Well, not necessarily a book, but I wouldn’t mind doing something else as a side project or whatever. I like to write… in fact I’m in this business more for the writing than the videogames themselves. As great as it is to go to early previews and events, I reckon I’d enjoy it just as much as movies, or books… maybe music (although probably not, actually), but videogames was just the one I decided to go into. I love stories. Hearing/reading stories, telling stories (when I’m feeling creative, I’ll tell a story through my reviews/previews) … and the best medium with which to do that is books.
One of our better writers, a guy called Mike Rose (nice guy. Bit of a loud drunk.) has just published his own book – 250 Indie Games You Must Play. You can order it here, if you’re interested. It got me thinking though about how I really should try and diversify within what I do, i.e. writing, and how I’d love to write a novel in the vein of Iain M. Banks, or Orson Scott Card, or one of my other favourite authors. Closest I’ve gotten so far is FanFiction, and the only fanfic I formally started – a serialised Halo/Battlestar Galactica crossover – I never finished, despite getting the odd request for more.
I read an interesting article a while ago about this author who was completely self-published – I don’t the link anymore sadly, I don’t think, but she’s taken advantage of things like Amazon’s kindle store, and so had never had to deal with a traditional publisher. Her books aren’t in physical form, mind, but from what I remember she did well for herself through purely digital sales. Just goes to show how the digital economy is truly taking off.
Here’s a conversation I just had with my mum about it:
“Mum, I think I want to write a book.”
“You’re only 23, what on earth do you have to write about?”
Thanks, Mum. Still, she has a good point – I have no idea what I would write about, whether a novel, or a list-book like Mike’s done… even in general terms of just diversifying myself, noting really comes to mind, which is a concern because I don’t want to be stuck in some kind of low-paid rut all my life. If only I could break out of the preview/interview/review/next cycle for five minutes to have a think…
Oh hey, look at that. A blog title that was to the point and not cryptic, analogical or just plain random.