The entry below is classified as a LEGACY post, meaning that it was written (well) before the current version of Avalonstar was released. Although these posts have survived the numerous moves over years, there is no guarantee that they've survived the trip unscathed (especially the links).

To Come Into Being

Definitely an odd feeling, working on this place again.

Version 26, Redemption, was up for a pretty long time—a little over 840 days to be exact. When I see it like that, all of a sudden I notice the dust that piled up around here. But not only that, it's been over 840 days since I've worked on Avalonstar.

Poor guy, I missed a couple of birthdays too.

When it comes to personal sites, especially my personal sites, the ideas love to pop up suddenly. Very ninja like. The first neuron fired during the Japanese-leg of our honeymoon with one word, "rise." Once I felt it—as much as one person can feel a neuron firing, which is impossible and subsequently besides the point—I closed my eyes.

In my heyday, per se, I would've been able to think of my design, close my eyes and slowly see that design start to come together in a sort of 3D plane. Talk about rusty. I closed my eyes and all I saw was white with the word "RISE" at the top, my immediate thought being along the lines of "this shit's broken." The idea stayed with me for a few days, but I chose to wait to see if it was a fleeting thought or something my mind really wanted me to go with.

Sure enough, when I opened up Photoshop, I typed in the word "ARISE."

rise, arise, revive, phoenix... I'm obsessed.

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