2014 My favorite iPhone apps

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Waze kaart scherm (Photo credit: Henk-Jan van der Klis)

1. Audible

I need things to keep my brain active and off the subject of my life.

2. Pushover

This goes mostly with IFTTT. I can set up alerts such as the Full Moon. When I get an email that is “Important” according to Gmail (be sure to teach Gmail what isn’t important).

3. iOS apps Mail/Messages/Calendar/Reminders/Safari

I nearly live in these basic iOS apps.

Mail I have set up to sync with Gmail.

Calendar syncs with Google Calendar and the calendar on my Laptop.

Same with Reminders though I do have IFTTT set up to sync it with Remember the Milk.

4. Twitter

This is my communication method lots of time. I keep up with more friends here than I do Facebook.

5. Foursquare

If I ever go missing the cops can easily find where the last place I was.


I hate repetitive tasks, but I LOVE to keep archives. This does that and automates a few things for me.

7. Starbucks

I had been using this app quite a bit. I was addicted to my Carmel Apple Spice even though it doesn’t agree with my stomach. Apples have given me problems for years.

8. Mobile Banking app

This is how I usally check my bank account. I actually interact with my bank more this way than any other way.

9. Google+

I’m using this more than any other social site for promoting my iBooks.

11. Timehop

I like this app for seeing what was going on in my life on this day for previous years.

12. Waze

I travel a lot and don’t know where I’m going. So I find out what’s nearby by using the search embeded in Waze. Plus they know traffic because of the real time traffic updates from other users in the area.

13. Kindle

I love to read. However, moving with a large library every 3 to 6 months is prohibitive. So I have a Kindle, a Kindle app on my phone and a Kindle app on my iPad. I have my whole library down to about 3 lbs. A lot easier to pack up and move.


Hearthstone book

iTunes – Books – Hearthstone by Tanya Book

New Book published on the iBook store. This covers the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft collectable card game by Blizzard Entertainment.

Note the World of Warcraft book is now offline pending some corrections.



Daily Journal: Day 19 I heard something back on the Hearthstone book

Ancient hearthstone

Ancient hearthstone (Photo credit: North Cascades National Park)


Day 19 since I submitted the Hearthstone book. I heard back from them today. Apparently they objected to the word “Free” in the title. Both on the cover and in the title. Never mind my World of Warcraft book has it in both places and is approved and sitting on the iTunes bookstore. The World of Warcraft book update is still pending at Day 19. SWTOR Trooper book resubmission is still pending as well.


Corrections have been made to the Hearthstone book and it has been resubmitted already. Hopefully it doesn’t take nearly a month again for approval.





Daily Journal: Day 10, No approval email yet & we did Thanksgiving a day early

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The innocent look after being caught trying to break into cabinets. via tatianamik


Not that I really should expect the books to be posted this week, but I’ve started so now I’m keeping count. Day 10, iBooks not yet posted. Looks like the World of Warcraft book was downloaded 5 times yesterday. So yay for activity.


Had Thanksgiving at a friend’s house. Did a lot of the kitchen prep work. Hey, I can wield a knife just fine. I just can’t cook. Anyway I’m getting sleepy and it’s not even midnight yet. Dang turkey.


On the pet battles book I’m writing. I’ve got through the Pandaria trainers pasted into the book. Still need to work on Beasts of Fable & The Celestial Tournament. And layout. But I got a bit of work done last night. Today I’ve been cleaning out my RSS feed reader. I’m about a week and a half behind there.


I’ve changed my theme on the blog to a Christmasy one to hopefully put me in the mood for it.  I’m hopefully going to try to do the NaBloPoMo into December. Try for a post a day.



Daily Journal: Day 9 book still not approved

Day 9 and the Hearthstone book is still not approved in the iBooks store. Yes, I’m not patient at waiting.

I did the Celestial Tournament pet battle again today. I got my 2nd pet. Chi-Chi. I think I may get the ox next.


Daily Journal: I don’t wait patiently


If you look at the screenshot, you’ll see the book’s I currently have submitted for approval. There’s an update in review for the World of Warcraft guide, but it is currently available in the 1.0 version. The Hearthstone book is Unavailable pending review because it is a first submission. The SWTOR: Trooper book is an old one I wrote after the Jedi Knight, Smuggler & Jedi Consular books. It was rejected because of some formatting issues. I resubmitted it recently as I think the iBooks Author updates have fixed the issue that was causing the rejection. Anyway I keep checking and keep checking. So far not approved. I had to look back at my texts to a friend submitted the Hearthstone book on 11/18/2013, so today is Day 5 without approval. I want to say I submitted the edits the same day.

Today I’ve been working on the Pet Battles book. Hope to have it down to just needing formatting here soon. I’m currently working on the Pet Tamer NPCs .

Daily Journal: Working on Hearthstone book edits

Saw the new Thor movie today. I saw the Dark Elves in Greenwich and my thought was CYBERMEN!

Got beta reader comments back on the Hearthstone book. I’m working on polishing up a few things. The thing is the game is still in Beta testing so things will change. And one of the people I had beta reading the book hasn’t played the game. So hopefully it made sense.


Daily Journal: I’m seeing progress

I’m DONE!!!! Hearthstone book is off to the beta readers. The World of Warcraft iBook is available in the iBook’s store. It needs edits! Then I have to decide which book I’m working on next. Pet battles? Classes? Gold making? Help me pick with this survey. Please. Pretty please!

Had a down moment when thinking about work changed it so I’m now working Christmas day.😦 Oh well. More time to write that night. I’m jsut trying to keep myself up. Somedays it’s rougher than others.

Daily Journal: My backwards life

So what am I doing today. I worked… There’s 12.5 hours (without counting travel time) gone right there. I’m 12 hours flipped from a “normal life”. My day starts at 3:00 PM when the alarm goes off…. I NEVER get up when my alarm goes off. My alarm is an abused thing. The snooze get used a lot. Then I have to squeeze in any Warcraft dailies I’m meaning to do and try to leave for food by 4:30 pm. Eat & write if I’m inclined. I’ve got 1 iBook in Beta review and another in the writing process. The general World of Warcraft book is LONG. 138 pages. Hopefully the Hearthstone book is a lot shorter. Actually I’ve got a lot of it done currently. 3 heroes left to write for. Need to buff up the abilities sections, but I’m getting a lot closer. Anyway try to head for work at 6 PM. Sit and type/surf the net until time to clock in at 6:53 PM. Then it’s work, work, work with the rare bit of writing or reading until 7:30 am. Then it’s drive home and to bed and start the cycle over at 3 PM.

Image 11-1-13 at 3.02 PM

Yesterday I finished Pro Pet Mob achievement in World of Warcraft while doing some pet battle dailies. I also managed to finish leveling my Nether Fairie Dragon, Flayer Youngling and my Infinite Whelpling. I had insomnia a bit. I woke up after about 4 hours sleep. So I got a bit done.

Twitter Rambling summary

Just my random twitter scribblings for today.

  • 04:50 Okay the random things you find at 4:30 am. ping.fm/LSkov #
  • 11:49 I just calculated it up. My AppleCare has ended on my iBook. #
  • 12:04 @lethann @Amelia_Book You up? #
  • 12:23 I has a kitty on my lap. #
  • 12:25 @ottom Actually I thought you might be at work & not up to computer shopping. #
  • 12:43 @demonasolace if no one else needs it (and you can come up with a better name than George you can come get it. #
  • 12:55 @demonasolace Alpha is good. It has been Tanya’s Brain for the last 3 years. #
  • 13:00 @devlynmoreland George is just not a cool computer name. #
  • 13:09 @demonasolace I have spare battery for the laptop & everything. #
  • 13:20 @demonasolace. Welcome to the Mac side. #
  • 13:23 Headed out to the Apple store for new MBP. #
  • 13:27 @lethann have the cash just need to eat cheap until payday. #
  • 14:05 It was the code for the old razr I got for my dad. #
  • 14:54 ping.fm/p/JXc1E – I has new MacBook Pro #
  • 15:09 New MBP is transfering from old iBook. #
  • 15:16 ping.fm/p/S7Awt – About an hour left on the transfer. #
  • 15:21 @demonasolace:) #
  • 15:42 Thanks to @Amelia_book I saved about $300. #
  • 15:53 @amelia_book and I are still at the apple store. @lethann & quu are at his parents doing birthday stuff. #
  • 15:55 WTF transfer time went from 1 hour to 4 hours. Luckily it is now back down to 1 hour 10 min. #
  • 16:06 I may have a fully charged battery when I leave. It’s 5.5 now out of 8 blocks. #
  • 16:07 @ottom it now says 2 hrs 8 min remaining. #
  • 16:16 About 33 min remaining it says. #
  • 16:49 Less than a minute to go. #
  • 16:58 320GB hard drive 4GB of RAM. But the last less than a min is taking 20. #
  • 17:18 It is snowing in HOTlanta #
  • 17:23 New shiny!!!!!!!! #
  • 18:10 Catching up on TV. NCIS to start with. #
  • 18:47 SL Fash Note: The Gift:The Gift Originally uploaded by Connie Sec.

    My look of the [Rand.. tinyurl.com/8egper #

  • 18:47 @demonasolace I think my old one is better that the old one of Laura’s that Bill has. #
  • 18:56 @demonasolace Might tryboth. See how they compare. #
  • 19:20 NCIS done now on to CSI: NY #
  • 20:36 About to remote into my mom’s computer #
  • 20:55 From Leverage: Eliot [who is beat up]: “How was I supposed to know it was a lesbian bar?” #
  • 21:57 Marty Pino the ME from 2nd season CSI:NY will be back later this season. #
  • 22:01 I so love Leverage. Next up on the TV catch up for the week. Numb3rs #
  • 22:11 Since I can’t get SL to function on my BRAND NEW MacBook Pro I’m going to see if the OnRez viewer wil work. #
  • 23:03 @lethann river is just too cute. #
  • 23:37 OnRez SL viewer isn’t working either. #
  • 23:42 @lethann Well they went to the NVida chips in this model. There are known issues, but there is a work around with the OpenGL driver…. #
  • 23:42 …but it did not work. #
  • 23:59 @lethann Where can I find Omega drivers for the Mac? #
  • 00:04 @lethann Nope all various versions of Windows. #
  • 00:31 @lethann I like the puppy cuteness porn. #
  • 00:54 @lethann @bkwrdk no longer exists. #

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