Changing Blogs

July 28, 2014

Hello my Imaginary Friends,

The time has come to upgrade my blog.

My wife and I have finally conglomerated our multiple sites.

Please visit me at: www.EricDesmarais.ca for my new blog.

While you’re at it check out the Travelling TARDIS at: www.TravellingTardis.com and my wife and I’s shared site at: www.JenEric-Designs.ca.

I’ve had a great run here, I hope you’ll follow this blog to it’s new home

Thank you,

Éric

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Recommendation Wednesday – How to Train your Dragon 2

June 25, 2014

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Last night I went to see How to Train your Dragon 2 for the second time. I loved the movie both times but appreciated it more the second time.

The first time I was hung up on one character being super awesome at the beginning and not doing anything later on. I made the mistake of equating Ecological Zeal, Talent with dragons, and acrobatic skill with ability in combat. The character wasn’t a great fighter but I assumed she was from her ability with the dragons.

The movie’s pacing was fantastic. The moment you think it’s getting slow it adds action.

Where it really succeeded, with me, was in the little moments, the interactions between the characters when their lives weren’t in peril. There are three or four beautiful moments of interaction that make the movie for me.

If you can, I recommend you go see it. It’s my favourite movie of the year so far, beating out The Lego Movie and Captain America the Winter Soldier.

If you’ve seen it, what did you think?

Éric


Recommendation Wednesday – Video Game High School

June 18, 2014

A few weeks back a friend recommended I look up Video Game High School and I was instantly hooked.

My productivity was completely destroyed for two days as I plowed through the two seasons on Youtube.

The show has its issues but it’s a lot of fun to watch and extremely funny.

Go Enjoy!

Éric


Books and Shows

June 4, 2014

I might have mentioned, a few times, the importance of stories to me. It might seem like an obvious statement for someone who wants to be a published author, but it goes beyond writing.

Writing is my way of taking all the great stories I’ve experienced and re-working them into something that is uniquely me. Sort of like Lego.

But I don’t love stories in order to write. I write because I like stories. Very important distinction. It means I write because I have a need to write and because I love doing it, not because I’m good at it or because I have to. It means that even if I don’t get published I’ll continue to write.

All that being said, with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, I can help support stories that I think are going to be awesome. The worst thing is when these campaigns fail because I’ve gotten excited about the story and will never get to read it.

Two such stories that I’ve supported lately are Second Contacts by Bundoran Press, and Muzzled the Musical by Matthew Mercer.

Second Contacts

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This is an anthology of stories about what happens after we meet aliens. It will be an open submission for all authors. Bundoran has a great track record for choosing great authors in their anthologies.

The Project will happen either way but this campaign will allow them to pay professional rates and go all out on the making of the book. It means that you’ll get an awesome book with great stories, written by people who will be supper happy to be paid.

What’s in it for you

If you like reading this campaign gives you all kinds of choices. My two favourite rewards are $25 for the actual book and the ebook of the anthology or $100 for a bunch of ebooks, the physical book and story advice from an award winning publisher and author. Hayden Trenholm is a really good writer and I’ve heard great things about his editing but even better, he’s a really nice person.

If those two levels of rewards don’t interest you there are a whole bunch of different choices. It’s a great way to bulk up your ebook library.

Go support them now! You have 4 days and trust me it’ll be worth it.

Muzzled the Musical

This is a web musical that will be 3 episodes, or more if they make their stretch goals, and it’s about singing princesses in a world of magic.

If that’s not enough to interest you, it also has Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), and Juliet Landau. Not to mention a who’s who of Youtube celebrities.

Go check it out.

That’s it for me,

See you soon!

Éric


Colds, Roleplaying Games, Bullying, and Creationism

May 28, 2014

Today will be a mixture of topics that jump around. Good luck following my train of thought as it chugs through this post.

Colds

I hate being sick. I’ve had three colds this year so far and I’m putting my foot down. No more! The line must be drawn here!

Because of this damnable cold, I’ve fallen behind in everything. This means I’ve scrambling but at least I’m starting to feel better.

Roleplaying Games

My wife and I lent our D&D 3.5 handbooks to one of our cousins, so that he could run a game for his kids. So far it sounds like they’re having a lot of fun. I’m excited to hear their stories and happy to hear that a new generation is being introduced to Pen and Paper games.

It also makes me excited to start a new game of my own. This is the longest I’ve gone without playing or running a game in over 5 years. I have a few ideas brewing and I’m hoping to get a group together for early July or late June.

Bullying

Switching gears hear. My brother was in a short film on bullying. It’s well made and makes a strong point against bullying. Warning it contains violence, crude language, and disturbing scenes.

I’m not sure I agree with the “vigilante” theme but I’ve seen it be effective.

What do you think is the best way to stop bullying?

Creationism

And another change of subject. I don’t understand Creationism, particularly the extreme version portrayed in the news. I know that they believe a literal interpretation of the Bible but how can they ignore the evidence of science?

It’s confused me for a while. Any thought?

Until later

Éric


Swearing

April 16, 2014

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There seems to be three forms of swears, those related to bodily functions, those related to religion, and those related to specific kinds of people.

Trying to find swears that don’t make me sound like Ned Flanders is difficult. I have the traditional swears of my people “Frak, Petac, Jar Jar, I bite my thumb at thee, etc” but I’d like to have something that Muggles would get but that doesn’t involve insulting a whole group of people.

Calling someone a Bastard insults everyone who’s been born out of wedlock not just the person I’m angry at. Is there a way to insult the person without insulting someone else?

If I hit my hand with a hammer and yell out the F word it I don’t actually want to fornicate with the hammer. Is there a way of expressing my pain that isn’t boring like “Ouch! that hurt me severely!”

Let me know what you think, in the comments.


Hal the Sun Speaker – Part 4

March 25, 2014

Hello Imaginary Friends,

My wife and I have bought a house and are in the middle of moving and setting things up.

Since I don’t want to neglect you any more than I have, I’ll be posting a multi-part story. It was recently rejected by an anthology but I plan on resubmitting it.

I really like this story. Let me know what you think.

Enjoy!

Start Reading at Part 1
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