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2016 Week Six: Videogames > Life


Things I have done this week:

  • Answered numerous questions from bemused strangers with long, rambling answers that I couldn’t find endings to, when a simple “yes” or “no” would have sufficed. Sometimes being me is just THE BEST.
  • Made brownies. Sometimes being me actually is the best.
  • Finished my second temp job of the year. (They were each only meant to last a couple of weeks, I don’t suck THAT much.) I start another one on Monday. I’m pretty neutral about this. I do get kind of stressed about starting new jobs, which makes doing it so often less than ideal, but I also enjoy learning new things and meeting new people so it kind of cancels out. Also, I’m getting better at remembering people’s names which is good because I’m naturally awful at that. Also also, moving on quickly helps mitigate my embarrassment over my general social ineptitude.
  • Started a new version of Faustina, which is now called Venetian Masks (although I’m probably going to keep referring to it as Faustina for a while). I am… less than happy to be starting again (if this were a movie we would cut to footage of me sobbing uncontrollably in a corner right now) but in order to move forward from where I was I need to make substantial changes to the beginning and in the end I realised that it was more than I could just edit in. So… I’m starting again. AGAIN. It’s really not as big a deal as I’ve been thinking it is (cut to the sobbing again) because after the first few scenes I’ll be changing details rather than ripping everything out and replacing it, and it will definitely make the story stronger and fix a bunch of things that have been niggling at me, but… yeah. Those of you who’ve been here a while will remember that time I accidentally gave myself a mullet when I tried to cut my own hair without the necessary planning and preparation. Writing this book has been exactly like that, only drawn out over a longer period of time and with an infinitely huge and mulletacious mullet.

Jareth from Labyrinth. Caption:

Things my Skyrim character has done this week:

  • Discovered godmode.

I used to play Skyrim on the PS3, where there are no cheats and crashes are frequent and sad-making. But I got a new computer recently and then I discovered Steam. And then I discovered that Steam do 66% off sales. So now I play Skyrim on the PC. (And, erm… some other stuff.) And I get cheats, like godmode. When godmode is on, your character doesn’t lose any health or magic points. I suck at videogames, despite my enthusiasm for them, and I’m also wildly impatient, so something that makes it completely impossible for me to fail is ideal. For example: my level 7 character, who got those levels from, like, making potions and has basically no combat skills, wandered into a dungeon full of assorted undead and died a bunch of times. I could have reloaded a previous save and come back to that dungeon another time, but I wanted to finish that quest NOOOOOOOOW. So… godmode.

My Skyrim character shoots fiery magic at some kind of floating ghost.

*FRRRZZZZT* Sorry, what was that, floating ghost thing? *FRRRZZZT* I can’t seem to hear you over the sound of how immortal I am.

I can shoot magic at monsters all day without running out of magic points or getting hurt by their attacks. It’s very relaxing.

Things you could do with godmode in real life:

  • Eat an infinite number of brownies without feeling sick. (I could really use this right now.)
  • Run all the way to work without getting sweaty.
  • Stay up all night to play more videogames.
  • Write a whole novel without getting stuck and starting again. (HAHAHA NO NOT REALLY THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE.)

See you next week.


10 thoughts on “2016 Week Six: Videogames > Life

  1. I want to be in godmode!!! Without having to play videogames though, they’re boring.


  2. I need godmode for life.

    Also, I’m disappointed at the lack of the mullet pic.


    • Hahaha! As the man in black says in The Princess Bride… get used to disappointment! *puts on black mask and disappears on pirate ship for five years in the hope that you’ll forget about this*

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      • That’s not the right line, Westley. It’s “As you wish.” (Stage directions: you pass Bronwyn the picture of your mullet.)


      • Damn. I don’t think I’ve ever been outfoxed with Princess Bride quotes before!

        Saaaaaadly… I honestly don’t have any because I wisely decided to shy away from cameras at this point in time and while I think my parents have one or two I haven’t asked for copies because I don’t need any encouragement to hate myself 😛

        “To the pain means the first thing you lose will be slightly too much hair on one side at the front. Then some more on the other side to even it up. Then even more, because at this point why the hell not. But the back you keep and I’ll tell you why… because if you’re going to go around looking awful, you might as well at least keep your neck warm.”

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      • Ow-ow-ow-ow-tea in the sinus cavities-ow! I should know better than to drink while reading your responses. You’d think I’d have learned by now, and yet…

        FWIW, I’m still in awe that you were brave enough to cut your own hair. I’ve cut other people’s hair, but never my own.

        Also, since you’re a Princess Bride lover, too, I have to ask – have you read Cary Elwes memoir, “As You Wish” about the making of The Princess Bride? I’m typically not big on memoirs or non-fiction, really, but a friend gave me a copy and it was absolutely one of the most delightful books I’ve ever read. I’ve never seen a memoir be less about the person writing it and more about everyone else involved. 🙂

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      • Sorry about the nasal irrigation!

        See, I would be pretty reluctant to cut other people’s hair. At least when I mess up my own, I know I won’t stay mad at me forever…

        I’ve heard of it! I’m definitely planning to read it, it sounds great. I’m actually contemplating the audiobook which I think he read himself.

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      • Ooooooohhhhh…read by Cary Elwes…

        I’m not normally a huge fan of audiobooks because I’m so easily distracted. (You are unsurprised, I’m sure.) But I feel like I could maybe try harder to pay attention to this.


      • That’s exactly how I feel about it!

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