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 number… because I like Final Fantasy XIII a lot? Jeez… tough crowd.
Winter…. I’m begging you… PLEASE GO AWAY! I’m so tired of snowbanks, freezing weather, my car getting stuck, and every part of my body hurts from shoveling and falling on icy sidewalks.
To top it all off, my area of the world likes to do this Daylight Saving Time crap where we set the clocks ahead an hour last weekend. Not only does that mess with my internal clock, it also means I get to walk to work in the dark-cold again. Yay… Seriously. We aren’t all farmers who need max daylight hours these days… or whatever the hell the reason for originally starting this was. Some archaic traditions need to die, and changing the clocks is one of them.
Spring and actual longer days will come soon. But yeah, here’s what I’ve been up to this fiscal month… so tired.
I’ve done a little pre-spring blog cleaning in the hopes that spring will hurry up, goddammit (I’ll stop with the seasonal distress now). Let’s see… I’ve redesigned my sidebar to include some links, as well as to promote my blogging buddies’ great work (I love you guys). Also, I’ve split my Post Archives into several pages. It was getting kinda messy on one page…
Yeah… and, um, I super quietly set up a Patreon campaign. Other than putting a button for it in my sidebar, I haven’t promoted it at all. I… don’t feel right begging for money with no real goal in mind, I guess. Not sure what I’ll do with it, but my page looks super awesome thanks to the great design work of RinDes! You should totally support her Patreon campaign instead.
In terms of the actual writing of posts, my mental health kinda tanked again triggering self-loathing writer mode last week. I’m still working on that… I also wanted to do a weekly post for AmbiGaming, but my words just aren’t working well enough for that at the moment. I’ll write when I feel like it and focus on having FUN with this hobby, like I keep telling myself.
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Things I Wrote Here
- The Legend of Zelda Review
- #MaybeInMarch 2019 – A Community Backlog Mission
- My Fallout 4 Story Thus Far…
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Review
- Inkling: Randomizer
- Kid Icarus Uprising Review
XIII 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) Who let owls out? Hoot, hoot, hoot, hoot… sorry. I mentioned I was tired at the start of this post so that makes me weirder than usual. Anyway, Professional Moron‘s short story about owls was a real hoot to read! Wow. What’s wrong with me??
II) It was so great to see Geeky Talk jump back into the blogger world with a cool review of Cosmic Star Heroine.
III) I love reading about cool creators creating creations! The War Doctor‘s post about making a Master Chief mannequin was magnificent.
IV) ZOMG… Louise Brady tipped me off on the best book I’ve ever read (more on that in my Reading Things section of this post).
V) My inner childhood Pokemon card collector loved reading about the Japanese version of Slowking on Daily Trading Cards. This one reminds me the Ancient Mew card I got for going to one of the movies with my parents. Ah, the good ol’ days.
VI) I never watch Nintendo Directs, which is why I really enjoy reading Adventure Rules‘ post about the recent Pokemon focused one, before he actually watched it! That takes extra awesome coverage skills, just saying. Those new games look pretty sweet…
VII) I always enjoy reading entertaining State of the Everything update posts from fellow Daylight Savings Time hater, and good blogging buddy, The Shameful Narcissist.
VIII) Love it when Aether drops badass business logic in posts like his analysis of the recent Activision Blizzard layoffs.
IX) The Triple Option‘s detailed review of Minit introduced me to a game I’ve never heard before but am quite interested in checking out now… eventually. Backlog problems, as usual.
X) Degrading equipment is a video game mechanic that needs to GTFO of my games, dammit!! Ahem. Normally, I can deal with it, but I hate, hate, hate, hate, how it is in Breath of the Wild. Gr! But yeah, Hundstrasse‘s post about the mechanic was a great read.
XI) Save our planet and all the innocent creatures on it! I know it seems hopeless at this point, but we have to try. Check out Cupcakes and Machetes‘ post for some links to good conservation places you can support.
XII) Knowing when to restart… Do you want to erase all your progress to actually remember what’s going on in a game you’ve put down for a while? Tough call. Luckily, Virtual Bastion has a fantastic article about that.
XIII) Athena recently asked a brilliant question on AmbiGaming: Can you miss a video game? Absolutely! And I definitely need to play the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy again soon… the feelz are always for realz.
Games Completed So Far in 2019: 4
Games Newly Finished
Games I’ve Actively Played
Games On the In-Progress Back Burner
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt – I’m planning to wrap this up after Chrono Trigger and Fallout 4 are off my gaming plate. I only have the last part of the Blood and Wine DLC left to finish.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild – I HATE THE DURABILITY MECHANICS. Ahem. Sorry, I needed to say that… again. I’ll resume this after the Witcher is done. I’ll probably bring the game when I visit my folks for Easter Weekend in April.
Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty – Haven’t had a chance to dive back into the VR Mission hell required for my Platinum trophy quest.
Dark Souls – Not in the mood to resume dying a ton… yet.
Ice Climbers Amiibo
Probably one of the absolute cutest Amiibo so far! I preordered this adorable pair along with King K. Rool and Piranha Plant Amiibo from Amazon Japan. For some reason, only Ice Climbers came and the other two are estimated to ship out in July with the next batch (Daisy, Isabelle, Ken, Young Link, and Pichu). Gosh, I hope I didn’t miss the boat on them… they are sold out everywhere now.
Despite my two MIA Amiibo from the just released Smash Bros. wave, I still trust Amazon Japan to fulfill my Amiibo needs. I’ve preordered all of the recently announced figures from them. Super excited for the Snake one!!
Books Read in 2019: 4 (+2)
Things Newly Read
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Simply fantastic! You can check out my review for more info on why I freaking love this book.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Another fantastic read! I’m sorting out my thoughts for a review of it soon-ish. In the meantime and to quote my overly excited Twitter tweet about it: “An incredible tale showing the healing power of music, the eternal bond between sisters, the never ending battle with painful emotions, and a perfect representation of how I experience asexuality…. Damn!”
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
I’m all for gender equality! No one is superior to anyone. Women are capable of being brave sheroes and despicable monsters. Toxic Humanity is the biggest issue in today’s world, but I digress. I’m really enjoying this book covering a ton of really neat female historical figures I’ve never heard of before. The author’s sarcastic style is brilliant! Most amusing one I’ve read so far: Julie ‘La Maupin’ d’Aubigny – “The Sword-Slinger Who Burned Down a Convent to Bang a Nun” Just. Wow…
Movies Watched in 2019: 3 (+2)
Hot Shots! Part Deux
The Man Who Would Be King
TV Shows Watched in 2019: 1
Life & Other Things
Still plugging away with real life stuff. Going to work, walking, lifting weights, trying to deal with my social problems, important secret side projects…. all good. It felt really good to vent and exercise the creative part of my brain in the Inkling post I wrote.
I also donated blood for the first time. My dad has been doing it for years so I finally decided to go for it too. Of course, he was quick to lightheartedly tease me about him having done 72 donations, while I just did one so far. I’ll get there, dad… jeez. But yeah, it didn’t hurt much at all and the benefits are amazing: +100 feeling better about myself, social time with nice strangers, free snacks, instantly burnt ~650 calories, decreased risk of cancer, decreased risk of heart disease, and 3 lives potentially saved. I’d call that a win-win.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of roadblocks than can prevent you from becoming a donor. Even some rather discriminatory ones that I won’t go into a rant about here. If you can, you definitely should!
Oh and my mom recently turned 73 years old. She’s still as cranky and amazing as ever, even if she is dealing with some annoying mobility issues now. My parents are both getting up there. I wish they’d ditch their middle of nowhere home to move closer to me so I can help them out with stuff more. None of us are here forever, eh. Enjoy each moment you get to spend with those special humans you care about.
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!
⚡Thanks for reading!⚡
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