Well, it’s been a while since my last post. In that time I moved to Texas, opened and then closed a tabletop game store, moved to Dallas Metro and got divorced. But know that I am back and better than ever! I can’t wait to write and share lots of fun stuff with you all!
I first read Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks back in middle school (1988) and fell in love with it, but like the myriad of books I’ve read over the years, I had forgotten about it. That is until MTV release the Shannara Chronicles as a tv show.
I went back to read Sword of Shannara again and decided to read them in chronological order, as many books have been written since I lost read the Chronicles. So I started with the Word and Void trilogy.
The first book in the Word and Void trilogy is Running with the Demon. This book takes place around the early 90’s (I’m guessing) in a small town called Hopewell, Illinois. The two main characters are Nest Freemark, aged 14 and John Ross, about 30ish. With the use of magic and wit, they battle “feeders” and demons alike. I am purposefully leaving out a lot of the details, as I feel this is a trilogy that you should read for yourself.
What I will say about this trilogy is that I devoured it! As usual, Terry Brooks captures the imagination, while helping you to want to befriend his characters. He is one of the few writers where I feel as if I were a part of story. You come to genuinely care for Nest and John as they try to save this small town from its imminent doom. Even when characters make horrible mistakes in life, you can’t help but feel bad for them and the choices they made.
This is a great series of books that any fantasy reader will enjoy!
While crawling the Spotify world, I created found these great albums that have some of the best video game songs ever! I just wanted to share it with you all! This is great to listen to while cleaning, gaming and just hanging out! Plus, it’s really fun to have someone say “I know that song!” Some of the songs include the Angry Birds theme song, Still Alive from Portal, and Super Mario Theme just to name a few!
Well, I’m back! I took a long hiatus, mostly due to opening a tabletop game store in Gilmer, Texas. It’s called Halflings Hideaway Games. It has taken up a lot of my life and now that after a year of being an open store, I can finally have a routine, I have decided to return to My Geek Voice again.
I will have some great posts about a lot of fun and geekery in the future!
Any girl who grew up in the 80’s knows Molly Ringwald. She was the champion for all outcast and nerdy girls growing up. She taught us to be ourselves in Pretty in Pink. Lived through hell when her parents f&*$ng forgot her birthday. And survived a crappiest day in detention.
She made us believe that we could have the Jake Ryans (Sixteen Candles) and Blaine McDonnagh (Pretty in Pink), you know, the most popular and attractive boy in school. There was even the chance that you could have the bad boy, like John Bender (Breakfast Club), or even a crazy best friend, like Duckie Dale.
But then comes reality…
The popular boys and the bad boys don’t notice you, thanks Molly, for the false hope. And back then, I couldn’t even get a Duckie Dale in my life! But I still wished and hoped that I could be her. Because despite all of it, and the reality, you just wanted to be her, she was cool without being mean or nasty. She helped out lone nerds score cool points (remember the bathroom underwear scene in Sixteen Candles?) and she stood up for herself (let’s not forget when she told Blaine off about prom!) and she melted the bad boy’s heart. She gave this high school dateless wonder hope that maybe it would suck for now, but it just might get better.
Plus, she had the music! Every one of her triumphs at the end of the movie included an awesome song that when you heard it, you just knew it would be ok. To this day, I still love “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simply Red, “If You Leave” by Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and “If You Were Here” by The Thompson Twins. You hear those songs and it just takes you back to your first kiss or date or prom. It’s magical.
So, until the day I die, I will always look up to Molly Ringwald and the hope she brought to this gal. I hope that she meant something to you too!
I am doing a MAJOR happy dance! A while back I help to fund the Kickstarter for LOKA Chess by Mantic Games. It’s a cool fantasy chess with an awesome fantasy twist. The game designer, Alessio Cavatore has worked as a designer on a lot of miniature war games, such as Warhammer and Lord of the Rings.
Now, I will admit, I am NOT a chess player by any means. (I plan to learn soon.) However, the beauty of the miniatures of this game was what drew me to buy it. They are gorgeous and unpainted! So I get the awesome pleasure of painting them myself!
Now, if you would have told me a year and a half ago that I would LOVE painting miniature war figures, I would have laughed in your face. However, I bought my first Hordes Legion of Everblight battle box and fell in love with it. I love the game too, but I actually derive more enjoyment out of painting them! (I’m sure there are more of us out there like this too!) There is something relaxing about sitting and painting these itty bitty models. Plus, it’s an awesome hobby if you have small (size 3) hands, your fingers don’t get in the way!
But, back to LOKA… I am really excited to paint and display these figures on the board! I am excited to learn to play the game too. Check out these beautiful photos from Mantic Games of the painted figures and you will see why I like them so much! Also, make sure to check out Alessio’s video about the game too!
I don’t normally get personal on this blog, however, I have been struggling with this for a while and I have learned that when I talk about it, people have some amazing ideas that have helped me.
My oldest daughter has Attention Deficit Disorder. This is really rough for me to work with. I don’t understand why it takes her all day to “clean” (not really) her room when I can get it done in less than an hour. It’s downright gut wrenching and frustrating to boot. I usually just end up giving up and cleaning it myself. However, that doesn’t teach her anything but that Mom will take care of it.
I recently bought the book Smart, but Scattered , which will help me understand how my daughter thinks so I can best help her. This book will help me to teach her the basic skills that most people have to stay on track, but people with ADD or ADHD do not posses. I can’t wait until I finish this book, because every time I look at her room, I just want to scream.
I tried to look online for a simple checklist for her, but I couldn’t find one for her, so I guess I will have make my own.
If you have any hints, tips or helps in regards to helping your ADD or ADHD children, please share them in the comments. I welcome the ideas and help!!!
In our household, we deal with dietary issues daily. My oldest is not able to have dairy or gluten products. This can make cooking a bit tricky at times, but we manage. I do love that she is getting healthy and wholesome foods and not over processed garbage. Nutrition is SO important in a child’s development and so is their involvement in their dietary needs. My daughter is really great at letting people know (nicely) about her food restrictions, but letting them know what she can eat. While sometimes it’s harder for her to grab an apple vs a piece of candy, she knows what the outcome of both foods will do to or for her.
I watched Jamie Oliver’s TED talk last year and was blown away by it. My family had been watching his show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and were shocked at what we saw in the cafeterias and on family plates. Please, don’t think I’m judging or anything like that, after each episode, I went through my pantry to find any unhealthy offenders. I am also a big soda drinker, which I am working on quitting. I know it’s a horrible habit. But I wanted to share Jamie’s talk and let people know there is hope.
If you need a great way to get your kids involved and excited as well, make sure to look into the game Foodle. This great game that teaches families portion sizes and general food IQ.
For now, be inspired by this great video!