Late Week Brunch 11/01/18

This was written for last weekend, but on the day it was meant to go up we had a flood in our apartment! Everything was okay, but it meant having to move out for a few days. Stuff’s more or less back to normal now, so hopefully, the blog will be soon too. 

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It’s a new year, let’s check in what we’ve all been up to in the holiday season and celebrate with some breakfast!

In life…

What a busy couple of weeks it’s been! Christmas, New Year and our first inspection in our new apartment all within a two week period. It’s been hectic but great, particularly as I’ve had my other half back home for most of it after he was away spending Christmas with his family. It’s been lovely to catch up with friends after they got back from their Christmas travels as well, and my group of friends and I celebrated “friend Christmas” (which we do almost every year) on the 27th. Three of my close friends and I have been part of the same friendship group since grade one at school, and it’s a tradition we have of touching base with each other in the festive season.

New Year itself was pretty quiet, particularly as my other half and I were both in the process of coming down with the flu. We even forgot to celebrate midnight because we were too busy watching trailers for bizarre Bollywood movies on Netflix… It’s a strange life we lead. New Year’s Day was spent eating with family, and visiting the Hyperreal exhibition at the National Gallery. It’s an exhibit of incredibly life-like sculpture and one of the creepiest experiences I’ve had in my life. One of the rooms is filled with realistic looking statues of old men in wheelchairs who wheel around you by navigating with sensor lights. It was AMAZING, but absolutely terrifying at the same time.

I also got some very exciting news, which I’m hoping to share on the blog in a couple of weeks, but right now it has a big ol’ embargo on it. Hopefully, it will suffice to say that there is VERY exciting news coming soon!!!

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In games…

I think every PC gamer I know simultaneously looks forward to and dreads the Steam end of year sale. It’s great because games are cheap, but bad because you end up buying so many of them! I managed to restrain myself this year with only six relatively small purchases. I’m planning to talk about a bunch of them on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled for more games related discussion soon.

The one game that I’ve really had a chance to dig my teeth into since buying it is Game Dev Tycoon, which is far more addictive than it should be. I’ve had it for four days and I’ve finished the storyline twice already. What I’m probably enjoying the most is being able to put my own nerdy references in (my favourite so far being an RPG called Time and Space Effect), but it’s also great because you always feel like you’re learning. Even making mistakes in Game Dev Tycoon feels like an important part of the learning process and I find the more I work at it, the more successful I can become. It’s the first management sim I’ve played in a long time that has captured the feeling of rewarding the player for their hard work properly.

I have, of course, also continued playing Witcher 3, which is still amazing and incredible. I’m shying away from the main story at the moment in order to finish off a bunch of side quests, which is fun (but very frustrating when I forget to save).

I’m going to have a lot less time in the upcoming week for games, but I’m hoping to have a look at a few of the other games I bought (The Sexy Brutale and Undertale most likely). Here’s hoping that I’ll have a few new first impressions for you next week!

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In television…

My other half was not only away for Christmas, he was also away for his birthday. I was really sad we couldn’t be together for that in particular and was really struggling to cope in the evening so I turned to one of the things that always comforts me: nerdy TV. I scrolled through Stan until I found an appropriately cheesy looking fantasy show in the form of Lost Girl. I figured I’d watch a few episodes and then forget about it, but I was unprepared for how addictive that show is. It’s been responsible for so many late nights recently it’s ridiculous. Definitely one of the most fun things I’ve watched in a long time!

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In movies…

I FINALLY SAW THE LAST JEDI! I’d been putting it off seeing it until my partner got home as I didn’t want to cry in the cinema by myself (it’s very rare I see Carrie Fisher’s face without tearing up, she’s one of my idols). Avoiding spoilers was getting to the stage where it was pretty much impossible and still things kept coming up so my other half and I couldn’t get to the cinema. In the end, we were both sick in the screening, but it was totally worth it. I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take the films from here.

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Hoping you all have a great week!

ThatGeekyWriterChick

Weekend Breakfast 23/12/17 (and why I’ve been semi-away)

Hi all,

It’s been a crazy week, what with being in the apartment just me and the cat and preparing for Christmas. It’s a bit of a long post this week, so please bear with me as we share this weekend breakfast and chat about what’s been happening this week.

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In life…

To get the more difficult stuff out of the way first, many of you will have noticed that two of my regular series (Kickass TV Heroines and my one of specials on movies and games) haven’t been appearing regularly in recent weeks. I wanted to wait until I had a proper explanation to talk about it, but it looks like that won’t happen at least until mid-January so I want to take the time to explain what I can now.

As many of you know, I have a chronic illness (for more background, have a look here), but recently it’s been getting much worse. This week has been one of the worst weeks in terms of my health for a very long time. My body struggles to absorb iron, and recently it’s stopped absorbing it properly from food. I’m also unable to take iron supplements or, as I recently found out, intravenous iron injections. Lack of iron means a lack of energy, and boy! have I been feeling that recently. One day last week I was even unable to get out of bed for most of the day! I’m having to adjust to having a very different energy pattern to what I’m used to as my symptoms get worse. I will still try and update my ongoing series as I can, but it’s quite difficult to write the longer forms that I try to do for them at the moment. Luckily I have a couple of guest writers to cover the next couple of weeks of Kickass TV Heroines, and I’m hoping to finish off my two requested posts and have them up early in the new year.

Enough talking about being ill! Other than that this week has been all about the Christmas prep (and cleaning the house for our upcoming inspection). That means lots of shopping for yummy food, looking at cooking ideas, planning things with my mum, and buying presents! It’s my other half’s birthday today, and to distract myself from the fact that we’re spending it apart (boo), I’m throwing myself a mini-Christmas. Christmas movies, wrapping presents and mimosas! Yay!

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In gaming…

To absolutely no one’s surprise, I’ve continued to play the Witcher 3 this week. As I’ve been saying every week, it’s pretty damn amazing. It might have actually made its way into my top three favourite games! I’m playing the section in Skellige at the moment and I keep having to stop to admire the beautiful landscape and music. It’s one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had playing a game.

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In watching…

I feel like I have watched so much this week! I’ve watched a bunch of The Punisher (yes, there will be a discussion of it up at some point), a little bit of The Crown, and a lot of The Flash. I’ve actually really enjoyed everything I’ve been watching, but The Flash stood out this week for me. It might be because I’m going through a bit of my own darkness with my illness, but watching a superhero show that is predominantly light, fluffy and happy was just great. The Flash actually feels different from a lot of superhero things in that regard. It doesn’t seem to really take itself seriously, and that’s pretty damn wonderful.

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Finally, I will be around(ish) as part of Creative Christmas, but I may be offline a bit more in the next few days as I want to spend time with my lovely Mum over Christmas. I wish you all the very best over the next few days. I know Christmas can be a lonely or difficult time for some, but I hope you all find some light somewhere.

As always, I would love to hear what you all have been up to this week? Watch anything interesting? Play something new? Or is it all just hectic Christmas preparations? Let me know in the comments!

 

Holly

ThatGeekyWriterChick

 

Banana Bread photo was taken at Atlas, Gungahlin (it was delicious!)

 

Weekend Breakfast 17/12/17

Hello dear readers,

Take a seat, let’s share some breakfast and chat about where we’ve been at this week!

 

In life…

This week has been a bit of a race to get our apartment sorted before my other half heads up to Queensland to spend Christmas with his family. As my mother isn’t well, I made the decision to stay down here, so we’re ending up spending our Christmas (and his birthday) apart, which sucks. He headed off a few days ago, and I’m noticing that extra space in the apartment a lot, so I gave myself a couple of all-important mental health days this week (hence no Thursday post).

I also got some bad news about my health this week. I can’t absorb iron in a whole variety of different ways, and iron injections into my bloodstream have just been struck off the list too. After getting that news I came home and wrote a long piece about my experiences with chronic illness, and I was overwhelmed by the positive and supportive response. Thank you all so much!

Finally, in preparation for Christmas and friends visiting I started baking bread again, which I haven’t done in ages. The whole house smells like a bakery right now, and I’m hoping to have some photos of homemade pastries for next week’s Weekend Breakfast! Fingers crossed!

 

In gaming…

I continue to play the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and continue to love it to pieces. It’s been really comforting to escape into another world while playing it and has been a great comfort on my mental health days. It just confirms what J. E. Skye was saying in his fantastic piece on RPGs a few weeks back, they really can positively affect our moods and mental health.

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In watching…

What a week for watching things it’s been! I watched Room for the first time after listening to everyone I know who’d previously watched it sing its praises for the last few years. Somewhat unsurprisingly (given Brie Larson’s Best Actress Oscar), it is just as brilliant as everyone claims, and much more hopeful that I assumed it would be. I love the fact that it’s so clearly from Jack’s (Jacob Tremblay) point of view, it gives the film a strange innocence. There are fantastic performances all-round, and the directing is spectacular.  I highly recommend seeing it.

To switch to a totally different tone, I also watched the film adaptation of Need for Speed. I have a deep and undying love for bad movies, and boy did Need for Speed tick all those boxes. It’s fun, incredibly silly and super-dumb. I should also point out that it’s still one of the best video game movies I’ve seen, and it’s so depressing how low the quality of a movie can be, and still be a good video game movie.

Finally, I caught up on Riverdale. I’ve really enjoyed the second season so far. I’m looking forward to seeing more, as I think this whole thrill ride we’ve been going on is far from over.

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Finally, one of the biggest things that happened this week was Fistful of Glitter hitting fifty followers! I am so grateful for all of you. Thank you for choosing to read and support my work! It really means a lot! I would love to hear what you have all been up to this week, please let me know in the comments!!!

 

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ThatGeekyWriterChick

 

Breakfast photo provided by Hilary Mason on Flickr

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt image provided by Christoper TD on Flickr

 

 

Weekend Breakfast 10/12/17

I originally started Fistful of Glitter to share things I enjoy. I generally do that after I’ve enjoyed them and had the time to think about what I’d like to say. But what about the stuff I’m enjoying at the moment? And the more general thoughts I’d like to share?

Well, they’ll be shared here.

For many years, my mother and I had a breakfast at a cafe every Saturday morning to catch up on each other’s weeks. It was a lovely tradition and gave us the opportunity to share the things that we’d discovered and loved despite not having a lot of time to spend together. I’d like to now extend that tradition to my blog, and use the weekend as a chance to share with my readers where I’m at in gaming, in reading, in watching and in life.

 

In life…

This week (and last for that matter) was mainly focused on moving into my new apartment.  It’s the first time I’ve had a space of my own, as previously I’ve always moved in with my partners. This time my partner and I were moving somewhere together and I’m pretty excited to be able to design our own space, particularly as, due to an ongoing health issue, I have to spend a lot of time in it. Not only that, as the new place is pet-friendly so I get to live with my cat again, and it’s lovely to be able to wake up to his snuggles.

Unfortunately, I also got some bad news this week. It’s something that I need to process more before sharing with you all, but suffice to say it has been a major theme recently. I am finding that I need my anti-depressants more than ever, and with their help, I’ve got through the bad news and the stress of moving.

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In gaming…

I’ve played a lot of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt this week, which is even more amazing that the first two games! I’m enjoying it heaps so far. The moral choices have been fascinating (although I have to admit, I have save-scummed a couple). I’m just about to leave Velen and venture to Novigrad after finishing the famous Bloody Baron storyline, and can’t wait to see what happens next!

I also played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and wrote a blog post on it. I really loved the simplicity of it, with everything in the game adding to the story and its emotional effect. It’s something I would highly recommend for anyone who, like me, loves story-driven games.

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In watching…

My partner and I have been rewatching (or watching for the first time in his case) the television adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. It’s one of my two traditional Christmas “movies” along with Love Actually. It’s a wonderful adaptation, particularly as Susan Sto-Helit (my favourite Pratchett character) is fantastically played by Michelle Dockery. I love how over-the-top the Discworld universe is, and it has always seemed to be even more exaggerated in its film adaptation. The Hogfather follows in that tradition and is a particularly over-the-top, magical, fun and sometimes creepy, Christmas movie, and a definite must-watch for me every December.

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In reading…

I haven’t talked about reading very much on this blog, and that’s mainly because most of my large collection of books have been packed away in storage for the last six months, and I haven’t had a huge amount of time to read anything. One of the things I have read, however, is Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest 1 and 2. I read Deltora Quest as a child, and although I was getting a bit too old for it by the time the second and third series came out I enjoyed it immensely. After finding the giant copy I had bought myself for my eighteenth birthday (containing all eight of the first series’ books), I decided to do what I’d been planning to at eighteen: to sit down and read them all. I was shocked to find I still found them hugely enjoyable, in fact, I’m planning a blog on them early next week.

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Finally, I hope you are all having a good festive season. It can be a very difficult time of the year for many, so please take care of yourselves as best you can and ask for help if you need it. Wishing you all the very best!

Holly

 

ThatGeekyWriterChick