So I'm just going to leave this here:
Fallout 4, guys! I haven't been this excited about a game in years! This exactly the excuse I needed to justify buying an XBox One. The gameplay videos look even better. It's going to be so awesome. Of course, watching this made me want to play the old Fallout games. We have Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but I really don't have time for both of them. I really shouldn't have time for even one of them, but I couldn't resist starting a new playthrough of New Vegas, and that's just been making me even more excited for the new one to come out. Seriously guys--if you are looking for something to play, you should check these out. I typically don't even like first-person shooter games, but I do like these. The world is just so intriguing, with all of the different factions and stuff. It's got kind of a dark humor to it a lot of times and I love that. It looks like your player character actually has a real voice in the new game, too, so I'm excited about that. And the graphics are way better. My husband is just as excited as I am, so yes...I think we are finally going to cave in and buy a new console sometime in the next few months. Ours has kind of been on it's last legs for a while now, anyways, so it's time.
I also saw the new Mass Effect game trailer, which looks awesome. It will be a little weird without Shepard, but I think it still looks like a decent game. My brother-in-law has an XBox One and bought the remastered Halo games. They look a lot better (not that they were ever bad to begin with), and I definitely wouldn't mind playing through that series again. It's been a long time, and I hardly remember it, but I do remember that it had a good storyline.
In other entertainment excitement, the American Gods TV adaptation finally got the green light so I am super excited about that. Apparently they are asking for fan input with casting, which is cool. I don't really care who they cast, as long as they can act and as long as they don't whitewash the whole thing. Especially with Shadow. He's easily one of my favorite literary characters and I don't want them to screw him up. His race was pretty ambiguous in the book but he was most definitely not white. I don't think they've announced when it will air or anything yet, but I'm still excited about it.
I just got my first rejection for that science fiction story I sent out. It was Asimov's, which is one of the bigger speculative fiction lit magazines out there, so I really wasn't expecting anything. Except that when I opened the file to look over it before I sent it out to someone else, I saw that I had made a few minor mistakes with my formatting. I don't know how I didn't catch them before, and now I'm going to forever agonize over the fact that maybe I got rejected just because of that. I fixed them and sent it out again, this time to an anthology. Hopefully I get a response soon because if they don't want it, there's this other place I want to send it that only has a short window of time for accepting submissions. I also sent out a flash piece, which, according to The Submission Grinder's average response times, I should be hearing back about any day now.
In other writing news, I've decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I'm all signed up and have a cabin and everything. They all seem to be pretty good, dedicated writers. We're all writing a YA novel for camp, with a variety of subgenres (mine is fantasy) and experience levels. It should be fun. I've been working on a plot outline for that and I've run into a few hiccups that I'm still trying to sort out, but I'm making good progress and probably have about 2/3 of it figured out. I'm aiming for 70,000 words, and honestly I don't know if I can manage that since I have work and we will be moving at the end of July. That's over 2,000 words a day. But I'm going to try! And I'll be thrilled if I can even get close to that.
Mostly because of all these writing things (NaNo and attempting to publish), I also decided to try out Twitter. It's something I've been kind of contemplating for a while, since I hear it's a good place for writers to connect and talk about writing and everything. And it's been around forever and I've always meant to try it, but just haven't. I signed up yesterday and haven't done much with it yet, but considering how little time I've spent on it, I actually like it quite a bit and think it will work out well. I'm @ over there. I was trying for a shorter username but still wanted to use the T. A. Hernandez (simply because that's the name I'll be using if I ever publish anything). Unfortunately, Hernandez is a very common last name. Heck, I even tried my first name (Tanni) because I've never heard of anyone else with my name and it's usually available, but someone else had already taken it. Weird. Anyways, I may already be following some of you, but if any of you are on there, or if you know of any good writing twitter stuff, please let me know.
And now....back to Fallout.