Now Consuming (and Producing)

I don’t have a whole lot to report on the gaming front. When I get home from work these days, I’m too tired to want to invest time and attention into triple-A games like Final Fantasy XIII, which I started a couple months ago. A couple weeks ago, I worked over the weekend to support a closed beta event, during which I played our game, and that made me even less inclined to come home and play more games. I love my job, but working in the games industry (and often long hours) impacts my desire to devote more brain cycles during my free time to games and gaming. I’m not complaining, I feel guilty about my games backlog, however. These days when I want to de-stress and want to do it with gaming, I play games like Triple Town or Tiny Tower. Lately I’ve also revisited Lumines II. According to my PSP save game file, I’ve put over 40 hours into this casual music puzzle game.

In other media, I am watching season 5 of Dexter, which I recently bought on DVD. I finished watching the three seasons of Parks and Recreation that are available on Netflix. Both are good shows, and I recommend them. However, I recommend Dexter with a trigger warning for extreme and brutal violence, rape (in season 5: flashbacks, PTSD), and graphic depictions of killing and murder victims (who are overwhelmingly women). I’ll probably start watching Community soon, as I’ve enjoyed the few episodes I’ve seen.

Last month I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, and I’m anticipating the upcoming film based upon the first book, The Hunger Games. As is common with films, the production team behind The Hunger Games has made problematic casting decisions with regard to race, which is quite disappointing, but hardly anything new for Hollywood. Despite the racefail, I’ll still watch the film as I’m interested to see how the book translates to film and it’s rare that films with strong female lead characters are made, much less by Hollywood.

I’m currently reading A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin in anticipation for the second season of A Game of Thrones which premieres soon. Although I have a paper copy of the book, I prefer reading books on my iPad now. My local library system recently started lending out ebooks, so I put myself in the hold queue for A Clash of Kings. I was 89th in the queue, so I never expected to get to the front of the queue any time soon, but I received an email notification that the book was ready for checkout. The app for reading library books was easy to set up and the reading experience is as good as as reading a book on the Kindle iPad app. At the end of the 21-day lending period, I think what happens is that I no longer have access to the book.

In the reading queue is To Trust the Wolf, by Peter Birk. This seems like a pretty promising fantasy novel, so I’ll be diving into that as soon as I’ve finished A Clash of Kings. I also started reading The Power of Less by Leo Babauta, though this is of lower priority, so I’m reading that on and off. Typically I don’t like to read multiple books simultaneously, however I sometimes read two books at the same time if one of them is fiction and the other is non-fiction.

In the media production front, starting several months ago I took a hiatus from my responsibilities at The Border House. I continue to be on hiatus for the foreseeable future; at the very least until Guild Wars 2 ships (but possibly longer). Whilst my writing production outside of my own personal blogs is on a break, I’m finding other ways to be creative. I participated in The Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour, which gave me an opportunity to exercise my atrophied drawing skills. When it goes on tour in a few months, you’ll be able to look up my name and thumb through my amateur sketches of places I’ve been, coupled with anecdotes from my world travels.

Writing blog posts, editing others’ work, moderating blog comments, and providing strategic guidance at The Border House is similar work to what I do at my day job. After participating in The Sketchbook Project, I realised that I need a creative outlet that does not use the same brain muscles as the the ones I exercise at work. I also realised that I wanted something focused like The Sketchbook Project to keep me engaged and motivated.  The Everyday Matters Weekly Drawing Challenge fit the bill. A great thing about this community is that it’s no-pressure, non-competitive, amateurs can participate, there are no posting requirements at all, whether it’s art or even posting commentary, and you don’t even have to do the challenges in any sort of order. I may not have time to draw something for the challenge every week, but when I do, I’ll post the drawings on deviantART (even if they’re crap).

That’s what’s going on in my world.

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