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But I always gotta be the sea cucumber...

Jim Shimkus has destroyed my life. You may not know who he is, but rest assured, he has, truly, destroyed my life. This whole frelling Morrowind thing is his fault. Peer pressure, man, I'm telling you. Last night, at one a.m. I started playing that stupid game and at 5:20 frelling a.m. in the morning I realize that I've been playing for more than four hours. Spooky had long since fallen asleep on the sofa. I just barely managed to get into bed and asleep before the sun came up. Stupid game. I hate you. And it's all Jim Shimkus' fault. If you see him, kick him in the mivonks for me.

It's not that my opinion of Morrowind has changed. The animation and character design are ass. I stand by that original impression. But...it....has...sucked...me...in. It's...addictive. No, I mean seriously addictive. Like Skittles or Krispy Kreme doughnuts addictive. I mean, how can I stop playing now? I'm seventh level! I'm moving up in the world! There is so much of my life I can give to Morrowind, so much time I can waste scampering about CGI wastelands, hacking and slashing everything that moves. *sigh*

I'm screwed.

I was sent by the Fighter's Guild to collect 200 septims from a hooker (well, a madam) who wouldn't pay her debt. And she wouldn't pay me. And she wouldn't pay me. So I finally just killed the bitch and took the money. I mean, how cool is that. Then I got orders to collect a bounty on an orc. He wouldn't cooperate, either. Dead orc. I still get my money. Sweet. Then the Guild sends me off to Vivec to do work there, which involves yet another orc, this time one with a ring he ought not have. He won't cough it up. I provoke him into starting a fight with me. I kill him and take the frelling ring (this is when I realized it was 5:20 a.m.).

Jim Shimkus, you are an evil dude.

But, anyway...

I'm not on my way to Birmingham, because I decided that Nar'eth needs a new wig, so we rescheduled the appointment for cutting and styling to September 1st (cutting things close, as usual). Now, I have to go to Atlanta Costume and order a new wig. Perfectionism, I tell you. It's a pain in the rump.

Work? What's that? Writing? What?

Oh, yeah. Writing. Well, I'm essentially done with The Dry Salvages, but you already knew that. I have an sf story to write for Bill Schafer (possibly a new take on James Blish's "Surface Tension"), and I must, must, must frelling get started on Daughter of Hounds. We also need to set up some local signings for Murder of Angels. I don't usually do local signings, but I think I'm going to do two or three for this book.

See? Writing stuff.

scarletboi called yesterday afternoon from Tampa to assure us that he and memkhet were safe and sound. But I've been watching the progress of Charley, and I'm worried about them and cinzazul. We'll try to reach them again this afternoon.

Spooky's busy hammering gromets somewhere in the apartment, working on these little leather gauntlet-like thingys for her costume. I should finish this up and get busy my own self. Oh, we're about to do a BIG ASS eBay sale. But more on that tomorrow.

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elven_wolf
Aug. 13th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
Kind of like The Sims. Millions of people addicted, and nobody really knows why... The game doesn't really have much of a point. Yet you sit down and next thing you realise it's 10 hours later.
brokensymmetry
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
No, I mean seriously addictive. Like Skittles

1986. Balticon. Me and a friend were putting the finishing touches on a proton pack for my costume (because I always wanted to grow up to be Egon Spengler). We started around 6pm and grabbed a pack of skittles to nibble while we worked. By 3 am when finished with the gear we had gone through so many bags of skittles we lost count. We swore then that we couldn't stand to look at another skittle ever, and yet we kept buying more bags throughout the weekend.

Anyway, all this is by way of saying that I know exactly what you mean.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
(because I always wanted to grow up to be Egon Spengler)

Who didn't. Well, mostly I wanted to grow up to have wild, nerdy sex with Egon, to be his brainy love slave.
pinkteaset3
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh Nar'eth, so did I!!! I thought I was the only one. I still die small deaths at the sight of him.

xx
Mella
setsuled
Aug. 14th, 2004 12:56 am (UTC)
(because I always wanted to grow up to be Egon Spengler)

I wanted to be Peter Venkman. Which seems disappointing, somehow . . .
cinzazul
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
So far so good.
freakysparks
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:26 pm (UTC)
what I want to know is, what sort of situation required you to be a sea cucumber? anything that can vomit out its own insides in self-defense is pretty cool in my book.
pinkteaset3
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
This is the kind of superpower I wish I had.

xx
Mella
pinkteaset3
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see your costumes. Lots of pictures, please.

xx
Mella
tarots
Aug. 14th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
grrrr
Rented Morrowind this afternoon because I'm
avoiding re-doing EQ hot keys after last weekend
crash and burn of my computer.

The disc is frelled but I did manage to gain
some skill in athletics as well as get myself
yelled a THieF! by someone for who knows what.

Walked away from the xBox and the damned freezes.
Pondering my next move.

I can't figure out how to GIVE someone something;
like a note I have for someone I was talking to,
I equipped it but he didn't take it. What the heck.
setsuled
Aug. 14th, 2004 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: grrrr
I can't figure out how to GIVE someone something;
like a note I have for someone I was talking to,
I equipped it but he didn't take it. What the heck.


You can't initiate the give yourself. You have to follow the links in the other character's dialogue. If he doesn't take it, then either you haven't completed the quest you need to complete in order for him to mention it, or he mentions it as part of another group of dialogue. It's best to talk to everyone about everything you can.
tarots
Aug. 14th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: grrrr
Ah! Thanks, makes perfect sense.

I'm now contemplating the disadvantage
of xBox over pc version.

Just what the doctor ordered: another
game.
setsuled
Aug. 15th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: grrrr
I'm now contemplating the disadvantage
of xBox over pc version.


If you can get the PC version, I very much recommend it over the X-Box version. One of the best things about Morrowind is how easy it is to mod, so there're a ton of cool mods out there that drastically improve the game. Plus, with the X-Box version, you can't get the expansion packs, Bloodmoon and Tribunal.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: grrrr
If you can get the PC version, I very much recommend it over the X-Box version. One of the best things about Morrowind is how easy it is to mod, so there're a ton of cool mods out there that drastically improve the game. Plus, with the X-Box version, you can't get the expansion packs, Bloodmoon and Tribunal.

*sigh*

I tell you. If I had the $$$ to spare right now, I'd get a Alienware system.
setsuled
Aug. 15th, 2004 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: grrrr
I tell you. If I had the $$$ to spare right now, I'd get a Alienware system.

The thing looks interesting.

Currently, my friend is constructing his own X-Box from spare parts so that he can play a mod he cobbled together of Dead or Alive Beach Volley Ball--it makes the characters' swimsuits invisible. Apparently, the designers made the nude models underneath completely detailed, with texture maps and everything. Seems like a lot of trouble to go through for some porn, but I do envy his ability to simply put things together like this. He usually saves a lot of money.
setsuled
Aug. 14th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
I kill him and take the frelling ring (this is when I realized it was 5:20 a.m.).

From the sound of things, you might enjoy being a member of the Morag Tong, Assassin's Guild. Its headquarters is hidden in Vivec's Arena canton.
setsuled
Aug. 14th, 2004 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh! It just occured to me--now you're one of the few people in the world who can appreciate this . . . Just north of Vivec there's a place called The Dren Plantation. Isn't that hilarious? When I first heard of it, through helpless giggling, I said, "Ewww! Just what are they cultivating there?! Yuck!"
greygirlbeast
Aug. 14th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
The Dren Plantation. Isn't that hilarious?

Yup. Been there already. I stole something, but I don't remember what.
setsuled
Aug. 14th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
Yup. Been there already. I stole something, but I don't remember what.

There's some really valuable stuff there, actually. It's one of the few places in the world where you can get Daedric armour.
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