Things on the XIIIth: February 2019

Welcome to my monthly progress post that happens on the 13th, which marks the start of a new fiscal month here on Livid Lightning. Get it? XIII is my favourite numberโ€ฆ because I like Final Fantasy XIII a lot? Jeezโ€ฆ tough crowd.

Tis the month of love… or at least that’s what the Hallmark Corporation wants it to be. I won’t go off into a rant in this progress post, but damn, I’m not really a fan Valentine’s Day. It’s mostly the annoying subliminal (super-liminal?) messages that businesses use to push subpar chocolate, overpriced jewelry, and wilted flowers. Yeah. I’m probably jealous on some level… oh well!

Alrighty. I’ve sated my need to whine a bit, so on with the things I’ve been up to this month! Is it St. Patrick’s Day yet? This will also be shorter than usual. Long work day with tons of things going on so I’m not feeling as babbly as usual. Here we go, though!

Blogging Things

My daily posting streak went crashing down along with my mood (not surprised… I know me pretty well these days). I’m happy to report I finished re-posting my Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series before I got all cranky, though! I’m also pleased with the book reviews I managed to get posted. I’ve been wanting to get into doing those more and they were fun to write.

The awesome Kim from Later Levels and I teamed up to host a special community event this week: #LoveYourBacklog! Check out Kim’s post to find out how you can partake. And lemme know if you do since I’d love to read your post! The backlog beast can totally become something for us to be proud of rather than the invincible foe we usually treat it as.

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WordPress Followers: 163 (+21)

Things I Wrote Here

XIII Random Great Things I Read From Others

Alas, I don’t have the time or energy to obsessively read blogs like I did in the past. But here’s a random sampling of cool posts I was able to read lately. Keep being awesome, everyone!

I) Ellie over at Blogging For Dopamine wrote a wonderful post about the INTJ’s struggle with logic and emotion. As a INFJ, I related a lot. My brain and heart are often pulling me in two different directions. I can use my logic to basically cut out my feelz, but those feelz always come back with a vengeance. The key to happiness is finding that sweet state of inner peace.

II) I need moar time for participating in community events… Red Metal’s Questions for the Reader’s series over at Extra Life Reviews is always an interesting read, at least.

III) Imagining all the cool custom video game swag I could create with a 3D printer makes me all warm and fuzzy inside! I enjoyed this Killer Robotics post about getting started with the technology.

IV) If you collect cards, you’re gonna want to store them properly for the sake of your collection. Check out this post on Daily Trading Cards for the importance of the old school binder technology.

V) I found Hundstrasse‘s questioning of a missing window in the non-REmastered Resident Evil 2 game quite fascinating.

VI) Gah! Anxiety and depression like to gang up on me a lot these days. A Geeky Gal‘s recent post about anxiety struck a chord with me. It’s always nice not to feel alone when dealing with this mental health stuff.

VII) The Shameful Narcissist rocks at writing entertaining book reviews, and her All’s Well That End’s Well review is no exception, complete with amusing memes and badass commentary.

VIII) I was a tad sad to see that Normal Happenings discontinued their weekly Nice Job Badges. I always found cool bloggers through those posts and was grateful to receive a couple badges for posts here on Livid Lightning.

IX) I think I’m officially out on BioWare’s upcoming Anthem game based on the first impressions post over at Falcon Game Reviews. I was not a fan of Destiny and I only enjoy truly single player experiences.

X) Is your whiny voice evolving and trying to kill you, along with the entire human race? If you’re alarmed by this notion, definitely check out Professional Moron‘s surreal short story.

XI) SidrElf has finally explained why I love dragons so much. I may have fallen victim to marketing tricks…

XII) I seriously need to get back into the Kirby series. Defy the Majority keeps reminding me how adorably badass the pink little guy is.

XIII) I’m still plugging away at the Witcher 3 (see below) and I really enjoyed reading the Goddess of Wisdom’s thoughts on the game over at AmbiGaming. She pointed out a lot of good critiques about Geralt’s 3rd adventure. #CiriForNextWitcherGameProtagonist

Gaming Things

Games Completed So Far in 2019: 4 (+3)

Games Newly Finished

Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange
Platinumed in 2 sittings, yo! Amazing story and loved Chloe (aka Aloy’s voice).

Gone Home

Gone Home
It’s rare when a romance arc in a story makes me wanna cry… S+L forever!! *sobs*

Year Walk

Year Walk
Not sure what the hell I witnessed exactly, but wow. I really enjoyed the secret ending!

Games I’m Actively Playing Now

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
Beat the main game and bought Geralt badass shades at an auction in the Hearts of Stone xpac. Wrapping up the Blood and Wine xpac then I’m done!! What a journey…

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild
Feels like a pay to win option but my Amiibo addiction is landing my Link with some sweet gear!

Games On the In-Progress Back Burner

Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty – I ain’t got no time to be pwned by unfair VR missions lately. The Platinum trophy quest is officially on hold for a bit.

Dark Souls – Not feeling up for dying a lot at the moment, but do intend to try again someday in the far future.

Collecting Things

New Swag

Loot Crate again since Mass Effect was featured – Hella disappointing… A Gears of War blanket and a Mass Effect calendar (which was actually kinda cool) were the highlights. Yeah. I’m done wasting money on these. $40 for dollar store junk, essentially.

Preordered Swag

Shovel Knight Amiibo 3-Pack – All currently preorder-able Amiibo are preordered. Nintendo Direct today announced some cool new ones….

Reading Things

Books Read in 2019: 2 (+2)

Things Newly Read

There Before The Chaos by K.B. Wagers – Book 2 in this series is coming out in the summer. Can’t wait!!

there before the chaos cover

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Freaking loved this book. Gaiman’s interpretation of the old tales is amazing and hilarious.

Norse Mythology cover

Now Reading

Nothing by No One… sorry….

Watching Things

Movies Watched in 2019: 1 (+1)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Kung Pow Enter the Fist!
Wii U Wii U Wii U…?

TV Shows Watched in 2019: 1 (+1)

BoJack Horseman (Seasons 1-5)

BoJack Horseman
Too. Many. Things to say about this masterpiece show. Got me through some rough times during this fiscal month, that’s for sure. I’ll like be doing a post or two about it soon. Todd… โค โค โค

Life & Other Things

I’ve been a mess, but I finally got those medical test results I’ve been anxiously (panicking?) about since what feels like forever. Good news! Nothing scary was flagged at the moment… but I still have an unexplained vision issue and another MRI in a year to check on things. Yay.

There you have it! My monthly progress post thingy. What’s anyone reading this up to these days? Comments section is down below if you want to share your thoughts on things!

โšกThanks for reading!โšก

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblingsโ€ฆ I mean, articles here!


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36 thoughts on “Things on the XIIIth: February 2019”

  1. I think a lot of people will skip out on Anthem with the backlash over EA’s practices over the last few years. The Star Wars lootboxes, the Fifa lootboxes, locking progression behind said lootboxes/microtransactions. There’s fair chance that stuff will be in Anthem, and if that’s the case, even competitive game fans may shy away. This stuff breaks the game by making people pay their way to victory rather than legitimately getting ahead on talent, and practice.

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  2. It’s just been bitter cold these days so staying inside takes priority. Work forces me to leave and it makes me sad. I’m tired of being cold. Currently doing a buddy reread of Harry Potter (first book) with my BFF.
    Valentines is definitely a corporate holiday!

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  3. I tried doing the whole “Post at least one article a day” thing, but I wasn’t able to stick to it after just a week. Ah well, posting whenever’s always fun too. Your Link definitely looks really snazzy in BoTW. I basically just stuck to generic duds for most of the game except for the temperature zones where I needed some armors. I’m still waiting for a sequel or something to be announced

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    1. My posting mood swings quite wildly, haha. Now I don’t feel like writing at all. Not only does Link look snazzy, he’s also well protected from fire damage ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope the next Zelda game clicks with me more. BoTW has been a challenge for me to get into.

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      1. I definitely had the same issue with BoTW although for me it was mainly the story. I still feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it came out back when I was a kid and could spend more time just exploring and having a blast. Instead I used Wind Waker for all of that so this one just wasn’t quite as exciting. I do think the next big LoZ should be a lot better. (Hopefully it doesn’t take another 5+ years to make though)


  4. I always look forward to when you do one of these posts! They’re always fun to read and it was a really nice surprise to see a shout-out for my site. I know I’ve said it before but I don’t get a ton of hits on my site so knowing that people enjoy anything I post means a lot! I hope you’re still enjoying the Witcher 3 as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally beat the last DLC (it is longer than Blood and Wine if you do very many of the side quests) and I found it to be more difficult and a little less satisfying than I had hoped but there are plenty of cool parts as well. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your thoughts on it as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I agree, Valentines sucks!
    Glad the test results flagged nothing scary. I remember being terrified when I had MRI’s for tinnitus and they found an unknown lump in my brain. Turns out it was just an arachnoid cyst, and so long as it’s not growing it’s fine to sit there. Coulda done without the anxiety and stress waiting for them to tell me that though!
    I’m reading Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, about an Aro/Ace Heroine who just wants to be a doctor in a man’s world. It’s fun easy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Boo to Valentine’s Day, indeed, haha.

      Yikes!! That sounds really scary. I’m glad it’s just a cyst… wow. I can’t imagine.

      OMG… Ace Heroine??? SOLD! I’m reading it now and I’ve already related to Felicity so much. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It was pretty scary, but it motivated me to quit a job I hated and think about uni instead, which was the best decision I made ๐Ÿ™‚

        Glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜€ I love Felicity, and I finished it pretty quickly! (Which for me is a miracle because it’s so hard to find a book I can’t put down!)

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        1. I’m glad some good came out of the whole experience! I’m definitely taking a serious look at my life and trying to figure out a better path now.

          It’s so good! Felicity reminds me of a Canadian woman who fought to get through medical school back in the day. They made a heritage commercial about her:

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          1. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ Figuring out a path is hard, but once you find it, it’s such a good feeling.

            I was reading the section at the back of the book, and there were a few historical figures mentioned that Felicity was based on. Can’t remember who though, and I returned it to the library already! The heritage commercial pretty much sums up Felicity’s story!

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  6. Thanks for the sweet shout-out!! I appreciate it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always happy to share my love for Kirby, haha! Oh, I’m so glad to hear you got your test results back… and glad it’s good news! Hopefully the issue with your vision gets resolved soon! โค

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  7. Waiting for medical results can be terrifying. I’m happy nothing scary was flagged, but bummed for you that you still don’t have all the answers. I’ve played THAT game before and unfortunately it’s not like you can just DNF it.

    I used to be able to find these truffles by Russel Stover’s around V Day, but even those were lacking. I did get some Black Panther Valentine’s Day cards, you know the kinds you used to get in school?? They come with temporary tattoos and I feel like the coolest kid in class ๐Ÿ˜€ I think we stayed in and ordered Chinese. I had to drop my car off for inspection that day, and it was the anniversary of my grumpy old man kitty’s passing, so it adds a bit of melancholy to a day I’m not super fond of anyway :\

    I just downloaded the sample for that book! I love the fact that they’re princesses, but they seem much more like the Ciri variety as opposed to the Peach lol. I didn’t know Ciri was a princess until Drakulus replied on my princess tweet, now I’m informed!

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    1. Thank you. Yeah. Double edged sword. While I’m glad they found nothing, I have to live with the unexplained vision issue which is kinda scary-annoying. Oh well…

      Valentine’s Day cards with temporary tattoos sounds totally badass! Ouch. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope the Chinese food was good, at least.

      Awesome! Can’t wait to read your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It really is the dilemma of having an unknown, undiagnosed, and/or chronic condition. While you’re happy you don”t have some terrible disease, you still don’t know WHAT the issue is. I’ve been tested for diabetes so many times and I’m not even close. If I were diabetic then at least I’d know and they could treat it. They tested my thyroid, because I have symptoms of hypothyroidism (tiredness is one of them), but NOPE, that’s apparently working fine, too. The only thing they have for me is fibromyalgia, which is okay? Like sure it’s something, but there’s not really decent treatment for it. You just kind of deal with it and have good days/bad days. I drink a lot of coffee hehe.

        The vision thing is scary because while I might be tired, I don’t have anything specifically affecting one of my sense, you know? I’m glad they ruled out “the worst,” but still that’s something you want to know :\

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        1. Yikes! Health problems are so annoying. Gotta deal with it and thank the Maker for coffee ๐Ÿ˜€ Wishing you all the best.

          Yep, it is ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s a permanent shimmering spot in my left eye, that seems to slowly be getting bigger (been almost a year since I noticed it). But all the tests I got done can’t explain it. I got a “We’ll do another MRI in a year to see if signs of MS develop” Sigh.

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          1. See the fact it’s getting bigger is the problem for me. I’m going to hope they checked everything with your eyes to make sure no cataracts and whatnot. Um, what if it gets worse before the year is up? I mean vision is pretty important. This is why we need Dr. House…as much of an asshole as he is, at least he got the job done.

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            1. I’ve had brain scans and full eye exams. The only thing out of the ordinary was lesions on my brain, which scared the hell out of me, but they determined those are likely just from bad migraines I get occasionally (ruling out MS for now after tons of tests). I have little faith in my country’s health care system but it is what it is.

              Just gotta live with the little shimmering dot in my left eye and hope it stabilizes. Maybe it’s from anxiety? I dunno. It’s been there since last May and it seems to very slowly getting worse. I can see through it, though. It’s a problem with my brain processing the data from my left eye, I’d say. So much of vision is our brain processing eye data.

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              1. I almost want you to go for a second opinion on the MS because they’re saying they’re maybe from migraines but you have this other condition? I can’t even say anything about my country’s healthcare system, because it’s not even a crap shoot; it’s absolute crap. The fact that it’s getting worse is what’s concerning. If it just appeared and was just hanging out but not worsening then maybe? And sure it could be from anxiety, but I don’t know how common that is with it. I’m glad they ruled out MS (for now), but I’m suspicious of medical stuff especially when they say “I don’t know.” If they don’t know then don’t rule anything out, which isn’t comforting at all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

                Yep, like when you realize your vision is actually flipped by your brain it’s such a revelation. Like my eyes are bringing in the data upside down, and the brain flips it.

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