The Winners & Runners up of The Game Awards 2017 (Spoilers: Breath of the Wild Won “Game of the Year”)

Miketendo64! By Gamers, For Gamers

In case you missed it, or just live in a rock, last night was The Game Awards 2017 and among a few reveals of new games and more, there were also a lot of awards given out, so here is a list of every game that won, which games they beat and in which category:

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Yarok Feed Your Ends Conditioner Review

Conscious Living: Mind, Body, and Heart

Although I hope to someday be at the point where all I’ll need is a shampoo bar and apple cider vinegar rinse to be happy with my hair, for now I still feel like it needs a conditioner or some variety. I’ve been using the John Master’s Organics Citrus and Neroli Detangler (review) for the last little while, but I was hoping to find something that wouldn’t be quite as expensive. It works wonders, don’t get me wrong, but at $22 CAD for an 8oz bottle, the price is a little steep. Especially when you have to spend more than $60 to get free shipping! But I digress…

While perusing my favourite natural beauty products website, EcoDivaBeauty, I came across a product by Yarok called Feed Your Ends. It’s a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant that is 100% natural and certified vegan. Can’t get much better than…

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Why Britain Made a Change to Vertical Handwriting

Dilemmas of an Expat Tutor

Examining older samples of British writing (1800s, and much of the pre-WWII writing), the British handwriting of that time was slanted to the right (as were cursive scripts in most European countries).  Now, most British writing is vertical.  How and when did this change come about?

Reading this 1925 letter written by A. N. Palmer, developer of the Palmer Method of handwriting, the actual preferred slant used to be a very precise 52°.  Mention of the precise 52° angle is also made in this 1893 article (see p. 87 at this link)  which argues for an introduction of vertical, unslanted writing.  Today, an ideal slant is considered to be between 60° and 75°.

In Britain, in the early 1890’s, Professor John Jackson introduced vertical writing, which he felt had superior legibility, and was easier for students to learn.  Examiners began to require it in all branches of…

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Really, really, brief update/notice

Hi all/Journal,


SO. It has been quite a long while. The longest I’ve gone since starting this blog properly, not posting. Well, there are lots of things I want to post. Now, I just need to get typing and work out a schedule/rough idea of what I want to write, when.

A lot has happened.

I think that is a big big understatement. Politically; worldwide (World War…One and Two, anyone remember them?), economically (can anyone say ‘Brexit’?), socially – on a personal level, things have gotten crazy in a different way, I am beginning to conceptualise that being busy is always going to be busy and I know it’s about ‘making time’, I know that. I do. What happened to me was…busy on an internal scale, you know? So that has been…It’s been hard. I’m still working through it – but it’s like trying to catch fog with my bare hands (almost a quote to Harry Potter).

Fabulous Find – Free NaNoWriMo Workbook Downloads for Elementary, Middle, and High School!

I changed computer and forgot what this workbook was called; could not find it anywhere! thankfully Good Intentions posted about it :D!

Good Intentions, Bad Follow-Through

I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing NaNoWriMo right now. Okay, not really, but I am doing a bunch to prepare my novel for July. I have a solid outline–possibly the sturdiest I’ve ever had going into a writing project. I have a timeline going, which is a first for me.  I have also read and watched tons and tons of articles and videos on NaNo, writing techniques, writing snacks, and…well, you get the point.

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Workbooks. Free Download!

In my various travels through NaNoWorld, I found these free writing workbook downloads at the Young Writer’s Program website. I browsed through them, and they are pretty awesome. The homeschool mom part of me, though enjoying summer vacation, was thrilled!

There’s three different levels: elementary, middle school, and high school.  Each one has the same basic information, but it’s tailored a little differently for each grade. The elementary workbook is…

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Update (?)


So. I am having difficulty focusing- what’s new? Just that my brain’s got too much chatter atm, too much energy. So…I should focus on something else. Look for updates here. It’s about time for another update.