Archive for November 19th, 2008

Classes…

Are drawing to a close… The requirements for the semester have been to submit three stories (and then final revisions for at leat one story)… After last night (when the last of my three stories was discussed in class), all that remains for me now is to edit at least one… but I am thinking about doing two of them.

I am feeling better about where I stand as a fledgling writer, based on some of the feedback that I have gotten… Two of the stories were generally well received, and would only need some minor tweaking. The third, the started portion of novella (as I initially envisioned it), I knew was going to need a lot more work and detail, butthe premise was one that several people would have liked to have more of (or, more pages, to see how the story continues… which I took as a good sign).

I think the second story (the Lovecraftian werewolf story), was the best that I submitteed this semester. There was a student in the class said he didn’t really want to give the copy back, and that I pegged a lot of the Lovecraft style (which, honestly, I have to admit I have not really read any Lovecraft, but I guess I have read enough works that have been influenced by his stories that I could feel things out)… and that felt good.

In class conversation, the instructor made a few comments that I didn’t really hear given to any other works discussed this semester – that he felt it was very close to being publishable. AndI think that is going to be one of my first projects for the beginning of the year – starting to shop the story around [after re-editing the story, and compiling a market list].

Next semester, though, will be another story, as both classes that I will be taking will be more”academic” than “creative”, which will make things all the more fun and enjoyable, but more on those at a later date. And yes, the sarcasm there was intentional.

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Wii Fit, Patterns and Changes

After several weeks (nay, months) since initially trying to get a Wii Fit, I was finally able to get one over this past weekend (Sunday, actually)… I like Best Buy, I really do, but they really frustrated me over the last month with some of the video game sales policies (it seems like some kind of internal thing, but more explanations in a moment)…

Going back to gettingthe Wii, then a few weeks ago with Mario Kart Wii, you had to time the visit right. After one visit, when I was trying to get MK Wii (after seeing it “available at store” online), there were none on the shelf, and I was told, “We’re not able to sell it right now…” The next night, I have a thought, and decide to experiment… I go online, order it, and stop by an hour later to pick up the game. The two visits were no more than three (3) days apart, and did not cover a change in flyers… needless to say, that logic confused me.

So, seeing a Fit in this week’s flyer, I stopped by Sunday afternoon (about 2pm), and again was told, “Nope, sorry, we’re out.” I had a few other errands to run, and on a whim decided, “Meh, why not” and stopped by a GameStop that was near my other stops. Lo, there on a shelf overhead were three, preserved like precious fruit, crying “Take me” like someone had left the Grail light on again.

I waited in line, and asked for a Wii Fit when it was my turn… and the clerk went to the back to get one. The back!? They had more than three in stock! What a novel concept, just like opening a business with the intention of making money. I claimed the box, and scampered joyfully to my car so I could return home. (Well, not really scampered joyfully, but I was happy that I was finally able to find one…)

Later that night, MC and I tried it out, and each did about 20-30 minutes… mostly playing (withthe balance games) and doing a little bit of Yoga, although I did do some of the Strength exercises. We haven’t tried the Cardio items yet.

In the process of “the setup”, though, it does some basic checks (based on weight, projected BMI, compared to age, height, etc.), and based on those figures it calculates a “fitness age”. I am sad to say that mine was listed at about 45 (and I am SOOOOOO not near there in real life)… which means I am overweight and out of shape… by a lot. By comparison, MC was also listed as older than she really is, but only by a hint… and I am taking the very PC stand of “Never ask a woman her age”…

So we have both set some goals, and have another (actually entertaining) way to help us try to get there… I’ll post some updates as time goes on, for those that might be interested (either in how we are doing, or in some running feedback for the software)…

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