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Happy Year of the Ox and Other Stories

Year of the Ox and Other Stories

February 6, 2021

Whew! Is it already February? January felt like a wild ride. I can’t believe we went from US insurrection to a second impeachment to that glorious Amanda Gorman live poem read (oh, and an inauguration), then that whole business about Gamestop. I’ve been following the Gamestop thing avidly for weeks, because the partner of someone …

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year?

January 7, 2021

Season’s greetings and all that from Melbourne. This is the first year where I’ve had to spend the holiday season in Australia rather than back in Singapore, and it’s been a surreal feeling. The cats were pleased that I didn’t abandon them to a catsitter, presumably, though less so about the cheapie Kmart costumes they …

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Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact and Other Stories

December 4, 2020

I think part of the reason why I find games like Ghost of Tsushima and Genshin Impact so compelling is that their non-Western settings are a form of personally familiar fantasy. The aesthetic is familiar and yet unfamiliar, and so the games just feel more immersive to me, even in their surrealist beauty. The difference …

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2020 Eligibility Post

November 24, 2020

I’ve never done one of these posts before. Each year when it’s award season I’d kinda just turtle up out of embarrassment. Maybe quietly submit my work on my own steam to places like Aurealis that allow self-submission. Asking for other people to consider my stuff though? That always just felt so weird. Impostor syndrome, …

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Ghost of Tsushima Legends

Ghost of Tsushima Legends and Other Stories

November 9, 2020

Finished Hades after a number of clears, including the ‘true’ (final?) ending. I’d be the first to admit that I’m not great at games, especially games like Hades, so I did need to run the game with a high God Mode to get there, but it was fun anyway. It took me forever to figure …

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Hades

Hades the Game and Other Stories

October 7, 2020

So I started playing Hades. I’ve been avoiding trying it for a while since it was a roguelike game, and I’m not very good at those: only for it to suddenly be everywhere. I guess the game exited beta. Snapped it up once it popped on the Switch, and I’ve had to play it on …

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Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 and Other Stories

September 1, 2020

Finally got around to trying the Yakuza games, because Steam was selling a bundle (Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2) for $90. The game makes me miss visiting Japan: particularly Tokyo and Osaka, where the 2 stories are set. It’s been fun moving Kiryu and Majima around, getting them to go to soba …

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Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima and other stories

August 1, 2020

This game blew me away. Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. It’s a visual feast with three separate biomes, changeable weather, gorgeous scenery that gives you a whole ‘nother level of immersion. It’s so beautiful that for me it forgives some of the game’s little flaws. Though yes, …

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achar and other stories

Achar and Other Stories

July 2, 2020

Was floored to hear that my short story submission to Avatars.Inc, Life in Achar, was the winning Community Choice story! You can read it [ here ], and I hope you like it. It’s about two of my favourite things: conservation and food. Avatars.Inc sent me a ton of swag as prizes, still stunned at …

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This Year is Getting Worse

June 3, 2020

SOME THINGS TO READ Amy McQuire | We Must Bear Witness to Black Deaths in Our Own Country Ibram X. Kendi | The American Nightmare | The Atlantic James Baldwin | How to Cool It | Esquire Jamil Smith | American Plague | Rolling Stone Nadia Latif and Leila Latif | We Know What it …

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