Weekly Roundup #2

It’s only 6:30 PM and I feel ready to sleep, but it’s Sunday post time and I didn’t get to it earlier so here I am.

Started this week playing the Costume Quest DLC, hoping I will finish those videos in the coming week. I attempted and failed to beat the first boss in Etrian Odyssey V. I need to try again but ended up taking a bit of a break. I played a few more days in Stardew Valley, and I’ve decided to work towards marrying Penny in the game. She has a backstory I can relate to a bit, so I want to rescue her. I also played some of Swords and Soldiers II on Wii U which I got for free during an #indieween event (technically before, it was an old code from another event and it happened to work).

Finished watching Wakfu on Netflix, which was pretty fun. During the weekend, I watched Spiderman Homecoming and Wonder Woman, both of which I really enjoyed. I really thought this iteration of Spiderman was authentic and he acted like a real teenager would. Wonder Woman was very good, despite the questionable boat journey (how could they possibly get to London that fast?). Overall though, I loved it. If we can make it to a movie theater next Saturday, we’ll watch Thor: Ragnarok. I’m really excited for it, so hopefully we can get to it soon.

I’m still in the middle of both books from last mention, as between being busy and head pain, reading hasn’t been an option. Hope that will change, but I did manage to get two more short stories read in The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

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Happy Halloween!

I wish I could say I was in the spirit of it but I’m not really. I didn’t have time to watch Nightmare Before Christmas, or other classic halloween-themed movies. I didn’t decorate at all or buy a costume. Heck, I don’t even have personal candy, though I may steal a Reese’s from the candy to hand out.

I don’t know, maybe I’ll do something during the day tomorrow, but at least I can wear my Sullie hood from Monster’s Inc. Actually, I will do something, I think I’ll record and post the DLC of Costume Quest I hadn’t played yet and post that before another Torchlight 2 video.

I’m more excited for November to start. The month of getting colder where I can start to wear sweaters and scarves, and finally get my chai tea latte (it’s more of an annual November tradition, since Starbucks is too expensive to do regularly). Also, sales (I feel sad for admitting that, but I love discount prices and gifting friends). My favorite fall/winter sales are at Half Price Books and GOG.com. My favorite fall holiday happens to be Thanksgiving, for which I impatiently wait for pecan pie. It’s also the month of NaNoWriMo, so if you’re doing that, good luck! I’ve only managed once, and don’t foresee myself trying again any time soon if at all. It’s HARD but an amazing feeling if you manage to cross that finish line. Or even if you don’t but still tried!

There wasn’t much point to this blog, I realize, but sometimes I like to talk about seasons. Currently, the fall leaves are gorgeous, and that’s probably my favorite thing of all. What’s your favorite thing about Fall/Autumn?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

For the goal of getting my reading bug awake again, this readathon was a resounding success – in more than one way! Generally in readathons, I manage 150 pages and that’s it. I was on fire this readathon with a grand total that honestly I didn’t see coming.

My grand total of pages? 348 pages! That’s amazing for me, I’m quite happy about it. So now I get to talk about what I read.

First book read and only one finished, was It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot. If you were following along on Twitter or saw my quick Goodreads review, you’ll know I was gushing over it. I took a break halfway through for a nap, but if I weren’t tired/didn’t have to attend to my needs, I probably would have read it all in one sitting. It was set up as essays interspersed with short illustrations or comics and it was super relatable to me as someone with anxiety. It covers anxiety, depression, bipolar and ED’s, but the serious is broken up by sarcastic humor that made me chuckle. I’m really glad I read it and it gave me a boost.

After finishing, I took several hours as a break, as I needed to run errands and ended up at my favorite store (at which I got no books, but quite the haul of video games lol). Once I got home and ate and watched a little Netflix with my husband, I dove into Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin until page 57. That was a struggle as my eyes kept drooping, but I did it while uploading a video on Youtube. After another bit of a break, I read about 35 pages of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson featuring stories/comics by a ton of female authors. That took me to midnight, by which point I was done and desperate for sleep.

I’m feeling quite bad today, but I had so much fun and made time for a lot of socializing too. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next one in April. Big thing to do different next time though is to not neglect my self-care. This would not have been a problem if I didn’t go out, so I need to prepare better in that sense. Anyways, if you participated, how did you do?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 21st 2017

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been participating in this readathon for a few years, and have to say, it’s my favorite. I generally only read around 6 of the 24 hours (as I tend to be doing other things), but the community keeps me coming back. It’s really encouraging and a lot of fun! Best of all, low stress. No one judges you for only being able to read 150 pages or so, because they’re pages you might not have read otherwise. It’s fun to see how many pages some people accomplish, even if it’s impossible for me personally.

Anyways, this year is the 10th Anniversary. 10 years of celebrating reading worldwide, which is awesome. If you want to sign up and participate, check out www.24hourreadathon.com. For me it begins on October 21st at 5 AM, so be sure to check the start date for yourself as the point of the readathon is to start at the SAME TIME, so it takes time zones into account. There’s a link on the right side of the menu bar when you go to the site that makes this super easy to check.

As for what I’ll be reading this Saturday, I haven’t quite decided! I might pick up The Lies About Truth because I’ve wanted to read it for ages, or maybe come Friday night I’ll grab a different book. My TBR is HUGE guys, so it’s a tough decision. The important thing is that I will be reading. Of course, if I’m unable to read physically (as my health sometimes does not allow for it and I can’t predict headaches), my reading will be through audio. Whatever I read, I’ll share on Sunday during my readathon recap.

I hope you’ll check it out and join in, even if you only have 2 hours to spare! I’ll mainly be updating throughout the day on Twitter, unless a challenge I want to participate in pops up that I’ll need to blog for.

Writing: I scream. #MeToo (CW, TW)

I scream,
but silence continues.
I scream,
but no sound escapes.
I scream,
but it stays inside of me.
I scream,
you stop me.
I scream,
but I’m no longer in the room.
I scream,
but I am the ceiling, the walls, the floor.
I scream,
but I am no longer here.
I scream,
but you’ve stolen my voice.
A single tear drops.
I die inside.
Until I am reborn.

Turns out all this stuff going on in social media is triggering me. Nightmare last night. Is that so surprising? I wanted to write about Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon, but I guess that’ll wait until tomorrow. I was too busy to write it yesterday. So there’s this instead.

Weekly Roundup #1

So this week I tried out two new shows, and honestly, they aren’t great.

First one I saw was The Gifted, which is in the X-Men Universe but featuring no X-Men, just new mutants. The focus is on a family trying to keep their mutant kids safe, since mutants are rounded up by the government. It kept my interest, so I’ll probably watch a few more episodes, but I’d love an actual X-Men show that’s good.

Next up, the first 3 episodes of The Inhumans. Let me just say, if I’d paid for the IMAX showing, I would have been greatly disappointed. It’s not on par with other Marvel shows and I’m so sad that Agent Carter got replaced by it (Agent Carter imo was the best Marvel show). The acting is pretty bad honestly. The plot so far is weak.

For games, I’ve been playing Culdcept Revolt and getting really into it. I have a thing about collecting and it’s fun to get new cards, though sometimes I find deck building a bit challenging since I don’t play any deck building games in real life so I’m never sure if I’m making good builds or not. Still, slowly playing my way through the quest mode. I’ve switched back to Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to finally finish it in anticipation for Layton’s Mystery Journey, which should arrive sometime this week. On PC, outside of my LP’s, I’m going back to Stardew Valley, which is fun.

No book update for now, but I really should make time for reading. It’s just hard to fit in everything. I don’t know if I’ll do a weekly roundup every week, which is why I numbered it. What new shows have you seen? Anything you can recommend?

Hello October! Sunday blogs are here!

So #TheReadingQuest was an epic fail lol. Unfortunately, I started with the book I was least excited about and that was just a bad idea. Then I started youtubing and that coupled with crafting killed any hope of reading. I don’t think challenges with defined categories works for me… it works better if I’m not trying to pick books to fit a category. So great idea, kudos to the creator, it just didn’t end up working out for me. I work better with 24hr readathons, because there I pick what I really want to read. I still want to read the rest of that stack, don’t get me wrong; I just wish I hadn’t started with Deaf Child Crossing. It wasn’t bad, just way too young so I was bored by it and couldn’t be bothered in the end.

Anyways, I’ve been fairly consistent with Youtube and have a system that’s working as I’m reducing to 3 times minimum a week (M, W, F). Sometimes my anxiety makes me not want to do it, but I’m trying to put myself out there in case I can make someone else’s day easier. Breaks from reality are good self-care anyway. So if you like Lets Plays, feel free to check it out! Along with this schedule, I’ll be committing to Sunday posts. I won’t be reviewing exactly, as I really don’t like writing them as it turns out, but I might do quick wrap ups of stuff I played, watched, read or what I’m looking forward to, or whatever else. I’m planning on doing Dewey’s 24 hr readathon as I do well with that, so will post on that and future readathons I do. Thanks for reading!

My #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR

Hello! If you haven’t heard of #TheReadingQuest, you can find all the info you need by clicking here!

In general terms (if you don’t want to click), it’s a reading challenge that lasts from August 13th to September 10th, and it’s video game themed! Right up my alley right? When I heard of it, I knew I had to participate! There are four class paths to take: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue. For this challenge, I have chosen the Knight path. (This lovely art was created by ReadThinkPonder)

Reading Quest Board

Each ‘player’ starts out at Level 1, with 10 Exp and 10 HP. Level ups happen every 50 Exp acquired. Every book completed regardless of format gives you 10 Exp, unless it was by an #ownvoices author which gains you 20 Exp. Another exception is a graphic novel or manga, which only gives you 5 Exp. If you complete your path before Sept. 10th, you automatically get 50 Exp, and 30 for every additional completed path.

Health points add up as follows: You get +1 HP for every 10 pages read, or +1 HP for every 20 minutes of an audiobook. Graphic novels/manga are +1 every 20 pages. Tweeting relevant tweets under the hashtag give +1 HP each, up to 20 max. Photos of quest books or your challenge TBR are +1 HP and count towards the social media 20 HP max.

There’s a prize at the end for whoever gains the most Exp and HP, which I already know won’t be me lol. I’m just doing this for fun and to push myself to read regularly again!

So without further ado, here’s my TBR!

First Book of Series: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin (an #ownvoices author)

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (there’s a bow and arrow)

A Book with a Red Cover: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Been meaning to read it for the longest time)

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (never read, but just re-watched those movies a few weeks ago)

Hope that might have piqued your interest to join in on the fun. Happy Reading!

E3 2017: Thoughts on Sony and Nintendo presentations

Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).

They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.

Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!

1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!

These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.

Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?

E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

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