Episode #25: Pandemic Legacy and the Books of Zoe Archer

This week, LC gets her geek on over two of her favorite things: board gaming and romance novels. It’s all about Pandemic: Legacy and the works of Zoe Archer, including:

  • Board games with plot: What makes Pandemic: Legacy different than vanilla Pandemic
  • How a board game can evolve with its players
  • Adventure romance, competency porn, and why Archer’s heroines are so appealing
  • Where to start with Archer’s backlog.

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So here’s the scoop…

Many of you have asked after my health over the past several weeks, for which I can’t begin to express my gratitude. I’ve had a hard few months, and your messages of love and support have really picked me up on some dark days. Which is why I finally feel it’s safe to share with you the reason I’ve been feeling so crummy.

I’m pregnant again.

I had an incredibly difficult first pregnancy, which as you know I’ve talked about on the show here and there. Essentially, I was diagnosed with “hyperemesis gravidarum”, which is basically just fancy Latin for “a pregnant woman who throws up too much”.  The moment I hit six weeks, I threw up pretty much non-stop, as much as 30 times a day, and my midwife put me a cocktail of anti-nauseal meds that caused their own bevy of delightful side effects, including constant gastrointestinal distress and daily panic attacks. I ended up having to take the meds all pregnancy. The nausea never went away completely. Labor (all sixty hours of it) was a relief by comparison.

They say that your second go-around is supposed to be easier than your first.

They lie.

I didn’t think anything could be worse than that last pregnancy, but, ever the opportunist, my body has invented its own fresh hell. I found out I was pregnant the weekend of my best friend’s funeral. Ever since then, I’ve been in and out of the hospital for dehydration and, due to motion sickness, basically unable to get off the couch or even on the computer for the past six weeks or so. Basically all the symptoms I had last time, just ten times more intense. Of course my continuing grief over my friend’s loss hasn’t made dealing with this any easier.

As acute as this hyperemesis has been, however, there is one silver lining: It hasn’t been as long lasting. (Or, at least, so I keep hoping.) Already the nausea has started to ease a little, and I can eat more foods, things with calories and nutrition in them! There was also a great worry about miscarriage for this pregnancy as well (the Reader’s Digest version is that I’m prone to miscarriage, and I only found out that I was pregnant because it looked like I was miscarrying again), but since I’ve passed the 12 week mark with no further issues, I can breathe a little easier about that too.

Still, I’ve missed out on a lot of things in the past several weeks, from dance performances to the wedding of two dear friends to my son’s first steps — and, of course, in doing this podcast. (It’s hard to sit down at a computer when the mere sight of a screen makes you nauseated!) It’s demoralizing and depressing to feel so isolated when you already feel crappy, and that you’re letting everyone down by not being able to participate.

I hate to ask for your continued patience, but things may remain a little dicey for the next few weeks as I ease into the second trimester. But before you or I know it, I’ll be back on my feet — or, at least, propping my feet up so I can complain about the swelling. 🙂

Thanks again, as always, for being such wonderful listeners and for being so understanding. You make this show worth doing, and you’re what keep me coming back. I don’t have the words for how much I appreciate each and every one of you.

Episode #24 – Uprooted & Trespasser

We’re back, baby! This week, LC digs into two of the things that have kept her sane over the past few weeks: Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Trespasser, the final DLC for Dragon Age:Inquisition, including:

  • Uprooted and the the dark, bloody history of fairytales
  • Why friendship as a fairytale motivator is so unusual
  • Trespasser as humanism porn
  • How Trespasser gives Inquisition a much-needed change of perspective

Plus: Your emails!

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Episode #23: Hatoful Boyfriend

This week, LC solos a short, mostly spoiler-free show about Hatoful Boyfriend, the post-apocalyptic pigeon dating sim (yes, you read that right) that’s eaten her brain. Highlights include:

  • A quick update about LC’s health and posting schedule
  • How did a dating sim about birds get to be so good?
  • How does one romance a bird, anyway?
  • Allegra Clark’s Hatoful Boyfriend streams

Thanks for listening! See you next week.

New episode delayed a week

Sorry to have to do this again so soon, but this week’s episode will be delayed. On top of my friend’s passing, I’ve been dealing with a very stressful health situation this past week and I just haven’t had any time or mental bandwidth for podcasting. I’ll be back in the saddle next week, one way or the other. Promise.

Thanks for your patience, and as always, thanks for listening.

An announcement

I hate to do this, but The Heroine’s Journey will be going biweekly for the remainder of August, possibly even into September.

Grief is a funny and terrible thing. Some days you throw yourself into whatever project you can find. Other days you can barely find the motivation to brush your teeth. You can’t really predict how it will touch you day to day. But you can plan for it, at least.

I love The Heroine’s Journey, but putting together the podcast on a weekly basis is just too much work to expect myself to accomplish right now.  So I’m dropping the whole “weekly basis” thing.

It was either this or go on hiatus, and I enjoy doing the podcast too much to just stop. Plus, I don’t want to let all you wonderful listeners down. So don’t worry. The podcast will still be updated — just once every two weeks instead. And as soon as I’m back on my feet, I’ll raise the frequency back up again.

Thanks for understanding, and, as always, thanks for listening.

Episode #22: The Terminator Films

This week, LC geeks out with Sylvia Monreal, creator of @comosedicenerd, over The Terminator films. It’s an extra-huge episode to contain our extra-huge feels, including:

  • The Terminator as humanity’s case for existence
  • The man in the machine, the machine in the man: Where does Kyle Reese – or Sarah Connor – end and the Terminator begin?
  • Dissecting the hell out of that love scene
  • Why The Terminator and T2 have to be watched together
  • Why the rest of the franchise never quite achieves what the first two movies did (SPOILERS for Terminator: Genisys starting at 55:35)

Plus: Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper; whitewashing heroines in YA fiction; Sunset; and Tales of Xillia!

Main topic starts at: 21:56
No emails this week

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No Heroine’s Journey this week

Due to the death of a close family friend, there will be no Heroine’s Journey this week. Next week we’ll return with an all-new episode about The Terminator series, featuring Sylvia Monreal of @comosedicenerd. Thanks for listening, as always.

Episode #21: The Triplets of Belleville

This week, Feminist Deck creator Kiva Bay returns to the show to talk about The Triplets of Belleville, the 2003 dark and weird animated French movie about road racing, grandmothers, and 1920’s movie stars, including:

  • How a movie without words can communicate so much about family, aging, and horses
  • Why do grandmothers and aging starlets threaten the French mob?
  • Exploitation and the inexorability of change as running themes
  • Why a bunch of monkeys made LC so uncomfortable

Plus: The Cat Lady and other adventure horror games; Grave Phantoms, revisited (WARNING: spoilers for Jim Butcher’s Changes at 15:30); Jeff Whitty’s Head Over Heels; Kiva’s comic for The Mary Sue on Public Secrets; an update on The Feminist Deck; Kim Swift; Steven Universe; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 25:46
Emails start at: 47:03

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Episode #20: Jurassic Park

In honor of our 20th episode, LC welcomes our first guest, Jay, back to the show to talk about Jurassic Park films, including:

  • Ellie Satler: Fending off velociraptors and gross male academics since 1993
  • How Lex Murphy got a generation of girls interested in STEM
  • Our lasting impressions of The Lost World: Crushes, gymnastics and LC’s embarrassing childhood confession
  • Jay reviews Jurassic World, and gives LC a heart attack about Chris Pratt

Plus: Jenn Bennett’s Grave Phantoms; Bitten; Friends; a shocking Dragon Age AU; Portal redux; Star Wars; Knights of the Old Republic; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 16:07
Emails start at: 46:11

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Episode #19: Live from Rabbitcon Summer 2015

This week, we record live (sort of) from Rabbitcon!  LC pulls in some of the women in attendance to talk about what they’re reading, watching and playing now. Join Jen, Kate, Kittylexy, Ariel, Sam, JennSka and Lola as they talk about:

Pretty Little Liars; Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Odelia Gray mysteries; Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; Ann George’s Southern Sisters mysteries; Final Fantasy VI, IV and VII; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game; Jaipur; Kobolds Ate My Baby!; Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game; Resistance; Mysterium; Dixit; TimeWatch; and the World Wide Wrestling RPG!

Jen’s segment starts at: 0:00
Kate’s segment starts at: 10:10
Kittylexy’s segment starts at: 17:29
Ariel’s segment starts at: 31:06
Sam’s segment starts at: 37:47
JennSka’s segment starts at: 44:58
Lola’s segment starts at: 53:23

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