I Plan: Areas of Focus; 20 July 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Righto, I’ve mentioned I’ll be busy but I think the term ‘busy’ has somewhat been overused. Let me use ‘engaged’ or ‘occupied’ instead. So basically, I’m going to list the major commitments I currently have. Sometimes, I just need to see things right in my face in order for me to work things out accordingly.

  • Uniqlo (Yes, I’ve signed the letter of appointment with them yesterday. 🙂 )
  • Metropolitan Muslimah (MM)
  • Rubber Bandits (RB)
  • Street MOB Clothing (SMC)

I know working retail won’t leave me with a lot of time on my hands but that’s where I’ll have to manage my physical fatigue, which naturally comes with retail work. I believe I will be exhausted during the first week of work so I’ll have to talk to Lee about it tomorrow during SMC’s meeting; to give me a grace period of a week or two in terms of working on SMC.

I really hope I can get back into vlogging. I miss it. I also miss songwriting. Mortal also needs to be finished hahaha.

So yeah, happy to be fully engaged in 2017.

Enjoy your day, guys.

And Allah is Al-Basir, the All-Hearing. – MM

I Plan: 1st Week of July Timetable; 3 July 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Ramadhan is over and so is June. I realised I haven’t reviewed my Ramadhan goals so let’s do that here:

ramadhan 2017 challenge

As it stands, I have only achieved one out of ten. Horrible! But to be fair, I did touch on some quite a bit. Just not enough to render them achieved.

Yes, I find it important to be hard on myself like that.

So what’s the plan for the rest of this week?

Well, I am pleased to say that I will have a final round of interview this Thursday after the pre-selection test that I studied for and the preliminary interview I had last Thursday. I will be very happy to be able to cross the finishing line. I think it will absolutely be disappointing if I don’t make the cut for this final interview. 😥

So once again, prayers, please. *puppy eyes*

Thank you. 🙂

Anyway, here’s my planned schedule for the rest of the week. Now it is a matter of sticking to it. Hahaha! Horrible Huda. *sheepish look*

nuruljuly

And Allah is Al Khaafid, the Abaser. – MM

I Plan: Visual Novel Project – Title Screen Second Draft (A Singer’s Dream)

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Huzzah! So I’ve decided to pick up my visual novel project again. I just started learning about switches and variables in RPGMaker VX Ace, explained in Chapter 2 of the guide book I’m using. I’m barely into a few pages of it and I’m already having a headache now. There is quite a lot of information to absorb. However, I managed to figure out the very basic mechanics of having a switch that opens up a door and transporting the player sprite to another map by going through it. I was completely overwhelmed by it at first but after trying it and seeing the result, it just dawned on me how easy it can be. Like the lightbulb just switched on by itself after you tried so hard to light it up. Hahaha!

My progress is definitely going to be very slow but at least I managed to try out something new and grasped the idea of switches already.

Also, I went for a redraft of the title screen. Image and font used were taken from sites that allow their resources to be used for free, even for commercial use, and no attribution is required.

Psst! Here are my resources!

Fonts: http://www.1001fonts.com/free-fonts-for-commercial-use.html

Images: https://pixabay.com/

And here is my new title screen!

title screen

And Allah is Al-Aziz, the Almighty, the Self-Sufficient. – MM

I Plan: Lifetime Agenda; 2 June 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Crikey, sometimes it had to take you 10 job applications before you realise just where your interests truly lie.

As for me, a lot.

So I have finally come up with a chart that shows my interests and areas of work I would like to dabble in.

This should definitely keep me busy enough, even during my ‘free’ times. Hehe.

😉

NH Lifetime Agenda

And Allah is Al-Quddus, the Most Holy. – MM

I Plan: Visual Novel Project – Title Screen Draft (A Singer’s Dream)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

I need feedback. Should I fill the entire window with the title screen image or will the following do (with the black horizontal borders)? Any other comments are welcomed as well.

title screen shot.png

I also tentatively set the title screen music as one of A’s random guitar medleys. I realise I like the sound of his guitaring a lot. It soothes me.

I am going through a family financial problem right now and God only knows how much I wanted to smash my handphone out of sheer rage.

Well, I did slam it down against my Beginning RPG Maker VX Ace book and made a really weird rage noise but after that, I listened to A’s medley and I just felt better.

Maybe one day, my voice will soothe someone in the same way. That really is a singer’s dream; to have a voice that affects people.

Oh yeah, I bought that book by Darrin Perez from Book Depository. I really enjoyed reading and following the instructions he gave. He guided rather well with simple and clear instructions. Although the screenshots inside the book were in black and white, I was still able to follow Chapter 1 closely.

Chapter 1 mostly dealt with setting up. From there, I decided to meddle with the title screen on my own and I must say, RPG Maker VX Ace, which I shall now call RMVXA, is rather intuitive and newbie-friendly. Hahaha!

He Knows best. – MM

I Plan: Visual Novel Project – Opening Sequence ideas (A Singer’s Dream)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[White puffy clouds sail steadily across the blue sky, almost diagonally.

(Cue music: You Are What I Want by Nurul Huda)

(Protagonist’s Narration: “You are what I want.” That, is my principle and way of life. I always know what I want and I am always determined to get what I want.)

As the camera pans down from the sky to the landscape view of a town from afar, the protagonist’s narration continues.
(Protagonist’s Narration: Like anyone else, I have a dream. My dream is important to me.)]

That is all the idea I have for now for the opening sequence. There is quite a bit of thought that I have put into it. I started with something bright and light, right? (Sorry I couldn’t resist the rhyming.) So I thought A’s composition would fit in perfectly. He has shared with me a piece that evokes in me a sense of having found a rainbow. It is light-hearted and gentle and heart-warming. However, I was very clueless about my protagonist’s personality and profile besides being a female. What should she be like? Cutesy? Dark? Both seemed too generic. Nora suggested something normal. Okay normal is fine but not boring, right? What would make the character normal yet special? I then thought, aha! Let’s begin the narration with a quote and let’s see where that takes us. Then I saw my current mobile wallpaper, which is the image containing the quote, “You are what I want”. I thought it clicked. The title is after all ‘A Singer’s Dream’ and a dream implies a sense of grit and determination that ensues a clear direction. As I began to shape the protagonist’s personality, voice, and speech, I recalled that the main inner struggle that she will face is desire versus sacrifice. Hence, the last line of the monologue purposefully reinforced the protagonist’s desire to achieve her dream. Coincidentally, the visuals complement the monologue; the view of the town and the phrase ‘like anyone else’. There is that theme of mass versus individual that echoes sacrifice versus desire laid out perfectly there.

Another theme of the VN is the juxtaposition of light and heaviness — the bright sky with the heavy steely quote — and of darkness and light-heartedness — which revolves around the protagonist’s happiness of working towards her dream at night.

So yep. That is enough brain-cracking for today but progress nonetheless!

And He is Knower of all things. – MM

I Plan: Visual Novel Project – Title Screen (A Singer’s Dream)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Not much update, really. Basically, I procrastinated important work due Wednesday by using Paint for my title screen idea.

a singer's dream cover

Also, Windows 10 sucks monkey balls because I couldn’t install my Write Your Own Novel program.

Okay fine. I shall just use Microsoft Word then.

I shall revert back to Windows 7 one of these days. Grrrr….

And Allah is Knower of all things. – MM