January 6, 2017

School's Being Nasty, So Here's An Apologetic Blog Post That's Really Just Salt

I report to you live from inside a fort made of textbooks, packets of AP English readings. It smells like rehearsal and tea, and I'm frankly pretty miserable. I've been dragging myself through hours of homework on top of rehearsals for shows and build sessions for robotics, and it's been hell. Just complete hell.

Listen, I know most of my readers have already graduated high school, and had done so some time ago. I don't know what the hell happened between your graduation and my junior year, but everything in this system is so goddamn messed up. Students are out here missing meals, sleeping 3-4 hours a night, and going to school with infections like strep, mono, and the flu because missing classes is more disastrous than infecting everyone, and we're all okay with that because we would do the same.

And to top it off, students are getting dangerously mentally ill from the stress of it all. And there's nothing schools are doing about it. Nothing. Just "make sure to eat a balanced meal" or "get some sleep" or "make sure to stay on top of your grades" and it's a big, messy pick-two situation that leaves nobody happy in the end. I would do something about it, but I'm also trying to stay afloat.

We're expected to do it all. Good grades, play sports, appreciate the arts, do community service, have a job. Have friends, have hobbies. Be happy. If we don't have the first, we're lazy. If we don't have the second, we're inhospitable and cold. If we don't have the third, we're unreliable. Nobody can do all of this and yet it's expected of my generation. We should not be under pressure to do the impossible. Should not.

I've only had time to play GW2 lately, which makes my stacks of games to review so depressingly tall that I'm not sure how to even start it. I really want to get a full grasp of Starr Mazer: DSP, as well as Feist, finish my big thing on No Man's Sky, and...okay. Listen. I'm just getting angry and stressed so I'm going to post a picture of my level 80 Guardian and just kind of disappear for a little while again.

I don't know how long it will take me to dig myself out to a point where I can get back on track. It looks so completely unprofessional of me, but I have to focus on trying to take a shower every day and still somehow get my homework done. Good riddance, American schools. Good. Riddance.

December 16, 2016

Doodling to Pass the Time

Hey- School's really stressful right now, so I'm making it my first priority. Here's a doodle of what I've been up to in NMS. Enlarge for better detail!

October 19, 2016

Three Great Games I Played at GeekGirlCon

Photo by Clare McGrane on Geekwire, in an article about my panel about women in games!

Wow, this past week has been crazy! After having a blast at GGC paneling and playing games, I immediately fell ill and spent the better part of the last several days coughing, sleeping, and catching up on work. I'm up to all sorts of junior-year mayhem, from calculus to taking my PSAT tomorrow, so playing games has been a really nice luxury lately. I did happen to get on GW2 and make a Charr Guardian character, so that was lots of fun.

I've also been having a really, really fun time playing Starr Mazer DSP, a game that was given to me to play and review (yes, review coming soon!). Starr Mazer DSP was one of many awesome games I got to give a shot at GeekGirlCon this year, where the video gaming section was slightly larger and included a VR area and a co-op lounge as well as a row of single-player games. There are three games that truly stood out to me.

October 8, 2016

Come Find Me At GGC!

Hello! Quick post to let you all know that I'm so excited to be a panelist and a press pass holder at GeekGirlCon this year! GGC means so much to me and I have been given free admission for what I'm contributing, which is amazing and I want to thank the staff of the convention so much.

I'll be on two panels this weekend - Keep an eye on my Twitter, @SGMSoultamer, about when and where they'll be!

September 21, 2016

Games To Keep Me Sane

Oh, hey, it's been a while since PAX, hasn't it...

As it tends to every year, school starts for me after PAX, crunching together con coverage, GeekGirlCon prep, and general blogging all in one forgotten section that kind of falls off of the to-do list when juxtaposed against school, robotics, and theatre. Nonetheless, I'm here and just barely hanging on as usual! Something that's helped me stay on track and not crash, however, has been finding little bits of time here and there to play games. Here are my top 5 games that have kept me sane while I plug on by.

September 3, 2016

PAX Overview Day 2: Cosplay Chaos

playing Open Sorcery
Hello! I've promised to do a 3x3 for PAX - Three games, three photos, and three reflections - for every day of the con. However, since I was in cosplay on Saturday, I feel that I couldn't get the optimal 3x3. So, instead, have a 1x3x1...