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Play Time!

I’ve been working hard for weeks now, with very few days off. I usually stop when I have to, for one reason or another, which is okay, but I need to get better about claiming some down time from the world in general.

Awhile back, I blogged about feeling the itch for a new game. Champions Online was what we decided on, but the buzz lasted a mere day or do. Free games are okay, but when it means you can’t actually communicate with anyone effectively, it’s pretty frustrating.

Anyways, a couple of days ago my husband mentioned Rift, which I’d previously not heard of. We did some reading, watched some videos, and decided that we’d give it a try. One guy on a vid basically said that if you like WoW, but don’t want to play WoW, then Rift is a great game for you – sounds perfect to me! We are well and truly done with WoW.

I started a character today and played through the first levels and the intro zones. It was fun. New game, but close enough to the other games I’ve played that it was like slipping back into something warm and familiar. Beautiful graphics, same keys as other games, oh yes, I have missed this. I’ve felt really quite elated this afternoon and I think this was JUST the kind of escapism that I’ve been needing.

Books are wonderful escapism typically, but lately I have hit on a few too many novels that have great ideas which fall flat on the execution. I’m getting a little sick of that. I need some pure awesome reading in the very near future or I may not want to read for a bit. I keep thinking ‘I can totally do better than this’. And I will, when I get the time. In the meantime I really don’t want to read stories that are completely over written, constantly changing pov with no notice that a shift has taken place, filled with implausible characters, studded with the totally overdone ‘omg I just met him and I LOVE him and LUST after him’ness that seems to be going around at the moment. Please don’t let me catch that. BLERGH.

Anyways. I has me some happies, because I has a new game. And that’s me for the night! Tomorrow, I get back to work. Today I PLAY.

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Veering off course

I’m not making any progress with Chasing Ascension at the moment, to be honest, I can’t even bring myself to read it through so I’m putting it in the ‘too hard for right now’ basket and moving on to something else for the time being (like, the next week or so).

Instead, I’m going to give some attention to a story which has languished for far too long! It needs a new title, a rewrite and polish, but I know exactly how to go about that so it doesn’t feel too daunting. The plan is to have it ready and posted here on the blog for Christmas – free fiction for Christmas, yay!

I’m also going to go through Birth Rights again, as I am considering entering it into a short story competition for Au Contraire. While I’m pretty sure that it won’t make the grade, I also think it’s a wonderful thing to support NZ stuff.

As for other stuff – everything is ticking along nicely.

I’ve succumbed and downloaded/activated the 10 day free trial of Wrath of the Lich King. Hubby and I have both decided that we’re going back to WoW on a casual basis at the end of the trial (hey, if you have ten days free play, why would you pay for it before then?? lol). I’m wasting a lot of time on it at the moment but then it’s just nice to be playing again and I know that my brain wouldn’t be working on the writing stuff at the moment anyways so there is no harm done. Now that I have a plan with the short story stuff I can move ahead with that and find a nice balance between work and play. I need my play, and I haven’t been getting a whole lot of it lately.

Anyways, that’s it from me for now! I’m going to let Chasing Ascension’s world tick over in my mind while I work on these shorts, and hopefully when I get back into it I can move ahead full steam. I’m still really keen on the idea, and the characters, but I really need to resolve the issues before I move ahead and I just don’t have the brain power for that right now. Only three weeks until I get upgraded to ‘second trimester’ and I am hoping that this funk I am in disappears along with the first trimester.