Goals for 2016

Here’s hoping this will be a short post because I need to work on one of those goals this very night.  I’m trying to look at them as more goals than resolutions.  This is by no means a complete list, but these are the specific ones I’ve compiled.  I also want to make steps towards my various cosplays though I don’t have them on the list.  I’m breaking these up into sections based on what they’re about.

Here goes.

Writing

  • Finish, edit, and post The Broken Rose – this is my WIP, another FFVII fanfiction
  • Reedit and submit The Threads of Sorrow – this is my original and (only) published short story.  I want to reedit and resubmit it to more well known journals since it’s currently languishing in a relatively unknown international one.  At this point I don’t even consider myself a published writer and thinking about it for too long makes me sadder.
  • Write at least two of the planned and noted ASOIAF and FFVII (A Song of FFVII ) comparative essays – the massive amount of notes have been sitting in OneNote for over a year; it’s time to do something with them.
  • Audio record Northern Lights – technically not writing but connected to writing, I’ve been planning this recording process for a while.  I may need to get some better equipment besides just my iPhone, which is surprisingly not a bad recording device.

Reading

  • Finish Paradise Lost – about halfway through
  • Finish The Mystical Qabalah – it’s been an over ten year project.  It’s time to make an end so I can read more interpretations of the esoteric system.
  • Read The Poetic Edda
  • Read The Rape of Lucrece – both this and the above are necessary for my numerous, planned FFVII essays/metas
  • Read/Review at least one book every two months – I made a goal last year to read a book a month.  That did not work out so I’m going to try every other month.  I used to read so many, many books, but adulthood and life have sapped any hopes of that.

Life

  • Find a therapist – it’s far past time.  That’s all that needs said.
  • Figure out what current physical malady is plaguing me – too much to get into right now
  • Lose 50 lbs
  • Get last two tattoos

Those are my goals for now.  I reserve the right to change and/or update them at any time.

Now I must work on The Broken Rose.

Until later.

Child of Light

Spoilers are marked.

I convinced my husband to download Child of Light not long after its release date of April 30, 2014. It was a late birthday present. The instant I saw the trailer, I knew I had to own this game.

Even now after finishing, this still gives me chills. I love, love, LOVE fairytales and Child of Light is reminiscent of Snow White, which is one of my favorites. There are also shades of Sleeping Beauty (Disney’s version named the princess “Aurora,” too) and Pan’s Labyrinth, as well.

So…this review shall be in three parts, and in three parts shall be this review.  Gameplay and music and best of all story shall all be showcased for you.  For now I present Child of Light without any further ado.

Gameplay
Child of Light is a 2D platforming, puzzle RPG developed by Ubisoft Montreal (which is exactly why all of the French names now make sense) and published by Ubisoft. It was released for PS4, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS Vita.

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Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy II Review

<–Final Fantasy (I) Review                                          Final Fantasy III Review–>

This is part of my extraordinary long-term project to play and review/analyze all of the officially numbered Final Fantasies in order.  I will play the original game whenever possible, but since the series goes back to the 80s and since some of the earlier games are unavailable, I occasionally have to bend this rule.  Whenever possible, I will play the original version or the closest I can get to it (whether that be emulator or re-release on a newer system).  If I have no way of obtaining the game or time constraints, I’ll watch a Let’s Play, but I’ll try my hardest to get a portion of gameplay in so I can remark upon it.
After all of the original numbered games are played, I plan to go back and play the sequels and remakes e.g. Dawn of Souls, The After Years,  Crisis Core, etc.  I’m also planning on playing/replaying the Chrono Series and reviewing that, too.
The reviews are housed here and each installment will be updated as I finish it.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Welcome to the second installment of Final Fantasy Fridays where I have undertaken the momentously arduous, albeit enjoyable and enlightening, task of reviewing ALL of the Final Fantasies. Now I’m aware it has been six months since I posted my review of Final Fantasy (I) (um…obviously not here since I just updated that, but,eh, see the foreword above), and at this pace it will take me five years to merely go from I to X, but I was busy with editing my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights, so the time was not spent in vain. I will attempt to up my play/review rate, but I make no promises against distraction when writing needs to be done. Therefore…

Each review shall be in three parts, and in three parts shall be each review. Game play and music and best of all story shall all be discussed for you. So for now I present the second without any further ado…

Nope. No cover for the original game could be located, only the re-release.

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Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy (I) Review

Final Fantasy II Review–>

This is part of my extraordinary long-term project to play and review/analyze all of the officially numbered Final Fantasies in order.  I will play the original game whenever possible, but since the series goes back to the 80s and since some of the earlier games are unavailable, I occasionally have to bend this rule.  Whenever possible, I will play the original version or the closest I can get to it (whether that be emulator or re-release on a newer system).  If I have no way of obtaining the game or time constraints, I’ll watch a Let’s Play, but I’ll try my hardest to get a portion of gameplay in so I can remark upon it.
After all of the original numbered games are played, I plan to go back and play the sequels and remakes e.g. Dawn of Souls, The After Years,  Crisis Core, etc.  I’m also planning on playing/replaying the Chrono Series and reviewing that, too.
The reviews are housed here and each installment will be updated as I finish it.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Each review shall be in three parts, and in three parts shall be each review.  Gameplay and music and best of all story shall all be discussed for you.  So for now I present the first without any further ado…

Final Fantasy I Cover

Quick note: I really, really tried to find just an original Final Fantasy banner, but to no avail, which is why the one you see above has sprite characters from later games.  I hope you won’t judge me too harshly.

First a little history lesson of the now very ironic title. Final Fantasy was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi in 1987, first published in Japan by Square (now the infamous Square Enix). It was so named because it was to be the failing company’s “final” fantasy, but was so successful that it revitalized the corporation and allowed it to stay afloat. Sakaguchi readily admitted that he was not really good at making video games, but he knew how to tell a story. Nearly three decades later, you would be hard pressed to adequately disprove that. With music composed by Nobuo Uematsu and character designs by Yoshitaka Amano

Seriously, look at this

Seriously, look at this

you (retroactively) can’t go wrong.

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The 26 Days of Advent: 12/25/15

Christmas is the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmastide, though some believe that sunset on Christmas Eve is the end of Advent and the start of it.  The general consensus puts the Eve still in Advent, though I suppose a decent conclusion would have the day balanced between.

Christmastide is 12 days, which is where the 12 Days of Christmas comes from.  I wish there actually were 12 days of Christmas.  It would make all the build it so much more satisfactory.

Though this is the end of Advent and my postings are called The 26 Days of Advent, I thought that Christmas was too important to not give it a song.  I believe you will find it appropriate.

Thank you all who followed along with this for the duration.  I hope you have a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year 🙂

The 26 Days of Advent: 12/24/15

Merry Christmas Eve!  Tis the night before the big show.  For those of your who are believers, this would be the evening before the joyous occasion (though you should really do some research since he was more than likely not born in December, but I digress).  To celebrate that is one of my favorite Loreena McKennitt songs “Let Us the Infant Greet.”

I had to look up the lyrics to the final verse of this.  The language is a bit old fashioned, and I couldn’t quite decipher it.  Thank God for the Google.  See I can be religious 😉

The 26 Days of Advent: 12/23/15

Not nearly enough Trans-Siberian Orchestra was used in this Advent extravaganza, and I absolutely adore this song though it was not always so.  “Good King Joy” is one of those tunes that doesn’t hit its peek until around the middle.  The beginning is a passably fair version of “Joy to the World,” but then around 3:00, the melody changes and we hear a very famous guitar played by the exquisitely talented BB King (RIP) who sings, and that’s why this is one of my favorite TSO songs.