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Video Block

Dan and I filmed another episode of Work in Progress today, and it took us a really long time.  It turns out that, just like writers can get writer’s block, video makers can get video block.  We spent about an hour and a half filming a lot of really boring stuff, then we finally had an idea and everything went better than expected.  Here’s the final result, “Video Block”.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed filming it.  Have a great night, and thanks for dropping by!


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Wall Paper

To the left of my desk there is a thin strip of wall that is rapidly disappearing beneath a growing collection of doodles, posters, paintings, and other such fantastic doodads.  Its official name is The Great Wall of Paper (and One Watercolor Painting and a Piece of Cardboard), but most of the time I just call it “the wall”. I love the wall, because each article I’ve placed there reminds me of a different aspect of my college experience, and they all have a story behind them.  Together, they make a colorful snapshot of what my freshman year at Moody has been like so far, from the  new things I’ve tried to the new friends I’ve made to the family members I love and miss.  I’ve already mentioned the crazy drawing from my PCM in my “Not Just Any Desk” post, but I thought the rest of the wall deserved equal treatment, so here are all of the items on the Great Wall of Paper from top to bottom:

1. A Watercolor Painting of Mario


Super Watercolor Bros.

My friend Adam goes to Art Club every Wednesday, and one week he decided to experiment with watercolors by painting a scene from Super Mario Bros.  When he finished it, he let me have it, so now it’s hanging cheerfully at the top of the wall, giving my room just the right amount of nerdy flair.

2. My 2009 NaNoWriMo Winner’s Certificate

Last year's NaNo winner's certificate.

Right beneath Mario is this orange and squirrelly reminder of my very first NaNoWriMo.  This year’s certificate is framed, so it wouldn’t stay on the wall with tacky putty, but last year’s certificate is there to remind me of how much fun writing is, and how much I can write when I put my mind to it.

3. My “The Best” Sign From “Stop Motion Skyline”

You guys are the best.

One Monday night I had the crazy idea to film a stop motion video, so I sat down with my webcam and started snapping pictures.  Pretty soon, the idea developed into a short little tribute to everyone watching, letting them know that they are, indeed, the best.  That fact still holds true, and that sign still reminds me of all the fun I had trying out a new style of video.

4. My Filming Notice

A sign I made for my door while I'm filming.

Back when I first decided to try vlogging, I made this sign for my door to let people know that they could still come in if they needed anything.  I didn’t want them to think I was in the middle of an important conversation, or worse, that I was talking to myself.  Although in retrospect I essentially was talking to myself and just didn’t want to admit my insanity.  Oh, well.

5. When Beavers Fly

A drawing that my mom did for The Funny Paper Game.

Ah, The Funny Paper Game.  Ever since we learned how to play this Pictionary/Telephone hybrid from our friends, the Swensens, it’s been a family favorite.  I kept this picture, my mom’s interpretation of the sentence “When beavers fly, birds will not”, to remind me of home – and my goofy family whom I miss very much.

6. Derpy Hooves


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I decided to try my hand at drawing when I first started watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I learned that it isn’t too hard to do.  So, I drew a few pictures to send home to my siblings, then I drew one of my favorite background characters from the show for myself.  I think it adds some much-needed cross-eyedness to the room.

7. That Drawing of Me

‘Nuff said.

8. My “Edit Me” Motivational Poster

Do it now!

I edited the cover art from this year’s NaNo novel to remind me to get some much-needed editing done.  So far I haven’t had a lot of time to work on it, but at least I made the poster.  That’s a step in the right direction, right?

So that’s the Great Wall of Paper, a collection of pictures from all the different parts of my college life.  What kind of drawings, doodles and doodads to you keep around your room, and what are the stories behind them?

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Work in Progress Episode 1 – Fountain Divers

9:00 P.M.  I’m sitting in my room editing a dry and boring vlog, but since it’s already so late I just decide to save, upload, and call it a day.  Enter Dan Schubert, stage right.  “Hey, I’m going on an adventure if you want to come.”

Who in their right mind could say no to that?

11:30 P.M.  We return from our adventure tired and happy, then I realize that the story of our excursion would make a vlog that is at least 20% cooler than the one I just filmed.  So, of course, I completely overhaul the project to bring you the first episode of Dan’s and my new series, “Work in Progress”.  It’s basically just going to be us telling wild stories and laughing a lot, so expect a lot of silliness and hilarity.  We’re calling this episode “Fountain Divers” (you’ll see why), and I have no idea what we’ll talk about next week.  That’s why they call it Work in Progress, right?

In other news, I hope you had a splendid Derpy Day full of muffins and letters and such.  What’s Derpy Day, you may ask?  Here’s how I explained it on my deviantArt page:

Today is March 1st, and for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that means it’s Derpy Day! Derpy Hooves is a legend among pegasi, a little wall-eyed background player who attracted a huge fan base. They gave her a name, a profession (mail carrier), and a personality, and when the producers got wind of all the Derpy love they wrote her into the show as a canon character. And there was much rejoicing. Now, thanks to some creative brony out there, we have an official day to celebrate all that Derpy stands for: friendship, letters, muffins, and just a little clumsiness. Here are a few ways that you, too, can celebrate Derpy Day:
1. Eat a muffin! Derpy’s only line in the show (besides yelling “surprise” with all the other ponies in episode one) was the word “Muffins” in episode four. Obviously she’s a muffin fan, so why not indulge your inner muffin fan on Derpy Day?
2. Send a letter! Write to someone you care about and wish them a happy Derpy Day. No emails or Facebook, mind you, a paper-and-pencil letter. That’s how Derpy would want it.
3. Move something in your home out of place for the day. This one’s a little strange, but seeing as Derpy’s cross-eyed and a little clumsy, it makes sense. Pick an object that has a designated place and misplace it, for fun and great justice!
That’s all it takes to properly celebrate Derpy Day. Just think, while everyone else is having a plain old March 1st, you could be taking part in a holiday celebration, and one that involves muffins no less. Spread a little friendship and/or magic today, and whatever you do, have a wonderful Derpy Day!

And seeing as that is all I have to say, I leave you with a jaunty, cross-eyed salute.  Tally ho.  6_9


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Sympathy Mints

After a bevy of technical difficulties with my editing software, my vlog is finally finished and uploaded for this week.  This one is inspired by a video from my favorite YouTube comedian, Olan Rogers.  He can be a bit loud, but he’s a funny guy with a clean sense of humor.  One of his videos about mints in a bathroom reminded me of the mints at the Campus Post Office, and this story is the result.  I hope you enjoy “Sympathy Mints”, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another post here at The Author’s Apprentice.

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Mars Attacks!

My new vlog is up on my YouTube Channel, and this time it features my older brother, Andrew, and my younger brother, Jonathan – as well as a Martian named Billy.  I had a lot of fun making the video with them, and I hope that you enjoy watching it.  I didn’t post a question of the week on the video (you’ll see why when you watch it), so I’ll put the question here instead:

If you could choose which day of the year was your birthday, which day would it be and why?

Have a great Valentine’s Day today, and to all of my fellow V-Day babies, happy birthday as well.  Enjoy it!

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Speaking of Cheese

I don’t think I knew what “by the skin of your teeth” really means until today.  As it turns out, your teeth do have skin, and it is a crucial part of getting things done in the nick of time.  I can’t reveal any more of the process because of a waver I signed, but so far my teeth still feel fine.  I probably won’t have my vlog up until it’s technically Tuesday here in Chicago, but I refuse to fail PostADay on a technicality, so this post is here to announce that, by the time you read this, there should be an active link to the video that I made with my friends Adam and Kyu.  It’s called “Speaking of Cheese”.  Watch it, enjoy it, and let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thanks for a great first week of February, everybody.  I love you guys.

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Stop-Motion Skyline

It’s Monday, and you know what that means: my fourth video, Stop-Motion Skyline, is live and ready for viewing on my YouTube channel.  This time around, I decided to try my hand at stop-motion, and the result is several dozen times better than I expected it to be.  I hope you enjoy it, I know that I had a wonderful time filming it (although I’m not sure if taking a hundred and fifty photos is considered filming).  Either way, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the finished product, and I’ll be back next month.  Happy February Eve, everyone.


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