It’s Earth Day!

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I hope everyone does at least one thing today that is beneficial to the environment. Recently I’ve become more conscious about my water usage. I live in the desert, and California is experiencing a 4 year-long drought. This is not shocking, we’ve had droughts before, but this one is really pushing it. There are a lot of things you can do to save water, like taking shorter showers or replacing your lawn with water-friendly themes. Hey, who doesn’t love a rock garden? You can stick with the desert theme and use cactus and other desert plants. Doesn’t seem to be a popular idea in my neighborhood though. 😉

There’s two things I’m doing today. Well, one is already done! First, I’ll be driving my electric car to the research lab I volunteer at. Haha, well I do that all the time! I guess that doesn’t really count! Second, The Lost ELf, Liberation is officially released today! Yay! It’s an e-book, so no trees were harmed in the making of that book. The elf character is very respectful of nature!

Protecting the environment is important, it’s not a liberal or conservative issue. In fact, it’s something we should be able to work together on. In the past, it’s been conservatives who have started things like the national park system and air and water pollution laws. You don’t have to be a “scientist” to understand what’s happening to the planet. Yet, even if we can’t agree on climate change, we don’t really need to. Doing things like moving to green energy production, limiting waste, becoming more energy efficient, or driving electric cars, is very beneficial. Not only is this good for the planet, it’s going for business. There is a worldwide demand for green products, heck solar is booming right now. I think there is a decent conservative argument for supporting green jobs and businesses.

With that in mind, I’m calling on liberals and conservative, democrats and republicans, to work towards finding ways to work together when it comes to the environment. Hey, we all need to live here!

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Liberation Pre-Order

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The next book in The Lost Elf series is now available to pre-order at amazon.com. Click here!

This is the first time I have used the pre-order option through Kindle Direct Publishing, so exciting! I’m happy to be publishing this book now. It’s been over a year since Reptilian Encounter was released. Too long, something I hope not to repeat. I’m close to the middle of the series now!

Princess Tom is coming along pretty well. Actually, it’s longer than I anticipated, not a bad thing at all. It’s just kind of surprised me. I’m really enjoying it, especially the narrator 😉 Originally it was to be a short story, but I’ve surpassed the that point. It’s now at the novella length! I could see this story becoming a novel, but I’ll follow the story for as long as necessary.

Book 4 of The Lost Elf could be my favorite of the series so far. I’ve got a lot of ideas that I may add to the original plot concept. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I have mapped out the whole series. I’m also planning on making book 4 longer than the first 3. The Snowlands are huge compared to the swamp, and that allows me to have all kinds of civilizations and creatures to boot. Expect a cold, inhospitable world, with only those who adapted to their environment surviving. I’m not going to reveal too much about the story, but there aren’t going to be demons this time. Some other enemy will find its way into the story. 😉

Anyway, The Lost Elf: Liberation will be available for purchase on Wednesday 22, just in time for Earth Day. If you don’t have the first two books, you can download them for free on kindle starting today through the 22nd. Liberation will be .99 cents, so  you can pick up the first three books of The Lost Elf for under a buck! Or would you prefer me to say, almost a buck?

WoW Token: How I love Thee

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A few years ago, Diablo 3 introduced real world auctions. This feature allowed players to use real money to buy in-game items like: weapons, armor, and even in-game currency. Things were going great at first, I even made like $50 in total off it, but that was over several months! The main problem with the real world auction system was that very little people actually bought in-game items with real money. I can’t say I blamed them. Diablo 3, while a fun game, just doesn’t have enough content for spending real money on items. While in some ways it’s starting to become more like Warcraft, it’s still very limited in terms of content. That’s not a criticism, the game is good for what it does, it’s just that spending real money to buy stuff that will be replaced quickly doesn’t make much sense.

Real world auctions were eventually scrapped (even the regular auction house that was in-game currency only) and honestly I don’t think anyone really misses it. The only sad thing is my dream of making a living off selling Diablo 3 stuff died. 😦 Haha! It seemed like the grand experiment Blizzard set up had failed, but some wondered, including me, if World of Warcraft would get a similar system set up in the future. After all, there have always been people buying and selling Diablo 2 items illegally, and I’m sure it happens in Warcraft. At least, it does with gold sellers!

Several weeks ago, Blizzard announced the WoW Token. Essentially, it’s a way to buy WoW gold legally, and without the risk of buying from 3rd party sellers. It’s great for casual gamers who do not have the time or patience to earn gold in the game. It’s also great for gamers like me, who don’t have a job, and can’t pay for a subscription! Like the image shows, one person buys the token from the battle.net shop and puts the token on sale in the in-game auction. Players can then buy the token with in-game gold, and use the token to extend their subscription. For some, this means you can now play WoW for free! The catch is that you have to be able to make enough gold to buy the token. Right now on my server the price is sticking around 32,000 gold. Not too hard to make in a month, so if it sticks around that price, I’ll be fine. Also, people with inactive accounts can buy the token and get back into the game, provided that they have enough gold.

I think most WoW gamers so far are fine with this new addition, either they don’t think it will  have a negative effect on the economy in their server, or they are happy to be able to get more gold or free play time. Once you buy to token in-game, it’s locked to that character. You can’t resell it, and you have to use it. That helps prevent gouging. Finally, the WoW tokens are sever-wide, which means the tokens are sold from one place and are not server specific. You are competing with people from all the servers to get a token!

I was able to buy a token with in-game currency yesterday and I’m already selling game items I find or make, so that I can by another token. I think I’ll be able to buy one at least once a month, but you can buy multiples of tokens. I think the limit is 10 at once. That means that I can buy several if possible and activate them if I wish. I may never have to play-to-play again! As of now, the token is almost 10,000 gold cheaper than when I bought one! Looks like the supply is going up!