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 number… because I like Final Fantasy XIII a lot? Jeez… 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!

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Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!

“Backlog: just a small word but one which tends to send a shiver down most gamers’ spines. That sense of unease and discomfort experienced when looking at our pile of unplayed titles is a feeling we’re all too familiar with. Yet try as we might, we just can’t stop ourselves from adding entries to our library of games to be played and feeling oh-so-guilty about it.” – Kim of Later Levels

Tell me about it! Oh and you’re now reading the words of someone who started blogging in the WordPress world under the theme of “Conquering the Gaming Backlog” (me, in case it wasn’t obvious). Ah, those were the days… if only I could yell some words of advice back to 2015 me. So. Many. Things. I’d do differently. Alas! But I digress. The learning point I got from that experience is: I’ve accepted that I can never keep up with the pace of games I wanna play, thus the backlog monster in unconquerable. But why make thy video game backlog thy enemy? If you can’t beat ’em, embrace ’em!

The awesome Kim over at Later Levels is running a cool collaboration, that I sorta helped with, called #LoveYourBacklog. You can check out the details on Later Levels for more info on how you can get involved. It’s really cool! There are badges and award categories too. The major message is: we all have backlogs and should be proud of them! So show off that fine backlog monster of yours, eh.

Anyway, here’s my entry in the collaboration that I totally helped with!! This is so cool. I’ve never really played a role in shaping an event before. Thanks, Kim! You rock.

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Things on the XIIIth: January 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 number… because I like Final Fantasy XIII a lot? Jeez… tough crowd.

Hello, 2019. You have no idea how happy I am to see 2018 go away… I’ve sadly read that A LOT of people in this community had a crappy 2018. Here’s to hoping this year is a lot better for everyone!

home sweet middle of nowhere
I had a week and a half off for Christmas. I spent 5 days at my parents house in the middle of nowhere (as evidenced in this photo). It was cool that we got a light dusting of snow on Christmas day.

Oh and this update post is going to be kinda half last year, half this year due to my weird fiscal month schedule thingy. You’ll see what I mean. Let’s do this!

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Things on the XIIIth: December 2018

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.

Oh. My. Maker. It’s the last freaking month of 2018, and that merry Christmas thing is, like, 12 days away… wow. 2018 has been one of the hardest years of my life so I’m definitely not sorry to see it go. Very much looking forward to a new year, and hopefully a new beginning! I got this.

Alberta Trip
Oh, and work sent me to Alberta again. It takes about 3 plane transfers over 12 hours to get there from NS. This epic moment descending into the clouds was almost worth it!

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Things on the XIIIth: November 2018

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.

Where is time going?? C’mon… it’s freaking November already… I blinked and another year of my life is almost gone. Wow. Anyway, new this month I’ve decided to contain all my personal babbling to a new section called “Life & Other Things”. Feel free to skip that if you don’t wanna read about me whining about life, eh.

Here’s the full gist of what I’ve been up to this fiscal month!

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Things on the XIIIth: October 2018

Hello, internet! Welcome to my monthly progress post that happens on the 13th, which marks the start of a new fiscal month here on Livid Lightning. Hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the spooky month of October, eh? And damn, A LOT of people sure get creative with amusing Twitter names and such. Alas, I tried really hard to come up with something creatively creepy, but my brain just couldn’t think of anything cool. A huge shout-out to Lodestar Valor (or should I say @LodesOfScare_Valor) for suggesting this:

Things on the XIIIth October 2018 1

Personal health problem wise, not much has changed since last month. I’m still anxiously awaiting a diagnosis from my country’s incredibly slow-ass healthcare system (at least if you live in one of the “poor” provinces of Canada), while hoping symptom progression is all in my imagination. Next up, I have to get one of those dreaded spinal tap tests done in a few weeks… and well, that test sounds like it really sucks. At least it should tell my neurologist with 95% accuracy if I have the sorta scary thing they think I might possibly have. Only took a few weeks to get an appointment with that neurologist too, by the way.

Yeah… I’ve been pretty moody, and way more withdrawn than usual in real life, so thank you very much for being supportive and distracting, internet world. Enough babbling about my problems, eh! Life’s short and we all must conquer those obstacles we come across, no matter how impossible they may seem to overcome. On October 22nd, work is also sending me to the Western Canadian province of Alberta for a week, and as much as I’m not looking forward to flying and 10 hour travel days, it’ll be nice to get a change of real world scenery.

Anyway, here’s the gist of what I’ve been up to lately!

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Things on the XIIIth: August & September 2018

If you’re reading this, I finished another monthly(ish) update post AND I haven’t deleted my new website yet. Look at me sticking with things. Yay me! Just a reminder, Livid Lightning’s fiscal month begins on the 13th for reasons.

Anyway, life’s A LOT messed up for me lately, and I needed to take an extended break from everything (thus missing my 2nd monthly update post thingy). BUT gaming and blogging things are moving along again, so that’s good! Also nice and distracting. Thank you, video games and social media world!! Once I get a diagnosis from my country’s slow-ass healthcare system, I’ll likely vent a bit about what’s going on. Until then, everything is fine…

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