Single Valentine

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Alone?

I know some people can’t grasp the idea of being alone in a “special” day like Valentine’s Day, and I don’t know why, to be honest. But I am being selfish here; not everyone thinks the way I do, and that’s fine. The only thing I’d like to say is that you matter.

There’s always someone waiting out there for you (as long as you’re not an asshole, and as long as you are being true). Remember that Valentine’s Day is just a normal day, and if no one is there by your side maybe that person will come next month; maybe your birthday, or Christmas. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a “special” day.

First love

Not counting parents, whenever we talk about our first love we always think about our first girlfriend, or maybe our first kiss. The truth is that there’s someone that we MUST learn to love before anyone else in order to be better when the right person comes. Who’s that, you ask? Ourselves.

Believe it or not, self-esteem is important. Without self-esteem it’s harder to approach a girl or a boy. And if you don’t approach that person, that person is not going to wait for you. We’re not protagonists of the Earth, and the world keeps moving even if you keep quiet. Love starts with ourselves. Once we learn how to love ourselves, we’ll be ready to love someone else.

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Another day, just that

Need a lot of emphasis that Valentine’s Day is just another day. Just like any other holiday. Sure, some holidays may be important to you because you had a lot of great memories of your childhood, and that’s fine. Personally, I love Christmas so much–I don’t celebrate it, but Lord, I LOVE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. In the end, though, it’s just another day.

Valentine’s Day is just a title for February 14th, and one shouldn’t feel forced to be with someone to enjoy it. Yeah, everyone gets massacred with romantic ads, couples wearing red while grabbing hands, kissing, and walking in the park (under the rain sometimes). And it actually happens that  some folks get affected by it: they fall into the impression that if no one is with them on that specific date, they’ll be alone forever. And that’s not it. Or it’s worse when some people genuinely enjoy their solitude, friends or acquaintances start acting as retards trying to make them feel as if solitude was something bad. Believe it or not, friends, there are people out there that TRULY wants to be alone. And you know what I meant, I don’t think I need to explain it doesn’t mean they’d act as Gollum (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings). These people have friends and family, but they don’t need to see them every week to feel good.

Personally, I see my friends once or twice a month, and that’s more than enough for me.

Conclusion

Being single is nothing wrong, even if you’re 20, 30, 40 or whatever. If you want to be alone, it is okay, that doesn’t make you a bad person. You matter.

And if you want to find someone, learn how to love yourself first and then go look for the person that makes you happy. but DO NOT FORCE anyone to be with you, and be yourself, authentic, that’s the only way you’ll know if one person wants to be for you. Someone’s always there.

Vambrace: Cold Soul

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I played Vambrace: Cold Soul on PS4. The influence it took from Darkest Dungeon is clear. However, I have no more references than that; I haven’t played Darkest Dungeon so take my opinion as someone that only knows this game.

The game is also available on Nintendo Switch, XBox One, PC, Mac, and Linux.

A dark place

The game takes place in a frozen city that has been suffering a curse inside its walls. Life is just getting harder and harder, and people have lost hope.

I must say that the atmosphere in this game is really good. I was expecting a few mentions of the world but not something very substantial. To me it was just a place covered in ice, but as you progress and talk to the the folks, is when you realize something is very wrong, and that you actually need to help them;the NEED help, even though some have already given up, and others are have lost their minds already.

The gameplay is easy to understand. You are alone, and as any dungeon crawler, you’re going to need to explore dangerous places, so you better go and recruit party members. There’s a specific place on the map and as you get near you get the indication.

Recruitment

When you recruit your party members, you’re going to find different type of adventurers with different abilities, ready to help you in your journey. Be prepared because if they die, THEY STAY DEAD.

Battle mode

During your exploration, there are many dangers that you will find: the first and obvious are the enemies. These will come at random encounters while walking–you’ll fight them in a battle mode, your party fave to face against an enemy party. And depending on your companions, the fights can be easy or very hard, so take with you whomever you think will be more helpful. A healer is strongly recommended, but they are not always available, so make a good balance between their abilities and yours in order to get buffs for the team and debuffs for enemies.

Even when you have a good balanced team you should remember that the enemies have different attacks that might kill you immediately, or at least leave you with a stat that will affect combat or exploration. A lot of precautions are never enough here. The difficulty varies, and doesn’t help that you have a Fear (green) meter that will increase as you walk into another room or rest. There’s yellow bar that indicates your vigor, and once this reaches zero (this drains way faster when the fear meter is full), you’ll die instantly, unless you’ve been taking some breaks camping doing bonfires in the rooms that allow it; but every time you rest at a bonfire, your fear meter increases. You have to be well-prepared for that situation, explore and go straight to your goal. Do not be afraid to give up if you see there’s no way you could make it to the end of your mission. You’d have to start the dungeon from the very beginning, but at least you learned from the previous experience.

Whenever you return to a dungeon, though, it will be completely different. It randomizes. And the problem with it, is that all the traps that you had avoided, reset in different locations. In other words: you have to walk through the same but different rooms if you decide to go back and continue later.

The traps aren’t a real problem if you have a party member with good Awareness points (three or four points) in front. Dwarves are highly recommended to avoid traps, they have a good probability to get rid of them and keep walking without getting a negative status.

If you fall into a trap, you’ll get a negative status, from a broken bone, to a blurry vision (which reduces that probability to avoid traps), bleed, and some others that’ll make your journey through that dungeon more difficult. And believe me, you don’t want to make the game harder than it could be if you’re not careful.

While you walk in a dungeon, sooner or later you’ll end up triggering an event. From finding anything suspicious, from gas pipes or weird ghosts. You can pass some of these events, but others are unavoidable. Once this happens, you’ll get to choose one of your companions to do it. I believe it doesn’t matter which part member does it, the result is randomized, so I believe this was unnecessary in the first place. I guess the developers tried to add luck to increase the difficulty a little bit more, because hard isn’t enough nowadays.

Seriously, I looked and couldn’t find if the result depended on something else than luck.

If you fail, you’re going to get a negative stat, lose health or vigor, or increase your fear meter. If you succeed, you get an item, a little more health or vigor, or a buff.

Side activities

There are side quests in the game. Some of them are interesting and some of them are not. Some of them expands the story a little more, and some others are simple. These are entertaining, I’m not going to lie; and most of these are completed while you explore the dungeons, so you can get the side quest item, “give up” the dungeon and return to the city to deliver the item. You won’t get punished for abandoning the dungeon before finishing it. You have to repeat, as I mentioned, the same but different dungeon with the enemies, traps and random events reset.

For each side quest you complete, you won’t get experience or very important items. These aren’t meaningful, to be honest. And I bet this is the main reason this has been called Darkest Dungeon: Waifu Version. And as you can see in the photos, the characters are very good-looking, especially the female characters. So, after completing a side-quest, you get a different outfit for Lyric.

Dressing room, only shows what you’ve already unlocked

I am not going to lie, they are cool. Some of them look great, some of them look sexy, and some of them are less interesting (in my opinion). This is a good addition that, if you look at other games, they’d cost $5 dollars each. So let’s appreciate our rewards.

Final impressions

If you’ve played Darkest Dungeon before, you might not find something new here, or maybe interesting.

But, if you haven’t played Darkest Dungeon (like me), then this is an interesting dungeon crawler that makes you dive into its atmosphere if you pay attention to everything that’s happening. Your protagonist, Lyric, is charismatic, and your party members have a few dialogs, too, to help you believe they are actually living being and not just soulless bodies that you control during your journey.

The game has replay value. Not the kind of replay value where you want to start immediately after the credits; believe me, you’re going to need a good break before you even think on coming back because the game is punishing at times. But you have costumes to unlock, different decisions to make to see a different conclusion. Of course, the game is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good dungeon crawler with a hard difficulty and a dark and sad world, then I recommend you give it a try.

An Indie Title

Twitter, my favorite social network, I can’t explain why but I love it so much! I rarely check Facebook nowadays. I do have a “like page” on Facebook for this website/blog, everything I post here automatically publishes to FB, but I don’t go there and I don’t even have the link displayed anywhere on this J. D. R. Writes site.

Sometimes I go and explore social media randomly and find news, trending topics, and thoughts from other users. This time I came across a tweet that got my attention, and not because it was popular or had a lot of numbers, but it reminded me a lot of conversations I had in Juarez with friends and acquaintances about the independent movement.

This is the tweet, by Nicole Tone.

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It is incredible to read this years after having all these conversations about the indie scene. Back in 2012 I had a few discussions about artists and the new platforms in which they could have their work published; thanks to the internet many doors have opened for content creators. Blogs, YouTube videos, among other platforms are there, waiting on the web for anyone to take advantage.

The problem that I had back then, is that in my country the support to artists that weren’t on TV or radio 24/7 is from little to none. The first thought people adopted was that “if isn’t on TV or isn’t famous, then it automatically sucks.” And well, we already have a whole different idea about the TV nowadays, right?

Same music all day all night

To me, it was frustrating to look at bands playing in bars amazing music with no payment at all, and no support from the crowd, those bands were basically just a background sound. And the people that went to those music bars, only wanted to listen to covers. New covers, no! They wanted to listen to the so-called “classics” Spanish rock bands like Maná, Caifanes, and Fobia. Same when they played English music–Metallica, Nirvana, Radiohead, and the most popular songs from the 80s and 90s.

Remember, “if it wasn’t on the radio, it isn’t good. So don’t even bother about playing original songs.” Still angers me to hear this.

Many books to read, people stalled based on a false self-proclaimed intellectualism

Literature is a beautiful art that is difficult to appreciate, and it’s usually misjudged by those who don’t even take the time to actually read something.

Why is it difficult to appreciate? Maybe it sounds like I am exaggerating things here, but let’s think about it: when you listen to your favorite songs, you can do it anywhere, and it takes one button to start appreciating it, or just making it your companion while you relax, work, exercise, or want to fully listen to it. An illustration, a painting, photography, or any visual art, they have the advantage that the image is there for you to watch; you might look at the colors and figures and come up with different meanings, for your eyes a red and blue means one thing, and for my eyes the same colors have something completely different to tell; it is a matter of perspective, even when you just want to appreciate the beauty of the painted landscape or human body.

Literary works, though, are a different story. You have pages among pages with only text on them. And the same amount of attention is needed, whether you want to read a fiction novel or a philosophy book. Yes, the philosophy book is heavier than the fiction novel, but to get inside the story or the thoughts of the author, you have to read every single word on every single page. Now, imagine yourself, tired from work, or doing your homework, cleaning your home, or walking around—try to pick a book while you do one of the mentioned activities. It won’t be comfortable. Sure, we have audiobooks, and they totally rock; but they also have a problem: you need to pay attention to every word—the author might be in the middle of a description of a fantasy world, but you ended up distracted by other thoughts, maybe thinking you forgot something. If that happens, you have to rewind a little, and that’s also a distraction.

I am ashamed to admit that a majority in my country, Mexico, don’t have the habit to read. I don’t really feel that it’s a huge problem if your interest is not focused on literature. The problem begins when the few people that read, they have a focus on the classics—it’d be nice if it was just that. No, they aggressively bring the classics as an intellectual self-proclamation. And this is exactly the issue here, which is so alike to the time when some thought that “if it is not well-known, it sucks,” but this goes to a next level: “if it isn’t a well-known classic that was written for one the greatest minds in [whatever] century, then it sucks!” or the worst of the worst: “there aren’t good Mexican writers.” Yeah, because I am sure they, at least, had tried to give an opportunity to many writers, Mexican or not. I’ll write a full post about my fellow Mexicans and their thoughts on literature in the future—for now I’ll get a general overview of the indie authors.

Indie works matter?

Of course. And nowadays indie works get more appreciation than they did a few years ago. Even people have a better reception of others that talk about independent musicians, and not to mention independent movies. Some independent movies are more likely to be categorized in the Art sections. This is indeed revolutionary, with the internet and all the information that’s there, anyone with a certain amount of funds (at least for a good recording equipment) has the chance to do something. Same applies to music, of course.

Literature, again, is another story.

Dear indie writer

I know your struggle. It is even hard for people to pick a book that is not on the best seller section of your favorite bookstore. And it is hard to get information about a book because our only guide is a synopsis on the back and a few reviewers on YouTube and blogs (and they rarely cover an indie book); don’t forget that the majority of these booktubers and book bloggers are small, they don’t get many followers as I believe they should. I understand, though, that is not so entertaining to watch/read them, they don’t have many visual aids. When youtubers talk about games or movies, they can borrow clips (though I believe they have more restriction to take clips from movies), or post photos and speak about it and make memes out of the images. Booktubers, well, they can quote a few things and speak about it or joke, but it isn’t as appealing as a photo, don’t you think?

There are a lot of independent platforms to self-publish, Amazon KDP being one of the most relevant, and it is as cheap as you want or as expensive as you want (one doesn’t mean better than the other).

Talk about low budget

Some writers only care about writing a story. A book shouldn’t be judged by its cover. Unfortunately, the cover is the presentation, the first thing a customer is going to see when exploring a bookstore or any online retailer. If someone is looking for new books, I am sure that they’ll ignore the books with a cover with just a title and its author. So the first recommendation, and I believe anyone would say the same, is that you commission a cover that makes it attractive for a potential customer. Or if the author is also an illustrator, you’re great!

Editing. One thing that many aspiring authors ask is if it’s enough read and re-read your book to edit it by yourself, and that’s a HUGE NO! Yes, if you want to write, you have to read and re-read your own work and polish it as many times as you like. However, YOUR editing, not matter how many times you change and edit it, that’d be just the FIRST RECOMMENDED step. Just take in account that it’s harder to detect our own mistakes, and this is a reality. A second, and maybe a third, person is recommended, too, in order to find other mistakes you didn’t even consider. This could be a bit tricky, though, because if you choose a family member or any friend to help you edit, then they might go soft on you and won’t even tell you a good critique to avoid any conflict or hurt feelings. The problem is, that if you get a customer and the work isn’t too well-polished (there’s not a perfect piece of art, so don’t look for perfection either), could mean a one-star review (even it your work doesn’t deserve that low review), and the greatest problem with this, is that most people don’t even read the reviews—the moment they see the one-star review, they’ll just pass. Extremes aren’t good, and I know many one-star reviews are there just because that customer didn’t like the book.

Indeed, maybe a book is the cheapest art to make, but as cheap as it might be, the effort put in a good story, characters, world-building, and even a small thing as a synopsis, is big and tiring. And maybe sometimes with the risk of getting nothing in return. it is discouraging.

Conclusion

Whenever you see an author, give him/her an opportunity. There are a lot of independent authors with digital books for less than four dollars (of free if you have Kindle Unlimited), or other authors that have their book completely free on Amazon, just building a fan base and looking for reviews. Or bloggers that just write their own stories for free.

Have a look, write them a nice comment. And sharing is caring!


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Time, Time, Time

Time, time, time.

Time always go on. Time doesn’t see the difference between people and objects. Time just go on.

Time is not waiting for you or me. Time is always heading towards future without looking back.

We’re not important in its eyes. Time just go through an infinite path forward. It doesn’t care if the world ends, the time will still flow through the Universe, ignoring its beauty.

Not even Death can stop it.


Sometimes we go telling excuses when we don’t want to do something. It’d be nice if we could just tell the truth, it isn’t hard and it’s way healthier than lie and make that lie bigger. It is understandable that we want to manage our time according to our situation, we need time for ourselves, time to entertain ourselves, time to be alone, time to hang our with our friends and our families. Balance! You work hard, you study hard, or do your best to do both. You deserve that time to do whatever you please.


The problem began when you want to start a project. We’ve seen successful people on the internet, and we only see the superficial part of it; them living a good life with free time 24/7, while most of us need to work full-time, sometimes working overtime, and not even close getting enough payment to have a good life for us and our loved ones. We get frustrated, and believe they shouldn’t earn that much when they don’t work all day all night, and I wonder: is that the truth? Projects are difficult to achieve, and some don’t know how to even start doing something having someone (an employer, a boss) telling them what to do, directly or indirectly, and a contract in the middle of it.

I remember wanting to start a podcast with some friends. We’d never intended to make sound too “professional”, we just wanted to talk about random things and hobbieshave fun, and that’s it. The thing is, that each of us had different jobs and different schedules, so we decided to divide the audio editing, topics to talk about, and equipment. Well, even though we made a fun project, we abandoned it right away. We recorded the audio, but “we” didn’t make enough time to edit, and the division of each function didn’t start. Once we’d headed to our homes, the podcast was left forgotten, and we only talked about it when we reunited.

Dreams don’t matter until you make time to pursue them. And pursuing them don’t matter either if you stop. Time is always there, reminding you of the things you’ve done… or haven’t done.

We say successful people don’t deserve what they have, but we don’t know their sacrifice to get there. Maybe some didn’t do much, but THEY DID.


T1

I’ve been playing Steins;Gate Elite on PS4 in my free times lately, and I made it to the point where they mention that “time flows like a river…” and showed the illustration above. The river flowing to the future, and a leaf representing the present; a leaf is the present, and all of us traveling on it, non-stop until we fall off (die). However, when we die the leaf still goes on, and we see how insignificant we are for the Universe, and how insignificant is the Universe to time.

T2

The second illustration reminds me of the time a person asked if a tree falls would it make noise if no one is there to hear it. To me, this represents us how much we believe we are somehow superior to nature, and that is wrong. Sure, I understand that if no one is around, any sound would be lost in the distance, there would be no receptor of the sound that has occurred in a forest, or an abandoned town, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening. Our planet is moving non-stop in the Galaxy, whether we perceive its movement or not (day, night, seasons).

The time and the Universe won’t wait for us.


How do you perceive time? Do you have enough time to do exactly what you want? Or at least what is the most important to you?

Tell me your thoughts.


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Go Fantasy

I read The Hobbit last month. I thought it’d be nice to make Tolkien a Christmas tradition for me. There’s no reason in particular, though, it is just that December’s Holidays are my favorite. And what could be better than to just read something by someone that started with your favorite genre—Fantasy.

I am not here to bring something new on the table. Actually, I just wanted to add something of my own to this so well-explored topic. If you like fantasy literature, you probably know what I’m talking about. And yes, you’re right: clichés.

A cliché is a “formula” that is repeated on and on. Every writer/author has their own way to write it, but it’ll end up being the same. Now, do I believe this is bad? Absolutely not. Actually, one of the most beautiful things in literature comes by the fact that you have no images of the book you’re reading (unless you look for fan arts before any read, and I believe you’re a monster), anything is described within text and text only. And sometimes a protagonist has a vague description, so you can imagine yourself being that silver knight that slew the Arch-Demon-Dragon-Supreme-God in the story you read, and hey, that is so cool! I am 30, and I must confess that I do exactly the same sometimes. Imagine yourself giving that opportunity to read and dream to your children!

The major characteristic that you’ll find in fantasy literature is The Chosen One! How many times have we heard about a chosen one? There are movies, animated series, comics, and books. A white bearded wizard that finds a young man or woman to be the person destined to save the world from an antagonistic figure, and that antagonist is usually the most powerful being that wants to destroy the world, or at least change it to his own ideas. Or sometimes is just a starting point of a long journey.

Although I am a fan of Tolkien, there are many tales I don’t know. I am calling myself a Tolkien beginner, and as such, the first time I read The Hobbit, it was just weird to me that Gandalf had chosen Bilbo Baggins out of nowhere; the poor Hobbit was enjoying himself until Gandalf came and then marked his door for the Dwarves to find his home and convince… force him, to start the journey. In the end, Bilbo Baggins showed himself worth of Gandalf’s words. He wasn’t the hero, but he got the ring and found Smaug’s weakness.

The question remained, though, and we’d wondered why the wizard picked Bilbo, and one thing about fantasy literature, especially Tolkien, is that his world is so big that many tales of Middle-earth were written on different books. There are legends, and parts that couldn’t be said in said book, or even The Lord of the Rings. And there’s an actual explanation in The Quest for Erebor in the Unfinished Tales. Gandalf met Bilbo when he was a kid, and he saw something different in the Hobbit, being this one the most adventurous among others of his race. There’s more than a simple explanation, indeed, let’s remember that Smaug couldn’t recognize Bilbo’s smell. According to the book, all Hobbits are kind enough to be kind to anyone, even invite them for dinner, but they usually preferred to be in their little houses.

I personally like the fact that there’s an importance behind the chosen one, and J. K. Rowling did the same with Harry Potter series.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Chosen One in The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Chosen One in Mistborn is Vin

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Chosen One in Harry Potter is… well, Harry Potter.

In Harry Potter we know that his parents were murdered by He Who Must Not Be Named and failed on killing the baby Potter leaving a mark on his forehead. And though it seems like hardly a good excuse to make Harry Potter a Chosen One, there an actual explanation on how that made him a person capable of facing You Know Who, and that’s also the most important “enchantment” to make him… okay, enough, VOLDEMORT! To make Voldemort vulnerable again by the second half of the seventh book.

Brandon Sanderon made something a little bit different with his Mistborn series. We don’t have wizards here, but we have mistborns; we don’t have magic, but we have allomancy, feruchemy, and hemalurgy. The concept is similar, indeed. However, we’re talking about the Cosmere, an universe created by the author in which many of his novels take place.

The Chosen One here is Vin, a 16 year old skaa (the peasant class) that lived with his brother, and some scumbags, in poverty. An adult named Kelsier appears to save her. He saw the potential in Vin to be a Mistborn, and he decides to take her with him to his hideout to take care of her. And then, they infiltrate the richest part of the city and start a revolution to defeat The Lord Ruler, the villain of this story (the first book, at least).

I have mentioned three different stories by three different authors and as you can see the patterns are similar to each other.

Do I think that’s a bad thing? Again, no! Having a Chosen One adds to the importance of the main character, and helps you dive into him/her more. It is easier and sometimes more effective to be by the side of the heroic figure.

Do I believe this should be included in all stories? No! It all depends on the author, whether he/she likes to include it or not. If the story needs to let you know from the beginning that you’re following the story of a Chosen One, a figure that might have started from nothing until that person turns into the world’s hero, then the author should go for it!

In other had, if the author doesn’t want to make the protagonist the most heroic figure in his/her fantasy literary work, then it’s also a great choice. It’s hard to find these stories, where the central point of view doesn’t have to be the only reliable being. George R. R. Martin is a good example for it. You read the story in third person, but with different points of view (each divided by chapter), and every character has the same value for the author. One moment the character seems like it’s going to take over the Kingdom, and the next chapter that same character dies pathetically.

Clichés are not bad if they’re used properly. A story doesn’t have to be perfect to be great, and “originality” doesn’t mean good either. Being experimental is good for everything, but let’s remember that not all experiments are a success, but from failures we can come up with good things. I can’t tell you I don’t love these clichés because I enjoy them as much as the majority, and in the end the best part of literature, games, movies, cartoons, is to entertain ourselves, and make new discoveries. Even in entertainment we should look for new things, or discover new uses for these mentioned formulas.


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Good Morning, World!

 

Good morning, World!!!

Yeah, I know, the title of this post is a reference to Dr. Stone anime. The content has absolutely nothing to do with the series. Shame on me! I am not an expert on science either, so let’s forget about it.

Go and watch the anime, it’s available on Crunchyroll! And no, they didn’t pay me for the ad, I love anime and I wish I had enough time to watch more than two episodes a day.

To business now! I’m not going to lie, I was so happy because I got two weeks off on December. I thought it would be a great opportunity to keep writing; blogs, short stories, and keep up with my novel and see how far could I go with this. Life said NO! Of course, I want to keep my personal life out of the writing community, but if you’re following me, I feel that I, at least, needed to tell that December was hard. And that’s it. But I am here, in full health, excited to be back again; to write stuff.

For those of you who have decided to stay here, or have forgotten to click the unfollow button, I am in your debt. Thank you!

N7 Day

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TWELVE YEARS ALREADY!

Sometimes, you don’t need a proper introduction; sometimes, there’s something that is close to a legend, something that marked a whole generation of videogame players that went looking for a good story, specially a space opera. Indeed, I know someone expects a Star Wars game to be great, but we are fortunate to have received a game that surpasses it and even created a whole new rich universe for us to explore. Mass Effect, those who had the opportunity to play it are not going to let me lie here; the epic journey of the Commander Shepard, our protagonist, is full of emotions. Happiness, sadness, excitement to know what’s beyond Earth, and a lot more were created magnificently in this game.

Mass Effect 1

I remember playing the first Mass Effect. At first, I wanted to let it go because its controls were kinda clunky. The character movement was weird and the only reason I knew I was damaging the enemies was because their health bar was decreasing. Did it matter? Of course not! Once you’re in the story, nothing else matters. You have the option to create your own commander Shepard, male or female; you usually start with the default character (the guy on the Mass Effect cover), and you immediately start your mission: Recover a beacon in the human colony of Eden Prime. Your first enemies are the geth, the aggressive AI that is invading that place. At first, you’re going to believe this is your average story of the soldiers that need to face against these AI forces and look for their source. You’re right the first few minutes of the game. Then, everything gets complicated when you discover, almost at the very beginning, a traitor in the alliance: Saren, a Turian with the rank of a Specter, an elite soldier that reports directly AND ONLY to the Citadel Council. Just imagine the trouble that Shepard need to walk into to give the Council proof that one of the best soldiers of the alliance is now working for someone–or something–else.

Saren is controlling the Geth somehow, and the work of our character is to fight them as he/she tries to uncover the antagonist’s crimes. Though it’s worth mentioning that this happens early in the story, and you get the Specter rank afterwards; the main quest after that is to catch him, dead or alive, and make the traitor answer for his crimes. This is where everything starts to get complicated. Obviously he won’t just stand there waiting for you to fight. You investigate other planets and different solar systems across the galaxy, and if you’d thought catching Saren was the only issue among the stars, let me tell you how wrong  you are. Yes, the plot starts with this antagonist doing the thing he does; but there’s no clear purpose until the very “last” encounter against him.

The journey through the game won’t be easy, though, you must do some “bureaucracy” (quests) before getting the Specter rank, and after that, you’ll meet a lot of characters, good and bad, that are there to accompany you or try to stop you. Along the way, you’re going to discover a lot of planets, alien races, and history. Your codex has a lot of information, and everything you do, the dialogues you have, the data pads you read, and any new lore discovery will be added to it. The game is lore-rich. And so interesting that even pausing the game to read its codex is an entertaining break from the conflict.

ME1 Again

Let’s remember that this is just the first game of an EPIC space opera trilogy. A space opera that, in my opinion, surpasses any other that’s been in other games or movies. The conclusion of the first game makes clear that everything that happened was just the beginning of something way bigger than a war. It’d be the beginning of the commander Shepard’s journey along with hisor hercrew to see what’s really out there, waiting in the shadows of a vast galaxy.

See you all next year to talk a little bit more about Mass Effect, and its second entry in the series

Have you played Mass Effect? Did you love it as I did? Let me know!


There’s no way for me to describe how I felt the first time I played the game. The only thing I remember is that my passion for videogames returned thanks to Mass Effect. Adulthood can be tough and sometimes you just lose the feelings for your childhood or teenage hobbies. But Mass Effect, with its epic story and characters, made me feel as a child following a journey through space.

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A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 3

Third update of my project called For Her Moon, until I come up with an official title for the novel. I’m a NaNoWriMo participant–you can follow my progress more directly on my NaNoWriMo by clicking HERE!

NANO NOV05 2019

There’s not much to say about yesterday–it was a busy day and I wasn’t able to write more than a few hundred words. I declare November 5th that I have failed.

Well, I guess I just need to keep writing and see if I today gets better.

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A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 2

Today’s update for yesterday’s progress.

I managed to hit 4,212 words! It doesn’t seem like much (because it isn’t), but after a few corrections I had to make, I feel like I’m on fire!

You can directly follow my NaNoWriMo word count by clicking HERE!

NANO NOV04 2019

Still on the first chapter of my novel. I thought it’d be shorter, but I believe it was necessary to extend its length. This first chapter I’ve been focusing on character building and some mundane activities to introduce them to the reader. I am doing the same thing with world building. Though the world building is not so big of a deal, because it is an urban fantasy set in a small town in the United States of America.

So far, I am having a lot of fun writing my characters, and I really hope you enjoy reading me once this book is released, hopefully by the second half of 2020.

Thank you for reading me!


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A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 1

This is my first NaNoWriMo progress update. You might want to see my updates here or take a more direct look at my NaNoWriMo page HERE!

As you already know, I’ve been writing a novel. The project For Her Moon was originally meant to be published later this year 2019. Unfortunately my muse left for a good amount of time. She returned with all of her power and punched me in the face. Thanks to that, my brain started to function as intendedor maybe not as intended, but at least I can write now.

I have officially started writing the novel on November 1st, just in time for NaNoWriMo 2019 and to pretend I’m playing a videogame. I believe it would be a BIG mistake to participate if I do it as work. And I must admit that my first approach to writing is thanks to Eartbound (Mother 2).

To the point: I’ll be writing my novel Monday through Friday and try to update my blog with new information about For Her Moon every day (along with the NaNoWriMo progress). Saturdays and Sundays, though, it’s going to be my break from the job and my novel. I’d like to be fresh whenever I write. So here I it is:

NANO NOV01 2019

I managed to hit 1,452 words on Friday, November 1st, while I was writing a certain gaming blog that’ll be published on November 7th—if you like videogames, you probably know what November 7th is. As for Saturday and Sunday, there’s no progress; I won’t be writing anything related to my novel those two days, as I have mentioned above.

Progress so far

There’s not much to say at the moment. I introduced the setting and the two protagonists. Both are University students that went to a not-so-popular restaurant and have a normal conversation about having a party next weekend.

Interesting? I guess notan introduction to the characters and the current word count won’t tell you anything, of course. Let’s wait and see what happens next!

Thank you for reading me.

Tomorrow I will post my today’s progress!

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I must admit I’m loving what I have so far, but I am so afraid (and shy) to share more details about it. That’s why I decided to vaguely tell you a little about For Her Moon with these NaNoWriMo updates.

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