A Paladin’s Musings: About Steam Summer Sale and Writing Reviews on June 19th, 2015.

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Casual evening post where I speak my mind about stuff I’m thinking about. Nothing super-serious.

A lot of posts on A Paladin originally start out as Google+ posts. This one included. Anyway, just felt like casually writing for a bit and letting my thoughts out. There’s nothing super-serious being talked about nor am I really coming to conclusions on anything. I just want to reflect on the past couple of weeks.

I’m beginning to think it’s impossible for me to write short reviews that fit in Steam’s character limit anymore. The Legend of Grimrock 2 review (It’s pretty obvious that this was the game I was going to review this week) is already hitting that limit and I’ve only put in a couple of work sessions on it. (I feel I’m around 80% done with it). I generally do about two to four separate work sessions on each review. Each lasting anywhere between 30mins to three hours apiece, depending on how the review is going. I string these out over the week and this has generally worked out for me. Anyway, the point being that this was supposed to be a shorter review and I even told myself to keep it short. That goal has spectacularly failed. However, it also made me realize that I’m back in good form. A form of writing and creating that I haven’t been seen in far too long.

I haven’t written this well or consistently in a long time and I’m more than a bit happy about it. I’m even writing this well despite being mentally exhausted from the Steam sale posts. Those have taken a toll on me. I’m not used to busting out posts like those in a couple of hours on a daily basis at the same time. It’s not my style and it does cause conflicts with my scheduling. But it worked out this time around. I think part of the reason it worked out this time around was because I set hard deadlines on myself when I rebooted my blog at the beginning of the year. That work ethic has made me better able to cope with this series. That has worked out for the better, even if I do constantly doubt myself about the quality of what I produce.

I’m wishing I could take a break from the blog after the Steam sale was done. But, I’m guessing I’ll have extra work with the Journey Through Steam series this next week. I’ve got this feeling that more than a few devs were silly enough to publish games during this sale. (No, I haven’t looked). Egads, I don’t know what I was thinking with that series. I still constantly doubt myself about it and its effectiveness. But…I haven’t come up with a better idea and I think the goal is still worth pursuing. Don’t be surprised if a post falls through the cracks next week, I do want to avoid burnout as much as possible on what I consider to be a passion project.

And yes, I’m still job searching despite the time I put into A Paladin. I just had a job interview recently that I’m hopeful for and I was, up until this moment, keeping close to the chest. I’m still waiting to hear back from them but it’s the second time I’ve had an interview with them and they approached me to do this interview. That hasn’t happened before…so…I’m being optimistic. About all I can do.

That’s all for tonight. Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend.


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