Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tales from the Bookshelf - Mini Reviews!

Here's a few of the books I've had my nose in lately! I always go back and forth on if I prefer reading and writing long book reviews, or shorter to-the-point reviews. I guess it just depends on what kind of mood I'm in. What kind do you prefer?

Q&A a Day for Creatives

You've probably already seen the highly instagrammed Q&A a Day: A 5 Year Journal. It asks you a question every day of the year, for five for example on July 1st it asks what your favorite pair of socks are. Then next year on July 5th you'll be on the same page again and will again answer what your current favorite pair of socks are. It's a cool idea, and an easy way to document how we change (or don't) from year to year. For Q&A a Day for Creatives, they took the same idea and just made it a little more creative. Instead of asking what your favorite pair of socks are, it might ask you to draw what your dream pair of socks would look like. Most of the prompts are to draw something, which I guess I should have expected. I like the idea, but I kinda suck at drawing.

I haven't actually started using the book yet...I was thinking that since January will be here soon enough (I hate saying so, but it's true) I might just wait so I can start the book fresh on page one. Each page/prompt is dated with the month and day (but not the year, good move), so if I started it right now that would mean all the January - August of this years spaces will be left blank forever, which is lame and sad. Even if I decide not to draw each prompt, I'm still excited to start filling this baby out. The questions are much more interesting and creative than the original Q&A a Day. Also this journal is only 4 years, not 5. I figure this won't be a big turnoff to many people, as most of us have a hard enough just sticking to something for one year, hah!

Geek Anthropology of Loki's Army

This next book is written by one of my wonderful blogging friends, dePepi! Geek Anthropology of Loki's Army is a MUST read for anyone looking to learn more about our favorite tiny Frost Giant, Loki! Seriously, just about ANYTHING you would ever need to know about Loki, his universe, or the universe that's obsessed with him (hey that's us!) you'll find in here.

I've always enjoyed Loki as a character (and Tom Hiddleston definitely isn't bad either, ayyy). I mean, what's not to like? Mischievous characters are always the most interesting. But an expert on the subject, I am not. I've seen Thor, Thor: the Dark World, and The Avengers...but prior to this book that's where all my Loki knowledge came from. Geek Anthropology of Loki's Army really helped flesh out Loki's story for me, and filled in a lot of the gaps since I'm not super involved in the Loki fandom. Now I really want to re-watch all the movies Loki's in, and see if I view him differently!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

I had high hopes for the first series in the Deadpool Killogy, and while it wasn't bad, it was just alright. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is a 4 part series (making it a series in a series, confusing sorry), in which our favorite antihero sets out to...kill the Marvel universe. I'm not going to tell you why, but I will say it's not entirely mindless killing. He sort of has a reason for doing it (and I'm not saying it's a good reason, but he does have a reason). I'm always up for a good hack-and-slash, but unfortunately the story is severely lacking here. However it nicely displays all of Deadpool's weird quirks, which is what makes him interesting in the first place.

If you don't know much about Deadpool, I recommend at least reading his Wiki page or something before diving into this series. Otherwise some parts seem weird and out of place. For example, most of my Deadpool knowledge comes from cartoons and movies, I'd never read a Deadpool comic before. So I knew that Deadpool talks to himself/has different personalities, but it took me a second to realize how the different color thought boxes in the comic represent the different sides of Deadpool, because I hadn't read these actions before. Semi-spoiler starts here! Another thing that made this comic a little lackluster was how fast paced it was. Deadpool wants to kill the entire Marvel universe, so that's a lot of ground to cover, I get it. But managing to kill all of the X-Men in a two page spread kind of takes the emotion out of it. Semi-spoiler ends here!

Anyway, I'm about to start the second series, Deadpool Killustrated, where he goes to visit (aka kill) characters in classic literature. I love it when modern things have classic lit tie-ins, and Deadpool Killustrated was what got me interested in the Deadpool Killogy to begin I'm hoping I enjoy that one a bit more!

Q&A a Day for Creatives was provided by Blogging for Books for reviewing purposes! Geek Anthropology of Loki's Army was provided by Pepi for reviewing purposes and because she's badass! Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe was provided by the library because they're free! :D

Monday, September 21, 2015

Life is Strange!

Life is Strange

Last Wednesday I fell in love with the game series, Life is Strange. It's EVERYTHING you guys, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it! Sigh. So today I wanted to write a short review of the game, for those of you that haven't played it yet but were maybe-kinda-sorta interested :)

Life is Strange is one of those interactive decision based story game things. So it's like Telltale's The Wolf Among Us, Tales From the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, etc. Or like Heavy Rain, except it's in episodes rather than one big game. I'm sure there's a name for these type of games, but I don't know what it is. You play as Max Caulfield, uber hipster and budding photographer, who attends an uber hipster boarding school filled with even more uber hipsters. Seriously, SO MANY HIPSTERS. The story and writing are great though, so I let it slide. While in class, Max learns that she has the ability to rewind time!

It starts a little slow at first, but creepy things are definitely going on at Blackwell Academy, and while you're no detective, it's up to you to figure things out. Your buddy Kate is having some personal troubles that are much more CSI: Miami than you realized. A school security guard, David, is harassing students and trying to install security cameras all over the school (including your dorm room, gross). A girl from your school, Rachel Amber, has mysteriously vanished. Then there's this guy Nathan, who's TOTALLY up to some bullshit but you're not exactly sure what yet. On top of having to deal with all these wackadoo characters, our girl Max is having visions of a massive hurricane headed straight for their small town, Arcadia Bay. Maybe they're just dreams - but the bizarre weather they're having is hinting otherwise (while the weather reports are sensing no sign of a hurricane, of course).

This game is entirely decision and consequence based! Every decision you make - what you decide to say to people, how you decide to carry out an objective, if you remember to WATER YOUR PLANT - has an impact on how the story goes. Sometimes you have to make really BIG decisions, and I get all stressed out @_@ It's even harder when you get attached to the characters, which in my case managed to happen even though I don't like half of them. Luckily, if you realize you made a stupid decision you can just rewind time and say/do the other option instead! Your power can only rewind to certain checkpoints, so it's still important to choose wisely. For the most part I'm TRYING not to flip flop around with my decisions too much, unless I know I really screwed things up. This is because I'm AWFUL at making decisions, not just in games, but in real life. So if I overthink my actions in Life is Strange I would probably rewind and start over again, and again, and AGAIN (even if there's only like, two options), and no one got time for that. Besides, I can always start a new game afterwards and go with the opposite decision then.

Life is Strange plant

I'd recommend this game to anyone that loves a gripping, thrilling mystery. The best way I can think to describe it is like one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, but if it were a movie instead of a book. Like I said before, things start off a little slow, but once they ramp up it's like WOAH WOAH I WASN'T READY FOR THAT CAN WE JUST CHILL FOR A SEC?! And the game will be like, NO! NOW HURRY AND MAKE THIS TERRIBLE DECISION THAT WILL LITERALLY AFFECT YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. So yeah, it's totally fun. Another great thing about this genre of game is that it's literally impossible to be "bad" at it. I know a lot of people that are like, "I love the stories in games, but I don't play them myself because I'm terrible at video games!" And I FEEL YOU, friend. There are a LOT of games I completely suck at, but this isn't one of them, and it won't be for you, either! Even if it feels like you made a bad decision or something bad happens, you're not playing it wrong or "bad." That's just the direction the story ended up going.  NO ONE CAN BE BAD AT THIS GAME.

Life is Strange is a five part series, and currently four of them are out and ready to play. The general consensus is that each episode is roughly 2 - 2.5 hours depending on the pace that you play. For me they usually last closer to 3 hours, but I like to snoop around a lot and I also manage to get lost everywhere I go. There's so much more I want to tell you about Life is Strange, but since it's being released in episodes it's easy to spoil the story, so I guess I'll have to cut this review short. Bottom line: If you like a good story, intriguing characters, dark mysteries and watering plants - this is the game for you! :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell - Full Review!

Alright friends, long time coming, but I'm finally writing about Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell! I finished playing this game last month, but I'd been wanting to play it ever since it came out back in January. I held off on playing it because I was tired of having to play all my fancy games on Andrew's fancy computer - but now I have my own fancy computer to game on, huzzah!

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

Gat Out of Hell is a standalone expansion for the Saints Row series. So you don't HAVE to own, or have even played, any other Saints Row game to play this...but if you don't care for Saints Row then there's not much point. I think one of the series's strong points is how all the games build upon each other. So in the previous game, Saints Row IV, earth has been destroyed and The Third Street Saints (what's left of them anyway) are living in a spaceship that they stole from the Zin aliens that blew up Earth.

Gat Out of Hell picks up immediately after the conclusion of Saints Row IV. While using a ouija board during a surprise slumber party for Kinzie, the device spells out the name “Jezebel,” and a portal materializes and whisks The Boss (the character you designed in SR IV) away to Hell. After forcing the portal back open, Johnny Gat and Kinzie run in to save him, landing in the city of New Hades. After some exploring and finding the deceased Dane Vogel (Saints Row 2 throwback), they discover that Satan intends to force The Boss into matrimony with his daughter, named...(dramatic music)...Jezebel! No one is keen on this idea, including Jezebel, who is secretly in love with Nyte Blayde. Jezebel and Matt Miller would get along great.

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Jezebel Satan Musical

In Gat Out of Hell you play as Johnny Gat or Kinzie (yay female characters!) and go around causing trouble in Hell to eventually get the attention of Satan, so you can shoot him in the face and save The Boss. There's a light story mode, and while it leads you into meeting some cool characters (Blackbeard, Vlad the Impaler, DJ Shakespeare), they mostly just send you to do small tasks and mini games. Similar to the "Loyalty Missions" in the previous Saints games. Besides a few boss battles, you spend MOST of this game is flying around and completing mini games. You just keep doing it until your "Satan's Wrath" meter gets high enough to show you've really got his attention. You can follow the story or just ignore it and fly around finding your own mini games until the meter eventually fills. So it's sort of a sandbox-y game. As you fill up your Wrath meter you'll trigger three major "events" which take you to a cut-scene to progress the story further. I guess this was because the creators knew the game was severely lacking story, because in one of the cut-scenes we're shown this guy:

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

That's Johnny Gat sitting in the Volition (creators of SR) office, scratching his head at the script, next to the games senior producer, Jim Boone. At least they're self aware, I guess.

The biggest and most obvious new feature in this game is the landscape of Hell. Saints Row: The Third takes place in the city of Steelport, then in Saints Row IV after Earth explodes, you're running around a simulation of Steelport that for the most part, looks exactly the same. So in Gat Out of Hell it's nice to finally be somewhere that bears no resemblance to Steelport. New Hades is run by Dane Vogel. Before his death, Dane was the chairman of Ultor, a corporation that wants to buy out...pretty much everything. Shortly after you arrive in Hell you find Dane and learn that he's started a new branch of Ultor in Hell ("Hell is what you make of it!"). Dane agrees to help Gat and Kinzie in their mission, so throughout the game you hear from Dane a lot as he teaches you the ins and outs of Hell. New Hades is also set up like a city, but like, hellish, I guess. You're surrounded by lava, demons and burning things.

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell New Hades

Now let's talk about your new Arcane powers. Many are similar to the powers in Saints Row IV, but with a hellish twist. There are six different powers you earn and upgrade throughout the game: Blast, Summon, Stomp, Aura, Super Sprint, and Flight. It'll take a bit to explain each and every one, so here's a nifty little guide on the powers, if you're curious. Super Sprint and Flight are the most important. With Super Sprint you obviously run really fast, which is always helpful when you're battling demons and other underworld creatures, but the real fun is in Flight. Dane teaches Gat and Kinzie how to learn "Angelic Flight" which spouts giant angel wings from their backs. I had trouble getting the hang of flying at first, but after some practice it's easily the best part of the game. In Saints Row IV you had Super Jump and Glide, which was sort of like flying, but not super efficient. Now we have actual flying, and it's awesome!

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

The one thing I really missed in this game are the story missions. The side quests are alright, but in the Saints Row series they've always felt like filler (not terrible filler, but filler nonetheless). I mean no one's going to say that their favorite part of a Saints Row game was a side quest. I was going to go further in depth about this, but I read this interesting review on PC World that words it more eloquently so I thought I'd give them credit instead:

Each Saints Row game has a gaggle of side missions for you, and it even does that annoying thing where it forces you to play through those side missions for various rewards. But if I asked you to name your favorite Saints Row moment, you'd almost undoubtedly throw back a unique setpiece instead—blasting off on a missile while Aerosmith plays in the background, or recreating the movie They Live, or your character singing Biz Markie on the way to an objective, or the entirety of the "Deckers Die" mission in Saints Row the Third. The writing in Saints Row is its strength. It's sharp. It's smart. It's silly. It's lewd. It breaks the fourth wall. It's unique. It's weird. It's absurd. Whatever adjective you'd use to describe it, it's the situational comedy in Saints Row that stands out. Gat Out of Hell has no real missions, and thus a lot of its potential is wasted. For instance, you meet Blackbeard, famed pirate and scourge of the seven seas. He lives on a recreation of the Queen Anne's Revenge. In Hell. In a real Saints Row game (read: not an expansion) this would be the start of a fantastic line of quests, perhaps culminating in your sailing the Queen Anne's Revenge into a statue of Satan or fighting Blackbeard in a beard-growing contest or hell I don't know. Anything. Maybe you'd sing a rousing sea-chanty version of Biz Markie together. In Gat Out of Hell, by contrast, you have one sort-of mission with Blackbeard. Imps (the easiest enemies in the game) are invading and you have to kill a certain number. That's it. It takes five minutes, and doing so unlocks one of your superpowers (Summon Imps) and gives you a new Blackbeard Loyalty mission. The loyalty missions are the same as they were in Saints Row IV—complete side quests. Then you finish those side quests and Blackbeard goes "Great, thanks for doing that," and then you basically never hear from Blackbeard again." - source

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Kinzie

So to wrap everything up, below is my quick list of pros and cons on Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, but first let me say this - If you're a long time fan of the Saints then I definitely think this game is worth the $20, even if you're just playing to see some of your favorite characters again. Also, Steam has it on sale alot so chances are if you're patient you can get it for cheaper.. While it's obviously a much smaller game I still felt like I got a good amount of game time out of it, though I know this is different for everyone. I like to take my time with games (seriously, I take forever) and between working/blogging/whatever else I had to do, I finished the "story mode" in a few days. But with the sandbox aspect of the game there's still a LOT of stuff left to do in there. So ANYWAY, here's my list, and maybe it can help you decide for yourself if this is the game for you.

- Lack of traditional story mode missions.
- Andrew and I were having some issues with the co-op, but I decided not to go super in depth about this because I've looked online and it seems like no one else is having the same issue.
- No licensed soundtrack. For most games this wouldn't bother me, but in the Saints Row series it makes a noticeable difference!

- Flying!!!
- New and unique world (sorry, Steelport, you were getting old).
- Interesting new characters...even if they're not being used to their full potential.
- Playing as Gat and Kinzie. This is a bonus for me because aside from The Boss, they're my two favorite characters.
- Creative and fun new weapons, which are AWESOME. For some of the weapons you're required to collect the pieces first, but trust me, it's worth it.
- Musical cut scene. I'm a sucker for anything musical-when-it-usually-isn't. And just musicals in general.

I hope you enjoyed my review! I'm closing with my favorite picture from the game, which I wasn't able to use anywhere else in this post because it's from the first five minutes of the game, before Gat and Kinzie even get to Hell, so it's not really relevant to anything, hahah. It's from Kinzie's surprise birthday party :)

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Birthday

Have you played Gat Out of Hell, or any of the other Saints Row games? Tell me what you think!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bookish (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts #10

Happy Wednesday! The week's half over, yyyyeeesssssss!!! I don't know about you, but for me this week has kinda been the worst and I'm ready for the weekend. So aside from that, here's whats been on my mind lately :)

1. I'm looking for an online book club to join! Obviously there are a million of them out there that I could join, but, I don't know. None of them are speaking to me. Or I tried joining and it didn't work out for some season. Well, maybe you're the problem, Natalie...errr, maybe I am. But not entirely, alright? I've already joined four different ones that seemed AWESOME, and then when it was time to actually discuss the book, no one seemed to care. Like, they just all read the same book at the same time for no reason. Why?! So if you're in an online book club that you wouldn't mind me joining, let me know. Here's an idea of what I'm looking for:

- A group that actually discusses the book, obviously.
- A group that doesn't read too much YA (some is ok, but if the majority is YA then no thanks).
- A group that isn't too small, so no one will notice if I don't manage to read the book that month. (Sorry, just being real here).

What I really want to do is join an IRL book club, like the ones in movies where they drink all night...
...but I haven't found one yet. 

2. I really need to see the movie Yakuza Apocalypse! It looks super badass, in an over-the-top-don't-take-it-seriously kinda way.

3. I recently learned about the Deadpool Killogy series, and um, woah. I haven't started reading it yet (I just finished reading The X-Files Season 10, and now I'm about to start reading Season 11!!!)...but it sounds awesome. I'm especially interested in the second part, called Deadpool Killustrated; but before that I have to read part one, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe! Has anyone read these yet? What did you think of them? Maybe I should just join a comics book club, hahahah.

4. Since my last Bookish post, I went to a Billy Joel concert! If you follow me elsewhere then you already know this, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! I'm a huge Billy Joel fan, so seeing him live was a great experience. Our seats were really far back, so from where we were he looked liked a tiny ant onstage, but it's ok! We could still see him on the jumbotron thing, and obviously he still sounded perfect :) Since we hadn't read about there being an opening act, we just figured there wasn't going to be one. Then as were fighting through the crowd to get to our seats, we heard Gavin DeGraw start singing?! So yes there was an opening act, and also where has he been all this time? I had planned to buy a t-shirt at the concert, too. I had looked at them on his website and they were reasonably priced, but at the concert they were all WAY more expensive (in hindsight I should have expected that). I thought about getting one anyway, but I saw the line that would have literally taken hours to get though, and I sadly decided I'd just buy one online later. But! As we were leaving the concert there was a sketchy guy outside selling tour shirts. I knew they were probably fake, and I felt bad about doing it...but I bought one. I mean, they were only $10! If I bought it online I would have spent $25, plus shipping, on a shirt that looked identical. I'M SORRY. Anyway, the concert was held at AT&T park in San Francisco, so it was outside. And even the weather was perfect! Everything was perfect <3

5. If you happen to read this before Wednesday 10am Pacific time, run over to Steam and grab a copy of Amnesia: The Dark Descent for FREEEEE! Although if you can't sleep after playing it it's not my fault. I went ahead and download it (because FREE), but I don't know if I'll actually be brave enough to play it ;_; Someone said I should play it while streaming on Twitch, so people can laugh every time I get scared and start crying. Jerks >_>

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shakespeare Saturday

Happy Saturday! How's your weekend going? Mine's pretty chill (which is awesome in my opinion). Today I'm sharing two books with you, both Shakespeare themed! So if you're not into The Bard, you've been warned. Away you moldy rogue, away! Both books were provided by Quirk Books, one specifically for review and one came in my prize pack from Armchair BEA! Thanks again! :D

Quirk Shakespeare books

First up is William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge. If the title doesn't give it away, it's Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith written as a Shakespearean play. Chances are you've already heard of this series from the previous books in the series: Verily; A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, The Phantom of Menace and The Clone Army Attacketh. Which makes today's book, Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge, both book three and book six. As much as I love Star Wars I still have trouble getting this logic down. Sorry, guys. #WorstFanEver.

If you haven't read the other books, it's ok. I assume you still know how Star Wars goes, and since these books follow the movies you already know what happens and where. Also I'm not really going to review the actual STORY, because again, everyone and their moms know what happens in Star Wars. What makes these books interesting is their presentation and HOW the story is written. So let's take a look inside.

Like any play, the book opens with a cast of characters and a prologue. The story is separated into five acts, signified by our wookie friend, here.

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

Something pretty common in Shakespeare's plays is an "aside." This is when a character speaks to the audience, usually in a way where it's implied that the other characters can't hear them. Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge is no different, and features lots of asides from our favorite droid, R2-D2! These were my favorite parts in the book. R2-D2 would have his little aside and tell you his opinion on what's going on, speaking in perfect Shakespearean English, but when he goes back to talking to the other characters it's in the beep-boop-bops we're used to hearing!

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

While I hadn't really thought of it prior to learning about the Shakespeare's Star Wars series, the pairing works really well. Star Wars is full of action, drama, tragedy, and tormented characters. So are all many of Shakespeare's plays! So if you're into Shakespeare AND Star Wars, definitely give this series a try. I see only one downside, and while it doesn't pertain to me it's something I might mention to others. If you DON'T like reading Shakespeare - as in you find the writing boring or hard to follow, I don't think this book is going to change that. It's written in perfect Elizabethan Shakespeare, just swap out the daggers for lightsabers and horses for starships! For more Star Wars Shakespeare fun, check out this Star Wars sonnet generator!

Quirk Shakespeare Books

Our next book is Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs, by Erik Didriksen! This little (128 page) gem is pretty much what the title implies, which is awesome! Inside you'll find Shakespearean renditions of your favorite pop songs. Many of the songs are more recent hits (think Lorde, Bruno Mars, Rihanna), but there's also some older ones thrown in there, too (such as Gloria Gaynor, Journey and Rick Astley...yes, you get rickrolled by a book).

The songs are divided into five categories: Sonnets of Love, Sonnets of Despair, Songs of Time and Mortality, Ballads of Heroes, and my favorite - Rogues, Rascals and Wanton Women. Don't try reading this book in one sitting (even though it's totally doable and tempting)! If you speed through the songs too fast without thoroughly appreciating them, I think the book would kind of lose its charm - which would be unfortunate because the whole thing is a work of art! Here's one of my favorite songs from the book... ;)

Pop Sonnets Jay-Z 99 Problems

Pop Sonnets would make a great gift for any of your literature and music loving friends. I think it also makes a cute little coffee table type book. The copy I have (pictured) is in paperback because it's an unfinished ARC copy. When the final product is released on October 6th, it will be a beautiful hardcover, perfect for gift giving and (eeeek) Christmastime! For even more pop sonnets check out the Pop Sonnets Tumblr page, where they add a new one every Thursday! :)

So that's all for today! What are your opinions on Shakespeare? Who's going to see the new Macbeth movie?! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

8 Photos of Happiness

Awhile back I noticed a cute little thing floating around the blogosphere called 8 Photos of Happiness. It began on Ariel's Little Corner of the Internet and took off from there. I was planning to do it whether another blogger tagged me to or not, because I thought it was a cute idea. Then one of my favorite bloggers, Jessica, tagged me! That happened a month ago, but better late than never, right?! So here's eight photos (new and old) of things that always make me happy!

1. Theatre - I've always loved going to live theatre shows! When I was younger I spent a lot of time volunteering in theatre, and later I went to school and studied theatre. So I guess it was no surprise when I started working in two different theatres, hahahah. I love musicals, plays, concerts, all of it! I love working in the theatre atmosphere and always being introduced to new things.

2. Coffee - Boring answer, but it's true. I need love my coffee! Even though the picture is showing Dutch Bros, I actually make my coffee at home 95% of the time. I do really love Dutch Bros, though! Dutch Bros > Starbucks.

3. Tabletop games - So that picture is from my last session of Dungeons & Dragons, which is cool, but not actually my favorite tabletop game. This was just the most recent tabletop picture I had, hahah! She's cute though, right? The alien head thing is just sitting in place of my characters real pet, which is supposed to be a flying squirrel (like Fuu in Samurai Champloo!), except we don't have a flying squirrel Lego, so yeah. Anyway! I love paying board games, card games, most games! Except Monopoly! Playing tabletop games with my favorite people is a perfect day for me :)

4. Books - No one saw this coming, right? Hahah.

5. Blogging - Obviously. Hah! But really, I love blogging! I've loved writing for a long time but it took me awhile to find my niche, and somehow it turned out to be blogging. I also love all the wonderful blogs and bloggers I've gotten to know throughout the process.

6. Good shows - Which currently means The X-Files, because I'm not watching anything else right now (#201DaysofXFiles!), but I also mean shows in general. Finding a good show to be obsessed with is one of my favorite things. What should I watch next?! I have too many options, which makes me overwhelmed so I haven't picked anything yet, hahah.

7. Friends and Family - I wanted to use a picture with all of my family and Andrew, but the one I did find wouldn't fit in the square frame >_> Either way I still like this picture, even though it's blurry and the colors are bad. In the front is my younger brother, and in the back in Andrew. I took this on day my family helped Andrew and I move into our new apartment! By the time we finished we were all tired and grumpy, but as we headed out for dinner I managed to get Andrew and Jesse to smile for me, even if it was sarcastically.

8. Video games - Another obvious choice, but we're almost done so stick with me! Some people say books let you explore new worlds (which is true), but so do video games! Just in a different way :) I love visiting new lands and putting myself in the shoes of a new character, whether it's the leader of The Third Street Saints or a druid from Azeroth. (Also I earned my Malfurion master skin in HotS recently, so I'm pretty pumped about that! Hero League, here I come!)

Now I want to tag EVERYONE to do this! I mean, if you want to :) If you want to play along, here's the gist of it:

- Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post
- Link the creator (Ariel’s little corner of the internet)
- Post your 8 photos of happiness
- The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy
- Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it - or let the photos do the talking!
- Spread the love!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bookish (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts #9

Aaaahhhh it's Wednesday already!

1. Have you seen my new blog header?! Isn't it the greatest?! (Also if you're thinking "Duh of course I see it, I'm on your blog aren't I?" this is a legitimate question because if you read your blogs through a feed you sometimes don't see these things, so there!) It was drawn and painted for me by my buddy Fiona, who has her own awesome blog called North East Nerd! If you like her style be sure to check out her sticker shop, Badger & Bear! When discussing design ideas, I basically just wrote her a list of things I love and told her to have fun with it. She knows of my current X-Files and alien obsession, so when she sent me the first draft of this design I was over the moon! With the new season of The X-Files getting closer and closer each day we're just gonna be talking about that and aliens even more around here, so I hope you're ready! :P Thanks again, Fiona! You're the best!

2. Sooo...on that note, I'm currently reading The X-Files Season 10! It's a comic book series that's a continuation of the TV show (which ended with season 9). One of the writers is Chris Carter, who produced the TV show and created the whole series! So because of that, the comic books are considered a canon continuation (say that five times fast). I can't believe it took me so long to learn that these comics existed, but as I'm relatively new to the X-Files fandom I'm trying not to beat myself up about it ;) I think I first read about them in a blog post somewhere by Gladys, who is much cooler than me and has been a fan for a much longer time. Anyway, I'm really enjoying this series so far. It's well written and the art is really cool. It's just like having more X-Files to watch...I just have to read it with the characters voices in my head, hahah.

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Not from the comic, but I like it anyway. (Source)

3. Is anyone here getting a virtual ticket for BlizzCon? Or have you done it in the past? Andrew and I were just talking about it and are curious about how much is shown, considering you can usually see a lot of it online for free, anyway! Is it a fun consolation prize for not being able to physically attend, or does it just rub it in your face more?! I don't know. I think it could be fun. I also like that virtual ticket buyers now have the opportunity to purchase the BlizzCon goody bag that all the other con-goers will be getting! Sigh. Maybe someday I'll get to go, hahah.

4. Have you checked out the awesome giveaway I'm hosting with Sent From Mars? There's still time to enter! You could win this stormtrooper clutch purse! Mari makes them herself because she's a badass ;)

stormtrooper purse

5. A few people have asked if I'm still using my bullet journal and how I'm liking it. It's awesome! I'm surprised that's it's keeping me waaay more organized than my old, regular planner did. I also think it's really fun :) I like using different colored pens, washi tape and stickers to keep it interesting.

6. So I'm about to start playing Dungeons & Dragons again. I was sort of bribed into it. And I'm not sure how I feel about it, yet. As a self identifying geek it's really embarrassing to say that I'm awful at D&D, but I am. I'm the worst at it! I always thought that a good imagination and basic critical thinking skills were all it took to be good at D&D, but either that's not true or I am missing those skills :(

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What do you MEAN my dice roll wasn't high enough?! 

Our Blogger Book Drive goal is 75% funded!!! That means that so far $150.00 is going towards providing books for children that need them. This is AMAZING, you guys! It makes me so incredibly happy. If you'd still like to donate, our fundraising page will be open for just a few more days - you can find it right here!

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Me every time I see a new donation.

8. That's it for now :) Last week I was thinking I'd start doing these posts every other week instead, then this week I guess I just had more to say so I felt like sharing. I guess from now on the rule will be, "I will write them whenever I feel like it." Hahahah. Bookish (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted every Wednesday by Bookishly Boisterous!