You know, I’d really like to write about games tonight. Perhaps some more Final Fantasy XIV. Or finally something about my time with Monster Hunter Stories 2! But uh… That would be a little difficult. I haven’t played anything since last weekend.

This happens sometimes. Reasons myriad but with some usual suspects. A busy week of work (check), focusing on watching shows or reading instead (check), or perhaps just being unwell (as of tonight, check for this one too. Bluuurgh.)

Tonight, it’s early to bed. See if I can’t crush this cold in its tracks.

But tomorrow, regardless, it’s game time.

Absence has certainly made the heart grow fonder in this case. Which is always the case for gaming and I. Since I was a kid. Sometimes the gaps are longer, a month or even more. But always I come back, refreshed for another round, eventually.

So, no games tonight.

I suppose it’s still getting to know me week.

I don’t really share a lot of the ‘real life’ me here on the blog. I maintain a certain separation between the online persona and the real details of my life. There is still, I think, quite a stigma around gaming in the professional world so it’s safer by far to keep those barriers in place.

I can tell you though, that after quite some number of attempts over time to shift waking time to something a little earlier, I managed it for the entire week! My success with the light lamp might’ve lasted a week, but every day was quite the struggle.

Couldn’t remotely begin to tell you why anything was different this time around. I didn’t even particularly plan to make another attempt at it. But here we are! Each day, up somewhere between 5:00-6:00am without really any struggle.

Those extra hours in the morning have been wonderful, wonderful things.

I haven’t really been terribly productive in them. Maybe the odd blog post, but otherwise no major self-improvement projects or anything of the kind. Just… Time to relax and prepare mentally somewhat for the day before it kicks off.

Having picked up the cold from my youngest son though, tomorrow might be more of a challenge. I’m about to head to bed a little earlier than usual and I still don’t know yet whether I plan on still getting up at an early hour to carry the habit forward or whether I think it better to let myself have the rest if needed.

I guess will decide in the morning!


This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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