Monday, March 31, 2008

monkey tools

Ever wonder how happy Peter Pan would have been working in a coal mine?

Well, it would appear that flu season is coming to an end - at least I think so, but without microscopic vision I can’t irrefutably say that none are still lurking on dirty surfaces or floating in the air seeking entrance to my sinuses . . .

And as you have probably noticed this place has been rather quiet lately. Guess the coal mine has been effectively sucking my energies away - and no I do not wear green tights . . .

. . . only red.

My only, and I do mean only, ally at work is retiring in two weeks.

The coal mine will get even blacker as another canary goes away. But, as always, I will prevail for the allotted sentence time and then - poof - gone without a day's notice - they deserve no more than that.

On the up side of dismal - I'm still planning to edit my book starting in June (once the Monkey’s are finished working on my life with their wrenches) and taking some stabs at the “secret writing project” and maybe even dabbling in another short story or two for reading nights - oh,and participating in NaNo again this November.

But for now I’m riding the whirlpool of uncertainty, and as Heisenberg knew there really is no point observing things too closely for in doing so you will never get the whole picture and the act of observation itself will taint the results.

And so, I’ll continue to post reviews up at Reader’s Den, but not much else with regards to writing (unless you call these posts writing?) until things settle down.

And I will try, though I can’t promise, to post more than one damn time a month - that sounds just too much like . . .

. . . er, nevermind.

Family audience here perhaps.

As of tomorrow - 66 bottles, um, months to go or less.

WooHoo!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

land of confusion

After the retreat of the virus squads, I've found myself pretty much not doing any writing.

Sad, but true . . .

Still, with all the sickness around and recovery time I've found moments to play a few cheap (as in not expensive) computer games . . .

Sad, but true . . .

First off is Dungeon Lords Collector's edition. Not a bad game, but repetitive like Diablo. It really is Diablo, only your character runs around in a fully 3D environment instead of 2D. Fun game, until a Fire Drake appears in the sky with several million hitpoints and spits endless fireballs your way . . .

Sad, but true . . .

Second off is Flatout, you know, the car race crash game. What can I say about this one except it is loads of fun and frustration. The physics in the game are great. As you jump in the air (ala Dukes of Hazzard) and smash into other cars (ala Gone in 60 seconds) damage appears in an almost realistic explosion of sparks and debris with your car deforming and actually losing parts like fenders and doors. The destructible environment is a hoot too. Only problem is the computer AI drivers are straight out of "The Driver" with Ryan O'Neal driving. Anyhow, it's a very good game to just go fast, crash hard and laugh at the occasional totally ridiculous car acrobatics . . .

Sad, but true . . .

Last off is UFO: Aftermath. Kinda like X-Com: UFO Defense, but not. Pretty fun squad based game where you have to down UFOs, infiltrate alien bases and fend off various aliens and mutants to save the globe.

So, now that all of that is out of my system, I'll think about getting back to story spewing shortly . . . Just one more mission, race and fire drake first though . . .

Sad, but true . . .

And the official countdown (at least in my mind) is on now for my "not-in-the-slave-pits-anymore" timeline.

Oct 1st, 2013 - the year after we make contact.

Can't wait.

Well, I can wait - just don't want to.

Sad, but true.