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!

MFU oneshot

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:54 pm
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For David McCallum's birthday today

Title: The Cat's Cradle Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Cora Solo (OC)
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: G
Summary: When the office cat Baba Yaga ends up expecting kittens on Illya’s birthday, it allows Napoleon to plan a surprise dinner right under his preoccupied partner’s nose.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12658865/1/

Will also be crossposted to tumblr.

A short affair piece

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:54 pm
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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: One autumn evening, Illya takes a moment to reflect on things.

As the Leaves Fall )

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.

Fall Festival 2017!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Today was my hometown's annual Fall Festival and I enjoyed it immensely--I am quite exhausted, but had a great time!

There weren't too many things different in regards to the crafts; a lot of the craft booths returned from last year (including the guy who made keyrings and jewelry from antique spoons--he was quite happy to see that, two years later, I still have/use the keychain I bought from him), but there was one new booth that made decorative glass bottles with lights inside--some have wires that run to a switch in the bottle cork, and others were lit from above with a small, rechargeable LED light--she had Halloween and Christmas ones, and they were absolutely gorgeous! I didn't end up getting any, but they definitely did evoke a creepy/wintery feeling respectively!

They also had the glass-blowers back this year (I don't recall seeing them last year), and they also had a blacksmith, making tools the old-fashioned way with a hammer and anvil and it was really quite interesting to see that in action.

And there was a vintage comics sale; I checked it out, hoping to find some MFU comics, but, sadly, there weren't any. I did end up getting one of the old Scrooge McDuck comics for just 25 cents instead.

And of course, there was free stuff! Food mostly (popcorn and candy and an iced tea-lemonade mix that was really, really good), but there were also games and things where you could win stuff, and I ended up winning a water bottle, heh...

But, by far, the most interesting freebie I got was a coupon for 5 free martial arts lessons. And I think I will end up using it; ever since I spent two years away at college, I really wish I had known some form of self-defense then (especially when weird and unpleasant stuff started happening my second year there), and since I will have to move away again if I end up getting work that requires it, it would be wise to learn some basic self-defense techniques. So yes, once I gather up the courage, I will be taking those lessons.

But yes, it was a good day!

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.

I still can't post on LJ

Sep. 15th, 2017 04:52 pm
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 I haven't been able to post on LJ all day, so I guess I'll just settle in here on DW for awhile.

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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For some reason I am unable to post on LJ, so...
Here is an article from a place called Television Obscurities in which The Girl from UNCLE is reviewed.  It includes a comment from David McCallum on the series and the reviews at the time it aired.

The Girl from UNCLE @ Television Obscurities

Friends, Russian, countrymen

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:24 am
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Great Episode Challenge. 15-21 September (Prompt 1)

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Friends, Russians, countrymen

He ran into him on his way to meet Napoleon, who was waiting in the car down in the garage. The tall Englishman was coming out of the elevator.

“Illya, my old mucker! Good to see you again. You haven’t changed a bit. How are you?”

“Very well, thank you,” Illya replied coolly. “How are you, Mark?”

“Extremely well, and raring to go.” Mark said, and continued, chattily, “I heard you were here, of course. Never would have thought we’d end up on the same side, eh?”

That all-too familiar, breezy bonhomie of the privately-educated English male, speaking in the cut-glass accents of the upper-classes, with their implicit put-down of lesser mortals – or serfs, in his case. His old mucker, indeed. He knew what that odd expression meant now. A place at Cambridge didn’t make you equal, they made sure of that.

“No,” he replied. “It must be strange to find that even Russians take any kind of moral view of the world.”

“I didn’t mean...” said Mark awkwardly, “don’t be like that, Illya … you know how it was at Cambridge… Secret Service recruiters and all that.”

“Yes. I do know.”

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A New drabble, only a day late. LostOn DW or here on AO3
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As the sun set, red and gold streaking out across the sky, two men, footsore and weary, were tramping up a hill, tripping over tree roots and hillocks in the gathering darkness.

            “Napoleon, I thought you said this was a shortcut?”

            “So did I.  I think we’re lost.”

Illya rolled his eyes.

“Napoleon, if we keep stumbling on in the dark we will get even more lost. Why do we not find somewhere sheltered and wait for the sun to return?”

“What if THRUSH find us?”

            “Even we do not know where we are, how will anyone else find us?”

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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!

It's Baaaack... What If?

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:30 am
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We've had our summer to kick back and take a break from such a full schedule of challenges.  That's all over now, we're back on track and the weeks will be crammed with opportunities for writers to show some UNCLE Love.
Today's prompt for What If? goes like this...

What if Mister Waverly was actually a Madame Waverly? How different would the administration of this powerful agency look if under the guidance of a woman.  She will, of course, have the same splendid resume as the man we normally see in the big office, with experiences in wartime as well as ... well, you tell me.
And how does it affect the agents? Does it take so long to have a female agent under the leadership of a woman?
So many angles, so many questions to be answered.
I hope you have some.
Stories post September 28-October 1.  Gen, minimum 500 words.
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A huge man towered over Illya in a threatening manner. The Russian had accidently spilled the man’s drink, and he had taken exception. He had tried smooth things over by offering to replace the drink, but the man was intent on retribution. Unfortunately, he made the mistake many people did when faced with the short, slightly built agent.

The thug was drawing his arm back to punch Illya, when he unexpectedly found himself lying on his back, with a heavily bleeding nose. Illya glared down at him.

“Next time, I suggest you accept the replacement drink when it is offered.”


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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.

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