everything. I rarely turned into that person but I was glad you were there.

The stress of the world recently has oppressed everything. With work being all it is the past week, I felt like I wanted to curl up and cried. As I laid with a tear rolling down my cheek, I saw your message lighting up my phone. In the darkest room, I replied back and you promptly told me to come over.

Even if it was hours ago, I still remember your open arms wrapped warmly around me. Laying in your bed, we just talked, held hands and just grew in that bed. The tears subsided and we just lay there together with our music filling the silence. As my emotions calmed and my head cleared, I turn over to your nestled on my shoulder. I couldn’t help but to kiss your forehead. You looked up to me and met me halfway as we leaned in to kiss each other.

Under the dim light and the soft mutual touch, it felt right and I felt you need to know how much I wanted to be with you – even though we were tired.



Life is…Strange. Ohhhhhhhh!

I thought it would merit a blog post in itself since I’ve played the entire episodic narrative, Life is Strange. After a long 6 months since I bought episodes 1-5 on Steam, recently I finally put aside some time from work to play. All this time avoiding spoilers I can put in a review down without ruining any plot lines and there are a bunch of plot lines.

Developed by DONTNOD and published by Square Enix, you play as Maxine Caulfield who has travelled to Oregon to attend Blackwell Academy in hopes of being a photographer. Within the first month of settling in, you have premonitions of a tornado. You have 5 days to prevent it happening. Along the way of trying to save the seaside town of Arcadia Bay, you make friends both old and new.

You play in the third person in a narrative where each episode is a day until the end. As you play choices from the previous episodes can effect the story and how it will culminate. The art for the game does exude something resembling of water colours which exemplifies focus on the story while delivering a detailed (but not too detailed) atmosphere. The entire game is littered with story devices which opens the player to character development outside of Max’s journal. If you are an empathic gamer, you will find yourself thinking about these little bits of information as you interact with other characters and help make decisions throughout the game. The voice acting in itself is very professional and does feel very natural and fluid with each choice. The character animation is nothing impressive, there are parts where characters would just talk and wouldn’t necessarily interact with each other. Felt more like talking heads on the news than a theatrical performance. Definitely something work improving is the motion capture to let these characters interact with the space around than standing there and have it be consistent. Max’s time travelling provides a good plot device to allow the player to change their answer if they think their choice is undesirable considering most choices aren’t described fully. Usually the game will give your an explicit choice of actions or a vague noun like “Nathan” or “Joyce” and hope that choice is what you are thinking it would be what is summed in a few words. It makes a logical choice to have the choices concise but a bit more description would be helpful. Then again the time travelling ability really solves all that.

Thematically, the game is about choices. Choices everywhere and if you aren’t tainted by spoilers, these choices are interesting because they carry weight through the game and changes up what you can say and do. The developers seemed to explore the idea of choice in terms of a social sense with moral implications. Choices which challenge vices and virtues, needs and wants, truth and the perception of truth; the does give some good examples of philosophical dilemmas which defines our humanity. Who said video games can’t teach your anything?

If you haven’t decided to get Life is Strange yet and you want to play it, I would recommend getting all the episodes in one package. For the value of a movie ticket and popcorn (like 25 dollars-ish),  you get about 22 hours of content (That’s on my count, experience may vary). As much as the first episode is thorough in giving you a preview of things to come, the main attraction is a story which a game can only deliver. There are some faults in quality such as some bugs and some dialogue which fell flat because of the animation. It’s a good play with achievements which can be completed (for you perfectionists out there). In the end after I made all the choices and comparing similarities with my personal life, the title is indeed exclaims a truth. Life is strange, so very strange.


Day 18 and 19 – Two in One

I am not a photographer nor am I a photogenic person. The stubbornness in me fairly defeats day 18 of the challenge, a challenge which is slowly slipping away. I must apologize since I have professional dealings happening all over this week and this weekend. Regardless, I would like to complete since we are just 11 posts away!

So onward to day 19, favourite movies. Surprisingly when people ask me my favourites in movies, I’m into several genres but only a few films stand out to me. Awhile back, I gained a bit of interest into Disney movies, in general I like the storytelling and the positive innocence of all the stories. Notably in films like Toy Story 3 which made me feel something deep inside.

Recently  there are a few movies that have stood out to me because I enjoyed myself while I was at the theatre. Chappie was an interesting look at the relationship between the created and creator. Mockingjay Part 2 for me was to complete the entire movie series, though I disliked how they separated the last book. I saw Wall-E in the comfort of my own home, as well as Frozen; both were expectant quality works from Pixar. The Martian was to a nice diversion; I wasn’t very interested into a survival drama, but it was a nice insight to how we as a species might be living on Mars.

Aside from recent releases, I’ve seen the two direct-to-DVD Stargate films, Continuum and Ark Of Truth, which tie up the two series arcs if not the series. I’ve seen documentaries ranging from topics like North Korea, 3D printed firearms, and conspiracies.

I don’t have a definitive movie or film because I guess I’m the sum of all my experiences and learning.

If you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment here or send me a message on Twitter.


Progress – 4. More. Days.

After much trial and error, I have set up and prepped my new blog for the Star Trek Online launch date. So far not much exception for some roleplay pages and categories set up. From layout to planned content, I am excited to write down some fiction.

During my teen years, I was never enthusiastic about writing. Probably because of academics restrictions on zero tolerance to violence. Maybe. But when the mind wanders away from a path, inspiration is always an inviting guide. I guess that is where most of my creativity comes from, external forces beyond a rigid structure of rules and policies. No topic, no order, just look deeply to the sky and pluck a thought like a tulip. Though little experience I might own to bestow on my work in the past. I think in the past year I have honed a bit of my language to bring something worth sharing. No doubt, you read it. Somehow there is some thrill about blogs that have driven me to write. Even in misguided thoughts seems to contain vast branches of small thoughts. With beginning and no end, blogging to me now seems more relevant tan that bright eyed student stepping into Introduction to Business Technology over six years ago. Every day, I’m lucky to have guys and gals reading for I am happy to provide.
Fiction; I’ve never devoted time to it as I should. Wrote many, but only took pride in one. I’m glad this leap into roleplay will guide me into fiction. A new blog and a new sense of challenge, I am definitely going to wrote my fictitious heart out. So much content, so much time to be devoted to a linguistic art.
Wow, diversions to diversions. The new blog, it is all up and running. Currently all it needs is names and places from the game. Starting of course the main content being my character. Currently an unnamed and nonexistent captain of a unnamed and nonexistent starship, those are the shoes to fill. Also I am considering using some of my blog place for images. Thought it is more likely I will use as much of my cloud computing space already at my disposal.
Aside as the roleplay of my character’s personal entries, there is more I am considering to add. Let me know about these:

  • After action reports of battles and activities like missions and such.
  • Ship status reports when working on long term missions.
  • Transcribed subspace transmissions, conversations between captain and a second party. Kind of like those scenes from all the Trek series with a talking head.
  • Encrypted transmissions (Roleplay giveaway system?)

Though it’s not my goal to write something to take an hour to read, but should be something to provide insight to the operations of the ship from the perspective of the captain.

Currently, I don’t want to link that blog. One thing, it is locked out to prevent prying eyes and the URL is a random name until I can find out the name of the character I will have. Probably by the 18th, there will be a blog post plus filler. If I can make a character on the 17th, definitely the URL will be resolved.

Let me know what you guys think about my roleplay blog. Leave me a comment below or email me.

Happy Friday!