The biggest development in my day to day life is that we've welcomed a new kitten into our home. His name is Milo.
We'd been thinking about it for a little while and we pulled the trigger finally on Wednesday. He's a cute and energetic little guy. Always wants to play & is constantly purring. Getting our first fur-baby to accept him is the current challenge we're facing.
I have a room in our house dedicated to my stuff. It's the room where I make music, I draw, do all sorts of creative work, and from time to time play retro games. It's a great space to be in most times whether I'm creating new tracks or making animated gifs, but... (you knew there was a but coming), I don't want to be cooped up in a room all the time when I want to work on something. There are times when I want to stay in bed and watch tv or what if the kitties need my attention or what if I want to sit at the park for some fresh air, yet inspiration suddenly strikes? Well, I'd been wrestling with the idea of buying some sort of Cintiq graphics tablet or even a Surface Pro so, that when those ideas come to me I can work on them without it interrupting the flow of the day. Well, last week I was searching around the web for something that might suit me and came across the HP 2x Detachable 10t. It's not some ultra powered, Alienware PC, but it works for my purposes. Once it arrived, I installed the latest version of Sketchbook Pro & Medibang Paint Pro and it's now my mobile art studio. It's pretty sweet!
Of course, mine is a little cooler since I slapped a sticker on it from my band's last project right over the HP logo. (Ha!) I also got a drawing glove because having my palm pick up on the tablet or sweaty palm on the screen aren't the best scenarios.
I haven't really drawn much yet because I've been overwhelmed with work and now with Milo, but I'll be working on some animation for the "ZodiAct" project as soon as my energy & inspiration match up. I drew a cartoon version of myself while testing out the glove the other day which was kind of fun. I'll probably use it as an avatar on my online profiles once I get the colors corrected.
The main thing I'm working on right now is a pitch for an animated short. In the last "Weekend Wrapup" I mentioned that I was working on having books made as materials for the pitch. Well, they're finished! I picked them up last week and they came out pretty good. As with everything that I've made, I see things that I would do differently next time, but for now I'm fairly satisfied with the results.
Next is to work on a few animated sequences for a video portion of the pitch. I've decided to make this a Summer project. It'll give me something to strive for by setting a deadline. I was pushing myself to complete this as quickly as possible, but I should take my time and make sure that I send out something that I'm truly happy with that I think will get other people interested as well. It is a pitch after all.
This is week I've really treated myself. The new tablet/laptop is one thing, then I bought some nice personal care products, and then I went in for the fun stuff. Stuff that's been sitting on my wish list, but I constantly put off. Stuff like DVDs:
I found a copy of one of my all time favorite kung-fu flicks, "Duel To The Death", got season 2 of "Gargoyles", and the complete series of a little know anime series, "Windy Tales". Lastly, I caught a Bluetooth speaker on sale. It's waterproof too so, it might take up residence in the bathroom so that I can play some tunes while I shower.
With everything that's happening right now, video games haven't been played a bunch. I'm still working my way through Persona 5. I'm in the 5th palace now. I want to hurry through that, battle Shadow Okumura, & get back to the life sim part of the game. Decided on Haru as my romantic choice whenever I get to spend time with her outside of this palace, but Kawakami has become my new video game crush.
Again, props to Atlus for making all of the characters people that I actually want to spend time with. I haven't done a lot of social links because there's so much to do & not enough time, but if I had nothing but free time, I'd max out everyone's link. I think I've spent the most time with Tae & Ryuji. The game seems to want me to romance Tae, Ann, and especially Makoto. At least that's how it feels from what I've played. Ah well, there's always YouTube for what I don't see during my playthrough.
The Switch has been getting a nice amount of use from me. Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap has been what I've played the most of. I unlocked the bird-man transformation & might be getting close to the end. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has got the second most play. I've done a few online races and been playing 150cc very casually. There's something about the Switch and the games that I pick up that make me want to play with others more than by myself. For about a week, I was taking the Switch to work and playing Mario Kart with a coworker in tabletop mode. Another coworker & I are friends on the system, but our schedules never match up so we haven't had a chance to play together. Like Snipperclips, I can play this with my non-gamer fiancé and have a good time.
I double dipped on I Am Setsuna. I already finished it on PS4 last year, but I liked its simplified style and want to support the developer, Tokyo RPG Factory, so I grabbed the version released for Switch. If I ever get around to playing it again, it will be nice to have a truly portable version.
I caught the ARMS Nintendo direct & that game is looking like something special. I'm into fighting games and buy new ones when they're released, but most fighting games are very technical in the sense of knowing the button commands, timing, and everything else that goes into that scene. It's complicated and not that easy to get into and if you're playing online or competetively then it's a whole other ball game. ARMS seems to be a lot more dialed back & more approachable. The motion control or more simple control method is one thing and the layers of strategy don't seem to be so harsh that a total newcomer couldn't enjoy this as well as someone that wants to dive really deep into the mechanics. Striking that balance isn't the easiest thing. And, yeah - everybody is praising the new gaming waifu in ARMS, Twintelle:
I think Nintendo modeled her after someone like Beyoncé which is pretty cool & is this Nintendo's first black character? Maybe some of the Inklings count?
There's so much happening on Switch that I may be taking a break from the PS4 for awhile after I finish up Persona 5. There's other stuff I want to play on there for sure, but portability is making the choice between the two consoles a lot easier.
So Much To Watch...
So far, I managed to finish "Dear White People", haven't started season two of "Master of None", just added season 3 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" & the new Tracy Morgan standup, haven't started "Bill Nye Saves The World", watched two episodes of the new "Mystery Science Theatre 3000". All caught up on "The Flash", "Smiling Salesman New", "Dragon Ball Super", "My Hero Academia", "Attack On Titan", & "Samurai Jack". Everything else that's in my various queues and watch list are in some state of mid-watch or a bunch of episodes behind. New stuff is constantly added so who knows if I'll ever get to a point where I'm actively looking for something to watch because I've cleared out everything..?
I mentioned before that work has been a bit rough so, I took an extra day off during the week. Melissa & I went out for breakfast at The Original Pancake House
It was sooo good! Highly recommend it, if you get a chance. And we prepared for Milo's arrival with a trip to Lou's Pet Shop. A nice little place that even let us pet their giant rabbit.