Monthly Archives: June 2018

Mastering That Mental Game

Related imageI’ve been thinking a lot of fitness, lately. About the journey I’ve undergone in the past–what this November will mark–two years. I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished and where I’ve come from, the habits that I’ve built (and almost always follow) and everything I’ve learned since I decided I wanted to take my health into my own hands. There is still one aspect that I could really, really work on, though.

My mental fitness.

I don’t have too much of a problem sticking with my routine and maintaining this lifestyle. I actually enjoy it. I mean, everyone has their days when they want to be lazy or don’t want to do anything. That’s just human. But usually, I get up in the morning and, even if I’m not truly feeling it, I put in the effort and hit the trail, I complete that strength training exercise, I drink that extra glass of water, I log my food, I resist eating when I’m not hungry and I stick to my calorie goal. But, like I said, I’m human. So I also have days when I choose to sleep in or play video games instead of running. Or I eat that bowl of cereal at midnight, just because I want to. Or I buy that ice cream, I don’t log my food on the weekends, I get those doughnuts before DnD on Sunday mornings. Both of those realities are totally fine.

What isn’t is my mental response to the latter.

You see, I beat myself up way too often when I “slip up”. When I don’t follow my routine as well as I do during the week during the weekends, usually because I’m hanging out with people who don’t follow the same lifestyle–and I have no desire to have a lifestyle that means I don’t order the food I want when I go out to eat or my boyfriend and I do date nights (which usually includes ice cream). I like being able to eat what I want to eat. I want to do so without feeling like a failure. Or I’d like to have a lazy day without thinking the entire time about how I should have got up and gone running instead.

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I’d really love to stop comparing myself to others and their progress and feel like I’m failing because of how my body looks, since it “doesn’t look as good as theirs”; judging that I’m not doing well because I still have curves and love handles that stick out, despite the fact that I’m starting to form an outline in my abs, I’ve shaved a minute off my starting mile time and I’ve lost 30 pounds. I’d love to stop looking at the scale and getting pissed that I can’t get under 175, even though I know I’m gaining muscle and still losing fat, even if the scale doesn’t reflect that. I’d love to stop feeling like a whale one day, even though the day before, I couldn’t believe I was actually feeling what it felt like to love your body.

I have my physical fitness down pat, a routine that I love and that works for me, with enough variety to help it stay fresh and mix it up. I know now how to eat well and stay full, yet also indulge and enjoy myself. I can log my food and my runs and I hold myself accountable.

Now, I’d love to learn how to master that mental game.

Any tips that you have would be super appreciated!

Cheers.

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Stealing The Caruso Editing Method

Last week, I mentioned that I’m going to try out a new editing method and I hinted that I might take a moment to describe it for you all. It’s nothing new, per say. People have probably been editing using some variation of this method for years, but it’s new for me and it was written out in a way that just clicked, so I wanted to share it with you all, even at the risk that it might not be as groundbreaking to you as it’s felt like to me. But before I get into the glorious details of what this method really is down below, I gotta tell you how I stumbled upon it, first.

You see, this method is from the genius that is author Melissa Caruso.

I’m very, very lucky to be friends with this inspiration, in a set of circumstances that I never would have imagined happening. You see, I interned for a little over a year with her agent, the fantastic and amazing Naomi Davis.

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Sorry, needed to take a moment to fangirl over these two, because THEY ARE INCREDIBLE AND I ADORE THEM and I have no chill about it.

Through Naomi, I met Melissa and even got a chance to become one of her beta readers for her wonderful series, including both The Tethered Mage and The Defiant Heir (which are both out now and if you haven’t read them yet, you should go read those books and then come back and learn how to edit your own books, because hers are not ones to miss).

But I’m seriously the lucky one, here. Since meeting Melissa, she’s been nothing but supportive, encouraging and one of the best cheerleaders out there, whenever we chat. Yet even if I didn’t know her, following her on Twitter is pretty much a no brainer if you’re a writer. Her threads of advice, personal experience and encouragement have gotten me through many a rough writing session or period of doubt.

But one such thread also caused the spark to go off in my brain and go, “Wait a second. If I edit my books like that, perhaps, just perhaps, I might just make it.”

So, ladies and gents, the secret is out. My new editing method, which I’ve dubbed the Caruso Editing Method and is complied in a list below based off of Melissa’s wonderful Twitter thread over that very topic (and being shared with you now thanks to her gracious permission). I’m so stoked to try out this out on Blood Price here in August (or perhaps July, if I clean up Artemis quick enough). Though I’ve gotten better, I’ve really been stuck in the whole “rereading my book and fixing typos and rephrasing sentences totally counts as editing” mindset. Which, I mean, don’t get me wrong, that is editing. It’s just line editing. Which should come last, after you focus on all of the more major issues and put in some serious work. And my books always need the work that should come before line edits. I just never realized what exactly that work looked like or how to break it down.

Until now.


The Caruso Editing Method

  1. Round One: Structural Edits
    1. Main building blocks of the story
    2. Strengthening character arcs
    3. Weak subplots that need to be expanded, merged or cut
    4. Pacing: is it too fast or too slow?
    5. Stakes and Agency: RAISE THEM
    6. Logic Checks: Does each characters’ actions make sense?
    7. Relationships: are they compelling and do they develop?
  2. BETA READER ROUND
  3. Round Two: Digging Deeper
    1. Internality: Get in tune with the characters feelings and make sure we’re not only aware of them, but we’re feeling them, too
    2. Convenience: Remove coincidence and make sure everything happens because of actual reasons driven by the story
    3. Voice: make sure all the voices are solid and distinct from one another
    4. Clarity: what were the beta readers confused about? Clear this up.
    5. Transitions
    6. Page-Level Pacing: tightening rambling and amping up intensity
    7. Setting: making sure it’s immersive and evocative
  4. BETA READER ROUND (if necessary)
  5. Round Three: The Finesse
    1. Line Edits
    2. Polishing Touches
    3. Check Your Typos!

That’s it.

That, ladies and gentleman, is how you edit a novel.

I mean, granted, it’s one way of doing it. There is no one size fits all for writers. And sure, I haven’t tried this out yet, to see if I like it. But I sure believe that I can’t go wrong in trying this out and seeing how it goes, because it highlights all the important elements within a novel that you want to be up to shape, regardless of what stage in your career you’re in: querying, debut or ten books under your belt and counting. I haven’t been this excited to edit in quite some time, even though looking at the amount of work attached to those structural edits in the first round is probably going to feel like a punch to the throat while I’m also getting kicked in the gut simultaneously. But it’s work that needs doing, if I want my story to live amongst the greats on the bookshelves and be read by readers I want to reach.

Greats like Melissa Caruso.

So thank you, Melissa, for teaching the wisdom you’ve acquired over the years to all of us and for me to continue passing it on, through this blog post. I’m so excited to try this out and see how this style helps improve my writing. I hope, my writing family, that by sharing this, you have a little bit of guidance, too, if you’re struggling to find an editing method that works. If you already have an editing method that you love, tell me more about it in the comments! Or if you end up using this method, I’d love to hear about how it works for you and what tweaks you did to make it your own.

Let’s edit great books, fam.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Six

Hello, friends!

This post is coming a little late, thanks to having a sick day yesterday where I spent more time moving between the couch and the bathroom than I did doing anything else and all I wanted to do was anything but fight my body with whatever I ate the night before. And although my instinct is to panic, looking at my To-Do list and wanting to cross everything off of it yet it already being Tuesday, I’m forcing myself to step back and take a breath, realizing/remembering that I totally got this.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. This has actually been surprisingly hard to do (as you can see, if you read this post last week). But I’m also hoping to read a little more in these next two weeks, before I hit the editing grind.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I am *almost* caught up on my May/June ARCs. Which is great, since the July/August ones are coming my way here soon. But I’m really digging this book I’m reading right now and excited to see how it ends!

Weekly Goal: Read every day. Write review.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x (assuming the weather holds). Log food.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Mixed up the workouts a little bit last week (including helping a colleague move on Saturday) and it was nice to mix up the routine a little bit. This week, though, after a lovely case of the food poisoning (I think), stormy weather and a change in the work schedule for just this week, I don’t think I’ll actually be able to workout at all. Not going to beat myself up about it, though. Instead, going to just enjoy the rest.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy the break week and get ready to get back to it next week.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Pay off credit card and put money in savings.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Forgot to put money in savings, but will do that this week!

Weekly Goal: Pay bills. Finish changing address for the move and figure out storage unit stuff.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Haven’t been thinking about this at all. Definitely need to make this more of a priority. (<– Look familiar? *sigh*)

Weekly Goal: Start devotional.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Find a reason to be happy every day. Plus, get excited for Jurassic World!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Enjoy working at orientation and life in general!

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It’s been pretty nice these past couple days, with the storms bringing in some cooler, eighty degree weather. Of course, it’s all about to change, with the high on Thursday being projected as 102 degrees, but there is something magical about summer, despite this heat and how sweaty I get every time I go outside. Something about summer just releases the happy endorphins and I’m hopeful that continues as we creep into July. Oh, and the highlight last weekend, by far, was catching up with my Mom over lunch and then going swimming for two hours. It makes me wonder why I haven’t made swimming more of a priority over the summer months and I definitely plan to rectify that.

Cheers.


My Neglected Passions and Pursuits

This writing break has been surprisingly hard.

I’ve finally figured out my writing routine, I think. I mean, it seems to be working, since I’ve written two first drafts this year when last year, I wrote none. There’s a lot that times into that–including being in a better place, mentally, this year, as well as buckling down and choosing, actively, repeatedly, to try and write at least five times a week, i.e., every day I also work my day job, so it’s like I’m working a second job. I’m really excited that I’ve figured this out and I’m no longer nervous, when I take a break, like I have now, that I’m not going to be able to get my momentum back. I totally know I will. I have the tools to do so and I know how to implement them.

Even if it’s going to be a little bit different the second half of the year, with editing.

I’ts definitely a brain switch, between writing first drafts and editing old drafts. Especially because editing every draft is going to be quite different, because there are always different aspects to focus on (I have a new editing method I’m going to try and I might write a post about it next week!). But I’m excited for the mental change, because it’s always nice to switch it up a little bit, yet still be making progress on these stories. Especially because, by writing new drafts during the first half of the year and then editing during the second half, I can start a system of querying (and, after finding an agent, going on submission) while still working on other projects and books. I think this is going to really work for me and I’m super stoked about it.

But, I told myself I wouldn’t start editing until the 9th of July. I wanted to take a couple weeks off, to reward myself for finishing my first draft early. Catch up on blogging, reading, those kinds of things. My neglected pursuits.

Yet I keep finding myself itching to write. To edit. To brainstorm ideas.

This is a great problem to have. To know that my spark isn’t gone and isn’t going anywhere. It’s fantastic to catch up on books I’ve been meaning to read, beta read for fellow writers, get caught up on all my blogs. Sure, I’ve had some moments where I could have been more productive with these things (and not been on social media as much), but it’s also been nice to kind of relax a bit, instead of constantly stressing out over my word count and trying to figure out the rest of the scene.

Though I’m itching to get back to it, I’m embracing this break for what it really is: a break to enjoy other pursuits, passions and hobbies before I switch my brain into editing mode and work my ass off for the rest of the year, editing (if I can really kill it) three novels (one at the third round of editing and two at the first round of editing, which take various degrees of effort). I’m excited to start.

But for now, I think I’m going to get back to reading.

Cheers.


Two Sides to Every Coin

This is what you get for wanting to write a blog post but then waiting a week and a half to write it: you lose the source of your inspiration and thus can’t quote it when you need to. You see, I was reading…something (an article online, perhaps? maybe an interview?) where an author was discussing writing a book and in that discussion (interview, whathaveyou), they wrote about how they were okay taking the risks they took with their book because they had a financially supportive day job, so they didn’t have to worry about their book selling. Instead, they could simply write what they wanted and if it sold well, great. If it didn’t, the bills were still going to get paid, no harm, no foul.

(I know, I know, I really wish I remembered where I read this, too.)

That resonated with me, a lot. As someone who has written a trilogy that didn’t garner agent interest because it featured aspects that were considered saturated and overdone in the market (plus wasn’t up to the best writing quality, let’s be honest here) plus has another book that’s about to go out in the querying world yet also might not do well because the market’s trend is for epic fantasy right now, not urban (but can’t know for certain until you try, right?); well, let’s just say, discouraged is one emotion I’ve certainly felt, because I love these stories and of course I want them told in the world. Making money off of them would also be a bonus–those student loans don’t pay themselves. Yet with my interests apparently aligning with things that don’t sell, there is a temptation–and a desire–to try and write something that’s more marketable, so I can break into the market and make my dream of being a published author come true.

And yet…

do have a good day job, currently. Sure, I wouldn’t mind making a little more money (who wouldn’t?) and the idea of making enough money off my writing to be able to quit and write full time is dangerously appealing. Yet knowing that I have this safeguard, this job that I can count on and choose to stay at, no matter what happens in my writing career, is something I think I need to appreciate more, rather than see as a hindrance. Sure, work at a day job is a time suck. I could probably write more if I didn’t have this job. But it also provides a financial peace of mind that writing full time might not always give and gives me permission to write what I want–which I should give myself regardless, yet sometimes, that is harder said than done.

I mean, sure, while I’ve dallied with the idea of trying to come up with an idea that’s more marketable and instead just wrote whatever story was calling me at the time, the realization that I could always have my day job as my main source of income is comforting. Also, please don’t buy into the misguided societal assumption: it’s really rare for an author to make enough to be able to quit their day job in the first place, so I have no expectation to even do that, when I reach that point in my writing career. It’s just a nice, different way of thinking that I hadn’t considered before: that my day job could not just be a potential burden or additional obstacle for my writing career, but a blessing, too.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Five

Hello, friends!

It’s mind blowing to me that June is already halfway done. Honestly, time just flies by too quickly for this kid to truly keep up with it. I’m bummed I haven’t been swimming nearly as much as I wanted to, but I’m really enjoying this summer schedule; kinda wish my hours were always aligned like this!

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy writing break.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. And I got a game plan in motion. Taking a break until after Independence Day, then I’ll be editing Artemis one last time before querying it widely. After that, it’ll be first round of edits for Blood Price before sending that to betas and then the first round of edits for Artemis, book two, before finally (hopefully) getting another round of edits done for Blood Price to round out the year.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Didn’t finish the book, but I’ll hopefully knock it out tonight, if not tomorrow. Though this isn’t my favorite one, I’m super excited to start my next read!

Weekly Goal: Read every day. Write review.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x. Log food.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Had a good workout week last week and food week, until the weekend, when I completely let myself off the handle and ate way too much. But hey, every day is a different opportunity to continue being the best person you can be–and sometimes, that definitely includes cookies.

Weekly Goal: Workout 4x (assuming the weather holds). Log food.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: *didn’t have one because I somehow forgot to actually include that?*

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Pay off credit card and put money in savings.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional. Continue to pray and trust in God more.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Haven’t been thinking about this at all. Definitely need to make this more of a priority.

Weekly Goal: Start devotional.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy my writing break and get stoked for Sporting this weekend!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Find a reason to be happy every day. Plus, get excited for Jurassic World!

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Last weekend was really awesome: between a needed DnD session that felt too short (but it was cut short because of me, so there is that) and a much needed catch-up session with the bestie, plus another Sporting match with my man, the start of the World Cup and seeing my family (and his) for Father’s Day; yeah, last weekend was really, really lovely! Looking ahead, however, that isn’t a weekend where there isn’t something planned in…a while, it feels like. But I’m excited for whenever that weekend arrives, because I’m either going to not move from my couch or the pool.

I can’t decide what sounds more glorious.

Cheers.


E3 Reponse From the Casually Obsessed Gamer

So, E3 finally happened.

I wasn’t lucky enough to go (who has that kind of money?) and that’s probably a good thing, because I saw pictures of some of the swag that was there and oh boy, my bank account does not need that kind of temptation put in front of me. I watched most of E3 this year–sometimes with friends, sometimes sneaking in streams at work, sometimes just curled up on the couch with the boyfriend and then panic-flailing off of it when Fallout 76 details were dropped.

My response over how E3 went comes from the perspective of someone who describes herself as a “casually obsessed gamer”: someone who plays on her PS4 as her most time-sucking hobby (and she loves it), but someone who also really only plays the games she gets into (but when she does, she gets really into them). I haven’t played all of the classics. I don’t play across multiple consoles or platforms and I don’t think I’m knowledgeable enough about the industry to give really in-depth responses over what was revealed and what was missing from this year’s E3. I simply want to gush about the games I’m excited about and bemoan about the games that are still far off in the future.

So, if that sounds like your cup of tea, strap in, lovelies.


Fallout 76
Release Date: November 14th, 2018

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By far the game I’m most excited about, to be honest. Bethesda has stolen my heart ever since Skyrim and I honestly didn’t get into the Fallout franchise until very recently–as in, the past six months or so, where my entire life has been consumed by trying to keep my settlers happy (so, in other words, fuck you, Sanctuary) and trying not to break my controller after throwing it across the room, yet again, after another ghoul attack.

(I fucking hate ghouls.)

I’m so glad my boyfriend got me into Fallout, though, as Fallout 4 has been one of my favorite games to play. The lore is incredible (and finding out more and more from tidbits I’ve discovered and how dark some of the shit Vault Tech has pulled is one of my favorite parts of the game) and traveling alongside Rocket (i.e., Dogmeat, but his real name is Rocket) feels like it’s become a past time.

Now, enter in Fallout 76 and introduce multiplayer, playing as one of the first people ever to leave the Vaults, 25 years after the bombs fell and a map four times as big as what’s in Fallout 4.

(That last bit is totally nerdgasm worthy.)

Overall, I’m really excited about this game, especially after watching this documentary from Noclip Documentary. I’ll admit, I’m kinda nervous about the multiplayer part–I would’ve been really nervous about it before I met my man, who is usually the one who plays online games with me. Before, I didn’t really play with anyone in online games like Destiny, which kinda takes the fun out of online gaming when you don’t have friends to play them with. But Bethesda is one of my topic studios, ever. They are releasing a game and taking risks with it?

Damn straight I’m signing up for that.


Kingdom Hearts III
Release Date: January 25th, 2019

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So, while it might not seem that way, after you read the rest of this piece, let me preface it with this: the Kingdom Hearts franchise is what got me into gaming in the first place. It’s childhood. It’s home.

Do I trust that the game is actually going to come out on it’s latest promised release date, the 25th of January in 2019?

Not even a little bit.

Perhaps that’s really cynical of me. But there has been just too much drama and wishing-washing between announcing it’s release and then pushing it back for me to trust Square Enix truly anymore. Don’t get me wrong: once this game is out, physically, in stores, you know I’m going to buy the hell out of that game. I can’t listen to the first notes of “Simple and Clean” without getting chills. I am slightly worried that the game might feel a little too…simple, I guess is the only way I can think to describe it? It was one of the very first games I’ve ever played and I loved it. But having already replayed it once, the last time I trusted that III was going to be in my hands soon–and, since first playing it, having moved on to great RPGs that have taken my heart and ensnared it completely–I’m worried that the nostalgia might not be enough, after waiting so long to play this game and finish out the story, because the mechanics of the gameplay are just a lot…simpler than what I’ve moved on to. Who knows, though. Perhaps after replaying the remastered previous two installments, I’ll be itching for three.

Only time will tell.


Anthem
Release Date: February 9th, 2019

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This honestly might be my most anticipated release yet (in conjunction with Fallout 76, I can’t pick, okay?), for one reason alone:

BioWare.

BioWare is my main jam. My number one company. The company that I will support no matter what, because they created Dragon Age and Mass Effect and I will be forever grateful and in love with both of those franchises (I mean, I don’t have a Grey Warden tattoo on my shoulder for kicks). I will admit that I’m pretty disappointed that Dragon Age 4 hasn’t been officially announced yet. I’m still reeling over the events of the Trespasser DLC and I’m basically just an impatient, ignorant fan at this point who just needs to be more understanding. I personally also want more Mass Effect. I know Andromeda didn’t get the best reception, but I liked it. Was it my least favorite within that universe? Easily. But did I dislike it so much that I believe BioWare shouldn’t continue the Mass Effect franchise?

Abso-fucking-lutely not.

All that being said, to get a completely new game from them is pretty excited. I’m slowly learning the details about the game and honestly, I haven’t gone searching too much to learn more about it. It’s a BioWare game. They already have my business on February 9th because I’m always game to try whatever they throw at me and I’ll always support this company. Plus, I like to be surprised and not know all the ends and outs of the games before they come out. I just hope that BioWare stays close to its roots, the aspect that makes me love them over everyone else: by telling truly compelling, deep and riveting stories and making me care about not only the character I play, but the companions I play with.

Oh and when double check the release date to put here, I noticed that they are considering adding romance in a future update, but not during the release date. BioWare staff, if you read this: ALWAYS INCLUDE THE ROMANCE.


Cyberpunk 2077
Release Date: In the future

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This is another one that has certainly piqued my interest. I fell positively in love with CD Projekt Red’s Witcher: The Wild Hunt. I can’t tell you how my hours I’ve put into that game (and how excited I am to replay it and finally try out those DLCs). I’m also a huge fan of their Gwent standalone game, even if I’m shite at it and have no one to play it with, really. I’ve slowly been getting more and more into the sci-fi genre and a game as beautiful as this, by a company I respect and trust, that inspires already so many novel ideas that I can barely keep up?

Yeah, I’m all about this game, too.


Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Release Date: October 5th, 2018

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I’m positively stoked about this one.

Full disclosure: I’ve only played the first of the Assassin Creed games and I didn’t even beat it. Not because I didn’t like it. Life got in the way (you know how it goes). I enjoyed it a lot and it was a definitely a great comfort to me during a time when life wasn’t exactly grand. It also had the uncanny side effect of me analyzing all the buildings I noticed as I walked through campus and evaluating just exactly how I’d climb that. I’ve always meant to play the rest of the games, I just…haven’t, honestly.

But I’m definitely not missing this one.

I realize it’s completely different from the other games with the same title and honestly, it feels like they are simply using the AC brand to help get traction from the game, considering this one is an RPG where you can choose between the characters pictured above and then go exploring Greece. I’m not really bothered by them doing that, though. I just want to try out this game. I mean, there are romances (and I’m such a sucker for romances). Basically, it feels like it lines up more with all the games I’ve mentioned above, in terms of play style and elements within the game, so I’m not surprised how excited I actually am for this one (though I do hope they fix the whole words-spoken-don’t-match-with-speaking-animation-thing they had going on during their preview, because that was a little rough in my opinion).


Elder Scroll’s XI + Starfield
Release Date: Not Soon Enough

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I’ve been itching for the next installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise before I realized that I’ve be itching for the next installment. The fact that they officially announced they are working on it gave my little nerdy heart perhaps a little too much joy. I’m very curious where it’s going to be set and though I know I release date is far off in the future, that it’s a thing that will exist is enough for me right now.

Oh, probably should apologize to my boyfriend’s hand, though. Pretty sure I almost broke it when I squeezed so hard in excitement when they announced it officially at the end of their session.

But then, Bethesda surprised us with introducing a new franchise: Starfield. We know hardly anything about it at this point, but honestly? I’m pretty much in the same boat about Bethesda as I am BioWare: if they make it, chances are, I’m buying it. And if there is a chance we can get a Skyrim or Fallout type game that is set in space?

Sign me up, Commander.


So, there you have it! A (quite lengthy) gush fest over all the games I’m really looking forward to, which you could also read as a reflection of how empty my wallet is going to be between October and February or how much of a social life I won’t be having in-between those months, as well. Are you excited for any of those games? Any that you’re surprised I’m not featuring here? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers.