Nerd Girl Goals – November 2020

Community Game Along – #VNNovember

For the longest time, I thought visual novels were basically romance novels for your computer, and I paid very little attention to the genre as a whole. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that – it just wasn’t for me. I don’t read romance novels, rarely watch sitcoms or romantic comedies, and I’ve mostly stayed away from Visual Novels and Dating Sims for the same reason – it’s just a topic outside of my interests.

But somehow, over the years as I’ve been building my excessive Steam library, I’ve managed to acquire an awful lot of games that have the tag for Visual Novel that aren’t romance-focused. For my primary choice this month, I’m going to go with Aviary Attorney, but I’ve also picked out a few back-up titles, and none of them are primarily romantic in nature.

I’m particularly interested in Methods: The Detective Competition – I’ve recently played the first several chapters in the demo, and plan on picking it up today as it’s on sale at the moment. I have also played the first case of Night Call in the past, and have been meaning to revisit it. I also am considering Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs if I find I’m really enjoying the theme this month.

Subscription Gaming

Since my World of Warcraft sub is still going to be active for Shadowlands release, I expect that, despite and absurd amount of waffling, I will be grabbing the expansion and leveling at least my shaman through the new content. In the meantime, I’d like to get at least two more characters to level 50, and participate in the pre-release event.

I should probably look into what the pre-release event is going to entail.

I am still finding myself not particularly invested, but vaguely interested, and I don’t know if that’s because my affection for World of Warcraft has evolved into nostalgia, or if my current state of mind just isn’t allowing me to get particularly excited about much of anything right now.

I’m also planning on maintaining my XBox GamePass for PC subscription through the month of November, as there’s still a few things I have downloaded and haven’t even poked at yet. I also would like to check out Deep Rock Galactic (available November 5), and maybe give Eastshade another shot since I ended up returning it when I picked it up on Steam.

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

I still have a few outstanding game-related stuff I’d like to finish up over the next few weeks, but there’s plenty of stuff I haven’t already talked about I’d like to add onto my plate this month.

I keep overfilling my plate before I get to this section, but yet again, I want to allow for some leeway for myself. I am likely to keep dabbling in SMITE, Among Us, and Puzzle Pirates throughout the month – the first two mainly to spend time with friends, and the third because I’ve found it oddly soothing as of late.

I’ve also been itching to play something building-focused and fiddly, and although Planet Zoo hasn’t hit a price point that I’m willing to pull the trigger on (especially with all the DLC, lordy!), I do have Planet Coaster hanging out unplayed in my library, so I might give that a whirl this month.

Reading & Watching & Other Stuff

So far, I have (mostly) been keeping up with The Pike Cast reading list, although the fourth book they’re covering – Monster – is making it’s way to me all the way from Australia, so I may be a bit late on that one.

They recently released the list of the next five titles they’re planning to cover, and I have gotten them all ordered! I’m particularly excited to listen to the episode on Scavenger Hunt, which is one of my top three Pike novels. Of course, with a release date of every two weeks, it’ll be February before that episode airs.

Which, I suppose, indirectly leads into the other stuff section.

Once upon a time, November for me was all about NaNoWriMo, but it’s been 8 years since I last attempted it, and fifteen since I’ve completed the month long marathon of writing. In fact, it’s probably been five years or more since I’ve even dabbled in fiction writing. I don’t know how good I may have been at one time, or how much those creative muscles have atrophied, but I miss it.

Since I’ve been out of the game a long time, and – let’s be honest – there’s a whole lot of other stress in everyone’s life right now, I’ve decided not to tackle the whole thing this year. Instead, I’m going to set a goal of completing a half-NaNoWriMo; 25,000 words instead of the full 50,000.

If I can get back into the groove, I figure I could finish up a YA thriller / horror novel of appropriate length in about three months. That feels doable to me. I have a vague idea already, and I’m absolutely taking some inspiration from the Christopher Pike books I’ve been re-reading lately. It won’t exactly be fan fiction, but I feel like it’s not that far off either.

I’d also like to get back to some of the TV shows I talked about wanting to watch back in April, assuming my attention span permits it. I feel like I’ve been completely wasting a lot of my time lately, and making a TV date with myself may not be the peak of productivity, but it will also enable to me to get reacquainted with the crafting activities that I enjoy.

There’s no question in mind that I’ve completely overloaded my November goals, but with the holidays being even more low-key than usual this year, and this being the start of the Great Season of Hibernation at our house, I may not have overloaded them nearly as much as it seems. I’m hoping that this month will bring a good mix of self-soothing and rediscovery of things I used to really enjoy.

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