Stacie Arellano

Artist, Author, Web Maven

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Drupal tips

Drupal tip #1 – Locked out of site?

Empty the ‘sessions’ and ‘cache’ tables and login at


Drupal tip #2 – random Ajax Error in the workbench?

Check your server memory settings, you may need to increase either the mysql memory or the limits in the php.ini


Find your current php.ini from Drupal Admin -> Reports – > Status Reports. 

Scroll down to the PHP line and click ‘more information‘ this will take you to a standard PHPINFO() page for your server.

Look for the Loaded Configuration File line to find where your current php.ini file is.

Consider increasing the Input_Vars limit.

Make sure to restart the server after making changes to the php.ini file.

October Events

MMoCA Gallery Night!

On Friday I’m participating in the MMoCA Gallery night

It’s a city wide event happening at local galleries.

Some of my comic pages will be on display at Bare Knuckle Arts Studio on Winnebago.

My Graphic Novel will also be available for purchase. 

Snacks and refreshments from 5-9.

Fall Comicon! 

I’m also a guest creator(one of over 100) at Fall Comicon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Education Building. Oct 10th, 2015 10am-6pm.

I’d love for you to make it to either or both events, check out my art and the art of the others. I’ll be at the Studio Friday, and I’ll have a table with my Tribute Waters Banner up at the Comicon.



Fun Ways to learn Coding

It’s never too late to learn how to make games! Here are some gamified ways to learn.



2015 Game Jam

Get your Game Jam On!

On Saturday, the 12th, I am helping host a Code Chix Game Jam at the Madison Public Library, in The Bubbler.

Don’t Panic

As a video gamer for most of my life, with boardgames and pen and paper rpgs thrown in there as well. I’m so very thrilled to be able to share some of that passion.

I can still remember playing InfoCOM text games in my neighbor’s basement. I must have been fairly young, as I also associate this time with my crush on the fox in the animated movie Robin Hood.

I remember sitting on worn wooden chairs in front of a huge monitor,  sunlight filtering through the fluttering curtains. The screen was black, with white text reading:

You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head. Or at least it would be if you could see it which you can’t.


It is pitch black.


It was my first foray into text adventure games and, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, will always remain a fav. HHG, based on the novel of the same name, was written in a major humorous tone that makes running into bad poetry and crazy aliens and tea a deep satisfying fiction experience. Also a frustrating one, you can die in may silly ways.

That’s a link to a 30th anniversary edition, but I’m sure basic versions are still floating around the net.



I’ll be mentoring a group who will make an interactive text game with the Twine tool. I love how easy it is for anyone to make a game or tell a story with Twine. It takes all the pain out of hypertext and makes the process just as fun as the time I first discovered HTML links.

I love how you could make hundreds of games and stories with just the basics, but that you can also expand and use CSS and images and sound to create a different experience. You can go even further with variables and some basic code commands that keep track of what you may carry in your bag, or how many times you’ve wandered into a room.

We will have a great group of Code Chix and general public playing along all day with the goal to plan and start some games and learn in the process.  If you have time on Saturday, you should wander through. 😀


I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.[1]

I think about the words around us, sometimes some mental moments pondering someone’s name, like Fletcher. A fletcher would have been the person who makes arrows (from the french word flêche, for arrow ).

Driving home in my car today, I began pondering the word Fie through an almost random rhyming connection with a song on the radio. So perhaps the singer was singing something like “La LA Fly,” and then my brilliant brain started off going “Me, My, Fee, Fie.“  Oh the things that happen when you have nothing else on your mind.

Apparently, Fie, pronounced Faigh or Fai, is a phrase that many languages seem to have used as a mild term of disgust. Though sometimes Fie is/was used while pretending to be shocked.

According to, the origin is this

1250–1300; Middle English fi  < Middle French  < Latin;  compare Old Norse fÿ, Latin phy.

and hasn’t  changed much since then.

It is a simple F sounding breath noise that you  might make when you accidentally hammer your thumb instead of a nail. A universal sound of disgust.

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