Friday, November 15, 2013

Skyrim and why the bow is my weapon of choice


Because you can kill people before they can get to you in open spaces and you can always back up in closer quarters. The only trouble is other bowmen…and those damn necromancers!

Ash - my alter ego (see the bow on my back?)


As some of you may recall, due my dear brother’s over-modding of the game I was forced to start my Skyrim game over AFTER I had reached level 32. It was very painful, and it's taken a long while to get where I am - especially when I only get to play once a week at my brother's house (if the game was in my house I'd get no writing done). Anyway, I’m pleased to share that I finally acquired the Gauldur Amulet (again), boosting my magic, health, and stamina by 30 points each.  Better yet, I have Lydia back, who I lost due instability (she kept stealing my horse) in my first game. She says amusing things like, “I am sworn to carry your burdens,” when you give her the awesome Glass sword you just found - not that I've actually found a glass sword, yet, but I did get a glass dagger as a reward for killing a bunch of spriggans last weekend :)


Meanwhile, back in the real world, I’m waiting for copy edits, making slow progress on my revisions, and I’m reading The Sign of the Four, the second Sherlock Holmes novel, in which 'the great detective comes fully to life - not only as a melancholic and an inscrutable master of deduction, but also as an incurable drug addict. "Which is it today?" Watson asks Holmes matter-of-factly on the opening page of the novel, "morphine or cocaine?" "It is cocaine," Holmes famously replies. "A seven-per-cent solution. Would you like to try it?"'

I had no idea Holmes was a drug addict! Did you?

13 comments:

  1. Yeah. the bow is my favorite as well.
    Holmes was indeed a drug addict - hooked on opium in the original books.

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  2. I did not know that about Holmes. Next thing you'll be telling me had a tattoo and an ear piercing. ;-)

    Good luck with your writing!

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  3. if you ride a dragon instead of a horse, nobody can steal your ride....

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  4. I have never played skyrim, so I will take your word on the bow!

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  5. I never paid much attention to Holmes being a drug addict. Could be a sense of naivety on my part since I wish to believe 'way back when' was good and pure. Bu then we must remember ROME. Not so pure and good.

    Hugs and chocolate!

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  6. The times were different then. There were opium dens and people drank absinthe. It was considered recreational. It does add a bit of depth and mystery to the Holmes character though. I love the new pic in your header - it's gorgeous!! :-)

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  7. I'll stick to Tetris and Solitaire: Gaps. Otherwise, I'd never get anything done.

    Yes, I did know about Holmes' drug addictions. I think I was shocked the first time I noticed it in one of the books, but it was so long ago that I can't be sure. (I haven't read Sherlock Holmes or any mysteries for that matter in way too long.)

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  8. Nooo, I had no idea he was addicted to drugs. I used to play games before with my kids, when they were little. If I still played like then, I'd never get any writing done either. :)

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  9. I've never played Skyrim, but I've seen my mom running around with her alter ego in it. SHE is the gamer, not me. LOL

    "Spriggans"--what a cool name for creatures!

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  10. I knew that there was a drug problem which was bypassed in the television show, yes. But I don't think I realized it was quite that, um, interesting...

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  11. Holmes and drugs? Absolutely I knew. Watson was always trying to steer his friend away from his dependency.

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  12. I've resisted getting started on Skyrim for quite a while- I would never get anything done. at all. My daughter plays, loves it, is addicted. She really enjoyed explaining all the details and extraneous stuff that reading this post brought up :) Best wishes on your writing!

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