Now that I have so many Things and so much Stuff going on, I figure now’s the time to start doing weekly “wrap-up” posts like many other fashionable and hip bloggers.
The Obligatory Short Update
A few weeks of reflection brought me to two writing-related revelations:
- Being a “serious writer” is hard.
- I’m just not a “serious” person.
“Serious writers” craft stories about Important Things, or write pieces with Deep Meanings and Messages. Whether we’re talking journalists or award-winning authors of “powerful” fiction, we’re talking about the same thing: people who write to influence the intellectual, moral, or even political thinking of their audiences.
It takes a certain kind of person to reliably pull off that kind of writing, and I just can’t do it.
Invariably, when my own little life takes a turn into Klusterfuckistan, I use humor to diffuse the situation. Laughing, particularly at myself, is a tried and true defense mechanism I don’t think I can ever fully shake, nor would I want to.
Plus, I guess I’m kind of a weirdo because whenever I’m well-and-truly enjoying whatever I’m writing, I look up and don’t see words meant to inspire, educate, or otherwise affect a profound change in the reader.
I see words meant to entertain.
No hidden messages, no deep meanings, no profound truths. If something I created puts you in a better mood than you were before you experienced it, I figure I’ve done my job.
Wherein I Pimp the Shit Out of my YouTube Channel (Which You Should Subscribe To)
For those of you coming late to the party, I’ve been playing video games whilst jabbering at the screen and recording the results. I’ve got a YouTube channel and everything, where I go by the jolly pirate nickname “DocHarley.” In case you haven’t been following it, I’m currently working on four series:
Despite my every intention to the contrary, I got hooked on Dwarf Fortress and can’t stop playing the thing. If you have a love for old school–well, nonexistent–graphics and unbelievably inscrutable gameplay, you should totally try the game yourself.
Another game where I spent most of my time lost and confused. Don’t Starve is fun, cheap, and reminds me of Tim Burton’s short film “Vincent.”
This is yet another game which is seriously dense and detailed. Touted as a “grand strategy” game, EUIII has you taking control of a nation in the year 1399 and running it throughout history all the way up to 1821. I’m playing Austria in this “Let’s Play,” and while I wish I could say it was a thrill-a-minute, EUIII just isn’t like that.
Finally, I do these mini-half-reviews-half-let’s-plays where I get some random, cheap or free game and record myself fiddling with it for a few minutes. I sometimes accompany the video with a post here to tell you what I thought about the game since half the time the videos just have me swearing incoherently. My reviews of Bridge Constructor FREE and Head Soccer would be examples of that sort of thing.
I started doing these videos a while ago since playing games when I think I should be writing feels like fucking around, but recording myself playing games when I think I should be writing feels like…well, it still feels like fucking around, but I get ad revenue so I can call it “working.”
Plus, it’s just like writing except there’s sound and 500 percent more gibberish.
Random Things I Found This Week
As odd as it sounds, I’m not the only one putting content up on the Internet these days. Here’s some stuff I found by other people:
Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie – I love this poem, rant, bit and love it even more now that I’ve seen this.
Total War: Rome II Angry Review – Angry Joe sums up pretty much everything my friends have said about this game.
Rolling High: Attacks of Opportunity – A live-action demonstration of D&D’s attack of opportunity mechanics.
I’ll be hanging out with my daughter this weekend, having fun, and generally just chilling out. Despite the predictions of rain and nasty weather, I’m sure we’ll think of something awesome to do–most likely involving my running a D&D game for her Elven Ranger.