Evolving Normal Happenings: Building the Infrastructure for The Characters That Define Us

We approach the end of August, and there is absolutely nothing on the horizon.

Well, except for one thing.
Just, you know, a gigantic year-long collaboration the likes of which the blogosphere has never soon.
Other than that, nothing at all!

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We’ve got huge plans for this project, but we’ve got to get there.

We’re throwing all we’ve got at the year 2020:

  • Feature pieces.
  • Daily Inklings.
  • Modern Designs.
  • Hopefully something very huge I’ve yet to reveal.
  • And of course the cornerstone: 57 incredible pieces for our collaboration.

Right now we are a beautiful city with tall skyscrapers and hip boutique restaurants.
But we have dirt roads and rope bridges.
We need infrastructure.

We’re making the call. We’re moving to a self-hosted platform.

I need all the power of CSS, HTML, plug-ins, scripts, storage space, etc to pull this off. Mad art requires mad power, and I’m afraid WordPress.com simply isn’t going to cut it anymore. Luckily for me, you all are constantly incredible at supporting us on social media, so we’re going to be just fine.

Here’s the deal. I need all the time from now to December to front-load this project. I have to design and write like mad starting right now to pull this thing off. That means I’m pushing all blog posts, all Daily Inklings, all Mario Maker courses — all everything except promoting The Characters That Define Us. I am determined to facilitate making 2020 a year-long thrill-ride of artistic goodness.

How can you help? Just keep being there for us, encouraging us along the way. Keep up with us on Twitter, and share social media posts so others can enjoy this group’s hard work in 2020. And if you want to help us offset the costs, we’d very much love for you to pitch in as a Patreon supporter! We’ll keep you updated on our progress.

You can feel the anticipation rising. The Characters That Define Us — the most ambitious blogging collaboration we’ve ever done — approaches. Let’s do it right.


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Places We Missed Due to Time + Video Playthrough | Super Mario Maker 2 Original Course

As requested, I’ve made a video playthrough with commentary for this course. I discuss this lengthy course, the design philosophy behind it, and key inspiration for makers looking to get into SMM2. I hope you enjoy!


Today I’d like to share something a little different I think you are going to enjoy.

I have a unique relationship with relaxation. I’m not the type of person who tends to sit idle to build back up strength. Instead, I seem to always be in the process of thinking, designing, writing, and crafting in order to restore energy. This act of creating is a coping mechanism for me to deal with anything life throws at me, so you’ll often find be using acts of creation as an outlet.

This is backed up in my choices of career and hobby. Design, public relations, writing, cooking – it’s all about solving problems in precise and creative ways.

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It’s no surprise, then, that crafting Mario courses would is calm retreat for me. I pour my emotions into my manifestations, letting my creative energy flow into a course. Each one makes sense in my head from a narrative perspective, and even though it’s impossible to tell a written story in a course, the audience can catch glimpses of those “sentences” as they progress through the journey.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing my stories here on Normal Happenings, with my first being “Places We Missed Due to Time.” This is a very lengthy course, and although it’s not “expert,” you will run out of time. I’m sorry, but that’s appropriate to the theme of the course.

I’m going to share pictures from view mode, giving you a birds-eye view. This shows off the full extent of the design intricacies of the course, sans a few secret areas. But I want you to experience it yourself to gather the full impact, so I won’t be walking you through a play session.

So, grab your Switch and enter:

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Be sure to heart and leave a comment.

The world record is currently 22 minutes by our very own Andrew Turnwall, so I’d say there is room for the sweet thrill of victory if you set your mind to it.

Also, if you want me to play your course, simply drop the name, difficulty, and course ID into the comments. I’ll let you know what I think! 

Please enjoy the places we missed due to time!

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We’ve got some friends in the community who are makers as well! After you get done with my course, you should check out these two fun ones!

Andrew Turnwall – The Ink-Stained Mage
“The Spring’s the Thing” — DTF-8JJ-B5G

Shelby from Falcon Game Reviews:
“Yoshi Fun” — B8M-Y79-3JF

That’s a wrap! | Completed 8/4/19 11:20 P.M.

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