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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “G”

Due to a new schedule last week, I didn’t manage a blog. So I’ll be posting 2 letters this week!

Okay, so I recommend this game to everyone with a DS/3DS all the time, but can’t remember if I did here. Anyway, it absolutely must go on this list!

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was one of the few games that stuck with me, in that I STILL think back on the story years later. It’s not a long game, you only need about 10 hours max, but it has that emotional punch that all great stories do. The gameplay is interesting, puzzles are good, and the characters will leave you in tears. Yes, I sobbed like a baby at the end, but to say anything more would be spoiling. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

Gabriel Knight series. I was originally drawn in by the second game, The Beast Within, because it featured a writer, werewolves, and a mystery, which was all I needed. The FMV is probably one of the best ever made too, and it made me geek out that I had the same pen as Gabriel Knight and I would try to emulate the way he acted/walked (I was perhaps a strange kid). The first one was good too, but I played the second one about 3 times (always with a walkthrough, as the end maze is quite intense!).

Golden Sun series. Golden Sun was well…gold, okay? I absolutely loved this series, though Dark Dawn on the DS (which came years after the second) is the weakest. I started with the first, then played the second, and greatly appreciated seeing both sides as the second is the same game told through the view of the first game’s “enemy”. It brought up the idea of morals and that classic question of good vs bad. Yet overall it was just fun. I even named my ACNL town after the town I loved to waste time in, Tolbi. Collecting all the djinn was fun too, along with the powers they gave. Plus, they were cute! Hmm, maybe I should try to make an amigurumi of one…

What are your favorite G games?

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Recent Movies I Watched

I haven’t been reading sadly, and I’m still playing the same games, but I’ve watched 3 movies I’d love to talk about (1 is a rewatch).

Unrest. This documentary on CFS/ME was relatable to me and a very good glimpse into the life of chronic illness. If you know someone or are someone affected by chronic illness (doesn’t neccesarily need to be CFS/ME, I have neither), it’s a great watch. I don’t care about the Oscars in general, but it deserves an Oscar.

Phantom Boy. Found this movie on Netflix, and quite liked it. I didn’t love the art style (think A Cat in Paris, which makes sense as it is a French animation from the same directors), but the story was good. It follows a sick boy who discovers that his illness allows him to astral project. At first, he uses this ability to look in on his family at home and help guide patients back to their bodies in the hospital he stays in. Those patients never remember him, until he helps a cop. This leads him into playing the cop’s partner to take down a villain threatening the entire city. It never states what the boy’s illness is, but that doesn’t matter. It’s explorations of family, the effect on his little sister, his helping the cop (in more ways than one) was handled pretty well. It was a simple movie, but I enjoyed it.

Big Hero 6. I forgot how much I love this movie. I still want my own Baymax. Rewatching this movie made me want the sequel even more. But upon rewatch, I noticed some things… I won’t write them here for the sake of anyone who hasn’t seen the movie though. Anyways, I love the setting, I love Baymax, I love the group dynamic.

I don’t remember if I wrote about The Last Jedi, but I’m pretty sure I did. If I didn’t, I loved it! The Porgs and crystal foxes were so cute, and I really didn’t have any issue with the story. What movies did you watch this month?

Happy New Year, happy blogging!

I kind of had a not so good last week, thanks to injuring myself, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying stuff. So let’s get on with what I enjoyed over the holidays!

Our Star Wars trip got delayed due to snow, but we ended up seeing it on the 31st. We liked it! Despite the negative reviews going around, we still enjoyed it and while there were some things that could have been different, we appreciate the risks they took with it.

On Netflix, we binged Myths & Monsters. Loved the illustrations used in it and it felt like having a story read to you. It was a fun watch overall and I recommend it if you like mythology (though it mainly centers on European mythology).

I didn’t get any reading done, but I’m close to finishing Monster Hunter Stories, and of course continued on in XC2. Outside of those, I enjoyed a game of Carcasonne (great board game if you haven’t played yet and it’s easy to learn). I played Splatoon for the Splatfest but my team was decimated by Sweaters (meh, I’m still #TeamSock). I figured out and recorded on the Switch, and now I have my own personal one! That’s pretty big… ours needed a repair, so we bought another so we wouldn’t be without, now it’s back and all mine. ^_^

This year is all about making time for reading again (I have a 24 books goal), learning Unity (starting anyway), writing again, and crocheting a lot more projects towards a huge goal of mine this year.

Along with reading more, I should say that I’m not actually going to use Goodreads anymore.

May your 2018 be brighter than the past year. And as always, may it be filled with good books, good movies, good games and great experiences.

A Busy November

I know I haven’t been posting as much as I wanted, but November was kind of stressful. I wasn’t busy this past weekend, but I wasn’t feeling well so mainly just chilled in bed with crochet. I also started a new Switch indie game called Poi which is cute, pretty simple though repetitive. Also started playing Happy Home Designer because I needed an RPG break, though I might go back to Etrian soon. I still haven’t seen Thor Ragnorok and really want to! Just don’t know when or if that will happen.

I’ve been really on the fence with my Youtube channel. It’s hard to articulate exactly, but I’ve just not wanted to record. Trying to be entertaining while playing a game is loads harder than you’d think and I don’t feel very comfortable with it. I don’t think it’s just anxiety, it’s just hard to be energetic and I don’t find it that fun? I’m the type of person who likes to jump between games and doesn’t like feeling tied to playing a game because I started an LP. Committing to a game is hard, committing to one that gets no views is harder. Not that I care about views but it is less motivating. So I’m not sure what to do. I should push myself to finish the ones I started and go back to finish up my Gabriel Knight book experiment, but after that I just don’t know.

I might just switch to a completely casual style for my Youtube, like Game of the Week of whatever I wanted to play/talk about (limited to what I can actually record, but shouldn’t be much of a problem), or random discussions with gameplay, kinda like a podcast thing. Literally just showing off gameplay for games without the pressure of completing. That should work out better for me.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about more is writing. My relationship with writing is a bit odd, but I’ve been missing it this month. Specifically writing story. Possibly because it was NaNoWriMo, though I didn’t participate. So I might make that a part of my new year, as there’s a thing called 85K90, which seems a more manageable goal. Who knows if I’ll succeed, but I definitely want writing to be part of my life again, and that includes blogging.

Here’s to a more productive 2018 and a fun, relaxing December! Most anticipated game comes out tomorrow and I’m not even playing it because I never finished the first Xenoblade Chronicles. But heck, I might just play it regardless!

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.

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!

Oh wow, it’s dusty in here…

I’m not sure what to say that wasn’t already said previously, I meant to come back to blogging and just never did. Life changed a lot for the better mostly, but all my attention has mainly been on crafting. It has been addicting and great for me mentally. I’ve got about 3 years crocheting, picked up knitting this year and added cross stitching several months ago. While learning, practicing and creating, my reading dropped dramatically, my playing hasn’t changed too much but I just haven’t been finishing many games. I’m hoping to work on balance and shift myself from youtube videos/tv while crafting to audiobooks to up my reading.

But anyway, I decided I wanted to blog about E3 again since I’ve had so much fun doing it the last times I did. However, this time I’m only going to really talk about the stuff that interests me after a run down of games shown; I think that’s similar to what I did last time, but I’ll mainly only cover Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo this year unless something else pops out (or CD Projekt Red shows something on Cyberpunk 2077 because I really want that game!).

With that said, look for my post later tonight/early tomorrow for my thoughts on Microsoft! Thanks for visiting, I’ll try hard to stick around this time.

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