Just Words

Our cheeks flush,

Our minds break,

A word like fuck,

Is not quite steak.
We let them peruse,

Our weary minds,

We let them control,

And make us blind.

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Kinky Boots on Broadway

So as soon as I heard Brendon Urie, the front man for the band Panic! At the Disco, was going to be playing as Charlie in Kinky Boots, I bought tickets. I’ve listened to the soundtrack for a little over a year now and I love the songs, I love the music, and I’ve wanted to see the show forever. Let me just say, I was not disappointed.

The show begins at the Price and Son’s Shoe Factory and we meet both young Charlie and Simmon. The set is amazing, the front of Price and Son’s Shoe Factory is a giant brick wall with a door that opens and a sign that flies into the air. The wall breaks apart into the wings for the inside of the factory which is the main area the musical takes place. There are moving parts, 4 treadmill like conveyor belts, and a center cube that can be used for multiple areas. Everything was beautifully done, and the actors moved the sets on stage.

Speaking of the actors, oh my god were they good. I knew there were going to be drag queens there, but I guess I forgot how well they can work the audience. Brendon Urie was a bit stiff at the top of the show, probably nerves or just how the character was to be portrayed at the beginning, and his voice is amazing, but I think J. Harrison Ghee stole the show. His portrayal of Lola and Simmon was spectacular. I loved Lola and the Angels. I also especially loved whoever was the announcer for the boxing scene. She was amazing! Lola’s song Hold Me in Your Heart towards the very end had me in tears, ugly crying for those who understand. Everyone did a phenomenal job. You will cry in this show.

I absolutely loved the costumes, not just the boots, but everything the characters wore, especially Lola. The boots were sexy, my only complaint is I can’t buy a pair for myself.

Honestly, with the lighting, acting, orchestra, costumes, and especially the funny moments, this is the best show I have seen in a long time. Everyone laughed, cried and gasped in just the right moments. Don’t just see Kinky Boots because Brendon Urie is the new front man, see it for the message and the people that shine. Just Be Who You Want to Be!

A Few New Things

So I know I’ve been away for a few months, but I have a few new things to work with. I was hired at DG at the end of January. Something happened and I didn’t begin training for two months. It sucked, but here we are today and I’m finally working on learning to be a cashier and stocking and everything else it requires. My friend asked me to be her assistant stage manager, and I would be insane not to, so now I’m also working on my local theatre group’s production of The Wizard of Oz this summer, but meetings and auditions start in 2 weeks.

During both of these things, I’m going to NYC in June to see Kinky Boots and Brendon Uri is going to be a lead! Then after show week in August, I’m going to Long Island to see my friend and to see Alice Cooper and Lady Gaga and maybe Hamlet. This is going to be insane.

So here’s my thing. I am going to try to write more. I need to. I miss it, I just don’t feel like the muses are there. I’m going to try more, and I hope to bring my stories back to life. I know most of you won’t care, but I just figured I would post an update to what is going on in my life.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, A Review

So I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I have to say I am completely addicted. The art style is beautiful, and for reference I am playing this on the Wii U. I love the music and the new takes on some of the old songs, like Epona’s song that Kass plays on his accordion sometimes when you find him. The weapons were interesting, but I’m still on the fence about them breaking all the time. I also really liked the story and all of the champions and what they added to the story.

From watching the trailers, I was very wary about the new changes, the stamina bar because we all know how well that went in Skyward Sword, the breakable weapons and shields, and other things that are minor in return. I didn’t pre-order it, I watch Youtubers and people on Twitch and I knew they were going to lay it, so I stayed back in wait to see at least the first few minutes of it. I was hooked. I watched The Demodcracy on Twitch at midnight on Thursday and immediately wanted to buy it on Friday. If you were second guessing, I suggest watching someone play it.

I’m not going to say much about the plot, it’s your typical, Ganon is about to break free, defeat these four dungeons, and then defeat Ganon. I liked searching the different landscapes for the towers to bring up the maps of the areas. Finding the Master Sword was easy, but who would’ve known you needed 13 hearts to pull it out. I also found all 120 shrines, but about half I needed to use a guide for. But, I still spent 10 minutes on some even knowing where they were, or with the challenges to get into some of them. I’m really glad I did find them all because it was nice having 2.5 stamina circles and 30 hearts going into the final battle.

Now, other than the weapons breaking, I think my biggest problem with this game is the drop in frame rates. I don’t know what it is about a battle with more than two enemies, but on the Wii U, there is a huge drop in frame rate in battles. The bosses are usually fine, when I fought Ganon and he was using all of his mini goop boss weapons at the same time, no drops, but as soon as two Bokoblins or anything joins the fight, it drops. This is one thing I find to be kind of pathetic. It can load in the entire world, but can’t handle a battle?

Other than that, Breath of the Wild is amazing. The korok seeds are a little meh, they aren’t hard to find, but I guess there are over 700 of them or something? I don’t know, that’s just a thing I saw online. The shrines were pretty cool, but some are just ridiculous to find. I love the clothing though. Until the last boss, and during the certain areas where you need certain clothing to survive, I am probably always in the Sheikah stealth clothing. I upgraded it to the second level so I can move faster at night too. I would also suggest getting the Ancient armor set because it greatly helps with Hyrule Castle and kind of Ganon’s fight.

All in all, this is a really good game. I love it, played it for 2 weeks straight. I don’t know how I feel about the Master Sword, but that’s up for you guys to decide. There aren’t as many temples as Ocarina of Time or Wind Waker, but I think the story runs well with it. I loved Mipha and Urbosa, Daruk isn’t horrible, kind of just there, but I hate Revali. He was so jealous of you that he is just an asshole even in death. I think he was the only champion I didn’t like.

Get this game. If you have a Wii U, just get it for the Wii U, it’s not that much better on the Switch from what I’ve heard. I loved it, so hopefully so will you. Have fun!

Vibrations

Creak. Slam. My eyes adjusted to the darkness.

“Don’t move. It can hear you.” A whisper came from the darkness.

Something scratched along the wall. Something hit the floor and skittered to my right. A muffled grunt, more scratches, and whatever it was left. I didn’t dare move. A sickly sweet smell flowed through the air towards me. It smelled familiar but I couldn’t figure out where I remembered it from. The cold stone scraped my hand as I slid it across the floor. A warm liquid slowly flowed across my fingers.

My heart thumped in my chest. I brought my fingers close to my face. The metallic smell grew stronger. It smelled like when you had pennies in your hand. It’s sickly sweet and sticky. A scream choked me. The other person was dead. What killed them? What scraped against the wall? I felt along the cold stone again and slapped my hand in the blood. It had slowly crept closer to where I was sitting. That thing scratched the wall again. It crawled to where the noise was. Whatever it was, found my hand and poked it. It pricked like a needle. I hoped it would leave, but it injected something that burned in my hand.

Another scream stopped in my throat. I couldn’t make a noise. It unstuck my hand and skittered back across the floor. My hand ached and throbbed. I slid slowly to my left. There was nothing from across the room, so I continued my slow trek across wherever I am. Both the wall and the floor were made of some kind of cold stone. I crept along the wall to the next one. The smell followed me as I crawled. My ears tuned in to the slightest of changes in sound. It hadn’t come back.

I felt along the other wall looking for a door. Cracks lined the wall, but no door. Anger flowed and my hand hit the wall. Metal scratched on the stone and the creature was on my hand again. It stabbed my hand, injecting more burning substance into me. It didn’t stop. The burning flooded my system, spreading from my arm and up to my heart. My brain felt like it was on fire. I screamed and a quick slice silenced me. Gurgling and sputtering, darkness crawled over me.


The Daily Post

New Adventure Ahead

So just as an update, I now have a job at Dollar General, once the background check finally goes through, and I’m going to NYC in August! I hope the place that is doing the background checks is quick, but I am really happy I finally have a job. I am a little sad that it is not an editing job, or something in publishing, but it is better than nothing, and I know the manager, so I hope it won’t be awkward. Until my hours are figured out, I don’t know when or how often I will be posting new pieces.

Next is NYC. My cousin from Germany is coming over in April. She wants to see NYC, and maybe a show so that’s happening. I think my mom wants to go to NYC during her vacation, so that is another broadway show to see I think in July. And then in August, my friend scored us two tickets to the Lady Gaga show! I am super excited for it plus he wants to see Alice Cooper the Saturday before that show so it’s going to be so much fun! So much in three days, but we can do it, did it before, we can do it again.

A lot of things coming up, I hope to write more, I have been failing a little bit, but it will all come back in time. I hope you guys liked my “Love” poem I did yesterday. It was super cheesy, but fun to write. Have a nice end to the week and have fun this weekend!