Wow it's July when did that happen. I haven't been here in months. Ha ha. Well I guess in terms of life updates I'm transferring to my state university because the little liberal arts college I've been attending was getting far too expensive and just had no resources for me and my particular academic interests. But umass should be fun, eh? I'm already pretty friendly with some of the staff from the Scandinavian/German and Medieval departments, everyone is so nice and enthusiastic (but it's a teeny weenie department so new blood is good and all that). It feels good to have found my niche. I just didn't guess when I started college that it was going to be Germanic languages/literature and medieval history! So I'm officially a Scandinavian studies major and I'm gonna be starting Swedish in the fall on to of more Old Norse and because I'm gonna have a few extra class spaces in my last three semesters I'll finally be able to take French and German! And I'm gonna go to Sweden the summer after next to finish up my third year language requirement through a 6-week program in Stockholm! (since the university ironically only offers 2 years of swedish though you're required to take 3 to graduate.) I'm pretty pumped. My course load for the Fall is all vikings all the time. Viking revival in the 19th century, scandinavian mythology (ohohoho i'm gonna write more academic papers about loki hahahahaha), german junior writing seminar, swedish 110, and advanced old norse!
Also i'm finally getting my license i just have to pass the road test in three weeks haahahahahakillmenow.
Also if y'all haven't played a game called OFF you should go check it out right away because whoa man I don't think I've ever been so deeply affected by a video game in my entire life, and a simple 16-bit one at that! For those that don't know 'OFF' is a FREE to download rpg game that takes about 6-10 hours to play through depending on how thorough you are that was created a few years ago by a Belgian dude who goes by the alias 'Mortis Ghost.' It's quirky and strange and can be a bit disturbing and upsetting, though it's not what one would call a horror game, rather more a mystery! There are puzzles, and ghosts, and you play as a stoic, baseball bat-wielding man only ever called 'The Batter,' though one of things that makes OFF particularly special is that you do not become the Batter in order to interact with the game's world. You yourself are a character that other characters will talk to. The Batter is your puppet, and you, the puppeteer. But the Batter has an agenda of his own that you are not always privy to. The game is quite an experience, and the fandom around it is HUGE. I have literally never been in a fandom that had so much quality artwork packed so closely together. I've been drowning in it (and not minding one bit).
But enough advertising, how have you all been faring?