Retail Rant- Don’t Leave It To The Last Minute!

Having worked in retail for 10 years, I have experienced quite a few things that , quite frankly, I want to rant about. This week, I’m ranting about customers who leave things to the last minute.

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Update: Lots of Posts!

Hi guys, I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas madness of December. Things have been pretty hectic for me, as you can probably tell, with the fact that I had some issues with my Bambi post last week. Fingers crossed, that should be the last of the teething problems for Daily December!

What have I been reading?

I finished A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish. You can tell he was inspired by George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and Brent Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy; there was a lot of death and betrayal. I really enjoyed the politics and intrigue, so I’ll be picking up the next book in the series, Dance of Blades, soon. At the moment, I’m about to start Dead Witch Walking  by Kim Harrison, I’ve read it a few years ago and have been wanting to re-read it for a little while. The best way to describe it is its urban fantasy, set in our world but with an altered history. I’ve also been meaning to read the Warhammer 40,000 novels that have been piling up. I had subscribed to this collection a year ago and I have only read about four of them. I feel I need to read some grim sci-fi to add some diversity to my reading.

What have I been playing?

Quite a few games! My Breton Templar, in ESO, is now level 9 and I’m currently exploring the Orc island with her. In Final Fantasy XIV, my White Mage has reached level 33 and is making steady progress through the main story, after getting distracted with some many seasonal events.

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My White Mage colour coordinates with her unicorn.

Aside from MMOs, I’ve also been playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, where I’m currently finishing the side activities in Memphis. I’ve also been dabbling in Horizon Zero Dawn, mainly getting distracted by the open world activities and collectables. After receiving my December Humble Monthly Bundle, I decided to play one of the games in the bundle, Passpartout, a game where you are playing as an artist who wants to become famous. I’ve only played less than an hour of it but I can’t say it has really won me over, but I’m going to give it a little more time.

What am I blogging about this week?

I’m going to make this a little easier, by listing the next six days:

  • Tuesday: Recommended Gaming post, this time about a creative business management game- it even has a Christmas theme! … sort of.
  • Wednesday: I’m talking about (another) MMO event, this time in Final Fantasy XIV.
  • Thursday: A Gift Ideas post about geeky ugly Christmas jumpers.
  • Friday: I’m ranting discussing about things that happen while working in retail at Christmas.
  • Saturday: I talk about episode episode 5 of X-Men: The Animated Series, called Captive Hearts.
  • Sunday: My Disney Classics Challenge post on Bambi.

 

And that was my week! I would love to hear what you guys are getting up to, especially in the run-up to Christmas, so let me know in the comments below!

 

Bambi Post Postponed.

Hi guys, this is just a quick post to let you know that I’m postponing the Bambi post until next. Basically, I’m not happy with what I’ve written and I need some time to make some changes. I’m sorry about the delay, the post is coming but I don’t want to put it up on the blog until I am completely happy with it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Update: December Is (Almost) Here!

I want to start off this post by apologising for not posting my thoughts on Final Fantasy XIV‘s seasonal event, The Maiden’s Rhapsody. With retail employees most dreaded day, Black Friday, happening last week, I didn’t have time to finish the event, let alone write about it. Rest assured that post is coming this week. Don’t worry, I have learnt from my mistakes and I am being more organised with my blogging, in preparation for Daily December.  Now that is out of the way, let’s talk about what I been getting up to last week.

What have I been reading?

I finally finished IT! I won’t talk too much about the ending, so don’t worry about spoilers, but what I will say is I’m not sure how they are going to adapt it in the film. I suspect they may cut bit out or tone down what happens. I will say that the last third of the book isn’t as strong as the rest of the novel. It becomes a little unfocused and there are parts that could have been cut out and would not have been impacted by their absence. Still, if you are a Stephen King fan, I would recommend you read, if you haven’t already; however if you have never read a Stephen King novel before, I suggest starting with something like The Shining.

Aside from It, I have also read Prince of Thrones by Mark Lawrence, which is about a prince trying to avenge the deaths of some of his family. I did enjoy it but wouldn’t say it was one of the best books I read this year. In fact, it has the opposite problem that It does, its too short and if some parts of the plot had been expanded on, I probably would have enjoyed Prince of Thorns more. It also has the whole switching between flashbacks and present day thing, just like It, and I’ve had my fill of flashbacks as a literary device for the time being. At the moment, I am now reading A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish, a book I read a few years ago, but I cannot remember what it is about at all.

What have I been playing?

Not a lot, thanks to real life. I haven’t played anymore of Assassin’s Creed Origins, although I want to pick that up again next week. I’ve dabbled in Elder Scrolls Online, mainly because of the Crown Crate giveaway that’s currently happening. I also haven’t touched Final FAntasy XIV at allSo what have I been playing? A game Kim at Later Levels recommended, Untold Stories. Kim does a great job of selling this game, so I recommend you read her post on it. I’ve only completed two episodes but I’m loving it so far. It was also a Humble Bundle game I owned but hadn’t yet played, so that’s an added bonus!

What am I blogging about this week?

On Tuesday, I will have the Final Fantasy XIV‘s seasonal event, The Maiden’s Rhapsody, post up. Since I will have earned 3 crates, on Thursday I will be looking at the what the Elder Scrolls Online  Crown Crates give you. Then Friday is 1st December, so Daily December begins! That post will see the return of the Disney Classics Challenge with me talking about Bambi. On Saturday, there will be the last Humble Monthly post of the year and on Sunday, the next X-Men: The Animated Series episode post will be up.

And that has been my week! Was your week as crazy and hectic as mine? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!

Update: It Appears I Didn’t Learn My Lesson From Last Year…

Hi guys! It seems I am a insane, insane enough to attempt Daily December once more. What’s Daily December? Its where I write one post a day throughout December. Think of it as your virtual Thero advent calendar. I’m not sure f anyone would want a Thero advent calendar, but hey, at least it is free! Last year’s attempt at Daily December went OK, until the last week of December, where it sort of spiralled out of control and I cheated slightly by combining it with the end of the Anime Challenge. Well, that’s not happening this year! This time around I am going to have to think of 31 things to blog about… what have I done…

What have I been reading?

I have about thirty pages left of It. I am so damn close to finishing. While the action and tension is increasing, I feel that the last third of the book isn’t as good as the rest of the novel has been. I think its down to the fact that the narrative, towards the end, focuses on the adult characters rather than their 11 year old selves; which I personally don’t find as interesting as the children.SO finger crossed, next week I can give you guys my final impression of It.

What have I been playing?

The MMOS are back! In Elder Scrolls Online, I’ve decided to go back to the role I’m more comfortable with, the role of the healer. So I’ve created a Breton Templar, who is only at level 5, at the moment. I haven’t got a screenshot of her yet, but I’ll include one in next week’s post. As for Final Fantasy XIV, I’ve been taking part in another event, this time its the Final Fantasy XI crossover called The Maiden’s Rhapsody.

Aside from MMOs, I’ve spent some time time playing Horizon Zero Dawn, mainly hunting collectables, atop my tamed Strider. I’ve also been playing (a lot) of assassin’s Creed Origins. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the desert were freaking things keep happening, like hearing voices, seeing burning bushes and seeing it rain insects.

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So if you have the game and haven’t had a chance to experience this weird phenomena, head out into the desert and wait there for a little while, I would love to know what you’ve seen, so let me know!

What am I blogging about this week?

Tuesday’s post will be a Recommended Gaming post, where I’ll be recommending one of my favourite RPGs. On Thursday, I’ll be talking about the Final Fantasy XIV seasonal event, The Maiden’s Rhapsody and what I thought of it. Finally on Saturday, I’ll be talking about the third episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, which is called Enter Magneto.

 

And that has been my week! As always, I love to hear what you’ve been doing last week, so let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!

Update: Assassins, VRMMOs and schedules.

Well, let’s start off with the schedule I’m trialling. Week 1 has been and gone, I think it went pretty well. The only think I messed up was the timing of my X-Men: The Animated Series Episode 1 post, but that was because I put the wrong time on the scheduling. The schedule experiment has another two weeks to go, so fingers crossed that it continues to go well!

In my real life, my sister has come back to visit as it was her birthday last week. Yes, November is a busy month in my family for birthdays, there’s three in total. Any way, that means I’ve been neglected the MMOs this week, in order to spend some time with her. That doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped gaming altogether, as you will see further down!

What have I been reading?

I’m still reading It by Stephen King. I must admit, I did struggle over the past two hundred pages as some of those pages could easily have been removed from the book and not affect the story or characters at all. I have about three hundred pages left and the tension is starting to build up, so it looks like we are now back on track.

I also started reading Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Vol. 2 on Sunday. Interestingly the book starts with a scene that you don’t see in the anime until the Excalibut arc. That’s one of the reasons why I recommend fans of the Sword Art Online anime read the light novels, there are some scenes that missed or expanded upon that you only see the books.

What have I been playing?

Like I said, the MMOs have been neglected recently, but that will probably change this week. Instead I’ve been playing a few other games, like Assissin’s Creed Origins. Yes, that game again. I’ve finally made it to Giza and took these two screenshots from the top of Khufu’s pyramid.

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As you can see the game looks incredibly pretty and I’ve been fortunate not to have any CPU drops that other players have been reporting. Oh and sliding down the pyramid is incredibly fun.

Apart from Assassin’s Creed Origins, I finished Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which I would recommend to anyone who wants a story driven adventure game, with two fantastic characters, Chloe and Nadine. I been frustrating myself and my sister with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, turns out its not just me who’s out of practice with platformers. Finally, I’ve been reacqainting myself with Horizon Zero Dawn, as I want to play the DLC when it is released.

So even with out the MMOs, I’ve managed to play a few games last week!

What am I blogging about this week?

On Tuesday, I’ll be giving my First Impressions of Sword Art Online 2. As Christmas is creeping nearer, Thursday’s post will see the return of my Gift Guides, this time it will be for Assassin’s Creed fans. Finally on Saturday, I’ll be talking about X-Men: The animated Series’ second episode, Night of the Sentinels, Part 2.

 

 

And that was my week! If you guys liked the screenshots, please let me know, as I’ve been toying with the idea of including screenshots to break up the writing. So what have you guys bee up to? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!

Update: Schedules & New Posts.

As the title of this post would suggest, I’ve been doing some thinking. A dangerous thing for me to do, I know. All joking aside, I’ve been thinking about ways I could improve the blog. At this time of year, things in the real world tend to get a little crazy, so any changes I do have to be small; which is why I’ve decided to try and implement a schedule. Yes, Thero is trying to get organised. The posting schedule will Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Monday will continue to be update posts, Tuesday and Thursday posts will the content you frequently see here and Saturday will have its own type of posts which I will talk more about further down in this post.

Now, at this moment, this schedule is more of an experiment to see whether it is doable for me. So if you guys can give me any feedback through November that would be great. OK, enough serious talk, let’s get on with what I’ve been up to this week!

What have I been reading?

Time to come clean, I haven’t read anymore of It because I’ve been distracted by video games, which isn’t a bad thing to get distracted by. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading some things. Thanks to Karandi over at 100 Word Anime and Weekend Otaku, I picked the first manga volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which I loved. This will definitely be a manga series that I’ll be reading in the future, so thanks to those guys for introducing me to the series! I also finished Sword Art Online’s third volume, Fairy Dance. Like with the previous two volumes, I love the little extra details that are in the novels that aren’t in the anime. If you love the anime and are impatiently waiting for the next season, I highly recommend you read these light novels.

What have I been playing?

A lot of Assassin’s Creed Origins. This game has hooked me. It seems like the additional year of development has done the game a lot of good, as the open world is vibrant and full of meaningful things to do. The fact I’ve played 17 hours of this game and I’ve barely touched the main story, shows how much additional content there is. Plus its set in ancient Egypt.

I haven’t just been playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, I’ve also been playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. I have to say the developers, Naughty Dog, having been winning me over with their story writing since The Last of Us and they continue to do so with the latest Uncharted game. This time the game is about Chloe Fraser and Nadine Ross, two characters from pervious Uncharted games, as they try and find the Tusk of Ganesh. If you’re looking for a well written adventure for the Playstation 4, then this game could be for you.

Finally, I’ve also been playing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Actually, playing sounds like I’m making progress, dying is a much better word. Still the game gives me a lot of nostalgia as Crash Bandicoot was one of the first games I owned on my Playstation 1.

What am I blogging about this week?

Despite Assassin’s Creed Origins only just being released, I’m already thinking about where (and when) the next game could be set. So on Tuesday, I will be presenting my Top Five locations for an Assassin’s Creed game. On Thursday, I will be making another book recommendation, which some of you may recognise as one I’ve talked about in past update posts. No, it’s not a Michael J. Sullivan book.

Finally, Saturday’s post will be the start of new group of posts. It was my birthday recently, which made me think of things I used to watch in my childhood. One of those programmes was X-Men: The Animated Series, which was always shown on a Saturday morning. So in the spirit of nostalgia, I’ll be watching all the X-Men: The Animated Series episodes and reviewing one episode each Saturday. So this Saturday we will be kicking off with episode 1 Night of the Sentinels, Part 1.

 

As I mentioned before, any feedback that you guys have, I would absolutely love to hear it. I would also love to hear what you’ve been getting up to, so let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!