The One Hundred and Sixty-Fourth Post: The One Where I Am Scrambling For Mental Purchase…

Good morning all. I’m a little behind on things because I had to get my vida loca on and watch a two hour documentary on the Reformation. Yeah – I live it up here when I am not at work. Surprised that the neighbors haven’t had me arrested after that whole twenty-four hour ‘How Things Work’ marathon I did to celebrate New Year’s. When I cut the cable, I am going to miss the Science Channel – but I’ll more than make up for it with an extra $100.00 in my wallet.

The novel treatment is going along. I am trying hard to keep in Rhona’s (the main character) head for the next couple of chapters. Since we’re dealing with the circus, it would be nice to get a better idea as to why she would leave… and I actually get to write another ice cream scene and I want to get her reaction to it. I am taking my time with it in order to really get it right. I also need coffee right now, if you will excuse me… better. At any rate, I am looking forward to getting this done so I can focus more on other projects. After all, the key (and this has been taught to me by various other self-published writers) is back catalogue. The back catalogue in my head is huge. I’m looking forward to getting it out on paper… or electrons… you know what I mean.

I have stopped playing Borderlands 2 for a while now that I got Halo 4. I know, I know – midget overpopulation will kill them all with depleted resources, only I can stop Handsome Jack (for the fifth time in a row), blah, blah, blah. I have to admit, Halo 4 looks gorgeous and the game play does take some getting used to (the control set up is way different between the two games. I tried to jump, ended up punching someone instead). My biggest complaint is that there is little if anything new. In one chapter – I have to drive a Ghost vehicle through a crumbling landscape. Does this sound familiar? Another chapter has me going down a long corridor and shooting enemies that come at me. Is that déjà vu I smell? So far, Studio 343 and Microsoft are banking on neat graphics and nostalgia to sell this iteration of Halo. I hope that they don’t continue to rely on this formula for the next two parts of the expected trilogy. I’m also a little concerned that there is no backstory given to the Forerunners or the Prometheans in the game itself. I haven’t read any of the novelizations, and I haven’t gotten far in the game – so I am holding out judgment on that. On the upside – the opening cinematic does treat the Spartans seriously and addresses some concerns I had as far as the expanded universe of Halo went. So far, I would say that if you’re a fan of the series… you probably got this at midnight and anything I say isn’t going to sway you. However, if you’re holding out just to hear my opinion, then I would wait until it gets cheaper (like I did) and get it. Bioshock: Infinite is another matter.

Well, time to work, shower and watch Dungeons and Dragons. Hope y’all have a good day.

 

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

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