Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Of HALOs and Hobbits
Anyways, yeah, HALO. I have really gotten into the game. And not just the solo game, but the matchmaking as well. I figured something out. When your skill level is relatively low, but your service rank is really high, it means you play a lot, but still suck. Yep. That's me.
I also decided to scratch the military sci-fi itch that playing has created by reading a HALO novel. I read 'The Fall of Reach' and really enjoyed it a lot. It's the story of how the Spartans, and in particular the Master Chief came to be. Very hard sci-fi, and very well-written. I have another one, 'Ghosts of Onyx', but I think I might take a break.
High Fantasy. Been looking around for my own stuff, but all of that seems to be in storage right now. I have a couple of options, but can't really settle on anything right now. I might re-read The Hobbit again. On a whim I was browsing YouTube last night, and listened to the soundtrack for the animated movie. Then I noticed that someone had uploaded the entire film, so I sat down with the kids and watched it all the way through. Still love it.
In the meantime, I am still working on my S&P story. Had an interesting breakthrough there the other day. The story I have plotted out is a bit long for the anthology. So, in trying to come up with an alternate story, I thought "Why not go back to the basics? Back to the original tropes that Burroughs and his followers used?" So, I think I might try to work up a story about a man from today, or maybe our recent past, who gets sucked back to the time of our setting. I'm waffling between a soldier or a scholar. If I go with a soldier, I will probably do a Vietnam soldier.
We're in the last couple of weeks of my school term. I'm behind on the discussion posts, so I will be working on getting caught up there this week. I got my grade back on my research paper. I got 270 out of 300 points. Not too shabby, I think. And mostly the points taken off were for technical stuff like citations and things like that. The bane of my academic existence. Once this term ends, I will be off for a week or two, then I start the next class on October 1st.
And finally, big news hit this week. City of Heroes is closing its doors for good. I will probably do a whole blog post about that, since that game has impacted my life in a huge way. But, suffice to say for now, I am saddened, and even though I haven't played regularly in several months, I will miss it being there.
Anyways, off to work once Michele gets home from Sydney's orientation in about an hour.