I finally feel like reading and writing again. After the stresses of last year, I was seriously burnt out, and ever since have shied away from my research, at least from reading and writing. I’ve been very absorbed in Clan Lord and some other games, and that’s not without benefit (researchwise) but I was feeling a bit worried about my lack of motivation toward academic production.
Happily, the game studies books I got for Christmas motivated me to read and that is motivating me to write. I do feel that my perspective is much richer now that I’ve been playing CL for almost two years. Plus my character has become pretty well-respected, which certainly helps my research as well, when it comes to interviewing other players. And my kids have started playing–2 girls aged 8 and 8.5. They are really enjoying themselves, and other players are spoiling them rotten sometimes. 🙂 I find playing with them fun, but also frustrating, because they still don’t really listen very well! But I look forward to how it will all develop.
Now… more reading.