Amanda Bizeau-Nicol

Amanda’s love for video games started way back when she used to watch her brother play the NES; one day, she decided to pick up the controller herself, and the rest is history! She's currently working to upload her longtime fanfic work - The Fluffy Tadpole - to Archive of Our Own. In her spare time, she writes fiction, cross-stitches, whips her husband at puzzle games, and creates Myers-Briggs profiles for fictional characters. (Shh… It’s all perfectly normal…)


By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / September 9, 2018 /

“I feel like I know you,” the woman said as she checked out her books at my reference desk. And she did; she had mentored me for a short time some years ago. Due to the time elapsed and her move to and back from another state, the dim recognition wasn’t unexpected. I reminded her…

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Climbing Mt. Celeste

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / August 5, 2018 /

(This post contains many spoilers on the fairly recent game Celeste. Do not read if it’s one you intend to play blind. Check out the GUG review here!) In a world where society decries the artistic and relatable value of video games, there’s a little puzzle platformer called Celeste. In it you play as Madeline…

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Happy Little Faith

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / July 8, 2018 /

Watching Bob Ross is soothing – not just for his calm voice and attitude, but also because every time you think he’s added an absolutely disastrous paint swipe to the canvas, the art still ends up looking fine. Me: Ah, nothing could improve this tranquil secluded lake scene. It’s perfect. Bob Ross: And now we’re…

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Words on Wisdom

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / May 6, 2018 /

One of my favorite Old Testament stories as a child was of Solomon asking God for wisdom. “Seriously, Amanda?” you say. “You didn’t go for David and Goliath, or Elijah calling on God against the prophets of Baal, or maybe Moses parting the Red Sea?” Nope. I liked the one where this dude asked to…

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The Key to Perfect Obedience

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / April 1, 2018 /

Achievements. 100%’s. Perfect runs. Full completion is so delicious, isn’t it? The feeling of doing everything right. I’ve been developing my tactical skills in Fire Emblem lately – a series I’ve watched with a curious eye for years but only now decided to experience for myself. (You fellow fans can thank my boyfriend for that.)…

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