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A bit of water

A channel runs between two countries, forever separating them with icy cold water. People have gone to great lengths to make their way across, whether it be for war or leisure. Now, a journey taking hours or days, takes but a few minutes as two countries worked together to make a tunnel through the earth, under the water, and bringing us just a little bit closer to each other.

Here they be spoilers for the I Kissed a Girl, which is NOT a lesbian anthem by the way episode of Glee.  So if you haven’t watched the 11/29 episode of Glee or you think they handled their race and sexuality issues well don’t click this. Because I am quite upset about the episode.

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More writing links

http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/plots.htm A GREAT site with lists of plot ideas.

http://svenjaliv.blogspot.com/2011/10/word-count-trackers-for-nanowrimo-2011.html Awesome word count trackers. These are great not just for nano, but for writing in general if you want to make something out of it. An EXCELLENT way to make yourself be more organized and professional about your writing.

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/print-the-writing-cheatsheet-nanowrimo-tip-12_b42135 Excellent pocket guide to plots and more ideas for writing and keeping going.

Plot generators:

http://nine.frenchboys.net/plottwist.php

http://www.archetypewriting.com/muse/generators/plot.htm

http://www.maddogproductions.com/plotomatic.htm

http://nielsenhayden.com/overlord/

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am grateful for:

*my husband who has been trying to keep my fever down and helped me cook… some. 😉

*my bunny for always being cute.

*loved ones who took time to talk to me and make me feel less isolated.

*friends that feel like family.

*writing

*people that encourage my writing.

*brilliant writing and rp buddies that make me feel like I’m awesome and valued. And that appreciate my craziness.

*starting new traditions.

*my ingenuity and determination

*my homemade from scratch french fried onions which are OMG some of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten!

*a lovely holiday celebrating togetherness with the person I love most in our cozy little world.

*Switzerland and how it has literally stolen my heart because there are Christmas lights EVERYWHERE! I mean seriously, I’ve never seen more lights in one place in my life!

*Even if you don’t celebrate holidays, I send each of you good will and love during this cold and stressful, isolating season because you are all important to me and I love each and every one of you. We only get one chance at life, make it count. And though some of these holidays remind us of our loneliness or sad times, remember you are loved and you have the choice to focus on the bad or the good. I hope you choose the good.

All my love,

me

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn. The name stirs up some kind of meaning in all of us. From thoughts of a deceitful witch scamming on her husband to ideas of her somewhat twisted nature and beguiling abilities.

But not with me.

I’ve always had a soft spot for people or issues I feel are misunderstood. It was easy, hundreds of years ago, to instill panic in people by making claims of harborings with the devil or witchcraft. Many innocents were lost this way. But I think there’s something more to Anne Boleyn than a pretty little girl who stamped her feet when she didn’t get her way and ensnared a king.

I think Anne, and this is through my limited study, was an ambitious sort, but she was much more than what others expected. Educated and intriguing to those around her, I could definitely see someone like a great King being intrigued and entranced by her ways. So many girls probably acting nervous and coy or overtly throwing themselves at you, but here was a sophisticated and stylish woman who always kept him at arm’s length. For a selfish boy who had grown up never knowing what it felt like to be told no, it must have been maddening to want the one thing that he couldn’t seem to get.

And for Anne, getting the power and favor of a King must have been shocking for her. But to become a wife instead of a mistress, poor Anne lost everything. No longer was she a mystery or a challenge to the King, instead she was a conquest that he had achieved and grew tired of. I could see her getting desperate to regain his affections, especially after investing so much on her own skills and then the deaths of her children.

I would not presume to say that I knew Anne loved him, or anything else for that matter, but when walking around and hearing the Yeoman Wanderers and reading the signs about her, they paint her in a light of disgust. They describe her last speech and lighthearted attitude of going to her death as though she was consorting with darkness. History is painted by the victors, and those out of favor are forever to be remembered in such a way.

If Anne was truly as evil and manipulative as they say, why would her spirit be so uneasy with tales of ghostly apparitions held onto the places where she last remained? I wondered about her walking those same stone steps and looking out of the windows as we wandered around the towers and paths at the Tower, but never had I thought of her with such compassion.

Because at the end of the day, Anne was a woman. Left alone. And sentenced to a horrible fate. How would we have acted in her place?

As you all already know I’m sure, this weekend is going to be the last beta weekend for Star Wars The Old Republic and EVERYONE is invited! Here’s some things of note when I played.

Empire storylines are WAY better than Republic, but Republic zones and people are prettier.

You can be REALLY evil really fast on the empire storylines, and kinda evil on the republic ones. I only got to level 6 on my Jedi Consular and level 11 on my Sith Inquisitor, though.

The amount of customization will make you want to vomit. Bioware spared no expense here. There are hundreds of combinations, just to start, and the cut scenes reflect your choices. Down to doing what every girl does when she gets a new barbie and strips them down naked. Mine ended up in her skivvies in a cut scene. It was awesome. Well, except the grey granny panties all the girls wear. That wasn’t so much fun.

The amount of customization in the story lines is really ridiculous. Like KOTOR of old, you’re character can truly reflect your (or your made up) personality. Down to the making them feel guilt over force lightning someone to death. It was AWESOME!

Game wise, it’s phenomenal. I will play this game forever!

However, there are some things to be noted about the gameplay.

Some of the issues I mentioned in a previous post or two have been addressed, such as now having options to auto attack, autoloot, and auto target the next mob in a group. But there are some new gameplay issues that REALLY need to be addressed before launch date.

I understand the test I was involved in was a stress test meant to see how the server would do when overloaded. The server did not do well. Have you ever been walking through Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, on an expansion launch date or a preset server raid day, on an old pc that would burn you from trying to run the damn game, and your character is frozen in place and you wait ten minutes to take a step? Yeah. You know how that sucks? That’s how it was THE ENTIRE MOTHER FRACKING WEEKEND! I have NEVER been so disappointed with lag in my life. I died multiple times because of the lag. I was stuck in walls at least once every 15 minutes and had to take a death penalty to get unstuck (though unlike WoW it’s a really manageable death penalty). This was a PAIN IN THE ASS!

But not as much of a pain in the ass as the sound problems the lag caused.

Yes, I had my drivers installed Bioware help desk bot protocol droid rp people.

There isn’t an option for closed captioning (which I’m pretty sure is going to make the ADA go crazy), and with the lag I couldn’t hear music or the amazing voice acting that went into this game. It was literally a staticky garble the entire time. I ended up muting it it was so bad.

I wrote in my survey that if these server issues aren’t fixed a lot of people are going to be unhappy. This game is huge, and even when WoW launches a new expansion I have NEVER experienced lag like that before. Several times I turned if off in frustration. If you play between 2 am and 12 pm CST it was fine though. I imagine the time issues will stay the same due to peak activity over the long weekend. Just be forewarned.

And be forewarned I waited in queue 3 hours to log in. :-/

The only complaint I had about the game is a minor one that Bioware said they’re going to adjust soonish and that’s in relation to their storylines involving same gender romance arcs. Sorry, but I like to play pretty people, and though the companions are customizable to an extent, all the guys are gross looking. All the girls on the other hand are HAWT! I want to play my twilek girl with the other twilek hottie girl. I don’t want to run around as a boy, even a very effeminate Zefron looking one, just so I can hang out with hottie girls and run romance story arcs. I want to be in the girls’ club man! But they said they’re not adding SGRAs until maybe patch one or two. MAYBE. That’s irritating, especially after DA2. So I guess I won’t explore my dark tinted Jedi girl’s more carnal emotions for a while. Le sigh.

Great game though, amazing game, be aware of the issues and report report report so this will be the best game possible come December 20th.