UPDATE: Yeah, no time to write for NaNoWriMo…

23 11 2009

Failure DeMotivational Poster


I’ll shelve the ideas and start fresh next year, but thanks for the encouragement.

For the meantime, brand me a failure, and I’ll hopefully have some bloggy goodness up later in the week!


NaNoWriMo Thang-Thang

9 11 2009

National Novel Writing Month (yeah, I needed to look it up too) is this month. I’m not writing anything, but I’m considering it. Which totally puts me in a disadvantaged spot, since a full third of the month is done and the second half of the month includes Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping… But yeah, I’m totally the guy who would do this. Or at least give it a good go. So, I’m considering it.

Here’s what I’m thinking in terms of novel topics, and I’d love feedback:

1) Semi-Fictitious story about a office drone who realizes that he has the world’s best idea. Ever.

2) Sci-fi cyberpunk story a-la William Gibson, but written in 20 days or less, so it will very likely suck bad…Ever.

3) The most user-submitted idea. Ever. (In other words, if you think of something you’d like to see me write about, submit it in the comments!)

More info on National Novel Writing Month can be found here: http://www.nanowrimo.org

Busy Busy Busy

16 07 2009

Allow me to give you a quick update on what’s been happening over the last month:

So yeah, things got hectic. About a month ago (end of June) I was on the missions trip with Ignite! (http://www.parkviewcommunity.org/Ignite) and we went to Cedar Rapids for a week to help out with the reconstruction efforts after the flood of 2008. (A lot of peeps need a lot of help still…help out if you can!) It was great, but it was crazy. On top of that, my wife was babysitting for the first VBS my church has done in memory. So all that week, my wife is juggling both kids by herself, (one got really sick that week, too! Yay!) and she’s watching like 14 other kids. Did I mention the A/C wasn’t working? Yeah. She had a blast. 🙂

So that was that week. Then, her dad comes in town, for a family reunion. This was crazy, and I won’t get into it, because it’s simply too much to discuss. Needless to say, I came home from my trip to a very, very, very stressed out wife, with no energy, time, or patience.

So yeah, we worked through that, and then comes the next two weeks. Her dad was in town (until last tuesday) and we tried to spend as much time with him as we could, as he’s only around this area once a year, if that. So, we did things constantly. We went out to lunch, dinner, events in-between, and all sorts of touristy stuff, because he’s from San Antonio, TX. (Although, he’s originally from the area, so he knows his way around a Portillo’s…)

Anyway, on top of all of that, both of our kids had swimming lessons every day this same two weeks. So it would literally be wake up, get the kids ready, go to work, come home, do something with Otakumom’s Dad/family, quickly change for swim class, do that, then quickly change for dinner, then do that, then feel bad that we have to put the kids to bed, so we can’t do the other thing that’s happening after dinner with Otakumom’s dad.

So yeah. Finally we get to this week, where we spend a good, but tear-filled Monday saying goodbye to my wife’s dad, and we now have to dig out of the nastiness we live in, because we haven’t been home long enough to clean (just to kind of eat once in a while, and let the kids play for a bit), and dishes are UP TO HERE, and yeah… it’s a pit. So we start to dig out. Oh yeah, laundry. That was fun. We’re still behind on laundry.

Anyway, (there will be a lot of “anyway”s here, by the way,) I’m trying to readjust back to the work schedule (after the trip) and also get things ready for the report on the missions trip that takes up a service at church. I have three videos to complete, including interviews with a handful of students who went on the trip, and an audio recording of the parable of the good Samaritan read by another student that needs to be paired up with pictures of the devastation from the flood of 2008 in Cedar Rapids, IA.

So yeah, my work schedule wasn’t exactly relaxing either. And any of you who use email at work know how crazy that gets when it’s neglected for a week… yeah.

ANYWAY, now we’re finally here. And we’re planning a garage sale this weekend (315 N. Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park! Doors open around 11am on Friday and close around 6pm on Sunday! The first 100 customers get a free strange look from Otakudad!)

So we’re prepping for that, on top of normal life (which includes mowing the lawn, keeping the kids clean and fed, shopping for food and necessities, paying bills, etc…adult stuff.)

So, to put it mildly, life has been INSANE. But, by the grace of God, we are surviving, and the kids are alive and well. OtakuMom is still stressed as all get-out, but she’s getting by too.

The point of all of this? I don’t know when I’ll be able to write something of substance for a bit. I really haven’t had much time to mediate on anything spiritual or ruminate on the meaning of anything. If I get a half hour or an hour, I spend it watching TV online or something. Yeah, real edifying, but…with things crazy as they are, dumb entertainment value goes up exponentially. 🙂

So, thanks for checking in, and I promise that when I get a chance, I will write. But I cannot guarantee when that will be. But you will know. I’ll let ya know.

Pray for my family and our well-being, spiritually, physically, and mentally. We’re doing fine, but we’re on a thin wire. God is supporting us though, so I’m not concerned.

Thanks for any prayer, and let me know in the comments, if there’s anything I can pray for you!!!!

OtakuDad Gets Around. Film at 11.

20 11 2008
Okay, not really, but I can dream, right?

Okay, not really, but I can dream, right?

So, as of about one hour ago or so, I’ve been approached by a longtime friend who is an editor for a site (which will remain unnamed for now, until things are finalized), to write game reviews as well as cover general news in the industry, as they are looking to expand their coverage.

I’m very excited about the possibility, and while I cannot be specific about a lot until things get finalized, I can definitely say that if this ends up happening, I will be able to cover a lot more topics than I previously could as I should have access to some hardware that at the moment, is too next-gen for OtakuDad’s pocketbook.  (That almost rhymes internally by the way…OtakuDad Pocketbook. Us nerds gotta keep track of that stuff.  I could shorten it to OtakuPocket.  Or PokeTaku?)

And to be clear, the picture adorning this story is a joke, as the position would not be paid (at least at the time of writing).  But I’m excited for the opportunity to write in a professional-fashion again, and let me assure you loyal readers that the the quality/quantity of posts here shouldn’t change anytime soon.  This remains my personal site, where I’ll give more opinionated and more open-ended stories that appeal to me, rather than what a specific readership of an established site would be interested in.

I’ll be sure to keep you OtakuPeeps updated as soon as more details emerge.  If you are the praying sort (and why wouldn’t you be?) would you pray for this opportunity for me?  Thanks!