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I thought this would be a Saturday blog, but bugger that I'll do it whenever. Let's go!
Okay, listen up. Umm...You're a bunch of dirty misfits. But you're all that's left, so you'll have to do.

~Cayde-6

         I'm not going to lie to you I don't have a plan as of the creation of this blog. It's going to be a little personal, a little casual in tone, and a little off the wall once in a while just to mix things up. I'll give my thoughts on this and that: maybe politics, some gaming, a little religion, and possibly my love of leather-bound books. I might even share the latest chess game I had with my brother.
There was never much hope. Just a fool's hope.

~Gandalf

         If there is no one thing that I have consistently struggled with it is getting real with people in my life. So a good part of my focus will be on giving updates on the areas of my life that I am working on improving. I'm not going to go too in-depth here, but I hope that sharing some of it here will help me talk more honestly with the people that care about me.
Do or do not. There is no try.

~Yoda
April 12, 2020 at 4:19pm
April 12, 2020 at 4:19pm
#980913
Hello there,
         Happy Easter Sunday everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful time.
         It seems that I'm always trying to get back into things and picking up where I left off. To those ends I have been working on my goals for the year: "March/April. I have a bunch of things I am behind on, but I trying to use my time on the weekend to catch up on the goals I have missed already. I did a bunch of twenty sit-ups yesterday to catch up on some days.
         Last weekend, I got myself back at the other blog I started up in February. The Knightly Blog   is more long-form than what I usually post here. It is something I plan to update by weekly so next Saturday there should be a new post for those who would be interested.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
April 3, 2020 at 12:32am
April 3, 2020 at 12:32am
#980100
Hello there,
         So it has been a while since I last posted and I do apologize for that. I just about let myself get the better of me last month. I should start with a quick update as to where I am at with my goals. For my poetic goals of reading and writing: I read the poems An Old Man's Winter Night and A Patch of Old Snow. Both are by Robert Frost since that is the book I got for this purpose. I do feel like I need to re-read the former when I'm less tired 'cause I don't remember much at all from it aside from having read it. I also read Meeting and Passing as well and that one sticks in my mind very well: it is a feeling I am very familiar with. As far as writing my own poetry... I have something that is half baked but unable to finish it so I'm a big zero on that front. I didn't do a single sit-up for the last month and I'm just getting back into them this month. And I'm sitting on a lot of material to review and just haven't yet.
         I do want to thank JJ Del for the review that they gave to the blog. It was very nice to see. I was encouraged by it, honestly.
         The last few days I spent hammering out an entry for a contest that I sadly missed the deadline for but I hope will still peck the interest of some of you: "Return from the North. There is a lot on stuff that I tried to cram into it, I'm just not sure if it works properly at the moment or not. I like the structure, I just don't know if I should add more to the interior.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
February 16, 2020 at 2:35am
February 16, 2020 at 2:35am
#975625
Hello there,
         It is official, I've been added to a platoon in "Destination: Goal Zone. I am now part of the Tigers Claw Platoon led by the illustrious General Beacon's-Shining-Light⚓️ who have already submitted my Field Manuel to for inspection like any good soldier should: "DGZ Field Manual: Tigers Claw Platoon. I do want to thank LegendaryMasK💔 for this again; this is honestly a great idea, and I wish I had had the guts to find a group of people like this in the past.
         I'd like to give a salute and extend my greetings to my fellow privates: Carly , Angelica Weatherby goals on. , and The Dark Faery Queen . Looking forward to being platoon mates.
         This week has been kind of a wash as far as my goals are concerned: got none of it done.
         Maybe I'm just up too late again... I'll leave it there.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
February 8, 2020 at 10:40pm
February 8, 2020 at 10:40pm
#975124
Hello there,
         Well, I've been away from WdC for a week and right now I'm out of town with just my phone, but I need to get something written down and give updates on my goals. I did my ten sit-ups on Monday and Wednesday, but I missed Friday's. So, I am going to do twenty this evening as punishment. Fun! I also prefer to do longer more detailed reviews which is my way of saying that I just ain't sure if this Saturday is going to see a review from me. A phone is a terrible method of typing anything longer than your average text. Alas, my silly discussion making skills.
         This weekend has been rather amusing. We are out at a cabin not too far from civilization with the purpose of playing a little game of Axis&Allies. My brother and I defeated the Allies this time around, but not before losing Berlin and having to retake half of Europe. Also, I am currently two for four in chess at this point in the day.
         Oh, regarding the interactive story I said I was working on: still working on it, just setting up the starting branches. It's a fantasy with dragons and a magic system fueled by fire and metal. I'm establishing three starting chapters for three characters, and I want to nail the magic system down a little bit more than "magic fueled by fire and metal." Not sure if I need to throw anything else beyond magic and dragons in.
         Maybe I am just overthinking it. It is most likely going to be the first thing I put out as a new preferred author unless I get this short story done first.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS

P.S.
*Laugh*We just finished the most ridiculous conversation I've had in a long time, and I can't use any of it in the blog.*Laugh* I just about died!
February 3, 2020 at 12:28am
February 3, 2020 at 12:28am
#974771
Hello there,
So, yesterday I gave my sister a ride back to her place from my place. I left a black case and before I had even got my slippers on I was suddenly presented with heartfelt congratulations and a golden briefcase. On the outside, I am bursting with joy while on the inside I am panicking about not being ready for the promotion. I have many thanks to offer people who have come by over the last twenty-four hours:
Thank you The StoryMistress for the promotion. I still feel a little blindsided by the whole thing.
And ₩eb₩i₸ch never before has someone made me more panicked than you after telling people to review something of mine as part of this month's challenge in "Angel Review Forum. Everything has to be updated now; nothing is ready!
I continue to be humbled after being accepted into the "Dreamweaver Bar & Grill by Blimprider . It's another opportunity to grow in a way I wasn't expecting to.
A big thanks to Soldier_Mike for the cnote and LegendaryMasK💔 for the amazing surprise in my inbox.
I offer my deepest appreciation to eyestar-Congrats Quill folks. ,Thankful Sonali WDC POWER! ,Lilli ☕ ,🛸 Sum1 🗿 , and Angus for the overwhelming amount of congragulations they have given me.
With a raised cup of coffee, I offer a tossed to Schnujo for the merit badge that I'm going to have to order now.
Merit Badge in Special Appreciation
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Congratulations on your promotion to Yellow Case--Preferred Author!  Now you're allowed to give out this special yellow MB as well.  *^*Bigsmile*^*

I feel like I should say more, but I fear repeating myself too much after the variety of posts and comments I have already made.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
         Officially approved Writing.Com Preferred Author logo.
February 1, 2020 at 1:24pm
February 1, 2020 at 1:24pm
#974679
Hello there,
         Overall, I have to say that I am happy with how things have started to improve since I started setting up some goals here in this blog. I did my sit-ups yesterday, and my brother pushed me to go one more beyond my goal of ten. This morning I did get a review done of "Star Wars Question, and I made the review public cause I think a good question deserves a good answer. It was also just fun to talk about Star Wars again as if I were ten again Review of "Star Wars Question" .
         Now, as for my poetic writing goal of writing one and reading one: I didn't get around to writing a poem for January, though, I did read the The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. I know I know it is one of the more famous poems, and I'm sure some of you could recite it from memory, but it was the first poem at the start of this book I got.
         Since, my blog had been featured in that newsletter I have been following one of the other blogs that was also listed there: "Invalid Item. I not particularly sure why: I've never cared before about following a blog before. Whatever the reason, I'm enjoying keeping up with it. Maybe it's the super casual tone it has.
         "Ah, but what about dragons?" I hear some of you asking. Well, I am getting that interactive story started soon: either today or tomorrow. It will be a fantasy setting where magic is fueled by fire and magic. Right now, I am thinking of just having this be a world of sentient dragons and humans. The dragons being no bigger than a horse with a life span of a couple hundred years. I'm not yet sure how I what to start the story; however, I think that's more due to not knowing what character to begin with than anything else.
         In other news, my website knightscribe.online should be going live again in the next six hours as of writing this. Over the last year, things expired on me, and now I want to rebuild it. Out from the ashes and all that epic-sounding proclamation stuff.
         Ho man, it seems like a lot when you write it all down. And I still feel like I could keep going! But I'm afraid of going too long so I'll stop for now.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
January 31, 2020 at 2:14am
January 31, 2020 at 2:14am
#974591
Hello there,
         Well, I missed getting this out yesterday so I shall continue like nothing happened and this is all part of the plan. The day went as good as could be expected: a long day at work followed by a men's meeting at church to talk about the bible and fellowship with one another. It was probably about half-past ten last night when I finally got some time to do my ten sit-ups and I was so tired that I lost count at least three times. My abbs were burning so I think I may have gone overboard. Oh well.
         Moving on to the events of today, not too much to report. I was hoping to get some reading and writing done this evening but that appears to be unlikely with how heavy my eyes are tonight.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
January 28, 2020 at 2:05am
January 28, 2020 at 2:05am
#974407
Hello there,
         Well, imagine my surprise to login in today to see a notification that Wordsmitty ✍️ has tagged my blog in "Blogging Bliss Newsletters Published. This truly humbles me. It's just an entry in a list of new blogs, but to me, it means a lot. I couldn't help but share the news with my family. I felt absolutely energized, so I went through all the blogs I found myself listed with commenting where I thought I could say something.
         In my tour of the blogs and portfolios that were also featured in this newsletter, I came across a group called "Destination: Goal Zone. Their mission statement is "[...] to help each other reach our goals." That seemed to be something I need so I submitted my three goals: #1. to write a review once a week with the deadline being Saturday #2. do ten sit-ups every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday #3. write and read a poem each month. I'll be self-reporting my progress on the daily and weekly here and giving a bi-monthly update over there on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. I talked about the first one in my last post, and I think the second is an obvious one to understand. However, the third one, I think, deserves a little explanation on my part.
         You see, I've never been good with poetry. I don't really know why. Barely anything regarding poetry remains in my mind from school, and beyond that, I have had very little exposer to the art form. A good amount of the blame for that lies undoubtedly with myself. I have read and dabbled a little in writing my own in the past, but lately, I have been getting the itch to really take a plunge into the world of prose, rhythm, and rhyme. I have a couple of books on my shelf now of poems by a couple of authors, and I will be reading from those as I experiment with my own writing.
         It has been an exciting day, a new week has begun, and January is almost over.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
January 26, 2020 at 11:07pm
January 26, 2020 at 11:07pm
#974277
Hello there,
         It has become plain to me that I have not been deliberate in participating in the communities and circles that I run in. Whether it be church, friends, or the community of WdC, there is a severe lack of involvement on my part. To use WdC as an example, I use to put out a review every week and would respond to requests in a day or two. There were about five or six fellow writers that I would engage with on a regular basis, and at times it felt like we might become friends. Similarly, I had a tight circle of friends and felt completely at home at church. But a few years ago my problems caught up with me and I let things fall away as I went to a hard place. I'm not going to get into it all, but I'm struggling forward having already found the bedrock.
         I want to get back to that place where I use to be and then grow beyond it. I've been having a hard time finding a way to get this one review done, and maybe I need to do something different. One thing that would certainly be different would be getting back into practice. Reading often and giving honest, thoughtful reviews. I once had an idea to start a contest, but I think I'll keep that on the back burner for now. But I think I will start an interactive story soon so keep an eye out for that. Little fun something that everyone can get involved in.
Deus Vult Gratia
KS
January 16, 2020 at 2:19am
January 16, 2020 at 2:19am
#973494
Hello there,
         I love this country, I really do. To be a Canadian in this weather fills me with national pride. The temperature has been -29 to -30, consistently around -35 with the wind chill, and below -40 for how it feels. It's like I'm flexing when I go to work as if it's barely an inconvenience. There is an ice castle that I want to go to, but I'm just not sure when I'm going to have time. Despite the cold, work has been getting busier.
         But enough about that.
         I've almost got my backlog of expired review requests done. This last one that I have read is one of those hard ones to review: there's nothing really wrong with it, but it just not particularly good either. It makes difficult to review when there aren't any threads to grab onto.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
January 7, 2020 at 2:41am
January 7, 2020 at 2:41am
#972854
Hello There,
         So, here I am again. I've been trying to write this all weekend. Nothing has been working for me, but I want to write something tonight. Just can't seem to fall asleep. I've been having a lot of late nights, actually. I don't know. Just not excited to go to sleep, I guess. Maybe I'll elaborate.
         I use to have interesting and cool dreams, but they've become few and far between over the course of the last several years. And the last couple of dreams that I remember having have been of the blissful kind. But these dreams end and I am left with more a feeling of what happened than any proper memory to draw upon. Like, I know what happens, but I don't know how to explain it to anyone.
         Love getting messages from my sister. Her spelling has never been the best, and when you combine that with auto-correct, it is just utterly beautiful and comedic. I don't think I'll share any particular examples right now, but sixty-nine is a colour. The more you know, and knowing is half the battle.
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
January 2, 2020 at 1:34am
January 2, 2020 at 1:34am
#972441
Hello there,
         To say that there is a lot I am looking forward to in the new year would be an understatement of the highest order. I have simply never felt so much like a chapter of my life was ending, and a new one was about to unfold before me. Not since graduating high school anyway. I'm ready for a major change and a lot of it.
         And there isn't a better time to start than now.
         Usually, I look at the clock and decide that it is to late to do much of a hygienic routine, but this time I said, "Screw it, I'm still awake, and I want to be a man." So I shaved and brushed my teeth, and for the first time in a while, I'm going to bed feeling happy. It's such a small thing, but I haven't felt happy going to be in I don't know how long.
         Some where along the way I bought a lie and have thought of myself as not worth the effort, but if there has been one lesson that the Lord has been trying to drive into my head for the last few years is that: His grace is sufficient for me, and that makes me worth it. Jesus said, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." The implicit understanding is that you want good for yourself and that you should then also extend that goodwill beyond yourself to, but that starts with you having proper care for yourself.
         God bless the new year and the new decade to come. May the love of God find you where ever you are. Here's to the future ahead of us all. Welcome 2020AD!
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
P.S.
Here is a little music recommendation for you. I absolutely love Red; they always seem to have a song the suits my mood no matter what my mood is. This particular song is a favourite of mine. I can literally listen to it at any time and on repeat for days at a time. My family was so happy when I finally got my own set of headphones. *Jamming*
December 31, 2019 at 12:55am
December 31, 2019 at 12:55am
#972290
Hello there,
         So being the completionist that I am, I just finished watching Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, and that has got to be the most expensive fanfiction I have ever seen. I'm not even upset or disappointed; I'm almost amused at the mess presented to us. I mean if I paid someone fifty-three cents to rip off as much Star Wars material as possible and put it all in a single script, I would give that person an extra four and a half cents for not including space whales.
         There's just not much here that is original, or interesting, or creative. For as much as I dislike The Last Jedi, I have to admit that it was creative and better shot than Rise of Skywalker. I think I would have honestly had more fun laughing at a pirated copy at home than in the theatre. I just don't know what's worse right now The Last Jedi, Rise of Skywalker, or Attack of the Clones.
         The Phantom Menace is definitely better. To quote my sister, "Fight me!" We can set up times and do a round or two in Destiny or Stellaris. Or throw down old school in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Lately, I have been thinking about LotR:BfME, but currently I'm a country mile off-topic... DM me.
         Coming out of the movie me and my brother both agreed that this just doesn't have much regard for the art of world-building and character motivation... actually it just doesn't have much regard for the art of storytelling in general, but it does concern itself quite a bit with damage control from tLJ and wrapping everything up. I just can't be mad at it, but I cannot recommend this sequel trilogy to anyone who hasn't watched past Return of the Jedi.
         Part of me wants to just dissect all nine films because I think it would be an interesting case study of the good, the bad, the stylish, and the substance.
         I don't know what this is. It's not a review, it's barely an opinion. Chalk the whole thing up to it being too late at night with a bad cup of instant coffee (instant regret).
Deus Vult Gratia,
KS
December 25, 2019 at 4:40pm
December 25, 2019 at 4:40pm
#972028
Merry Christmas, everyone!

         The snow has fallen pleasantly here, and the trees on my block look gorgeous. The temperature is excellent here as well: just a few degrees below zero and not getting too much colder than that for the rest of the week. Honestly, winter is my favourite season. I love the cold, the snow, and everything associated with this time of year.
         I got a new set of comfy pyjamas and a notebook with a set of pens that honestly has me rebuilding one of my old stories from the ground up. Actually, I've been revisiting a lot of my older stories lately. I don't know just been feeling nostalgic this year. Once I've got things redone, I'll be revising the story and updating it here.
         I do have a quick point of housekeeping that I think I should make public: I've let a lot of review requests expire, and I wish to correct this injustice on my part. So, I will be going back a reviewing everything that was requested of me for free, and if any of the items are no longer available, than I shall review another item from the requester's portfolio. Once I have gotten to everyone, then I shall publish a post with a public review of each piece here.

Merry Christmas
KS

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