BC Day

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Did I spend the long weekend not playing or reading anything new? Maybe. Did I eat my first donair and watching movies, relaxing and having a “feel good about myself” lazy weekend? One hundred percent. But that doesn’t mean I can’t post anything for today! I say that, it’s currently Sunday, so I do have the rest of today and till noon tomorrow, but I’m not going to make it. Lazy weekend!

It’s currently 9pm on Sunday and I still haven’t done anything. It’s too warm. You know when it’s so warm you just want to sleep? Because that’s how I feel right now. Tomorrow we’re taking the dogs to the beach, so hopefully the water will cool us all down.

At this hour, it’s cooler on my deck than inside. I think I’m going to start reading out here for like, an hour every night. And then maybe, I’ll actually finish a damn novel... Sorry about not having anything prepared for today, but thank you for still stopping by.

I’ve got an absurd amount on energy right now, so I might clean my house up a tad. My roommate passed out from the heat, so I think it’ll be a cute surprise.

I hope everyone is currently surviving the weather they currently have. I don’t have many viewers from the southern hemisphere, but I know it’s cold for you lovely people, so stay warm!

I’ve got a lot on my plate, but I promise, starting tomorrow I’ll be back in tip top shape! Love you all! Be safe! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

It Is Too Hot

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Seriously, it’s too hot. It’s supposed to hit like 35° again today. That’s day four-ish of about seven-ish, I’ve lost count, of stupidly hot out. I love summer, being outside at the beach is great. Normally I spend more time in the water than at home, but it’s difficult to get there. When it gets to this temperature, I just want to sleep.

The past few days, I’ve been relaxing in air conditioning while doing literally anything besides boiling. With hiding inside, I’ve been super productive though! My bedroom has been rearranged, and my kitchen is much cleaner than it was. Plus I’ve got this blanket I’m making, and I’ve started on the second ball of wool now! I’m excited!

The strangest thing is Saturday is the first of August. Summer feels like it’s been almost non-existent this year. I’m almost at the point I can start posting Halloween memes on social media again and my friends won’t remind me it’s “only July”. Mind you, I’ll get that in August too. But yeah, July is almost over!

There’s only one air conditioning unit currently set up in my place, so I’m going to get the second one into place today I think. I don’t imagine August being colder than July. And I’m sure the pets would appreciate the colder house with their fur coats.

I’m mostly just rambling my thoughts together for today. But other than this, I don’t actually have much to talk about today. It’s hard to go out and do anything when it’s so hot out. Supposedly Monday and Tuesday it drops to under 30° for the first time in awhile. That temperature I can deal with. I can get to the beach and not worry as much about heat stroke along the way.

Thanks for stopping by for my rambles today. I appreciate you all! Stay safe out there! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Happy Anniversary

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Wow! Guys, I’ve been doing this for a year now! How crazy is that?! It’s hard to believe that I started this as a hobby a year ago only to now use it for both my sanity, and to tell my stories. I’m excited about this! 

I’ve gone to England on this blog, I’ve hiked random trails around the Okanagan, and I’ve made friends of mine do new things just so I’m not alone on here. The adventures I get to experience, man I love what I do. 

Yes, I’m reusing pictures. Hush now

Without all of the people who tune in and read this every chance they have, I really would be nowhere. I’m baffled and grateful. And to the friends who read my work, and the friends I’ve made, thanks for being there for me! I know I say it a lot, but I really do love all of you.

That’s my office I work at on Tuesdays

I’ve been going through quite a bit lately with understanding trauma and growing for what feels like the first real time as a person. There’s a category of posts tagged under mental health here, and I’m appreciative that I can talk about those things. Being able to put what I’m feeling into words helps me understand what’s going on, and gives me the chance to work on it in a healthy manner.

I still love this picture

I love what I do, and I can see myself doing this for at least another year. This is, was? the best decision and hobby I ever threw myself at. Writing is just, I don’t think I have the words, it’s everything I really needed to control my heart and mind. I feel at peace behind this keyboard. And being able to take pictures of the world around me to show some adventures I get to take, this blog has really become my baby in a way. Many of you know more of what I do in a week than my family does. It’s weird how hobbies can change a person isn’t it?

As a thanks to helping me grow, and as a challenge to myself because I should have posted this forever ago, I’ve decided to post the opening paragraph to that book I still haven’t finished. That’ll be on the bottom of this page, and I am freaking out a bit over doing it, but now that I’ve said it I kind of have to. No one has read that yet, and I mean that. 

Water is neat, isn’t it?

Before I go for today, I figured some shameless plugs for myself are in order. Because I have things like Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, and with this being what I want to do as a career, I would love it if you checked them out. You all are amazing, and I cannot thank you enough. Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Clear page break before the novel piece.

Today has been interesting. I’ve never been surrounded by so many bland people. What is the point of drinking until you pass out? I guess that’s what I get for having hobbies and no real friends. I’d much rather be at home reading, or playing cards. Young adults with raging hormones are battling everywhere for attention and alcohol. Man, I’m fucking tired. And the music; oh my God this music is ass.

“Hey babe,” sparks up from behind me.

“Oh hey,” crap, what a lackluster response. 

“You alright?” Tones of kindness and love bring joy to my heart. How sweet, the poor guy is worried about me. 

“Yeah cutie, I’m fine. I don’t know, I guess I’m just tired.”

“Okay, well if you need me at all, I’m going to be over by the food tent.” His heads up of where he’s going is wholesome. 

Too bad this world is boring. Our reality is just a bunch of people trying to make their way in a world that doesn’t want them. If only my world had something worthwhile going on. Magic, airships, literally anything at this point would make life worth my damn time: all I want is a hint of excitement. Well, at least I have food I guess.

This food tent is mediocre: breakfast from a cheap fast food joint and an insult of an attempt at handmade food line the tables. Why serve breakfast with alcohol? Doesn’t dinner, or even greasy American food pair better? It doesn’t help that rain started pouring down. Today is just another waste of my time. 

“Babe! Look at what I found!” The only thing in this world I really care about is him, isn’t that strange? “It’s your favourite!” 

Oh hey: tequila! And it’s my favourite too!

Only One May Stand

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Every Saturday night, my friends and I get together and play some Magic the Gathering. This dang card game has consumed such a large portion of my life that half the YouTube channels I’m following are just games or how to build decks. 

Some Recommendations if you want to see the game:
The reason I named this post what I did
Some cute and budget friendly deck ideas
Wanna play for free? 

This is a card. Her name is Atraxa. Such a pain in the ass…

I got into it while I was still working at EB Games like four…? Years ago maybe? And over the years I’ve learned and really invested into my hobby. Few years later, and now I’m constantly selling my soul to this game.

Now, I’m no expert, and honestly not even one hundred percent sure I play properly half the time, but, I do really enjoy the mini group I’ve gathered. You know, for magicing. Get it? Magicing the Gathered? Because it’s dumb yet quirky? I’ll escort myself out.

My pride and joy in this drug that is Magic is my Varina Deck.
*Picture of that card somewhere
She’s beautiful, like straight up absolutely fucking stunning. One hundred cards of leave me and my zombie children alone. Shenanigans are ripe for the picking in my games. I’ve been building and working on this deck for my whole magic career. 

*Here she is!

Magic is known for being the most difficult card game just because of all the little details on gameplay mechanics, and with the particular format I play there’s a lot of bargaining and politics involved. Examples being “don’t fuck with me and I’ll let you live another turn,” or “no no this isn’t that bad,” because we all know it is that bad. 

My fascination with this game was originally with the art on the cards. Each card looks so different from the next and has its own special rules. I’ve been told my Pokemon nerds that it’s just a more complicated version of that game. But yeah, the art, and the fact you just buy packs of like 15 cards and see what you get! Because gambling is fun... That’s actually how I met Jordan was through Magic pack shopping. 

 

This is Liliana, my favourite Planeswalker

I’d love to teach everyone how to play, and how to use each card, but it’s more than that. There are so many little things that it takes so long to learn. I’ve been playing for years and I’m still learning. If you could see my living room table you’d know I’ve got myself into this pretty deep. Playmats to keep my cards off the table are my makeshift tablecloth and random cards are scattered as well as boxes with decks actually in them. 

I just bought an expensive card the other day and am hoping in the next set it isn’t reprinted. If it is I just lost some money and I’ll be sad. On that note, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading today! And I mean it, give the game a chance. 
— Deryn

Pinterest Blog Titles

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I browse Pinterest way too often, and am currently trying to link my blog to it all pretty and such. But when I’m browsing, I get recommended blog titles all the time. Some of them are fun, others just baffle me. I know these are designed to draw traffic, but some of them are just, stereotypical in a sense. Now I’m not here to say people who follow these are wrong, I just don’t use them myself unless I’m really desperate and have crazy writers block. I want to share a few of them with you today.

Took this down by the lake

So today is the 9th right? The first post I find has over one hundred different blog title ideas. The ninth option is “What’s Better __ or __ ?”. Posts like these are fun to write, but feel more like a magazine title than a blog title. Maybe once I learn something about makeup products, I’ll try out titles like that one for good comparisons. Otherwise I’d do something such as ice cream brands. I also get a preppy teenage vibe from it. Unique titles don’t sit SEO vibes, so I understand why people pick the titles they do.

Side note, these posts are all over Pinterest, and they constantly get reuploaded without credit to the original author. Because of this, I won’t be tagging them.

Different post this time. Now we only have fifty two options. Lets double up and check out number eighteen. “The 10 Minute Fix to Doing ____” is this option. Do I like this one? To be honest this one isn’t as bad as some I’ve found. I could see myself writing something for this. “Ten Minutes to Fix Your Attitude” would be a fun twist on that kind of post. Although I’m not the person who would write that. I’ve got my own attitude I’ve got to work on. I say that, it’s mostly my ego. Barely fit through a door sometimes!

Lake looks so nice right now!

Man, some of these are real gems. Like number twenty seven on this other post, “What Makes me Feel Better, Always”. That’s a tad ominous isn’t it? To answer this question, music always brings up my mood. But a lot of title ideas are like this! The writing prompts are much less weird I find than the blog title recommendations. I’ve gathered a healthy amount of pins to browse through if you’re feeling bored. Want to see that mess? Sure you do! Be careful though, I get lost scrolling through that app.

But yeah, that’s all I wanted to bring up today. I’m currently waiting on my lunch to be delivered and then I’m going to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate it! It’s because of you guys I get to do this! Anyway, later!
— Deryn