October 20th, 2017
dragovianknight: (WoW - lion)
But the Headless Horseman? Oh, yes, I will take those instantly-popping queues tanks get, thank you VERY much.

20 minutes for Team Hunter (aka DPSx2) to get in to kill the Horseman. Instant for Team Monk (aka tank+healer) and Team Baby Monk (aka level 107 tank and 105 healer).

And then I keybound my insta-cast flying mount and took my max level tank out to Undercity, prepared to die for the honor of the Alliance as I doused the Horde wickerman while PVP flagged...and there was no one there. I can't remember another Hallow's End where the Horde weren't lying in wait for people who came to douse the wickerman. Most years, it's been a matter of creeping around as a ghost trying to find a spot where I wouldn't be noticed until dousing fluid was thrown and then corpse running my way out, but this year...nothing.

Guess everyone is on Argus.
October 19th, 2017
jimhines: (Shego - Facepalm)
posted by [personal profile] jimhines at 07:06pm on 19/10/2017
My Journalpress plugin is no longer posting things to Dreamwidth. I've seen reports that this is due to a change Dreamwidth made in their site security or configuration, but I'm not sure.

I'll be looking for solutions, but in the meantime, you can always find everything on the website at http://www.jimchines.com/blog/
October 18th, 2017
dragovianknight: (WoW - lion)
posted by [personal profile] dragovianknight at 06:02pm on 18/10/2017
For tank/DPS combos*. This grows more obvious the more I try to brainstorm this years NaNoWriMo project.

Also, if I didn't hate the mechanics/stats side of it, I would totally write litRPG. But even in my gaming, I want less fussing with stats, not MORE.



*I blame [personal profile] darthneko and I swapping to monk mains this expac. One brewmaster plus one windwalker will rip through anything, including heroic dungeons. Sadly, we can't yet duo current-content raids, or the bullshit quests that keep sending me to Emerald Nightmare would be done already.
October 16th, 2017
rivendellrose: (Hand and Arm)
October 15th, 2017
rivendellrose: (Hand and Arm)
Spoilers under the cut, the usual ranting and raving and random notes. And then more spoilers than usual because I think The Boy's Reddit habit ran him across something that's a major spoiler, and then he was like "Haha, listen to this crazy theory that a bunch of people seem to believe," and I was like "...Oh fuck I'm pretty sure that's actually true," and then my brain started putting together other disconnected pieces and guys, my brain just isn't a pretty place right now.

I will separate the Big Spoilers from the Just This Episode spoilers. But, like... WARNING.

Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. )
Mood:: 'discontent' discontent
October 14th, 2017
coffeeandink: (Default)
These are very gossipy shallow reactions, but maybe I will get back into the swing of posting, who knows.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S03E01 )

Jane the Virgin S04E01 )
October 13th, 2017
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
The good: I have a solid idea for the short story I want to write for the Fell Beasts and Fair anthology.

The bad: Said idea came with enough backstory for a novel (or three)...IF I had the skill to plot and write the backstory properly, which I do not. And even if I did, the novel would suffer from a raging case of genre confusion, with elements of classic sword and sorcery, political intrigue, and icky romance cooties.

But the short story idea should work, if I can get it done by the November 1 deadline.

In other news, I have become mostly nocturnal, with my prime sleeping time between 7am and 1:30pm, and my prime writing time between 3am and 5am. IDEK.
Mood:: 'not awake yet' not awake yet
coffeeandink: (Default)
The Good Place is such a delight I don't even know how to talk about it. All I want to do is burble.

If you're not watching it, it's a half-hour afterlife comedy about a slacker (Kristen Bell) who has been accidentally misassigned to the "Good Place" (Heaven) after her death, and has to keep the mistake secret from the powers that be (Ted Danson), while trying to figure out how to be a good person -- or at least a good enough person not to stick out. Fortunately for her, she's assigned a soulmate (William Harper Jackson) who was an ethics professor in life.

I don't know how to convince you to watch this. The show is so much stranger, more surreal, and sillier than the setup portends. It is hilarious and moving; it burns through plot like a brushfire (avoid spoilers, I mean it); and the cast is so good, I mean, they are so amazing, not just Bell and Danson, but newcomers like Jackson and D'Arcy Carden as an omniscient database and Jameela Jamil as a socialite philanthropist and Manny Jacinto as a surprising sweetheart. The first season is streaming on Netflix and the second season is airing now.

Spoiler note: the numbering for this season is confusing, since some sources consider the first hour, aired together in a single night, as a single episode. I don't. The latest episode I discuss below the spoiler cut aired 10/12/17.

Spoilers have a thirteen-point scale where eight is the highest score )
October 11th, 2017
peartreealley: (writing)
A few months ago, I began feeling a bit disenchanted of word count-oriented challenges, and thought I might skip out on NaNoWriMo this year. That overall feeling hasn't really changed.

But now it's October and NaNo prep season. (Also, my NaNo profile shows a streak! I can't break the streak!)

I'm swaying.

Part of the issue is that I don't feel like my current writing process fits the NaNo mold. These days, my first drafts almost feel like an afterthought to a lot of brainstorming, daydreaming, freewriting, journaling, exercises, practice runs, and other activities usually lumped into "prep." But for NaNo the first draft is the only thing that counts. I don't want to worry about "what counts." I just want to unearth a story.

I could rebel. It wouldn't be my first year as a NaNo-rebel by far. I could play along "unofficially," but then I wouldn't be engaged with the community. It's mostly the energy around NaNo that I love. I can write a 50k first draft any month of the year.

Will I or won't I? I'm not going to decide today... but I'm pondering.
location: London
Mood:: 'thoughtful' thoughtful
October 10th, 2017
jimhines: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] jimhines at 03:26pm on 10/10/2017

I have a favor to ask of conventions: please design your badges so that names can be easily and clearly read.


I’ve never been good with names. It’s frustrating as hell, and it’s become a bigger problem as I travel to more conventions. I get introduced to so many people, and within 24 hours, a lot of those names escape my brain like Batman villains from Arkham Asylum.


Most of the time, it’s not that I forget the people — just the names. (Sorry, Darla!) Especially if it’s been a while (folks I see once a year at a given convention, for example) or the context is different. Even when my brain retains a tentative grasp on a name, I tend to not trust myself, and still try to check badges to make sure.


Compare these two badges. The one on the left is from Convergence. The one on the right I made up as an example, but it’s pretty close to some I’ve seen at various conventions.


Convergence Badge Fake Convention Badge


Convergence’s badge is relatively easy to read, with clear black text on white. Even my old eyes should be able to read that at a distance. Whereas the other example uses small type in a non-standard font, and is hard to distinguish from the background.


(This will also give me a better chance of spelling your name correctly if I’m signing a book!)


I know folks like cool artwork on the badges. I know a lot of people are better at remembering names than I am. But please take pity on those of us with older eyes and leaky brains.


Thank you,

Jim and the Society of People Who Suck at Remembering Names






Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

cereta: (teacherzen)
October 9th, 2017
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
posted by [personal profile] dragovianknight at 01:34am on 09/10/2017 under
Is there a leatherworker in all of Azeroth who enjoyed this bullshit quest for a mount you can't even sell or use on alts?

And this is my reaction while cheesing parts of it with a flying mount. I wouldn't even have tried without one, because I already have the spirit moose from archaeology; WHY would I want a plain white moose who can't fly (though you certainly wouldn't guess that from how the fucker jumps like Superman during the quest).
October 8th, 2017
rivendellrose: (Hand and Arm)
posted by [personal profile] rivendellrose at 08:05pm on 08/10/2017
Mood:: 'tired' tired
oyceter: teruterubouzu default icon (Default)
posted by [personal profile] oyceter at 01:40am on 08/10/2017 under
1. Got to walk around the Panhandle, which was fun, and found a game store and an indie comics store—will have to remember to go there again to get Christmas presents for CB's niece and nephews.

2. Rewatched the musical sequences of La La Land, which are really great (Except the singing! Why?!). The opening number in particular is really impressive and all in one take too! There's something about lots of people dancing in unison that is extremely satisfying on a very deep level for me.

3. Went to CB's friend's place and had tasty prime rib and creme brulee mocha cake from 85°C and was social, which was nice.

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