Welcome to December’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the past month almost behind us and a new shiny year ahead, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.
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Lighter Levels 🎄 (@LaterLevels) December 17, 2019
Another year of blogging is almost done and Later Levels is now three years old. During that time I’ve never really considered goals for the site before, but a recent post about how blogging has changed the way I look at video games – and the fact that everybody is starting to talk about New Year resolutions – got me thinking. There’ll be an end-of-year review tomorrow sharing how Later Levels performed throughout 2019, followed by a post about new goals on Wednesday.
I won’t give too much away right now but I will say that I’ve had some ideas for new things I’d like to try. First up will be #BloggerTalk, a new weekly event which will aim to get us all talking about our writing challenges and hopefully meeting some new blogger friends. More about that on Thursday! I’m also pleased to announce that the blog parties will continue during 2020 and you can find the dates for next year here. A big thank you to everyone who attended the winter party earlier this month: 27 posts were shared and a lot of fun was had.
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Things are getting frantic in the Later Levels’ household because our 50-day challenge for GameBlast20 will begin on Sunday, 05 January 2020! Before we start though, I must give my thanks to a few people. My other-half Pete has put a lot of work into our set-up for the event; and the awesome Gao Li from Gao Li Occasionally Reviews has created to this with some excellent GIFs that I can’t wait to use. And much love to Ellen from Livid Lightning: we have our first donation and are already at 5% of our fundraising total for SpecialEffect!
There’ll be a post early in January explaining how you can vote for the games you’d like to see us play during our 24-hour marathon on 22-22 February 2020, so keep your eyes peeled. Testing for the streams has given me an excuse to play video games despite all the Christmas madness. For some reason a love a bit of full-motion video at this time of year and the gritty She Sees Red scratched that FMV itch; Toonstruck envoked a lovely sense of point-and-click nostalgia; and I finally managed to complete Shadowhand. No more solitaire for a while please!
Lighter Levels 🎄 (@LaterLevels) December 12, 2019
Why is it that at least one person in the family always gets ill over Christmas? My stepson Ethan has been suffering from a chest infection recently, Pete has had a bad cold and I spent most of Christmas morning huddled in the bathroom with a stomach bug. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to these self-care ideas and made sure we had some of these video game medicines handy. Thankfully all of us are on the mend and it didn’t stop us from getting into the festive spirit!
Being a split-parent-family means we don’t get to have Christmas with the kid on the normal date so our celebrations start this evening. One of Ethan’s gifts is an ‘escape room in a box’ and no doubt we’ll end up playing that together tomorrow, so look out for a possible review next month; and even though virtual reality isn’t for me, it’s become tradition to rope everyone into playing on the PlayStation VR so we’ll be taking it with us when we visit family on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re free tonight at 20:00 GMT, why not join us over on Twitch for a few rounds of Quiplash?
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.