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Very Nearly Just a Yearly Thing Now

Okay, so it’s only been about eleven months (give or take some days) since I logged into this site to update, um, whoever may still be waiting and feverishly hoping for my itinerant words. I honestly don’t think that’s very many people, since the art of maintaining connections requires constant attention and, as you know, it’s been almost a year. Anywho, that’s my long way of saying that I know I’ve been gone a while, and I’m very sorry that my words have echoed in my head far more often than they’ve sat all alone online. (All Alone Online: that sounds like a good title for something.)

Since this began as a blog about video games, I should probably jump to that topic, eh? The last time I wrote anything here, I do believe I explained that I had sold nearly every console and video game I owned at the time, aside from my PS4 and my Wii U. Not much has changed since then; I still have just the PS4 and the Wii U, and my old laptop isn’t exactly cut out for modern games, so it’s been pretty slow going in my personal gaming world. In fact, I think I’ve only completed a few games in the past eleven months. Allow me to explain.

I recall that I began Dark Souls 3 all those months ago, and for the few weeks leading up to the fall semester, I put a pretty decent chunk of time and effort into exploring Lothric and solving its strange mysteries (read: hacking and slashing its undead denizens). As soon as school started up again, however, I only played games in fits and starts. To be frank, I only just completed my first playthrough of Dark Souls 3 last week; that’s right, it took me eleven months to slog through the game just once!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really good game, if you stick with it. My problem was one of immersion: usually, my old school way was to play a game as often as possible as soon as I got my hands on it, finishing it in anywhere from a week to four weeks, depending on difficulty, world size, number and length of sidequests (if any), et cetera. What I’m trying to say is that I usually get wrapped up in games for days on end, but with Dark Souls 3, a few factors put a stop to my old ways. Actually, one all-important factor stopped me from gaming as much: I fell in love. I don’t want to go into too many details here, but I’ve been spending a lot of time with a fantastic woman, and the past year has involved a lot of changes for me.

I took more credits in school than I ever had before. I moved out of my parents’ house, finally, and I’ve been acclimating to a more “adult” life. I’m still on sort of a job hunt, so I can make ends meet, but it’s hard to find steady work when all I want to do is read, write, and play the odd video game here and there. Luckily there are some writing gigs out there, and if I manage to snag enough of ’em, I think I’ll be okay on the money front.

All of those little updates are there to say that I’ve just been more busy than I ever have before, which isn’t saying much, honestly – I’ve never been very busy, despite what my tagline up top says. I just like to take my sweet time doing anything and everything, and that stops me from living at the fast pace that seems to be required of “successful” young folks nowadays. I’m not trying to complain, I’m merely trying to explain my own process and the way it doesn’t always mesh with the workaday wheel spinning.

So, yeah, I’ve been learning how to manage myself in a more mature way. I bought myself a copy of The Joy of Cooking back in November because I knew I’d be moving out in the near future and I wanted to work on my cooking skills. I can safely make a good handful of meals now, and it feels damn good. And tastes damn delicious! My mashed potatoes are friggin’ awesome, by the way. If for any reason you find yourself in or around Reno, let me know and I’ll politely shove a plate piled high with creamy mashed potatoes your way. At the table I have. With its matching chairs from Goodwill. I am now the proud owner of presentable furniture – I think that means I’ve made it, but to where I’ve made it, I am not sure.

Well damn, this wasn’t exactly detailed when it comes to video games – I promise you, I have been doing more than slogging through Dark Souls 3, and I think I’ll provide that update in the next post. I finally got around to playing Inside, and that was something, lemme tell you. I tried my hand at text-based adventure games and, well, I didn’t get very far. I didn’t get a Nintendo Switch, not yet, but I did download The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to my Wii U.

So next time, let’s look forward to trying out some Triforce talk, yeah? Keep on gaming, living, and loving, folks.

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