Them Games…

So, I recently finished watching a ‘Let’s Play’ that I found slightly entertaining. Although it does bring to mind the inner struggle. Why do people play these games?

Hunie Pop is a dating simulator. In said game you complete puzzles (bejeweled) and achieve successful dates. Ultimately, your goal is to… you guessed it, go “all the way” with the different girls you meet.

Now, watching someone like Jacksepticeye play a game of this nature is highly entertaining and silly. But it does make me wonder about those who would, on any given day, purchase a game of this nature for their own personal kicks. I mean, I understand simple curiosity. What bothers me is the thought that someone out there takes these games very seriously, and I don’t mean in the strategy way.

See, for gamers who play these style games with an open mind to just be entertained I think it’s fine. But you see, these developers took legitimate time to carefully construct the graphic images you find in these such games. And while over-sexualizing females is a topic for another post, I still feel there are people who would rather spend time fondling themselves to such absurdities than actually becoming a decent member of society and…. well you get the picture.

It is very odd to me that in some societies this has become the only “interaction” some people see. Filling your time with so much work that you aren’t able to have otherwise healthy relationships. When, really, the clock itself was designed to tell monks how much time they had allotted to certain tasks such as prayer and chores. So, filling your time with a game that’s purpose is to arouse and not much else seems like a waste of time and genius invention.

So, today, take time to… enjoy time. Doing something valuable with it is worth it. That’s what it was designed for. If you want to play a game for fun, go ahead! But if you’re looking for affection, actually go out and seek a person. Or, if you’re just wanting to prove that these games exist go ahead….

Anyway, have a good one!

Dogs…

This morning I was scrolling through the ol’ Facebook feed when I began to notice something that really irked me. And it’s not just Facebook posts where I have encountered this particular notion. I’ve been walking down the street and had the same incident occur. Maybe you’ve even been in the same scenario?

Allow me to explain. Two days ago I was walking down the street with Jak, my new Greyhound buddy, and Morgan when a neighbor stopped me. They were curious about our newest addition and asked a handful of questions. I mean, it’s not everyday you meet a Greyhound. However, at the end of the discussion, after telling her he was a rescue, she uttered this phrase, “…well god bless you for doing that. Not many would adopt.”

This is where my inner lioness kicked in. I wanted to shout, “Hey lady! I have two fur babies! Not just one!” And I’ve discovered that there is a stigma going around the dog-loving community about where your dog comes from. Apparently, this also says a lot about you as a dog owner.

*shakes head*

Well, I get where they are coming from. In many people’s eyes a purebred dog must come from a puppy mill. The parents must be locked away in some ruddy crate and never get any attention. Or, the dog comes from a breeder who is contributing to the overall over population of animals in the US.

Now, while I also hold with the idea that all pet stores should cease selling dogs from puppy mills and said mills should be shut down, I can’t say I agree with the second idea. You see, I understand that shelters are filled with many dogs. Everything from purebreds to mixes are arriving daily. But, not every stray/abandoned dog is caused by breeders.

I have one of each now. I have my new rescue, Jak, as well as Morgan, who I technically got from a breeder. But Morgan’s breeders adore his parents and love their puppies. They carefully pick who the puppies will go home to. And it is then the owner’s responsibility to care for and love them.

Now, in an ideal world each dog would only be bred if there were people to care for the puppies. In an ideal world there would never be strays/disowned dogs. But unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. And to face facts if you want a pure breed dog it has to come from a purebred family. Whether that animal came from a shelter or not, it’s original parents were bred to produce purebred dogs. So, that shelter Boxer/Pit/Corgi came from either a puppy mill or a purebred breeder.

So, my issue has been this: my dogs are both purebreds. One just happens to be a rescue. Neither really has a tail. One injured his in the track, the other is a herder. The Corgi tail is docked to prevent injury in the instance the dog is used to herd cattle. Cows like to bite the dog’s tails. And our breeder docks them early, prior to choosing a home.

So, the next time you see a dog owner with purebreds think first. Don’t praise them for rescuing one and then ignore the other dog. That’s discrimination. Both of my dogs are fixed and the places we attained them from are responsible. We love our fur babies and wouldn’t trade them for the world!
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(P.S. This is in no way intended to knock mixed breeds. I’ve owned two of them myself and loved the stew out of them! And those can be in the same boat: bred vs. rescued.)

Have a good one!

Oh It’s Exciting!!!

Good evening!

So, during the past few weeks we’ve had all kinds of adventures and illnesses. I’ve seen amazing hospitals, I’ve seen death, I’ve seen cities and towns, I’ve met amazing people, and while that’s been great…. let’s face it, it’s also been exhausting. (Not even mentioning the day job.)

Anyway, through all of this we decided that a ten year dream was ready to come to fruition. Something the hubs has wanted for a long time and has researched multiple times each year. Planned trips to ‘meet and greets’ along with random run ins. Allow me to introduce to you our newest buddy, Jak!
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(No this is not his bed, he stole Morgan’s.)

Jak is a retired racing Greyhound. He is a lover and melts your heart. He and Morgan are exact opposites. We now have our short, stocky, feisty Corgi and our gentle, affectionate, silly Greyhound. He is still getting comfortable in our home, but today he decided to finally tell us his thoughts! It is really neat watching him take to us each day. Morgan knew who we were from birth and visited prior to adoption, but Jak is still adjusting (which he is doing rather well actually).

We are so happy, and he seems to be too! I hope you have a great one!

Updates and a Review….

Good afternoon!

So today I wanted to update you on my progress as far as my novel is concerned.

A while ago I was editing my book and re-reading it. After the last NaNo I took a month off and needed to re-read the story to remember exactly where I was and how to proceed. So during my reading I was editing what I had.

After a while I had my novel in my backseat in a folder and it got blown around a bit, but all is still together. (That gave me a mini-stroke!)

As of right now I haven’t picked it up since, which is terrible! I’m no quitter! What am I doing? I need to edit and finish! I am a writer! No dice!

I could make excuses all day (cancer caregiver, work, etc.) but everyone has a life and it’s all filled with ups and downs. And I would be lying if I said I never had a free minute. Obviously, I have enough time to post something each Monday and Friday. And being a writer means actually writing when you have the chance.

So, I should be editing right now but…. let’s just chalk this one up to building a brand! Got it? I mean Kristen Lamb does say……oh well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, I also wanted to hit on one of the manga novels I picked up. Firstly, let me say I HATE when a series ends and you weren’t aware of it. I mean, am I the only one who doesn’t check before hand to see how long a series/manga is? Secondly, I fell hard and fast for this story.

Millennium Snow is an amazing manga! It is a first and has a few flaws. But Hatori does an excellent job of using that to her advantage. My only frustration is that I felt as if the ending was a little too hasty. A little “dio ex machina” was used. (Don’t worry no spoiler.) I would have loved to have seen a little more of the very end because I thought it was a beautiful story. I also would have liked hearing more of the other character’s stories. For, as much as the first three books really brought you into the story and held you there the ending was very quick and left a few loose tails. So be warned, this series only has FOUR books and makes me sad.

Other than that, have a good one!

Hooked…

My hubs decided to finally pick up a manga. Which thrilled me to death originally. After reading it he convinced me to read it and now I’m hooked! (Roll credits! )

Anyway he picked out the manga Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui. In the story an alien has come to earth to destroy the planet. But first he wants to teach middle school? The students of class 3-E must not only learn their average lessons of math, history, etc., they must also learn how to properly assassinate their teacher!

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In this comedy there are very funny and very endearing characters. I’m not usually one to read alien type stuff but I really enjoy the style and writing.

If you need a new anime I highly suggest this one for your leisure.
Have a good one!

Bouncing Back…

Fights. Death. Renewal.

After surviving the drama filled funeral of our loved one it’s time to press forward. Through some of these difficult times I’ve been picking up a few manga novels.
One is Millennium Snow by Bisco Hatori. When Chiyuki, a young girl with a heart condition, meets Toya, a vampire who hates blood, her world changes drastically. Toya has one problem, in order to survive he must make a companion to live for a thousand years to feed off of. In this manga you meet many zany characters and have a few giggles. Hatori uses “dio ex machina” in a very amusing way to further her story and entertain.

The second being Kamisama Kiss. Nanami Momozono has lost her home due to her gambling father’s debts. But when she unwittingly crosses paths with someone who’s abandoned their shrine she manages to become the new deity. Now she must manage to subdue her staff and take on the responsibility of answering the people’s requests in the love department. In a manga much like the love child of Fruits Basket and Inuyasha I’m sure you’ll truly enjoy the humor and insanity of Kamisama Kiss.

Those are my biweekly recommendations I hope you enjoy them! Have a good one!

Endings…

Today I’ve experienced and learned a few things.
Death is ugly.
Coffee is bad.
And hospitals can be beautiful.

Our family is in the process of saying goodbye to a loved one. We’ve watched him struggle with his disease for quite some time. While it has gone fast it is never easy. Seeing the ones you care about gasping for breaths which may be their last is hard. When they look so unrecognizable…and yet so familiar.

While we struggled my husband, who knows me oh too well, searched for my old reliable – coffee. And apparently the very kind nurses have no clue how to make good coffee. *sigh* It would have been better named tea.

But the hospital is very beautiful. It has curvy walls, soothing lights, lovely artwork, and kind staff. While we sat in the room with him for possibly the last time, we felt as if we were in an upscale hotel. The waiting areas have perfect picturesque views.

So tonight will be long and painful. Emotional and sad. But joy will come in the morning.

For anyone who faces emotional issues each day I’ll say this; death happens. It’s a part of life. But your life matters! You are more loved than you know. Your spirit brings someone joy and light. Don’t take that away. You matter.

Have a good one

Doing it right…

(Look who’s actually posting on Friday!!!)

Last night I’m laying in bed watching Markiplier and Jacksepticeye per the norm, when it struck me. This is someone doing this right.

See, back in the eighties the technology of today was just really beginning to become a thing. In the nineties we, as kids, began to use PCs in the classroom. Pagers were for parents and drug dealers. Those faded with the 00’s and became cell phones and Bluetooth devices. A tablet or laptop is now the norm for nearly every household.

So, through these years you had the invention, the new user, and the hacker. And while everyone was learning to utilize this new normal we also seemed to fail repeatedly. Not for lack of trying, more for the fact that the tech was new and we were still learning to use it as well. The hackers, which are still out there today and is another story for another day, made technology a swear word to the older generation. So what has changed today?

Today’s technologies are based on those inventions from the eighties and nineties. They use those things we learned on to create bigger and better devices. If you can use a PC you can, essentially, translate over to a smartphone. But that’s only the beginning.

Today our world is very frightening. I don’t watch as much television because I disapprove of many things they show. Everything from shows to commercials all seem to trouble and promote things I would rather stay away from. So, like today’s growing generation, we have turned to sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for all of our entertainment. If you need information on the world you can find it online for virtually free.

But what are these such channels and sites doing right? Well let’s break it down.

First of all they present their show, or ideas in a fashion that is vibrant and entertaining. They can hit the hard stuff, and not gloss over it, with freedom. They are using their freedom of speech to share, educate, and entertain their viewers. They do it in a way as to not offend and take advantage of being universal.

Secondly, they don’t have boundaries. By that I mean language, nationality, or religion. These internet celebrities are reaching out to everyone. The prep, jock, introvert, depressed, and everyone in between. They reach all ages and dynamics.

Thirdly, they are giving their fans a JOB. If you watch Markiplier you know you can suggest games for him to play, comment on his mistakes and successes, and give tips. If you enjoy Rhett and Link you know you can send ideas for Songbiscuits, or seek advice. These guys are taking control of YouTube and have learned the right way to keep their fans involved and enjoying the experience. They are enthusiastic and genuine.

These sites are learning to hone technology to their advantage. Not only do we enjoy watching them, but also interacting with them. They make themselves attainable. They are real to their viewers and truly become almost transparent about their cause. Not only are they connecting with fans, but they are also promoting their causes. Be it cancer, depression, or violence.

If you ever need help in connecting with such styles of internet concepts I encourage you to pick up Kristen Lamb’s book Rise of the Machines – Human Authors in a Digital World. She does a great breakdown of building your brand among other things. How to create an unmoving brand in a sea of thousands.

Well that’s all I’ve got for today. Have a good one!