So, I realize about five people are still aware that this blog even exists. Three of those people might be my mother (hi, Mom!)
To my dear, sweet future readers who are yet unaware that they are huge fans of my work: do not fret. I have been okay these silent months! I still have lots of plans for updates and fun things to include on this site! But a few hospitalizations and angsty work problems and shiny new video games can do terrible things to an easily-distracted and easily-tired girl. Oh well.
For now, in the 30 minutes I have before I go to bed for work tomorrow, here is a bullet point list of everything that has happened in the past 6 (yikes!) months:
- I went to the hospital a few times! Once for dumb old anxiety complications, and once because I woke up without sight in my right eye. Cool, right? The latter was definitely scarier, but after a few tests, the doctors determined that my severe migraines can result in some nasty inflammation behind my eye. Apparently my brain just got so inflamed that it pressed on my happy little eye hole and temporarily hindered my happy little eye sight. Terrifying as hell, but medication and know-how have worked wonders in solving that problem. So all is well now!
- I play D&D now! Crazy that a person of my nerd level (over 9000, at least) had never gotten the chance until age 23, but this is definitely a lifelong hobby from now on. My lovely sister Jenny has taken the role of DM/God, and we play every Sunday with my brother Tim, my cousin Katie, and Katie’s husband Johnny. So far, my little halfling sorceress is a ball of joy, accidental injuries, and a lot of also-accidental flirting with hobgoblins. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m also a few months in to creating a D&D campaign of my own (in my own created homebrew world!) to run with the family, which is daunting but SO exciting. A few sneak peaks of the quests, characters, and concept art here:
- My obsession with video game music has finally risen to an impossibly new high. After scouring the internet for years trying to find the most interesting and inspiring game music for my writing, I realized that I’d already accumulated the majority of albums on everyone’s “best game music” lists. In order to find the real diamonds in the rough, I was going to have to sift through them on my own.
So, as of April 2018, I have embarked upon what is possibly the most crazy and dumb task imaginable: I am alphabetically combing through a website of archived game music to discover new soundtracks. It doesn’t contain every soundtrack to every game ever created, but it does carry the soundtracks to over 200,000 titles! In the past 4 months, I have officially made it to the letter J, and have a long way to go. But thankfully, I am now sitting on music from so many amazing games that I never would have discovered otherwise. I have big plans for what I’m going to do with the new music finds in the future, but it’s a secret for now… so stay tuned 😉
- I’m a MOM!!!!
Just kidding. I spend my weekend nights in my pajamas, eating mashed potatoes with a ladle while watching Game Grumps and Critical Role on my couch. Absolutely 0% worry of a pregnancy scare there, as far as I was taught.
(In case you still don’t believe me, the closest thing I have to a boyfriend is this candle named Perfect Nate. He smells fantastic — like man musk and fear for my future.)
- I cut my hair! Finally, after a long year and a half of growing it out, I was able to donate 11″ of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This program is by far my favorite available — unlike Locks for Love, which I hear has started to take a strange turn towards secrecy and profit-focus in the last few years, Pantene works directly with the American Cancer Society to provide free wigs to women and children with cancer. In honor of my dad passing from cancer last year, I cut my hair on his one-year anniversary: July 4th. I’m going to try to make it a tradition from now on (if I can manage to last throughout the next Korean summer with long hair again — yuck!)
- My Mom and sister Jenny visited Korea!! From July 25th to August 12th, me and Tim got to show them around Korea in what was apparently the hottest summer on record in the last 111 years. I’m pretty sure the collective rising heat and sweat from our bodies created its own ecosystem as we traveled. But despite the heat, we saw a whole lot of beautiful things, ate a whole lot of all-you-can-eat pork and cream puffs from my favorite bakery, drank a whole lot of tea at a bajillion different cafés, and laughed as much as usual playing cards and enjoying each others’ company. Thanks to Jen, we have some pretty great pictures to show for it too 🙂
- Lastly: I will be ending my current teaching job in Korea as of November 30th, 2018! I was considering renewing the contract, but I turned it down after some very troubling months dealing with my company — the details of which probably don’t belong on a public forum (even if it’s a forum nobody reads… sigh)
BUT! That means I will be returning to America for a little over a month! While I’m there, I’ll do my family and friend-visiting rounds before returning to Korea for other teaching or writing work. Having December to wind down after a trying first year in Korea will be very, very needed. I’m hoping to spend the majority of that downtime watching a LOT of Whose Line is it Anyway? with Mom, playing a lot of cards/board games with the family, eating a veritable shit ton of Chipotle, and working out a more regular schedule for hobbies and new projects like this. I’m very, very excited about these future projects, so I look forward to sharing them with you all 🙂
That’s about all for me, as far as huge updates go. I’ve got loads of travel pictures to upload once I can get my phone working with my computer again (grr…) but it’ll be exciting when the time comes!
I hope y’all are doing well, and I hope to see you much more very soon!