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Specious is a Game Critic, Tech Journalist & Accessibility Advocate | Bylines @Phandroid, @MobileNations@GoodWritingVG |@FreeFoodBankAp1 | Poly | Bi | He/She/They.

They have an eclectic career; being involved from everything from all forms of editing, writing and proofreading to developing software, processes and games.

What People Say

You helped me become way more aware of accessibility in games and writing, and I always enjoyed working with you. Our time together at GGW made me a better writer. I also really loved the Spec Special show for your humor and insight. The way you care about people is so admirable.

Another forgotten act, the power of kind words. It takes a moment but can last a lifetime to someone. It could save a person’s life, that’s immeasurable good in the world. This made a difference in a week where I felt alone in every aspect of my life, thank you @ThisIsSpecious!

Thomas Frantz (@ADHIForgotOhYaD)

If being kind and thoughtful were an Olympic sport, you’d be Usain Bolt. You’ve been through so much and instead of becoming withdrawn and cynical, it seems to have made you more empathetic. I only hope I can return to you some of the love and support you pour into others.

Mim McDonald (@crinolinerobot)

The credit really goes to @thisisspecious who brought this up with me and helped me come up with a system. It’s still being tinkered with but I’m quite happy with the state it’s in!

Olly Smith (@ollywrites)

you’re generous about sharing your knowledge and great at articulating difficult concepts related to accessibility. we’ve had some conversations that helped me frame things in a whole new way, and I’m very thankful for that. both for my own life and for “the cause.” thank you!

Jim Dodge (@dodgethistweet)

your strength and resilience are fucking inspiring and you look damn fine in a suit

Link (@CHICKENDINOSAUR)


Let’s build something together.


Publications

A Study on Video Gaming & Language Learning – Lambert Academic Press

Android Central

iMore

iMore

iMore

iMore

Windows Central

Issue #1 – Panel X Panel

Issue #6 – Analog

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Tarot Readings Available!

Tarot Readings – starting from $1/£1/€1

As a practicing witch, one of the things I’m hoping to do to live the life of my dreams and give back to others is by doing some Tarot Readings. I feel like my prices are quite competitive for the market right now, and since I’m only doing short sessions with specific readings I feel like everything is fairly priced.

I have some great recommendations from people who have already availed of my services, and I’ll be sure to drop them down below for you to see for yourselves.

Just add your Twitter handle or email address in the notes on Paypal. Feel free to be as specific or not about your requests.

What you’ll get:

  • Same Day Reading
  • Video going through your cards
  • Written document about your cards as well as an overall overview

$1/£1/€1 Single Card of the Day
$5/£5/€5 Past Present and Future Reading
$10/£10/€10 Specific Question Reading
$20/£20/€20 New Year / Up Coming Year Spread

No Refunds ❤

For all other currencies please use paypal.me/specious

Single Card of the Day €1

1.00 €

Past, Present & Future Reading €5

5.00 €

Specific Question Reading €10

10.00 €

New Year / Up Coming Year Spread €20

20.00 €

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Physical Copies of the Pain Journal – Available

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Pain Journal – Tick Box Version (Physical Copy)

Tick box version of the pain journal. Notebook style, undated with 50 sheets.

8.00 €

Pain Journal – Long Form (Physical Copy)

Long form version of the Pain Journal. Notebook Style, undated with 50 sheets.

8.00 €

POETRY [UNTITLED SERIES] – 24

Nightmares End

In the end

There was only one truth

a nightmare can only end when you wake up

With a single blade I’ll cave my exit

in time I’ll trust the half to someone who wants to fight with me

I am whole enough to fight alone

And my heart is open enough to believe I won’t have to.

For you, always

This bond between us
Can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always

When destiny calls you
You must be strong (you gotta be strong)
I may not be with you
But you’ve got to hold on
They’ll see in time
I know

We’ll show them together

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Believe me you’ll be in my heart
I’ll be there from this day on
Now and forever more

Ooh, you’ll be in my heart (you’ll be here in my heart)
No matter what they say (I’ll be with you)
You’ll be here in my heart (I’ll be there), always
Always
I’ll be with you


And I’ll be there for you always

Always and always

Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder

I’ll be there always


You’ll get out.

I’ve never had more faith in that than now.

I know you don’t recognize your reflection.

I know you’d have hated who you’ve become

and I know you hate who you were

so there’s no use in being anywhere other than present.

I know it’s torture.

I know that you make it through.

I know that you don’t believe it.

I know that you don’t have to.

I will.

We will.



Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days — 100 Word Gaming Reviews

While originally launched for the Nintendo DS, 358/2 days are now available as an interactive movie on Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Xbox. Which is a vast improvement to the DS experience. The story centers on Axl, Roxas and Xion, three friends from the mysterious Organisation 13. But what are they going to do when […]

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days — 100 Word Gaming Reviews

POETRY [UNTITLED SERIES] – 23

There is a curse that will be broken

Slash & Burn Tactics

Purge me and cure me in the fire

I screamed for mercy

I begged for release

I begged to die

Incredulous

That being burned alive, my intestines shreaking, my skin sizzling

The smell of burnt hair, urine and death

Burned at the stake

Like my ancesters before me

Would lead me to anything more than an ash pile

Reveals me in my truest form

I

Did

Not

Die

Metamorphosis

Into a being of fire, water, air and earth

There is a curse that will be broken

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk is a visual novel about listening to the troubles of people and helping them by serving a warm drink. It’s a game that portrays life as the complex experience it is. Coffee Talk is engaging and soothing, and a reminder that not all problems need your input for a solution to manifest itself. […]

Coffee Talk

POETRY [UNTITLED SERIES] – 22

Keep Forgiving

“I don’t think I’m there yet.”

Is all I could think of as the crown of daisies circle my arm

A reminder to keep forgiving

Is it ironic that my favourite flower is a weed?

I guess it depends on what you want to do with your lawn

My yard is now filling with wildflowers

Healing from the years of distruction

As they bloom so do I

Signalling what I knew all along;

There is nothing left but forgiveness.

#SelfCare

#SelfCare is one of the most chill gaming experiences you’ll ever have. It’s one of those games that you turn to in order to turn your mind off. #SelfCare has you in bed all day, & you are just focusing on yourself. It brings comfort & meditative experiences. It may open your eyes to other […]

#SelfCare

Final Fantasy XV

If you ever wanted to go on a coming of age adventure where you are going around with your friends just exploring the world, Final Fantasy XV the game for you. FFXV has a very special place in my heart. It is a game I regularly go back to just to be with those boys […]

Final Fantasy XV