Random Inspiration

12 06 2011

Whenever I’m bored with the internet and need new things to do online (read: ways to avoid writing), I usually turn to StumbleUpon. Usually, I look at recipes, read about religions, 100 little known facts about the human body, or play a webgame until I’m ready to punch my computer in the face with frustration. Totem Destroyer is a personal favorite.

Today, though, I came across a website that gives you random quotes. The first quote to come up was from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

I believe the same could be said for my story that I’ve been neglecting to write anything about the last several weeks. I’ve been so focused on deciding on plots and direction that I’ve forgotten to just write. At this stage of writing, direction doesn’t matter. I can always go back and revise my plot and figure out the kinks later. For now, I  need to stretch my writing muscles and get back into the habit.

Also, I’m on level 20 of Totem Destroyer.





From Alien Mindbenders to Yarn Recycling

26 07 2009

Knitting

My first-ever knitted project is coming along well. Unlike my first crocheted item, I can look at my little washcloth and smile despite the errors. It was originally intended to be a washcloth for my niece, but I think I would like to keep it for myself. She can have the next one.

Retro Gaming

The last week or two, I’ve been playing a lot of old school “point and click adventure games,” mostly games by LucasArts. I grew up with these games, but it had been years since I’d been able to play them. Thanks to Larry, I now have most of the games I so dearly loved and missed.

The first game I played was The Secret of Monkey Island. My favorite version of this game was found on the old Commodore Amiga, and while my version isn’t exactly the one found on the Amiga, it was close enough to make me one very happy gamer girl. I remembered almost every puzzle, every step to take, and every single witty response in swordplay. I only peeked at the walkthrough once because I couldn’t find the last banana on Monkey Island.

Needless to say, I beat the game in a single day. I was proud.

Next, of course, came Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to beat this game as a kid. In fact, I hardly got to play it at all (it’s a long story). I think this one was the one I was most eager to play after all these years.

I’m sad to say that the game didn’t live up to my memory’s expectations. I found the story to be rather lacking and the graphics a bit strange with a mix of 8-bit graphic and cartoon-like parts. Guybrush was still the 8-bit character we all know and love, but others like Govoner Phatt and Captain Dredd were just… silly. I also thought the ending was rather lame. It was funny, but it seemed more like an attempt to kill the series than anything.

Last night, I began playing Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders, which was first released in 1988. That’s right, this game is 21 years old now, and I still love it. It’s a challenging puzzle game that is challenging to the point of wanting to pull your own hair out. It is also from the era of games where it was possible for your characters to die and finishing the game would be impossible. Later on, LucasArts would add in a “no die” policy, but for fans of the old-school games, we’re just out of luck.

That’s okay, though. I love a challenge.

Sadly, I’m having a very serious challenge with my game. For those of you who have played Zak, you know that there is a ladder in the Mars Hostel. Well, for some reason, my game does NOT have the ladder! I am not joking in the slightest. I know it’s supposed to be in the hostel against the far right wall. I’ve been playing this game since I was a little kid and I know this just as well as I know aliens work for the telephone company! Yet there is no ladder.

I’ll keep trying later tonight. Maybe I was far more tired than I thought last night.

Soap Making

I’m still doing heavy research into soap making. However, I’ve been having serious problems with my Firefox since the last update. Every time I try to save my bookmarks, the moment I close my browser, all my bookmarks vanish! I have since downloaded and installed Xmarks, so hopefully that will help.

While pouting over many lost hours due to bookmark loss, I started reading the first book in the Foxfire series. Because I am Appalachian, it is very important to me to keep parts of my culture alive. The older I get, the more I want to learn. In this book, I learned about the old ways of making soap. It was very interesting to compare and contrast the old ways with the more modern ways of making soap at home.

Finances allowing, I would like to try making some of my own soap next weekend. I’ll keep you updated on how that’s going.

Yarn Recycling

Currently, I’m up to 1162 yards of recycled white acrylic yarn.  I might work some more on taking the afghan apart. I’m really curious what the final total will be. I’m also thinking of projects to use this yarn with. I think a friend of mine might like a blanket made out of it… we shall see, though. There are a lot of things that can be done with so much soft white yarn.





Blog Ponderings

21 07 2009

I’m still unsure as to what my blog should be about. I’m leaning heavily towards “hobby blogging.”

Now, those who know me know that I am not just a single-hobbiest. I’m not a bi-hobiest. I am what I like to call an ADD hobiest, which is to say I can’t stay focused on just one activity for any extended period of time. I can knit a week before I dive into retro gaming for a while, then I jump into art or photography before I’m off to something else entirely.

So what kind of things do I do in my abundance of free time?

  1. Yarn crafting (knitting/crochet)
  2. Gaming (from Commodore to Wii)
  3. Drawing
  4. Creative writing
  5. Photography
  6. Comic-making (a hobby that may require its own website)
  7. Blogging

Some hobbies I would like to get into as funds allow:

  1. Soap making
  2. Quilting
  3. Gardening

What does this mean for the future of my blog? I will most likely go back through this blog, remove (and save) all non-hobby entries, and continue posting only about hobby related things. Right now, this idea sounds good in my head. We’ll see if it actually works out.

Stay tuned… but don’t hold  your breath. In fact, if there’s a good Sci-Fi marathon on, go ahead and check it out.  I’ll tweet when I’m read.

Twitter: JanneDoe





This is My Title

10 03 2009

Hello, WP blog. I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you… as always. For what it’s worth, I’ve neglected Xanga and Blogger as well, though Blogger is one I need to catch up on. You know, since it’s a 101 in 10001 requirement and all. :-/

Not much is going on, really. I read a lot. I apply to a lot of jobs when they come up. Last night, Larry introduced me to Pandemic II, a webgame where you try to destroy the world with a virus/bacteria/parasite. Quite fun, but VERY difficult. Curse those island nations…

Anyway, I’m due for some hardcore loafing while I do laundry.

P.S. THREE HOURS OF TNG TONIGHT ON WGN!!! (I hope it’s not the same ones from 3 hours on Sci-Fi last night)





This is My Title

10 03 2009

Hello, WP blog. I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you… as always. For what it’s worth, I’ve neglected Xanga and Blogger as well, though Blogger is one I need to catch up on. You know, since it’s a 101 in 10001 requirement and all. :-/

Not much is going on, really. I read a lot. I apply to a lot of jobs when they come up. Last night, Larry introduced me to Pandemic II, a webgame where you try to destroy the world with a virus/bacteria/parasite. Quite fun, but VERY difficult. Curse those island nations…

Anyway, I’m due for some hardcore loafing while I do laundry.

P.S. THREE HOURS OF TNG TONIGHT ON WGN!!! (I hope it’s not the same ones from 3 hours on Sci-Fi last night)





Me Updating

11 02 2009

My poor neglected WP journal… I’m sorry I’ve ignored you lately. What has caused this? A little thing I like to call “Ice Storm Katrina” that pretty much turned our lives upside down.

Being without water or power for a week will really take its toll on your home. Laundry was piled up hip-high. Dishes were stacked precariously and scattered throughout the house. We won’t talk about the state of the counter tops… or the floor, the toilet, the sinks, or the tub. The fridge and freezer? They both still have a bit of a funk to them from all the ruined food.

Oh and I also acquired The Sims 2. With the upcoming release of The Sims 3, its predecessor and all its expansions are experiencing rapid price drops. I thought it might be time to move on from The Sims 1 at long last… and I haven’t looked back since. ❤

I’ve also been doing a little crocheting. I’m making a baby/lap blanket for one internet friend and a scarf for my RL friend. With the weather becoming increasingly lovely this week, I’ve been sitting outside during my crocheting on my beloved porch swing. While rearranging the living room, I placed our overstuffed chair-and-a-half beside a window so that way I can still look outside while I work while being near the heater and/or the air conditioner when it is placed back in the window.

Yay!





Me Updating

11 02 2009

My poor neglected WP journal… I’m sorry I’ve ignored you lately. What has caused this? A little thing I like to call “Ice Storm Katrina” that pretty much turned our lives upside down.

Being without water or power for a week will really take its toll on your home. Laundry was piled up hip-high. Dishes were stacked precariously and scattered throughout the house. We won’t talk about the state of the counter tops… or the floor, the toilet, the sinks, or the tub. The fridge and freezer? They both still have a bit of a funk to them from all the ruined food.

Oh and I also acquired The Sims 2. With the upcoming release of The Sims 3, its predecessor and all its expansions are experiencing rapid price drops. I thought it might be time to move on from The Sims 1 at long last… and I haven’t looked back since. ❤

I’ve also been doing a little crocheting. I’m making a baby/lap blanket for one internet friend and a scarf for my RL friend. With the weather becoming increasingly lovely this week, I’ve been sitting outside during my crocheting on my beloved porch swing. While rearranging the living room, I placed our overstuffed chair-and-a-half beside a window so that way I can still look outside while I work while being near the heater and/or the air conditioner when it is placed back in the window.

Yay!