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Hey all, long time no see (matter of speech).

How are you guys doing? I've been doing very well myself.

I've disappeared off the face of DW and lj, once again, huh? Since announcing I was starting a new adventure with coaching and my health/physical health.

It's still an absolute work in progress. I haven't been able to really connect with anyone yet. Not quite. And I have a challenge I wanna start October 2nd. I actually have 3 people but one of them is going to the gym regularly and the second one doesn't seem to know what she wants (but it's a money thing mostly) and the third one is actually excited to start.

It's hard mainly because I'm in introvert, shy, don't know how to approach people and such and I have to talk about myself a lot, not trying to sell my products but also talk about them and what they're doing for me and new products and programs coming out. Hard work.

And I gotta do personal development. To get out of my shell, my comfort zone, get an easier approach, better myself in my posts, to attract people and have them join in and, possibly, sign up as well.

It's life changing, really. It takes time and, honestly, I didn't put enough energy into my peersonal development and well, everything's affected. But I added new people and I try to connect with them but I also still clueless on how to approach them after adding.

Yesterday, there was a big Beachbody event that I participated in. I am soooooo happy I did. I got to hear other coaches stories. Top coaches. I got to have some sort of training on Facebook and I got to do a workout with one of the trainers from the platform we have with all the programs to workout. It was intense and really nice. All workouts are intense though but... yeah...

I've been spending half my time in the Beachbody world, so to speak, and basically left everything else aside. Work excluded, of course because I can't forget about that but yeah.

In the beginnings, and a lot of the time, I do have to spend it on my business, because that's what it is. I mean, if I am successful and all, I can get paid for the work I'm doing, for helping people. I could generate a really nice revenue and stuff but I gotta work at it, put all the effort needed (and more) and I gotta sacrifice a few things in order to make that business work.

But I don't wanna forget on the other things and I have been wanting to come back on here for a while but didn't.

Forgive me? ;) :p

Not even sure what to tag this entry with...

New Headers for Icontalking!

Sep. 24th, 2017 09:06 pm
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Our community header activity is over, thank you so much to everyone who contributed a header!

Without more ado, here are our beautiful new headers:

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Technical Blathering )

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Sep. 24th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Challenge 67: Minimalistic

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:00 pm
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In the episodes shown on the first two icons, the characters say they're dressed in Minimalism style.
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Challenge 67

Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:26 pm
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travel plans percolating...

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:20 pm
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has anyone been to Costa Rica recently?

Brainstorming a "Girl's Trip" for February and this was my friend's suggestion (and it is for her - she is a Mom of two and I suggested we get away for a few days so she can just have some time to herself and leave the kiddos with Dad).

I mean, I've been practicing my Spanish for a few months now! Duolingo says I'm 50% fluent so that should at least be able to get us to a hotel and airport...and the library LOL (because every foreign language teaches you how to ask where the library is!)

Anyway, if you've been to Costa Rica and have any tips/tricks, let me know!
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6 - DARK PAGE


Loving a fictional character not only brings in the aforementioned trouble from the outside - it also tends to lead to turmoil on the inside.

The biggest issue for me is that I don't know what Jean-Luc would actually think of me if he was real. He's from an advanced future where Earth has gotten rid of its demons and is a founding and important member of the (usually peaceful) United Federation of Planets - a future where replicators take care of your every need and no one has to live in poverty, etc etc. This is all great, of course, but it also makes me wonder just why a man like Jean-Luc would bother with an anxious, emotionally unstable and fragile man like me from Earth's violent and dark past who has absolutely nothing to offer except his unconditional love.

More Here )

Star Trek Novel Icons

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:17 pm
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20 Star Trek: Rihannsu icons and 55 other Star Trek TOS book cover icons over here.

Star Trek Novel Icons

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20 Star Trek: Rihannsu icons and 55 other Star Trek TOS book cover icons over here.

game rambles

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Yeah, I made a Senua icon. I'm obsessed. Deal with it.

I can already feel the gaming hangover setting in - anything else I pick up to play I'm like "Ugh, this is not as emotionally engaging as Hellblade!"

I did pick up Witcher 2 again. I do enjoy that game but I can't play it when Tim's daughter is around because the Witcher does love to get it on with the ladies. The sex scenes are pretty explicit, even if they are a little ridiculous since the graphics are not top notch (the game is several years old). I need to read the novels, Tim has all of them, and they seem like fantasy I could actually get into.

If you are in need of a spooky game for October, we just finished Layers of Fear and it was CREEPY! Tim could hear me screaming from downstairs because there were so many jump scares and startling moments. I actually made Sylvia control the character because I was too terrified. It says to play with headphones on but I couldn't even play with the lights off LOL. It doesn't have a whole lot of replay value but if you can get it for $10 or less, it's worth it.

We are going to see "IT" tomorrow after work. Which means it will be a long night because the movie is just over 2 hours LOL. Oh well...I may have failed to mention the run time to Tim. Shhhhh

PSA: Library Jobs !!

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Come work with me! My library system is hiring Library Associates. All you need is your bachelor's degree in ANYTHING and fantastic customer service skills - though a willingness to do storytimes would also help in most cases.

Click here for details

Feel free to share with anyone you know who lives in Maryland and is job hunting. This is a great gateway position into public library work! (Outside of Maryland is fine too, but it is expensive to live here so just know that going into it)
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5 - WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS



I've talked about a lot of hows, whens, wheres and whys, but now is the time to talk about the elephant in the room:

The "what?!" factor.

Being as open about my love for Jean-Luc as I am doesn't exactly bring in approval all the time (although I do feel the need to point out that a lot of people are very supportive) - many of those who encounter me probably wonder just how screwed up I must be to have fallen in love with a fictional character.

My first instinct is to react to this with anger, but then I remember that I have chosen to look at things from a different perspective these days: It's true that I'm a victim of severe (male) emotional abuse that went on every day for about 25 years of my life and that this still haunts me today in more ways than I care to count - but that is precisely why it's actually a miracle that I'm still capable of loving another person (real or not), much less a man.

Of course people who glance at my social media profiles think I'm "crazy", but since they don't know the backstory of it all, I can't really blame them.

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So, I can't stop thinking about this game. I flew through the 8 hours of gameplay time (well, it took me more than that because I am a very cautious fighter LOL) and I miss Senua already.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is the story of a warrior woman whose lover was murdered by invading Norsemen and she has decided to go into hell to free his soul.

But Senua is not a normal woman - she hears voices. Her mother heard them too. They whisper to her, constant companions since she was young. These voices have kept her separated from the rest of her tribe, which is why she wants so badly to find Dillion's soul - he was the one person who truly cared for her. I know this sounds cliche, but I have to say that love is the one force out there that will make people challenge gods, even if those gods are not their own.

I love how the game just drops you into the story - no tutorial mode, not even a flash of instruction on the screen to coach you. You must figure it out (even if that simply means hitting "pause" to bring up the control menu) - the game designers have faith in your abilities to play from the start and they don't want to pull you out of the narrative to go through some clunky "What does the A button do?" screen or cheesy flashback to find an excuse to learn how to make your character walk.

I really feel like this game is another great example of video games as art. I feel like to show how a thing is art, you must give examples of how it brings out emotions in us that no other format can; how it can tell a story that would not be nearly as powerful as just a printed page or even as a moving image.

I played Hellblade as the creator's suggested: with headphones on. This let me experience the voices the way Senua did - hearing them immediately as our shared quest began and growing both frustrated and fond of their chatter. I don't think the printed text of a novel could have done this for me and while I can be emotionally connected to a character in a movie or tv show, you can't become them the way you can in a video game. And while I don't think I was ever Senua, I felt like I was with her the whole way.

I know this game is already getting a lot of push back from people with mental illness. Ninja Theory, the game design company, did a lot of homework in trying to represent the different ways psychosis can feel. I've seen at least one reviewer who are not happy because they suffer from mental illness and didn't think the game represented them, and I can understand that. The designers could only do so much and they reached out to professionals and got as much feedback as possible but they can't know what it is like for someone and no game will really ever replicated that experience.

I am coming from a completely different place, and this game really made me think a lot about all of the voices in everyone's head and how some of us can shrug them off and others are forced to hear them. The voices of self doubt, of fear, of resignation beside the voices that also push you on. I've never suffered from psychosis and I can't even begin to understand what life would be like for someone living with it, but for those 8 hours, I had those voices in my ears and it made me think of how hard that can make everything - if I was struggling in a fictional world to run forward and stay focused, what must it be like for someone in modern society? No idea, I know I can never know.

While I didn't love the ending (too soon, I wanted more), I loved the game as a whole. I really enjoyed that it was more than just a button mashing fighter game and that the (thankfully few) boss fights all had strategies to them. It reminded me of Legend of Zelda and how each "boss" was more than just a simple fight, you had to pay attention. There were just as many puzzles and hidden things to make me want to keep going, and bits of Norse legend peppered through-out which made me want to go find Neil Gaiman's new book and see if there were more to those legends.

It was a beautiful game, I loved seeing it on my screen, watching Senua wander the mystical world. I really hope we have more adventures with her.

For more details about the game and how to buy a (digital only), visit the official Ninja Theory site.