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The Hero of Time learns Zelda's Lullaby... and descends to the grave.

 

Spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:

 

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As I leave Zelda's private gardens, a tall woman blocks my way. Her imposing physique puts me in mind of those new kettlebells, of which I heard mention in Castle Town. However, she makes no move to apprehend me and I relax my defensive stance. She introduces herself as Impa, Zelda's bodyguard, and I allow a sigh of relief to escape as she informs me that she'll escort me past the castle's soldiers. The guards' furrowed brows turn our way as we pass, but none dare challenge my new escort.


As we stroll through the grounds, Impa teaches me a tune which she calls Zelda's Lullaby. For years, she has used it to coax the princess to sleep, but she explains that it is an ancient melody which holds great power. As I play the notes on my ocarina, marvelling at the way this simple instrument creates such beautiful harmony, I remember Sariah's face. I vow, at that moment, to teach my lifelong friend all the new songs I learn on my quest.


Walking through Castle Town, as Impa explains that she is a member of the Shiekah, a race dedicated to the protection of the royal family, I start to appreciate the pleasure of having a sympathetic companion. However, it does not last. Soon we have crossed the drawbridge and, once again, I gaze out upon the expanse of Hyrule Field. As she bids farewell, Impa directs me towards the settlement from which she hails, Kakariko Village at the base of the ominously named Death Mountain, and hints that I may find aid for my quest at the royal tomb.


I hurry across the plain, determined to reach my destination before undead assailants rise with the moon. My pace does not slow as I enter the village, rushing past those occupied by their daily chores, following signs and entering the graveyard. The ornate royal tomb, at the far end, stands out from all the others, and I quickly make my way over. I recognize the symbol of the Triforce on the stones, but the writing provides no clue of help. On my hands and knees, I examine every centimetre, hoping to find some hidden message, but there is nothing. Impa seemed so sure... At that moment, her words echo in my mind. An ancient melody which holds great power. It's worth a try.


Bringing my ocarina to my lips, the melody resonates among the cold tombstones. Eerily, it seems to take on a life of its own, the echoes forming notes I haven't played and adding a mournful mellifluence. Rain starts to fall, the wind tugs at my hat, clouds start to swirl. The peaceful graveyard is assaulted by a fierce storm and a bolt of lightning flashes to the ground, striking the royal tomb just an arm's length away. Turning my body, my arm comes up, protectively, as the stone explodes, throwing shrapnel all around. Then the storm is replaced with a gentle rain.


The ornate tombstone is no more. Instead there is just a hole in the muddy ground. Peering inside, Navi's light reveals that it reaches all the way to the tomb below. Surely these events can be no accident? Surely the aid to my quest must lie within the tomb!


As I climb into the shadows of the grave, fingers slick with mud and rain, I wonder what treasure... and jeopardy... lie in wait.

 

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Zero Week has been a bit of a blur. I'll be back with some detail about this challenge's quests, but you can be sure they'll include writing, learning game development, and fitness.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Right, I said I was going to make some quests...

 

This first week of the challenge is actually pretty busy (my granddaughter is visiting, among other things). That will be a factor in the design of these quests.

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories

 

I've come across a number of authors who say they like to have more than one book or story on the go at the same time. If they hit a block with one book/story, they switch to another and keep going. When they switch back, often the block has gone or the resolution seems obvious. I'm going to experiment with this idea in Quest 1. I'll write two or three stories in parallel.

 

Something interesting happened in the previous challenge. I wrote a story that was over twice as long as my self-imposed word-limit and I found myself unwilling to prune it back. It reminded me that I like to be descriptive. It reminded me that I like to use metaphor. For that reason, I'm not setting a word-count limit for this challenge. Nor am I going to aim for five stories. I'll do two or three longer, more descriptive stories. This does run the risk of resulting in stories that are too verbose, but I'm going to run the experiment and see what happens.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch

 

Following on from the Blender Fundamentals video course that I completed in the previous challenge, I plan to do the Grant Abbitt Blender 2.8 for beginners full course in this challenge. It's a bit more hands-on and should involve more modelling.

 

Once I've finished that course, I want to take what I've learnt and model my own character from scratch. It may consist only of square blocks, but I think it's an important step in cementing what I've learnt. I would like it to be fully rigged.

 

Quest 3: increase the weight of my dumbbells to 20kg each

 

I'm currently at 14.3kg each. I'm hoping to move up to 20kg by the end of the challenge, but there are three obstacles. With my granddaughter staying, I won't be doing workouts this week;. I may need to buy more weight plates in order to get to this weight; I want to improve my form further (I think I move around too much) and that could slow down progress.

 

Quest 4: extend my interval training sessions to 20 minutes

 

There are two main obstacles to this. As mentioned above, I won't be doing workouts this week with my granddaughter staying. I find that, as I become fitter, I just run harder during the sprints and I still don't have anything left at the end. We'll see how this one goes.

 

Quest 5: configure new computer to provide grid-computing resources to medical research

 

When my father died from lung cancer, I wanted to do something about this terrible disease. I have no medical expertise, so I was unable to contribute directly towards research. However, what I could do was donate my computer's idle cycles to provide grid computing resources to those performing research. I've done this for years but haven't set it up again for this new computer build. I'll do so in this challenge. I use the (unfortunately named) BOINC and World Community Grid.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Okay, the 10th Anniversary Challenge bit...

 

I haven't been here long enough to do much of a retrospective, but the four challenges I've completed have had a significant effect on my life. I started off with the desire to fulfil a lifelong dream to become an author, and a half-written story that had been sitting there for years. I was terrified of submitting the story to a competition for fear of not winning, as if that was some final verdict on my writing ability. The support I received here was instrumental to the fact that I finished and submitted that story with a week to spare. I started off barely able to jog for a few minutes (on the spot, in front of Wii Fit U). Now, I do HIIT for 10 minutes (still on the spot, in front of Wii Fit U), with a view to extend it to 20.

 

On this journey, I've found my proof-reader @ElizeElvinFoxRyder, I've been given great advice and support, I've started to develop some self-belief, and the future now has possibility. I've written stories, I've lifted dumbbells, I've changed the way I eat. Already, life is quite different. Every challenge, I look back to the first, especially to the advice given by Harriet:

 

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Don't write like every story is the final word on your innate talent. Write like every hour you spend increases your skills. Submit like every story finished is a battle won (with experience points gained).

 

I remember that every time I write.

 

There's a long way to go on this epic quest. I'm still Child Link. I've only just met Princess Zelda. I have a wooden shield and a child's sword... but now I run towards the boss-fight rather than away.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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I'm not going to set targets for this week because there's too much going on. I'll just note what I manage to do.

 

Week 1, day 1 summary - Feb 17th

 

Quest 5: configure new computer to provide grid-computing resources to medical research (COMPLETED)

 

I managed to get this set up. Today, I configured the workload settings as appropriate for this machine (and to keep the CPU temps at a reasonable level).

 

I contribute computer resources to the following projects (some are not directly related to medicine):

  • LHC@home - "to advance Particle and Accelerator Physics"
  • Rosetta@home - "help advance research in medicine, clean energy, and materials science"
  • World Community Grid
    • Smash Childhood Cancer
    • Help Stop TB
    • Mapping Cancer Markers
  • Cosmology@Home - "to help better understand our universe"
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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Wow!!! Your opening narrative was simply beautiful! Regardless of when you next get published, you're definitely already an author!  ❤️ 

 

I'm so glad you're back and your goals look great! I love the idea of having multiple quests to switch around between - I may have to adopt that strategy myself! RangerBrain is a beast sometimes!  :P 

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SKY ELVENWORD NOBLEHEART

The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 48

Jesus-follower | Writer | Encourager | Resident Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Geek 

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

 

2022 Books in Progress:

When Strivings Cease  |  Happiness Workbook The Gifts of Imperfection  |  Mistborn  |

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Week 1, day 2 summary - Feb 18th

 

I didn't do much in the way of quests.

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories

 

I did a little fleshing out of ideas I'd already written down. Most of these ideas came from people-watching in a cafe we frequent. I need to pick three ideas and concentrate on them--I don't know why that sort of decision proves so difficult. Perhaps I should just put the ideas in a flat list and work through them from top to bottom.

 

Today's pretty busy. I'm not sure what I'll be able to do from these quests, if anything.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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11 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Quest 5 is very cool 👍

 

Thank you. It's very cool that this sort of thing is even possible.

 

11 hours ago, KB Girl said:

and I love that quote from Harriet. Good stuff! Isn’t NF awesome :)

 

It really is. 🙂

 

11 hours ago, KB Girl said:

hope you enjoy your granddaughters visit. It’s not bad to take a week off every now and then. 

 

We have a healthy competition going on when playing Splatoon. Well... maybe we're a little more competitive than we should be. 😉 She's currently getting some practice in the other room.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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9 hours ago, SkyGirl said:

Wow!!! Your opening narrative was simply beautiful! Regardless of when you next get published, you're definitely already an author!  ❤️ 

 

Thank you, SkyGirl. It's a big help to have a safe place to put some of my writing out in public.

 

9 hours ago, SkyGirl said:

I love the idea of having multiple quests to switch around between - I may have to adopt that strategy myself!

 

I do find it useful to have a bit of variety to cope with different time constraints and moods.

 

9 hours ago, SkyGirl said:

RangerBrain is a beast sometimes!  :P 

 

Now, I'm new enough here that I don't really know what the term "RangerBrain" means.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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11 hours ago, The Hero of Time said:

Now, I'm new enough here that I don't really know what the term "RangerBrain" means.

 

RangerBrain™ is the reason most of us wound up in the guild that specializes in All The Things ... many of us have more than one fitness specialty (not to mention life specialty) because we're interested in so many things and want to learn and try lots and lots of different things. RangerBrain™ is our squirrel brain that's always hoarding new nuts and forgetting where it buried the previous round.  :D 

 

11 hours ago, The Hero of Time said:

Thank you, SkyGirl. It's a big help to have a safe place to put some of my writing out in public.

 

That's honestly a huge part of why I joined NF in the first place. I don't write fiction as much as I used to, but when I do, 99.99% of the time it's here.  :D 

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The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 48

Jesus-follower | Writer | Encourager | Resident Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Geek 

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

 

2022 Books in Progress:

When Strivings Cease  |  Happiness Workbook The Gifts of Imperfection  |  Mistborn  |

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There is no day 3 summary, because I didn't do anything quest-related.

 

Week 1, day 4 summary - Feb 20th

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories

 

I picked three ideas and started to expand the plot concepts. I switched between stories as I got ideas or reached a block. Towards the end, I realized I should have done the character outlines first because they tend to give me plot ideas. I may get a chance to make character outlines some time over the weekend.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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On 2/19/2020 at 11:19 PM, SkyGirl said:

RangerBrain™ is the reason most of us wound up in the guild that specializes in All The Things ... many of us have more than one fitness specialty (not to mention life specialty) because we're interested in so many things and want to learn and try lots and lots of different things. RangerBrain™ is our squirrel brain that's always hoarding new nuts and forgetting where it buried the previous round.  :D 

 

From that description, it sounds as if I'm going to fit right in. 🙂

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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I really just wanted to come here for an excuse to post OoT .gifs  ;)

 

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BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Equipment: Armor of the First Altered (rare), ECA-AR4 'Space Revenant' rifle (rare), Outrider's pack & Enoch alchemy kit.

Total experience earned to date:  0 / 5000 XP

 

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Week 1, day 5 summary - Feb 21st

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories

 

On Friday, and over the weekend, I worked on character outlines and conflict ideas for story plots. I opted for briefer character outlines--only time will tell whether this choice was wise.

 

Other notes

 

My other granddaughters visited over the weekend, one of whom had a cold. Well, she loves to share and, of course, she has shared her cold with me. They've all gone back, now, but the cold remains. I'd only just got over the previous one. I don't think I can face a workout tonight which means it will be over a week since my last--this is rather frustrating.

 

I've started playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I'm really looking forward to getting into this.

 

This week's targets

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories

 

I want, at the very least, to have completed the plot outlines for my three chosen story ideas.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch

 

Do at least 4 of the videos (there are 6 in the course).

 

Quests 3 and 4

 

Due to the cold, I won't have any fitness-related targets this week.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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On 2/22/2020 at 12:23 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

I really just wanted to come here for an excuse to post OoT .gifs 

 

OoT gifs are always welcome.

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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Week 2, day 1 summary - Feb 24th

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories; week 2 target - complete plot outlines

 

I worked on the character outline, and conflict ideas, for the protagonist that seems to have been the most difficult to develop. This may be because she's my only female protagonist. Also, this will be my first sci-fi story. It will talk about the plight of refugees but it will be set in the future. The original idea came from a photo in a news story.

 

As usual, I have this gnawing doubt about my ideas being any good. I'm just trying to remember that a lot of the ideas I've had, so far, have developed in ways that I've liked.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch; week 2 target - do at least 4 videos

 

I did the first video. It was very hands-on and I enjoyed it. His calm voice helps a lot. I produced a render that I liked, even though it was simple.

 

Today's quests

  • Expand the conflict ideas for my female protagonist
  • do another Grant Abbitt video
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Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Week 2, day 2 summary - Feb 25th

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories; week 2 target - complete plot outlines

 

I expanded the remaining conflict ideas. Also, I chose the conflicts I would use in the stories, so the next job is to start on the plot outlines.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch; week 2 target - do at least 4 videos

 

I did the second video. It was hands-on again. I reproduced the character he'd made and it gave me a real sense of achievement. I can see myself doing more of his courses.

 

Today's quests

  • Start on the plot outlines
  • do another Grant Abbitt video

I'm debating whether to do my workout tonight. I still have the cold but I'm starting to feel better.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Week 2, day 3 summary - Feb 26th

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories; week 2 target - complete plot outlines

 

I worked on two of the three plot outlines. Neither are finished yet, but they're going in the right direction.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch; week 2 target - do at least 4 videos

 

I did the third video. It showed me how to add detail to the character produced the day before. It dealt with extrusion. Again, it was hands-on and I'm pleased with how my fingers are getting used to doing this. I'm learning that things don't have to line up perfectly to look fine.

 

Today's quests

  • Progress the plot outlines--I want to finish these tomorrow and I think that's going to be a push
  • do another Grant Abbitt video

I didn't do my workout. I didn't feel great and, in fact, I feel worse today.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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Week 2, day 4 summary - Feb 27th

 

For various, unforeseen, reasons, time was short on Thursday. As a result, I didn't do anything on the story-writing quest.

 

Quest 1: write two or three stories; week 2 target - complete plot outlines

 

I didn't do anything on this. There just wasn't enough time left to get myself organized and concentrate.

 

Coincidentally, this happened on a day when I'd been reflecting upon my story-writing journey in these challenges. I've written 8.5 stories (the first was already half-written) in 4 challenges (I'm not counting this challenge). I've submitted to 4 competitions. I've made 30 submissions to publications (none of which have been accepted so far). I've completed two short, email-based courses. Is that enough, in the space of 5 months? I'm not sure if there's a useful way of answering that question. I just can't help this feeling that I should be taking it more seriously and doing more. Then again, I feel that way about a lot of things--usually all of them at once, which results in me becoming polarized.

 

In any case, I know my story-planning process got a little derailed, early on, with this challenge's stories. For that reason, I'm going to write it down here so I can do a better job of following it in the future:

  1. Think of a character--this may just be a name, it could be based on someone I overheard, it could come from a news item
  2. answer the character questionnaire--this is from the first day of the Creative Writing Now - Endless Story Ideas email course, and covers things like family, strengths, weaknesses, desires; at this point I usually have some story ideas; I should write these down, but not with much detail because they change a lot in the next couple of steps
  3. create conflict ideas--these are based on the answers from the character questionnaire and the process also comes from the Endless Story Ideas course
  4. (?) fill in a character outline (?)--this challenge experiments with not including this step; the outline is more detailed than the questionnaire; if I'm going to do this, it should be at this step because this outline can generate plot points and depth; I use a character outline questionnaire that I downloaded
  5. choose a conflict and create a plot outline--this revolves around the central choice that the character makes, and this is driven by the selected conflict; the plot outline should contain enough detail that the creative process isn't interrupted once the writing starts; it includes names, events prior to the story, motivation for the characters...

Sometimes the above process gets stuck and even coming back to it after a break doesn't get it moving again. In those circumstances, it can be a good idea just to start writing. The character can start to develop his or her own voice and suddenly things start to fall into place.

 

Sometimes inspiration strikes and none of the above steps are necessary. Those are good days. That happened in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago. A story jumped into my head, almost fully formed. However, it deals with death in a way that I don't want to write right now.

 

Quest 2: do the Grant Abbitt "Blender 2.8 for beginners full course" and create a basic character from scratch; week 2 target - do at least 4 videos

 

I did the fourth video. It dealt with materials, and so added colour to the course character we'd made. At the end of the video, he challenged me to create the 'monster' from the scene without instruction. I found this idea a little intimidating, but I gave it a shot. I'm pretty happy with the result. All I have left to do is the creature's face and the materials.

 

Today's quests

  • Progress the plot outlines--I don't realistically expect to finish these today
  • finish the 'monster' for the Blender course and do the next video

I get the feeling I may run short of time again.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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15 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Nice consistent work! It's cool to get a little glimpse into story planning this way

 

It's funny that you said this on the first day, this challenge, where I wasn't consistent with the story planning.

Current Challenge: More treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

Epic Quest: Kokiri Forest | Great Deku Tree | Great Deku Tree, part 2 - boss fight | Meeting Princess Zelda | In the royal tomb | Still in the royal tomb | Treasure-hunting in Kakariko graveyard

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"A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage." --- Hero's Shade, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

 

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I help research into the Coronavirus with Rosetta@home and World Community Grid. You can too.

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21 hours ago, The Hero of Time said:

It's funny that you said this on the first day, this challenge, where I wasn't consistent with the story planning.

A little ironic, but a missed day does not mean inconsistent. 

I think you've done and accomplished a whole lot in 5 months. It's seriously impressive. I know, it's natural to always want a bit more and have doubts about what we could have done better- and that's alright, but I think you can let your mind rest a bit easy with the knowledge that you've done loads and if you continue on in this vein then that would be awesome. 

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