E3 2017: My Hopeful Predictions

It’s Friday evening, I have family coming into town tomorrow, but I can’t help but to be excited about what’s supposed to be coming down the pipeline at E3 this week.

For those of you that are unaware, E3 is a major showcase involving video games, near exclusively (you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know that they will pop up now and then). But E3 isn’t just a convention about video games—it is the convention about video games. Every year, every major developer, every major publisher, all of the big names and some of the small ones, gather together in the LA Convention Center to show off not only what will be coming out over the next year, but what will be coming over the next two or three years. E3 is HUGE (if you’re into that sort of stuff) and usually, in the week leading up to all of the press conferences and unveilings, I like to talk to friends of mine about what they think, and what I think, will be shown off this year when it all gets going: what games will be there, what won’t, what this company will do to edge itself ahead of the others, and who will have everyone with a fistful of dollars, shoving money into their computer screens.

This year was no different, and since I have plans to write up a couple of posts next week about what I’m most excited about after this E3 has passed, I wanted to take a moment to lay out some ideas for what I would like to see most. This isn’t necessarily what I think will be there, but more so, given a wishlist of probable inclusions, what would I like to show up. (more…)

Onto What’s Next

I think it was around the time I completed the first semester of my last year in college that I really began to struggle with what it was I was supposed to do next. My degree in English was and would be wonderful, but the opportunities readily available to me weren’t quite what I had envisioned when I first began. I knew that long before I graduated, but in the months following, when jobs eluded me and the best I could manage was working in a coffee shop, I wrestled with what moment would be “mine”: my first moment of brilliance, my first moment of success, the first moment I might feel as though what I’d worked toward for all of the years prior would come to head and produce before me some sort of…something. (more…)

The Truest Mark of Greatness

There’s this scene that I’m sure you’ve seen from the very beginning of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom where Jeff Daniels’ character, a moderate news anchor, reluctantly expresses the reasons as to why America is no longer the greatest country in the world (if it ever actually was), despite what we might believe. He lists off the reasons: we’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science—so on and so forth. It’s a sobering, if not entirely surprising, declaration that we’re often too afraid to admit. We do a lot of things incorrectly—we have a lot wrong with us.  (more…)

We’re Almost There

We’re less than a work week away from a brand new president. The old one is out, the new one is in and the country we’ve come to know could change.

Will change.

I haven’t exactly hidden the fact that I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but I also haven’t made much of an effort to express that opinion either. When the election was settled, I purposefully refrained from sharing my…MANY thoughts on here largely because I was nearly tapped out from all of the back and forth I was having with people on FaceBook. There’s little more that could be considered exhausting than arguing with someone on social media, but some people thrive in that sort of environment so hey—you need to stop. (more…)

Resolutions for the New Year: 2017

When I began 2016, I made a list of resolutions for the year and at the beginning of that list, I painted a picture. In the word picture I painted I made note to the fact that age 23 (2015) had been tough for me to be proud of. Nothing horrible had occurred but I didn’t feel pride at what I had accomplished. I was more or less in the same place I’d started and, in my mind, had failed in a number of the pursuits I’d undertaken–career-wise, creatively, etc. and what have you. And though I was being hard on myself, though I wasn’t being entirely fair, I felt like 2016 was an opportunity for me to make some constructive changes, ones that would set me to grow up, get married, and take steps into my adult life. I did a decent job at the modest goals I set and I imagine that this year I’ll do even better.

2017, as my mother-in-law likes to say, “is going to bust wide open”–and I’m inclined to believe her. (more…)