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…)

The Geek’s Gift for Wonder

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / May 31, 2017 /

Maybe this is a broad statement, but I think geeks have a particular advantage in matters of faith: We know how to appreciate the impossible. From books to games to movies, we expose ourselves to worlds of wonder on a regular basis, escaping to realms where the unbelievable is common happenstance. For me, part of…

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Christ’s Love in Plague of Shadows: Our Response

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / May 2, 2017 /

In my first article on Shovel Knight as allegory, I looked at the love story between Shovel Knight and Shield Knight as a mirror of Christ’s love and relentless pursuit of His Church. So, we know what Christ is willing to do for us. But now, if we intend to accept this offer of salvation, we must…

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Christ’s Love in Shovel Knight: Relentless Pursuit

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / March 31, 2017 /

Spolier Alert: Lite Shovel Knight spoilers ahead! The Tower stands dark in the distance, a valley of obstacles spread before it. The quest could be hopeless, the beloved already lost. Still, a warrior looks toward the darkness. He knows there will be pain that comes with the pursuit, but even so…he will not give up on…

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New Growth

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / March 20, 2017 /

In the middle of all my gaming and literature nerdery, I somehow developed a desire to foster a green thumb. Chalk it up to all those hours I sunk into Harvest Moon, maybe? At any rate, I’ve become something of a “garden geek” in my adult years. (It’s totally a thing. Shush.) While this hobby…

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Even If He Doesn’t

By Amanda Bizeau-Nicol / February 26, 2017 /

I’m told I approach life like a perfectionist. I don’t know where anyone gets that idea *triple-checks this article for errors*, but it IS true that I sometimes look at spiritual growth as an achievement to master rather than a relational goal (and I really should know better by now than to pray for improvement…

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