Life Lately: May

It feels like I just sat down to write April’s Life Lately, this year is just flying by! In April I was boughed down with a ton of work, which is good, not complaining but I didn’t get to do a lot. So far in May I’ve had a good break from it all, but I am working this weekend, and I have a very busy two weeks coming up. I am VERY excited about the projects that I am working on, and I hope to share my projects very soon. I can’t share what I’m working on right now because the final product needs to be announced by my clients first, as it should be, then I will be over the moon to share with all of you.

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Life Lately: April 2017

Holy Moly! March went by so fast, and it feels like April is just as fast. March I was sick for a soild two weeks so that gave me some time on my hands (and lost of naps). It also happened to be when Mass Effect Andromeda was released so I played the crap out of it. Now that I experienced that trip, I’m making my way through the Kingdom Heart games again since the Final Mix came out. Depending on how I feel when I finish those up I might try Kingdom Hearts 2.8, I’m just not to sure how critical it is to going into Kingdom Hearts III (if and when that finally comes out).

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Trash or Not Trash, You Decide.

So I think by now we are all aware that Mass Effect Andromeda has been released, and was met with a mixture of criticism. I think my favorite of those is that people are calling ME:A the Dragon Age Inquisition of Space! And I totally get why people are saying that, but it makes me giggle more than anything else.

Full disclosure before we get into things; the only other ME Game I have played is ME:2 because I heard it was the best out of the series. And I didn’t really care for it. In fact I did not pre-order Andromeda, and I debated about weather to get it or wait for it to go on sale for about two weeks. So basically I’m not a fangirl of any sorts, but I’m also not a hater, like I just didn’t mesh with the game (ME:2) thats all.

So before we get into spoilers here are my general impressions of the game:

  • SPACE- lol obvious one, but in the game they make it feel like space is big and meant to be explored and that was kinda the point; I think they did that well.
  • Bugs- there are so many bugs in the game that I felt like I was playing a Bethesda game.
  • Combat- so kick ass, the only other ME game I’ve played is ME:2 and I hated the combat a lot. Actually, I just hated everything about that game. The ME series really isn’t for me, and yet here I find myself playing ME:A *sigh*
  • UI- clunky at best. I feel like they could have simplified so many things in the menus and had it be a lot cleaner.
  • Multiplayer-worth it. Or well, it was, until the latest patch. Maybe they will fix it, who knows?!
  • Story-Good, and makes me want to know what happens next. Feels like there will be DLC in our future.
  • New Game Plus- fuuuun. I really wish they had done this with Dragon Age!
  • Voice Acting & Scripts- Needs work, and I feel like that is being nice. Not all the characters did horrible, but some where pretty bad, and I feel it’s a direct effect of the script writers.
  • Animations- I feel like at this point I don’t really need to say anything, but they are pretty bad at times, other times it’s straight up cringe, and in rare moments its fine. (More about this in the spoiler section!)

Ok now time for spoilers, if you don’t want to be spoiled please stop reading! 

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Did Someone Say Sequel?

MOVIES! Who doesn’t love movies!? If we weren’t living in the digital age, and I didn’t live in a tiny apartment I would have a very impressive DVD/Blue Ray collection to show you guys. I guess I could do a screen shot of my iTunes library, or is that weird? Either way, movies are a love of mine. I binge watch more movies and tv series than anyone else I know. The only thing with me and movies is that I tend to like things more modern, no idea why but anything from like the 80’s or old just isn’t my cup of coffee.

This week’s prompt for 5 Fandom Friday is Favorite Sequels! Be sure to leave your’s in the comments! We can compare notes! (I have no idea why I’m such a nerd while writing today, haha.)

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Introduction to Traveler’s Notebooks

Since getting into the planning community, and more into the bullet journal community I’ve come upon Traveler’s Journals. They are also known as Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. These note books have made their way across the world and call Japan home, as part of Japanese minimalism. At their most basic, generally they are a leather cover with an elastic band to hold its continues. There are many sizes to choose from, most common is the Standard (4.33X8.25in), which I use as well as what is known as a Passport size (3.4X4.9in) which I really love. I’ve also seen covers be made from cloth, and other materials.

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Life Lately: February

Happy February! February is one of my favorite months, mostly because of valentines day, but also because where I lives tends to start getting warmer in February and it even gets to where I can almost break out the flip flops. I’ve never done a life lately, so I thought why not give it a go!? I’ve been pretty busy with work recently, there are a lot of changes that I’m having to prepare for, for the next harvest. But I’ve also been taking “work hard, play hard” seriously and been giving myself lots of me time.

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FOR HONOR: Closed Beta Thoughts

The closed beta of FOR HONOR closed yesterday, and now that I’ve let it all sink in I thought I would share my experience and thoughts.

For Honor was announced at E3 in 2016 and will be releasing on February 14, 2017. I’ve come to understand there was a closed alpha for the game as well and since then there have been a lot of improvements to the game which is encouraging. I got into the Closed Beta by invite from my Boyfriend who got into the Closed Beta and was able to invite three friends. He got into the closed beta by signing up for it off the For Honor website. I signed up as well, but didn’t get in from it.

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5 Video Games I Can’t Wait to Play

It’s been another week, and I have been super busy! This will be my third post this week (pats myself on the back)! For this weeks 5 Fandom Friday I decided to change the prompt a bit. The prompt is suppose to be “5 TV shows I can’t wait to watch” but after thinking about it, there really isn’t anything I’m over the moon about, or that I’m not watching already. So I thought “5 Video Games I Can’t Wait to Play” was better for me.

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Shadowhunters Premier

MILD SPOILER WARNING

I loved the Moral Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and when got adapted to the sliver screen I was pretty excited. However I did feel that the movie fell short compared to the book, which is pretty normal for book to movie adaptations. So when I found out (yesterday, I don’t watch much TV anymore) that Freeform (aka ABC Family) was bringing Shadowhunters to TV I got pretty curious.

Last night I watched Episode 101-The Mortal Cup & Episode 102- The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy (each episode is about 40 minutes). What I was most impressed with is how the people turned into their demon counter parts. I thought the make for the monsters was fantastic. The pacing for the show right now is pretty fast in comparison to the books, which leads me to believe the writers are wanting to get off of the books pretty quickly, which makes me really happy. The books are great, and I love that world but I wanted to explore more. I always wanted more adventures from Jace & Clary and now I think we get that chance.

Because I read the books, I know what they have cut out, and I’m not unhappy with their decisions, with only 40 mins per episode it would be ineradicablely difficult to include everything, especially if the writers are wanting to go in a different direction.

The casting for the characters I thought was pretty on point. I have concerns for  Clary, but I’m hoping she transforms into the character I have in my head. Which there is evidence in the second episode of that. The character I was most excited about see was Magnus Bane played by Harry Shum Jr. (also known for being in Glee, which I loved), and he met all my expectations, and makes me want to see more of his character. The character I was most disappointed with was Isabelle Lightwood played by Emeraude Toubia, and it wasn’t the acting. The acting was fine, it was her lines, I felt some of them were confusing. It’s as though they half committed to the her sexuality, meaning that in the books she was very sexy, all the time. And when translating that to the tv show it got lost. There is this scene in the second episode where she is talking to Simon and the lines just don’t flow.

I was also surprised by how many people were in the institute. I imagined it not as high tech, and basically barren of people. Sort of like a ruin of the Shadowhunter world.

I think it’s important to remember that this is the first of a new show, and it’s going to take a bit for them to find their barrings and iron out all the wrinkles just like with any other TV show. I am really looking forward to watching this show every week, and I am excited to see where the show goes in it’s first season.