Captain Cold Cosplay–Product Review

Or maybe I just needed a new winter coat. 😉

Anyway, this here is the (hang on, checking my order history) Swiss Tech Women’s Parka Jacket With Faux Fur-Trim Hood.

I originally found it, or one very much like it, on clearance at my place of employment. And because it was on clearance, naturally finding my size was…. difficult.
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The Trouble with YouTube’s Algorithms

Otherwise known as, a human would know better. Or, artificial intelligence is not that intelligent.

In which I step up my plans to begin embedding (relevant) videos within my website in an effort to fight against the numbers game….

To make a long story short, yes I would like to monetize my channel, which now requires 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours watch time. (Not “or” as I’d previously thought when I’d received the email. And.)
But more than that, I want access to the tools that are exclusive to partners… namely the ability to link to an external site from within the video itself. In this day of YouTube apps and embedded videos–not to mention character limits–putting the link in the description just isn’t enough any more, and wouldn’t it make sense to, say, include a link to one of my book reviews on a relevant BookTubing video?
My immediate goal, however, is simply to get a custom web address…. which still requires 100 subscribers.

Incidentally, I have the same goal for my travel/motorcycle channel, “Tamie’s Travels” should anyone care to take a look.


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Video Game Wishlist

Just a random list of games and gaming accessories I’d like to have… most (if not all) of which are on the list precisely because they don’t exist.

Lego Dimensions for the Nintendo Switch

Yes, I’ve read the articles saying LD is done with and there won’t be any more packs. That doesn’t make this any less of a “I want this”…. in fact, it qualifies it as having the top spot on this list.

Mostly I want a Switch version is because I have neither the money nor the space to have a ton of consoles. Now that I have a Switch (bought in part due to the ability to set an actual time limit in parental controls), I would like to get rid of my Wii, but as I am not the “brand new console, brand new library of games” type of player, that requires that the games I’d really like to keep receive Switch ports.

Or alternatively….

Lego Dimensions for Steam/PC

Legends of Tomorrow/Flash/etc team (or level!) packs for Lego Dimensions

Specifically I need a playable Captain Cold. Or Citizen Cold will do, I suppose. Though the ability to play many different characters from the team would be very nice.

Dinotopia pack for Lego Dimensions

😀 Mistaken identity, anyone? Jack Harkness of the Doctor Who pack might not have been a playable character, but Ollie still gets a “he looks familiar” dig in if you pair up the Arrow character piece with the Doctor. But what if the relevant characters were to meet in-game?

And while we’re at it….

Prison Break pack for Lego Dimensions

Same reason…. although a level pack would definitely be of interest here.

Wii Fit/Fit U/Sports Resort or some variation for the Nintendo Switch

There’s my “I don’t want tons of consoles” argument again.

But it has to maintain all of the activities from all of the previous versions of the games–or as many as the hardware allows. There’s no reason the Joy-Cons can’t serve in place of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and a smartphone app could serve in place of the Fit Meter if a Switch-specific tracker wasn’t developed. The Balance Board would probably be the hardest to duplicate.

I’ve also read articles claiming that fitness games are a “shrinking market” and that fitness games for the console are no longer popular because there are so many apps available for smart phones.

But there are a few problems with those arguments:

  1. If a “shrinking market” is the reason for not having fitness games on consoles, then why are there so many smartphone apps in the first place? A shrinking market should be affecting the profit potential for those, too.
  2. A smartphone app requires the gamer to actually have a smartphone.
  3. And if “I can get it on a smartphone” is a reason to not make certain games available on consoles, then why the hell does anybody bother making consoles?
  4. There are a few things a console version of a fitness game can do that a smartphone can’t do:
    1. A smartphone comes in all variety of sizes typically bought for use as a phone–and more to the point, for use with all the other features that set it apart from a basic phone. This means the phone I have, while being comfortable enough to hold for a brief phone call, is much too big and bulky to use as anything but a step counter that I shove into my pocket for fitness purposes. No dance moves, no tracking to make sure if you’re stepping to the left or swinging your arm to the right, none of it. Just. Counting. Steps.
    2. A smartphone does not, typically have the wrist strap to prevent you from accidentally dropping or throwing it, should you decide to play those games that do require swinging your phone around (Just Dance Now comes to mind).
    3. Unless you’re buying a budget model (which might not even have the hardware to support the games you want), a smartphone is WAAAAAY more expensive to replace than a dedicated and much-more-comfortable-to-hold controller. Come to think of it, even many of the budget models tend to run higher than a set of Switch Joy-Cons.

Okami for the Switch

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword for the Switch

gold Zelda-themed Joy-Cons and Switch racing wheel

A “Just Dance”-esque game that allows you to purchase and download individual tracks.

None of this “buy this edition if you want these songs” nonsense; I want a version that’s just like buying mp3s on Amazon, mmkay?

More to the point, I want to be able to create a playlist of songs to dance to that doesn’t require swapping discs/cartridges/apps whenever I want to change to a song that maybe doesn’t exist on the version I’ve already got loaded. I’d like the ability to swap out genres on the fly, too.

And since there is still the fixation with the smartphone apps….

A “Just Dance”-esque game that uses my wearables rather than my phone to track my movement.

Heck, I’d even buy a set that’s made specifically for that game if I can wear it on both wrists and ankles! Better that than getting a score based on the movement of one single hand.

And finally, back on the Switch:

To make the Parental Controls time limit profile-specific.

I mean, I could disable the time limit when I want to play on my system, instead of trying to share time with my nephew (or rather, instead of adding to the limit if I didn’t disable it for me)… but why should I need to?

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NaNo 2017 Day 20

I won! I won! I won the NaNo!

Well, sort of. I did meet the word count requirement and validate my work.

But on the other hand…. remember the “notes, notes, notes”….. Yeah, haven’t done much editing with those.

I finished up the epilogue (but not the content between it and the demon hunt).
Then I copied my notes into the NaNo document under the assumption that they’d only give me maybe a couple thousand more words and I’d have to make a post about how all word count progress from here on out would have to be new content, but….

Apparently not.

I still need new content–those notes can’t stay as notes forever. I still need to Finish. A. Draft. But as far as word count goes, I was pretty close before copying the notes over; the way I figure it, this gives me more room (and more time) to edit without focusing on the word count.

So, with that in mind, I will still attempt to finish this story before month’s end (wish me luck!) but unless/until that happens I will not be making any more posts on my progress. Nope–any future posts on this particular story will either be as I upload chapters to Patreon or (gods forbid!) I rebel next year and work on the exact same story. Again.

And the word count….
As reported my MS Word: 50208
As reported by NaNoWriMo’s validation tool: 50137

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 19

And we’re into the home stretch!

Well, I am, anyway. Some of y’all are probably matching pace with the daily goals, and some of you overachievers have probably met the word count goal a long time ago!

But even my case the “home stretch” isn’t related to word count. No, it’s simply that I’m nearing the end of my current draft and soon will have nothing to edit.

Case in point…. my latest bit of content added/edited is Voalt being dragged along on his first demon hunt. Or so everyone seems to believe.
Much of the scene, insofar as the current draft is concerned, is only in the form of notes on what I wish to adapt from one of my very old fanfics. There is some actual dialogue, narrative, and assorted stream-of-consciousness specific to the novel’s version of events, but mostly it’s notes. Notes, notes, notes, all from my quasi-outline written the first time I started NaNo with this particular plot bunny, way back in 2011.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1942
Total goal: 316697
Total count: 41340
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 18

The novel is getting there….!

For Day 18 the added/edited content is simply Voalt learning the ropes of his new unwanted home and having to investigate some of the flaws in the Wanderer’s research.

I fully intend to give better tidbits once I’m ready to start posting things on Patreon…. 😉 Right now I’m torn between giving actual tidbits so as to not make the content look boring and why would you want to read that, and being vague so as to not give away too much before I do start posting to Patreon. Though I’ve probably given away far more information than that in years past with this exact same novel.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1877
Total goal: 30000
Total count: 39398
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 23 (Still?)

Fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the writing?

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NaNo 2017 Day 17

How far can a dog run into the woods?

Halfway; after that he’d be running out.

 

Technically I should’ve posted that riddle for day 16’s report, but whatever. 😉 Anywho, we are more than halfway into this year’s Nation Novel Writing Month, which means we are on our way out of the month. But are we halfway through our word count goals and/or drafts?

In my case, word count most emphatically yes. (You can see I’ve been more than “halfway” through the 50,000 word requirement for several days now.)
But as far as the draft itself…? Well, until I actually finish the draft I won’t really know for sure how far in I’ve gotten; I’d actually like to say I’ve got far more than half of it to be done. I just can’t see this story as being only 50,000 words, but who knows?

Anyway, content-wise….
As usual this year’s NaNo is rebelling by editing older content (and hopefully, eventually adding new). With that I have gotten to the scene in which the demon summoner and the Wanderer trade blows–figuratively speaking–over the ownership of young pirate Voalt, and the youth eventually makes his way to the new home he never wanted.

And in terms of word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2260
Total goal: 28333
Total count: 37521
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 16

I almost did it again. First thing in the morning, not after I’ve spent a couple hours browsing websites (instead of writing) and only remembering to post when I need to start getting ready for work.

Bad author, bad! No cookie for you!

*ahem*

Anyway, somewhere along the lines I got mixed up on things like the word count and, in particular, which part of the content I’ve edited/written on which day. My spreadsheet/report card has the correct information each day, but what I reported for day 15’s content was… not.

So, to repeat:

Content-wise, edits are up to the scene in which main character Voalt (yes, that’s his name) and company attempt to escape the Wanderer. But being imprisoned on an island lair full of strange creatures loyal to your captor makes for a difficult escape.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2213
Total goal: 26667
Total count: 35261
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

How much more editing of old content and adding of buffer days do I need to change that ETW…. even if just by a day?
And how much further before I can/must start actually adding new content in order to keep the word count going?
How much further before I actually finish this draft? Think I’ll manage it during NaNo this time around? I sure hope so!

In other news, my copy of MS Office 2016 just arrived so I’ll get that installed… when I’m not trying to get ready for work. Then maybe I can get the app set up properly on my phone and be able to use the same version of the file on each device; I use DropBox to sync everything, after all, so it’s not like I need to worry about Microsoft’s ability to keep my files up to date.
Unfortunately, if I remember how the mobile app works last time I tried to use it, this means I’ll have to save my files by default as docX instead of the compatible-with-more-devices “legacy” doc format… which means I won’t be using my parents’ computer to work on them. But I do have that tablet and the keyboard folio, maybe I ought to start using that more often?

Fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 15

Okay, no, now I’m caught up on the “post my novel’s progress the next day” schtick.
With my work schedule I really oughta be doing these posts in the morning–since the posts are reporting on the previous day’s word count, anyway–not waiting until I get home and hoping I remember before I head for bed.

Speaking of which, best to finish up this post so I can get some sleep before my next shift.

Content-wise, edits are up to the scene in which main character Voalt (yes, that’s his name) and company attempt to escape the Wanderer. But being imprisoned on an island lair full of strange creatures loyal to your captor makes for a difficult escape.

And in terms of word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1967
Total goal: 25000
Total count: 33048
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Got a nice big buffer going there, but the estimated time to win doesn’t seem to be shifting just yet. So the question remains, given that I’m rebelling by editing an older work, am I going to actually finish the draft before NaNo ends…? Only time will tell.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 14

Caught up on the daily update….

Again.

But for how long, this time? We shall see….

Anyway, like I said in the previous post, I don’t rightly remember which additions/edits belong to which day, content-wise.

do know, however, that some of the content in this day’s writing, beyond meeting an old enemy, is inspired by characters written out a year or so ago for the “Writing Superheros” class I took back then on edX. While much of this novel is fantasy in nature and doesn’t necessarily fit directly within the superhero genre (although the likes of Doctor Strange do use magic, so it might fit in a certain subgenre if I tried to force it), I decided to adapt one of the characters (not any of the major players) from this story into the “hero” I needed for that class…. and a villain plucked right out of one of my Doctor Who fanfics became the villain, as I wrote my “hero’s” origin story.
The scene in question, alas, falls somewhere between pure notes and stream of consciousness and doesn’t strictly belong in this part of the novel, so further editing is obviously required. But edit I shall, and the scene’s time is coming soon.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2439
Total goal: 23333
Total count: 31081
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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