Archive for August, 2013

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
You Know You’re In Scotland When…

Haggis comes on nachos.

Haggis Nachos

And Angels play bagpipes. 🙂

Angel Playing Bagpipe

Monday, August 19th, 2013
Plants vs Zombies: It’s About Time–Quick Review

I downloaded Plants vs. Zombies: It’s About Time the day it came out and have been playing it ever since. Like a lot of Plants vs. Zombies fans, I was SUPER excited to get my hands on this game. Now that I’ve been playing it a few days, my enthusiasm is waning dramatically. I’d read some angry online reviews about how the game nickels and dimes you. Honestly, I thought it was just people complaining that they had to pay for the game. I’m all for the developers making money, but even I’m having trouble continuing with PZ 2.

I’ve already spent $20 and I’d have to spend a whole lot more than $50 to get through this game. At this point, I would’ve rather they just put the game up for $49.95 and called it a day. Why? Because as far as I can tell, most (not all) of the game levels seem set up to require the purchase of extra coins. Is it possible to defeat the zombies without them? I’m sure it is somehow, but I’ve yet to figure it out.

The plants in this version are having difficulty killing even the smallest zombies. (In the previous version, the plants could kill the weaker zombies with little effort.) Not so with this new version. It’s like the plants have been made weaker and the zombies have been made stronger. At one point, I had a row of four ‘100 sun’ plants lined up firing at a single standard zombie and the zombie still managed to take out three of my plants before it died. I love that they’ve made the game more challenging, but this is beginning to feel like it’s been skewed to require continuous payments.

I’d planned to play this game from start to finish, but now I’m not altogether certain I will finish it. It’s hard to have fun, when you feel like you’re being taken advantage of. Buyer Beware.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Silent, But Busy

I know I haven’t posted in a while. I haven’t had any many quiet days, since we arrived in Edinburgh. That’s what happens when you have family visiting, lots of friends to see, and shows booked. We went to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo last week. It was terrific as always. These pictures I’ve already posted on my Facebook (all but one) because I haven’t had the chance to download the ones from my camera yet.

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Opening Act Tattoo

Kilts and Bagpipes Tattoo

We also got the chance to see Sandi Toksvig, Susan Calman, Omid Djalili (who is funny enough without having to ‘borrow’ jokes from other comedians), Beauty and the Beast, and John Lloyd. For those who don’t know who John Lloyd is, he’s the man who produced Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder, and QI among many, many other things. He spoke for an hour about words and the various shows he’s done. Thus far, it was my favorite ‘performance’.

As he was walking home from the pub last night, Dh spotted a last minute addition to the Fringe Festival. One that isn’t in the guide books. He saw the names and immediately knew he had to get tickets. Thanks to his quick actions, we’ll be seeing Steven Moffat (writer and producer of Sherlock and Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett (with John Lloyd) speak next week. To say that I’m thrilled is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Yes, I’m screaming like a little girl right now. Anyone who’s heard me speak knows how hard that is for me to do.

On a separate note, for giggles we’ve decided to look at some property this coming week. The trip over wasn’t just to visit family and see friends. We wanted to check out the UK to see if we’d like to spend more time over here and if so, where. In that respect, it’s been an interesting trip. The things we thought we’d like we really didn’t and the things we thought would be just okay turned out to be spectacular. We won’t be making any rash decisions (ie pulling up stakes and moving full time), but it’s good to have all the information.

Today and tomorrow I am working on Red edits (like I did last night). Someday this book will be done. No idea what day, but someday. I’d planned to write a blog about writing and agents today, but the entry is already too long. Maybe tomorrow. 😉 Have a great day.

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Goodbye Germany, Hello Edinburgh

We left Germany early this morning and arrived in Edinburgh. It was sad to say goodbye to family. We had a great visit. They always take such good care of us. The flat we rented is better than we’d anticipated and the views are to die for (but we hope we don’t have to ;). Have a lot of work to do, but we also plan to see several shows since the Edinburgh Festival is happening. Can’t wait!

This is the road we had to take to leave town this morning. The one thing I love about Germany is they have a lot of bike/running trails and people use them year around. It’s terrific. I wish my hometown was set up that way.

Leaving Germany

Biking and Running

This is what we saw when we arrived in Edinburgh.

Best Seat in the House

I could get used to this view

The Queen’s old ship, the Royal Britannia from one of our balconies.

Royal Brittania

The dark brooding building on the right in the distance is Edinburgh Castle. It’s actually closer than it looks in the photo.

Cropped Castle

Tonight I’m taking it easy. Making notes about things that I need to get done and preparing for the next few days of shows. I’ll try to take more pictures when I can. 🙂

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

For 5 days ONLY, PHANTOM WARRIORS VOLUME 2 is on sale for .99 at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. Get it before the price goes back up on Sunday. 🙂

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
Playing In Deutschland

Sorry I’ve been so quiet here. We’ve taken a small break from the UK and landed in Germany. Having a great time visiting family and brushing the dust off our German language skills. Apparently, my skills have sprouted dust bunnies that could take down the terminator. *ggg I plan to work on that before the holidays come around. It’s just a short visit, but so far it’s been lovely. I’ll try to take some pictures. 😉

Friday will take us back to Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival is happening right now. Can’t wait to catch several of the acts and wander around the city. Love, love, LOVE Edinburgh.