A Mass Delay

If you’ve noticed, there’s been a distinct lack of posts on this blog.

My reasons are simple and predictable.

I’ve been playing too much Mass Effect.

Last week was pretty much dedicated to the first person action shooter. I got a ‘bee in my bonnet’ and wanted to finish the main quest of the game purely because I wanted to play the DLC Lair of the Shadow Broker so that I could reconcile with my lover from the first game Liara. Unlike most, I didn’t fall into the temptation of other lovers for this game purely because I couldn’t help but feel that the choice of partners for Female Shepard was somewhat limited in Mass Effect 2 (A reptile and a toad – and I dare anybody to describe them otherwise). The Male Shepard clearly had all the fun in this game (Miranda, hello…) so I decided to stick with my old love and be done with it.

It doesn’t often happen that I find myself so engrossed in a game which has lead me to realize that I’ve mentally moved this one up to that bar of greats in my mind, those games that I use to measure every other game that I play against. And, I have to admit that I like it a lot more than I did Fallout 3. I won’t lie and say that Fallout still holds a very dear place in my heart but Mass Effect is so good. Graphics aside, the storyline, the dialogue, the interpersonal relations with your crew and the magnitude of the world that Bioware created has blown me out of the sky in a very big Normandy 1 kind of way. The suicide mission was engrossing and the potential for how it played out almost endless.

I played a smart game, gaining the loyalty of all the key members of my crew first. I favoured Samara, Miranda Lawson, Dr. Mordin Solus, Tali and occasionally Legion and Garrus in my squad. Jack irritated the hell out of me (she has a terrible history I know but unfortunately that terrible history also made her INCREDIBLY rude). For my suicide squad I used mainly Miranda and Mordin Solus (purely because he thought that I was hitting on him in conversation and politely blew me off, what other person in the galaxy had the guts to do that to Commander Shepard?!). I knew the value of loyalty in Mass Effect and made a point of choosing only members whose loyalty I had. In my first play through, I managed to get the ‘no one left behind’ medal. Easy as pie. The galaxy was saved from the Collectors, I killed a Reaper and Miranda Lawson saved my life, something I’m sure gave her one hell of a kick.

I was so enraptured by the game that when I wasn’t playing it, I was writing Fan Fiction (a story named Three focused on my Shepard’s past) to get rid of the brain itch this story line gave me. It was invigorating, not just the game playing but writing as well. I’ve had a bit of a slump in my creativity of late so big was my surprise when I managed to dish out more than 8000 words in less than four days.

I’ve completed the suicide mission and Lair of the Shadow Broker (all in one night). Kissed and made up with Liara T’soni and had the satisfaction of seeing another Spectre of the Council fall from grace. Not bad for a day’s work!

The new Mass Effect will be released in March 2012. It feels like an INCREDIBLY long wait. This is really one of the best games that I’ve played in my life.

Hopefully life on the blog will return to normal now…

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Aheila’s Drabble Day – Wind

A little bit late but here with Aheila’s Drabble Day Challenge. I had some issues yesterday and couldn’t write, lol. J All sorted now.

This was our prompt:

Remember how it works?

Read the prompt and find your angle.
Write a drabble (100 words story, give or take five words).
Post a direct link to your drabble in the comments (or, if you don’t have a blog, just go ahead and post your drabble in the comments).
In the post on your blog, make sure to link back to this post.
Today’s prompt is: Wind!
I’m afraid I don’t have an extra challenge this week. *shrugs* Hope you don’t mind!

 

To understand this you have to watch the video below. J It’s a homemade one.

Wind

It is starts softly at first, just brushing through my ears, a whisper, no more.

Then, as the force beneath me grows, it starts rushing by, pushing against my chest, threatening to tear me from my seat but I remain where I am. Its whisper becomes a howl and then a deafening blast that steals all sound from me. It whips tears into my eyes, threatening to blind me for my trespassing as humans weren’t meant to go this fast.

Still, I close my eyes and laugh – shouting as I do:

“GO BASJAN GO!”

Aheila’s Drabble Day – Guest

Argh, I forgot to schedule this for yesterday.

Good day everybody – as always, here is my drabble for the week. I get these drabble challenges from Aheila’s website.

 Remember how it works?

  • Read the prompt and find your angle.
  • Write a drabble (100 words story, give or take five words).
  • Post a direct link to your drabble in the comments (or, if you don’t have a blog, just go ahead and post your drabble in the comments).
  • In the post on your blog, make sure to link back to this post.

Today’s prompt is: Guest!
And the extra challenge for points no one keeps track of: avoid the “unwanted guest” twist!

Guest

“Well doctor,” Mr. Jones said looking pale and worried. “Can you tell me what’s wrong with me? Can you tell me why I’ve been feeling so ill the past couple of weeks?”

Dr. Smith went to his notes, his face tight with concentration. “Well, just to recap, you’ve been experiencing diarrhoea, abdominal pain, you’ve lost a lot of weight, you’re always tired and this week you’ve noticed that the whites of your eyes have gone yellow…”

“I know what I had Doctor,” Mr. Jones said irritated. “Just tell me what I have!”

The doctor looked up from his notes and smiled slightly. “And unwanted guest,” he said. “You’re condition is called clonorchiasis… Otherwise known as Liver Fluke infection…”

 

 

Aheila’s Drabble Day Challenge: Scenery

Another Drabble Day Challenge. 🙂 I think I earn bonus marks on this one. 😉 From Aheila’s Blog:

Hello!

I’m very busy these days – yeah, I know, as opposed to what? – so I’m mixing today’s drabble with another thing I’ve got to write – otherwise known as the Absolute Write Water Cooler Blog Chain. More on that at noon today but this month’s prompt is to write a description: no dialog, no action, just the description. That’s what I’m reusing for you guys.

Remember how it works?

Read the prompt and find your angle.
Write a drabble (100 words story, give or take five words).
Post a direct link to your drabble in the comments (or, if you don’t have a blog, just go ahead and post your drabble in the comments).
In the post on your blog, make sure to link back to this post.
Today’s prompt is: Scenery!
And the extra challenge for points no one keeps track of: take a peculiar angle for your description!

Today, I feel that my description needs theme music. You can find the music here:


And finally – My Drabble:

Scenery

The world is flashing by the windows of this vehicle. Bright colours, changing from dark to light, a brilliant white. I stare at it in wonder, seeing it for the first time – this beauty that surrounds me. Of the blue and red light reflected in a cascade of water, dripping down like mist from a waterfall. When it catches the water in just the right way – I see that light broken up into a rainbow of colours which swirls around me and those others present, anointing them with an unseen peace.
Beauty so precise, so unseen.
I close my eyes and allow myself to drift to the heavens, leaving my body behind in the wreckage of a car drenched in rain.

Aheila’s Drabble Day Challenge – Seek

I haven’t done this in a bit (sorry Aheila!). But as I’m back in my routine, I’m quite happy to indulge in another drabble day challenge.

Remember how it works?

Read the prompt and find your angle.
Write a drabble (100 words story, give or take five words).
Post a direct link to your drabble in the comments (or, if you don’t have a blog, just go ahead and post your drabble in the comments of Aheila’s original post or here).
In the post on your blog, make sure to link back to this post.
Today’s prompt is: Seek!
And the extra challenge for points no one keeps track of: the twist is the ‘find’!

Seek

Imperfection. Mortality.
It is a flaw of the human race, one which makes us cringe and flinch away from ourselves. The catch is that, it’s not the imperfection that we flinch from, but ourselves. We always seeking for new ways to perfect ourselves. New ways to bring ourselves above that which we have to be content with.
And we are never content. Our lives are short, our mortality adding to our imperfection.
But I have found the cure, the treatment, the fountain of youth.
Words. Our words make us immortal and so – perfect, for generations to come.