RES 5!!

I FINALLY got Resident Evil 5. I ordered it used from Amazon because paying $60 for a video game hurts my heart.

I played and finished Resident Evil 4 on wii earlier this year. That was a great game. However, the graphics were meh. Really, wii graphics are never great. I don’t know the numbers, the bit number or twatever. My geekiness does not extend that far.

Resident Evil 5 so far is, well, evil! The zombies are wicked fast, maybe even faster than they were in RES4. The initial setting is a dirty, ramshackle village in Africa. Like RES 4, you have a partner, only this time, you can’t kill her, which is a plus for klutzes like me. Anyway, the speed of the zombies, this is me focusing. I played through the first chapter yesterday. With the new zombies, you see one from a distance, it sees you, then you have maybe five seconds before it races in your direction and tries to bite your face off. Seriously, it’s nerve wracking when there are like 50 of them chasing you.

I’m still adjusting to the controls and I feel totally awkward. One change the developers made is that the game doesn’t pause when you enter the item menu. In every other Resident Evil game that I’ve played, if you enter the item menu to heal or make an adjustment to a weapon, whatever, the game pauses. Not this time.

I guess I’ll just have to be on my toes a little more this time around!

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tea time

on the mp3 player – Estelle, Shine

This weekend was interesting. On Saturday, I photographed a tea/fashion show at my mother’s church. Now there’s something I never thought I would do. She volunteered me and my moderately lame 8 megapixel Canon PowerShot. In return, I received free lunch. Always a plus! I have never photographed an event for other people before. It was really nerve wracking. I kept worrying about the pictures coming out blurry, so I used the automatic settings on the camera. I got to use the tripod I bought last winter, so that was cool.
It was mostly adorable little old ladies and little old lady clothes. They cracked me up. One of the older ladies at my table was singing the words with the piano music. It was also funny when they were oohing and ahhing the jackets. The fact that one of them was reversible seemed to be a big selling point. I had more fun with it than I thought I would. Here is a picture of one of the table settings. Fancy, right?

On book working news, I ditched the cover design that I’ve been working on part time for about three weeks. It looks good but as a thumbnail on Amazon or other book sale sites, it’s not going to work. There’s just too much detail. It was about 15-20 hours of work to get this far, so it kinda sux to head back to the drawing board. However, I did learn a lot in Fireworks so it wasn’t a complete loss. You live, you learn, you move on.

friday!!

on the mp3 player – Katy Perry, One of the Boys

reading – Inferno

The season premier of Ghost Whisperer is on tonight! YAY! I just turned it on. Yes, I know it’s cheesy and they jumped a big fat shark the season before last when her husband died and came back to life in the body of another man. I don’t care. I love it anyway. I love the creepy parts, and J. Love and her over the top girlie girl outfits and Jamie Kennedy.

On a comparably geeky note, Wil Wheaton is soon releasing a book about Star Trek TNG and his experiences on the show. I cannot WAIT! I LOVE Star Trek TNG. I remember every Friday night (I think), my parents would order pizza for dinner and let us eat in the living room while we watched it. I was so sad when they canceled that show.

He posted a few podcasts of excerpts from the book on his blog – http://www.wilwheaton.typepad.com/

They are so funny! I hope I can get my grubby little paws on a signed copy when it comes out. That would make my whole year!

lightning source

Hey there! I am looking for input from someone who has had experience publishing through lightning source to possibly (and pretty please) offer feedback on their experience, info on the cost and such. It would be even better if that someone could compare that to publishing through lulu. thank you so much to anyone who responds!!!

lea-ryan@hotmail.com
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The Gargoyle

I finished The Gargoyle today. That was a really good book. The narrator starts out as a physically beautiful porn star. At the beginning of the book, he has a car accident that burns most of his body. He loses fingers, toes, ears, most of his hair and perhaps most tragically, his dick. A lady named Marianne Engel finds him in his hospital room and she changes his life.

He spends the story recovering from his burns and Marianne is there to help him through it by telling him stories of their past lives together. The amount of detail (and probably research) that went into this book, not just the burn part, but the history and language and religions, etc. amazed me. There are many, many references to Inferno by Dante. I actually picked Inferno up at the library yesterday and it was helpful to see what Davidson (the author) was doing. That isn’t a requirement for keeping up with the story though.

I have one complaint about the book and that was that some of the phrasing was a little repetitive. For instance, people stuck out their chests or pulled up their chests a lot. However, given that the book is 528 pages long, I can’t hold it against him. If I tried to write something that long, I’m sure I would repeat myself too.

I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who might want to read it so I won’t go into much detail. I will say that this book is very intelligent without being uppity. I think that’s a difficult balance.

burning trees

Monday – back to corporate grey reality.

On the mp3 player – Incubus Monuments & Melodies
reading – The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

I spent most of my weekend work time painting burning trees in Fireworks for cover art for the book that I plan to release in 3/2010. I don’t really want to reveal the title for the book. Not that it’s the greatest title ever mind you, I just really suck with titles and I don’t want to have to try and think of another one. From here on in, I will refer to it as the demon book.

Anyway, if you don’t know me, you might be asking, why the heck is the author doing the cover art? The answer is that I am publishing on my own through lulu. I came to this decision after about two months of research into the publishing industry and four queries to agents (2 rejections, 2 no replies). I decided before I even started looking for an agent that I wasn’t going to bang my head against the wall too long before I went to lulu. Life is too short to spend waiting for some stranger’s approval, especially when it isn’t required. That is time better spent writing another book.

So, here I am – editing, working on cover art, and moving toward some sort of marketing activity. I don’t mind the work at all because I’m pretty much a workaholic when it comes to artistic endeavors. It is a lot to handle though. On the bright side, I have learned that I can do a lot more in Fireworks than I ever imagined!!

wine!

Dionysus be praised! Chateau Thomas has created wine with no sugar and no carbs! I had some this weekend and it was just as tasty as the wine I usually drink. I was a little worried it would taste like kool-aid or like Boones. It didn’t! It actually tasted like wine. I had the blush. Where has this been all my life?