Word Count (What I’m Writing); Updated Daily (mostly)
- Project Paradise Word Count: 357
- Project Skye Word Count: 1617
- Project Independence Word Count: 3041
- Project Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel Page Count: 12
0. Zero. Nada. Zilch. That’s my level of production since Tuesday of next week. What happened? Bad day on Wednesday and a realization that I’m still not focusing on enough on characters when I sit down to “plot” out my stories. To be fair, school and reading for school interrupted as well as I should write after class (about 4:15), but usually end up spending the time in the sun outside watching YouTube videos instead.
Currently Reading (What I’m Reading); Updated Daily (mostly)
- For Fun:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy Novel, Stormlight Archive Book 3)
- For School:
Rhetoric in the European Tradition by Thomas Conley (A Book on the History of Rhetoric)
Rereading the Sophists: Another book on the history of Rhetoric
- For Research/Personal Development:
Great Aircraft of WWII by Alfred Price and Mike Spick (for Project Skye)
I wanted to read Oathbringer over the summer break before classes started again, but BS said that it might be helpful to read a Novella entitled, Edgedancer, before starting on Oathbringer. I finally found a copy at MTSU’s library and I’m reading it now. X gives a history of Rhetoric. Great Aircraft of WWII is a book that I’ve had in my collection for sometime–I’ve glanced at it periodically, but never read it cover-to-cover. Now, with Project Skye, I intend to do just that.
Game Mode On (What I’m Playing); Updated Weekly (Mondays)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft Multi-platform): Open World, Third Person Tactical Shooter–About ¾th of the way through. Special Ops/Military combat in a fictional Bolivia taken over by a Mexican drug cartel. Difficulty is auto-leveling to its hardest difficulty (Tier One status) and it is slowing down my progress in the game as enemies take more hits to die, but you take far fewer hits to die. Difficulty is currently set to ADVANCED–the game’s doing, not mine. Very irksome when all you want to do is finish the game.
- Until Dawn (Sony PS4 Exclusive): Third Person, Horror– branching storyline game that features a variety of choices that affect the outcome of the story using a system call the “Butterfly Effect.” As I’m writing this, I haven’t put any time into this game as of this weekend because of E3.
I’m So Excited, I Just Can’t Hide It
A few readers will know that late last year I started Season 1 of Babylon 5 even though I knew the ending series. Like I said in that post, I only got to see the first season and the latter part of the last season. I didn’t really get a chance to see how the characters and story got where they were at the end of the show. As a poor student, I didn’t have a chance to get the second season (although I was planning on doing so in the fairly near future). However, after logging into Amazon Prime last night, I discovered that ALL five seasons of Babylon 5 are on the streaming service! Yes! I watched Season 2, Episode 1 last night, and would watch Episode 2 tonight if not for E3 coverage of Bethesda’s Press Conference tonight. Unfortunately, school is back in session next week, so no binging the show for me, but I will try to check out 1-2 episodes every weekend and post a Season Review at the end of each season that I see.
What Amazon Gives, It also Takes Away
So, just like any streaming service, as new titles come on the service, old titles go away. I have quite a few shows that I had on my Watchlist that are no longer free (including another “starship show” Firefly. I’m going to have to purchase that series it looks like, but as it is only one season and the episodes appear to be .99 at iTunes, it should be okay. I just wish that when series are scheduled to go away (on all services), that a little countdown timer would start in the bottom right hand corner with the months/days/minutes until the series were going away. I would prioritize my viewing to those series that I really wanted to watch before they “disappeared.” I often experience “Media Overload” where I can’t decide what I want to watch because there are so many choices, so I end up watching nothing (or only pieces of a show because it isn’t what I really want to watch). A timer on shows that are ending at the end of the month (or maybe as far out as up to 3 months would help me in those cases.
But I’ll Take It
Still, I’m grateful as it saves me approximately $80 (19.99 for 4 seasons). Having already paid approximately $110 for Amazon Prime when it renewed in March (for me), I wondered if it was a sound investment considering my status as a “poor” college student these days, I find that it has almost earned back the value that I spent on it with this one series alone. If they get another good sci-fi series to go along with this one later in the year, I will feel comfortable about the value of the service and will endeavor to “re-up” next year.
Well, that’s it for today! Have a great one!
- Read Faerie Knight in the anthology Fae, Rhonda Parrish, Ed. or the Kindle Edition
- Read Ship of Shadows in the anthology Visions IV: Space Between Stars, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read WarLight in the anthology Visions VI: Galaxies, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read Dragonhawk in the magazine Tales of the Talisman, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, David Lee Summers, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
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