New Articles: From Gaming to Mental Health

I’ve had another few articles published here and there online (beyond my regular columns at Massively Overpowered).

A screenshot from the throwback game Legends of AriaFirstly, over at MMO Bro, I talk about old school grind, and how it was more of a “participation trophy” than modern convenience.

Next, I tried something new. I sold an article on some of my struggles living on the autism spectrum to the online medical magazine You and Me.

I have to admit it’s a bit scary to be sharing my personal struggles on so public a forum, especially as this article does paint something of a bleak picture of my life. To be honest I’m not wholly sure what motivated me to do this. I guess I thought it might be cathartic.

I think I also wanted to stretch my wings as a writer a bit. I’m happy working in games journalism, but it’s nice to flesh out my portfolio a bit. Maybe it will lead to more opportunities down the line. Specialization is the autistic way, but I don’t need to be a complete one trick pony.

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Song of the Month: Aurora, The River

Aurora has now released the second half of what was apparently a two-part album, following up last year’s Infections of a Different Kind (Step I) with A Different Kind of Human (Step II). It’s a solid album with a number of good songs, but my favourite is easily The River, which can stand with the best tracks off her first album.

I’m trying to make a conscious effort to listen to more Aurora lately. Not just because I like her music, but because she tends to sing a lot on the themes of positivity and self-acceptance. While I would never want to give up my sad songs, it does occur to me I should probably listen to more than just Thrash Unreal and No Lights on the Horizon if I want to think more positively.

The River is an especially good one for that. I have to be honest; my mental health has taken a real downturn lately. I’m grateful for my job with Massively OP, but so much else seems to be going wrong. It takes me to really dark places. The River helps remind me that it’s okay to hurt and that I’m not a monster for struggling.