Joy

I was on the bus yesterday, going to the harbor for the sole purpose of playing Pokemon Go while the valentines event is going. Yes, you read that right.

While on the bus, I was of course, playing, watching my little avatar run like crazy to keep up, and as amusing as that is, I cannot tune people out. I hear every word that is said, in every corner of the bus, no matter how much I try not to listen.

There were these two persons, a man and a woman, sitting a little while away, one of them charging her phone from the bus. The man suggested that she just got a power bank for it, that way she could play Pokemon Go as well. She instantly shut him down, and told him that that game was so stupid, she’d never even consider it.

Meanwhile, I was sitting with my powerbank, very obviously playing, a smile creeping onto my face, when he answered. He said he had played, you know, when the game was new. He even took part in some of the city march events. Geek alert, right? But of course he was so not playing anymore. Stupid game. Really.

It is funny, isn’t it? How someone who doesn’t know the game can, not just take away your joy for the game, but also make you deny ever having liked it in the first place? Geek alert? Really? Through out the conversation, they were playing some other game on their phones, clearly very into that, both of them. So what if you are a geek? That just means that you have found something you like and that you are willing to spend your time on getting good at it.

A lot of my friends, who play Pokemon Go, tend to do so after dark, or in secluded areas, and if confronted by strangers or even people they know, they say that they are only playing on their kid’s account, you know, to help them out a bit. They hate when people look at them funny.

I always thought that was part of the fun, with a game like that. Having people look at me funny. Yes, I play, yes it is MY account, and if I had a kid, it was so NOT touching it. This is my game and I am darn proud of it. Yes, I am a geek with a very obsessive personalty and I don’t mind that people shake their heads at me when I meet them in the streets because I have to run off and catch a nearby pokemon all of a sudden.

What I do mind, is people who have no idea what they are talking about, trying to kill the game for someone else. Like the girl in the bus, who clearly thought it was stupid, and the boy who instantly felt that he had to agree. That, I despise.

I have grown up with My Little Pony, and it is rare people I can tell that I collect, watch the show and play the game obsessively, but those who do not flinch when I do, they are the ones I know I want in my life. Anyone who shake their heads at the My Little Pony game, instantly lose my respect, because they doesn’t know it and they judged it based on one thing only. It is a game, and a series, made for girls, and clearly, girls are not cool in their eyes. I have come across a lot of people as well, who I have told about the pony game, and who has instantly shrugged me off, and belittled it, until I told them that my boyfriend plays it too. Then they wonder if it is any good.

That pisses me off. So, if a boy plays it, it must be good, but if a girl play a game made for girls, it must be stupid? Am I getting this right?

What they are really saying is that his opinion is more valuable than mine, simply because he is a man. Isn’t that wonderful?

It is so easy to belittle others and what they like. I had a friend tell me on instagram that I should play some other game, rather than “that silly Pokemon Go” game. I will never understand why people need to say stuff like that. Clearly, I am LOVING Pokemon Go, clearly I am obsessing over it, playing it night and day, why tell me that it is silly?

It may be silly to you, but keep it to yourself, because to ME, it is the most amazing thing that has happened in a very long time and if you really were my friend, you’d have no need to tear it down, now would you?

The thing about Pokemon Go is that it can be played alone or as a multiplayer game. I love spending days alone, walking the streets of the city, collecting potions and poke balls. I love how it makes me get up and go, rather than leave me in my bed, drowning in my depression. I love how this game makes me fight, makes me build something, and most of all, makes me go outside in the freezing cold.

I love too, how my team is amazing at meeting up and reclaiming “our” gyms when they are lost. I love how I have met a gang of people almost as obsessive as me, and ready to run out at 2 am to battle down a gym, just because. I was never really the kind of person to have a lot of friends, and I am not even sure if my team are my friends as we hardly know each other and I am not sure what most of them looks like in daylight, but they sure are people I love spending time with. People who needs to know nothing about me, or my life, as long as I show up when they need a soldier. People who show up when I call, because I need back up with a gym. That is priceless to me.

I apologize for this little rant, I guess hearing those two on the bus got under my skin. Not because of the game, nothing anyone can say will ever make me lose interest in what makes me happy, but because of how we treat each other. That just gets tiresome. I felt so bad, on the boy’s behalf. And at the same time, I felt angry with him, for not telling the girl to shut up about something she knew nothing about.

So, once more, YES, I play My Little Pony and YES it is a game/show and toy series made for GIRLS which is what makes it AWESOME! And Yes, I play Pokemon Go and I LOVE it and now I’ll be off to catch some fairy Pokemon before the valentines event is over. And walk with my buddy while it gets extra candy. Buja. No wait, I have to tap a few ponies before I go…

But it this is that makes me happy, anyone who is my friend, should be happy that it does, and have no need to shoot it down. Killing joy is so easy. Spreading it is very easy too, if one stops to think before they speak once in a while.

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Ibn Saleem

Since my Samsung won’t cooperate with my computer, I have a bit of a backlog of pictures that I haven’t showed yet, because I have to transfer then via the network and the Dark Mare computer. So, I guess it’s time for some pony spamming.

I know I have been posting pictures of Tardis a lot lately, since with her Cushings, her transformation after she started on medication, has been amazing, but I think it’s time to show off the boys again now.

We have had some changing weather lately. Mostly it’s been cold, and one day, it was really wet and freezing. The boys were cool.

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I love how, since I stopped grooming them everyday, not even Apocalipse runs for cover in the rain. They might seem wet and muddy, but they have never been better than they are now.

And once I feed them inside, they don’t use the real house, but I can lure them under the roof, if hard pressed.

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Yes, Marble too. Look at them, sharing…

Only Tardis does not want to share too much, and there was one day where she was actually so cold, I surrendered and covered her in clothes. I have not done that for years.

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Or well, she usually gets me once or twice every winter. We take it off a few hours later, as soon as it stops raining too much. I am actually very optimistic about her now that she is on meds, and fingers crossed, she will grow just as strong as the others, next year. I know that Cushings destroys the fur coat, so maybe she’ll be tougher next year. I am looking forward to find out.

Because when its not raining, she looks like this;

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So amazing, seeing her like this… Anyway, the boys. Yes.

Saleem is still Saleem…

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Fine motor skills was never his strong side, but he is still improving a lot, after we removed his shoes. Is it two years ago, by now? I think so. He is starting to rear up against Apocalipse now, when they play, and he doesn’t always look like he was pushed into it. That is pretty amazing.

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Although, as far as walking on two legs go, I have never met a horse as natural as Apocalipse. Yes, perhaps his late mother. But this horse… I never tire of looking at him. The raw power, the refined touch, the superior balance… No matter how much Saleem is improving, Apocalipse is one of a kind.

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And he is so careful, not to touch his dad.

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Because no matter how superior Apocalipse is, Saleem is the alpha around here, and Apocalipse does not question that.

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Saleem is perfect at teaching the little boys how to fight without contact. Ablaze is learning too, even though he is not sure he is allowed…

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Nothing compares to what Saleem and Apocalipse has, though. Those two are so wonderful together.

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These are all cell phone shots, by the way. It speaks volumes, how safe I am around them, how careful they are, that I can take pictures like this, with a cellphone and no zoom.

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Which is why there isn’t any pictures of Marble and only “running by” pictures of Tardis. The girls are very much into contact sport, and they are gunning for me, when they get excited. The boys know it too. Here we have the perfect picture of Tardis and Marble attacking each other and Saleem and Ablaze instantly pretending to be invisible.

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When the girls bitch, you stay out of it.

And slink off to play with your son.

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I know its a cell phone shot and it’s kinda blurry, but I have to zoom in on that… Here goes, my Llama;

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And look at that back, on Apocalipse… That horse is magnificent…. Truly… If I may say so myself. And I may. This is my blog. He sure is “Ibn Saleem.” (Translates; son of flawless.)

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Pokemon Go

I think this is the longest this blog has been silent since I created it in 2010. I can easily tell you guys why. Pokemon Go.

Yes, you read that right. Lately, that game has kinda taken over my life, more or less. When I started playing, I chose Team Instinct, because it was the smallest team. You know, the underdogs. I wanted to fight, not just ride on the back of others. Play the game, right?

And I was instantly outnumbered by Team Valor, where I live. They kept building all the gyms all the way up to level 1o, and back then, it was impossible to tear down on your own. I had to realize that I needed help, or they would kick me right out of the game. So I found my local team members on face book.

Now, it has taken a while, but by now, we are pretty much a well established team around here, ready to jump into action at anytime. And I do mean, anytime. I don’t think I’ve slept much for the last 14 days, because we have been out defending our gyms at 3 am, and of course, torn down some of the others, on retaliation, when they have attacked us. Truth is, we are probably destroying the game for most of the players in our neighborhood, because we are so organised and so ready to fight. None of our gyms are lost for more than an hour, usually, before we assemble and reclaim them.

It is very easy to tear the others down as well, when you are 7 or 8 players at the same time, fighting together, and training the gyms back up is fairly easy too, when you are that many.

We have run into some annoying complications though. Building lvl 10 towers effectively keeps spoofers away, which was why we started doing it. Clearly, people who don’t bother to go out, but would rather cheat and sit at home hacking the game, don’t bother to fight lvl 10 gyms either.

But we have noticed that our gyms have a level knocked off on a regular basis, kicking out some of our younger, lower level players, only to have someone else take the spot instantly. In short, some players have multiple accounts and when they see a well defended gym, they log onto their blue or red account, attack the gym, take a level down, and then they log into the yellow account again, to take the spot from the “little” player they just kicked out. I live nearby 6 of our gyms, I can see it happen from home. Some of my fellow team members live near other gyms, it is very easy to spot, those who stab their team members in the back like that.

I posted their names (in -game names,) on face book, and asked them to stop attacking their own team. That brought along a lot of drama, since some people clearly think that it is okay, since it is only making the gym stronger, replacing the weaker players.

I have to say, I don’t care how strong a gym is, I care that the players who were with us, at 3 am, fighting in the freezing cold to build the gym up, get to keep their place in the gym, and if they lose it, it has to be because someone from the other teams actually tear the gym down. That is the game. Stabbing each other in the back, that is just sad. But Niantic doesn’t seem to mind?

So, among spoofers, cheaters and real players, our little team has had our work cut out for us. I will admit, we have let some towers fall, when they were attacked, because at some point, defending cheaters, gets bothersome. And if Valor comes by and kicks them out, we can’t help it if we hold back on defending, just a little, once in a while.

That said, I am having way too much fun with this game. And the My Little Pony Game, and I must confess, I surrendered to the commercial videoes in the pony game, and downloaded the Dragon Mania Legends game as well. Holey… that is so cute. Which means that when I am not at my stable, or at my (actual) gym, I am either playing pony, dragon, or pokemon, these days…

I haven’t written a word in 14 days. And I am actually looking at the watch as I write this, because we are going out tonight, to reclaim two lost gyms, and of course, revenge destroy a few of Mystic’s lvl 10 towers. Don’t mess with us. We’ll get out torches and pitchforks and come for you.

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Or, well. Our phones and powerbanks…

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Yes, way too much time. I’ll get back to writing tomorrow. I swear. Every time I am out battling, I can feel my characters, standing behind me, shaking their heads. But it just looks so good, when everything is yellow around here…

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Tardis Update

I’ve been so busy lately, I completely forgot that The Shadow of Time was free to download for three days last week. Thanks to everyone who downloaded it anyway 😉

I guess I’m super distracted these days. But, I think it’s time for a Tardis update, since she has been on medication for Cushings two months now. Here is what she looked like on the day she started on the meds;

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And here she is now, two months later;

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(Picture crushed by gmail, since my samsung phone still won’t connect to my computer…)

I do think that is amazing. Her swollen neckline is almost gone, her big belly, all her extra fat… She is looking like a smart Arabian again now. And she is so much better with Marble, sharing the house with her for the first time ever, without drama.

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So maybe I don’t ride her, and it could be hard to tell if she has got more energy now, but I dare say that her mental state is improving, much like her body.

I love seeing her transform into the pony I knew she should be, day by day.

Speaking of transformations, my boys seem to have a thing for turning into muddy beasts.

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We’ve just had a week of frost, and now, it’s raining again and the gang looks like mud-monsters. The new pasture is holding up remarkably well, though, so I am not complaining. Neither are they, which is the most important part.

I got this picture of Ablaze the other day, where he was looking just like the perfect mixture of Poseidon and Apollon. I may be crazy, but I swear, when he has this look, I have my red boys back.

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They are not even related. It’s not like when I look at Apocalipse and I see his mother, and everything she taught him, from her body language, to how to handle the alpha, to always filling up the mouth before drinking and spitting out the first mouthful of water, before drinking. She always did that, and he does too.

But Ablaze, is more of a feeling. Perhaps, I guess, I taught him the body language of my boys, since he was always my foal, and whenever I wear the jacket I wore the night he was born, he still sucks on it. I am pretty sure he doesn’t always know if it is Tardis, or that jacket, that is in fact, his mother…

And maybe it is more than that. Maybe, somehow, I do have them back, just a little, in this perfect young man. He is turning 4 this summer. Can you believe it? I feel like it was only yesterday he was born. Only yesterday, my boys died. Time is a strange thing. Saleem is turning 10. He is still the little one, in my head, even though he is, by far, the oldest on, my pasture.

Oh well. Let’s not go down that road.

I have made a few dissensions about my blog, though. Since I started it, back in 2010, I have made sure to write on it every other day, or at least three times a week, often at the expense of actually writing on my books, because I felt a need to update this blog instead, to keep it interesting. Alive.

And don’t get me wrong, I am not letting it die, but I am going to change my priorities, and start writing on my books again, first of all, and on this blog, second. Perhaps that will take away a little of the stressed out feeling I have when it comes to the internet these days. Anyway, that’s what I’m going to try, for now. So, if any of you should wonder why this blog is more quiet than usual, it is not because I’ve forgotten it. I’m just taking a step back, focusing on my books, rather than the internet.

I am writing on the last book in the Legacy Series, and it is a lot of story lines to keep track of right now, a lot of lives to honor and give fair space, a lot of story to… Not wrap up, but… Let go of somehow.

That was never my strongest side. Letting go.

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Free Download

Celebrating the release of my 11th book, Winterflame, some of my E-books are free to download on Amazon for a limited time. But first, Winterflame;

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7NK6QP

This includes the first book in the Legacy Series, Rockstar, and my Short Story Collection. Both of them are free from the 2-4th January.

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Legacy – Rockstar;

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBQGYRO

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The Short Stories- Collection One;

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BQY74AM?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Time Lock, book two in the Legacy series are at a discount from the 2-5th January.

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Legacy – Time Lock; 

https://www.amazon.com/Time-Lock-Legacy-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01LCGFQHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472728514&sr=1-1&keywords=time+lock+veronica+merlin#nav-subnav

And the Free offer includes Surviving the Equestrian world and This Song from the 2-3, two days only.

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Surviving the Equestrian World;

http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Equestrian-World-Veronica-Merlin-ebook/dp/B00JYFNEIC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412979780&sr=1-1&keywords=surviving+the+equestrian+world

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This Song;

http://www.amazon.com/This-Song-ebook/dp/B00A8SJ12M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353189027&sr=8-1&keywords=this+song+veronica+merlin

Check it out, and do share 🙂 Thanks, and Happy New Year!

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New Years Eve On My Pasture

Happy New Year!

First day of the new year, and my 11th book, Winterflame, is ready for release!

It is book three in the Legacy Series.

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Link to the paperback;

http://www.lulu.com/shop/veronica-merlin/winterflame-the-legacy-series/paperback/product-23009691.html

Link to the E-book;

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7NK6QP

Brief description;

Siblings Rosé and Lace find that their lives as they knew them are over, once a wanted space pirate crosses their paths. Before they know it, they are thrown headfirst into a world of prophesies, legends and magic, where even the smallest actions have consequences they cannot foresee. 

Winterflame is book three in the Legacy Series and picks up the story of Naim, Kaleen and their family, twenty years after Time Lock, sending all of them on new adventures as the pattern of the universe refuse to let Naim disappear. 

And now, for a few pictures of the gang, from the calmest New Years Eve we have had in a long time.

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The new place was amazing, the fireworks were not right on top of us, but rather off in the distance. Imagine that. Nice neighbors. That is such a relief. And the kiddos were fantastic. I even managed to bid on three ponies on ebay, (My Little Ponies, that is,) while holding Saleem in one hand and Apocalipse in the other.

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The other years, that would have been impossible, but Apocalipse and the babies were amazingly cool this year. Only Saleem was stressing, but he stuck with me. Luckily he is the kind of horse who finds comfort in a human, when he is unsure of the world. Aston and Tardis rang in the new year together, as she did not want to eat with the boys, but considering how she used to be stressed as well, she did remarkably well.

I don’t have any pictures of them, because every time I tried pointing the camera in their direction, Saleem shook his head and it got all blurry. So here is one of Aston and the boys instead. Still blurry… Oh well…

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I know that spending the new year on a pasture might seem strange to many, and I will say that as awesome as the kids were this year, we may not have to, next year. But I kind of think I want to. Not only does Saleem still need a bit of help, getting through the night, (I’m sure Apocalipse could help him, and they would be alright,) but mostly, I really like hanging with them.

By now, I couldn’t imagine ringing in the new year without my babies.

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There is no other place I’d rather be.

We stayed until 1,30 am and even then, when we were heading home, Ablaze tried crawling into Aston’s bag. Yeah. This is how the new year should start.

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Surrounded by the ones you love the most. I hope you all had a New Years Eve as magical as mine and that all of you made it into 2017 without injury!

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New Year

Happy New Year everypony! I’ll be at my stable, keeping my babies safe. I hope everyone have a great night ❤ See ya all in the new year 🙂

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