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OWLS May “Happiness” Blog Tour: Finding Happiness in the Little Things

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s May and with it comes another OWLS Blog Tour! Last month during our Masculinity Blog Tour we looked at the meaning of the term while also celebrating the amazing accomplishments of women. This month we’re looking at the other end of the spectrum with our May Happiness Blog Tour! If you haven’t already be sure to check out Karandi’s and Jack’s posts from earlier this monthon their blogs!

Happiness is subjective. We all have different definitions of what happiness means to us and we also feel happiness in varying degrees. This month we will be exploring several questions describing our happiness in our fandoms, communities, and hobbies. Why do we find enjoyment watching anime or reading manga? Why did we decide to join the anime or pop culture communities?  Why do we blog about our hobbies or cosplay as our favorite characters? This topic is all about the passions we have for our interests and why they are important to us.

May 2019 Happiness Blog Tour Prompt

I was unsure of how I was going to tackle this month’s blog tour topic, like the prompt states, ‘happiness’ is a subjective concept that takes on different meanings for each person. For some, happiness is being surrounded by friends and family, while for others happiness is the solitude of a quiet nook with warm blankets and a good book. But, what does happiness mean to me? If you ask me one day it’s successfully completing a crochet project or getting a new blazer. Other days, happiness is being able to pay my rent on time or just having a seat on a train.

So, rather than doing my usual OWLS post, I wanted to talk about three moments of happiness I’ve experienced this year.

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Blog Update: It’s Time for a Change!

Many of you already know this story, but if you’re new here I figured this was as good a time as any to tell it again. I started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero back when I was in my last year of grad school. I was working on a Capstone Research project about unintended injury rates among middle school aged adolescents in four South American countries, and I was getting burned out on all the literature reviews and methodology drafting and all the other riveting aspects of academic writing. So, on a whim I opened up WordPress with the intention of starting a blog, mind you, I’d tried starting a blog before (over on Blogger), but I never could manage to keep up with it. So, I figured this would be about the same. I’d write for a week or two and then my blog would fall to the wayside forgotten and abandoned in some dark corner of the internet. I wasn’t thinking long term, I just needed something to take my mind off the stuffy research paper I was working on, and I figured writing about anything other than broken bones and accidental falls was a welcome change.

So, on August 11, 2015 I wrote my very first post, all 92 words of it… my statement to the big wide internet. An introduction, short sweet and to the point, but it was mine. I’m not gonna lie, those first couple of posts were rough. I’ve read through them a few times and there are so many things I want to go back and change, but, I won’t, those posts as cringeworthy as they seem are a memorial of sorts to the me of the past. It’s kind of nice to look back on those older posts and remember just how much fun I had writing them. I didn’t have a lot of followers and my view counts rarely ever hit double digits, but, I still took pride in what I wrote. I still do.

It’s been four years since I started this blog and it’s still mind boggling to me how far Nice Job Breaking It, Hero has come since then. I’ve grown as a writer, as reviewer, and as a person and this site has grown along with me. Through all the ups and downs, the hiatuses, big life events, this has been one of the biggest mainstays. Despite taking a lot of time off from it in these later years, I truly love blogging. I love sharing my thoughts on things that I love and engaging with everyone in the WordPress community. I’ve made some great friends and fellow allies over the years and I wouldn’t trade any of it for all the world. But, I will admit that Nice Job Breaking It, Hero has outgrown the basic free domain and it’s name.

Yes, after giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to make some changes. The first being upgrading the site from the Basic WordPress plan to one of the Paid plans. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers take the plunge and I figure it’s been a long time coming, so I might as well jump on the bandwagon. But, with it comes the second and by far the most important change (at least in my opinion)… I’m changing the name of the blog from Nice Job Breaking It, Hero to Blerdy Otome, the domain will also be changing as well, but, I’ll update that when I take the plunge the new address is blerdyotome.com! This isn’t something I’m doing on a whim, I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time. When I was first considering a name for my blog I was really into TV Tropes, so of course I pilfered one of my favorite tropes for the title of my blog, because I suck at titles. But, more than that, the trope ‘Nice Job Breaking It, Hero’ kind of fit where I was in my life at the time.

The hero has accomplished their goal; they’ve killed the Big Bad, or defeated them forever, or at least scored a major blow against the antagonist. They’ve done what they set out to do…

…but not so fast! It turns out that by the very act of success, they’ve unwittingly made things worse.

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I was still kind of getting my bearings with this whole adulting thing and more times than not I wound up making more mistakes than I’d care to admit. And, it still kind of fits, since I’m still just kind of making things up as I go along, sometimes I make it and sometimes I break it, so that even with the name changing, this blog will still kind of embody the spirit of the old Nice Job Breaking It, Hero name.

So, the new name… Blerdy Otome

I think the new name perfectly defines who I am, I’m a Black nerd and I’m a woman… pretty simple. My focus will still be on otome games and visual novels, like it has been in the past, but, I want to expand my horizons a bit to encompass a wider range of Japanese culture topics and nerdy exploits. So expect more diverse topics in the near future.

thank you

Thank you for sticking it out with me this long. I know I have been a little hectic and erratic lately, but your kind words and comments and things have really meant a lot to me. This blog would not be what it is without you guys and I can’t thank you enough. I’m always trying to improve myself and this sight so if you have any suggestions or want to talk or anything, feel free to reach out to me, I’m def down for it. I’m also going to make a conscious effort to be more active on my social media channels and in commenting on others blogs and things, so expect to see a lot of comments from me coming at you real soon. Like A LOT. Thanks for being super special awesome and I’m excited to share this new phase of my journey with you all. Thank you!!

*I’ll be making the change tomorrow, May 4th, 2019 (EST)!!*

[OWLS Blog Tour] We All Live in a Pokemon World: An Ode to Pokemon III

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, its been awhile since I participated in one of these OWLS Blog Tours. But, when I read the prompt for this month’s tour, I just knew I had to participate.

Here at OWLS, we are pretty thankful that we are able to come together as a community and share a love and appreciation for anime and manga. This month we will be showcasing our appreciation by giving a shout out post to our favorite manga artists, creators, production companies, and writers who produced some of our favorite works. We will be discussing our favorite works by these creators and our reasons as to why we appreciate them.

November 2018 Blog Tour Prompt

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, each and every member of the OWLS team has been sharing things they are thankful for; from content creators to specific series to personal stories, each member has taken this month’s topic and made it their own. Just before me, Flow wrote about two visual novels that left a huge impact on their life, so check that out if you haven’t already! Next on the 28th is Scott, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for that soon!

For my post, I’m going to write about a topic I have written about at length several times before, but is no less important to me… Pokemon!

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I have been in love with the world of Pokemon since I was eleven years old when I received my first ever Pokemon game, Pokemon Crystal Versionmaybe even before that, since I have fond memories of watching the Pokemon anime on Kids WB when I was a kid… I never missed an episode, I was enamored with Ash’s Pokemon journey and the adventures he had each week with Misty, Brock, and his best friend Pikachu. I remember wishing I too could embark on my own Pokemon Journey one day, a dream I fear I have never quite given up hope of making a reality.

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Crocheting While Otaku: My First Craft Fair Experience Pt. 1 – Selling in Person

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s been awhile since I wrote one of these and honestly, it’s because I’ve been trying to keep up with this season’s anime… I know shocker! But, things have finally settled down enough for me to bang out another Crocheting While Otaku post!! This time around, I’m writing about my very first craft fair!!

So, two weeks ago I participated in a small local craft fair called, Art on the Plaza, ironically enough at one of my old temp jobs. There was no table fee, which I’ve found can range anywhere from $50 – $500, depending on the size of the fair, so I figured I had nothing to lose. There were only a handful of sellers, 18 in total and I managed to rope a friend into helping me sell stuff (three days of straight crocheting between the two of us) and we managed to produce a sizeable amount of stuff for the table; she provided some baby blankets and I had a bunch of dolls and plushies I needed to unload, but, it was enough to fill the table…


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Unofficial Hiatus Over!!- Seriously This Time…

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs!! I know it has been awhile since I put out content here on Nice Job Breaking It Hero and for that I want to apologize. Life has been really hectic on my end between job hunting, writing for MANGA.TOKYO, running my Etsy shop, and just plain old apathy towards gaming in general, I just have not had the time to prioritize my blog.

I meant to come back to this blog much sooner than this, but, one thing led to another and now it’s August! 2018 is winding down and I just haven’t been as active as I once was and it doesn’t help that I just kind of dropped off the face of the planet either (not that I was all that great at keeping up with comments in the first place).

But, I needed the time away to reflect, because if I’m being honest, at the rate I was going before, I was getting pretty burned out on gaming and blogging. My heart just wasn’t in it anymore and it stopped being fun, something I never wanted to happen! So, after taking some time to myself I’ve decided to give blogging another go, this time though, I’m going at my own pace.

I started this blog because I wanted to talk about my interests with other people that liked the same things I did, and somewhere along the way it became a chore… So, while my “hiatus” is over, I’m not going to drive myself nuts trying to get reviews out every single day of the week (that is unless I absolutely feel like it). Also, I have a lot of game requests that I have to get through, so bear with me while I bang those out, because they take priority, since the devs took the time out to share their games with me. I’ll also be going back and responding to comments, so don’t be surprised if you see a reply for a comment you left months ago. I saw it when you wrote it, I just couldn’t get to it back then.

Expect new posts to start rolling out next week, I’m going to Otakon this weekend and I’m participating in a crafts fair this week, so my weekend is gonna be kind of busy.

But, before I disappear back into the abyss, I wanna thank you guys for bearing with me these past few months, while I got my stuff together… Your support and kind words really meant a lot to me, especially those of you I talk with on a regular basis.

Why Are All the Black People Slaves?!: A Short Rant about Taarradhin

I was originally going to post this as part of my Melanin Monday segment, but, WordPress decided that my original post was a bit too radical and saw fit to DELETE EVERYTHING I WROTE! But, thankfully despite that I was able to salvage most of it with the help of WP’s nifty ‘History’ feature, so, it wasn’t a total loss…

I want to first clarify that this is not a review, but a critique of Cyanide Tea’s decision to create a game that featured characters of color, specifically Black and brown skinned characters, as slaves in a game that allows the player to romance said slaves. Let me say that again, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF Taarradhin! I will write a proper review some time in the near future, but this post, is most certainly not a review, so if you are expecting a review, come back later. For everyone else, the opinions reflected in this post are my own, so, if you are uncomfortable with discussions of race or slavery, you might want to check out one of my other game reviews or discussion pieces

Before I start this rant, I want to give you guys a bit of background about Taarradhin.

Taarradhin is a Pay-What-You-Want original English language visual novel (OELVN) from Cyanide Tea (Lorelei and Auro-Cyanide). The game was created for NaNoReNo 2014 and features two potential love interests (GxG and GxB) with five endings. It’s a rather short game taking between 30 mins to an hour to complete.

Synopsis

A seven-year drought plagues the entire region surrounding the country of Nishtif, leading people to wonder if their goddess Scheknt has abandoned them. In contrast, young noblewoman Neqtia has lived a comfortable life insulated from hardship and suffering. One of the poorer surrounding countries, Djedi, sends their usual tribute of natural resources and livestock to Nishtif in exchange for the larger country’s aid and protection. Rumors that two attractive slaves are among the cargo intrigue Neqtia. What lies in store for her after the slaves are brought to live at her family estate…?

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Melanin Monday: Why We Need Quality Representation- A Short Rant

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s Black History Month once again and with it comes the revival of Melanin Monday, the post series where I talk about the representation of Black and brown characters in pop culture. While I mainly focus on the nerdier side of the pop culture spectrum, from time to time I will cover more personal posts about my experiences as a Black nerd.

This started as part of Black History Month 2017, but you guys liked it so much that I decided to keep it going, albeit rather sporadically. However, for the month of February I will try to post one of these every Monday.

This week I didn’t really have anything planned since this post coincides with my OWLS Blog Tour post, and I am notorious for waiting until the last minute to do anything… So rather than focus on a particular form of media, I’m just going to talk about the importance of representation in general… as a rant.

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Blerdy Girl Crafts Special Valentine’s Day “Bae & Me” Doll Promotion

*This isn’t a post in the traditional sense, more of a plug/advert for my Etsy side hustle!*

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate with a pair of custom dolls of you and your favorite character! For a limited time only, from February 1st – February 14thI will be taking orders for custom couple doll sets! *Below Pics are just for reference, you can pick whatever character you want*

Each doll set will consist of two dolls, one made in your image and one character of your choosing (please keep it restricted to humanoid characters). Both dolls will be dressed in matching couples outfits specific to the character chosen (ie. if you pick a Haikyuu character, both will be dressed in team specific jerseys). However, if you’d like to have your “Me” doll dressed in something else, I will try to accommodate. So, when placing your order, PLEASE include as many details as possible (images are appreciated)!


Doll Details

When placing an order, consider the following details:

“Me” Doll

*If you can include a picture, it would really help me out a lot*

  • Body Yarn Color
    • Five skin tones: Chocolate, Toast, Tan, Beige, and Cream

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  • Hair Yarn Color
    • I will leave this up to you, I have a wide range of colors, so go ham, but limit it to just two colors for my sanity.
  • Hair style (ponytail, loose, long, short, bob, mohawk, twists, braids, etc BE SPECIFIC)
  • Clothing (either Matching Character Outfits or Casual Clothing)
    • Casual Clothing includes: Jeans/T-shirt (long or short sleeved), Dresses (short/long), skirt/top set (Specify colors)
    • Additional Accessories (Will Cost More): Hats, Ties, Bows, Bags, Weapons, and Safety Eyes.

“Bae” Character Doll

*If you can include a picture, it would really help me out a lot*

  • Character Name
  • Medium (anime, manga, TV, film, etc)
  • Outfit preference (Is there a specific outfit you want them in? Jersey? Uniform? Etc.)

These are custom amigurumi dolls, made with acrylic yarn and stuffed with polyfil fiber, roughly 6 inches tall. I specialize in faceless dolls, but if you’d like safety eyes added please let me know.


How To Order

Rather than making a specific listing through the store, these will be special by request custom orders, so message me/DM me with the details of your order and I will set up a Private Custom Order Listing for you over on my Etsy Store, Blerdy Girl Crafts.

Cost & Shipping

I usually charge $35 USD for Character Dolls and $30 USD for Custom Generic Dolls, but for this special I’m charging $45 USD for the Set (plus shipping)! I will take international orders, but remember, I am shipping these from the US, so shipping rates and customs costs will be applied accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns just drop me a line and I’ll get back to you within the day!


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Super Special Awesome 500 Follower Collaboration Extraveganza w/ Two Happy Cats!!

Righteo, hey hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, today I’m bringing you guys a super special awesome collaboration post! A little while ago I hit my 500 follower milestone here on WordPress and I was playing around with ideas for what I could do to celebrate this momentous occasion when I saw that my blogging twin Steph over at Two Happy Cats had also just hit 500 followers over on her blog… that’s when I got an idea… a deliciously wonderful idea, why not do a collab/joint celebration?!

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For those of you that don’t know, Steph and I started blogging around the same time, I think our anniversaries are just a few days apart, so I like to think of her as my blogging twin from halfway across the world. We struck up an instant friendship, bonding over our love of otome games, boy’s love, and of course Junji Ito!! So it must have been fate that we hit the big 500 follower milestone around the same time, and it seemed only fitting that I celebrate with one of my favorite bloggers around! If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you check out her site, she covers a wide range of topics, from otome games to anime to boy’s love to personal pieces, she is just a phenomenal blogger and friend!

For our super special awesome 500 Follower Collaboration, Steph and I decided to write up questions for the other to answer, so we each came up with six questions, I’ll be answering her questions here and she will be answering her questions over on her blog!

Let’s get this party started!!


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Year End Wrap-Up: Taking a Step Back to Pallet Town

Well, it’s the end of the year and time for another reflections post… but, honestly, 2017 was a shit show from start to finish and I’m glad to see the bitch die… I mean, fuck 2017… wait, that’s not right either, *ahem* let’s try this again…

With 2017 winding down, it’s time for me to look back on the year, and reflect on all the things I learned these past 12 months. (Nailed it) I’ve been running Nice Job Breaking It, Hero for a little over two years now and in that time I have seen many changes in my life, both personally and professionally. Of course not all of these changes were positive, I had quite a few setbacks this year, but I still managed to come out relatively unscathed.

Last year, I dubbed 2017 my Mt. Silver Year and at the time I wasn’t aware of what an uphill battle it was going to be. Much like the Mt. Silver from the games, this was my toughest challenge yet, but through pluck and sheer determination, I made it to the summit and honestly, there’s still so much more out there to explore and do! But, in order to reach the next summit, I first have to take a step back and start anew, that was one of the hardest lessons to learn this year. You can’t just keep adding paint to an already full canvas, in order to gain some prospective a fresh approach is needed. And so, I dub 2018 my Pallet Town Year….

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These past few years I spent my time building my foundation, experimenting with various colors and hues, some worked, others, not so much. I’ve learned from those experiences and now I think I’m finally ready to create something new, not for likes or views, but for me. Not saying that that wasn’t what I was doing before, but somewhere along the way, I lost sight of what I wanted and now I mean to reclaim that “spark”. But, before I can start in on that new blank canvas, I have to take a step back and evaluate all the wonderful things that happened this year.

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