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DNA This & That

April 7, 2020 Comments off

So, got my results back from 23 & Me. I really like that it has a better breakdown over I have more of a handle on my English/Irish ancestry, but less about the others. Here’s a long post about it!

Also, a weird fact – You have 1 Neanderthal variant associated with a reduced tendency to sneeze after eating dark chocolate

European: 92.6%

Northwestern European (70.5%)
Southern European (22.1%)
Western Asian & North African (3.4%)
Northern West Asian (1.4%)
Arab, Egyptian, & Levantine (0.6%)
Broadly Western Asian & North African (1.4%)
Further breakdown:


Northern European (96.2%)

British/Irish (31.7%)

1. Greater London

2. Glasgow City
3. Greater Manchester
4. West Midlands
5. Lancashire (known for their pigs!)
6. Kent
7. Merseyside
8. Staffordshire
9. West Yorkshire
10. City of Bristol
 French/German (25.5%)
1. Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Thuringia
2. Switzerland
3. France
Scandinavian (.09%)
         Broadly Northwestern European (12.4%)
Southern European (22.1%)
Italy (15.4%)
1. Sicily
2. Calabria
3. Campania
4. Abruzzo
5. Molise
Spain/Portugal (1.2%)
Broadly Southern European (5.5%)


Broadly European (3.6%)

Western Asian & North African (3.4%)

Northern West Asian (1.4%)
Anatolian (0.6%)
Broadly Northern West Asian (0.8%)
Arab, Egyptian, & Levantine (0.6%)
Egyptian (0.6%)
Broadly Western Asian & North African (1.4%)


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March 25, 2020 Comments off

So, I’ve been a remote worker on and off for years. My current gig is 100% WFH/Traveling. A lot of folks these days are struggling with the orders to stay at home and WFH if they can. The thing that keeps me going and sticking on schedule is my curated Spotify playlists. I curate them by my mood and whatever projects I’m working on each day. Here’s the list for today. Enjoy!

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Cancer Update

March 24, 2020 Comments off

So, I had a call with my Surgeon. We went over my MRI results and I need to go back in for an MRI/biopsy for my right boob. Yeah. My left is where we did the previous biopsy which came back as Invasive breast carcinoma. We knew that already, and we were to schedule the lumpectomy once the MRI results came back.

The left? Nothing different. For the right? Oh boy.

“There is an area of nonmass enhancement in the 10:00 axis of the right breast posteriorly, measuring 27 x 16 x 13 mm in size. This has some areas of persistent enhancement making it mildly suspicious for DCIS.”

So, they want to check it out. Next week, at 6:30 in the fecking morning, I’m getting a MRI focused biopsy on my left, to see if it is just something weird, or DCIS. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is non-invasive breast cancer. DCIS isn’t life-threatening, but having DCIS can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer later on.

And now. What’s happening. Well, I go in next week for the MRI/Biopsy. And we will see what the results are, before scheduling surgery. Plus, the hospital is trying to get the surgeons to push out surgeries when they can, due to a lack of masks and other supplies. If that happens, she’s gonna put me on some sort of hormone drugs to halt the cancer from spreading, while we wait for an open spot.

More terrified feels and thoughts. Trying not to be overwhelmed by it all. I was tracking better mentally when we were thinking “oh, just a quick lumpectomy and some radiation”.

I cannot concentrate today. While I was writing the post, this song game on. Fitting.

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Medieval Mushroom Pie

March 17, 2020 Comments off

So, it’s definitely been a few years since I posted here. Mostly it has been updates to my convention schedule, which aren’t really that interesting I suppose. Still, it’s a good resource when I try to remember what I did and when. Hah! But it’s been ages since I posted any recipes. With the Coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a lot of folks who are now at home, and looking for things to do. A friend started a “British Bake Off” style Facebook Group, for folks to share recipes, bake things together during the “theme” weeks, and more.

I mentioned for Pie weekend I’d make Mushroom Pie. I have this recipe on another post, but it’s kinda of buried. So! Here’s the Mushroom Pie recipe I spoke about. This recipe came from a Swedish medieval music CD called “Figs, Fiddles and Fine Play”. I picked it up when I was visiting my Star Wars Galaxies Guildmates from Gorath. Bonus content after receipe!


Mushroom Pie

17oz Mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 oz cottage cheese or Ricotta
1 oz Pecorino cheese
1 oz cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil to cook the mushrooms

Pie crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
5 1/2 oz butter
2 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon salt

Mix up the pie dough and press it into an oven proof dish. Put the pie dish in the fridge while you cook the mushrooms. Wash the mushrooms and cut them in half if necessary. Saute mushrooms briefly in olive oil until they shrink a bit. Mix cheeses, oil and spices with the mushrooms. Put the filling in the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes in pre-heated 400F oven. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the pie and serve with a good ale.


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A PDF of the whole recipe book:



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My NorWesCon 2017 Schedule!

March 7, 2017 Comments off

It’s that time again! Next month is NorWesCon, a lovely 4-day Sci-fi/Fantasy/Science/Fandom convention in Seattle. Rather, it’s in Sea-Tac, which is right next to our airport.  Their Guests of Honor are Ian McDonald (Author), Cory and Catska Ench (Artists), Ethan Siegel (Science), Nancy Kress (Toastmaster), and Angry Robot Books (Spotlight Publisher) represented by Marc Gascoigne and Mike Underwood. NWC is celebrating it’s 40th year.

Once again, they’ve invited me back as a Pro Panelist. I’ll be on a number of panels and workshops, plus we’ll have the OrcaCon table in the main hallway. We’ll be holding down the fort in the hotel bar again celebrating “NachosBeerCon”. Come say hello!


The GameMaster’s Manifesto Podcast – Put Your Phone Down! (10:00pm – 11:00pm @ Cascade 11)
Jacob Osterhaus (M), Jeremy Zimmerman, Dylan Templar, Donna Prior

Bring your books and dice and join us for a live recording of “The GameMaster’s Manifesto” podcast! In this episode Jacob and Troy will be interviewing some of our gaming pros on the topic of how to deal with the technological world impinging upon game time. Facebooking at game, virtual tabletops and video games stealing players! Oh my! Can technology be used for good or is it simply incompatible with traditional tabletop?


Geek Identity and Geek Policing (10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 9)
Donna Prior (M), Sar Surmick, Sheye Anne Blaze

What is Geek Identity, Geek Policing and Gate Keeping? Why is it important when we’re staying active and proud of our fandoms to not dip into policing and gatekeeping? How do we bridge the age-gap in SF/F and include younger generations? We, all of us, nerds of all races, genders, orientations, and ages need to stop the gatekeeping and start building bridges.

Choosing the Right Game for My Group (11:00am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 7&8)
Ogre Whiteside (M), Donna Prior, Jeremy Zimmerman, Sar Surmick

You formed a group to play something, and then you finished it. Now what? One player doesn’t like Themed games, one player won’t Play co-operatives, and that player only likes things where they can hit something with their axe. How do you find the right game for your specific group of people? Come hear our panelists talk about different types of games and players and strategies to bring them together.

Internet and Real Life Trolls (12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 7&8)
Mickey Schulz (M), Donna Prior, Brenna Clarke Gray, J. F. High

From Doxxing to Cyber-bullying, to the people who just don’t think that being “PC” is important or has a place in SF/F. How does this affect the real people who are being subjected to mistreatment? What can we do take a stand against it? Should we and how should we?

Diversity in Media: Why is it important? (5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Evergreen 3&4)
Crystal Connor (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Sheye Anne Blaze, Donna Prior

From heartbreaking videos of “The Doll Test” and both young children and adults who feel they can’t be accepted as they are – why is it important that our books, media, games, and cultures are diverse? Why isn’t the status quo good enough? The goal is to empower people of all stripes and diverse experiences, and to show characters and role models that help us all to feel like we can be a part of both that world and fandom.

Pop Culture and the Facebook Phenomenon (8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 9)
Brenna Clarke Gray (M), Donna Prior

Has Social Media changed how we look at Pop Culture? With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumbler and Reddit…information, and the opinions of the screaming hordes, is at our fingertips quicker than it has been in the past. Is this a good or a bad thing?


Video Games (10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 10)
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Donna Prior, Arinn Dembo, Veronica Hamilton

There are so many good games out there to play on different platforms. Is World of Warcraft still the top dog? Do I need a computer or can I just play on my phone? Lets look at the different games out there, which are the best for different kinds of players, and what is needed to play them.

Hosting a Game Event (1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Cascade 7&8)
Donna Prior (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Barry Wilson, David Shoemaker

Want to run a game day, House con, or console party? Need some tips and ideas about how to make this a fun venture instead of a giant headache? Come and discuss the ins and outs of community game organizing.


Genre TV is Everywhere! (11:00am – 12:00pm  @Cascade 10)
David Fooden (M), Ogre Whiteside, Erik Scott de Bie, Donna Prior

With so many shows on TV and streaming networks, what should you be watching? Let’s discuss what’s currently on your TV, computer or portable device.

Crowd-Funding: The End of Capitalism? (12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 3&4)
Vandy H. Hall (M), David Fooden, Donna Prior

Whether it is games or movies or art or space vehicles or whatever, our community has embraced crowd-funding and achieved things a bank would have never financed. Is this the way of the future? What are the advantages? What are the pitfalls? Join the crowd as they talk about the giving and receiving of funding.

It’s time! Extra Life 2016

November 3, 2016 Comments off

This is the 3rd time I am participating in Extra Life, the 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Hospitals around the country. Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals

As I’m in the Seattle area, I’m supporting the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Last year was super fun, but I had a whole team of folks taking turns for Team En Masse. We did really well, with so many of the TERA Online players showing up to be supportive. We played a little bit of TERA and a whole bunch of indie games. It was a hoot! This year, I’m on my own, but I might cheat and host other team member’s streams when I can. Heck, maybe I can get Barry to play a game in my place when I’ve petered out.

Donate here:

I’ve been setting up my Twitch page, so I’ve got the proper bots and whatnot. I’m pretty new to streaming on my own versus having all the fancy equipment in game studios, so it might just look like ass. And I’m okay with that, as I’m doing this for charity. Folks can make fun of my noob set up all they want.

SO! The good part! I’ll be streaming starting on Saturday, at Noon and streaming until Noon on Sunday. Find my stream here: You don’t need a Twitch account to watch, but you will if you want to take part in the chatter!

So, Donna, what games are you playing? That’s a GREAT question! Here’s a partial list of games I hope to play, mostly all from my Steam Library. Check out my profile and ask for a game on my list! I might just play that, too!

Tentative Game List:

Plus, I plan on playing a few MMOs while I am at it. Join me in-game:

Whew, that’s a LOT of games, but hey, I’ve got 24 hours to fill and some of these are short games.

So! Please join me on Twitch to see me play video games badly. And if you can, please consider donating to my Extra Life fundraising page.

Thank you for supporting me and supporting Children’s Hospital!





My BigBadCon Schedule!

September 11, 2016 Comments off


I know, I am such a multitasker. I am watching the amazing Seattle Seahawks play handegg, while drinking craft beer and blogging about tabletop games. Okay, so maybe that just makes me a Seattleite.

I just posed my GaymerX 4 schedule, with some random bloggy bits. You can read that here. I’m pausing here and there, every time a Seahawks player does something awesome. This might take a while. CAWWW-CAAAAWWWW.


This will be the first time I’ve been to BigBadCon. It’s an RPG convention, mostly, but has some amazing panels and some board/card games, too. I first heard about BigBadCon from Ryan Macklin  I saw him tweeting about it or something a while back (I have memory lost issues, for reals) and always wanted to go. A couple years later, I’m now attending as a Special Guest. I’ve really enjoyed following BBC and Sean Nitter, the host of BigBadCon. We’re Twitter pals, and I was so stoked to meet him at Gen Con this year. When he first asked if I would Special Guest, I was blown away. HELLO IMPOSTOR SYNDROME. When you think of making games, most people think about the writers and designers. A whole ton of people are involved, from layout designers, marketers, and many others who work behind the scenes in publishing. It warms my old lady heart to see so many conventions and organizers reaching out an including all people involved in game publishing.

As a convention organizer myself, I really love what Sean & company are doing and I hope that between us, OrcaCon and GaymerX, we can make the trifecta of safe, welcoming, and amazing conventions on the West Coast.

ANYWAY. You don’t want to hear me blather on. You want to know my schedule, right? WELL, HERE WE GO!


4pm – 5pm: Real talk on Tabletop toxicity – Tabletop has a toxicity problem and it should be discussed, like adults in an open forum so we can move forward to fixing rather than having the same old is there a problem or not, it’s you not the community BS we see crop up over and over. Join our discussion for an open discussion on what to do. If you think there is no problem in the table top community and think this is the time for 101 discussion? This won’t be for you.


10am – 12pm: Destroying The Fake Geek Girl Fallacy  Tanya DePass, Donna Prior, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, and Jessica Price will tear apart the fallacy of the Fake Geek Girl. We’ll spend a bit of time on why this trope is harmful to women and to the gaming community at large. Panelists will be from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge of geekdom. Find out if it is ever ok to question someone’s geek cred.

8pm- 10pm: The Arl’s Ransom – The Arl of Stenhold is hiring adventurers to escort his children home from an extended family visit in Denerim. The money’s good; what could go wrong? Based on the hugely popular video games, the Dragon Age RPG brings the excitement of BioWare’s rich fantasy world to the tabletop. This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin’s Dragon Age.

10m- 12am: The Arl’s Ransom – The Arl of Stenhold is hiring adventurers to escort his children home from an extended family visit in Denerim. The money’s good; what could go wrong? Based on the hugely popular video games, the Dragon Age RPG brings the excitement of BioWare’s rich fantasy world to the tabletop. This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin’s Dragon Age.


2pm – 4pm: Titansgrave: The Rust Wastes – Your characters will explore the mysterious Rust Wastes, a technological graveyard in the city-state of Nestora that promises grave danger and wondrous rewards. What secrets do the Rust Wastes hide? This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin’s Fantasy Age and Wil Wheaton’s world, Valkana, from his show “Titansgrave: Ashes of Valkana”.

4pm – 6pm: Titansgrave: The Rust Wastes – Your characters will explore the mysterious Rust Wastes, a technological graveyard in the city-state of Nestora that promises grave danger and wondrous rewards. What secrets do the Rust Wastes hide? This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin’s Fantasy Age and Wil Wheaton’s world, Valkana, from his show “Titansgrave: Ashes of Valkana”.




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