Blog Sharing Saturday – Opinion Post Ahead

No, that’s not the name of a blog though with all the blogs rating things. I have read quite a few, and I have discovered most are based on the author’s opinion and not on any research they did.

I have written articles rating things: Top 10 Ways to Get Rid of Stinkbugs and such for several of the clients I have via freelancing. I even got paid to write a buyer’s guide for handgun safes. These were all based on research I did, hours worth in fact, and they are actually quite useful without me needing to be an expert. They were not based on my opinion.

People who aren’t experts in the subjects they’re rating should say so at the beginning. This way others won’t take what they’re saying as fact when it’s only opinion. If they do research, they should indicate this as well.

Sharing your opinion is great and can be useful, but posting an article rating things like books when you don’t have the research to back it up is misleading and wrong. It’s an attempt to validate your own ideas and tastes while trying to pass yourself off as an expert. I find this ethically offensive and morally incorrect because it’s fraud.

Anyway, that’s my opinion. I won’t be sharing blogs that rate things unless I know for sure the author has done research and is just not trying to pass off their opinion as fact. Now, if they indicate at the beginning of their articles the list is based on their personal opinion then, I’ll consider it. I just don’t want to help perpertuate a lie or fraud.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Fake or Real Money Making Apps/Games – Lucky Diamond

This week, I’m telling you about Lucky Diamond, a game developed by Panda Studio. It’s a very easy pop style game.

I played this game for three days. The first day, I played for 20 minutes and got bored so I put it aside. The second day I planned to play until I was able to request the minimum payout of $150m, but after almost 4 hours, I stopped. I was at $140.21. The third day I played, I got to level 100 with a total of $141.83. I stopped playing and deleted the game because it was obvious what it was.

On the first day, I made it to level 18 before I stopped playing. My first couple of level rewards were big – I was at $98.80 when I stopped playing – but by level 7 my average payout had dropped to around $6.

On the second day, my payouts from level 20 to level 30 about $2.50. From level 30 to level 50, the average dropped to around 50 cents. I suspect I didn’t get paid for several levels too because I was at $133 and some change from level 50 to level 57 when I went up to $134.81. The reward amounts kept dropping. My level 60 reward was 45 cents, and my level 75 reward was 38 cents. At level 80, my total was up to $140.21. 13 levels, and I only earned about $6??? This is where I stopped.

On the third and final day, I got to level 100 and quit playing. Level rewards had dropped to an average of 25 cents, but I wasn’t getting that with every level. From level 70 on, in small print, it was saying you’d get a cash reward after 2 levels. After level 80, it was every three levels, and by the time I got to level 100, it was every five levels. This was looking just like Solitaire Relax which had me up over level 900, and I was only getting a penny every ten levels. I liked that game. I don’t like this game, it’s a bit boring. There are people on here at level 1201, but there’s no way to chat with them other than joining their guilds, and those guilds are full. I don’t want to find out if they ever got paid bad enough to really try to talk to them because I’m pretty sure I know what the answer is.

The game is available on Google Play, and you can log in using your Facebook account. Both of those money grubbing companies should be ashamed for perpetuating and enabling a scam. Google has a disclaimer that says they don’t endorse it, but they do because they have it available in their play store. If they didn’t endorse it, they wouldn’t be providing them with a platform for the game. It’s all about the money they are being paid to have it in the Play Store.

If you haven’t guess by now, I am saying this game is:

FAKE

It’s fun to play, don’t get me wrong They even have guilds so you can get energy from your fellow guild members. They also have contests and goals like other games of this sort. They just don’t payout like they promise, and I hate being lied to. The ads are pretty horrible and repetitive too.

I’d suggest you not take my word for it and check it out for yourself, but I’d just be enabling the scammers too because they get paid for every ad that gets viewed, and you have to watch ads.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Television Series Review – Restaurants on the Edge

I HAD to share this television series I found on Netflix. It stars Chef Dennis Prescott, restauranteur Nick Liberato and Interior Designer Karin Bohn. They go to restaurants who are struggling to stay open despite their fantastic views.

I really like Dennis Prescott. He is very big on locally sourced food rather than buying it wholesale or importing. If it can be sustainable and green, he’s even happier. He really loves simple recipes and comfort food. The food he’s eaten and prepared on the show has been amazing! He always adds something delicious to the menus of the places he’s helped save.

Nick Liberato is fantastic too. He is so savvy when it comes to marketing and social media. He’s also very good at relating to people and helping them realize the problem points with their businesses. He comes up with some fabulous solutions to building buzz and awareness of the different places he’s been involved with. He made a logo for one place and a signature cocktail for another.

Karin Bohn seems to be good at her job. Nobody has complained about her work – they won’t show you anyone who has so there’s that. I like she wants to bring in local art and culture into the spaces she works with, but there are times when I haven’t liked her ideas. She also comes off a bit fake to me, and that doesn’t sit well with me.

This show has two seasons so far, beginning in 2019, and I’m only halfway through the first season. I hope they keep making more shows! Check them out of Netflix now!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing Prompt – Book Exercise #2

This exercise is a bit more involved than simply writing a scene. You need to write a paragraph summarizing dialogue and one where you actually have people talking. Consider when and why you would use one over the other in a scene.

Summary:

She told the policeman she was sure the man she’d seen running past her wore a hoodie that was blue and dark pants. They looked like they might have been denim but she wasn’t sure. The policeman assured her she’d been very helpful.

Dialogue:

“Officer Rice, the man I saw running past me was wearing a hoodie and dark pants,” she said.”The pants might be denim, but I’m not sure.”

“That’s fine. You’ve been very helpful,” Officer Rice assured her.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? Leave your examples in the comments below or link to them from wherever you post them. I’d love the feedback.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday – Mark Plier

My youngest son introduced me to this guy’s videos a couple of months ago. He had taped himself playing UNO with some of his friends in the first video I saw him in. He basically tapes himself playing games with himself as well as solo.

He also did a vlog project with a friend of his for a year with the exit strategy being to delete the entire thing after a single year was up – it was a personal thing but it garnered a lot of attention. It has since been deleted, but I think you can find episodes viewers kept and reposted even though they were asked not to.

Mark Plier is amusing in his videos. He plays scary games like Phasmophobia and Never Ending Nightmares – he seems to favor games found on Steam. He also plays games like UNO and Golf. Below is one of his UNO games:

In addition to his game videos, he has a huge selection of other kinds of videos he’s made.

Check him out and let him know what you think! Mark Plier

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

Rare Edition of Crimson Knight – Get Yours NOW!

That’s right, the current edition of Crimson Knight, my first published fantasy novel is rare, and you really need to get yours right now.

Why?

Currently, Crimson Knight has formatting issues. The edition being released on Valentine’s Day will be the corrected version. This means the current edition will never be available from me or my publisher. It won’t exist except for those fortunate enough to have bought one. This will make it ideal for the book collector as well as the book fan.

You can get your copy on Amazon: Crimson Knight

Be sure to post a review as well as I could really use the feedback!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Blog Sharing Saturday – Dirty Sci – Fi Buddha

While I haven’t had the money to buy any of his published works yet, I plan on it. I really like his stuff, even if it is YA. He’s very generously sharing some of his work on his blog as well. I won’t say much more about it because I don’t want to spoil things for him. If you like his work, be sure to let him know – we writers need feedback!!

Oh yes, he has a podcast as well that I haven’t had time to listen to but if his posts are anything to go by, I’m sure it’s well worth a listen.

Don’t take my word for it, check out Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha youself!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Fake or Real Money Making Apps/Games – 1010! Block Fun

This game was made and is being marketed as a money making game by ericrobinlp. The email addresses provided for customer support are fake as none of the emails I’ve sent them have gone through even when using the in game messaging.

The game itself is very easy to play, and you do “earn” the money the game promises if you download it from the link in the video. It’s like playing Tetris, and the payouts are pretty generous. You do have to watch ads to collect them, and they do count towards the number of ads you’re required to watch in order to redeem the money. They make you enter the email for your Paypal account twice. Then, you have to wait about 48 hours for the request to be processed, this does give you time to watch any ads you lack. After all the ad watching and waiting for the order to be processed, you are then told you have to wait another 4 or 5 Days!! to get your money!

When I was told the money I’d requested had been successfully sent to my Paypal account, I checked it right away. There was nothing there. Since it was a Saturday, I decided to wait until Monday to check again. Nothing on Monday. I sent an email and gave them a bad rating on their ingame system. They didn’t go through – failed to deliver according to my email account. I have yet to receive any money or any feedback from the developers. My result:

FAKE

Don’t waste your time with this, you’ll never get paid.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Audiobook Review – Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book was released in all forms in 2020. It was written by Laurell K. Hamilton and narrated by Kimberly Alexis. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to by both women.

Laurell K. Hamilton writes thrilling whodunits with an erotic supernatural twist. Anita Blake is a Marshall with the Preternatural Branch and engaged to be married to three men. She also raises zombies for a living though it’s been a while since she’s actually done that.

In this story, it’s another marshall, Marshall Ted Forrester better known to Anita as Ed, who is the one getting married. As best man, she’s in charge of the bachelor party and securing the location for the wedding. Things go awry when the other guests have issues with some of the preternatural wedding guests. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, a shifter unlike anything Anita has ever seen starts abducting young women.

It’s a fantastic story that my recap can’t begin to properly describe. I have been an avid fan of Laurell K Hamilton’s writing and recommend her with five gold stars. As for the narrator, I think she did a fine job even with the male voices. I think, however, I won’t be getting any more audiobook versions of Hamilton’s work – I enjoy actually reading a book.

Still, don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself! Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing Prompt Wednesday – Writer Igniter

This week’s Writer Igniter prompt was interesting. The random generator provides:

Character – this week it’s a Night Shift Nurse

Situation – receives a cryptic letter

Prop – a lava lamp

Setting – a brownstone. This is a type of apartment building in big cities in the Northern U.S.

The following is my little bit. I hope you’ll share yours in the comments below or provide a link to it wherever you have it. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy this week’s prompt.

Marcy felt like wet tissue paper, soaked and ready to fall apart. She was just ending an almost twenty-four hour shift, and she was glad she had the next two days off. She shuffled over to the desk on swollen, painful feet and smiled at the receptionist.

“That’s it for me, Alice,” she said, shouldering her purse. “I’m out of here before some doctor decides they can’t do without my help.”

Alice smiled and nodded.

“I hear you,” she said, her tone full of understanding and sympathy.”This letter came for you just a few minutes ago.”

Letter? Marcy frowned.

Alice handed her a small envelope with her name on it: Marcy Kingston, St. Anne’s Hospital, Night Shift Nurse.

“That’s weird,” Marci murmured, turning the envelope over to see if anything else was on it.

“Tell me about it,” Alice agreed. “The guy who brought it was like some hippy from the 60s with cordouroy bell bottoms and everything.”

Marcy laughed.

“You’re not serious!” she said.

Alice raised a hand in the air.

“I swear!” she said and nodded at the envelope.”Are you going to open it?”

Marcy shook her head.

“I’ll open it later,” she said. “I’m beat and just want some sleep.”

On the taxi ride home however, her curiousity got the best of her, and she opened the envelope. She pulled out a small slip of paper which read:

2349 Robinvalle Road, Eastwich Village

Marcy recognized the road and the village so, in spite of her being tired and still dressed in her uniform, she gave the new address to the taxi driver.

A short time later, she got out in front of a lovely old brownstone. She stared up at it and then, she noticed it: a lava lamp. Not just any lava lamp though; this was an Aristocrat on a starburst base! It was just sitting on one of the stone steps, an extension cord snaking away inside under the closed front door. Even as she stared, the lamp turned on, and the blobs of color inside began to move.

What on earth! Marcy was both delighted and confused.

She walked up to the lamp and picked it very gently. There was a small sticker on the back of the lamp, and she saw it when she turned the antique around. It read:

Happy Birthday Groovy Baby

Leo! Her eyes lit up with the memory of her high school sweetheart.

He had been heavy into the culture of the 60s, and he was the only one to ever call her that nickname. She heard the door open, and she looked up into the eyes of her old flame.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!