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Busy, busy, busy

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I hope this post can serve as a sincere apology to our faithful readers, who must be wondering WTH is up with the lack of posting.

Sam and I both have had lots of extra work lately coming in from some new clients, for which we and our checking account are very thankful. While that’s great news for us, it hasn’t been so great for the poor blog. No time to think, let alone write witty and incisive blogs. (I’m probably kidding myself that I ever actually do this, but leave a girl her illusions, k?)

I would say we’ll be back on the horse soon but the work just seems to keep coming. This summer is shaping up to be absolutely nothing like last year’s slow, lazy days… And I thought we were busy last summer! Or maybe I am remembering a fictional summer of long ago that was not busy. The best I can say is, we’ll try to keep posting now and then.

In the meantime, if you really must have some of our writing to peruse, you can always find it at the various Second Waves:

Upper Peninsula Second Wave

Northwest Michigan Second Wave

Mid Michigan Second Wave

And in other fine publications like the Marquette Monthly, the Saginaw News, Northeast Hunting and True North.

(This is really not a complete client list; I can’t provide the whole list here, but if you could see it you would so understand why we work All The Time.) But far be it from me to complain about the blessing of too much work. There are too many people out there struggling for any work at all; we can’t count ourselves anything but phenomenally lucky.

Thanks for reading and understanding. Lots of love to you all!

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Trip planning

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Author’s Note: This is the latest post on my new travel blog, There and Back Again 🙂 Go here to read more of them!

Sam & I are starting to look at routes and stops for our two-week, round-the-U.S. honeymoon this summer, so exciting! We’re using the AAA trip advisor site along with some other travel sites we usually go to. How do you plan long trips? Any great ideas on how to plot out such a long road trip?

Jeanne d’Arc for PSP ~ Game Review

April 27, 2011 2 comments

Hi guys! It’s been a little while, and a lot of my most recent posts have been video game related, but I can’t help it — that’s just what I do in my free time. Obviously, I’ve been playing more than I’ve been posting here, anyway 🙂

One of the games that has really caught my attention isn’t new, it’s from 2007, and it’s called Jeanne d’Arc. The new thing about it for me is that we just recently added a PSP to our gaming platform collection, making it pretty dang complete now. (Xbox 360, PS3, DS, DSi, Wii and PSP, what else do I really need to buy?…) Anyway. Jeanne d'Arc for PSP is well worth exploring for RPG and strategy fans.

So everyone in the household has been trying out various new and old games on the PSP, and Jeanne d’Arc is among the most awesome I’ve come across so far. It’s a hybrid of a strategy and RPG game, and I probably don’t need to tell you who the heroine & main character is. In case you for some reason have not heard of Joan of Arc (as we Americans usually say), well. I can’t think of a good reason why you wouldn’t have.

Moving on. After an English attack on Jeanne’s French village, she rallies together a group of would-be warriors against the English (who are ruled by a demonic-child King Henry VI, and his evil sorcerer adviser). You lead the party as Jeanne, and it’s pretty typical party-style play, with an interesting element of strategy when it comes to who to position where during an attack. Some party members’ motions are limited, as are some actions, like healing, where you have to be within a square of the person you’re healing. One team member, armed with a lance, can throw it ahead farther than a sword fighter can attack, which reminded me just a little of a chess game.

So what could have turned out to be a standard RPG gets that extra layer of battle strategy and just drives the game forward with continued challenges. The fighting would have been too easy without the strategic elements, and too boring without the RPG interactions. Together, it’s a great little game that can easily keep you up too late as you forge ahead to the next encounter with demons led by English officers.

Jeanne d’Arc was made by Level-5 Games (better known for their Professor Layton games for the DS) and apparently was their first RPG as well as their first PSP game, which is downright impressive. The only thing I don’t quite get about the game is the useless chirping frog that tags along with the party in between battles. Still, I am holding out hope it has some purpose, since I haven’t finished the game yet.

A blog sibling

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been derelict over here, mostly because I was working on an idea for a new blog, which, as inaccurate as it may be, I am going to call this blog’s younger sibling. That’s because it is made up of a whole category of things that Sam and I haven’t posted on here — namely, our personal travels.

If only I had a cool suitcase like this 🙂

Traveling is such a different kind of thing to write about. You’re out of your element, on a laptop somewhere, looking at things from an outsider’s perspective. For us, living up here in the rural North, it usually means driving many hours away. It didn’t seem like something that fit on the pages of this blog.  But we’re traveling more and more, and finding really neat things wherever we go, and I’d really like to share them!

So this weekend I put up the first posts on the new travel blog, which is hopefully-not-too-cliched in its name; There and Back Again.  I won’t take up too much more room here about it, but I’d love if you come over, read, maybe subscribe (hint, hint), share your own travel ideas and comments, and hopefully have some fun.

Unplanned absence

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

I just wanted to write a quick note of apology and explanation to all who have been reading — We love you but we’ve had to put the blog on the back burner for a little while. I went on vacation for a week right after we launched a new web site, which you can find at http://up.secondwavemedia.com. Getting that straightened out plus other work commitments, family medical issues, and getting very close to being homeowners (shooting for June 1, wish us luck!) have all conspired to make blog posting a thing only dreamed about. We hope to be back in the saddle soon, but in the meantime, read some of our work for U.P. Second Wave in the link above; Geek Girl on the Street, found in the blogroll; or Northeast Hunting, also in the blogroll. And happy summer! It’s actually warming up around here and it’s delightful.

Ernie Harwell: A legend and friend who will be missed

The statue of Ernie Harwell that stands at Comerica Park in Detroit.

For, lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth;

The time of the singing of birds is come,

And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12, a quote from the bible Ernie Harwell would also begin the first spring training broadcast of each season with.

The only thing stopping my eyes from overflowing with tears right now is the fact that I’ve been expecting the news for quite some time now.

A friend of mine, and a human being adored by more people than I could possibly count, died tonight. You’ve likely heard of him. His name was Ernie Harwell.

I was fortunate enough to have Ernie as a friend, something that came about because a mutual friend of ours, Jack Lessenberry, introduced us. From that point on, we consistently exchanged communications and made a point of seeing one another. For me, having grown up listening to Ernie call the games for my beloved Detroit Tigers, it was a dream come true. For Ernie, well, I never asked but I hope it was something he enjoyed as well.

When I heard the news that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer last year, I called Ernie.

The conversation was short. I wished him well, offered to him the typical “if there’s anything I can do for you or Lulu, just let me know” and he told me to take care of myself.

“In my almost 92 years on this Earth, the good Lord has blessed me with a great journey,” Harwell said at a microphone behind home plate during a game in which the Tigers honored their long-time radio announcer. “The blessed part of that journey is that it’s going to end here in the great state of Michigan.” Read more…

Go read this!

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

My second social gaming post for Geek Girl on the Street is up, here. I’m the second post down… Scroll past the Neil Gaiman interview & it’s about Zynga games. Yes, I know, I said Neil Gaiman interview! You should read that too!  I wasn’t the fortunate interviewer, but I think it’s cool that my name is even on the same web page, ya know? Anyhow, leave a comment for me or any of the other lovely and talented geek girl bloggers there. Thanks!

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