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I love writing books and working on them. I'm a messy person, yet I love to organize. (Just not my room.)
I love to read, especially Magic Tree House, Boxcar Children, and A to Z Mysteries Super Edition.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

My List for Nancy Drew Challenge

After playing so many games and watching so many movies, I can't remember them all. I know I'm going to be using this Nancy Drew challenge again. Her Interactive releases at least one to two games a year. No doubt they started on number 31 as soon as the animations were done for The Shattered Medallion, which I received in the mail yesterday and finished this afternoon. So I will make a list of the ones I do remember. That way, I can use the same films rather than having to choose from my long rows of DVDs and VHSs. (I'm planning on getting those to DVDs, even the ones that aren't available in that format.)
Of course, I'm also listing them out in case you want to have a similar challenge or want to join. :) It's your choice.
Those that have the OR means I can choose either one, even if the main subject is only used for a small portion in the film.


10. The Secret of Shadow Ranch - Durango Kids

11. The Curse of Blackmoor Manor - The Secret Garden

12. Secret of the Old Clock - Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase

13. Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - The Rocketeer

14. Danger by Design -

15. The Creature of Kapu Cave - Aloha Scooby Doo

16. The White Wolf of Icicle Creek -

17. Legend of the Crystal Skull - Scooby Doo on Zombie Island

18. The Phantom of Venice -

19. The Haunting of Castle Malloy - Brave

20. Ransom of the Seven Ships - Barbie as The Island Princess (If anyone knows of a movie similar to Seven Ships, please do tell me. The Island Princess seemed to be the only one I could find similar.)

21. Warnings of Waverly Academy - Mystery Men (If anyone knows of a movie similar to Waverly, please let me know. Mystery Men was all I could find that had any similarity.)

22. Trail of the Twister - Fantastic Four OR Twister

25th Anniversary: Secrets Can Kill Remastered -

23. Shadow at the Water's Edge - Scooby Doo! Abracadabra Doo

24. The Captive Curse - Hotel Transylvania

25. Alibi in Ashes - The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

26. Tomb of the Lost Queen - The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

27. The Deadly Device - The Librarian: Quest for the Spear OR The Prestige

28. The Ghost of Thornton Hall - Twitches Too OR Scooby Doo! and the Witch's Ghost

29. The Silent Spy - Mr. & Mrs. Smith OR anything suitable for a younger age

30. The Shattered Medallion - Mary Kate and Ashley's The Challenge OR Dodgeball OR Heavyweights

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Monday!

Today, I'm excited. Brandon Schatsiek, Special Olympic's Missouri PR, is coming this morning to do the video portion of the May newsletter. I think it's slightly because the State meet is coming up. That is May 31st, by the way. I am so looking forward to meeting him finally.

I love getting to know people. And to get to know people who are my new connections - that's just fantastic. I've learned this past year that to have better marketing and PR is to have the best connections with whatever your passionate about. Writing, my YouTube channel, and my radio show are my passions. I've already made friends with an owner of a local book store. ^_^ Now I'm making friends with someone who is in PR. I find that such a hoot!

Brandon has already done the text interview. He sent me questions to answer, which I did. I wonder how I'll do when he comes to videotape me. Not only is he going to get footage of me, but he's recording my morning show on Show Time, Radio Time. Right now, I'm eating cookies to make the butterflies in my stomach go away. It's sort of working.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Nancy Drew Challenge

For the past few months, I have been challenging myself with the Nancy Drew pc games. I always try to play Nancy Drew at least once a month. This year, I got bored and wanted a little variety. I don't remember how it came to me; it must have happened while Her Interactive was doing the "like/share" competition of which game is the best. You can find that here.

That must have been it. Because that was around the time I started the challenge. What is this challenge, you ask? Well, let me explain.

Since my Windows 8 won't play any of the games before #10, Secret at Shadow Ranch, I can only play games 10 through the latest. I didn't play #16, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek; even after the Wii game they made, I've never been fond of the game. (I do like Freddie and the bird-watching woman, though.) Anyways, I decided to watch movies that have either the same location, topic, aspects/elements, or a combination.

For instance, before I played The Haunting of Castle Malloy, I chose to watch Pixar's Brave. Why? Because Brave has red heads, family-oriented, and is set in Ireland. Even though there are plenty of Scotsmen who played some of the roles - Billy Connolly and Craig Ferguson.

Some of the games I had difficulty choosing a film. I don't have every movie, after all. I actually couldn't find a suitable movie for Secret Of The Old Clock until I finished the previous game, #11. At first, it was going to be The Rocketeer. But then I realized that movie would work best with the next game Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. Doing that, though, a movie had to be chosen for #12 - Old Clock. So I chose a random movie from the Bonita Granville collection of Nancy Drew - The Hidden Staircase, and oddly enough, it was a perfect choice. The Hidden Staircase is based on a book of the exact name. And since Her Interactive bases their games on Nancy Drew books, The Hidden Staircase was among the list Old Clock is based off.

May 8th, yesterday, I finished playing Trail Of The Twister; instead of the perfectly titled Twister, which I had recorded years ago on a TBS Dinner And A Movie night, I used Fantastic Four. (The elements in Fantastic Four was that it was Doom's technology. And he became the villain. That might spoil things for you a bit in the Twister pc game.)

Last night, I finished watching Scooby Doo! Abracadabra-Doo, covering the next game. Which is Shadow At The Water's Edge. The movie may not be set in Japan, but the mechanics the villain uses is much like how the villain did it in Water's Edge. (For it being a scary game, Her Interactive used the acronym SAW. Lol.) I am looking forward to playing the game today; as well as choosing the next movie for The Captive Curse. Ooo, I think I already have an idea. ^_^

I had already played this game and watched the movie months ago. But when I realized a new game was coming out, I decided to start it over from the beginning. Here I am, coming full circle to the game I started the challenge with. Yesterday, I was notified that my pre-order is already in the process of shipping to me. I'm on 23 out of the 30, that includes the 25th anniversary game, so I need to pick up the pace. :) Wish me luck.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Well... Add That Talent To The List

Okay, so I got this fancy first aid kit about two months ago. At the time, it was a bit like an impulse buy. I've been meaning to get an empty first aid kit every since I rented this apartment. That way I wouldn't have to ask someone else for band aids and the like, even for a sprain or fracture. (My best friend let me borrow her boot brace. Said she'll ask for it back the next time she needs it. That kind of trade thing.)

The thing about this first aid kit is that you gotta keep it locked. It came with a key. Only I seem to have misplaced it. I thought I put it somewhere I wouldn't forget. And I somewhat recall finding a key on my desk recently. I may or may not have thrown it away. >.< I realized this a few days ago and been mentally kicking myself ever since. But today, I got fed up with it. I knew I would need to get into it in the future.

So about twenty minutes ago, I bent a paper clip and took my fingernail file. I have watched movies and shows where characters are pick-locking. And have somewhat learned how to by playing Nancy Drew games and Skyrim, so that's what I attempted. I decided to pick-lock my first aid kit.

While I fiddled with it, I tried to remember the advice those magazines said in the Nancy Drew games, and the techniques in Skyrim. I knew I needed the clip to press on something while turning the file. I just needed to figure out which had to be on top. With little difficulty, I learned to lock AND unlock my first aid kit. Yay me!

Look out, world. I know how to lock-pick! xD

More Updates

Well, I made the goof of activating my credit card. I had hoped to save a bunch of money so I could use it when I'm ready for a cover art and an editor. It turns out I may not have enough for an editor. So pretty much, I have to talk to as many people as I can to get connections.

So far, one friend/writer and a secretary told me they know someone. I think I prefer the secretary. I can't remember who the friend was, anyways. I could always ask the authors and writers in the local critique group I'm in. Eh, oh well.

For the cover art... hmm, I may have to do it myself unfortunately. I don't know a thing about how to make one. Maybe someone in the critique group knows of someone. Wait, there is someone in the group who makes cover arts. But she uses images rather than painting and all that jazz. I'll figure something out.

But for any of that to work, I need to finish the revision of my book. I have decided to publish A Test of Wizardry. I used it in fact for Camp NaNo's April. Quite a bit has changed already, but there is still a ton to change. Instead of first person narration it originally had, it will be in third person. That way I can get in more details, but not too much that it will be like the script I wrote so many years ago. (Now that one I've barely touched in say, 3 - maybe 4 years. Yikes.)

I'm finally getting close to the ending of it though. I made calculations. It takes close to two hours just to get four and a half pages edited/revised. And I have 25 pages left. Good grief! To make things even more challenging, I'm working on three different books. The last video of The Westing Game book reading is next Friday, so the next project will start in a few weeks. Considering the challenges I have right now, I'll probably get to the project next month. I'm gonna have to think of something for the Fridays of May. Only uploading one video per week, to make things a little smoother for me. It's crazy, right?

LOL! I'm going insane!
 
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