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What’s New — April 2018

Happy April, everybody!

If you’ve been following my blog at all, you will know that I have been pretty obsessed with Monster Hunter: World lately. I also read and watched Annihilation, which was incredible. The new Tomb Raider movie won me over too, mostly because of how amazing Alicia Vikander is in the role. Since I also read the novel Borne (by the author of Annihilation), have watched most of the new Jessica Jones series on Netflix, and finished watching the first season of the new Star Trek series — I had a busy month. I feel so accomplished, just with how much entertainment and storytelling I managed to absorb!

This month I want to re-focus on my goals for the year. The two biggest are creative writing and being healthy.

Since April has a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, I’ve decided to make a personal writing challenge: to write every day this month, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. These NaNoWriMo months are always great at getting me back in the habit of writing, and I can’t wait to make real progress on my novel in the coming weeks!

At the end of the month, I’ll be running in a 10K, my first run of the year. I am only just getting back into running after almost a year off, but I managed to run 4 miles this past weekend — so I know I can push myself to reach the full 6.2 miles by the time of the official run. I’m excited at the prospect of getting back into that kind of shape. Running for me is not always enjoyable, but it’s the hardest workout I know, and that’s why I feel like it’s worthwhile to make it a regular part of my life.

ready_player_one.jpgIn geekier news, I just saw Ready Player One and loved it. Although I’ve heard mixed reviews of the book, I was so enamored with the movie that I want to read the novel now.

While I’m still playing Monster Hunter: World, I am also eager to finish and review the second season of Telltale’s Batman here. It might be my favorite Telltale game so far. Although I loved the investigation aspect of Wolf Among Us and the action-humor of Tales from the Borderlands, so far Batman has managed to play notes from all of its previous series and create something that feels truly well-rounded.

What are you up to this month? I’d love to hear what everybody is watching, reading, and playing in April. :)

— Ashley

“Tomb Raider” Movie Review

Last night I went to see the new Tomb Raider movie, directed by Roar Uthaug and starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

I went into the movie as a pretty big Tomb Raider fan already. For many years I’ve loved the Angelina Jolie movies, which hinged on Lara’s looks, crazy stunts that sometimes seem to defy the laws of physics, and cheesy one-liners meant to indicate what a sparkplug she is. They’re not the best movies, but watching Jolie perform aerial acrobatics in Croft Manor, solve puzzles in archaeological ruins, and kick ass all over the world is so much fun.

More recently, I’ve played the new video games, which rebooted Lara as a realistic young survivor, rather than a badass babe created in part for the male gaze. And I loved them, much more than the movies or even the old games I tried to play before I really got into gaming. In these stories, Lara is still brave, buff, and brainy, but she also has real emotions. She shivers in the cold, gives herself pep talks when things get rough, and even grieves over her first time killing a deer for food. It’s interesting to see her grow from the first game to the second, becoming more capable but never cold.

So I went into this new Tomb Raider movie excited to enjoy a blockbuster action movie starring one of my favorite characters ever. I like her so much, I dressed up as Lara for Halloween a couple of years ago. She’s just one of those characters I’ve always felt connected to and inspired by, and knowing that this film would be an origin story just like the reboot games, I was eager to see how Alicia Vikander would play her.

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Three Women Characters Who Inspire Me

Since this is the last day of Women’s History Month, I spent a little time thinking about my favorite female characters from sci-fi and fantasy. While I could unleash a pretty long list, here I just want to share three characters who really inspire me. They’re the kinds of characters I want to create in my own fiction, and even though they’re fictional, they’re people who make me excited to be alive and want to do amazing things like they do.

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Community Post: Favorites in Video Game Voice Acting!

Lately I’ve been wanting to write a post celebrating voice acting in video games. It’s a big topic I wasn’t sure how to broach, so I’ve brought in some of my fellow gamers and bloggers to share their favorite VO actors, performances, and moments. Please share yours in the comments too!

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