Currently reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova 📚

I’ve got The Historian on hold at the library and decided to see what else Kostova has written which is how I found The Shadow Land. It is wonderful! Her characters are bringing Bulgaria to life. The plot is good and though I have no idea where it is going it doesn’t even matter. I just enjoy spending time these people.

Finished reading: The Exchange by John Grisham 📚

Bleh. Kept waiting for this book to get smart or have a twist and instead it just ended with no real ethical or intellectual exploration of the issues involved.

Currently reading: Saga: Compendium One by Brian K. Vaughan 📚

Half way through and Saga is totally living up to the hype. It is incredible.

Reminds me of a PNW version of one of my favorite rides in the Netherlands. This is right off some private farm land in Sisters, Oregon.

Beautiful reservoir with storm clouds reflecting on the surface. An overgrown dirt road is on the right next to the shore.

Finished reading: The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚

Going to pause the re-read here and pick it up again over the holidays.

Finished reading: The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚

Ged’s humility is inspiring.

Finished reading: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚

Read the whole series two decades ago. Laura I were watching Um, Actually and they had an Earthsea question which inspired me to read them again. I had forgotten just how gifted and unique Ursula K. Le Guin was. The prose in this series is like nothing else.

Finished reading: Dust by Hugh Howey 📚

Strong, fun finish to the Silo trilogy. I’m really curious to see what the Apple TV series does with the story.

Finished reading: Shift by Hugh Howey 📚

The “Silo” series continues to be fun. It is also a deeper read than I expected.

Finished reading: Holly by Stephen King 📚

Loved it. Fairy Tale is still my favorite of King’s recent books but Holly is close second.

Finished reading: The PARA Method by Tiago Forte 📚

Required reading along with Building a Second Brain for knowledge workers making the transition to Wisdom workers. Said differently if you hoard information instead of using it to empower yourself and others, these books are for you (and me).

Finished reading: Wool by Hugh Howey 📚

Better than the show and the show is pretty damn fun.

Finished reading: Fantastic Adventures: Ruins of the Grendleroot by Michael Shea 📚

This is a 5e adventure book available as an audiobook. I don’t know if there are other such campaign/adventure books available as audiobooks but there should be. It was so helpful to my adhd brain to hear it and read it (I’ve got the pdf version).

Finished reading: The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson 📚

A just about perfect adventure read for these late summer evenings.

Finished reading: Unlocked by George Mumford 📚

Powerful. The last two chapters did my hopeful agnostic heart and mind a lot of good. Unlocked made my “read again” list. These books are ones that I go through slowly and take lots of personal notes.

Currently reading: Unlocked by George Mumford 📚

Reading George Mumford’s books is always life changing for me. I’m halfway through Unlocked and I can feel shift happening.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is amazing but I wish it had the equivalent of a session zero with safety tools. I am not advocating for censorship. I’m advocating that the better these studios get at emulating a real table top experience, the better they need to get at emulating being a responsible game master.

Thank you Anita Sarkeesian destroying our brittle male-centric perspective on gaming

Shutting Down Feminist Frequency

After I made the conclusive decision that the time had come to close Feminist Frequency, my first fully-formed thought was: “Holy fuck!” We—that’s all of us who have been on this journey together—have done so much. We made changes to an industry that were desperately needed, shaking up the status quo and distributing content in the early days of video punditry. While we weren’t the first voices in the conversation about inclusion in gaming, we were part of building a community that meant more to its members than we could ever have anticipated. Seeing even more people take up this mantle and continue the work has been heartening; many people working within the industry, even people I have been critical of in the past, have supported and worked to create real change. So I know you’re asking: why now?

The best answer I can give is the honest truth: I’m exhausted.

Anita irrevocably changed how I viewed myself as a gamer. More specifically she changed how I thought about the people who make games, why games treat female/women the way they do, how those horrid defaults impacted the treatment of other underrepresented people.

There are times when one person can make a difference and Anita Sarkeesian is such a person. She didn’t stop with just herself. She built an organization and movement to carry the work forward. She walks the talk as so few people do. She changed the game of gaming for the better. I don’t think games like Horizon Zero Dawn would exist without her work.

At some point I’m going to have to accept just how much ADHD + C-PTSD has affected every part of my life. I’m working out how to share what I’m learning publicly without oversharing. There is a point where the cause/s becomes the focus instead of the important work of living in the present.