Can’t Talk, All Tied Up After A 3 Week Hiatus
I am really, really bad at doing things promptly, as the patient and long-suffering contributors to this week’s edition of “All Tied Up” would probably tell you; they wrote these entries three weeks ago and I am just now publishing them. I am so sorry for the delay and super grateful for everyone’s patience.
Yes, it’s another SWTOR related “All Tied Up” for Nat. IT’S NEW CONTENT, DON’T JUDGE ME. The game got a new flashpoint, and with that, hints of the story yet to come with the 5.4 patch: “Crisis on Umbara.” Without getting into the story (because spoilers), I will say that the new flashpoint is pretty fun, and the boss fights have some neat—although occasionally annoying—mechanics.
There are significantly fewer cutscenes in this flashpoint compared to earlier ones. It’s nice, because there’s nothing more annoying to me than impatient tools yelling “SPACEBAR” in chat. (I’m fine if people ask about skipping cutscenes politely, especially in the beginning of the run). I was a little disappointed to see that—outside of the initial solo playthrough—you don’t get to experience the full story. It makes sense from the perspective of not wanting to spoil it for other people, since the flashpoint is available to everyone, including people who haven’t done the quest, but sometimes I like to replay through scenes to stare at Lana’s beautiful face–I mean take in the story. Yes.
Overall, “Crisis on Umbara” is a good time and I recommend checking it out!
Fall semester is in full swing, and that means I don’t have a lot of free time anymore. (Hi, hello, taking five classes.) I am mostly reading books for classes (including a ton of young adult literature in various genres), so I’m not doing a whole lot of for-fun reading right now. I have found a few new podcasts to listen to during my commute, though, which has proven helpful for clearning my brain from the theory of storytelling.
First up, a brand new show called Love to Sew. Helen Wilkinson of Helen’s Closet and Caroline Somos of Blackbird Fabrics talk about making a handmade wardrobe, the sewing community, and owning a sewing-related small business. They also talk to others about their makes and their experiences; my favorite episode so far is this one with Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette and the Curvy Sewing Collective. Helen and Caroline are charming and funny and so excited about sewing. The first four episodes are a delight!
Next, I’ve just started listening to The First Five, a podcast from the Newseum Institute about the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (They are freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly, and of petitioning the government for “a redress of grievances.”) They take a look at relevant, timely issues dealing with the First Amendment and break them down. It’s super interesting, and I’m slowly making my way through their back episodes.
Finally, I’ve been listening to Annotated, a podcast from Book Riot. It delves into books and reading; the first few episodes have been on “1984,” how indie bookstores have rebranded themselves and avoided near-certain extinction, and Belle da Coasta Greene. It’s a super interesting deep-ish dive into bookish topics.