05/10/2017

I wasn’t able to accomplish a whole lot of gaming the last two days due to work, but I did finish a few achievements.

Mount and Blade

Lord Cobra was born into Mount and Blade yesterday. That was all I got accomplished yesterday, so no achievements. Today I accomplished a lot and earned three achievements.

-15 pts- Get Up Stand Up

Cleanse the town of bandits in the opening mission- This was an easy mission, and the lowly bandits didn’t stand a chance against my sword and shield combo.

– 15 pts- Medieval Times

Enter and win a tournament- This was actually harder than I thought. I made it to wave five of six before falling before a large group of fighters. Apparently, I had done well enough that I was given a second chance which allowed me to face off one on one, which allowed me to secure a victory and a pot of 3,900 coins from bets on myself.

– 15 pts- Good Samaritan

Help a lord or party win a fight- I did this on accident. I was actually moving to attack another factions Lord, but he was attacked by another group as I moved in so it allowed me to add my forces to his and crush the other attacker. Problem solved, and a good war horse from the opposing lord.

Those were my three achievements for today. The other things I did in the game was raiding caravans and razing enemy villages. I was captured by enemies at one point when they overwhelmed my small Warband, but I escaped and have since rebuilt my force.

I will continue with Mount and Blade and am also starting to work on The Division again. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you played Mount and Blade, and if so what is your opinion on the game?

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My Return

Posted: May 9, 2017 in Gaming
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So I am back from a very long hiatus.  I had to step away from a lot of things due to work, family issues, and a very hectic life in general.  Gaming pretty much disappeared from my life for about three months and since that’s what this blog pertains to, kinda didn’t have much to write about.

That has all changed, my life is getting back on track, so I have slowly begun to game again.  This is going to be a short post just explaining what I plan to do with gaming and this blog.  I will still be playing Call of Duty and other shooters and maybe attempting a run at competitive again starting this Winter, but a big focus for me is to start raising my Gamer Score on Xbox Live.

Since I am mainly an online shooter player, my score has been lacking.  I have a lot of games but never play them for achievements so my score after 5-6 years on Xbox is a measly 19,191 as of 7 am this morning.  I’m looking to change that and change it rapidly.  I will be devoting several hours a week to just completing achievements in games that I don’t usually play, and will be sharing what I have completed each day with you all.

At the end of every day, I will post a Cobra Log.  This log will essentially tell you what I have accomplished that day in gaming.  Could be achievements earned, friends made, or just some basic stats from whatever shooter I happen to play that day.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and what games you think I should play to get some new achievements.

Moving is Upon Me

Posted: August 12, 2016 in Creative Writing
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It’s not very often that I can let you know beforehand that I won’t be writing for a few days, but this is one of those times.  Im sitting in the parking lot at work listening to the rain pelt my car thinking about how much “fun” this weekend is going to be.  I get off work ag 1pm, get sn oil change, then wait for my brother and uncle to get off work, before beginning my speed run to Kentucky.  I should be back in Illinois sometime Saturday and will start posting again either Sunday or Monday.  I hope everyone has a good weekend, thank you for reading anf look for posts when I get back…

Terminators 

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Gaming, Nerd
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For my birthday my brother got me a box of terminators for my Chaos army and I was overjoyed.  Terminators have always been my favorite units from 40k because they are extremely deadly and vicious.  Nothing breaks the spirit of an enemy squad more than a hulking squad of terminators teleporting into their midst.

I built the units the day that I got them and now I’ve got to prime and paint them.  As my army is Crimson Slaughter I’m looking to get Huron Blackheart to bolster my terminators as in the books he always fights with them at his side.  What fo you think of terminators?  Tell me in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and until next time…

I just finished up another class in my Creative Writing degree plan that was called Scriptwriting Techniques.  When I first started the class I was pretty upset because I had never even thought about writing a script, which of course is what I had to do in order to pass the class.  The largest portion of your final grade came from a 3-5 page script.  My first draft was full of action but lacked a lot of story and character development so I made sure to do my best to fix all those issues.  I’m posting my instructor’s feedback below, and will upload the script to my writing blog as soon as I get it copyrighted.

Layout & Format

No issues.

Story Notes

Jonathan, I really like how this is developing. It’s solid. However, don’t forget the human perspective in the end.

What is the apparent feeling of Davis and the men after all has transpired? How did this event change them forever? Get that in there and it will certainly be ready for production.

Demonstrated Strengths

Dialog is your strong suit. Your dialog is sharp and to the point.

Your description/action lines are consistently clear and efficient throughout your script. It is easy to visualize what is transpiring from moment to moment within the tale.

The pace of the story is solid, and your transitions from moment to moment are efficient and tightly structured.

Your script shows signs of screenwriting promise. I strongly encourage you to continue sharpening your skill sets and keep at this scriptwriting game.

It’s been a pleasure working with you this month. I wish you abundant success in all your future endeavors.

Remember that each class is an opportunity to convey the story of you in terms of where you fit into this nebulous world of media production. To make the most of every opportunity is all you ever need do.

In closing, my hope is that you live a troubled, conflicted life… But live to tell us exciting stories about it – stories that change our lives FOREVER. Hah! Make us realize we are not alone in the great struggle and celebration of life.

Be well, make good movies, and keep in touch,

Dustin

So it looks like I have the potential to write decent scripts as well as stories and poetry.  I’m hoping to continue improving my writing and have something published within a couple of years.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thanks as always for reading and until next time.

Restructure

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Creative Writing
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I thought pretty hard about how to make my blog more appealing, and I finally decided on a course of action.  Within the next few days, I will be editing the layout of my site, as well as laying out my new site.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, I will be taking hybrdcobra.com back to a nerd/fitness blog, focusing mainly on my nerd hobbies and fitness posts.  My goal is to post one nerd post and one fitness post a day, but as usual, we will see how that goes.

In addition to cleaning up this site, I will be opening my second site which will be jonsword.com.  This new blog site will be focused on all my creative works.  I’ve been working on several projects, some for school and some on the side, and I would like to start sharing them as I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on them.  Once that blog is open I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

I’m hoping by doing this my blog will be more appealing to everyone, and by focusing on certain activities hopefully I’ll keep the interest in my blog.  My daily life events will probably remain on the hybrdcobra.com site as well, but if I start getting negative feedback, I’ll take that portion down.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks again as always for reading, and until next time.

FitBit

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Creative Writing, Fitness
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I’ve had my FitBit for most of the year now, but only just recently started wearing it all day.  I’m not much of a watch person, so I would wear it to run and track my time/distance, but that was the extent of it.  When I started this new job however I saw that it requires a lot of walking, so I put the watch on and was amazed.

Let’s take yesterday as an example.  My shift starts at 0500 and by 0700 I was at 6,000 steps.  Now thats good, but we do work hardest at the beginning of our shift, so I looked after work, and I was at around 13,000 steps which for me equals a little over 5 miles!  

I’m not naive enough to think that walking alone will keep me in great shape, but it is a step in the right direction.

Tell me your daily routine to stay in shape in the comments below.  Do you use any special equipment regularly to keep you in shape?  Thanks for reading, time to head to work, so until next time…

As I’m sure you all know by now, not only do I work, but I’m a full-time student at Full Sail University.  I just recently finished a course called Scriptwriting Techniques which of course required the creation of a script.  I was doing well in the class and in week 3 of 4 we were supposed to revise our scripts, which I did, but here two weeks later my script is still ungraded yet my final score for the class was posted as a wonderful 68%.  Now I have been dealing with the school trying to figure out what is going on with my script, because for one I haven’t failed a class yet, and two the Army pays for my schooling so if I fail a course I have to pay back the Army (kind of good motivation to pass all my classes).  I don’t want to sound like I’m bitching (which I am), but venting is a more appropriate term.  I’m hoping my instructor gets back with me soon and lets me know what is going on so my grade can be updated in the system.  I mean really, I only need two more points to pass the class and there’s no way my script can be that bad especially since my first draft received an 84%.

Sorry for the gigantic paragraph, but thank you all for reading.

To Early

Posted: August 9, 2016 in Creative Writing
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So I’m not a morning person at all.  Even when I was on active duty, I couldn’t stand getting up for Physical Training every day at 0530.  No matter how early I get off after an early morning I feel drained for the rest of the day.

Take my current situation for example.  While I’m training as a Fire Marshal, I get up at 0330 in order to be to work by 0500.  The big problem for me is that I can never fall asleep befor 11pm so I’m only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night.  Granted I get off at 1pm, but once I’m off all I want to do is take a nap.

I’ll be happy next week when I start 3rd shift which is from 9pm to 0500.  Tell me which work shift you prefer to work in the comments below.  Thanks again for reading.

Moving

Posted: August 8, 2016 in Creative Writing
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Like I said in my update post, we got approved for our house.  While that’s great news, it also makes a whole new set of problems for me.  Since all my stuff is in Kentucky, and I have a 7-month pregnant wife, that leaves me with figuring out how to get all our household stuff up here to Illinois.

I have a plan in that regards and it’s going to make for an incredibly rough weekend.  When I get off work on Friday, I will be driving down to Kentucky, loading a moving truck on Saturday, and driving said truck to Illinois as soon as it’s loaded.  I’ll then sleep Saturday night, wake up Sunday and empty the truck so I can return it and be ready for work on Monday.  So in less than a 24 hour period I’ll drive to Kentucky and back again.

So while overall the news on the house is great, I’m really dreading this weekend.  Also since I’ll be gone this weekend that means I have to get all my weekly stuff done before I leave, so my homework, laundry, and that sort of thing.  Here’s to hoping that everybody has a good week and weekend.  Thanks again for reading, and until next time.