[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 1, 2017)

There’s plenty of undeserved hype surrounding the new Castlevania web series, based on the Castlevania videogame series. Even before the introduction concluded, we (Zombiepaper and Agent Bon) agreed the first episode could have been significantly better, and we have specific ideas on what failed. Even though the first season is only four episodes, with such poor storytelling, I know I’m going to have trouble tolerating those remaining three episodes. Maybe it’ll pick up? Could happen…

Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
Agent Bon’s Rating: 2.5/5.0
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
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[Applied Psychology] Joining New Projects

We only have a finite amount of time in life. Every minute you spend on one idea, project, or person detracts from another possibility. I have over 20 reviews I’ve been considering writing lately. Some may come to fruition, others, not. The list of reviews I’m most interested in writing in some form or another is a tie-in to a new project I’ve joined that may lead to more success than completing any of these reviews.

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[The Story] Brushing and Flossing

Here’s my plan: the Saturday fiction practices are mainly to refine my writing skills with random plots featuring characters I have no attachment. Something’s contrived or cliché? Better to have tried and failed in some random short story than in “The Story.” These Sunday updates will continue until the short stories [test] match what I’m aiming for with Trishna (left) and John’s story [production]. So let’s brush on some character development and floss away clichés.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
WANNA PROTECT YOUR MOUTH FROM THE HORRORS OF TOOTH DECAY? BRUSH AND FLOSS! THEN KEEP ON READING!

[Fiction Practice] Returning Lost Wallet

“What’s that, Float?”
“Let’s go see.”
The two friends skated through the college parking lot to a small rectangular object they saw while lounging around between classes. The obscured teacher’s parking area was empty except for trees, the two part-time students, and the worn leather object. The fitter of the two arrived first, grabbed the object, and started investigation before the lankier one arrived.
“That’s someone’s wallet, Quest.”
“Yeah, I’m just lookin’ inside for… ID.”

WANNA FIND OUT IF HE WAS REALLY LOOKIN’ FOR ID? OR CASH? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Accepting Constructive Criticism

I don’t pull punches with people I respect. It’s better that you know how you can improve than to leave it lingering in the background like some sort of stench you can’t smell. Unless, of course, I know you’re particularly sensitive to the idea of any constructive criticism, in which case I’ll politely guide you. These sprites of the main characters of An Insurmountable Odd wouldn’t exist if not for honest feedback. Don’t fear criticism.

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[Applied Psychology] Bettering Better Zombie, 1

I haven’t got more than 6 hours of sleep in the last month, and besides occasional fatigue, I haven’t felt better! It’s not that I don’t want to sleep more. I can’t. I mustn’t. Almost daily since March, I’ve sacrificed most of my available time toward a larger goal that is still years off in the distance. It’s closer now than in February. Here’s the good and bad of what I’ve learned in actively dreaming everyday.


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[Rowing Machine] 50

#rowingmachine 50 rows. I enjoy the process. Hitting my knee at around 24 rows in, feeling my back stretch at around 42, the good form at around 33, and the bad form at the 12th row. The sweat. Aching. My neck hurts. I feel calm. Anxiety doesn’t exercise. The stresses of the day are somewhere else. When they return, I’ll have practiced my resilience, so that I may strike at the first opportune moment. I enjoy my rowing workouts!

WANNA SEE SOME OF MY METHOD FOR ENJOYING THIS WORKOUT MADNESS? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Wounded Giant (Kraken, 2017)

Wounded Giant are so captivating that I missed something exciting during their performance. Considering my bias for soon seeing them six times, they have the potential to become massively successful. Their musicianship is top notch! Distinctly vibrant melodies guide you through each song like a narrative told through doom metal instead of through letters and words. Other than distributing their music to wider audiences, two hindrances they could refine toward achieving bigger success might be–

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[Applied Psychology] Those We’ll Lose

Many of these Applied Psychology posts could be summarized as confronting the deviations of humanity. Analyzing how individuals acted in specific situations. Properly fighting back. Tactics for observing manipulation then either overcoming or avoiding succumbing to abuse. Bettering one’s self. Working through emotions that don’t serve you in a productive way. Living life successfully. I’ve occasionally included mortality into the mix, so let’s broadly consider the one topic we may not be able to fix.

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[The Story] Fixing the Unfixable?

Two early physical representations for the main characters of “The Story” were Star Wars characters. I scrapped those in favor of infinitely more customizable LEGO minifigs, shown below, for Trishna and John. Along with developing my writing and their backstory through weekly updates, I’ve been developing their physical representations through new props and modifications. After overdoing adjustments to John’s right arm, requiring some superglue repair, I wondered: Could their impairments be completely repaired through surgery?

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
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