I’m back from my self-imposed month of non-blogging. I didn’t come close to reaching the 50,000 word target in this year’s NaNoWriMo, but I WAS able to beat my old record with a score of 20,120 words. It’s not as easy to find time to write continuously when you have a full-time job, but the only real strategy I could find (as dumb as it sounds) is to write at every possible opportunity, no matter how small. My draft looks like a jumbled mess, but since it still isn’t finished, it doesn’t really matter. All I have to do is mold it into something readable, and the rest, as they say, will write itself.
All blogging is currently on hold as I try to make sense of my NaNoWriMo project. Sorry!
Figures…I can’t stay connected to a multiplayer game in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, either. I’ve had this same problem with Halo: Reach, The Last of Us, the new Tomb Raider, and most MP-centric games on my PS3 or Xbox 360 that aren’t fighting games. It seems I’ll have to stick to playing only single-player Zombies mode online (or just play MP games on my PC) until I can afford a more reliable connection.
For the first time in my life, I bought a Call of Duty game yesterday. A man selling games at a flea market outside what may soon no longer be Granite Run Mall had a table full of unused (and still relatively new!) games being sold at up to half the asking price. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is still going for the full $60 in both retail and digital stores (which is quite silly, especially with CoD: Ghosts but I managed to pick it up for just $30. Normally, I wouldn’t even sneeze at any games from the CoD series, but just this once I figured I’d play one and see what the hell everyone’s ranting and raving about/against.
The next destination on my journey is Lumiose City. Me and the other kids – Shauna, Serena, Tierno, and Trevor – split off to explore the south end of the circular city. The north end is closed off due to “repairs”, so I could only visit a few buildings on the south boulevard. One such place is a studio where I could edit a brief, 10-second PR video to pass along to my friends. The sample clip provided by the studio made no sense, so I spent about 15 minutes editing a better one.
After catching up to Serena at the café, it was off to the lab to meet Professor Sycamore. This is the first time I can think of that the professor doesn’t have his/her lab in the player’s hometown. He also challenged me to a battle with his Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. When I defeated him, he let me pick one. I took the Bulbasaur because I already had a set of Water- and Fire-types.
He now wants me to go to the next town over to learn more about Mega Evolution. Getting to that point should be no problem, thanks to the EXP Share given to me after beating Viola. Every Pokémon seems to earn more EXP per battle than in previous generations, and you even get EXP if you capture a Pokémon instead of defeating it.
There’s been word of a glitch going around where saving the game while outside in Lumiose City will cause the game to freeze and force you to start over. I hope this gets patched out soon (Nintendo games don’t get patched nearly enough as their rivals do), but I took care to save only when inside the Pokémon center while I was in the city.