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Pet Peeve- Be where you say you are going to be

I am notorious for not being where I say I am going to be… on-line that is. And it annoys me to no end that I do something I find absolutely frustrating in others.

I am trying to juggle Instagram, a Facebook page, Youtube (no I am not posting videos yet, but I do have playlists and people I follow), my blog (Thank you again for following me), Twitch (again a future project), writing my stories and life. Yet alone the few chats I am involved in across the board.

No wonder fellow gamers and bloggers are not always where they say they are going to be. However, IF (the biggest word in the dictionary) you plan on making a career in the public eye. BE where you say you are going to be and WHEN.

Make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew. It drives me nuts when I don’t have a pic before I leave the house for IG. I am getting better understanding if I at least post once a day I am good. That is not something anyone expects of me and I do not have a ton of followers (seem to flit between 60 and 64) lol.. I just expect it of myself and if I post more good.

I finally have Facebook figured out, post on Mondays, after I post to the weekly blog on WordPress. And I have Wednesdays figured out on WordPress, of all things I am a few weeks ahead. Now I should be able to catch up to NaNo and Twitch and my pics and … of all the dreaded things the emails and my commitment to a 12 month program where I am very far behind. I have finally caught up with Absolute Write, realizing it much like InstaGram is a Daily activity.

Now for my rant, if you post you will be online Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. You had best be. It is a proven fact: start how you intend to go on. If you want to build a web presence you cannot slack off, you cannot without being on your death bed not show up. If you are sick…. post you will return as soon as you feel well. Enlist in others to help you, and if you have enlisted in others to help you: DO not leave them wondering WTF??

And if you are a follower- be where you say you will be. Those you follow rely on you too. Be supportive and understanding that there is a life outside of the virtual world. I often fail at this, thinking I am the only one. Then I do a quick reality check and realize that I have let one my many media balls fall to the floor. I have some to go pick up after I get done writing this blog.

Social media much like losing weight or gaining muscles only happens IF you work at it. I am working at it. I very much would love to have enough going on the next few years that I could retire early and take a walk-about England. There are a few villages I am in search of… Who doesn’t dream of making it big? But that comes at a price – commitment, accountability and honesty.

I admit I have failed in the past in making sure I am here. I have failed in making sure I show up on chats that I have committed to. No more. If it means waking up a little earlier, staying up a little later, than I shall. If nothing else I owe my followers the common courtesy of being where and when I say I will be.

I also owe my family and friends (virtual and corporeal) the courtesy of being where I say I will be. This is something I am working on. Not a New Years resolution. But a NOW resolution.

(at the time I write this my followers hover at 99… Thank you)

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Warlords of Draenor – World of Warcraft

I am throwing the biggest fit ever. I don’t get to play. Not by choice but more by life kicked my in the but and of all things I had to go to HomeDepot and order parts to fix the kitchen cupboards someone in the house broke. (There is a ‘not me’ ghost in the house… again.)

But I so digress. I have had the privilege to watch the Beta edition the past 2 months? And OMG I cannot wait. The game hits the US at midnight the 13th, 7 hours earlier in the GMT. (I where I’ll be at 3)

I follow US and GMT (UK, Ireland) gamers on Twitch and YouTube for the games. I cannot wait to see the opening to the game again… and watch (and maybe glean some tips for when I get to play) and watch and laugh my ass off.. I think by a slight margin better than the graphics being released are the reactions of the players. I mean? The facials for the triumphs and the epic fails. It is wonderful.

Blizzard is releasing some new things soon. I’m not at the place where I can get to all the facts and research I want to make sure I report things accurately. December, January…. All going to be awesome months.

So I am spending time Gaming and watching gamers do what I want. I will get my book done before next December in-between all the playing I’ll be doing.

Twitch, Iphone, YouTube, PC – Aw****!!

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I did not have a good combination of options last night. I am not a tech-noobie, but boy did I do a noob justice last night. The picture on the left above is just before a moment where I was laughing my ass off. (I can say ass right?)Anyways… Yes, I did have to go and replay it a few times. It was good for giggles. 😀

One of those can I do this moments followed after that.

Can I get this converted to YouTube?

Wait do I even have the right software….

Followed by a search of can I even find the footage? (Footage is there. Just have a glitch in the original recording. But the audio….)

So back to my quest for the search, yes the software is there, yes the Iphone works… wait Iphone needs to update. Update started at 10:02 pm. The little blue bar is not moving… Still not moving after I patiently read part of a book.

Still hasn’t moved. A clue?

At midnight I decided to go to sleep update was not done. Up at 2:30 the OCD in me could not handle the fact that the weather made the WIFI wonky and the update was NOT done. Aaaaaaahhhhh!!

Click on Apple exit, will stop the update. Must restore phone. Restore phone? Huh??  Okay restoration of phone. Requires a computer restart (by then I had all the USB connections screwed up between the assorted portable hardware.)

And restarting the computer gets me this little square blue box.  WTF? Okay, the USB ports got all screwed up. Restart the computer, again. By now I am beating my head against the pillows, the house is cold and dark and I really cannot make a lot of noise.

Its three o’clock in the morning, a sane person would have went to sleep. But the phone is my alarm clock, I am addicted to IG and I have to, have to, have to have it available on Halloween. Did I mention I have to?

Computer and Apple do not even recognize the fact that the Iphone exists. Iphone doesn’t even recognize itself.  I’z a litte perturbed. Now this is running the fact that I got maybe 3 hours sleep the night before? Yah, not impressed.  So, okay I get the phone restarted and figured out. I now need the password to the household WIFI.

I live in a house of people where nothing is ever put back where it belongs. For example:

The pamphlet from the cable company containing the passcode is not in the little red box or the bag of cable stuff. Both logical places to find it.

The Motrin for my niece, who has since woken up with a fever, is not in the medicine cabinet, on the rec-room table or in the kitchen.

My keys are not on the hook.

At this point, priorities get rearranged and I run to the 7-Eleven in my minion jammie bottoms and grab Motrin, 2 Dr. Peppers and a few of those little silver dollar beef jerkies. I felt better after those.

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Okay everything delivered. A little bit of food and some caffeine. Somewhere in the mess of electronics I own there is the password. Quick search through the computer – no go. Kindle, Ipad, well the Iphone is out. It’s what wanted the password in the first place.

Back to the computer:

Network and Sharing Center – click

Wireless Network Connection Center – click (I’m starting to feel smarter)

Wireless properties !! (Small celebration)

Securities. –click At this time I have one of those palm to forehead moments. I mean why didn’t I go here before? I am really not this tech-illiterate. Has to be the lack of sleep.

Okay, passcode entered _ Restoration will take 12 minutes.

20 minutes later (remember the phone said 12? And the internet has been wonky?) the phone is up and restoring back to the other night and it is now a half hour wait for all of the apps to reload. I might just have too many apps.

By this time it’s 5 in the morning. There is no reason to go to bed as I have to get up at 5 to get ready to go to work.

I am now at point A, again. I have the weekend, I think, to get the vid figured out. Maybe…

I’d would say my Halloween started out with a little bit of a trick. And I think I’ll wait to upload the software upgrade for another day.

However the greatest thing? The computer and the Iphone now both recognize that it is there.

Coffee is now a requirement to function. I hope everyone has a great Halloween (if you celebrate) and if you don’t, Have an awesome Friday!

*click the picture above to go to JayCottz’s page

Follower Etiquette

I have come to the conclusion with little input from others that I really do not know what a “Follower’s Etiquette” entails.

Have you come across someone you follow and you enjoy following them, but they seem to have disappeared?

Now in this day and age where so many physical boundaries are breached by the internet, what is the proper way to ask if they are okay?

That to me is the question of the day. How does one say ‘Hey everything all right?” knowing that you are virtual strangers and that how someone appears online/in text is not always who they wholly are. But that it is a faucet of them that you get to see. Sometimes it is the best, and sometimes it is the tip of the iceberg.

Can people get to know each other via electronics? While I would not consider this friend, a strong acquaintance is not the strongest word either. Can chat reveal a person to another.

In this day and age, is it safer to just wait. To say “Hey, I thought about you the other day” when they show back up.

The same could be said for distant friends, distance making it hard to hunt them down. To make sure they are okay.

And this could just be me. I’ve been this way forever. There are just some people some faces you come to rely on to improve your day. Hoping that in someway you in turn provide some inspiration to them or someone else down the road.

But at what point is too much, too much? I am afraid I do not know. Etiquette was never my strong suit, I have been the bull in the china shop barging in. With a gruff attitude, and an offbeat humor that does not translate well in person let alone on the internet I can be off-putting.

There is the key point, am I wondering because I am being my true nosy need to know everyone’s business but my own self? Or am I truly hoping everything is okay? In this case, I can say a little of both. I do hope that all is well and that it truly is a case of life just running its course and things happen.

Then if that is the case, updates are needed.

Oh, that is so the pot calling the kettle. I am now making myself laugh. I myself have been known in moments of frustration to just disappear off  the internet. So I guess in a way karma has come back to show me that it is a let down to followers to just disappear and not say ‘Hey, I am taking a momentary hiatus”.

at the same time to remember, in life’s disappointments to come back, come to where like minds are. Where people have experienced the same life choices and let downs or up lifts. While I now have answered some of my previous questions, I still do not know if it is appropriate to ask, “are you okay?”

Gaming Systems and games through the times

Now I am not an expert nor will I ever be. I have had the privilege to follow a few gamers on the streaming site, Twitch. If you haven’t been to the site and are a gamer/nerd/geek/techy-person, GO!! There are some great personalities and some not so great.  Depends on what you are looking for and from what I have seen there may be a little something for everyone.

Ok, so not the point of this post. On the chat I was participating in, realizing there was a great chance I am older than most of the people there (know for a fact I have a decade on the stream-owner), we got to talking about operating systems. Oh, boy do I know I am old.

I grew up playing Claim Jumper on the Atari 400, learned how to type on it too. But Claim Jumper was fun, running from snakes and tumble weeds, getting gold. The day when a joy-stick operated game was just that, a joy-stick. At the same time we had the old Atari 2600, Pac-Man, Pong, Asteroids!!  Those were simple games. Fast forward a decade and we got an Original Super Nintendo with Super Mario Brothers. Not so simple joy-stick and a headache, dang Kupas kept getting me. LOL

Jump ahead another decade- internal online gaming. Oh, it didn’t last for long we took up to much bandwith on the LAN. But it was fun while it lasted. No shoot-em-up first playing games while on the sea. One word for you, SEASICK. At the same time I was learning how to play nice with the boys and shoot up aliens and each-other, I had delved back into card gaming: Magic: the Gathering. I am now kicking myself in the butt. I had probably $20,000 dollars worth of cards- split it between the neighborhood kids when I left. <sniff>

Lets time-warp: EVERQUEST!!! Oh I had all the expansions right until they started to come out with Everquest2. I had a blast, it was the greatest reward, get all the housed-hold stuff done, complete homework, then spend all night gaming! I had friends, well internet ones. But the funny thing is, I actually did have real world I see during the week friends who I played with. Camping MOBs, doing quests, getting stuck in worlds where I was the wrong level and someone from the guild had to come save me. That was often. I played a mage-gnome and loved it. Mages rule! Not paladins. hmmmph… But sad to say, online fees and real life didn’t add up and I had to quit playing.

Fast forward, oh a year or two… WebKins. I would have never started playing this but within the largeness of our family there were a few little ones who wanted to play this. Not a problem, I being the responsible-have-no-clue-gaming Aunt played. And spent more money than I should of on a fad that quickly went by the wayside. Still have the squishy toys somewhere.

A few Leapster games, and now in the house we everything from original Gameboy- to the new PS4 with Destiny-beta. I so suck at that, its those joysticks I tell you!!

Personally I have just got back into gaming and enjoy watching people more than the play, though my fingers are itching to get back to the keyboard and I am literally drooling over a gaming system I looked at online – $4560.00. Yeah, okay a little much, but I would be able to do everything and Publish. A bit much?

So now, to assuage the check-a-book, I am playing Hearthstone and yes I will be doing the game the old fashioned way. Earning my cards by completing quests. Slow going.

But hey! I can watch Hearthstone online and learn what cards to put in what decks, and yes, I am playing a Mage mainly. Have to level up the other 8 heroes first. Slow going… Fun though. Then, then once the real world decides to play nice and says there is no more debt…. New computer and WOW here I come!!!

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