Writing Progress

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:54 am
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So I haven't written a lot about my writing progress lately, so here is what I am working on:

I'm continuing work on the Roba Fan Novel. It's slow going, but I like it like that because it's allowing me to develop the story at a much more natural pace.

I started working on my revised version of my Splatoon fic, To Find A Way Home, and I am going to combine it with the sequel to turn that into a fan novella.

In between all of that, I am writing notes for Witch School and getting ready for National Novel Writing Month in November. You guys should all be familiar with that by now, but in case you're not: The idea is to write 50k words. I usually take it a bit further and try to leap frog myself every year. We'll see if that actually happens.

I also started planning out a full length novel for my space short story, Forbiden Ones. It will probably change title with the novel version, but we'll see. It needs a lot of work, and I'm only doing it to see if I can do it.

Once I start working on Witch School, it will probably be put on the back burner along with my fanfics. Witch School is the one I want to see get published whether traditionally or self-pub again.

November is going to be an exciting month for me, NaNoWriMo aside. On the 10th, I get to see Imagine Dragons live in concert!! My brother bought me tickets when he was here over the summer. :) I am so excited! ^__^

Anyway, gonna go! I'll talk to you guys later!

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Sep. 19th, 2017 04:33 pm
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So much Pain

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:31 am
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So last night we went bowling. It was my first time bowling in a few years. When I had bowled before I usually allowed to wear just my tennis shoes because the sliding stuff on the bottom of the bowling shoes often made me fall.

Well, Mom and I were so excited about bowling we actually forgot about that part, and that I have my own version of the proper approach which required a step rather than a slide.

Everything was fine for the first couple of frames. I did good. Then it happened. I took too big of a step at the release of my bowling ball, and my feet came out from under me. I landed on my butt, but also my left wrist. I also twisted my back somehow.

I finished that game and got halfway through the second game when I Just couldn't anymore. My back started really hurting, and my left AND right upper arms started aching badly. So I stopped. Mom went out to the car and got my Switch which i had brought for just such an occasion. I was elated to discover that I could get Wi-Fi at bowling alley, and was able to turf war. This was why I bought the Switch in the first place. To be able to play Splatoon in WiFi enabled places, or in handheld mode. Now I can take my inklings everywhere with me. :)

Well, then, our "extended" family got there finally. No one was bowling at this point so we spent some time with them. Little Annaliese (I probably butchered that spelling...) and I had fun at the bowling alley's Dave and Buster's-like arcade, while Mom talked to Emily and baby Olivia.

Emily wants to hire me for once a day to babysit starting in January sometime, and next month, I'll be babysitting for a night while Mom and Emily go to Bingo. I don't mind doing it because I love my girls, and besides, Emily is a friend, and deserves to get out once in a while with Mom.

They're coming over on Wednesday and she's going to try and re-teach me how to knit so I can maybe start making things again. Either that, or I'm going to get back into plastic canvas. I need to find more hands on activities. Anyway.

I've already done my work for the day, and after I finish this, going to try and get some reading done. Illuminae is getting so good, and I was thinking about starting the new Jim Butcher book Daddy got for me, since reading Roseblood started out so slow.

Best Parents. Ever.

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:53 am
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I was just musing how lucky I am to have the parents I do. We all know I messed up buying my Nintendo Switch. I should've saved for one more month then pulled the trigger. But. That's over with, and it's done. Now all that's left is live with the minor consequences of my actions.

The consequences being money being gone, and dealing with repeat meals. Mainly consisting of sandwiches and ramen since I've been too lazy to make my chicken breasts I bought.

Mom just came in here (the craft room where I'm reading today) and reminded me that there is lunch meat I can have, and that I can help myself to anything I want in the fridge/cabinets. ANY OTHER family would've told their adult child to deal with their actions. And in a way, I still am. Because I don't have my own soda, and that's been hard. On the other hand, drinking a lot of water which is so good. I feel like I'm getting properly hydrated now. LOL.

Anyway, I just wanted to come on and say that. And say that I am grateful for what I do have, and the parents that support me, no matter how much I screw myself over. LOL.

A normal entry! Le Gasp!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:42 pm
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So I was supposed ot talk about feelings in my last entry, and that didn't go so well, so let me try again. Hi, I'm doing okay mentally for a change!

Today was a busy one. For the first time in a long time I didn't nap, and I was very productive to boot. I did a full kitchen clean up complete with counter and fridge wipe down. Then I washed my blanket and sheets on my bed. Also my Disneyland Cheshire cat plushie since a certain cat decided to use him for a liter box for some dumb reason.

Then I wanted ot head outside. Of course I would have my Switch with me because it is more so for portability than anything else (at least for me, despite Nintendo INSISTING its a home console). But my main goal was to read until I got to page 200 in Illuminae, and I did that. Tomorrow I am aiming for page 300.

Spent a little time at the pool, too with Lisa, my neighbor, who as it turns out, was not the one complaining about me at the clubhouse as I originally thought. I'm glad, because Lisa and I were really close, and I'd like to get back there again with her. Especially since other neighbor could be moving in the next six months or so. (I cannot get over that, I'm sorry. I'm trying!)

The rest of the evening, I spent gaming because I just didn't feel like being on the computer. I still don't, but really just wanted to make a non-Switch related update. I have more updating on Splatoon 2 to do, too. Buti I will do that tomorrow.

Oh yeah, heads up to everyone. I want to give enough notice because I don't wanwt to be accused of not doing so: October 21st, I will not be around for IM except via phone because I will be, once again, participating in the 24 hour read a thon. This will help me boost my numbers if I can get through Gemina before then. That's why I want to make a push to finish Illuminae. :)

Welp. That's it for me. Will probably be around to write that SPlatoon 2 updated entry tomorrow-ish. I plan to do a lot of reading again tomorrow, though, so I'll be around by phone. Just not having to worry about the computer has bee nice, honestly.

Review: Puyo Puyo Tetris

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:03 am
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It's time to talk about the new love of my life, Puyo Puyo Tetris! This game is amazing in a lot of ways. Let me count them.

1. Puyo Puyo. I've never owned a copy of the original Puyo Puyo games, but I have played Puyo Puyo Pop Fever. One of my friends had it for the GameCube. But it had been so long, I couldn't remember the mechanics or the trick to the game. This game offers you "lessons" on how to play the game, so I've been watching those to try and better my skills.

2. Tetris! YES! I finally have a home console version of the puzzle game that started all puzzle games for me. Tetris has been a part of my life since the late 80s, early 90s. Mom taught me how to play, and I can get pretty far on a good round.

3. The story mode. You wouldn't think a puzzle game could have a story mode. You'd be wrong, and PPT does it flawlessly. Now I'm only in Act 2, but I can tell you that I Really love all the characters being introduced,
especially Tee. :)

4. Longevity. Most people would probably get bored with this game once they beat story mode. But I think with Puzzle league, ranked, and other online modes you could probably get a long play out of this one. If you're like me, and like just challenging yourself to see how far you can get, there are modes for that with both Puyo Puyo and Tetris. :)

Summing it all up: When I was recommended this game, I was generally only planning to play Tetris, but I've gotten so excited about the story mode, I made myself learn Puyo Puyo, as well, and I like it, a lot. So now I will have plenty of fun ahead with this game. For the puzzle enthusiast, I'd say give it a try. Those who aren't into puzzle games, I'd skip it.

Random is Random

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:41 am
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I realize I've been talking a lot about my Nintendo Switch and it's accompanying games. I've probably had a side of Hurricane Irma, too. But I haven't really talked much about "feelings". So no one really knows what my current mental state is. Until now. Yep today's entry is about feelings.

Mom and Daddy have had a great sense of humor about the whole spending a small fortune on getting myself started with the Nintendo Switch. That's been helpful, and annoying at the same time. Let me explain. Finally got my case and and final game in the mail the other day, and I couldn't even share it with Mom without her demanding to know what the price was. They forget I had credit, and that's how I got my games and accessories.

Speaking of prices though, I don't understand why the Switch games were so much more expensive than the Wii U/Wii games in general. Ridiculous. So I probably won't buy a bunch of those at release, and there were a couple, thanks to the Nintendo Direct, that I really wanted to get, too. Pokken Tournament is one of those that I wanted for my Wii U but never bought, so I'll probably get that one, at least, but since it comes out this month, and i chose to get ARMS, I probably won't get that one until much later.

Flip Wars looks like a lot of fun, too. I'd get that one, too. I'll see if I can digitally get it after I've paid my credit card down some more. I also need to get my extended memory card. I bought some games, and will probably have to start over on some of them once I put a new card in, but that's okay. Mom is going to use her discount to get me a USB-C cable so that I don't have to keep unplugging my dock. :) I like to use my Switch in handheld mode the best, unless my hand is bothering me like it is today, and I've been unplugging the dock to keep it charged when it gets low on battery.

But I digress. Over all, I've been feeling pretty good. Medicine is working properly, and I've been super energetic and wanting to do things again. :) Like today, I might go to the pool, and see how that goes. I miss swimming and reading. That's what I normally do at the pool.

Anyway, gonna go before my hand starts throbbing again. See you guys soon!
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I'm really liking the review type entries, so I decided to write another set of reviews. This entry will focus on the much anticipated Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Since I know I will have a lot more to say about Splatoon 2, I will start with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. So...I have an admission. I really didn't need this game. It is as Squid Maker said. It is the same game as Mario Kart 8. HOWEVER! The original version did not have INKLINGS in it. Yep. I got it specifically for that reason. Call me crazy, but anything Splatoon is going to get my attention and quickly.

Plus, I can not play the Wii U version in all it's glory on the go. Here I now have all my favorite tracks complete with their gorgeous graphics and insane mechanics and gravity defying effects in the palms of my hands.

So as I said, this game is rehash of the WIi U version, minus the addition of the inklings and other characters I can't think of right now. The same mechanics required for Wii U apply here which made this title playable right out of the box. There was no new controls to learn. That's a plus. I sometimes get annoyed having to learn new things for old games. But I would've made the exception for this one.

To sum this title up: It is awesome to play this away from the TV in handheld mode, or on the big screen. But if you don't care about the new characters enough and you have the Wii U edition, stick with that. Otherwise, be like me and be superficial. I'm sure your favorite characters would appreciate the loyalty. Hehe.

Now! On to the game the Switch was bought for in the first place. I am sensing a pattern here, to be quite honest. When I got my Wii U almost two years ago, it was for the first Splatoon game. Now I've got the Switch because they were smart enough to release it the sequel exclusively instead of giving Wii U users a chance to play it there.

It took Splatoon 2 almost a week to get to me after my Switch arrived, and that was okay. It gave me some time to get to know some new games, and to find my way around the console in general. (Not a lot of time, since we had hurricane Irma hit us the Sunday after my Switch arrived).

Anyway, Splatoon 2 has been worth every penny and all the time I spent waiting for it to arrive. This is another game that used simmilar controls for specific actions, so there wasn't a lot of "learning" that needed to be done to begin playing. One thing I can say is that I wish they allowed you to pick your starting weapon instead of just giving you the standard Splatershot gun. (Its the same in Splatoon, so it wasn't a new element or anything, but I just thought I'd gripe here anyway.)

A couple of new things, though! The first is starting up. You're able to customize your Inkling more. You can choose the hair/tentacle style and color, bottoms (shorts, pants or skirt) type, and eye color. This is a vast improvement since all the girls in the original game looked the same, and I often really longed to put a skirt on my inkling girl. So now Ricki (that's what I call my Splatoon character) looks like Ricki.

The Stages:

The one complaint I might have with this game would be that at launch we didn't get a vast number of familiar stages. Instead we have all new stages. There are maybe a couple of familiar stages, and one of them is NOT my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. Moray Towers. Shudder.. I will say that I played on that stage a lot yesterday and they seemed to have made it harder to snipe on that level. That helps. snipers are the bane of my existence in the Splatoon games, and it's nice that now even they have to try harder.

The other old stage is Port Mackrel. They changed this stage up too, and actually improved it for the better. I've been very impressed with it. Stages that I do like so far are Sturgeon Shipyard and Starfish Main Stage. But these are just the ones I've been fortunate enough to play on. Really haven't explored all of them yet, so I might update later with a more comprehensive stages-only review. We had a Nintendo Direct last night, and it was revealed that Kelp Dome will be back! That will make two stages from the old game that I really liked coming into Splatoon 2. Still holding out hope for Piranha Pit. But Kelp Dome is definitely a good start. We get it on Friday. Can't wait to see what the new version looks like!

Marina and Pearl:

These are the new hosts of the stage reveal team. They replace Callie and Marie. To be perfectly honest, they are taking some getting used to. I really like Pearl, though, so it won't be long, I'm sure, before Marina grows on me.

That's all I've got for now. Next time, I'm reviewing new fighting game, ARMS, and Puyo Puyo Tetris which I have mentioned before. I hope you guys really are liking these because I enjoy writing them!

Aftermath

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:41 pm
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So finally have internet/power access. We came here to our friend Rob and Sam's for the night. Just as we were getting settled in, the power at our place came back on. I opted to stay because their little girl Emma Grace just loves me. Mom and Daddy stayed too because we wanted to give the house time to air out, and get cool again.

Everyone turned out to be worried ab out nothing. The hurricane barely did any damage. In fact the most "damage" we got in my area was the power being out for two days. Not bad. Some of my friends in other parts of Florida are still without. I'm praying their electricity providers get a move on and get them sorted out soon.

Other exciting news. The mail arrived today, bringing with it Splatoon 2! I've been playing over here at Sam and Rob's, and I'm already a level 3. It won't take me long to get to level 50 if I keep up. But I also have books to read.

Speacking of books, Daddy got me a brand new Jim Butcher novel! He has started an all-new series, and I got in on the ground floor. Next month, I order John Green's new book, too. I'm excited about all this reading, and even more excited because tomorrow Iget to go home, and veg out and watch TV, and play Splatoon, and read. And Everything will be A-okay. :)

Time to get ready to sleep. Have not slept well since the air went out of commission. Good night everyone. See you tomorrow.

4Kids meme.

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:58 pm
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Hey guys. Just wanted to give everyone an update. I am in the direct path of stupid Hurricane Irma. I still don't think we're going to get it nearly as bad as everyone thinks, but that could just be being super super optimistic. You know me. Ms. Sunshine and Rainbows.

I'm going to take any down time and read, read, read. I still have several books to get through before some of my 2017 books turn into 2018 books. >.< I will have approximately 6 hours of gaming, and 3 hours of writing time if I don't listen to my music. I found a site I can write on offline. :D So I'll get some words in.

My family and I are safe. We've elected to stay in the house. It is completely shuttered and protected.

Seeing as this might be my last journal entry until we get power again, I should probably talk about some of the things going on with me.

For the last three days, I've been hanging out with my neighbor's son, Beau. Beau is an interesting guy. We don't have a lot in common, but at the same time...we do. He's wheelchair bound due to losing his legs at 23 to I wanna say diabetes. But we also have the whole not feeling well on a daily basis thing in common. We're both transportation limited, and so spending time together is just something we do.

This is coming at the worst time. We could've been getting along a whole year, but I had to be stubborn and refuse to get to know him. Regrets, man. Regrets. See, this is the neighbor that is moving away sooner rather than later. So I've been trying to spend as much time over there as I can.

Yesterday we played Mario Kart 8 on my Wii U. We were going ot play Mario, but then his dad came home and decided to go swimming in their heated pool, so I did that instead. Came home a little early because my stomach was empty and I had gone in the pool. For some reason, I can't do that anymore. I used to be able to when I was younger. Sometimes getting older really sucks!

Then, just as I was going to play ARMS with Anthony, I got invited to watch a movie. Went over there again. We watched Austin Powers Goldmember, which i hadn't seen in forever. Jim (Beau's Dad) fell asleep towards the end of the movie, so I just came home.

Played 2 rounds of ARMS with Anthony, then went to bed watching Nintendo Switch videos. Still trying to find the best accessories to ask for for Christmas because there are so many. Next month I'll be reinstating my Prime membership, and buying a bigger MicroSD card for my Switch because of the digital games I bought, and the save data and things like that. I might have to start some of them over, but I'm good with that. As long as I have more storage. .

Anyway, that's it, I guess. I hope everyone else that might be in the path of the storm is okay. Love you guys, and I'll see you when this all blows over.

Review: The Nintendo Switch

Sep. 8th, 2017 08:24 am
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So it's finally here! The Nintendo Switch came in yesterday. First I want to say that I am very impressed with the Ebay transaction itself. Most of the time when you get a system like this on auction, there is something wrong with it. I am happy to say that this is not the case with this system. The item arrived exactly as stated, new in box with no use.

The packaging:

Nintendo or whoever decides how a product is packaged did a very nice job of packaging this console. I honestly can't tell you how the Wii U was packaged because mine was a pre-owned unit, but this one...wow. It was compact, and neatly organized with compartments.

Now on to the system itself. Nitendo holds that this is a home console that you just happen to be able to take with you on the go. So the first thing I wanted to do was test it on the TV. So I put Puyo Puyo Tetris in the console, and began to the test. The first thing I tried out was the simplicity of removing the Joy-cons (the controllers) from the console. Easy Peasy just as it shows on the commercials. It was equally as simple to attach the controllers to the provided (nice addition, Nintendo!) grip.

Setting up the device for the TV was very easy once I got to it. Of course I had to set up the device initially for Region, Nintendo Account, and other things. Once that was done, it was time to do the TV set up. Now here is where the Wii U had a one up. The HDMI cable for the Nintendo Switch is very short. So What I ended up doing was unplugging my Wii U, putting that away, and using the HDMI cable for the Switch. It works just fine.

Joy Cons and Synching:

Playing with the Joy Cons for the first time was kind of frustrating because I couldn't figure out how to keep them synched with the device in TV mode at first. But I will say that the Joy cons and the Joy-Con grip are very nice to hold in my small hands. The Wii U GamePad always felt way too big for me. I mean, I could play Splatoon for hours, of course, but there was toll. Hours with the Joy Cons last didn't effect me as much.

Joy Con Grip/Joy Cons with Straps/Motion Controls:

I think Nintendo did a smart thing including the Grip with the system. I haven't had to use one since my Wii days, but I always found the Grip much easier to deal with than the smaller, more slippery Wiimotes. The Nintendo Switch Joy Cons are even smaller than the Wiimote, and even though my hands are small, the idea of dropping them is just scary enough to make me want to use my grip for Tabletop/ TV mode.

Edit (6am 9/9/17) Last night I treated myself to my last game for the month, ARMS. Decided to give the Motion Controls a try. The motion controls were flawless. Much more reactive than the Wiimote in my opinion. The only part that I didn't like was that I had a bitch of a time getting the straps of the Joy Cons off when I was done. Definitely not as smooth as I've seen in other videos. Hoping this is resolved as I use it more, but for now, I'll probably stick to the Joy Con grip for ARMS.

Handheld mode:

Because you have to set up your information before even making it to TV mode, I was able to test this first. It was user friendly, and honestly I only had to rely on my instincts for navigation. Nintendo is very good for that, and I'm actually grateful they do things that way all the time.

Transitions from TV to Hand Held and back:

The commercials for the Switch always amazed me because of how they showed the transition from TV to handheld and back. I thought it was a gimmick, and that there would be a delay. Surprisingly, there wasn't. Taking the Switch from TV to handheld mode is a smooth as butter, and going back is just as easy.

Table top mode:

To be quite honest, I don't see myself using this often until we get Netflix on the Switch (yes, they're working on it, Amazon and Hulu), but I had to test it just to make sure that everything worked as stated. I played a little bit of Puyo Puyo Tetris this morning using Table Top mode, and it worked out well. Now I can see easily that if my table was bumped (if I was at a restaurant, or Barnes and Noble, for example), it would probably fall over. The kickstand seems a bit flimsy. Honestly, they probably should've used a metal or sturdier substance to make the kickstand. But. I don't want to get hung up on that. It's an easy way to get that "TV" mode without having to have a TV. Especially if you're like me and sometime the larger hand held mode can cause your fingers to cramp from the width.

In Summary:

All in all, despite paying almost retail price for the system, I am very happy with it. I can't wait to get my other two games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (coming in today) and Splatoon 2 (coming in Monday). Next I'll be reviewing some of the games I've already played on the system thanks to PayPal Credit. (Yes, I'm slowing down on that, too so I don't go over, especially since I skipped a payment this month).

Some pretty awesome dreams!

Sep. 6th, 2017 05:48 pm
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But before I get to those, I am excited to announce that my copy of Splatoon 2 has FINALLY shipped!

Now that that's out of my system... lets talk the amazing dreams I've been having.

The night before last, I had a dream that could be categorized as amazing for amazing dreams. So lately I had been overly talking about Carlos De Vil from the Descendants. So it shouldn't have come too much as a surprise when Cruella's son appeared in my dreams. Guess what we were doing! Playing Mario Kart 8. And he was whooping my butt, too. I guess I shouldn't have expected anything less from a villain's kid, but man. He was really fond of Raimbow Road which I DO like, but hate at the same time. Haha. Yeah, it was one of those courses.

Last night's dream about tops it, but not quite. Last night was about Axl Heck teaching me to ice skate. It was kind of funny because Axl isn't really the most affectionate of the Hecks from The Middle. I know where this dream came from. It came from the fact that the show was the last thing I was actively watching last night.

Tomorrow and Friday are going to be exciting. First with Puyo Puyo Tetris coming in. Then Friday, my Nintendo Switch will be here. :D Time to play!

Splatoon 2 will be here Monday. I'm hoping that my GameStop order will be here sometime next week, but I'm not feeling rushed about it except for the case. I think I can find a way to transport my system portably until my case gets here. I'll check on the status by phone tomorrow if I have to, just to figure out what the hell is going on. I am a little nervous. And anxious. I just want to keep my new system safe.

I know this all deviated, but I had to put it all somewhere. I'm excited, and I want my friends to know it.
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