Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Second Rate Gamer and Change is here... Maybe.

So the last couple of weeks have been kinda zany/hectic/jumbled for me. Work up until last Friday was crazy. Everyone was calling in sick and taking vacation and I was working by myself doing the job of 3 people, and WHOA! It was craziness. Even still, I had the Youtube bug, and despite how crazy things were at work, it's always been easy for me to go home and play video games and just relax. Well, now I've transformed that routine into a job... and in a way, I'm really happy about it, and in another way I just hate myself for destroying my favorite carefree activity.

So here is the deal. I created a channel on Youtube and titled myself the Second Rate Gamer. /secondrategamer if that wasn't made clear :-P And so in a little over a week, I've uploaded 8 videos and gotten 20 subscribers. I don't know if thats considered fast or slow, and honestly I don't really care either way. It's pretty exciting to have anyone watching at all. Am I good at this? Not really, but the process of commentating over gameplay is actually pretty fun. The downside to this new hobby is that it's easily the most time consuming thing I've EVER DONE! Seriously. You have to play the game to get the gameplay. Insert a few hours. You have to convert the video once you capture it. 15-30 minutes. You have to do the commentary over the video. usually 30-60 minutes. You have to render the video. 30-60 minutes. You have to upload the video to youtube. 160-190 minutes. Not counting the time playing the game, you're looking at 4-5 hours for a 10 minute video. That's sick. As a result, I haven't been reading at all, though I think part of that was from me burning through 6 books in a week and reading myself to death.

Plus, I'm fighting the urge to re-read Deathly Hallows before the movie comes out next week.

Either way, I am enjoying myself and making the best out of the fact that I've been trapped in quicksand for two months. Which is a nice little segue to some upcoming news. I was informed yesterday that, one way or the other, I will find out if my shift is going to change this weekend. One of two things will happen. One, the crappy new guy is deemed acceptable and the graveyard guy now takes the weekend off. He then starts Monday in my current shift, and I start work on Tuesday in my new shift. Two, crappy new guy is deemed crappy, is released, and I stay in the quicksand. So please, please keep your fingers crossed for me. Sadly, I was informed that we could all be moved back to the shifts we're in now if the new guy screws up too much in the following weeks, assuming he's kept. So that would suck, but only time will tell if that is going to happen so I'm not going to let myself worry about it.

If I move into my new shift next week, I'll probably spend the week catching up on sleep. Then the next week is Comic-Con. So I expect by the last week of the month, I'll be digging back in and starting up on Dream Quest again. Hopefully Comic-Con will help to rev my engines in those regards too, but we'll have to wait and see. I'm really stoked about the prospect, though, and with any luck these updates will revert back to their initial purpose of talking about my book! Until then...

Dream Big,



  1. *hugs* Been wondering how life's been treating you. Started to think maybe you were dead. :P

    Anything like that (what you're doing with the videos is essentially vlogging) can literally eat up ALL of your free time so I completely understand. I spend about 6 hours a day setting up content, replying to comments and making a social presence in the book blogging world... not including any actual reading. It gets to be a job of it's own but if you enjoy it and it leads to being a paying job it's even better.

    At the end of the year I'm gonna add up how much $$$ I've technically earned in freebies and such. I bet you I've made about $5,000 by the end of the year. Not much really but my new iPad 2 rocks. :D

  2. keeping my fingers crossed bro, hope it works out work-wise so you can get started back on the novel!

  3. *hugs* I love you guys. Rhi, I'm definitely calling Early next week, cross my heart! haha. Jame, apparently your crossed fingers were working for the other side.

    Mister crappy guy who was getting better... epic fail'd last night, and so it's pretty much a lock that he's gone, which is pretty much a lock I'm stuck in this shift for another month. :( My face... is sad.