Daydreams Diary: Journey

Well, I’m not dead.

(Sorry, my dark sense of humor is showing itself.)

August is behind us, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. Life is something I certainly don’t take for granted. When you lose a lot of people before their time, it has a way of making you appreciate waking up each day.

We went through a significant loss while I was away. This event is not something I could just glaze over, no matter how private a person I may be. Doctors discovered around the second week of last month that I had an ectopic pregnancy. What was then explained to me soon after devastated us as a family. There was no way I could go forth with a healthy pregnancy, and my life was in danger.

I had two options. Both of which seemed terrifying to me at the time. Surgery or a chemotherapy drug called methotrexate. We’d already been in the hospital 13 hours with no food or water. My body was extremely weak and my mind was beyond stressed. I was told surgery was extremely risky because they could open me up and find nothing, since I was only 2 weeks along. There was a considerable risk of me bleeding out. The chemo agent didn’t seem much better as it was explained to me because it is very toxic to your system. I had no other options. I have a (then 8, now 9) year old son I have to think about that very much needs me.

We chose door number two—the methotrexate therapy. The first night was hell. I was shaking uncontrollably from fever chills and I was in pain. My entire body was weak while my mind was a complete fog. Things got better as the days went on, but as my condition improved, a sort of guilt and grief seeped into me at the same time.

I’m still going through it. Though some parts of this story have gotten a little brighter. I no longer need chemo treatments. My hormones are stabilizing and starting to taper off where they need to be. My body is still healing. There’s still some pain, and I still have to go back weekly for blood testing until I’m considered fully “back to normal.” There is so much more to this story. The rest is all I’ve got in me for now, though. I’m mostly anxious to get back to work.

We named her.

Somehow we both know it was a girl. It’s the kind of knowing the women in my family that I’ve spoken about here before possess. “Seeing” as we call it.

Her name is Journey.

I’ll save the meaning behind that for some other time. Though, if you’d like some clues, take a look at this past review, or even better play that game. It’s a beautiful experience you won’t regret, I promise. And you know I’m big on promises.

(Journey screenshots property of ThatGameCompany and Sony Computer Entertainment)

Some Kind of Luck

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I’ve never believed much in luck, but I often joke about it with friends.

“I have about as much luck as Al Bundy.”

Yet there’s been some seemingly lucky things happening around here lately. clovers

The Erratic Sun

The Erratic Sun has been published! Even better, Matticus is hosting a contest over at The Matticus Kingdom where ultimately, an autographed copy the book is the prize!

Sign up for a chance at this fantastic Sci-Fi adventure!

#StoriesBaby

Early this morning, our Stories Family welcomed a baby!

A huge Congrats to our “Don BroJo”, we are all SO happy for you and your family. After all we’ve been through together as a group and individually, moments like this make it all worth it. 🙂

Art by Glorious Mettle Trending on CardCastles!

After going over stat reports across CardCastles and its now various hubs this morning, I realized Glorious Mettle, my dear friend’s artwork is trending! She was among the most clicked on & visited this month, along with The Erratic Sun and my Dreamscape piece.

Glori’s artwork is still blowing up CardCastles social media stats! So Congrats to my gal Glorious Mettle! I wish you many art sales & lots of love!

Behind the scenes there’s been plenty of chatter of more collaborations. This only gives me a positive attitude going into spring. I’ve got plenty more up my sleeves in the coming months.

AND

Beautiful Nightmares

If you haven’t heard…

It’s confirmed. I’ll be resurrecting #31Nightmares in tribute to Wes Craven again this October.

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Due to popular demand, and a rewarding experience, I decided to bring this wonderful series back again for another year. One of my childhood idols, a horror film icon, found me this way, and I almost feel like I have to make him and Wes very proud this year. Expect a big celebration!

Journey PS4 Review

Journey is said to be an experience rather than a video game. Anyone that’s had the pleasure of exploring this mysterious world will most likely tell you the same.IMG_0449 I first played Journey back on PlayStation 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. So, it’s no surprise that when a PlayStation 4 version was announced, I hopped right on board.

There were visible improvements right off the bat. There were noticeable differences to texture, lighting, and sound. I didn’t think it was possible to make an already gorgeous work of art, even more beautiful, but somehow they pulled it off.

ThatGameCompany, the game’s creators, along with the publishers at SCEA did an astounding job expanding just a bit on what was already greatness.

This game is not for everyone. If you enjoy fast-paced, shoot-’em-up titles, (and you play nothing else,) then this game is not for you. If you enjoy art, music, and exploration, this is right up your alley.

The only complaint I’ve ever heard about this title is it’s “too short” and in a world full of horrible words being thrown around, I don’t think that’s such a diss.

Game Website: thatgamecompany.com

Twitter: @ThatGameCompany

All images used in this article are “screenshots” using the PlayStation 4 Share feature. They are the property of ThatGameCompany and SCEA.


Below are some screenshots taken by yours truly during my own little Journey on the PS4. Click on images to view larger versions.

The Bridge Journey PS4 screenshots
  

  




  
  
  
  

Sleepy Sundays: New Growth

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My apologies go out to those of you that usually have your Sunday morning coffee here at CardCastles. Daylight Savings has my internal clock a bit off today so this Sleepy Sundays post is a bit later than usual.

Sleeping issues aside, I have a special treat for long-time readers here this Sunday. If you’ve read Mother’s Day Marigold and Brand New Friends, then the photo above may look a bit familiar to you. That’s because the tiny bloom pictured above is the “child” of the last one.

It was suggested by a friend to save the seeds of the original plant when they began to drop. Sadly, late last year, after almost two years, the old plant withered away and died. Then, early this year, something magical happened. A new little sprout began to flourish.

Monday of this week brought an even bigger surprise. Our tiny spout had grown and a flower began to show. Two days ago, it opened up to touch the sun. I got all sentimental. Wouldn’t you?

Someone joked that I may take this plant everywhere we move from now on, much like Leon from The Professional. I always liked him anyway.

Do you have something special that has stood the test of time?

Have a growing Sunday!