Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Five--Dr. Who, gaming systems, and more!

(Thanks to Jessica Love for the Friday Five idea. You can check out her blog here!)

I spent an hour last night putting together my blog for today and when I logged on this morning--it wasn't there. This results in me being both sad and incredibly annoyed.

I don't have an hour to give to this today, unfortunately, but there were questions I really wanted answered! So here's a significantly reduced recap. Unfortunately, without all the pics I had loaded last night.

1. How to do Dr. Who
I would really like to start watching this series, but it's been on for ages and I'm not sure where to start. I'd hate for you to recommend the beginning as that gives me almost 20 years of shows, right? Is there a safe place for a newbie to jump right in?

2. Xbox360 vs PS3
I have an incredible urge to buy a gaming system. I've never owned one so I'm not sure where to start. Is it really just a matter of preference, like Mac vs PC? I really just want to play Lara Croft games. I'm not sure why, but they look like so much fun. So I ask my gaming friends--is one really "better" than the other?

3. Across the Universe
Last night, before Blogger at my blog post (nope, I'm not bitter--why do you ask?), I finished Beth Revis' Across the Universe. I'm not sure if a book review blog is really necessary since it's been out for almost a year, but I will say this: I really wish I had known about the ship schematics on the book's website. That would have made it much easier to understand the various levels. Oh well, at least I know about it now and can use it for A Million Suns, which comes out Jan 10, 2012!

Maybe I will do a review/what I learned from the book. We'll see. There is a lot to say about it, most of it very good...

4. To catch a Book Thief
Advice, please. I loaned my copy of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, easily one of my top 5 books EVER, to my boss many months ago. He read it, loved it, and passed it on to his wife. She started it, put it down, and... well, I don't know what happened. See, it's been almost a year and I haven't gotten it back yet. How do you ask someone--your boss--for your book back?

Wow, that sounds really lame. I should just ask him. But I have this God-awful Minnesota Nice complex and keep telling myself, "He'll return it when they're done reading it. Be patient."

5. I've been thinking...
Between reading of friends' successes with WriteOnCon and watching the agent feeding frenzy over at the Bakers Dozen earlier this week, it's put me in a rather introspective mood, which has resulted in me making a calendar of sorts. It's like a switch was flipped in my brain and I'm starting to think seriously about how to polish my story. Oh, the amount of editing and fixing and work that would need to happen absolutely makes my brain hurt, but I think this one story really has the potential. As in, it will be worth the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears that have to go in.

I don't know what this means, exactly. For now, it means that I'm taking myself a bit more seriously than I was a week ago. I guess this is my small step toward a big dream.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I am out of the loop on the Baker's dozen thing, but you are the second person who referenced it today--so maybe I should check it out. :)
    Especially since it seems to have some magical calendar making-motivational power!!
    Awesome :)

  2. I'm from MN too, so I'll try to help you with your "Minnesota nice" issue in #4. First of all, you could just tell him someone else wants to borrow the book. Or honestly tell him it's been a year and you really need your book back. It's really rude of your boss to keep your book for so long. My sister had a bad experience with loaning a book to a girl. The girl misused the book in front of myself and my sister and then denied doing it. Now I only loan books to people if I know them really well.

    Anyways, it's easy to say that the best thing is to just be honest with your book, but you could just go with the first suggestion and lie to him. His wife can always get the book from the library.

  3. You just come out and ask him!
    I think there's almost fifty years of Dr. Who shows. Not to scare you.
    And which system depends on what type of games you like to play and which system offers you the best selection. XBox games tend to be more adult (I have one) and PS3 games are a mixture. (I have a PS2.) My favorite platform is still my PC though. Best games and graphics.
    Sorry you lost your post...

  4. Starting with the 2005 series of Doctor Who is a good way to ease into the modern version before diving into the depths of the original run.

    TOMB RAIDER! SQUEE!!! I love Lara! I think the X-Box has downloadable extras. I played the originals on the PlayStation back in the day.

    Just ask your boss for the book back. I'm sure he'll be cool with it.

  5. I agree with Miss Cole, start with 2005, then go back and watch the former series (it starved in the 60s, but there was a 15 year hiatus).

    I would totally ask for the book back. tell him that you are dying to read it again. How can he refuse?

    As far as gaming systems, they are the only reason I have tolerated a brother ;)

  6. Yay! Thanks for the shout out. I can't really take credit for Friday Five, but thanks for the love. :-)

    Happy Friday!

  7. oh man, so much to comment on in this post.

    #1. The best place to start with Dr. Who is the restart with Christopher Eccleston (sp?). There's a season with him, 3 seasons with David Tennant and 2 Seasons with Matt Smith (though the most recent one isn't availble on netfliz again). The series really takes off once David Tennant arrives. It's a lot of fun and i would definitely reccomend them.

    #2. i'm a huge proponent of Xbox 360. I personally think there are a lot more games available. If you like Lara Croft, you'd probably enjoy assassin's creed and Prince of Persia. Though Uncharted is on PS3. PS3 is at least $100 more than Xbox, but Xbox has a tendency to break after 5-7 years of heavy use.

    #3. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the book. It was one of the debuts i read this year

    #4. Since i also suffer from the MN Nice problem, how i would handle it is like ME said, mention that someone else wants to read it so you want it back. OR, just give it up for lost and buy a new copy. Maybe not the best solution BUT at the least it would be supporting the author. Right?

    #5. I queried for the first time last spring. I have to say, it was so much fun. It's like all the excitement of the Baker's Dozen Auction x 1000. It's also sad, too, but in general i had a good time and CANNOT Wait to get back on that horse.

    Whoo! I win for the longest comment! Too bad there's not a prize. Because that would be AWESOME!. Anyway, we should totally think of getting lunch some time, maybe on a sunday or something. I'd love to chat in person, if you're down with it.

  8. #1: Start with the reboot. I actually like those series better than the older episodes (I know that's blasphemy to some but I can't help it. I blame my crush on Christopher Eccleston.)

    #2: I'm not a huge fan of consoles but if I had to pick I'd go for the PS3. And even then, I'd probably use it to watch Netflix more than playing games. :)

    #3: That's on my to-read list. I'd love to hear what you think of it!

    #4: That Midwestern nice thing is an epidemic. I get really peeved when I lend a book and then that person lends it again without asking me. The best thing is to gently remind him of the book and ask for it back. And if it's lost, ask for a raise.

    #5: I'm right there with you. You definitely have what it takes to make it happen!

  9. My boyfriend is a video game producer and he swears by XBox - all his cronies are on it too. It seems my friends/laymen like PS though. So there ya go.


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