Doing the necessary

by Paul Morrison


I've had a slight change of tack this week, already.  I'm still going to do a lot of writing, but I've done more of the housekeeping that is absolutely necessary with a project like this.  It's not as interesting, but I feel that if I have certain things in place, it'll make other things easier. 

Will this image make it into the book? 

Will this image make it into the book? 

Yesterday, for instance, I created 180 documents.  That sounds a lot, and it took some time to do, but it will only amount to between 30 and 60 pages of the book... and that's when I've actually written everything that's going to be in those documents.  Many of them just have titles at this point. 

You might wonder what exactly is the point of creating a load of documents without actually doing all the work on them.  It's just how my brain works.  It also gives a lot of scope for alleviation of boredom.  Yes, believe it or not, it's possible to get bored with a project like this.  When that happens, the mind wanders and it's easy to end up doing nothing of any note at all. 

How about this?  Will it make the cut? 

How about this?  Will it make the cut? 

Having all my documents pre-prepared means I can pick and choose what I work on a lot more easily.  It means I can switch to something else with some focus, rather than just pinning the tail on the donkey.  It keeps my interest level at a steady high. 

I also took a ton of screenshots yesterday.  That's a job I always love doing.  It's easier in this day and age, too, as a lot of games have trainers or cheats readily available, meaning it's possible to get a shot of something from an area of the game that might have been previously unreachable to someone with only moderate gaming skills.

This probably won't make it into the book. If the author contacts me, however, then who knows... 

This probably won't make it into the book. If the author contacts me, however, then who knows... 

But even if they don't, it's important to play the games.   It's the only way you can pull together some decent questions for your intended interviewees.  In some cases, I know that I've gone over the top and asked too many questions.  It's hard not to get carried away, though, but I like to offer an "out" and ask people to pick some of the questions to answer if there are too many.  It's only fair, if they're offering to give up their precious time to me, that I don't take too much of it!

So that's how my week is going so far.  I'm doing much the same today, and will be writing as and when I feel like it.  It's fair to say that I'm certainly making the most of my week off work! 

Oh, if Sam is reading this, please get in touch... you left an incomplete e-mail address...