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Foiled by the cat

Happy birthdays to timeofchange and cbtreks

My schedule called for me to post the next chapter of 'Tabula Avatar' tonight. Unfortunately, due to the cat, I'm running late.

In order to write the story I need to replay sections of the game. I have multiple saves at various stages of the game and usually it isn't a big problem to find one relevant to the chapter that I'm writing. Prior to the last chapter I played through from a suitable point in the city up to the entry into the Spellhold maze. I did a Quicksave at that point, by hitting 'Q' on the keyboard, because I already have a save not long after the Asylum exit and I didn't anticipate needing the maze entry point save for long. I then made a quick run through the maze, to regain my feel for it, prior to the run during which I would be taking careful notes for story purposes. Just as my playing version of Sorkatani emerged from the maze...

...the cat walked over the keyboard and stood on the 'Q' key. Game saved - overwriting the save to which I needed to go back. I had to retreat to the prior save, some 8 hours of game time earlier, and work my way forward again. All time during which I could have been writing. Damn cat.

Those of you who are also on curiouswombat's F-list will know that she left for York this morning. She has arrived safely and she has on-line access there. For the next few days you'll have as much access to her as I have. I'm all alone save for... the cat.

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woman_of_ From: woman_of_ Date: June 27th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
AH the joys of cat ownership, the blinding truth that they really own you, and will do anything they want to gain your attention when they want!

Good to hear that you wife has arrived safe and sound, look after yourself!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Usually Shaka plants himself on CW's laptop - but in her absence he is inflicting himself upon me.

Thank you!
From: steanne Date: June 27th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen that before, and I have considered getting it; if it was available as a download, rather than a CD through the post, I probably would have done.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: June 27th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cats communicate in mysterious way.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Their wonders to perform.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
... and the cat is alone with you.

Run, cat, run! ^^

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shaka is named after the founder of the Zulu nation and creator of the feared impis. He doesn't run.
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: June 28th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Shaka; I'll bet he's not too popular at the moment!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's too loveable to be angry at for long.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: June 28th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
The cat is still subtle in executing her devious plot to foil creativity, I see.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shaka is a he.

He does insist on being the centre of attention.
thirdgorchbro From: thirdgorchbro Date: June 28th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Im on ur keyboard, messin up ur savz.

What? Somebody had to make a lolcats reference.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
He won't stand still for me to stick captions to him.
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: June 28th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

(I have a friend whose cat sent her business tax return to the IRS for her before she had a chance to review it. I think they really do pretty much what they want!)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
A few minutes ago he started up my FLV player and insisted that I rock him in my arms to Mental As Anything's 'Live It Up'. I had been playing the video earlier, so that wasn't too inexplicable.

Last week he changed CW's font colour to Red. She still can't understand how he did that.
From: arkeus Date: June 28th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, too bad. And i guess you could have done wihtout playing all that time, no :/ ?
For the purpose of this, why didn't you just used a walkthrough? They are good for little details...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 28th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use walkthroughs too. Usually the one at Mike's RPG Center, also the Gamespy one, and a couple of others. But they don't cover everything; for instance, they give the answers to the riddles but not the actual riddle texts.
From: averageshmoe Date: June 28th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, cats really are in charge.

I would love to see him appear in one of your stories.

Could he show up in Rome and start messing with the Immortal? Would be the perfect revenge.

curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: June 29th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
He'd be more at home with Xander in Africa, being named after Shaka Zulu.

Well to be honest he was named after Shaka Hislop, but I guess he was named after Shaka Zulu!
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: June 30th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
How's the cat doing? Is it still healthy, or were you able to catch it?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 30th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's too loveable to be angry at for long.

Even today when I went to bed and he joined me but insisted on being fussed and stroked when I just wanted to sleep - and he bit my nose every time I stopped.
timeofchange From: timeofchange Date: July 5th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a great day, and not because of anything I or anyone else did. I just realized how amazing life is, and that there are so many possibilities still open. Glorious.
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