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A Look at Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Value of Choice

Originally posted on Nerdy But Flirty:

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I feel I’ve been extremely candid about my lack of experience with video games. So, it might seem strange that I’m writing an article about a video game. However, I’ve been watching Sarah the Rebel play Dragon Age: Inquisition on her Twitch Channel, so when I saw this Paste article by Austin Walker, I thought it warranted a response.

I’ll give a quick summary for those who don’t feel like clicking the link. Basically, the author states that Inquisition has been getting blasted for the last few weeks for several reasons, from action sequences to political structure. One of the more popular critiques that the author disagrees with is that players don’t get to make any “real choices” in the game. The author goes on to identify this complaint as due to a lack of clarity of stakes, a term that just means that the outcome of a decision isn’t…

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Self-Care Bingo—Play With Yourself for Better Health!

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Everyone could use a bit more self-care!

Originally posted on Make Me a Sammich:

I don’t know about you, I have a hell of a time remembering to practice self-care, and I’ve heard the same from a lot of the people I interact with online. Many of us spend a lot of time and energy online fighting for causes we care about at the expense of our mental and physical health and while we know that we need to pause and do things that are just for us—things like social media breaks, playing with the dog, listening to music, or just DRINKING SOME DAMNED WATER—it can be really hard to do so.

That’s why I created SELF-CARE BINGO!

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It’s like an act of self-care I can share with all of you. Yay!

The symbols are intended as prompts. For example, I live in Seattle, so there are many days (weeks, months) when getting sunshine is just not in the cards, but…

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2015 Resolutions

Happy new year!

Happy new year!

Looking back on 2014, I can’t help but be surprised that it’s already over. It was one of those years which never quite seemed to end, and I know more than a few people who barely made it through. For myself, 2014 was a mostly good year. It feels a little odd to say that, when so many awful, painful things happened in the world. But 2014 was the year I made a lot of good memories, found new measures of independence, sense of self, and adopted three amazing kitties. Most of all, I feel like I became a better person in 2014. So there’s no denying that it was, on the whole, a good year for me personally.

At the same time, 2014 was a year of great sadness. We lost far too many good people last year. So many of them were suicides, something that hits me harder than anything else. I miss and mourn them all. I cling to the hope that we can take this pain and this sadness and become better for it, and do our best to prevent the same things happening again in 2015. Maybe that’s a vain hope; but I cling to it just the same.

2014 also taught me a lot about setting more specific resolutions, and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I might be able to accomplish some of my goals. They’re not just faraway islands in a foggy, hard-to-reach “someday”. And thus, in that vein: Here are my resolutions for 2015.

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Choosing My Words and Introducing Rosie’s Phenomenal Insult Machine!

Originally posted on Make Me a Sammich:

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Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But words can never hurt me.

A few years ago, I posted to my Facebook page a wish that parents would stop (or at least stop and think before) repeating this to their children. Words can and do hurt, I pointed out, and parents argued, “Yes, but this is a tool that maybe empowers them. Something they can say back to a bully.”

Ok, but two things happen when we give them this “tool” to wield: 1. We lie to them and tell them to go forth and lie some more. 2. We we tell them that their feelings are invalid or abnormal or both, and that they should hide those feelings from others. So the “tool” is a weapon to help them feel/seem stronger and they must hide the hurt lest they be seen as (or heaven…

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Resolution Review: 2014

Now that we are on the eve of a new year, I find myself planning my resolutions for 2015. Most of them are resolutions that I feel like I’ve made before– write more; exercise more; spend more time caring for myself and less time trying to make sure everyone ELSE is always OK; etc. These are popular ones, I know, but that doesn’t change the fact that a little more focus in any of those areas would do me a lot of good.

Life is messy, though, and sometimes things don’t always go as we plan. There’s also the added wrinkle of my anxiety being a Butt and constantly telling me “Hey! You’ve totally failed at everything!” whether or not it’s true.  So I decided to take a look back at the resolutions I made for 2014 and see how I did. Overall, 2014 was a pretty good year for me, and it was good in ways that can’t be easily quantified in lists or straight lines, (If nothing else, it was a helluva lot better than 2013.) so even if I didn’t “succeed” at my various resolutions, I still feel like I’m a better person than I was last year. Still, though, I feel like I want to consciously deconstruct my 2014 resolutions rather than let my anxiety have its head and just feel like “oh, I’m a failure.” Because that doesn’t help anybody. (Least of all me!)

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