Monthly Archives: July 2008

Viva Pinata

Since the XBox 360 came into the house I have been hooked by Viva Pinata. You begin the game with a shovel and a small plot of dirt and grow it into a garden of pools, fruit trees and a variety of pinata animals. As incredibly stupid as this sounds, it’s massively addictive. I’m not blessed with hours and hours to waste away so I put my time to good measure, and have scored 27 acheivements by Level 34 with a little research from fellow pinata tenders. Growing new things in your garden attracts larger and more exotic pinatas, and I’ve just tamed a couple of chameleons that I plan to mate. Mating your pinatas is the swiftest way to level up because, you know, it’s a kid’s game. One of the ways I keep myself entertained is by naming my pinatas after my co-workers. It makes game play that much more interesting to know that Reid the bee is my most productive honeymaker, Phil fights every newt that gets in his pond and I can’t get the two sparrows to romance any sooner than it would ever happen with their namesakes. There is technically no end to this game but I plan to consider it fully accomplished after I bring in a unicorn. Now you must excuse me, because if I don’t grow an oak tree I’m pretty sure that eagle will never make my garden home.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Lightening Struck

I’ve been getting a lot of sweet notes from people who have heard about the lightning. So here is the story: I had meetings over lunch so I ran an errand late in the day. I couldn’t find the store I was looking for so I was over an hour gone. A storm started up as they often do in the Florida summer afternoons. I was already late back so I thought I would risk running through the rain to get to my office. I almost took an umbrella but I decided against it. I took off, and I’m not but a few steps when a flash over my shoulder makes me look behind. I see sparks trail up the ground about eight feet away, there’s a hiss as it runs up the pavement. The air is full of static. I wonder did I really just see lightning hit the ground? And I heard the crack of thunder louder and closer than I’ve ever heard it before. I yelled out a curse word and kept running. When I hit the building there was a crowd of astonished people just looking at me, I stood in the doorway and for a moment, just stared back. Then I shook it off all over. I saw the company lawyer on the way to the elevator, he said hello and I was panting. So for the rest of the afternoon, I thought maybe I was just shook up, even though I wasn’t scared. But my faculties didn’t come back. I tried to talk to people but just trailed off, I tried to work but I couldn’t. I stared at a hole in the wall for thirty minutes. I began to suspect that there was something really wrong. I went to the emergency room and eventually I came back together, they said it was a temporary short circuit of the brain. So for all who’ve been writing in asking about how I was struck by lightning, I did have a brush with it and I am fine now. It makes a good story anyway.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter