Saturday, December 31, 2011

Addict Of Fiction: Is Final Fantasy XIII The Worst Game In The Franchise?

As a faithful Final Fantasy gamer who has played every game in the franchise, I couldn’t help but to talk about this. I was talking to a few of my friends who have played this game and we all agreed on the same thing.

When I first saw the previews of Final Fantasy XIII, I was really excited. We were being introduced to this strong female character named Lightning. Plus, it was the first Final Fantasy game for the PS3 and XBox 360 system. I grabbed my copy and began playing.

Within the first couple of hours, I found myself playing an ongoing soap opera. The graphics, voice acting, and of course, the gameplay was absolutely amazing. The gameplay especially was good. It took some time for me to adjust to it because I’m so used to playing role-playing games back in the day. The type of games when you had time to think and decide what your next move was going to be.'

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I Don't Mind, Do I?

One day at the library, I was checking out the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on DVD. It's still shocks me that the show has had four seasons on Cartoon Network already. I've hardly been watching the network ever since Ed, Edd n Eddy was cancelled. The latest shows on the network are somewhat whack. I could no longer handle being a part of it's fan base the way I used to be.

When my books were getting checked out the librarian asked me if I mind if she could put rubber bands on the DVD set. If I opened it at any time, there was a possibility that all the CD's inside would fall out.

"Do you mind?" she asked me.

I didn't have a problem with it. But this is how I confused her. Instead of shaking my hand, I moved it up and down. It made her think I did mind it, even though I didn't. Five seconds later, I came to a realization that I gave her the wrong response. I didn't mind her putting rubber bands on it. I walked away feeling like a complete fool.

This is something I have a habit of forgetting. If you don't mind anything, say or show that you don't mind it. If you do, say or show that you do. There are times when I get mind and don't mind confused and accidentally gives people the opposite response. I don't mind anything, but I accidentally tell them I do mind.

Do you have a habit of doing that or is it just me? Please agree! Don't make me feel left out. Lol

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Web Series- Drama Queenz Season 3 Episode 3

The boys are back! It's about time! The second I received the tweet from my cell phone while I was holding my dog, I threw him across the room, turned off E! News, temporarily canceled my plans to watch ESPN all night long, laid down in bed, and watched another episode of this amazing web series.

Once again, they've delivered a great episode that I'll start watching again after writing this review. I want to commend the show for going in a more serious direction. I love it when comedy and drama comes together beautifully. To me, there is always a dark flavor to humor and vice versa. Drama Queenz does it nicely.

In this episode, the boys are confronting their own issues. Jeremiah begins to self reflect on his current situation of being a paid escort. He begins to realize that this job is eating him alive and leading his relationship with Donovan to a downward spiral. Preston is dealing with the one issue that I believe is common for most people. It's dealing with the fact that you possibly love someone. Preston can't admit that to himself and his feeling are physically taking over his life. Davis is going on his first date with a man who just confessed to him last episode that he was HIV positive. I was very intrigued at how Davis was going to deal with this one. I believe this is the one story that is going to stand out the most.

This show just keeps getting better and better. It surprises me all the time. The way they blend comedy with a dramatic tone to these stories is so outstanding. The cast delivers some of the best acting I have ever seen on a web series. Also, Dane Joseph's writing is one of the best I've ever seen from one writer to another. If the Emmy's had a category for web series, his writing definitely deserves to be nominated. He deserves to be there right next to my favorites Marc Cherry (creator of Desperate Housewives), Tina Fey, and Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg)

Enjoy this new episode. I know I did and I am going to watch it again.

P.S. The dog is fine. He landed on the couch. Lol

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Orleans Saints Walks Away With A Win And A Record (45-16)

I can't believe I was actually not thinking about watching this historical moment in sports. I am so glad I changed my mind. I went over to a sports bar and watched every moment of this amazing game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. Me along a friend of mine watched this four hour game faithfully. I had many cups of Coca-Cola ready for me and I stayed in that chair until the end of the whole thing.

Here is my take on the entire game.

In the beginning, a part of me didn't believe that Drew Brees would break the record by Dan Marino. Back in 1987, Dan Marino had a record of 5,084 yard passes in a single season. It has been decades and no one was able to beat his record. Drew Brees was a few yards away from doing that last year, but it didn't happen.

Then as we got closer to the end of the third quarter, a part of me instantly knew that this was going to happen. When I look at Drew Brees, I truly see a star. He cares about that game more than any other football player I know. That's very rare coming from someone like me who is a faithful sports fan. Once it said 5,087, me and a random stranger hugged each other, screaming like little girls. We along with every other New Orleanian were ecstatic. Another historical moment in sports had the name "New Orleans" right next to it.

Marques Colston and Pierre Thomas are the best teammates when it comes to working with Drew Brees. Their chemistry is undeniable when they are on that field. Even though I was rooting for Drew Brees to pass the ball to Colston more, I am proud of both of them. I truly believe both of these players are going to make history someday as well. I don't know what it is, but I do predict they both will be a part of something.

Now onto the not-so good part of the game.

I can't help but to be slightly disappointed by the defense team...again! I hate to say this, but the defense can be a real pain in the butt. In my opinion, they always wait until the opponent catches the ball before they use all they speed to knock them down. To me, they know where the ball is going. Just look at the player the ball is heading towards, and knock the player down first before the ball even lands. Don't worry about the ball. Worry about the player where the ball is heading towards.

If they wanted to, an interception would be an awesome plus.

It's almost the end of the season, and the defense is driving me crazy. That's the only thing I believe the Saints need to work on. Still, congratulations to the New Orleans Saints once again for making it into the history books. I am so proud of my hometown team.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Addict Of Fiction: Are Video Games Returning To It's Mega Blockbuster Years?

While I was paying attention to how almost every blockbuster movie that came out, ended up earning billions of dollars at the box office, I wasn’t paying attention to the sales of the video games that has been coming out for the past year.

What really caught my attention when it came to video game sales was the release of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″. I knew there was some die hard Call of Duty fans (possibly topping the international Final Fantasy fans), but when I saw the numbers in just the first 24 hours, it really shocked me. The game sold 6.5 million copies in the first 24 hours, making $400 million dollars. It went to make over a billion dollars in only 16 days, beating the science fiction film “Avatar”, which took 17 days to exceeded $1 billion dollars.

That stunned the video game industry. The Call of Duty fans truly have spoken with this one. After noticing this, I began doing a little research on the previous games that came out. I’ve checked their sales and was stunned by the recent results.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Film Titanic On An Actual Cruise

When I was a little kid, I went on my very first cruise. It was sponsored by Disney and it was one of the best times in my life. I got to eat as much as I wanted without regretting any of it. I got to swim as much as I wanted. I got to sleep as much as I wanted. We weren't following a schedule. All they wanted us to do was follow the rules and have a good time.

The first two days of the four day cruise trip was absolutely stunning. I truly felt I could stay there forever. Then one night, we all got personally invited to watch a film that the crew members had chosen to play for everyone. I was six years old at the time and I was addicted to movies. I'm sure my parents bought a movie for me every single month. It was just a way to keep me occupied after doing all of my school work of course. So I super excited getting the chance to watch a new movie.

We sat at the theater and the movie started playing. After a few promos for other films along minor distractions behind me, the movie was finally coming on. I had no idea what this movie was. It was brand new to me. Then a leaned over to a friend I made on the cruise ship. She told me the movie was called Titanic. I just sat there during the whole movie. By the end, it dawned to me that we were watching the movie on an actual cruise ship.

I ran out of that theater and started vomiting outside. First off, I was six years old. Why were they letting little kids watch a movie like that at an early age? Second off, why would they be playing that movie on an actual cruise ship anyway? Third, why would Disney, the company that wants to make kids happy, actually let them do that? 

The last two days was just hiding. I hid myself in my room for two days. I couldn't bear to leave my room. That movie traumatized me for a long time.

I have never been on a cruise ship since.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trick Or Treat...Literally!

Halloween is becoming more humorous than scary nowadays. I'm not the only one that believes in this. This popular holiday that is supposed to scare the life out of you has turned into a day and night of comedy.

This year's Halloween was the most boring one of my life. I've went through a bunch of holiday adventures, but this one truly stands out as the worst. There were no Halloween specials airing on television. The Syfy channel decided to celebrate the Halloween season by playing a James Bond movie marathon. I remember wanting to take some sleeping pills and wake up the next day.

I stayed in the living room eating like a maniac. My stomach was expanding by the minute. After eating three dinners in a row I found myself still wanting more food. I put on some clothes and left the house in order to get to McDonald's, which was three blocks away from my house.

While walking down the stairs, I looked over to my left and found some people trick or treating around the block. I looked over and saw that my house was the only house that had it's light on. So I had a huge suspicion that they were going to come to my house. That turned out to be the right message.

They shouted out "Trick or Treat!" while walking up my stairs. However, they didn't get a good welcome home present. The second my dog heard their footsteps, he began barking and scratching at the door, thereby scaring the four kids away from my house. I walked away from them as fast as I could. Not because I wanted to hear from them. I was laughing uncontrollably and didn't want them to see me. 

Halloween is definitely becoming more humorous in the coming years.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Box Full Of Jumbo Sized Roaches

One winter, a friend of mines (let's call him Ross) asked me to come clean the basement at his house. He was having difficulty with a few of the things and he needed a second hand. I was the first number he dialed. There are times when I wish I wasn't the most needed person in many people's lives. Don't they realize I have a life of my own?

From the way my cell phone keeps ringing off the hook, it appears they don't care. As long as I'm breathing, they will ask for my help no matter how times I tell them I can't do it. I think I might have to start charging people for my services.

I put on some clothes and rode my bike to Ross's house. Ross was sitting right there on his doorstep waiting for me. We greeted each other and entered the basement without a second to spare. At first glance, it's like no one has been down there in years. All I saw were dusty boxes and appliances.

I began working instantly. The sooner we were done with at least half the basement, the better chance I had of getting out of there. I'm allergic to dust. When I sniff large amounts, my nose closes itself from the inside, preventing me from breathing through it for a few days.

There was this one box that stood out to me while cleaning. It was hanging in the corner and away from the others. I asked Ross if he wanted me to get rid of it. He agreed and I walked over to it. The second I opened it, it unleashed a large army of jumbo sized roaches. They began crawling out of there, as if they were starting the beginning of their world domination. 

Instantly, I screamed like a little girl while Ross was just shocked with a frozen. We both were thinking of random ways to kill them. Ross grabbed two roach sprays and I grabbed the water hose. Within seconds, that basement turned into a war zone between me, Ross, and the roaches. When everything was over, the roaches were killed and the both of us were soaked and sprayed. After the whole incident, Ross wanted us to continue cleaning the basement. I rolled my eyes and then left.

Note to self: Don't ever clean your friend's basement ever again!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Don't You Come Any Closer!

I don't like it when someone I don't know is standing right behind me for an extended period of time. It freaks me out and it makes me turn on my self-defense skills. If I don't know you, what gives you the right to be staring at me like a lunatic?

Last week at the library, I was completing a ton of assignments that I was able to finish on the computer. That was a relief for me. My feet were hurting from all that walking and I didn't want to walk for a little while. I sat myself at a desk with a few books I wanted to check out and started writing. I love libraries. It's the one place I know where there is piece and quiet. You can use their free internet connection without needing to buy anything. It's wonderful.

During the last few minutes I took in the library, I couldn't help but feel someone staring hard at me. You know that feeling you get you can just feel the essence of someone staring at you? Whenever I get those feelings, it never fails me. I looked towards the right without moving my head and there was this one guy staring at my actions. I didn't know who the guy was, and he was just staring at me while I was typing swiftly.

He thought I didn't know he was there because I had my headphones on, but I knew he was there. He started getting a little closer to me. The closer he got to me, the closer I was getting to beating him up. He looked like a future pedophile and I wasn't going to let him touch me.

A few steps closer to me, he grew scared and walked away. I think he kind of knew I was ready for him. It looked like it was right out of a action movie. You don't know if this person is wielding something and you might as well give up while you're ahead. I haven't worked at the same desk since then.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Shut Up And Watch The Movie!

I never thought I would find myself writing a story about this topic. I've heard numerous stories about these things. I've seen commercials about this before the movie comes on. Even though it was good awareness of what not to do, I just never seen it physically happen. I've been doubting those actions until last year.

I went over to a movie theater on Sunday night to go see Tyler Perry's new film For Colored Girls last year. I was so bored after watching a recent football game. My hometown team was obviously beating the opponents. Last time I remembered, the score was 40 to the opponent's 7. It was the game that everyone decided to stop watching. We all knew who was going to be the winner. 

What was the point in continuing to watch a game if it was going to be boring in the end?
I arrived at the movie theater and couldn't wait to watch this drama. Midway through loving the film, the real drama began to happen. There were these four people sitting way up in the back who couldn't stop talking during the rest of the movie. There were a few dramatic scenes in the film and they felt they were the ones that needed to add what appear to be their humorous commentary to the film. 

I didn't say a word because I'm a calm person who doesn't want to make a scene. But I was wishing that someone had the balls that night to shut those people up. I managed to remember everything that was happening throughout the movie. It was still an amazing film. It just a bunch of distractions from the background noises going on at the top.

I walked away from that movie with mixed reviews. I gave the film a positive review, but I gave the audience a negative one. I have never been at that theater since.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Future Forward| Conversations With Your Penis

When it comes to sex, the one thing that men appears to not be incredibly vocal about is their secret conversations with their partner downstairs. I'm talking about the partner deep inside their pants. I'm talking about the one thing that they are self confident about on a daily basis. I don't need to tell you what it is. The title says it all.

For women, it's very obvious that they talk about their breasts numerous times. Whether it's talking to them in the mirror or having a conversation with their friends, a conversation regarding their breasts is always going to come up. That's why the majority of us are prepared for things like that to happen. If you're an only child, your conversations with your breasts is like talking to real life sisters.

What what about men? Do we have those same type of conversations? Absolutely.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Andy Serkis Deserves An Oscar Nomination

I am one of those fans that is completely rooting for this man to get an Oscar nomination for his riveting performance as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. There are many science fiction fans like myself that truly believes he deserves this honor. I know that many people thinks he should've been nominated first for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it's too late to campaign that in the present. But now that he gave us another riveting performance, it's time to push this one.

I have seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Andy Serkis is without a doubt the stand out star of this amazing work of science fiction. I looked at some of the behind the scenes clips and was completely shocked at Andy Serkis's performance. Everything you see in this film from face expression to emotions and body movement, that as all come from Andy Serkis. 

I have been around technology all of my life.The one thing I know you can't do is computer generate an animal with tons of emotions like that. It has to come from a real person. To me, I compare it to wearing a costume. Andy Serkis is wearing a costume and is still giving us an amazing performance.

Most people believe that he shouldn't be nominated because computer technology helped him out. That his emotions were probably enhanced by it. If that's the case, let me take you back to a film known as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Everyone has seen that movie. This movie was accompanied with computer generated technology and Brad Pitt got a best actor Oscar nomination in the end. When something like this happens, there is no excuse why Andy Serkis shouldn't be nominated.

If you still don't believe me, watch this video below. I promise you. It will take just this video to completely believe everything that I'm talking about. If I didn't see the movie, it would've took a few clips below of him playing Caesar to tell me that he deserves to be nominated. Join the campaign and let's help this man's breathtaking body of work get more recognition.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

He Wanted Me In A Skateboarding Accident

I exited the library after a long day of work. It was an incredibly creative day and I was happy with what I have accomplished that day. There was a smile on my face and I thought nothing was going to get rid of that smile.

Two blocks later, I was getting ready to the cross. A group of skateboarders was all of a sudden coming in my direction. They wanted to beat that red light. So they increased the speed on their skateboards. Within seconds, each of them were driving past the red light swiftly one by one. It was like they were going after Tony Hawk or something from the way they were chasing after each other.

Eventually, they all were all gone the second the light turned red. I was relieved and began walking the street. There was a thirty second walk for citizens before the traffic started all over again. I was midway to the other side and there was this one skateboarder that was far behind from the pack. He was obviously exhausted, but he was using all of his strength to catch up with the gang. 

He looked up at me and gave me this dark glare. I started walking backwards, so that we wouldn't crash. He made a slight move to the right, thereby still being straight ahead of me. Every time I moved back, he kept on trying to be keep me right in front of me. Five feet away from colliding with me, he turned to the left, thereby missing me.

Once he rode past me, I heard him shout out "Damn it!"

Monday, December 5, 2011

One Drunk Asshole!

We've all had an experience with a drunk person. Even if you're a casual virgin when it comes to your life, there was a tiny moment in your life that included a drunk person. When it happens, you're completely in shock. Nothing in this world prepares you for it. It's all about coming up with a solution at that very moment.

That was the case with me.

One night, I was hanging out at my favorite karaoke club. I haven't been out in a long time. So going out that night was something I was really looking forward to. I was following the beat of the music, listening to rock n roll music. Ranging from Bon Jovi to Prince, everyone was having a good time.

At some point, the host demanded that audience members should come on stage in the middle of a Prince song. The ladies were dancing provocatively, trying to excite everyone that was watching them. Men were there too but they were upstaged within a few seconds by the women. One particular person that was having a good time was this drunk person standing right next to me. He was completely intoxicated and visually out of his mind. He looked over towards me and saw how excited I was watching all of those females dance.

For the next thirty minutes, he was provoking me to go onstage and dance with the rest of those females. Even though I was having fun, I didn't want to go up on stage. Besides, I was performing in a few more acts. So wearing myself out before going on stage would be a complete waste of time.

The results was a half hour of being cussed at and pushed by this drunk person. I know the average person would beat the living daylights out of him at that point, but I chose not to. Instead, he was escorted by security out of the bar. Right after he was gone, I wowed the crowd with my rendition of "Bye Bye Bye" by N'Sync.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Future Forward| Love Is Not Worth A Lifetime Virus

In honor of World Aid's Day that happened two days ago, I want to take this opportunity to talk a particular subject surrounding the LGBT community. I think it's a wonderful thing to continue spreading the word, thereby educating our youth on what's out there in the world.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Addict of Fiction: Should Final Fantasy VII Be Adapted Into A TV Show?

Every Final Fantasy fan from around the world can agree that the seventh game in the series is the most iconic one of them all. This is the game that started everything when it came to putting Final Fantasy into the 3D world. Not only that, but it’s known as the game that sold the PlayStation.

I honestly do believe that Final Fantasy wouldn’t have evolved the way it has if it wasn’t for Final Fantasy VII. I have a best friend who is addicted to the series. He has the video game. He knows every aeon in the game. He watches Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children like a maniac. He absolutely loves this series.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

That Was One Hot Meal!

When it comes to cooking, they tell you to watch over your food, so it won't burn. They never tell you that if you leave the utensils in the hot dish, it'll heat up so much, when you touch it, you'll get third degree burns.

No one told me about this. I had to find out about this the hard way.

One night, I was in the kitchen, cooking corn and rice. I had too many exotic meals that I read from multiple recipe books. So it felt good to eat something for once. The rice cooker was almost done. The corn and smoked sausages were almost completely heated up. I was so ecstatic. 

Around the same time, I was writing an essay entitled "What A Halloween Surprise!". So I decided to multitask and finish writing it while I was cooking. I got so distracted finishing another page, I forgot that I left the fork I was using to stir the food in the pot. The fork eventually drowned to the bottom and I had knowledge of it.

A half hour had passed and the food was ready. I unplugged the rice cooker and I turned off the stove. I grabbed a large spoon and began putting some of it on the plate. While I was putting the corn and sausages on my plate, I felt something solid at the bottom. I raised the spoon and there was the fork right there. I then grabbed the fork and that's when my realization kicked in.

The fork was so hot, it burnt my hand, thereby making me jump one step back. Due to that, I accidentally dropped the plate and the food landed on my foot. The volcano hot food landed on my foot, thereby burning me even more. I freaked out and ran towards the deep freezer. I opened it and then stuck my foot in it. The pain went away within seconds, but I was probably seconds away from getting frost bite.

I have paying attention very close attention to utensils ever since then.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Humans Can Fly...So I Thought

Growing up, I was a huge fan of comic book characters that fought crimes. It was the best memories of my life. I grew up thinking that humans can fly. After all, when I grew up around Spider-man, Harry Potter, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, and many others, I began to develop that mentality that humans can fly.

One day, I decided to see if it was true.

My parents dropped me off at my aunt's apartment while they went out to go do whatever they went out to do. I was five years old at the time. She lived on the second floor of the complex. My aunt had this walkway outside her side window. I wouldn't call it a balcony, but it was large enough for anyone to walk on. It was big enough to fit five people.

All of a sudden, I got an automatic flashback about going forward with my theory that humans can fly. When I saw that walkway, I found an opportunity ready and waiting. I got up on it and my realization finally came with results.

I jumped off the walkway and landed on my stomach in a pile of dirt. It wasn't until two seconds after crashing that I started to cry like a little baby. It really hurt for a small kid. The only good news about the whole situation was that I realized that humans can't fly.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Future Forward| Never Settle For A Good Enough Relationship

One of the lessons I've learned from being single for a year is that I never have to settle for a good enough relationship. You know what I'm talking about when I say good enough relationships.

When it comes to being with someone most people are scared to be alone. Some are extremely dependent on being in a relationship. They don't want to live the single life for too long. They really want to be with someone. Due to that, they settle for a good enough relationship. It's a relationship where you know it's not going anywhere, but you choose to stay in it because you don't want to be by yourself.

It's actually much worse than a dysfunctional relationship.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rachet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Will End Tonight

I've never had a more frustrating time over a video game that I had with this one last night. It was utterly insane and I haven't even beaten the game yet.

In Rachet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, there is a final battle between you and Dr. Nefarious. I still believe this is the best game in the entire franchise. I am still adjusting to the future trilogy. There's just nothing like playing the ordinary. To be honest, I've only played the first two games in the series. I never truly played the last one. Then when I saw it at Game Stop a month ago, I just knew I had to have. I bought the game and been playing it to the end ever sense.

Now I am finally towards in the end of it, and it's a complete pain in the ass. I have been dying and trying at least eight times when it comes to defeating Dr. Nefarious. I've spend so many hours after midnight trying to waste this guy, and they've all failed miserably. Every time when his health is inches away from reaching 0, he finds a way to kill me.

I stopped playing last night because it left me hot and bothered. My hands were sweating. My fingers had tiny red marks on them because of the numerous times I was pressing the buttons. This fictional character wore me out.

But this isn't over. Not by a long shot. My entire night is set for this occasion. Dr. Nefarious is going down and I will finally reach the end of Rachet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Miss Writing Fan Fiction

A few of my old high school friends are aware that I was one of those people that was writing fan fiction during my sophomore year. It was an after school hobby of mine. It was my escape from the drama that was high school.

One day after class, I was talking to my high school friend Henry. Henry was an aspiring video game creator and he showed me this amazing idea he had for his own video game. Then one day, he began telling me that he writes fan fiction on the website. Metal Gear Solid is his favorite series and he would come up with so many ideas for sequels. I wish I recorded every idea he told me. You would be surprised what he came up with. It was magical.

He convinced me to write fan fiction. He told me that it would not only help me improve my writing, but I could also be able to write down my own ideas for free. Growing up, I was a huge fan of Pokemon. I still am, but it was addictive during my childhood years.

My favorite Pokemon to this day is Umbreon, which is the evolved form of Eevee if he involved at night. With Henry's advice, I wrote a fan fiction story entitled "The Adventures Of The Eevee Clan". I had this idea about all of them going on adventure to save the world of Pokemon. The trainers were always doing it on the show. I felt like it was time for the Pokemon to do it all by themselves.

I wrote all it down in a week and I posted it on a fan fiction website the next. Most people praised me for my stories, which boosted my confidence by 1000%. I don't remember what website it was because I wrote under a pseudonym, but I do remember being happy writing those stories.

I wrote multiple stories in one year. I don't know why I stopped, but I'm happy to be back on it. I'm writing an Ed Edd n Eddy: Twenty Years Later fan fiction screenplay based on my all time favorite cartoon series. I'm not making it crazy habit writing fan fiction. It just feels awesome getting back to doing this other part of my life that made me happy. Below is the intro to Ed, Edd n Eddy if you guys don't know the show.

Addict of Fiction: Are You A Game Leveler Or Ender?

When it comes to the game industry, there are two types of gamers. Throughout my years of playing, I came to this realization when I was playing close attention to the people around me.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Hate Making Mistakes

Nobody is perfect. It's the one sentence you hear everyday. If they tell you that they are perfect, they are absolutely wrong. There is something going on under that rug. They just don't want to tell you.

I, on the other hand, despise that word. Every time the word "perfect" comes out of someone's mouth in a positive or negative way, I will just turn the other way or cuss the other person out. It just sounds like a word that shouldn't have existed in the dictionary at all. Just because a person doesn't meet your expectations, doesn't mean you have to force this so called perfection on them. It's ridiculous.

Even though no one is perfect, I do at times beat myself on the inside, trying to fit that nonexistent category.

I am one of those people that doesn't like making mistakes. I try my best to never ever make any of them. It's not regarding any particular things. No matter what I'm doing, I try my best not to make any mistakes. I think it's somewhat of an emotional thing. But either way, it's a daily struggle with me.

I am very observant over everything around me. That's one of the greatest gifts of being a writer. We pay attention to every single detail. We make sure nothing gets left out. And because of that, I make sure everything is put together nicely. In the beginning, I feel confident over whatever it is I'm doing. There is nothing that's going to upset me.

Then unexpectedly, one or possible two mistakes are being addressed to me. It's just a simple stuff that can be fixed in just a few seconds, but I feel completely upset on the inside that I didn't catch it. I thought I had my eye on everything, and it turns out that I missed a few things. You may not be able to tell by looking at my face, but I'm completely mad myself. I am beating myself up on the inside repeatedly. I'm not going to do anything distructive physically, but I am emotionally beating myself up. It's a sad thing to hear, but I'm not going to lie, saying I don't let the little mistakes I make affect me.

Nowadays, I am beginning to adjust to the fact that no one is perfect. It's still a struggle, but I am doing my best to overcome it. I guess that's what it means being an imperfect human. Life is truly something unexplainable.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Addict of Fiction: Should The Three Hedgehog's Do An Adventure Game Together Again?

I know I’m not the only person that’s been thinking about this when it comes to these three hedgehogs. Just looking at this picture makes me think about this possibility.

The last time we’ve seen these three hedgehogs together in an adventure was 2006′s “Sonic The Hedgehog” game. Even though the game was awesome, I still feel like the creators didn’t do their stories justice. It was one random event after the next. It was so hard for me to keep up with each of their storylines. That’s what turned me off about the game.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Future Forward: Abs and Penises Aren't Enough

Everyone knows that it's kind of a turn on to see a half naked photo of men showing off their abs, and possibly what's going on inside their pants. Sex is a major part of our everyday lives, and we express it in more ways than others. For some, it's a way of showing liberation and confidence. Here is someone that is incredibly confident about their body, they are not afraid to show it off. Whether it's a picture or a video, that's great.

For me, I respect anyone who is that confident in him/herself. But what happens when you realize that's the only things you got?

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Friday, November 11, 2011

I Do Believe In God, But I Don't Follow Any Religion

I know I'm not the only person that has gone through something like this, but I'm telling this story for people who are slightly confused.

Growing up, I never was a religious person. Even till this day, I am not that person. I was never forced to follow a particular religion. I would sometimes be in church, and wonder when it was going to end. I wanted to have a close relationship with God, but I didn't want it to be forced on me. My spirituality was my own journey that I had to embark on my own.

As I began studying religion in my classes, I kept on wanting to run the other way. There was this one particular time when my teacher asked us which religion would we follow. Some picked Catholicism, Baptism, Christianity, etc. When the question was directed to me, I couldn't answer them. I told them to give me some time. It was truthfully an excuse to keep the question away from me. Because to be honest, I couldn't pick a religion due to me not being a religious person.

The questions returned to me during my teenage years. My spirituality was being put to the test. There were numerous moments when I thought I was an atheist. I seriously had those thoughts brewing in my mind. I didn't jump to the conclusion about becoming that. However, there was a time when I was wondering if spirituality truly exists.

I don't know what day it was, but I do remember a moment when I realized that I shouldn't have had all of those questions in my head. All I had to do was ask myself this one question.

The question was "Do you believe in God?"

I answered "Yes" without second guessing it.

I do believe in God, but I chose not to follow a religion. From my perspective, it turns out to be a good thing. Because when it comes to religion I realize something. You can't follow one religion without angering another one in a process. It's a shame realization, but that's true.

Now that I look back, I completely understood everything. I understood why I was questioning my spirituality for quite a long time. I do pray, meditate, and send letters to God every so often. That's how I continue my relationship with him. Is my relationship with him still a struggle? It honestly is, but I'm strong enough to admit and concur it.
I do believe in God, but I don't let a religion define me.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Friendships Are Meant To End

The one thing I am not good at is removing people from my life. Growing up, I was bullied in school since I first walked in those halls. I was a nerd with glasses, braces, tight clothes, and no Southern accent at all. I was born and raised my whole life in New Orleans, but I was born with a proper accent. That's how I speak fluently. But still, all of those differences about me was something that no one didn't understand, and the best way for them to get rid of me was to treat me like a nobody.

During the time, I did manage to make some friends. Once that happened, I began to develop something like a co-dependency problem when it came to my friends. For most people, it's relationships, but mine is friendships. I became very needy in having friends. The fact that someone loved me as a friend inside and out, I wanted to spend more time with them. I wanted to treasure every single moment I had with them.

Then there came the time when frenemies kicked in. People who will be your friend, but hurt you as well. It does happen to regular friendships, but it's not on purpose. Frenemies are those that hurts you on purpose, and doesn't care how emotional it made you feel. I've had to deal with both of those issues. Frenemies and my co-dependency problem with friends.

When you realize at some point in your life that your friendship with one or more people has run it's course, the most logical thing to do is to end it. That's something I kept forcing myself not to do. Even when it came to the people that I knew was hurting me. I wouldn't let them go and I still treated them like a friend. There were moments when I got down on my knees and begged some people if I could hang out with them. I took a few more emotional hits, which were very lethal because I am an emotional person. Ranging from friends to frenemies, ex's to acquaintances, I took a bunch of hits because I didn't want to remove anyone from my life.

Then one day, I remember sitting on the couch, having a conversation with myself. Yes, I do talk to myself on a daily basis. I was crying like a baby and feeling sick to my stomach. Something in my head said "Roque, you know it's not worth it. It's time for it to end." Of course, I kept on fighting back. My mind was battling itself in a deadly brawl. But then I eventually realized it was right. I realized that maybe there are some friendships that are meant to come to an end. No friend in this world is worth crying for consistently.

So that's what I did the next day. I had to let go of a few people. Some of them removed me from their lives in the process. As hard as it was, I began to feel a little better. The emotional pain stopped coming back and I was able to move on. If I'm going to be brutally honest with you guys, I have to admit that it's still an ongoing battle. I'm only twenty years old, and my inner circle is still expanding. I love being with people. I am a very humble person. I just have to know who my real friends are.

Are there fake friends living among me? I'll never know until the true colors come out. Well I'mma at 2:33 a.m. That can't be good!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Woke Up In A Ghost Town

Even though I am a high school graduate, there is one thing about the system that continues to bug me. It's the fact that you got to wake up incredibly early in order to get there at 8 a.m. You know how it goes everyone. For some people, you live far away from your school, and has to use public transportation in order to get there. You wake up at 6 in the morning, hoping to get dressed, grab a snack, and catch that bus by 6:30. Then you ride there to the end of your destination at possibly 6:45, and you have five minutes to run and catch another bus at your second destination.

That's what I was dealing with. Now that I am out of school and look back at some of my transportation stories, I call it bonafide ridiculous.

One morning, I woke up at what appears to be 6:00 a.m. My eyes were very blurry, but I didn't care. It wasn't one of my best weeks. I had one exam that was going to happen on Friday. I have been studying like a maniac while still finishing six homework assignments every night. I only slept for three hours at that point. I was truly exhausted.

So I got up, brushed my teeth, put on my uniform, and was out of the door faster than the Road Runner on The Looney Tunes Show. When I walked outside, it was quiet and dark as a ghost town. I didn't hear any cars driving by. I didn't hear any footsteps. The moon was still bright. It was very weird to me.

Then I walked over to the bus station, waiting for the upcoming bus to arrive. There wasn't a single car driving around. It was incredibly weird. Normally, when I walk up, morning traffic would going on right in front of me. Once I noticed there weren't any cars around, I quickly checked my phone to check out the time.

I turned it on and found out that it wasn't 6:30 a.m. It was 3:30 a.m.

The lesson here everyone is that they need to the school systems need to change their times to start everything. Because 8 in the morning is just too freaking early.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Addict of Fiction: Should Silver The Hedgehog Have His Own Spinoff Game?

Before I stopped playing “Sonic Unleashed”, one character couldn’t escape from my head. As much as I love Sonic, I began to fall in love with Silver the Hedgehog faster than I did with Sonic. There’s just something about Silver that intrigues me. I like his entire storyline when he was introduced in “Sonic The Hedgehog” years ago.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Future Forward: More Male Stories Need To Be Told In Literature

This is something that has been on my mind for a long time now. As a writer, I can't help but think about this subject on a daily basis. Now that I am working on my own projects, this is beginning to come up in my head surreptitiously.

Aside from going to cafes and beach houses, I love going to libraries. I love walking around, seeing constant pieces of literature hanging on the shelves. From one writer to the another, it's just amazing see the work of numerous writers. It's not just something great to look at, but it's also a reminder for myself. It reminds me everyday of who I am and what I want to see in the future. I'm still waiting for that day to come when I see my first published book on a shelf somewhere. It just gives me happiness mentioning something like this.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

I Almost Smoked A Joint

There are two things about me that everyone is aware of.  1) I'm not a smoker. 2) I have too much natural energy.

I am not on any medications. This is natural energy. I am always positive and jumping all over the place every day. This is just me. I am a happy-go-lucky person. But apparently, some people are turned off by it. I remember having a conversation with an old friend of mine, and he just couldn't believe it. He thought there was some sort of inner devil inside me. He just couldn't believe that someone like me is smiling all the time.

So he called a friend of his and decided to bring a few joints to the house. He said he was going to make smoke weed.

"Why?" I asked him.

"I'm going to make you calm down," he said. "You're too active. I can't handle being around something like that. Trust me, once you smoke this joint, you'll calm down."

The best friend came over and they forcefully put me on the bed. They know I'm not a smoker. So they were doing their best to make sure I smoked a joint. I tried to get them off of me, but it didn't work. They lit up a joint and aimed it towards my mouth. I couldn't believe I was being held against my will, and about to smoke a joint. It sounds like a comedic suspense novel when you think about it.

Seconds before almost putting it in my mouth, they decided not to go ahead with it. They all of a sudden remembered the possible side effect from smoking weed. For some people, they will be calm and everything. But for some people, they will be all over the place. The hyperactivity will double, sometimes triple the energy within. So they were scared that if I smoked a joint, I would turn into Spider-Man and be somehow crawling upside down on the ceiling. They didn't like being active as I am right now. So they didn't want to make it worse.

They let me go and continued on with their day. That's the closest I ever got to smoking a joint.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Music Video- Kaoz ft. Heidi B. Stink & Jay-Z "Labels"

I am speechless over this new video. I was already stunned by this song from the amazing rapper Kaoz, but this video brought the song to another level of excitement. I am in love with this song and video.

"Labels" by Kaoz ft. Heidi B. Stink & Jay-Z is all about dropping the labels the world has put on us. No matter what labels, if it's negative, it's time to drop it, and live your life has an indescribable individual.

I got nothing but love and respect for Kaoz. He is an amazing artist that always sends out the right messages. No matter how raw, personal, or funny it is, he's always real. He tells the truth. That's what we need. The world is starting to become fake and I am happy that individuals like Kaoz sends out nothing but positive truth.

Come watch what I'm talking. Here is the new music video by Kaoz. Enjoy!

Salad, Welcome To My Life

I promised a friend of mine that I take her out to dinner. Everybody that knows me personally will know that when I make a promise to a friend, I will do my best to keep. I believe in keeping promises. If I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do it, I would be honest and said I won't be able to do it. I believe in that quote strongly.
"Don't make promises you know you can't keep."

I made this promise to my friend Jessica weeks ago. She thought I forgot about it. She kept on reminding me for days about the whole thing. I told her there was no way in hell I forgot about it. My schedule has just been incredibly crazy. If I wasn't at work, I was at the library promoting Roque's Reality, doing product reviews, and contributing to the two websites I have been working with for a long time. If I wasn't at the library, I was probably at an audition. If I wasn't at an audition, I was probably at home, doing the same thing I was doing at the library.

Life has been moving so fast I have been taking advantage of every opportunity given to me. It has caused me to spend less time with my friends, but what else can I do? I can't just sit on the couch and do nothing.

Then finally, a day arrived when I finally had a break. I walked up to Jessica and told her that I was finally taking a break, and we went out to eat. I took her to Cafe Maspero, a wonderful Southern restaurant on Decatur Street. She told me weeks before that she has been working so much she never had any deep southern food. For southern people, they know what I'm talking about. I'm not talking about one plate of craw fish. Down here, we have the whole enchilada: craw fish, turkey necks, corn on the cob, and top it all off with Daiquiris and margaritas.

That's why I thought Cafe Maspero was going to be something good for her. We walked inside and she was already amazed. It had a wonderful southern setting. Customers were coming in and out. The menus were pure Southern ranging from sandwiches to shrimp. The prices were completely recession proof.

Jessica and I sat down and began to order. I ordered red beans and rice with a side order of french fries. Jessica decided to take a chance by eating a plate of shrimp with french fries. I warned her that the plate was going to be huge. The last time I went there I am pretty sure I ate thirty pieces and they tasted heavenly.

However, the first order that came was a plate of salad. The waiter placed the salad near the both of us and I got nervous. I haven't had salad since I was a little boy. At that time, my taste buds despised it. I stared at that salad with a war look on my face. I wanted to burn it to the crisp and throw it out the window. However, the new me loves trying out new food. My mind was telling me not to jump to conclusion and get rid of the salad without trying. I grabbed that fork and chopped on some lettuce and tomatoes.

The results was me eating the most amazing salad I have ever had in my life. I really liked it. I didn't want to avoid eating it anymore. Not only that, but when the food arrived, the salad made it easier for the food to digest. It was at that moment that I knew salad was going to be a part of my life. The get together that evening at Cafe Maspero apparently worked out for the both of us.

Jessica finally got a chance to eat some Southern food and I welcomed something that I used to hate when I was a little kid back into my eating life.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Web Series- Drama Queenz Season 3 Episode 2

I'm not afraid to admit that I am a die hard fan of the web series Drama Queenz. I am really loving the new direction of this show. After each episode, I am dying for more. At this rate, I want it to be a one hour dramedy series. I want to be right there with the boys for a long time during each episode. Each of their stories just catches you like that.

During this episode, you will learn about secrets. How each lie and confession can change the way you look at a person or possibly yourself. It's an incredibly difficult thing about life that I am happy they each are showing. I promise you that every minute will never want you to leave this computer screen. Each story is more shocking than the next. Drama Queenz is getting incredibly raw and personal and I can't wait to see more from this show.

Come check out exactly what I'm talking about. Here is the second episode of the third season of the hit web series Drama Queenz.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Factoidz: How To Party Like A Rock Star

Let's be honest. Everyone wants to party like a rock star. Now that Halloween is here and everyone is about to go out and party like maniacs, I hope this article will help you out. Here is my new how-to article entitled "How To Party Like A Rock Star".

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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Homeless Man That Scammed Me Has Been Found

Two years ago, I was leaving a cafe after getting some work done. Before leaving, I bought a fortune cookie that read once I opened it.

You will receive an unusual proposition

One block away from this cafe, I ran into this homeless man with two luggage bags next to him. He stopped me instantly, saying he wanted to talk to me. He wasn't asking for any money. He just wanted to talk to someone. For me being so young and slightly delusional, I sat there next to him and listened to his story. 

It was then that he started talking to me about this place he needed to be. He was saying that he was tired of being homeless and he was ready to turn his life around. He found this job that is near his family in another state. It would be a perfect working condition for him. While he has a roof over his head at his family's place, he could go work, so that he could show them that he's not bluffing.

As I'm listening to his story, I began to believe in everything. He was being very honest. I didn't assume he was lying. If I knew he was lying, I would've caught it right away. I read crime and detective novels. I've learned how people can give themselves away. There were a few moments when I told a random individual "You don't have to go to law school. Just watch Law & Order.

Later on, he told me that needed money to get on this bus that will take him to this family that leaves in another state. He got me so wrapped up in emotions I believed him and gave him $60 of my own money, so that he could get on this bus, and go back home.  I walked away feeling incredibly humble. I was actually going to save this man from poverty.
Fast forward two years later.

I am walking out of the general store. I know this awesome store that you could get two pieces of chicken for only a dollar. That's a huge deal and the chicken over there taste good. I looked over and there was the homeless man I met two years ago. He still had those luggage bags I saw him with before. The moment I saw him, I wanted to beat the living daylights out of him. He scammed me out of money and still scamming others.

He saw me heading towards my bike and stopped me. He said he felt like he knew me. I already knew that was going to happen. After all, we haven't seen each other in two years. I told him I didn't know. Then he started telling his story all over again. Five seconds into the conversation, I gave him a quarter and ended it right there. I don't care if it was rude. That's what he deserved for scamming me.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stand Up Comedy and Lightning Bolts

 A friend of mine emailed me on Facebook about performing stand up comedy at this that was about one hour away by bike. It holds this open mic every Wednesday. I didn't care about the traveling thing. The good news was that I found a place where I could finally perform some of my material.

I rode all the way up there and found the bar I was performing at across the street from a power plant. I have never been that close to a power plant before. It was a little weird. I looked up in the sky and there I saw clouds beginning to come together. The news warned us minutes before I left the house that we were going to have a short rain with a little bit of thunder and lightning. For most people that know me, I'm scared of lightning. I can't help it. The second I see a lightning in front of me, my first thought is to get into a beetle position.

During the time I wasn't worrying about the storm, I was just focused on giving a good performance. I signed my name on the list and I was scheduled to perform in one hour. While I was watching the others perform, I noticed lots of lightning strikes coming out the window. It looked as if a light was being turned on and off.

I reminded myself that I was right next to a power plant. Lightning strikes there numerous times in order to store energy for the planet. So the fact that I was that close to lightning striking frightened me. I did my performance and got out of there immediately. I didn't care about the audience's reactions at that point. I just wanted to get that heck out of there.

I ran outside and there I saw lightning striking constantly. My own two eyes was looking at a large number of lightning bolts strike this plant. Each strike petrified me. I was so scared. I wanted to run to my bike, but my fear of lightning trapped me. I remained there for another hours, waiting for the lightning to strike.

Still to this day, I have never returned to that bar to perform stand up comedy again.