Jul 28 2014

Thirteen Days Left

There are just thirteen days left until I am done working at the local Real Canadian Superstore for good. I handed in my two weeks notice yesterday, as I have a full-time job now and I don’t need the hours they provide me. I will miss the 10% off my shopping there, so I’ll just have to be a more savvy shopper. ;)

I won’t miss the stress of working two jobs, or the way I look stupid when I don’t know where a product is when a customer asks me. I also will not miss some of the managers or some of my fellow colleagues, but I will miss working with a few colleagues I enjoyed working with. I also won’t miss having to use an electronic clock to track my hours and breaks – it’s quite the opposite at the casino and I love it there. From an attitude that basically says “you only get the break time we give you” to a totally relaxed attitude of “as long as you get done the work fast, we don’t care how much you relax or when you take your break”.

I also won’t miss having to get up at six in the morning to be at work for eight, or having to worry that I won’t get Sundays or Thursdays off. Knowing in a few months I’ll be eligible for benefits when I never got them fully at Superstore is another good reason for me to go. The extra time in the mornings to work on my writing and other projects is also a nice bonus of leaving Superstore. ;)

All in all, it was a very easy decision to make to hand in my two weeks notice yesterday! ;) Take care! ;)

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My Thoughts Episode 16

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Podcast Episode 95

In this episode, I quickly update you all on what’s going on.

Jul 23 2014

Great News for Everyone

I have some great news about Chippy’s Auctions! I have purchased and configured the new responsive auction theme, and that site is open and ready for registrations! Use code “revival” (without the quotes) to save 15% before September 1st! I’ll be posting the first of the books and jewelry I have to sell there either tonight or tomorrow morning.

I have also found a fanfiction plugin for Unlimited Fan Fiction that will only cost me US$89! Since that is cheaper than the plugins Leet Link needs to become a digital marketplace, it is now the next site on my list to get completed! I’m hoping to have it done within a month or two, and the stories moved to the main site by the end of the year. Since this is so close, I won’t do any writing until the integration and moving is completed!

I’ve gotten an idea for a new song, but I don’t know if I will have it written by tomorrow. It’s a song that will talk about living on the brighter side in life. Why should you let worry and fear get you down when there is so many things in life to be thankful for?

I’m going bowling now, so I’ll see you next time. Take care! ;)

Jul 21 2014

Chippy’s Auctions Soon to be Relaunched

I’m pleased to announce that Chippy’s Auctions will soon be relaunched. I have the cash to purchase the responsive version of the WordPress theme that powers the site, so I will be buying it in a few days. The first charity/non-profit organization that we will be supporting is LifeNews.com - a website that is a source of pro-life news. I truly believe in this site and would love to support it.

Don’t forget that 10% of sales also goes to The Christian Network, and work has to be done there to properly integrate sermons and the links into the theme so that it will be 100% ready for visitors – not that it isn’t, but I’d like to may it easier to navigate and view those two items on the site. After that, I’ll use the cash to pay for advertising campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and Google for the site.

I’m also pleased to say that soon you’ll be able to use your Leet Dollars, the points system at Leet Link to pay for your digital downloads in the marketplace there. You will also be able to earn them via referrals besides commenting on news posts and participating in the forums there (both visitors and signups but more for registrations than just visits). I will need to work with a developer to fully integrate referrals to the site, so that anyone can quickly find their referral ID (though it will be their user ID, I’ll explain it more at the site). You will also be able to earn them through sales if you sell digital products there if you become a merchant after I set that part of the site up. I will also be explaining this in a future news post at Leet Link.

Got to go to bed soon, as I have to be up by six tomorrow, so good night! Take care until the next time I post! ;)

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My Thoughts Episode 15

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Podcast Episode 94

In this episode, I talk about judgment and make an announcement. I’m also sorry for not posting on Wednesday, and explain the reason why.

Jul 14 2014

The FanFiction Writer and Religion

As a disciple of Christ and a fanfiction writer, I have an interesting dilemma to solve. How do I write my stories so that I don’t compromise what I believe, yet still make them interesting for my readers? Do I mention my beliefs, and if I choose to do so, what way is best? When and where do I cross the line into sin when I write?

I’ll start with a universe I have ideas for but no stories in progress at the moment, having deleted my last ones for being against what I believe: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. This is an interesting situation because the Greek/Roman gods are real, and the main characters are them and their children like Percy Jackson, who’s the Greek son of Poseidon, God of the Seas and King of Atlantis. Most of Percy’s relatives are either demigods or Gods, with the sole exception being his mother who’s a clear-sighted mortal, meaning she can see through the mist and see that the gods are real. Obviously I have to respect this to keep the story in line with canon most of the time, but at the same time, avoid writing stuff which is inappropriate to me like homosexual behaviour, sex outside of marriage, murder, and other similar things. I have also have to deal with war, as Percy Jackson and his friends have fought in two so far according to canon (and as far as I know, the second war is still not yet over). The only thing I don’t know how to deal with is harems. I will have to talk to my church’s evangelist and my friend Emanuel before I get a clear decision on this, though I’m pretty certain that I will likely be ruling them out in any writing I do for fan fiction.

I’ll next deal with Pokemon, as I have lots of stories in progress here in this universe. There are two ways of looking at how this universe came to be:

  1. Pokemon and humans always co-existed together in this universe.
  2. Pokemon didn’t show up until after the end of a great and devastating war.

If I use the first option, then it’s an alternate universe to what we live in right now. If I go down the second road, then it’s in our universe, but the future in which case I have to assume Christianity and other religions are likely still around and write them in accordingly. No matter what, the same rules as the Percy Jackson and The Olympians universe apply here, but if I can squeeze in a bit of religion, I will. I have plans for a bit of it to creep into one of my stories where I’ll have one of Ash’s older friends rebuke him sternly for having sex before marriage with multiple girls and not worrying about protection.

My third and final universe is Stargate, whether it be SG-1, Atlantis, or Universe – I have one story in-progress here that I adopted from another writer. This universe is pretty much our own, but with the Stargate being real technology and their being other intelligent beings out there other than humans. As two of the four main team members are from the military, I have to deal with the topic of fighting for one’s country and other such related matters besides the ones that I have to deal with in the others above. I guess my best shot here is to try and introduce religious references into the stories and to try and write it while avoiding writing about stuff which is clearly wrong.

This is how I deal with fan fiction and my beliefs in my writing. How do you deal with it? Let me know in the comments! Until the next time I post, take care! ;)

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My Thoughts Episode 14

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Podcast Episode 93

In this podcast, I deliver some news about when to expect music videos from Swagnilla Ice, the My Thoughts video podcast, and this podcast. I also briefly talk about my writing and my new job.

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