Welcome to September’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels along with the games we’ve been playing. With autumn now upon us and the days getting darker (perfect light for playing video games), let’s take a look at recent events.
Is there a version of blogging-burnout where you don’t burn completely but kind of smoulder a little? If so, I think that’s what I’ve been experiencing this month after Blaugust 2019 in August. Putting out a post a day is something I can see myself doing on a regular basis and my enthusiasm for writing dipped at the beginning of September. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things however and have post ideas lined up for October thanks to some blogging friends, and a few of recent events perked up my motivation.
First I had the pleasure of meeting Quietschisto from RNG in real-life after he visited London! We spent an evening on a treasure-hunt through the city from which we emerged victorious (more about that on Wednesday). Then I found out I’ll be volunteering for SpecialEffect at MCM Comic Con again in several weeks’ time, a great boost to our GameBlast20 plans. And finally I received blogging award nominations from Carla from Pop Culture Literary, Fed from Fed’s Life and Nathan from Gaming Omnivore. Thanks guys – response posts have been drafted and are coming very soon!
Let’s face it: the world is in a pretty bad state right now. You can’t open a newspaper or look at the news-feed on your mobile phone without seeing politicians behaving in a disgusting manner, dire warnings of climate change or countries at war with themselves and each other. These things are slowly gnawing away at my mental wellbeing and I think they go some way towards explaining the dip in my enthusiasm this month. I know it’s important to look for the positive things in life but sometimes you want to pull the duvet over your head and hide.
I’ve therefore been staying away from social media recently because there are so many negative opinions flying around right now – and to be quite frank, I can’t bear seeing some of the Brexit views expressed by friends and family members. I’ve also been looking for distractions. Coloring Pixels provided several hours of clicking calm; baking always relaxes me so I’ve been making batches of Sweetrolls; and regular training sessions for next year’s London 10K have been helping me to zone out.
September’s blog party was a success thanks to its amazing attendees and I came away with not only a few more new sites to follow, but several video game recommendations too. I finally got around to starting Thimbleweed Park after chatting to Katie from Musings of a nitpicking girl; it’s one I’ve been putting off for a while for fear of being disappointed but so far I’m really enjoying it. It makes a nice change to enjoy an adventure title after having to deal with Kate Walker in Syberia recently!
Blair Witch on the other hand wasn’t as good as my other-half and I were hoping – keep your eyes peeled for a post about that soon. Two hours in and it didn’t even manage to get one scream out of me. State of Mind was a pleasant surprise though; I don’t usually like the games by Daedalic Entertainment but I actually really enjoyed this story, although it won’t appeal to everyone. Next we have Observer lined up and I also need to try Overwatch to keep my stepson happy.
And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.