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Today…

Mr. Satoru Iwata died today.

It’s crushed me just a little, for a lot of reasons.  One, he is in the same age-group as my parents, and Japanese men who smile often remind me so very much of my father.

Two, I am in the gaming industry.  I don’t know how much I believe the whole thing that we are all tied together (red strings of fate?) but, I feel like I lost a Co-worker.

Sorry for the serious entry.  I just sort of wanted to share a little with the world.

We, the community, everyone who has whispered the words “I love the Legend of Zelda” are those that fill the hearts of the others.  Today we lost one of our hearts.

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However we will Honor your memory, and when we play our games, we will smile.

We, those of us who have every called ourself or considered ourselves Hylian, will miss you.

Rest in peace

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Not Hylian Related

 

More RL Zelda Things!

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So, you all know how I like having LOZ things in my daily life.  This is now what my dock looks like on my Macbook.  Using LiteIcon, a cute little application that allows you to easily change the system icons on your mac, I’ve personalized my icons for the various things that I do.  Becoming Hylian gets Zelda themed icons, while my other two interests get their own system icons.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing while it’s been hotter than Death Mountain here in Nor Cal.

Everyone, do your best to keep cool!  Times like this I wish I had an Ice Rod, I’d freeze my house!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in BecomingHylian, Daily Life

 

New Kiore Art!

I just recently got some new art of my Hylian OC – Kiore!

The first was by RedLoftwingFeathers of Tumblr.  They are seriously an awesome person, and I think everyone should follow their Tumblr, especially if you like Zelda!

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The second is by LightsInTheSkye on Tumblr, who’s been doing some really awesome comics!  Follow them too if you really like Zelda!

Then again…why would you be here if you didn’t like Zelda?  Check out the art of Kiore that was done for me!

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Let me tell you about my character…

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Kiore

 

Playing the Ocarina

Naturally, I’ve recently gotten into playing the Ocarina.  I have two of them now, and I thought I’d write a little review about them!

 

My first ocarina is a ceramic one from TOTMC Ceramic Ocarina

I tend to find this particular ocarina ‘breathy’, which means there’s a lot of air that doesn’t sound like its being used for playing the actual notes, so it sounds like it’s sighing a little as I play it.  It also does not light higher notes, tending to do what I call a ‘fweep’ when I try to hit any notes at C or above.

I do find it to be an extremely easy instrument to play, however.  It’s small for my smaller hands, fairly lightweight. It is ceramic, so there is the feeling that if I’m not gentle with it, it will break.

 

My second ocarina, and the one I prefer playing is a Stl Plastic 12 hole Ocarina.

I absolutely love this particular instrument, and playing it is very, very easy.  The only time I manage to get into the ‘fweep’ is when I’m trying to play any note above high F on the scale.  Which is basically no fingers on the ocarina holes.

 

On both ocarina, I have difficulty playing any notes that require the smaller holes, but I think that’s just because I’m so used to placing my fingers on the regular holes.

 

I’m hoping someday to be able to afford a Songbird Ocarina: Songbird Ocarina However, I think I’ll do this through busking with my current STL ocarina, after I design myself an adorable costume to go with it.

 

In time – Along with everything else!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Daily Life

 

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I’m a Knight of Hyrule!

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Writing in Hylian

 

I officially wrote a Blog post for the Knights of Hyrule!  I’m kind of excited that it was something that the folks behind it said they’d enjoy publishing, and people seem to enjoy the blog post as well!

I’m not sure what to write next, though.  Maybe a quick blog on pets?  Or…fashion from the Twilight Era?  I just don’t know!  I’ve got so many different things to write about, but not a whole lot of real content to push.

Who knows!  Maybe I’ll find a neat something or other in the near future!

Maybe…I can write about the ocarina’s I’ve got recently.

Though, I may do that just for this blog.  😀

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The things we take with us adventuring…

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So, here’s a little array of what I take with me on an average day.

In order of appearance, right to left top to bottom:

  • Shield Backpack
  • iPad/Android Tablet cover my friend, Tricia, made for me
  • iPad Mini
  • Android device
  • Zelda Wii bag
  • Zelda Adventurer’s pouch for the 3DSXL
  • Glasses – Nothing Zelda about those, just make it so I can see better
  • Link between Worlds 3DSXL (With Ravio/Link charm)
  • Kindle – It’s in Hylian
  • Stress notebook – in Hylian
  • Kiore’s Sketchbook
  • Android tablet
  • Work notebook / Blog Notebook
  • Journal – in which I write in Hylian

I was kind of bored while I was in the hotel, so I thought I’d take a nice picture of all of the things that I carry with me on a daily basis.  Yes, it all fits in both the Zelda Wii Bag and the Shield Backpack.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Daily Life

 

My LoZ Quilt!

One of the Skills that I wanted to perfect was quilting.  This felt like a fantastic way to improve my hand stitching quite a bit!  So, I figured I’d begin simple.

I sleep on a twin sized bed, so I did the math based on a Twin bed.

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This was my idea.  Find a simple pixel picture of Link (As you can see him here).  Stitch a bunch of 3 1/2 inch blocks together (With 1/4 inch seam allowance for a 3″ surface) and sew them all together, to make a nice neat pattern!

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As you can see, my hand stitching is nice and neat.  I don’t think the stitches are small enough, but that’s something that will come in time.  I doubt these will pull apart very easily.

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I used a bunch of different fabrics for the various colors.  I didn’t want it just to be solidly colored, but wanted to create an interesting array of fabric appearances, so each of the fabric has a pattern that is different from the one next to it.  Also, on the solid ‘background’ I alternated between two different patterns, to give the ‘field’ a pixel look

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By no means am I finished yet.  In fact, I’ve just finished that 18th block at the furthest end there.  My anxiety has been very bad, so it’s been difficult to pursue projects such as this, since I’m struggling to do things like stay on top of laundry, but I wanted to get this  posted here,because I am proud of what’s been produced sofar.

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Mr Monster (My remlit) being ever so helpful.  See?  They always attack Link.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Crafts, Quilting

 

What am I doing?

Isn’t that always the question?

Basically, I am absolutely in love with the Legend of Zelda.  It’s pretty simply.  It inspires me daily.

Unfortunately, I live with pretty crippling self doubt and depression.  Every day is a struggle to crawl out of my bed and face the day.  I do work, I have a very difficult time, however, going to work, and making it through some of even the most basic days is something I struggle with.

Why have I decided to Become Hylian, and what does that even mean?

Becoming Hylian

I’ve found that the three overall themes of the Legend of Zelda speak to me. Courage, Wisdom, Power.

I lack these three things in my life at the moment. I am a coward. I am Ravio levels of cowardly. I am not particularly Wise, I act impulsively and emotionally. My cowardice makes me weak; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

BUT! The other day, I was at work, having just had a difficult situation land in my lap, and basically wanted to shut down. I picked up my pen, grabbed my notebook, and wrote:

Courage is doing what needs to be done - even though you're afraid

Courage is doing what needs to be done – even though you’re afraid.

This was powerful for me!  This was a strength that I hadn’t encountered before.  I admit, I had to take a few minutes, and an anxiety pill, but, every so often, when I felt that overwhelming urge to hide again, I would reach over and touch those words.

And it helped.

Becoming Hylian, for me, is about improving my everything, learning and understanding what Wisdom, Power and Courage really mean for someone like me, who’s always had a problem understanding these virtues, much less living them.

For me, the Legend of Zelda, the stories that it tells, are inspiring.  Even if it’s something as small as being able to take that deep breath after having something frightening happen to you, and sit up and be able to do the work that needs to be done.

This is a part of it.  There are also the more fun parts of Becoming Hylian.  Changing my living space to reflect a Hylian-style home.  The furniture and interior decorating that we would see in The Legend of Zelda (Particularly Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in my case), dressing in a more Hylian appropriate way, building Hylian related crafts, and learning Hylian related skills, cooking Hylian related foods…

Am I little Legend of Zelda obsessed?  Yes.  This is, after all, the only franchise I have carved into my skin (I have a Triforce tattoo).  How far am I going to take this?  Well, for those of you who know me (I doubt anyone reading this does…) all the way.  I would like to make it so that coming home isn’t just coming home, it’s stepping into a little piece of Hyrule.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in BecomingHylian

 

Hello Hyrule!

My name is Kiore.

I’m from Ordon village, and I’ve seen a lot of Hyrule.  I’ve watched as Hyrule as we know it began.  I’ve been there through peace, through war, through Hyrule herself being torn apart.  I’ve watched as it has fallen to Twilight, and I’ve see our sacred Triforce restored.

I’ve seen the rise and fall of Legend upon Legend.  They all have the same name…

Zelda.

Join me as I travel back through the culture of Hyrule.  We’ll enjoy the crafts, the people, the food, the world.

I’ve put this blog together as a fun little exercise, all for one thing.  To get me a little closer to

…Becoming Hylian.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in BecomingHylian