Concerning Research and Tone

I am not a professional writer. Although I do hold a professional writing degree from WVSU, and have shared my writing online for many years, I have never been employed as a writer. That does not mean I treat writing as a hobby; I do not. I love and respect the written word too much to be so flippant. Thus I will never write a post about any subject without using facts and informed speculation. I will never make shit up for anyone’s amusement. I will not however bother with sources unless I feel they are warranted.

Having said that, I should also state that I am, first and foremost, a goofball. I like to make people laugh. Don’t expect this blog to be dry or mirthless. I don’t enjoy writing without a grin on my face, and writing the kind of boring, heartless tripe published by many websites today ain’t my idea of fun, so expect a lot of silly shite here. Again, I must say that does not mean I won’t treat any subject with sincere respect, but don’t expect me to write about speeding hedgehogs and fireball-hurling plumbers without a little frivolity.

Furthermore, don’t expect impersonal “one such as” or “should one choose” or whatever the hell people write to avoid saying “you” instead. “One”–whoever the hell that is–isn’t reading this piece, but you are. I don’t need to know you to speak to you directly, as if it is just you and me here. As far as the writer-reader exchange goes it is just the two of us. Just don’t expect back rubs. I don’t know you that well, dear reader.

The Beginning

Hello and welcome!

I doubt anybody will read this first post. No matter what happens after this post, people will most likely read the most recent piece, and this surely won’t be that for long. Regardless there must be a first post and it might as well be an introduction, so here I go. And hey, guess what? If you’re still reading this, you get a free train!

[Writer’s note: No, you don’t really get a train. I’m just checking to see who is paying attention.]

I want this little slice of internet to be a place where I can write about the subjects closest to my heart, specifically video games, literature, and music. My aim is to dig a little deeper than the usual “huh, ain’t that swell” journal-style blogs out there, looking closely at the topics at hand. Example: I’m thinking of starting off with a short piece about how ultra-violent AAA games are pushing me deep into indie territory–and I’m happy to be there. I know I’m far from the only person that feels this way so I think this is a great topic to use as a kind of narrative drive for the blog going forward. I’m already working on the piece in question but I won’t post until is 100% complete, error-free, all that jazz, so look for it sometime later this week.

Until next we meet, try not to let the dark side of our world drag you down into the shadows. Push the crap put in your way¬†aside, smile, and walk on happy and eager to see what’s around the corner!