Check-In: July 7

What I’m working on: I had a pretty productive week. I got some basic pattern packs up in the shop:

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I’m going to shift focus for a little bit and work on some craft projects I’ve been ignoring for a while. Season 8 of Drag Race and the new season of Difficult People are coming to Hulu next week, so TV time will be knitting time.

What I’m watching: We watched the first episode of Harmonquest tonight. If you like table-top roleplaying, Dan Harmon and improv comedy… you’ll love Harmonquest.

What I’m reading: Since I finished our book club book, I got back to reading Secret Wars. It… was very silly. I mean… it was fine? Compared to the super-good X-Men books that were being published at the same time, it looks really dopey. But in a mostly fun way? Except that’s all ruined by the really dumb thing Colossus does. Secret Wars is the reason for his (editorially mandated, I believe?) breakup with Kitty.

See, Pete starts out his time on Battleworld missing Kitty and even thinking of marrying her one day. Then he meets and is healed by an alien lady named Zsaji. Zsaji does not speak a word of English, Russian or any Earth language and spends most of her time making out with Johnny Storm. It’s hinted that her healing powers make dudes fall in love with her. That has to be the case, because she has NO personality other than being pretty and healing. That’s enough for Peter Rasputin, I guess.

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Anyway. Dr. Doom absorbs most of the Beyonder’s power and kills all the good guys. Zsaji uses her healing powers to bring Colossus back to life and dies in the process. (It’s heavily implied that she did this only due to the Beyonder’s influence.) He almost doesn’t go back to Earth because he’s so despondent over her sacrifice. The other X-Men tell him to stop being an idiot and get in the car, we’re leaving.

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Meanwhile back in the X-Books, where people are written more like actual people than melodramatic caricatures, Pete breaks up with Kitty. And she handles it with AMAZING self-awareness for a 14-year-old. (That’s a poster of Tom Selleck in Kitty and Ilyana’s room. The 80’s were amazing.)

Luckily Kitty’s crazy Uncle Wolverine and Nightcrawler take Colossus out for a drink where they let the Juggernaut beat him up to teach him a lesson. This is exactly how this should have ended.

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GOOD THING YOUR SKIN’S METAL BECAUSE YOU GOT BURNT.

Anyway. Yeah, the Colossus/Kitty thing was super appropriate as long as he was 19 and she was 14. It needed to end, but’s a little ironic that it ended with Colossus acting like an overly dramatic child and Kitty handling it like an adult.

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Check-In: July 2

I’m a couple days late with my check-in, but it’s because I’ve actually been busy — not lazy! Hooray!

What I’m working on: I started digging through a bunch of public domain maps and decided it was fertile ground for playing with textures and color. Instead of doing just one pack, I decided to make a few. This way buyers can be a little more location-specific with their vintage map designs.

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What I’m reading: I finished up Truthwitch. I really enjoyed it. The next book in the series isn’t published until next year. Booooo. I’ve just started the third novel in the Neopolitan series and I’m sure it’ll be just as good as the first two. You know, as long as I can contain my rage at Nino Sarratore.

What I’m playing: I was able to be fairly productive this week despite playing a lot of Crusader Kings II. Thanks to the new expansion, you can now pass realm laws expanding the status of women. So I’m spending my time building a medieval feudal empire where women are allowed to lead and govern equally with men. I’m paving the way for Elizabeth I to be perfectly fine with having the heart and stomach of a queen.