Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bejeweled Time-Wasting Blitz

I'm happy to report that as of today I have somehow managed to reach my word count quota for my Nanowrimo novel.  I'm hovering somewhere around 18,500 words.  I'm not sure how I've managed this though, as I've developed an alarming addiction to this stupid, *#~&%^-ing game.

Maybe it's the unsolicited, positive reinforcement.  The word processing program I use to type my novel doesn't spontaneously reward a particularly fabulous sentence by saying "EXCELLENT" in a deep, bass (and ok, I admit it -- downright sexy) voice.  It's also not equipped with flashing, verb exploding jewels that zap out entire lines of verbiage in brilliant explosions of light and sound.  And let's face it, matching tone and mood to character is just a heck of a lot more trouble than lining up 3 yellow squares, especially when one of them is a "money" square with a nice payout.  I know better than to imagine that I'll ever earn so much mixing metaphors.

Must. Stop. Blitzing.

The problem is too many of my friends play too and the urge to be at the top of that scoring heap...  too strong to fight.  I will conquer all!  Somehow, I will get to the end of November with 50,000 words, dozens of blog posts, a million or so hours of teaching, homeschooling, driving and XMAS knitting, Thanks-giving for a crowd and a high score of at least 400k on this ridiculous game.

Yes, I feel completely sane -- why do you ask?


  1. Dude, I have a serious Bejeweled Blitz addiction on facebook. I currently have over 3 MILLION "coins" to spend. And no, I don't hoard them, I do spend them from time to time. I'm very close to going gold on the 225,000 and 250,000 levels. I am also a level 60 Ruby Master. My highest score was 588,200 but that was before they gave medals for scores over 250,000.

    Oh, and I'm staying on course with Nano at almost 20,000 words so far.

  2. I'm second from the top on my Bejeweled wall right now. Haha, loved your post. Found a link from the NaNo site. I just posted on my blog about my own Week Two NaNoing cunundrums.

  3. Thanks Sparrow - loved your "limping noodle" post too!!!!

  4. Your MSF Treasurer :)November 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I don't know about you, but everyone on my Bejeweled friends list is a woman. Maybe it does have something to do with the sexy deep bass voice giving positive reinforcement. Maybe they should do a version for men, with a sultry woman's voice, saying "Oh wow!", "Keep going!", "You're amazing!", etc. And instead of coins, it kicks out little beer cans. Ha ha!! Is that too sexist :)

  5. Yup --All women! I think there's something to your theory. My husband is obsessed with a game on his iphone right now called "Angry Birds." He thinks I should try it, but I know better -- 1 addiction at a time.