Little Bit of Updates

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So, I’ve been a “little” bit preoccupied and have been unable to update this blog for a very long while now.  It’s kind of sad really, as that is not something I wanted.  I may post those backlog articles sometime this month, if I could squeeze some time in for that.

Anyways, for those wondering…I am doing fine.  I feel as though I’m in the middle of something akin to “The Game of Thrones“, though (those who know me personally, will know what I am talking about)…which is not someplace I want to be.  I don’t intend to rant here in this post, though.  I don’t want to “immortalize” those concerned with my writing.

Having said that, I am working on a few stuff that might interest y’all.

First up, to my FFN readers.  Yes, I am still updating my stories…although the updates are a bit sporadic.  One of the stories that I trying to finish as soon as I can is “Rise of the Fright Knights”.  I’m past the half-way point, and the story is going in the direction I wanted it to.  The other stories are on hiatus until then, though.  I didn’t want to put them on hold, but with the number of things I am currently working on and dealing with…well, I chose to pick my battles.

With regards to the Winged Saga–my beloved book series–I’ve finished writing the first part for the interim novel–which is a very short novel that bridges the gap between the second and third book.  I already have the title for the novela, but I’m going to wait until I’m almost done with the entire draft before I reveal it (and the cover) since there is a slight chance that I might end up changing it.

RPG-making-wise, I am still on hiatus as well…I’m well-beyond the point of being frustrated with that…especially since Chronicles of Endlessia is almost playable…But “almost” is still not good enough, and I would want to be able to deliver as great a game as I can develop.  I owe that to myself, as much as those who were going to be trying/playing my game out.

I’ve also taken to creating worlds for Disney Infinity…which is totally awesome and helps me relax.  I’ve been working on a “Castle Adventure” themed world, though I sort of took a break from it since I am missing a couple of blocks/items to complete it–which, I intend to obtain as soon as I get my hands on a new Disney Infinity figure (Sorcerer Mickey, Violet, Venellope, Ralph, or Rapunzel… :D).

Hmmm…what else have I been busy with?  There’s work, of course, but I’d rather not talk about that. I’m enjoying designing T-Shirt when I am unable to do anything else, so…there’s that.  I’m going to post some of them soon, and if you guys would like, you can order them as well.  I’m also back to going crazy over Doctor Who, what with having to watch the entire 2005 series from the Ninth to the Eleventh Doctor every day for the past couple of days.  Seriously, it feels like forever before the new episodes/season comes!

I’ve started to draw again, by the way.  They’re just doodles compared to what I have been doing before I lost a bit of inspiration for that sort of thing.  I’m not sure if I would end up using my DA account again, though.  I mean, as much as I enjoy drawing/painting and generally creating doodles, I much prefer writing.  I’m happiest when I am writing…especially when I am not being forced to do it.

That’s all I can share at the moment…all the interesting stuff, anyway.  Hopefully, this post will kick up my blog updates again.

Until next post!  Dream on; Fly on!

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Disney Infinity: First Impressions

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I blame Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, and the movie Frozen, for ending up with a Disney Infinity Starter Pack purchase.

Well…that is not entirely true.  I had, actually, been contemplating about getting the game for the Sony PlayStation 3 system ever since I watched the game trailers.  After all, I have always been a sucker when it comes to games that requires one to use her/his imagination. Having said that, however, I had a brief foray with Minecraft, and a little bit of LittleBigPlanet streak a few years back.  I’ve stopped playing those two games now, though since I grew bored with them.  So, you can see why I was going back-and-forth on whether I should get a copy of this game or not.

In the end, however, after watching “Frozen” for a couple of times and liking–no, loving–everything about that animated movie, I decided that I wanted the Elsa and Anna figures that Disney Infinity was offering.  Of course, I felt stupid at buying just that so I thought, ‘What the heck.  I’ll buy a Disney Infinity Starter Pack, too.’.  And I did.  I have yet to regret the purchase since then.

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First off, Disney Infinity isn’t just your average sandbox building game.  It’s more fun than that…and that’s coming from someone who is in her mid-twenties.

Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios with a whopping $100 million funded into development, the game utilizes collectible figures in the form of select Disney characters to bring these characters–and their world–to life.  This figures synchronizes with the games and allow Disney and Pixar characters to go on pre-designed adventures, or adventures that you create for yourself.

disney-infinity-35It has physical toys (in the form of the figures), open-world sandbox action-adventure, and story-driven gameplay.  The pre-designed adventures, however, are from the PlaySets you can buy (one is part of the Starter Package featuring The Incredibles, Monsters University, and Pirates of the Caribbean).  Add that to the multitude of character figures currently out, and the powerdiscs that you can also buy, and this game is…perhaps…a parent’s nightmare.

Having said that, however, the good thing about this game is that the figures, playsets, and powerdiscs can be used on different systems where the game is available.  Not only that, it is backwards and forwards compatible as well.  Meaning, they can be used for the upcoming sequel and the sequels after that.  It is genius on the developer’s part, and something the Skylanders series failed to address.

Disney-Infinity-new-112313-1The gameplay itself isn’t just geared for children.  It’s made for everyone.  Although some in-game missions tend to be repetitive, it still manages to provide entertainment.  The sound can use a bit of work, too.  Sadly, I noticed that some of the original voice actors didn’t provide the voice overs for this game.  Although some of them do sound like the original, some are noticeably different which can irk you a bit…depending on how much of a fanatic you are.  (EDIT: I’ve been told by Mr. Thomas Estrada on the comments section below, that Kristin Bell and Idina Menzel DO reprise their role as Princess Anna and Queen Elsa for the game.  That.  Is.  Just.  Awesome!)  As for the graphics, well, it’s sort of right there in the middle.  Not too shabby, but not the best either.  The characters, the world, and everything in-between DO look straight from the movies they are from, though.  I’m merely stating this from the next-gen’s (which is now current-gen (PS4 and XBOne) perspective.

The game also provides online/multiplayer modes where you can visit a friend’s toybox.  The toybox is the place where you can build your own “world”, your own adventure, and where the figures who do not have playsets of their own can be used.

DisneyInfinityE3screen4Although there are still some quirks Disney Infinity could fix, the game itself is a fun addition to any videogame library, especially if you have children or young cousins who come over to your house from time to time to play.  I’d recommend this game for anyone who wants to build their own Disney “World”, play with their favorite Disney and Pixar characters, and those who simply enjoy videogames that strengthens ones imagination.

It’s impossible NOT to have fun with this game.  I never got bored with it during the times I can play it (which is right after I have done my quota of chapters to write for my novel).  Lots of things to do.  And with the figures, the powerdiscs, and the playsets that are available, it really does provide an infinite amount of possibilities.  Add the multiplayer functionality and, well…Infinity sounds just about right.

Disney Infinity is available for the PC, XBOX 360, Wii, 3DS, and the PS3.

 

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Farewell, 2013. It Was One Heck of A Year!

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I never fail to contemplate on all the things that had happened to me during a previous year, especially during the last day of the year–which also happens to be my birthday.  I often find myself being awed and thankful for the things that happened over the course of twelve months, and even more so this year.  A lot of things happened–from the start of 2013 up to its “last hurrah”–that I often see myself blessed.

On January of 2013, we started working on the cover for Winged: The Unraveling.  It was (and still is) a milestone for me.  After all, I had worked hard on writing the second book of the Winged Saga.

On February of 2013, I was able to watch one of my favorite books come to life in the big screen.  There are only a handful of book-to-movie adaptations that I felt satisfied after watching and “Beautiful Creatures” was one of them for me.  As it happens, the authors of this best-selling New York Times book, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are two of my most favorite authors of all time! And while watching a movie might not be much of a “milestone” to anybody, watching this movie (which I waited for and had so much anticipation on) is one of the things I will remember most during this month.  Apart from that this was also the month when I quit my job–one where I have so much to say but would rather not post them here.  Suffice to say, leaving that job was one of the highlights of my year.

 On April of 2013, I unveiled the cover of Winged: The Unraveling.   After months of debating and making drafts of the “perfect cover” for this book, it all came together and I was able to share it with all of you.

On May of 2013, our country held its mid-term elections.  It was the month that made me wonder why I even bother to vote.  It made me very skeptical, and I am even more so now, after all, I see no changes.  It makes me wonder if our country would move forward as a nation.  Not such a positive highlight of the year, but it does make an impact on me as a person and on my country as well.

On July of 2013, I bought a new laptop!  I was so happy about it.  I finally have a computer and I wouldn’t have to get frustrated by my desktop’s keyboard.  Plus it was mobile, which meant more writing for me.  Of course, it was also the month where I hated anti-theft softwares…especially the Intel (which is actually McAfee) one.  Holy crap that was one frustrating software that nearly deleted all of my story documents with its stupid encryption.  This was also the month when another one of my highly-anticipated movies was shown on the big screen: Despicable Me 2! Hurray for the Minions! :D  This was also the month when I got a new job, and this one is one where I feel appreciated (unlike my last one).  It is also a job that allows me to help people and contribute my talents and skills.

On September 0f 2013, one of my dreams became a reality when I attended the 34th Manila International Book Fair.  I got to meet my favorite authors: Melissa de la Cruz, Allyson Noel, and one of my all-time heroes who is an author, Margaret Stohl.  I almost had a heart attack when they were signing my books and talking to me…especially that moment when I handed Ms. Stohl a copy of my book as thanks for being one of the authors who inspired me and she asked me to sign it.  That memory is the happiest memory of 2013 for me–right up there with the release of my second book.  Even now, when I remember it, I still feel giddy. :D  It was also during that time that I met great people who share the same interest as me and whom I would like to call my friends.

On November of 2013, parts of the Philippines were battered by the most powerful storm to ever make landfall: Typhoon Haiyan.  We saw the tremendous damage this powerful force of mother nature brought.  A lot of lives were lost.  But, in the midst of this tragedy, the victims showed the world the unconquerable Filipino Spirit.  The events that followed–the number of aid from all over the world that reached our shores–it was a moment to be remembered, for it was a moment when the world show that it could unite and help each other in the midst of all the conflicts, all the disagreements.  That underneath all the allegiances, the races, the different beliefs that separate us, there is one thing we all have in common: we are the same in our humanity.

And so we come to this month of December.  A lot of things happened this month that made me even more thankful.  My second book became available, I got myself a PlayStation 4 as an early Christmas present, and I got to celebrate my birthday once more.  So, yeah…this year was a year full of blessings for me.  Even the bad things that happened taught me a lot and had a purpose that I now see but couldn’t comprehend before.

This coming year, I know I’ll be just as blessed–if not even more so.  I am claiming this year as my own once more and keeping a positive attitude throughout.  I have so much to look forward to, from meeting the other favorite authors on my list to releasing the third book in the Winged Saga.  I may not know what 2014 will hold, but I know it’s going to be a blast!

So, having said that, I am wishing you all a Happy and Blessed New Year!  May this year fulfill our hopes, dreams, wishes and aspirations!  Dream on; Fly on!

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Merry Christmas

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So, it’s that time of the year again.  A time of hope, joy, love, peace, and wishes of prosperity.  And that is what I want to wish all of you–my family, friends, and readers.  I’m hoping all of you are having as much fun as I am (despite the fact that it freaking hot today, hottest Christmas that I could remember).

And, just in case you’re looking for another reason to smile today (as if Christmas is not enough of a reason), then perhaps this short clip may make you smile wider (Note: You might not find this as funny as I did if you don’t know about VanDamme’s epic split stunt, or if you don’t know who Chuck Norris is…if it’s the latter, then you must be living under a rock. :D).

Once again, happy holidays! Dream on; Fly on!

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Winged: The Unraveling Now Available

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I know a lot of you have been waiting for this particular announcement for a while now, and I am as happy and ecstatic as the rest of you guys with this news.  After what seemed to be a road paved with unexpected situations that caused the release to be pushed back, it’s a blessed ans sweet relief that we have managed to deliver this book just before the year ends.

Like with the prequel, Winged: The Unraveling will be made available in a number of stores–both brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online ones.  For the moment, however, it is just available in online retailers (which are listed on the Winged Saga page).  In 5 to 8 weeks time, it will be available in Barnes and Noble as well.  If things go according to plan (which I sincerely hope it would), local bookstores will be selling copies of the book early next year (late January or early to mid-February).

We will also be releasing ebook version.  I will update you all when the time comes that they become available, probably next week (or the week after that).

Anyways, that’s all for now.  I hope you guys enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

Until the next update, dream on; fly on!

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