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2015, Thank You

So! Better late than never, they say. So let me be late and thank 2015 for the bad and the good. Well, just for the good, for talking about the bad would take forever, and would be a bit pointless, I think. If you don’t know, I’m struggling with manic depression. As a result there are times when I neither write, nor do anything, truly. But as I’m here today, willed into life by friends, I figured I’ll thank for the good stuff, for there was good stuff!

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First of all, my favorite last year crafts. In the pictures, currently, only the second row middle is sold, to a Boss out there, I hope you’re kicking ass wearing these! Anyways, let’s start from the start. I waited forever for a chance to order some bat spacers-pendants, and those cabochons. And when I received them, I found myself unsure what to do with the beauties. In the end, I painted a lovingly smiling skull that I called Beloved, for it might as well be a lover immortal. Get it? Also, it’s not related to Skulduggery Pleasant on purpose, at that moment I didn’t yet know of such a fantastic character. Next, top in second row is a bracelet called Alice Hearts, my tribute to Alice in Wonderland. Always wanted to make one of those. Then there’s Saints Row tribute, one of my all time favorite games. I just had to give it its due therefor. And the last is Midas Gold earrings, all set in gold colors. To be honest, when I was making them, I was wondering if Varric (Dragon Age) wouldn’t be willing to get a pair (matching his own chain) for Bianca. The rest can be found [here]

And don’t you get me wrong. This year I have made many beautiful things. I sold a lot of them too, and people gave me kind reviews for each one. It was one of the most artistically rich and muse smile filled years for me. May this year be no less in this department.2_paintings

Starting with arts, let’s continue to where I started in the first place. I painted a great ton this year. I learned a lot about painting too. And putting together this little collage taught me I draw extremely similar faces, so I guess I have plenty to improve yet.  Anyway, there’s my own characters there, there’s Grav3yardgirl, Floki from Vikings, a comic book version of me, and quite a few postcards. I learned I loved making those, for I work best when I see full picture at once. I also just now realized I didn’t enter Vikings as my top hit of 2015, so letting you know right now – wow, loved it, wow! The rest of the paintings are [here]3_bestmoments

There were a lot of small moments that got to me too, although for the lack of pictures, some couldn’t end up in here. In spring I saw a woodpecker peck wood. I saw a ton of squirrels playing about. In summer my friends took me out to watch Inside Out and gave me a haircut upgrade, a very nice bleached undercut. We played Cards Against Humanity and had a blast therefor. And while my bookshelves were broken apart: this year was the year we put on a metal brace on it, and now it holds! I got a ton of presents for birthday, so many postcards from all over the world, so many tea packets, sweets, and kind words, I never ever got this much before. One of the many top hits is that Moriarty tie you see in one of the pictures. Loved how the envelope said “man’s tie” and the postcard pointed out Tarquin Blackwood was a chic guy, so I should be too.

Then there’s those moments I couldn’t mention, forgot, or just had no pictures of. Like getting review requests from publishers (yes, that equals free books). Authors contacting me, just to talk, or even them leaving me a comment or two somewhere. I’ve received a phone just because, had a pleasure of trying a lot of different energy drinks, including Monster: The Doctor, which is currently my favorite Monster flavor. Then there were other wins, like Grav3yardGirl liking and reblogging my painting of hers [here], Mortisia reblogging some of my stuff, Katers17, now known as KateInRealLife replying me to actually all of my messages. I re-opened my personal art Facebook Page and became part of Crowley Emporium project for crafts and jewelry, made by me and two of my friends.

And best of all, I realized what a bunch of amazing friends I have. Some found me brooding over the darkest moments in my life and helped me back up. Others just got there for a word or two, or an exchange of music that they heard and “thought of me”. I guess in this department I’m just lucky like that. I’ve people who go an extra mile to help if they’re means to do so. I hope they know that I love them all. 4_books

Then, as this blog demands, there’s the book wins. I admit, this year was indeed unyielding in time and will to read, and yet never the less I have something to rejoice about. For one it’d be me finding myself a new series to read and love, which are Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy. That skeleton mister just has the most perfect vibe about him. Got a lot of unusual, unique, and otherwise different reads this year too, those being Into the river by Ted Dawe, apparently a banned book following the story of this Maori boy in all-boys boarding school. Yakuza by Gabriel Loidolt, which I’d call “Irezumi” instead, a pretty damn nice book, very short, with very slight Murakami vibe to it. Very slight, mostly by the whole go-around. The Radleys by Matt Haig was a serious surprise. So simple, so mundane, and yet not at all, because every seen-a-hundred-times thing that family did was done by vampires, for they’re all vampires! And, of course, my own pick for the book club, Neuromancer by WIlliam Gibson. I wanted to read that one for so long! This blog of mine is mainly meant for horror, suspense, fantasy, and books alike, while I do realize I don’t follow the pattern. That is why I have made the Nosferatu Shelf category, to have those books put in a list. But this year I hope to fill it in a little more with Cyberpunk too. After all, we do await Cyberpunk 2077, don’t we?5_games

Speaking of games, here’s my nine hits. They’re not the releases of 2015 per se, but something I discovered, got to the end of, and loved last year. First was definitely Bastion. It somehow reminded me I like games, and that I should actually finish them now and then, and not just spend hundreds of hours doing anything but main quests, as so many games these days allow you to. While not the second one, still, Transistor, being a creation of same developers, is a beauty to behold. Mind you, not for the weak of mind. It’s heart-breaking at more than one point.

Saints Row was in my inventory forever, and so one day I got around to playing it, on co-op non the less. Can’t play first one, second one gives me motion sickness, so I started at the third one and merely read the wiki’s for the first two. Must say, there’s rare a game that makes me so happy inside as these games do. Definitely my favorite co-op of all times, and probably my favorite gangster games too.

Eye Divine Cybermancy fits the theme of me seeking out Cyberpunk stuff. My friend wanted a first person shooter we could play together and have fun doing so (some fps co-ops are lame, just that). She spoke of Cybermancy and I just thought I’ll go see how much is it on Steam, since it was Summer Sale and there it was, for 2.49eur. We took it and we had  a blast.

Shipwrecked is in a sense merely a DLC for Don’t Starve, but there it is. I got it, I loved it, can’t wait for it to become part of Don’t Starve Together. By the way, one of the highlights was getting that game free for myself and my friend, since they took me into the beta testing group!

Payday 2 was a nice surprise, I’m still playing it and loving it. Satisfies a whole different need of bold nihilistic sense of freedom and courage (not bravado). Wicked jokes, fun characters, and caring Developers just make my dark little heart happy.

Dragon Age Inquisition… Ah well, I don’t even have DLC’s yet, got it for my b-day in 2014, still playing, still loving, still happy to see Dorian throw a fit over lack of books in my library…

The Wolf Among Us was a discovery of the year, I believe. I really disliked the graphics from what I saw when my friends played it. But then I watched Drive with Ryan Gosling and that vibe got me. Now I can say it’s an amazing game and I am extremely sad there’s no more of it. I guess I’ll just have to indulge in the comics…

And, of course The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Unlike some, I’ve no disappointments to express over the length of it. Unlike many, I didn’t grind, because I explored and leveled up naturally doing so, by sheer need to beat off a Leshen off a chest I wanted. The only disappointment I did get was the shortness of the Hearts of Stone. Truth is, CDPR gave such ‘expansion packs’ free back in the day, audio and all, free for all with a registered game. The quality and length seemed quite alike to me, so I’m glad I got it free as a gift, for I’d be a lot more disappointed if I paid 10 bux for it! Other than that – yes, it’s very good!

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And the last are the things I watched. First of all, let me just mention Vikings. Loved it so very much, it was a far better season than the previous one, and the music is just mad good. Truly a blasphemy that I forgot to include it here. And I guess I can also add I loved American Horror Story: Hotel a lot too, although I haven’t finished it yet!

Let’s start with the movies now then. First is the Legend, a story of brother Krays. Strange in so many senses it was a perfect little fun-drama-bang piece after such disappointment as Black Mass was. I’m a bit sad I’ve no books on these guys, but I’ll have to fix that I guess! Any publishing houses who want to provide me with those?

I somehow rediscovered Dracula (1931) [here], and crafted my four favorite pairs of black and white gothic earrings. For once I appreciated how beautiful this movie is, and what a wonderful actor Bela Lugosi was.

Mr Holmes was a happy little piece for me too. I’m a great fan of Sherlock, and Sir Ian just fills in those shoes so well! It’s just great, go watch it.

Drive and Gangster Squad were on my Ryan Gosling marathon that I required to have all of a sudden. Now I can say I really enjoy that actor and the often superbly weird things he stars in. Gangster Squad is full of those good goofy, naughty, and otherwise good jokes you might also find in Saints Row. And Drive is just an amazing original movie. Never have I watched anything like this, but I do hope to watch something like this again, someday. When first 5 minutes you spend staring at a character who doesn’t even say a word (not a mute tho), and your face is glued to a screen in suspense…

I watched quite a few series too. Orange is the new Black got me by a mention in Supernatural. Was the last drop, more or less. It’s good in it’s own way, really. Mad men was more or less an old recommendation. Was mentioned in Orange is the new Black, so of course it was a natural chain… Banzai was a Lithuanian show, six episodes total, of these two Lithuanian men, educated people with sense of humor, traveling. This year they went for Japan. One of them, being tall and big man, had the funniest troubles concerning shoes! And the one zombie show I liked: In The Flesh. I liked the different approach to it, to zombies. I liked the Englishness of it all. I loved the strange-fam thing of “let’s pretend there’s nothing wrong”, and misleading prophecies everywhere. And I loved how protagonist was gay and no one bat an eye at it.

So all in all, as you see, I had a rich year spiritually, if I may say so. And I do believe many things I didn’t mention here for I merely forgot about it all, having so much. Those big and small things don’t let me say it was a bad year. No, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t good either. But that’s not a bad thing.

Stay happy and survive. 

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Hour of the Wolf and The Howler

Little did I know about this game, The Howler: The Game of Touch and Scream, but now I do. The game is based on / inspired by Lithuanian Steampunk book “Hour of the Wolf” by Andrius B. Tapinas. The book is translated into English and can be obtained via Amazon, and you can get informed about it on Goodreads too. It is a saga, but I know nothing on whether there’ll be more games, yet what’s important right about now, is that this game on Steam currently costs only 0,19 euro cents!

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Humble Bundle 15th to 23rd

HumbleBundle truly made my day today:

And for more than average you’ll get four more games + whatever they unlock later (the “average” changes a lot, so look at it before buying, don’t miss out on good games, they don’t come any cheaper legally) :

Origin / Steam are platforms via which you can retrieve your games, using the code HumbleBundle will give you. You can give the codes of games you own or games you don’t want to your friends. Games are fully legal, the site is tried and tested, and used a lot by me. The purchase information is stored there forever, so whatever you buy – you own forever and can redownload as much as you need (since I bought comics and books before too, it’s very relevant).
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Assassin’s Creed and Ebay

Two days ago I bought Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and an Assassin’s Pendant on Ebay (all the links at the bottom). Yesterday I bought an Assassin’s Jacket, which is on HUGE sale and finished Assassin’s Creed III. I like Kenway men. Sad that Haytham was a Templar. I mean, I see his point, but I understand Connor wishing Lee dead above all things. And it was clear that after some time with his father, he really wanted a way out, a way to keep his father alive. And if he just given him Lee, I do believe Connor wouldn’t have been able to kill his own father like that. Stupid Haytham, stupid… And Connor was such an angry sass. And his captain outfit was adorable, in fact, it made me wonder whether to take dark grey jacket (I like grey colors or the colorlessness of it) or the dark blue one. Figured it’ll suit more assassins of my liking if it’s grey. AC:BF wasn’t on steam, it was directly on Uplay (the key-code from Humble Store, paid 10 euros for the game, worth every penny from the bits of soundtrack that I heard in Multiplayer, which is also unbelievably great). And now I have to get used to running with shift pressed in, because Connor used the right mouse key. I’m the person who doesn’t re-bind the keys, yes. I prefer getting used to, than changing to what I am used to.

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Now, speaking of multiplayers in AC, I loved the one in Brotherhood, but then fell even more in love with the AC3 multiplayer. I used to play a Night Stalker in there, unlocking him all the best bits. Now I play AC4 multiplayer as… The Dandy. Because he’s f-ing creepy and I love it. This made my murder-buddy happy, because now she can take over the Stalker for herself. I hope she gets home soon… Anyways, the soundtrack is amazing, altho it’s a little bit harder to get a hang in this game, especially to another friend of mine, who preferred knowing which way to go to find the victim. Me and the girl with the Stalker, we liked the Assassination missions, so we’re good. You find, you stab, you walk away like nothing happened. The worst is poisoning thou. You’re all happy, you saw your pursuer and you’re about to hit them – but they just walk by you… And suddenly screen goes green and blurry and you bite the dust.

Now I’ll just give you all the links to all the best spots to buy your games from. You know most of these, I’m sure, so just so you know, these are mainly for my native readers:
The Humble Bundle – comes in several sections. Pay a dollar and get all the games that don’t have a lock on them in the main sections of it (sometimes it’s books, music, comics, not always just games). The store currently has a end-of-  summer-sale, so check it out, I paid 10 euros for AC4 on it.
Gog dot com – for those who hate DRM or can’t get online once every two weeks. Sales are rare on it, but they have more old games.
Origin – these guys are great. Check out the “On the house” section in Free Games section, often it’s something great, like Dead Space or Battlefield.
Uplay – now, I don’t know much about their offers or sales, because I deal with them mostly only when I want my assassin’s shot, but for game achievements they do give unlockables, which often are truly fun or very useful.
Steam Store – the best of the best in my own opinion. Huge sales on summer and christmas time, plus minor ones around halloween or otherwise theme-related. Currently it’s pirate-sales, so even AC4 is on sale. Mind you, small sale, but hey, still a sale, right? My rule is – if they cut the price more than 75% – you must get it. That is, if you want it. Don’t be buying random games, that’s what Humble Bundle is for. I remember I bought one bundle for 1 dollar because it had BioShock and Thief, and I got three more games. Luckily I got friends who appreciate free games, so I just push half the keys to them, otherwise my steam account would be ridiculous.
Bought my Assassin’s jacket HERE – big sale, guys, big. And only little of it left. And the pendant HERE. And this is my personal Ebay in case you want to help me clean out the closet.

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Top Ten Video Game Vampires

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Thus, today and tomorrow

Ah, my little Nosferatu’s, I’m finally leaving for UK. I’ll be in Gravesend, sorting out Onions, but as Tyler Durden said – I am NOT my job. Thus I am happy, for work is not that hard and payment is not that small. As soon as I get internet there or can steal anyone else’s – I’ll write another post, make a billion pictures and tell all about it.

Must say, I’m pretty happy. Am leaving with a good friend, got my blue laptop/notebook under my hand and sister there waiting. Hopefully the live-in allows me and my friend to stay together. And hopefully there’s plenty of work to be done, so that I could make plenty of pounds, yes? For now, I need to check what clothes I am to wear and what are to come with me in a suitcase. Also need to somehow not forget my Tablet. Did you know that I’m an artist? Well, I am, here’s my DeviantArt link. I’m a writer by heart, but here I can express my little tiny bits of all those stories buzzing in my head.

Would be nicer if I could leave without my face scratched as if a wild cat attacked me. I cut my nails and they become even sharper, how does that work?? So that’s that. Wish me luck! With me I’m taking two books, old release of the Witcher books, very first one, the Sword of the Destiny, by A. Sapkowski and one more about myths and legends. As for games, I got plenty, including game The Witcher 2, Skyrim, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, Assassin’s Creed and second one, Alice: Madness Returns, Limbo and first Mass Effect. Oh and one of the Need for Speed games, those calm me down real good, can’t remember the title now tho.

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Dracula classified as…

This is how they described it, when I entered the word “dracula”…

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