On Fred Phelps

Preacher Fred Phelps is no longer among the living. My first thought: Ding dong, the witch is dead!

You know, on one hand, I’d never celebrate the death of another human being, but the bile and vitriol spewed by Fred Phelps for decades has, in my mind, lowered him from human ranking. This man made a name for himself protesting gay¬†funerals and military funerals. How lowly and disgusting is that?

And how fitting is it that they’ve announced there will be no funeral for the man? I’m sure he was a loving family member (to some, apparently he was estranged from one son for the last thirty years), and I feel sorry to the few who will miss him.

I’d like to think if there is a heaven, that Fred Phelps has arrived and been told by the angels that he’s been tricked into doing the devil’s work all his life in a scene evoking Ebenezer Scrooge being shown his own lonely grave by the Ghost of Christmas to Come.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross feeling reflective.


On South Park: The Stick of Truth

If you’ve noticed I’ve been absent from blogging lately, it’s because I got the South Park game on Playstation last week (yes, it’s still a PS3, because I got a slick new one last year when my five year old system finally crapped out and I can’t really justify getting a PS4… until Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out, then Hells yeah). Basically, South Park: The Stick of Truth is for two types of people: South Park fans and rpg fans. Basically the story follows the foul-mouthed kids of South Park as they LARP around town and obliviously deal with real-life threats like aliens, the government, and Al Gore (the hardest boss in game. I had to keep leveling up and trying again and perfecting my fighting technique with my party.)

Cons: It was over too soon. Although I thought it was over REALLY early and it turned out to have a third act. I’m the type of player who meticulously enters every room and checks every item out, and I finished the game in 13 hours 10 minutes. I could see someone breeze through the game in well under 10. I went with a mage build and went crazy heavy on fire, which made the fights easier than I would have liked. There’s a level cap, which is something I generally hate, but as thorough as I was, which included some farming to level up to beat Al Gore, I only reached the cap at the start of the final mission, so not that much of a con.

Pros: The game’s many cutscenes work as an entirely new episode of the series. If you’ve been loving South Park since 1999, you can actually interact with the characters and experience the world in a completely new way. Although I wanted it to be longer, there’s still items I missed and other classes to play. This game could potentially have three times the game play time in replaying it. Game mechanics are real classic, heavy duty turn based fighting, which was a fun way to go.

Overall: 4.75 out of 5 stars. If you’re into the South Park gross/meta/random humor, and RPGs, then this is a must play.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy playing.

On huge ebook sale

Huge ebook retailer Smashwords is hosting a massive sale all this week through March 8 with tons of titles discounted anywhere between 25% and 75%! Two of my titles, both usually priced at $4.99 are now discounted to only $.99, so now’s the perfect time to check them out.

Tanglewood_Road_400x600Tanglewood Road

In this paranormal YA story, Cody Langdon moves to Florida to start over after a failed suicide attempt. His mom hopes the change in scenery will do him more good than the medication he refuses to take, but Cody hates the sweltering summer heat and the loneliness of living in a state without any friends. His home is lonely, the heat is unbearable, and something is wrong with the neighborhood. The houses are well-kept and the lawns are mowed, but there’s no sign of life anywhere. Who, or what, is responsible for the strange occurrences on Tanglewood Road?

Ask_Me_No_Questions_400x600Ask Me No Questions

In this erotic murder mystery, Dylan Lakewood never imagined anyone would hit on him at his job working at the local shopping mall taking surveys for random products. But then he meets Trenton, a tall skater boy who puts the moves on him. Trenton introduces him to his shy friend, Bennett, who just happens to be on the run from the police, who think he murdered a college jock.

When Dylan agrees to hide Bennett, he unwittingly pits himself against a killer desperate to keep a hundred thousand dollar secret.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.