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Yes, Team Overwatch Is Way Better


(Faux titles for Overwatch: The Anime are a thing. There are tons of them! And most are quite good.)

Last night, for the first time, I managed to get into a game with a full 6-person group in Overwatch, and we hopped into "vs. AI" on difficult mode.[1] Even this is not as challenging and varied as matches against real people, but it is still pretty tough because the bots do All Headshots All the Time, and when the headshotting is done by Zenyatta after a discord orb? You go down, fast. Playing solo against AI in difficult mode doesn't feel that different from playing solo in PVP games: "Boom. Headshot."

Playing as a coordinated team? HUGE difference. Yes, we had to work to win (the bots got nearly as far as the last checkpoint on King's Row, for instance, instead of being stomped before they ever got to the payload), but even with the bots doing All Headshots we could set up intelligent defense plans and coordinated pushes, combined ultimates for whombo combos, and figure out where there were holes that needed plugging and compensate accordingly. Honestly, with that group I would have felt quite confident to take on PVP games, despite my general n00bness and tendency to feel intimidated by them solo. (Tilt is a problem. I will overcome it with practice.)

We also did an All D.Va attack on Gibraltar, which was a ton of fun. We could melt anything– as long as it was within five feet of us. XD That only worked because we were up against bots, tho– human players would probably have torn us apart with Mei, S76, and Zarya combos.

The net result of this is that I'm getting quite eager to try my hand at ranked play– when the venn diagram of "ranked season opens" and "I have stable computer" overlap. The general consensus among the various players/commentators that I've been following is that people in ranked games (regardless of their skill level) value team play, focus on the objectives, and generally do their best to do well– which is the kind of environment I want to play in.

At least most of the time. Occasionally I just want to go Team D.Va and pfutz around. ;)

-The Gneech

[1] Until my PC is reliably able to finish even a single match without crashing, I've been avoiding live games. Fortunately I've only got a little more than two weeks to wait, I hope!

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Three Things, 20 June 2016

Three Good Things For Today


  1. Got prints and price signs ready for AC

  2. Watched Captain Blood and Pirates of the Caribbean w/ laurie_robey

  3. Cart time with AJ


Three Goals For Tomorrow


  1. Find/pitch agents, which didn't get done today

  2. Organize desk

  3. Pack AC merch


Gnite world, have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-TG

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Even My Anxieties Are Sarcastic

I accepted an assignment through a temp agency, which had hours of 8-5, which is pretty standard around here. Unfortunately, laurie_robey had some sort of conflicting need, the exact nature of which I've forgotten, that made it such that there was no way for both of us to be somewhere with the car at 8:00. I tried to call both the client and my supervisor at the temp agency to explain my problem, but could not reach either, and ended up getting in half an hour late.

Not a good showing for my first day on an assignment. I apologized profusely to the client, who said it was okay but who gave me "Tsk!"-ish looks all day. For various reasons that probably made sense in context but which I can't remember now, I didn't get home until nearly 10:00 at night, at which point I pulled out the business card of my supervisor at the temp agency and called again, expecting to reach voicemail so I could leave a message.

But no, instead, the supervisor herself answered, sounding groggy and terse. She explained that she had just got back from a trip to Venice and that she was exhausted and what the hell was I doing calling her personal cellphone at 10:00 at night?

Again, I apologized, but I was a bit peeved at this. What the hell was she doing putting her personal cellphone number as the primary contact number on her business card, and then acting like I was the jerk? However, I maintained my professional demeanor and explained that every temp agency I'd worked for in the past wanted a report on the first day of an assignment and particularly one in which something of note (such as being half an hour late) had happened. I then started to explain that due to schedule conflicts and the vagaries of D.C. area traffic–

That's when the music started, and she began singing. No, really!

Her: Caught with a flat? Well, how 'bout that.
Now baby, don't you panic.
But it's not all right
to call me up late at night
I'm not some Satanic mechanic!


Me: "Are you... singing 'Sweet Transvestite' at me?"

Her: "I just got back from Venice, and I don't mean to be a menace
But honey, let this be the end.
If you call me at home
you'll soon be all alone
You're fired if you try it again!"


Me: "...Right. Well very sorry, won't happen again, good night." *click*

Besides boggling at the peculiarity of it all, the main thing I remember is being impressed by the level of pure snark and that she had karaoke music for "Sweet Transvestite" ready to go for just such an occasion.

The next thing I remember was exiting off the freeway straight onto the concrete steps of a large office complex and wondering how that even happened.

And then I woke up.

-The Gneech

Three Things, 19 June 2016

Three Good Things For Today


  1. Got some initial brainstorming done on new book idea.

  2. Had fun playing Overwatch.

  3. Watched first episode of the Ace Attorney anime series and worked out a series queue on CrunchyRoll.

  4. Bonus Good Thing! Yummy dinner at La Sándia, followed by Barnes & Noble and acquisition of new book.

  5. Bonus Good Thing! Caught up with my Good Things posts– including this one. ;)


Three Goals For Tomorrow


  1. Identify 1-3 more agents and pitch Sky Pirates to same.

  2. Examine feasibility of Fortress of Tears as book or series.

  3. Price sign for AC table.

  4. Bonus Goal! AJ cart?


I gotta say, my fingertips are burning for the new PC, mainly so I can have a stable platform for playing Overwatch on. I am actually finding myself quite eager to try to get into competitive play, which I would have never guessed I'd want in on. What has this game done to me??? XD

Anyway, that's it for tonight. G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. I love ya. <3

-The Gneech

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Let's Talk About Some Good Things

Earlier this week I finally started up the Bullet Journal again, after getting knocked entirely off my routine for a month and a half or however long it was. I find a Bullet Journal super-useful for both keeping myself on track to being productive, and for keeping my head screwed on right. To use a Spoon Theory analogy, a Bullet Journal is like having an extra pocket you can stash a few spoons in the night before. ;)

Anyway, all week I've had as a to-do item "Three Good Things" post. But what's been happening is that at night I'm fighting to force myself to go to bed much against my will, which means I don't have a "wind down" routine so much as a "knock myself down" routine... and so the "Good Things" post doesn't happen because it's 2 a.m. and I have been trying to make myself go to bed for hours.

I blame Overwatch. :P But that's for another discussion.

So I decided that today I would simply list a ton of good stuff that's happened to me recently, in no particular order, and with no numerical limit. Most of this is very personal/self-centered stuff rather than any sort of "greater good," but that's okay. Sometimes things that are just good for me, are good enough.

  1. The weather has been crazy nice for most of May/June. This sounds trivial, but given the strong correlation between my energy level/mood and sunny days, it's a lot bigger than it may seem. It's weird, I can sometimes wake up and somehow know, just from how bleah I feel, that it's a cloudy day outside.


  2. I've been having fun playing Overwatch. This is a little more of a mixed bag because I've also been very frustrated with my computer trying to play Overwatch. The thing crashes five times out of six tries, and I don't currently have the funds to replace it. XD So it can be kind of frustrating to spend 50 minutes rebooting for every 10 minutes playing, but when the computer gets into a long "working" streak, Overwatch is a lot of fun. This leads to my next item...


  3. People are being super-generous about helping with the computer problem. A fan who prefers to remain anonymous is upgrading his own computer to a super-high-end model and basically giving me most of his previous one, which is still a giant step up from the one I'm currently using. All I have to provide is a copy of Windows and a video card, and that I can afford to do. ^.^ He's currently talking about handing it off to me at BronyCon, which is July 9-10. Another friend has given me a full license for Team Fortress 2, on the grounds that Overwatch is basically a newer version of that, to play in the meantime. XD


  4. Finished issue four! It'll be at AnthroCon! Rough Housing is starting to build up a body of work finally. ^.^


  5. AnthroCon is next weekend! I get to see a bunch of my furry pals and do arts and get commissions and stuff!


  6. We're moved! We've got the furniture all in place, curtains up and art on the walls. There's still settling in to be done, especially in the office and library because we don't use those rooms as much, but we do at least have the beginnings of a home going on.


  7. My heart ablation surgery was a complete success! I haven't had any afib since March, and as of this week, I am off the heart meds. In as much as afib ever gets "cured," this is it.


  8. My toe is healing nicely. I did cringe a bit when the doctor said it might need a pin, but then the x-rays came back that the joint was fine and that all I have to do is keep taping it up and wearing this silly shoe-brace-thing for a few more weeks. I'll probably be alternating between it and a regular shoe at AC, particularly for driving and/or if the weather is rainy.


  9. This video. Just... this video.


So... yeah. Some good stuff has been happening. I'm sure there's more than I've remembered to post here, but I am a lion of little brain and things fall out of it a lot. I'm going to try to be more regular about posting good things on a regular basis, but that requires not fighting to force myself to go to bed. So... we'll see. ;P

-The Gneech

Time For Something New

Okay, now the moving is pretty much dealt with (again and hopefully for the last time any time soon) and my AnthroCon prep is about as far as it can go until it comes time to actually put stuff into the car, it’s time to get back into the writing groove.


And, I think, time to come up with something new. I’ve got chunks of Brigid and Greg, I’ve got a giant blorp of Michael Macbeth, but honestly my brain wants a break from those. I want something new and different to think about.


What that is, I’m not sure yet. I periodically consider writing a fairly standard genre fantasy book, i.e. elves and wizards and things, but I would like to find a way to put a fresh spin on the idea so it’s not just “Howard McTolkienface and the Etcetera of Ditto.” I also want whatever it is to be a project I can have fun with. One of the things that I relished about Sky Pirates of Calypsitania was that Verity and Tanya were fun characters to write about, because of the chemistry between them. The fun was a bit hampered by the harrowing circumstances they lived through, of course… those poor gals are going to have some PTSD to deal with in the next book I suspect, assuming there is one.


A new thing would also come without baggage, or at least with different baggage. B&G and Michael Macbeth both suffer a bit from having a “what they should be like” thing I’m trying to stick to… a new project I could just open up and let it be its own thing. A lot of the stuff that’s been bothering me about my older ideas, can inform the direction I go with new ideas right from the start. I can also outline with a view towards writing 100,000 words, instead of coming up with yet another 60,000 word idea and then being stuck for another half a book to tack onto it. 😛


So I think for the next week or so, depending on how long the process takes, I’m going to simply play around with new ideas and brainstorm, figuring out what I want out of a book, what I would enjoy writing, and what I think would suit the market, and find something that covers that part of the venn diagram that intersects all three. As much as I like Sky Pirates, my discussions with professionals on the topic all suggest that it’s going to be a hard sell for a first novel. So I might have to tuck it into a drawer to pull out later once I’m already a name, so to speak.


-The Gneech


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