About

Welcome to my little corner of the Web!

My name is Amelia Bruce, but friends and family call me Amy. Let’s introduce ourselves, shall we?

  • I’m a thirty-something lady.
    • I still have the imagination and heart of the 13-year-old I used to be.
      • I like to think my mind is my age or older, but your mileage may vary.
  • I live in Kirkland, Washington.
    • Seattle is across Lake Washington to the west, about a 30-60 minute drive depending on traffic.
      • I love the cool weather and drizzle. This is why coffee and tea exist.
        • I do not miss my blazing desert hometown of Tucson, Arizona in the slightest.
  • I married a guy I met on a Gundam Wing themed MUD.
    • He lived in North Carolina at the time. I lived in Arizona. We were 16, young, and stupid.
      • We maintained a long-distance relationship for almost two years via email and instant messenger.
        • He chose the University of Arizona for college, giving us several years to date for “real.”
          • We moved to Washington for his job after marriage; first with Microsoft, and now with Google.
            • Yes, really. The impossible can happen. After 10+ years, I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • We have two cats.
    • We adopted both from a cat rescue home in Arizona when we were in college.
      • It started with finding and rescuing a different kitten stuck in a hollow wall of my mom’s house.
        • She didn’t make it because of an illness at the rescue home we took her to.
          • Instead, we made friends with two other kittens that did make it.
            • Mr. Stubbs is the black kitty with the “stubby” tail. Trigger is the orange tabby.
              • Those are the names they had when we met them, and we opted not to change them.
  • We don’t have kids yet.
    • We’d like to have kids soon. Hopefully in the next couple of years.
      • While I want to have biological kids, diabetes makes this a decision where mind > wants.
        • I need to ensure that my health and diabetic control are near-perfect before I conceive.
          • If I am too late to the baby-making party, or it’s too risky, adoption is on the table.
            • So is living out my days with “only” my husband and best friend in the world.
  • I’m a writer and game developer.
    • I grew up wanting to be a traditional fantasy author. I still enjoy this form of creation.
      • Now that there are tools for non-programmers to make games, I enjoy writing games.
        • I make text-heavy games. My games are for people who like text. Zero apologies.
          • I have novice-level programming ability at best. I’m learning, but story > all else.
            • I’m content as an independent creator right now. The future remains to be seen.
              • I don’t have a “real” job. Telling stories is my “real” job.
                • Putting art and joy ahead of money bothers more people than it should.
                  • If you’re one of them, we probably won’t get along well.
  • I’m a lady that plays games.
    • I giggle at folks that get flustered about this in the 21st century.
      • I grew up playing text adventures and RPGs with my parents, who were both gamers.
        • I did a lot of forum/messageboard/chat role-playing in my teenage years.
          • I play other games sometimes, but RPGs, visual novels, and puzzle games are my favorite.
            • I like board/card games too. The Arkham Files games are the best.
              • Violence, sexuality, and/or mature language are OK as long as they serve a purpose.
                • I’m not super competitive. I play to win, but learning or improving is always my first goal.
                  • Story or music focused games are always my preference.
  • I’m a type 1 diabetic.
    • I was diagnosed in 1991 (six years old) after being very ill for several months.
      • The hospital said I probably wouldn’t have made it if I’d been a week later.
        • I’ve never been back to the hospital regarding the disease in the 25+ years since then.
          • The ups and downs of caring for my diabetes are challenges I face every day.
            • Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, though promising science is being done every day.
              • I have an insulin pump and a blood glucose sensor. They’re awesome.
  • I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life.
    • I was raised to believe that being the “smart kid” removed any obligation I had to care about my size.
      • Unfortunately, this message allowed me to be comfortable believing that I couldn’t change.
        • A couple of years ago, I came to the conclusion that I needed to change if I wanted kids and a future.
          • Joining the 20/20 Lifestyles program at the Bellevue Pro Club helped me lose over 100 pounds.
            • My husband joined with me; he lost closer to 150. I’m so very proud of him!
              • We continue to work on gaining functional strength, though weight loss is no longer critical.
                • It’s been almost two years since our journey began and we’ve kept the weight off.
                  • We’re both healthier, stronger, and better-looking than we’ve been in our lives!
                    • Our relationship with food has changed so much that we follow the diet by choice.
  • I struggle with severe social anxiety.
    • I’ve always been shy, but that developed into something unhealthy around my early twenties.
      • I’m happy to explain the road to how I got here, but it won’t fit on one line!
        • Contrary to popular thought, I have a keen eye for people from observing others at a distance.
          • I’ve also learned much about different kinds of people from books, games, and other fiction.
            • The problem stems from a lack of self-confidence more than a lack of trust in others.
              • I love to help and reach out to others, but it takes someone else to make the first move.
                • I have no desire to be an extrovert or become a social butterfly, but…
                  • …I’d love to make more friends that appreciate and understand who I am.
                    • Even if I’m often awkward or nervous, I’m trying my best and I don’t hate you.
                      • I might be quiet in person, but I write a TON! You’ve been warned.
  • I am DterminD.
    • I’ve used many screen names growing up with the Internet; this is my current one.
      • It reflects my new commitment to making hard life changes and trying new things.
        • It’s also a reminder to myself of the importance of both those goals.
          • I dropped the Es because it looked cool in game recaps. It’s that simple!