Thursday, May 5, 2016

One More Month! - Raffle

Second Trial Mortgage Payment has been made on the house and we would not be here without you guys.

Holy crap. I'm breathless just thinking about all of it. Through your kindness and help, we've been able to get through this by the skin of our teeth. I can see a light in the distance and I am hoping that will be the end of our troubles. At least these kinds of troubles. 

But with one more month to go, that means we're still running raffles! Congrats again to Misti who won the last raffle.

Thanks to another donation, I have a code for Dark Souls III that I'll be raffling off this time around! 

Dark Souls continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. Prepare yourself and Embrace The Darkness!

You are allowed one regular entry per person, but you may DONATE for extra entries just like last time. If you do enter more than once via donation, PLEASE put your twitter handle or email in the paypal comments so I know how to contact you.

To enter:

Comment below with something or someone that you are grateful for. Send me your happiest thoughts. =D

To help us out and earn more entries:

Donate $5 or more. Raffle tickets will be counted in increments of 5. 
  • (IE A donation of $15 would be 3 raffle tickets/entries)

I'll be closing entries at midnight on May 13th. Because what better day to give out Dark Souls than Friday the 13th? 

Stay Curious, you beautiful people. Spread Happy Thoughts!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

We're Not Out Of The Woods - Raffle!

You've probably noticed that I've been pretty quiet lately. I have posted a little on Twitter, but my YouTube has been rather unattended.

Stress, my friends, is a cold-blooded murderer of creativity.

Unless it's stress about deadlines. then for some backwards reason it almost seems to breed creativity for me.

But this isn't about deadlines, it's about real life. It's about hoping the lawyer will be able to shut a case that's proven to be literally nothing but a pain in the butt to us for really no reason. It's about a lot of uncertainty at work. It's about family illness. And almost most strongly, it's about being two months away from freedom of this house nightmare. Two months, that we need to get through and we'll, be able to put this whole crap behind us.

The management company we hired tells us they have 22 applicants for renting the house and god willing, we'll be able to get one or two, if not all four, in before the end of that time. Because that means the house will essentially be self-sustaining after the trial payments are made. We won't be scraping or doing side jobs to make sure it's not foreclosed on etc and maybe, MAYBE, we might even be able to make a little profit off of it, but at this point, I'd honestly be happy to just break even every month.

But we've got two more months of trial payments ahead of us and that means two more months of hell. Two more months of higher than normal bs that we have to pay off on our own. So close and also so far away.

So thanks to the generosity and help of two amazing Curiosities, I'm going to be holding a series of raffles to help raise money that will make the next two months a little easier.

You don't actually need to donate to enter once.

If you want to enter your name into a raffle more than ONCE, donate 5 or more dollars here.

If you donate OVER 5 dollars, entries will be counted in increments of 5. For example, if you donate $20, this will count as 4 entries in your name.  Please also in the notes of the friends/family part let me know how best to contact you so I can get your prize to you etc if your name is picked that week.

This week (4/12 - 4/19) we're holding a raffle for....

Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate two-player showdown of fast-paced fencing and melee attacks.


Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light!
Take control of Lara and her new partner Totec, a Mayan tribesman, and uncover the ancient artifact known as the "Mirror of Smoke" in this all new action adventure game.

Remember, both games, like all that I'll be giving away (unless otherwise stated) is a STEAM game.

Again, to enter:

  • Comment below with your favorite quote.
The winner will be announced EOD on 4/19 through here and twitter and will take home BOTH games. Once a winner has been selected, we'll talk privately so you can send me your STEAM handle so I can gift the games to you.

Thank you again for all your help, and I hope to see you this weekend where I'll be streaming some Kingdom Hearts I. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

I Catalog The Happy Moments

I have been a close observer of depression and its effects on the people I love since before I could remember. Despite that I'm not personally struggling with it, it's been a prevalent antagonist in my life. It has terrorized my father, my sister, my partner, and some of my dearest friends. It took my brother's life. It's the monster I have never found a strong enough epithet to properly describe.

The most accurate comparison I have found is that depression is a lot like the Dementors from Harry Potter. Depression doesn't just make you feel unhappy; you feel like you'll never be happy ever again, and despite that it might have been just yesterday, you can't remember the last time you were happy.

Depression lies to you. And it's the best liar you will ever encounter. It will tell you that you were just faking it yesterday until you are convinced you weren't actually happy. And what they really don't tell you, is that the people who fight that battle at your side will start to feel it too.

And so I overshare on social media. I take selfies, or pictures of my food, or where I am, or something that made us laugh. I vlog, I make ridiculous videos, I write tweets of conversations we had, or things we heard. It's why I spend so much time making sure to record those moments.

I do this so the next time someone I love can't remember the last time they felt like themselves, I have something to remind them depression is a liar. Some kind of dated proof that, "No, you will be happy again, you were really happy and feeling like yourself just the other day. We will get through this moment together and soon those days where you don't feel like yourself will lessen. Soon you won't have to be reminded quite so much."

And maybe when we get there, I won't feel the need to capture every moment on film. Maybe I'll be able to just "live in the moment", though the idea that recording that moment means I'm somehow ruining it seems rather ridiculous to me. 

But until then, I'm going to keep filming or taking pictures, or even bragging about how blessed I am to have those people in my life. 

It's how I keep both of us grounded in reality, even when the Nightmares feel like they're creeping in.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lucy Carroll

Book excerpts and SPOILERS below the cut. Proceed at your own risk. 

Lucy Carroll // Human

The Queen's Reason

Book excerpts and potential spoilers below the cut. Proceed at your own risk. 

Basir of Elan Vital // The Queen's Reason // Dream

Monday, February 1, 2016

Charlie Lewis

Book excerpts and potential spoilers below the cut. Proceed at your own risk. 

Charlie Lewis // Human

Alys Carroll

Book excerpts and potential spoilers below the cut. Proceed at your own risk. 

Alys Carroll // Human Dreamer