[OOC] NaNoWriMo 2017

Well, I talked myself into signing up for NaNo this year. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. There’s a site here, if you’re interested in joining in:

https://nanowrimo.org/

It’s been a really long time since I’ve attempted it, and my life is a lot busier now than it was then. But I am fairly confident that I’ll be able to keep up with my word-count if I can set aside a set block of time every day.

However, because I have hopes to publish this book eventually, that means I won’t be able to post it here. It also means it’s not likely that I’ll have time to write much else during the month of November. I’ll try to queue up some interesting screenshots to look at in the meantime! I will also post updates, and maybe excerpts if I don’t feel like they’re too embarrassing!

 

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[OOC/Screenshots] Space Kids

Things have been really busy this week with some serious family stuff going on, and Mr Hare is home during the day, I have a hard time focusing on writing with other people around. I do have a few ideas saved up, but I have to find time to write them.

So, here’s a couple screenshots of the Space Kids. It’s double XP and double conquest this week. I don’t need XP because they’re all 70, but I’m trying to get everyone through all the story chapters for when the new companions return. They’re earning lots of conquest which means lots of gear, they need it!

 

[OOC] Looking to the Future

With the release of the BlizzCon stream mounts, there has been a lot of speculation about the next expansion. I hadn’t really planned to get the stream this year, I don’t play any other Blizzard games and my “care cup” for WoW is at a 12-year low. But I do love passenger mounts, and these two are unique and interesting (and not just another cat). I am not sure if we will get a pet as well, I can’t remember any past ones that got both a pet and mount, but we’ll see. I also got the charity pet, because I always get those and I was really excited to see a canine pet for once!

A lot of people are saying the expansion will be void related. I hope not, because that sounds pretty awful to me. But Mists proved that I can dislike the overall theme and still like the expansion’s content, so more specifically:

  • NO class hall/garrison/commander of whatever. This is awful, I hate it. Don’t do it again. Real, actual player housing would be another matter entirely, but I’m pretty sure that will never happen so not holding my breath.
  • Let me be a regular adventurer again. I don’t want to be the big hero (just like every other player). This type of story does not work in WoW and it doesn’t fit my characters, and I’m over it.
  • F L Y I N G.  A clear plan for earning flight, not vague promises and then taking it away later. This is a big one for me, the only time I enjoyed Legion at all was when I was able to fly.
  • Fix professions. I’ve only maxed them on my main because of the dungeon requirements. And after a year of picking herbs, I have rank 3 on only two of them. RNG is not an acceptable mechanic for gathering professions. Make them fun and interesting and relevant again.
  • Don’t force me into dungeons, especially Mythic+. I hate, hate, hate timed content in any game. Making me sit in the group finder for hours beforehand makes it even worse. Rework M+ and maybe I’d consider it, but either way it should be 100% optional.
  • Tone down the RNG. Some is okay, Legion has way too much.
  • Fix Hunters so I can stand to play mine again. (Haha, yeah this one probably won’t happen either.)

Seeing as I correctly predicted my complaints about both WoD and Legion, I’m not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for the third time. If stuff sounds bad to me, I’m going to hold off on buying until flight is put in, if at all. I’m perfectly happy RPing and collecting mounts/mogs/pets otherwise.

[OOC/Screenshots] Layers of Fear

I got this game a while ago, along with some other horror games. Two I haven’t tried yet, one I haven’t figured out (Lake View Cabin). But I spent a couple hours last night with Layers of Fear and am really enjoying it.

I haven’t finished so I don’t have the whole story yet — I think I’m about 2/3 through based on hints — but from what I get so far it’s about an artist who is tormented by strange thoughts and visions. As you play as him (at least, I’m guessing!), you get to see all these first-hand and it’s got some great imagery and effects.

Game-wise, it’s pretty simple – you walk around first-person exploring a creepy old house and discovering clues to the story. There are a few puzzles, but they’re more for effect than really difficult. Sometimes it’s just a matter of exploring every corner and the room will unlock itself. Lots of jump-scares, but that’s kind of to be expected for a horror game. They are good and creepy though!

Considering I paid $15 for all four games (the suggested price was $10 but I did a bit extra), I’d say it was definitely worthwhile if you found the idea interesting as I did. I’ll never look at my old art supplies the same way again!

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The paintings shift and change in eerie ways.

[OOC] The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Unfortunately I did not get to write or art this weekend… kids are home, and Mr Hare’s schedule is one where he’s gone all afternoon and evening. I did try to work on Seed Friday, but as soon as I got all my stuff out and set up, it started raining!

But I did make something today… my favorite chocolate chip cookies ever. I’m not sure where the recipe came from, but my siblings and I used to beg our mom to make them, they are soooo good (and so is the batter).

The recipe makes a LOT (10-12 dozen) so I suggest halfing it, but they also freeze really well if you do the whole batch. The original recipe calls for raisins, but since none of us like them, you can substitute more chocolate chips, or a different kind of chips for them. You can also omit the walnuts if you wish.

Super Duper Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

4 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups shortening

1 cup peanut butter

4 cups white sugar

6 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk

4 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups raisins

1 (12 oz) package chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

7 cups quick cooking rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift or stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter and shortening until fluffy, gradually add sugar. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat well, add flour mixture. Stir in raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, and oats (note: You may want to swap from the mixing bowl to a large bowl for this step. My mixer isn’t large enough and the batter gets really chunky at this point!)

Drop by tablespoon onto foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cookies will spread to about 3 1/2 inches, a regular cookie sheet should hold one dozen. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Do not overbake, they will look soft. Let sit on cookie sheet for at least 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Wipe crumbs off with a damp cloth before putting more cookies on the sheet. Makes 10 to 12 dozen, divide recipe in half for fewer cookies.

[OOC/Screenshots] Ratstallion

I’m finally done scurrying around in the sewer! Finished my Ratstallion mount today. The letter they send you is pretty funny.

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One of my chief complaints about Legion is all the RNG, that is, grinding endlessly just for the chance to (maybe) get something. The Ratstallion is a grind, yes, but at least it’s a guarantee that you’ll eventually get it, so I don’t mind so much.

It did take quite a long time, but here are my tips if you want to go for one too:

  • Group if you can. Earlier in the expansion there were groups in the group finder for it, but I never saw any so this may not be the case now. You can still group with friends or guildies, or just ask people who are down there of your faction if they’re willing to group up.
  • Go at off-hours. Though it’s not as busy as it once was, there are still a lot of people during peak hours, at least on my server. You have a better chance of tagging stuff (and not getting killed) with fewer people around.
  • Buy a guard. It costs 5 gold and the guard lasts for 5 minutes, so this can get expensive. But buying a guard prevents you from being attacked by other players while the zone-wide guards are off duty. Please note that you cannot loot the chests with a guard, however you can still kill NPCs and rares, such as the Widowsisters.
  • Check for the quest. Sometimes a quest is up which gives you 150 eyes for free. I’m not sure if it’s random or what, because sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not.

 

[OOC] One Week to Go

The kids will be back one week from today. Their rooms are ready but I’m not sure if I am! I didn’t get everything done that I wanted, though I hope I’ll still be able to work on art when school starts again. It really depends on their schedules though.

I have been working on a few things though, today I made my eclipse viewing box. I haven’t seen glasses anywhere for sale here, so I made this using instructions online. I probably need to practice with it, I tried a bit earlier but it was pretty cloudy. (See my cat there in the background on the couch haha!)

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I ordered a little set of unpainted wooden nesting dolls and they arrived today. They are great and were very inexpensive! I am still not sure yet what I want to do, I was thinking perhaps different colors of dragons or maybe druid animal forms. If they turn out well I might get others to paint — they would be a great craft for kids to do, too.

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And I finished painting the Cassandra POP, but I want to give her a full day to dry before doing the sealant, and that’s when I’ll take her pictures. It was also pretty humid today, which isn’t good for spraying. Once it drops below 70% regularly, I need to prep my dragon doll for painting too.