Tuesday, March 27, 2018

www.oxyborb.com & www.harrisonaye.com

NEW WEBSITE! BLOG HAS MOVED!

Yeah, so, I've decided to combine all my separated blogs into one BIG OL'website.

Previously, this blog was about my life, but my new space will have a bunch of different topics all combined.

http://www.harrisonaye.com

Also, http://www.oxyborb.com


This website will remain up until I've transferred all the links away from it. But, it will not be updated anymore. My new site will be, though. Go there!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey! I love you!




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 in review and looking forward to 2018

Some of the big things I did in 2017:

Helped a friend move
Met a girl that everyone thought liked me
Was at a surprise birthday party
Went to Silvercreek with friends
Made the decision to quit my job as an assistant teacher at an autism center
Got a tooth pulled
Was a production assistant for two shows with PRIME
Went to the zoo with the girl mentioned earlier
Commented on a thread about April the giraffe
Went to a Cards game
Saw a high school rendition of Little Shop of Horrors
Drove out and picked my cousin up after car trouble
Got a new job working as a theatre tech director at a Visual and Performing Arts high school
Had a songwriting weekend with an old friend
Went to a crazy rummage sale
Went to the biggest LOGfest Springfield has ever had
Enjoyed E3
Went to Comic Con
Created a 3D painting
Played and beat Horizon: Zero Dawn
Signed a contract that lasts a year
Hiked through Castlewood State Park
Queried several agents with my book
Played with my mom’s new puppy
Schmoozed with local artists at a fancy meeting
Viewed an amazing eclipse
Went to Halloween stores and an arcade with a girl I liked
Had a longtime pet, my sweet cat Minerva, die
Went to Archon
Moved into a new apartment in STL
Went to a cousin’s wedding
Ran a movie for 200 principals
Got a date with the girl
Saw Bodyguard at the Fox
Went to Creepyworld
Went on a date with the girl and KISSED HER!
Got a girlfriend J
Went to a Blues game (winner!)
Went to a Halloween Party dressed as Ron and Hermione
Went to my yearly Thanksgiving After Thanksgiving
Survived IKEA
Technical Directed a production of The Wiz
Helped my family through a trying time
Saw the Santa Parade
Saw a new Star Wars movie
Rode a carriage
Worked on a new music album
Went to my girlfriend’s family’s Christmas parties and she came to mine
Played Dungeons & Dragons for the first time since high school
Saw Elf the Musical at the Peabody Opera House
Spent New Years with my cousins, playing Joking Hazard  

2017 was a year of transitions. New job, new apartment, new girlfriend. The first half of my year was definitely different than my latter half. Such a big transition, although fun and good, also allowed me to drop off in doing my personal art, which is writing. Being the technical director for a huge musical really zapped my art brain. It was a huge challenge with many hurdles. I intend to get back to my personal art in 2018, no matter what. Working at an Arts school is great, but I’m an artist, not just a shepherd for other artists. I want to create something big and cool and amazing.

The best thing that happened to me was my girlfriend, Cari. She’s so fantastic, you guys. She’s such an awesome person that she inspires me to want to better myself more and more. I loved being single. People who know me know some of the bad things I went through... namely a divorce... and learning to like myself again was a great thing to come out of being single. But Cari only enhances that feeling. I want to be a man that deserves to be as happy as I am, with such an awesome girlfriend. I’ve enjoyed so many adventures with her, and I’m sooooo looking forward to what’s to come next with her!

I also have to give a shout out to my cousin, Denise. She’s mentioned several times in the list above. I helped her with her car trouble, yeah, but she was the spark that got me my new job, she had her wedding, and I rang in the New Year with her. What a wonderful woman she is, and I’m very proud of her (her new husband, Phil too! Great dude!).   


Always have something to look forward to is some of the best advice I've ever gotten, so I started last year by making a calendar of happy fun stuff upcoming in the year. Here's the new one:

 Things to look forward to in 2018 (updated as more comes):


Holidays and Days Off
Video Games
Movies and TV
Cool Events
Work 
Secret


January
2          Bowling PD  
13        Voldemort Fan Movie
15        MLK Day


February
2-3-4   Wizard World Comic Con
4          Superbowl
19        Valentine’s Day
19        Presidents’ Day
23        Brett Young Concert


March
  24-31        Spring Break


April


May
18-20   Art On The Square
28        Memorial Day
25        Last Day Of 2018 School Year 
            Star Wars Han Solo Movie

           
June
12-14   E3 Expo


July    
4          Independence Day
28-29   Pixelpop Game Festival 


August
20        Opening of Halloween Stores


September
Renaissance Festival
3          Labor Day
23        Autumn
25        My Birthday


October
12-14   Archon – sci fi con
31        Halloween


November
6          Election Day
12        Veteran’s Day
16        Fantastic Beasts 2
22        Thanksgiving
            Macy’s Parade


December
6          St. Nick’s Day
24        Christmas Eve
25        Christmas Day
31        New Year’s Eve


Without known dates:
Missouri Games Con
PRIME season 2
Strange Folk Festival
Red Dead Redemption 2
Snow Days


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Return of the Hair


Me and this dude grew our hair out in high school. We've both had shorter cuts since then, but we both have the hair back and it's cool. I'm the ginger, btw.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Being thankful


Every year my friend does a "Thanksgiving After Thanksgiving" to bring friends together. It's so awesome to know such a great cast of people.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Twitter Short Stories: 4th of Fortune

The 4th of July is a holiday that I like every other year. Sometimes I feel like seeing fireworks, sometimes I just want to pop a movie in and hide (although, when you live in a suburb, there is no getting away from it). This year, I just wanted to make dumb jokes on Twitter, so that's what I did. Enjoy!


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Life Got Crazy

After posting a big life update on May 20th, everything just seemed to happen all at once. 

I drove three hours north to write songs with my friend. Then there was LOGfest the next weekend. Met Abe Lincoln. Big music festival another one of my friends runs. My tire went flat from a nail. Then there was E3 week, which is nerd funland.

Then my Mac died and I had to buy a new PC. Then there was Comic Con. Also, I did a 24/hour new play festival called The Identity Show with my theatre group called PRIME. Oh, and I got offered (and I accepted) a new job teaching English, setting up a recording studio, and doing technical theatre in STL. So, now, I’m planning a move across the river (I’m in Illinois), lessons for the next school year, and I have to talk to the Missouri education system to get my license transferred.


Whew. 

My life has been extremely busy, and now I’m about to go through a massive life change. New job, new apartment, new life. It’s crazy atm.

Here are a few pics from the madness (enjoy!): 











Saturday, May 20, 2017

Life Update, Jan through May

Events


It’s been awhile since I’ve written about what’s been going on with me on here, so here it is, the first part of my 2017, blogged:

First, gorram Donald Trump became president. Not even gonna go into that.


The Women’s March on Washington made me proud, however. That was one of the biggest events/protests in my lifetime, if not the biggest. The most important political event since Ferguson.


I helped a friend move, went to another friend’s surprise party, went to the zoo with another friend, and went out with friends from work.


Oh yeah, then I quit my job. I loved ICA, but it was time for a life change. I think my co-workers and management misses me, though.


I got a tooth pulled, lol. Fun! Actually, it wasn’t so bad.

My band friends and I decided to do a new album, too. I’ve been making music again, feels good.


I finished the hardest edit I’ve ever done on my novel, and I also queried my first agents. I’m excited!



I completed a new 24/hour New Play Festival, and it was amazing. A great time!

I watched that giraffe, April, have her baby, LIVE. Went to a cards game with that friend I helped move soon after, and I got to see her finished apartment! Looks awesome! Helped my cousin who was stranded without a car, and that lead to a job interview.



Worked hard on the sequel to my novel, expanded the world quite a bit. Also, went to a show at my old high school, Little Shop of Horrors. They did an excellent job.



I suppose that leads to where I am now, sitting here typing. At the moment I’m planning on doing a songwriting weekend and another weekend at a music festival. Then there’s E3, Comic Con, and another 24/hour New Play Fest. June is loaded up! It’s an exciting time for me, right now. After June, July will be quieter, but then it ramps up again through October. 



So, life



Life’s good. I’m in a good point. I’m doing important, meaningful things every single day. I feel motivated. I’m busy. I’m pushing myself to new limits. I can’t complain. The future is bright. 

So far I’m going through a big transition into the unknown, but it’s not a scary unknown but an adventure. I have no idea where I’ll be at in a year. I don’t know where I’ll be living. I don’t know what I’ll be doing (other than writing). I could be anywhere.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fly up into sky - Pranking telemarketers

I love pranking telemarketers. To be clear, I never call them to prank them. I prank them when they call me and annoy me for my time. Half of telemarketers are just scams anyway, so I love being "that weird call" they had during the day.

*Telemarketer calls me*


Telemarketer - Hello, is this David? Yes? Hello?

Me - Uhyesssss. Allo, oui?

Telemarketer - Hello, I'm from _________ Car Insurance, can I tell you about how I can save you money today?

Me - Of course.

Telemarketer - What's your address?

Me - *ignores question* Can you cover me? Uhyes?

Telemarketer - Tell me, what kind of car do you have?

Me - Ford.

Telemarketer - Ford what?

Me - Helllliiiicopterrrrr.

Telemarketer - Excuse me?

Me - Ford Escort.

Telemarketer - Oh, right, I see--

Me - Ford Escort Helllliiiicopterrrrr..

Telemarketer - Did you just say helicopter?

Me - Uhyes. That's right, a Ford.

Telemarketer - Like an automobile?

Me - Uhyes, autohelicoptermobile

Telemarketer - You have two vehicles? A Ford Escort and a helicopter?

Me - No, I have button, push, then the blades make helllliiiicopterrrrr, fly up into the sky.

Telemarketer - You drive an Escort on the road.

Me - Uhyes, drive on road, push button, blades, fly up into the sky. One vehicle.

Telemarketer - That's impossible. Are you joking me?

Me - No. Now, my address is ______. My zip code is 62220.

Telemarketer - Ok, well we have the lowest rates in the Belleville area--

Me - And my skycode is 7229.

Telemarketer - A what?

Me - For fly up into sky. My skycode.

Telemarketer - Okay. Can I mail you a package on our newest rates?

Me - Uhyes, of course.

Telemarketer - So your name is David? Spelled D-A-V-I-D?

Me - Correct.

Telemarketer - Your last name is Aye? A-Y-E?

Me - No.

Telemarketer - Oh, can you please spell it?

Me - H

Telemarketer - Ok

Me - E

Telemarketer - Ok

Me - L

Telemarketer - Ok

Me - I

Telemarketer - Ok

Me - C-O-P-T-E-R

Telemarketer - Oh lord *hangs up*




-update ROUND 2-


Telemarketer - *calls me* Hello, I'm Jean from _______. Just so you know, this call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes. I'm calling you today--

Me - And just so you know, I am recording this call as well.

Telemarketer - That's fine, sir. I'm calling today to let you know that my company's truck will be in your neighborhood picking up large appliances and electronics for recycling and disposal --

Me - How would you like to be a voice actor in my next animated flick? Please, if you could, say "Waffle cone"

Telemarketer - Waffle cone.

Me - That's good, but if you could say it a bit angrier. WAFFLE CONE!

Telemarketer - WAFFLE CONE! My company is offering a chance to get rid of appliances for free. What can I call you Mister..?

Me - The Director.

Telemarketer - [...]

Me - [...lol...]

Teletmarketer - Do you have any thing that needs being picked up?

Me - OK, so you're an evil ice cream man, and this kid is bothering you for pistachio almond. Say, "That will be two dollars and fifty cents!" with gusto.

Telemarketer - I don't think you're interested. *hangs up*

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Best-of Me Around the Internet (Part 1)


I do a lot of stuff online that isn’t on this blog, so I thought I’d do a best-of sort of post that highlights some of my favorite art/writings/blogs/videos/etc. that I have up around the net. 


First up is from my tumblr, which is dedicated to all the sketches and drawings I do. I felt inspired to draw a preying mantis one day, and I love the way I positioned its limbs. What do you think?  
http://oxyborb.tumblr.com/post/88209224729





oxyborb.com

Oxyborb is my gamertag, but I also named my nerd-culture blog it. One of the most popular posts I’ve written was about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. This mega-sized blog has tons of illustrations done by me!

 

From the Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U Mega Blog

 

So, I think Animal Crossing deserves 3 character slots. I think each could be a unique, non-clone character. I think Tom Nook should have a Red skin. Shovel Knight would be an amazing 3rd party addition. Dillon needs to be upgraded from Assist Trophy. Ridley is not too big, so shut up. Skull Kid would be wicked. Impa could be a heavier Sheik. I want the giant blue pig version of Ganon to be a character, separate from Ganondorf. Petey Piranha is still one of my favorite ideas, using tornadoes and slime as attacks. Nintendo needs to purchase every aspect of Super Mario RPG, and then Geno needs to have a new game made starring him (see pun for details) and a spot on the roster. King K. Rool is more interesting than Dixie.


My music at Soundcloud!

I’m also a songwriter. I wrote an album and two of my buddies helped me perform and record it. One of my favorite songs is here for your listening pleasure.

 

My song, Explicit:

 




 

poetsrevolver.blogspot.com

 A Poet’s Revolver is a blog all about my life and thoughts and other stuff. I post photos and tell stories about events. One of those posts was about the time I and a friend went to Chicago and basically partied and went nuts every night.

 

From the My Wild Random Road Trip to Chicago:

 

We stayed the night at a friend from high school’s place and jammed out with his roommates. We went to a Spy Store, and checked out a bunch of weird spy gear you can buy. The next day we did coffee and then visited an old friend who used to run ITP (my old theatre company). We caught up, did a random hike, and talked with his fantastic girlfriend about dinosaur sign language and compared swords… After that, I met my traveling bud’s college friends at a pub, and we ate lunch (I had brussel sprouts). We then went to a hilarious musical comedy called “Cupid Has A Heart On” and then went out clubbing. We danced until 3am and were brought up to V.I.P.P. status, which was crazy. I don’t even want to write all the crazy things that brought us up there. It was a fantastic night, though. 


unravelatlas.blogspot.com

The Unraveler’s Atlas is a monthly creative experiment I do. Each month, I create a new fantastical beast that I might use (or already have used) in my fiction writing. 

 

From Arbuscula:

 

The Arbuscula is a sentient tree creature. It has four spiderlike legs and a great maw of a mouth. Some of the leaves are light-sensitive, which give the arbuscula a sense of sight. Arbuscula come in a variety of appearances and several different tree-breeds have been discovered. Although they are very hostile, they will often sit quietly and wait until their enemies leave. Any small-sized prey, however, will be killed if the risk is low enough. 


harrisonaye.com

My first name is David, but my pen name is Harrison Aye (my middle name). My ultimate goal in life is to become a novelist and create worlds for readers to explore. The Unraveler is the novel I’m focusing on, so this blog is themed after it. But I post other writings on it as well. What I’m sharing here is a short story fan fic set in the Harry Potter universe. While that sounds lame, this is a story I was forced to write because the idea I had was so good that it screamed at me to come out. It’s not like other fan fic, but set in the past with characters well before any of the main book series.

 

From The King of Azkaban:

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     “So, why don’t you leave, then?” the ruined man asked. He looked a dementor himself, wearing a ratty black cloak over his striped garb and having a face so sunken it barely existed at all.

     “Erik, as I have told you many times before, I have as much left to go to as you do,” Sirius Black responded. “I’m old, hurting.”

     Erik coughed and laughed at the same time. “As much as I had, you have now. Azkaban is my home, my doom.”

     “Is that why the dementors leave you alone?” Sirius asked.

     “No, my friend. They leave me alone for the opposite reason that they ignore you.”      “Because I can transform into a dog?”   “Dogs, like yourself, are innocent, subjects to their upbringing.”

     “If you’re the opposite of innocent, then you’re guilty. You’re not the only one here who is.” Sirius laughed into his hands.

     “No, I’m not, but I hold regret and desire punishment for my crimes, which is the opposite of knowing that you’ve been wrongly accused. I am a ruined man, and I made myself this way. I have no emotions to feed them.”

     “What did you do that was so bad?” Sirius asked.

     Erik raised a bony white arm and pointed out the narrow slit in the stone.      Sirius did not bother to squint and peer through. Erik meant the dementors. What else could be out there? “What about them?”      “It’s quite the tale.”      “I have time, obviously,” Sirius said, stretching his arms and folding them behind his head. “I’m stuck here, the same as you, Erik.”

     “Only I am stuck, and Erik isn’t my name. It’s Ekrizdis, and I’m nearly eight hundred years old.”

     And so Ekrizdis told his story, and Sirius listened.

Christmas in the STL

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