Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. I’ve seen a lot of traffic for my posts on custom characters from Soulcalibur 4 and 5, so now that I have 6 it seems natural to continue posting these creations whenever I have a new batch to share. A benefit of moving from the PS3 to the PS4 is that it’s easy for me to transfer the images directly from the PS4 to my PC without having to go through camera shots of my TV screen, so the images are a lot clearer now. As a fiction writer the Soulcalibur franchise has proven to be a useful tool for visualizing my characters and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. Most of these pictures however are just interpretations of others’ characters. Enjoy!

Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther

 

Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers: Infinity War

(Based mostly on her comic book version, with some elements from the film)

 

Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix

 

Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword-Maiden from Skyrim

(Wearing a set of basic Falmer Armor)

 

Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim

(Wearing Vampire Armor and a Forsworn Headdress)

 

Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Me

 

Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy

(An original design usable as concept art)

 

Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters

Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 3)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book was titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.com

 

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 2)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book was titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.com

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Nature. benjaminfrog.com
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My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Criticism. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Teamwork. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Friendship. benjaminfrog.com

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 1)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book is titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Echolalia. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perfectionism. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Video Games. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Faith. benjaminfrog.com

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The Storyteller’s Handbook

The Storyteller's Handbook by Benjamin T. CollierThe Storyteller’s Handbook is now officially released! This is my fifth published book in total, and my first foray into the self-help genre. The art of storytelling has been a growing subject on my heart over recent years and eventually I felt it was time to compile together everything I’d learned so far from my studies and observations and publish it as its own book.

Trimmed samples from some of the subjects covered in the book have already been published on my blog as individual posts, starting with The Core Concept and ending with How To Write Love Stories, with several other subjects in between. The book goes deeper into subjects like how to communicate your Message, the nuances of Tension, and different types of Heroes and Villains, including new material on writing lesser known Contagonists and Dark Mirror Villains.

I also added sections on writing Sequels and Prequels, and the adaptation of techniques like reader Association and something I call the Surrogate Burden to generate greater reader empathy.

Given that storytelling techniques are something I am constantly learning the more I watch and read (and even play through) various works of art, I imagine more material will come to my mind to share on this blog, and possibly later editions of The Storyteller’s Handbook if later editions are made.

In the mean-time, I’m also continuing work on my own stories, with added accountability now to try and take some of my own advice. Fortunately I’ve got my own copy. 🙂

Book Synopsis below.

This book is a comprehensive guide to the world of storytelling. Fantasy and Science-Fiction Author Benjamin T. Collier takes you on a detailed journey through many classic stories audiences know and love, and breaks down the fundamental strengths and flaws of these stories to show you what you need to know to empower your writing.

Are you a new writer with a cool story concept but you’re looking for a place to start? This book is for you. Are you a veteran writer who’s looking to improve your craft? This book is for you. Whether you write novels, plays, or screenplays, The Storyteller’s Handbook shows you strategies to strengthen your writing, realize your concepts, and bring your audience the kind of experience that will keep them wanting more.

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Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters (part 4)

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 5. It’s been a while since I did one of these, and it sounds like Soulcalibur 6 is coming out soon, but I had a few more customs to make on number 5 before moving on. I also had some updates to make to some previous creations after getting some DLC.

As a fiction writer the Soulcalibur franchise has proven to be a useful tool for visualizing my characters and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. Most of these pictures are just interpretations of other people’s characters, though a couple of characters are from my own book ‘Crimson Dawn‘. Enjoy!

Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com
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Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail

 

Saitama from One Punch Man. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Saitama from One Punch Man. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Saitama from One Punch Man

 

Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Tuxedo Mask

 

Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Red from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Red from Crimson Dawn

 

The Black Hand (a.k.a. Ocubis) from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com The Black Hand (a.k.a. Ocubis) from Crimson Dawn. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com
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The Black Hand (a.k.a. Ocubis) from Crimson Dawn

 

Conan the Barbarian. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Conan the Barbarian. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Conan the Barbarian

 

Flamingo. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Flamingo

 

Ulquiorra from Bleach. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Ulquiorra from Bleach. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Ulquiorra from Bleach. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Ulquiorra from Bleach. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Ulquiorra from Bleach

 

Black Widow from Marvel. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Black Widow from Marvel. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Black Widow from Marvel. Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Black Widow

 

Klimpaloon The Old-Timey Bathing Suit That Lives In The Himalayas (from Phineas and Ferb). Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Klimpaloon The Old-Timey Bathing Suit That Lives In The Himalayas (from Phineas and Ferb). Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com Klimpaloon The Old-Timey Bathing Suit That Lives In The Himalayas (from Phineas and Ferb). Made using Creation mode in Soul Calibur 5. benjaminfrog.com

Klimpaloon The Old-Timey Bathing Suit That Lives In The Himalayas

(on Black Widow)

 

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(Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters)

(Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters)

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New Book – ‘The Fellowship Of The King’

The Fellowship Of The King: The Christian Geek's Guide To Kingdom Purpose. Authors Lynne Collier and Benjamin T. Collier. Cover Artist Kirstie Shanks. Christian Self-Development.

 

Do you ever wonder what kind of character you would be if you’d lived in a place like Middle Earth or Narnia? What race you would be? What kind of job you’d have? Your weaponry?

 

My mother, Lynne Collier asked these questions a few years ago. There were a lot of questionaires online like “What Star Wars character are you?” “Which Disney Princess are you?” and my own “Dragon Ball Z Species Questionaire”. It got her wondering, what would this look like in an Epic Fantasy context geared toward Christian readers?

 

Using her years of experience as a Life Coach (helping people put things together to find their purpose in life) and using me as a Fantasy-Theme Consultant (to help her see how things from reality could translate into a fantasy setting) she put together this book that has come to be called “The Fellowhip Of The King”.

 

Using the formula presented in the book, I come out as a Dark Elf Monk with a Staff and Dagger and Magic Compass and Scrolls. Lynne herself comes out as a Priestess High Elf-Wood Elf hybrid with a Polearm, knife and hammer.

 

People learn some interesting things about themselves reading this book!

 

Kirstie Shanks, a good friend of ours, did all of the artwork for this project. And now the book is available on Amazon and Kindle.

 

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Ultimate Cold Survival Kit

The Ultimate List of what you'll need to get through tough colds. https://benjaminfrog.com/2017/10/18/ultimate-cold-survival-kit/

Cold season is on the way and everyone is in survival mode to get through this tough season. We all have our unique needs and coping methods when dealing with sickness. I’ve tried a few different things and after years of experience I’ve put together the ultimate list to prepare myself to get through most illnesses.

 

FOOD

Something soft against my throat that doesn’t contain dairy or heavy spices. This can be tricky, but I’ve found a few things.

Tons of Hotdogs

Twizzlers

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ramen Noodles

Pasta & Sauce

Which I eat will vary depending on how much of an appetite I have. Worst case scenario is fluids only (if it’s more like a flu), but food-wise I can work my way up from soup to noodles to hotdogs as my appetite builds. Spaghetti is good, as well as any kind of pasta that’s soft against your throat, combined with some sauce that’s not too spicy and makes it go down smoother. As you transition from the sore throat stage to the runny nose stage, you’ll find that everything mysteriously tastes saltier. This can make noodles and chips and things more enjoyable.

 

DRINK

Of course you’re supposed to drink tons of Water, but I only drink pure water as a worst case scenario since it does very little to sooth my throat. When my throat is really bad I find carbonated drinks work a lot better as the sensation distracts from the pain.

Beer

Lots of Ginger Ale

Gatorade (Blue)

I used to find that beer in a glass with ice and sipped through a straw was the most soothing drink. But I’m also cautious about how much alcohol I consume in a day. I recently found ginger ale is even more effective, and I don’t have to be as restrained with those. In a glass with ice and sipped through a straw still seems to be the best way to sooth the throat. I know it sounds weird using ice, and I don’t know the science behind it, I just find it’s better. The Gatorade is mostly for cases where I’m too sick to eat food, since it contains nutrients my body would usually get from food. I’ve been told Orange Gatorade is best for those scenarios as it contains more nutrients. Although if I’m doing that badly that I can’t keep food down, then my preferred Gatorade would be Blue since the flavour doesn’t remind me of any food and therefore my brain can only interpret it as a drink. If I’m that bad off that I’m throwing up food, then I don’t want to drink something that feels like liquid food.

 

DRUGS

Echinacea

Nyquil (Green)

Benylin

A Butt-Load of Fisherman’s Friend (Regular)

I try to keep some Echinacea on-hand all the time. Once the cold has actually taken hold I don’t find it helps much, but if I recognize the symptoms early enough and take some right away I have noticed it sometimes keeps the illness at bay. It may also help to take it at the end of a cold just to make sure it doesn’t re-surge.

Nyquil is a great sleeping aid. I find it takes about 15 minutes to kick in, so I try to finish off whatever I needed to do that day before then. I know there’s cherry flavoured, but I get green Nyquil when I can because, just in case I have unexpected coughing fits or vomiting during the night, I really don’t want to see red coming out of my mouth unnecessarily. Benylin helps suppress the coughing fits if I absolutely need to go out somewhere. Unfortunately I think Benylin only comes in cherry.

Fisherman’s Friend has become a regular traveling companion of mine. There are quite a variety, and unfortunately it is difficult to explain exactly which one I mean by “Regular”. I used to get the flavoured kind, but they’re made differently and I find they dissolve when I have to drink something carbonated at the same time. The “Original” is the white bag – that stuff is super-strong and only recommended when you really need it. It may be good to pick some up just in case. The “Regular” is like the “Original” but not as strong, so sometimes the “Original” is also called “Extra-Strength” which is weird because it’s the original so it can’t be stronger than itself. It would normally be easier to just call Regular “The Yellow One”, but you can’t because there’s another yellow bag that’s lemon-flavoured. So unfortunately you just have to read the package very carefully.

 

UTILITIES

Quick and Easy Access to a Bathroom

A Designated Barf Bowl (for when bathroom access is not quick enough)

Lots of Tissues (or in my case I find Toilet Paper is easier for cleaning a runny nose)

Heater turned slightly up for sauna effect

It is of course preferred that the Barf Bowl be something that has been demoted from one that will ever be used for food again, just for psychological purposes. If you can manage it, turn the heater up just a bit more than your normal comfort level. Sweating it out is a good way to get rid of a cold (if you’re not sharing the room with someone). Of course if you’re sweating a lot then pair it up with extra showers.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Boredom is an intimidating foe when you’re sick. The last time I had a major cold I was too sick to go out, sleeping at odd hours so I hardly ever talked to anyone, and because of technical issues I also had extremely little internet access. I found myself at a complete loss of even just how to exist. A possible side-effect of being a sarcastic anti-social type – it turns out when I’m not complaining about the world having unrealistic expectations I don’t know who I am anymore. It’s important to keep your mind occupied, stimulated, but at a manageable pace, and preferably stress-free.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Power Rangers on Netflix

The Sims

Skyrim

If you’re a gamer, it’ll help to put on something where you know you can control the pace and keep it at just the level you’re comfortable with. The best game ever for this so far is LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Just start a new file and see how far you get before the cold is finished (and then beat the rest of the game afterward if you really get into it). It’s a simple design. It’s slow but fun. You have infinite lives so dying isn’t that big a deal. You can go your own pace. And all the while the unlockables still make you feel like you’re accomplishing something even while being as lazy about it as possible.

There are other games that offer similar benefits. The Sims allows you to sit back and watch other people do life for a while, but sometimes I find the time constraints stressful if I want to accomplish certain things. Skyrim has many different kinds of missions available so if you’re not up to it you can avoid high adventure for a while and just go mine some ore and build up your Smithing skill at the forge. You may get the odd dragon attack or bandit robbery, but if you save frequently then you can just back-track and visit somewhere else for the moment.

Normally when going through a tough time I recommend watching comedies to help keep your spirits up, but when you’ve got a sore throat chortling isn’t a good feeling, so I would save comedies for after the sore throat stage has passed. It may feel good in the runny nose portion of your cold, and chortling might help clear out some more snot. Until then, just something nice and easy and not too funny.

Shows you remember from childhood can be a fun, comfort-zone kind of thing to put on while you lack the energy to do anything but aren’t tired enough to sleep. If you have a streaming service like Netflix or can find a series of videos on YouTube, that would allow for optimal laziness because they’ll automatically put on the next episode when each one ends. I also have the entire series of Dragon Ball Z on DVD, but that requires getting up to change the DVD every few episodes or so. I gotta weigh my need for entertainment against my need to fall into the couch and not move for ages. Nobody should have to make that choice.

 

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Chester Bennington

I was stunned when I heard the news that Chester Bennington had died. I intended to write a quick message on Facebook about my feelings, once I had sorted them out, but that ‘quick message’ turned into this blog post once I got everything out. Linkin Park has been one of my favourite bands for over a decade now. I heard their song ‘Robot Boy’ almost four years ago and it became my favourite song of all time. I don’t know if the band plans on continuing without one of their main voices, but I know something great has been lost before its time.

 

I’m a fairly soft-spoken and calm individual. I think it surprises people to learn how much Linkin Park I listen to. The truth is I do have a lot of anger, angst and frustration inside. There’s been deep pain in my life that is difficult to understand or even know how to respond to. I’m not the kind of person to scream out my frustrations, but I’ve been through things where that kind of emotional response would seem appropriate. I don’t know how to do that though, or at least not how to do it well. I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve needed Linkin Park over the years. It gave expression to feelings I didn’t know how to express. When I listen to Linkin Park, Chester screams on my behalf when I don’t know how. It gives me the freedom to acknowledge how dark things feel, without demanding that I respond in one way or another. It gives me permission to just feel how I feel.

 

Now I’m thinking of particular tracks, of course. There’s a division in their collection between songs that go to a dark place and stay there, and songs that start off in a dark place but show me a way out. ‘Robot Boy’ is one of the latter – and it’s those tracks that I tend to listen to the most. When I’m going through a true depression, the fix-it people (though well-meaning) will recommend pure feel-good songs to lift me up; but they don’t do it for me. A song can’t touch me if it never gets close. And songs that begin in the dark and stay there are not very helpful either. When I’m in a truly dark place, the only songs that help me are the ones that start in that darkness with me and show me a road out from there. The only really helpful songs are the ones that meet me where I’m at, but don’t let me stay there.

 

That’s what Linkin Park did for me. I hope the writers will continue to write. Whether the band continues with the same name or the members break off into different groups, I hope they won’t quite writing. People like me still need what they have to offer. Chester was unique, and even with another skilled lead singer, there will be something different and something missing without Chester. His trademark scream will live on in the songs already produced. I can only hope he’s screaming with angels now, (but I don’t know him well enough to say). Either way the echo won’t fade for a long time yet. The music is still too precious to me.

 

I felt I should end with a list of the Linkin Park songs that have meant the most to me over the years as they gave context and expression to the feelings I had at the time but couldn’t grasp. This may be the best and simplest way of saying “thank-you; this is what your work meant to me.”

 

‘Papercut’

‘Points of Authority’

‘Waiting for the End’

‘Powerless’

‘Robot Boy’

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‘Crimson Dawn’ Book Launch Celebration

On July 29th, 2017 I’ll be celebrating the release of Crimson Dawn at Boston Pizza in Bowmanville. I’m inviting everyone to come celebrate with me. I’ll have other books available as well, and 50% of all book sales will go toward SafeHope Home to help provide a safe environment for women coming out of human trafficking.

 

Come help us celebrate and you may get to meet some characters from the world of Crimson Dawn as they help out the servers at Boston Pizza!

 

Remember to call BP and reserve a table if you’d like to stay for lunch. Info on the flyer above.

 

This book is a sequel to my first published novel ‘The Kingdom’. If you don’t have a copy you can pick one up at the event or order it from Amazon

 

To learn more about SafeHope Home, follow this link https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=safehope%20home

 

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