I Thought I Could Build An X-Wing, At Ten

I seriously did think back in the earlier years of the Eighties I could build a fully functional Incom T-65 X-Wing space superiority fighter given the proper parts and tool. I thought that it would be cool to pilot the ship to school. I even picked out a landing spot, right by the Standard Three classes behind the principal’s office.

Needless to say, I never actually did build the fighter with my 10 year old hands.

However, within the last decade or so, everything I achieved personally has had the “if I put my will into it” stamp on it. I had believed that if I put work into it, I could create passable digital art – and it worked. I had believed if I put work into it with a little help from friends I could create websites using HTML and CSS – and again it worked. The same with happened with my wanting to set up a blog, and write, illustrate & put up children’s book pdfs for sale (not that anyone’s buying), and draw professionally for RPG books, and running a Linux OS at home, and going further back I remember picking up BASIC (totally useless skill now) on my own just by reading a book.

So it’s time to set the bar again for me to achieve something I can’t do right now. I believe at this point in time I can with the right knowledge, try to create something useful of note with a computer, for instance a programming code complex enough for, say, a computer operating system if I put my will into it.

Well maybe not an operating system – but if you see me posting that I’ve created something like a moon lander simulator, or a Tron light cycle game, you’ll know I’ve gone over the bar… or gone bonkers.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

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