Lab Notes 15: Making Progress

It’s been a week or so since my last Lab Notes. There’s been a few reasons for that: I haven’t been up too much that’s really worth talking about, and the things worth talking about has been keeping me quite busy. However, now that’s I’ve made my way through some of it I can finally talk about it.
There are two pieces I posted recently that mean a lot too me, my Bear With Me Review and my Augmenting Politics editorial. Not only would I say this is some of the best work I’ve put out, they also mark something of a turning point for me. Both were done with the help of a new found friend who has been helping out a lot. Not going to name names (I’m not sure how they’d feel about me doing that), but they are cool as fuck and have given me more confidence than I’ve ever had in my life. The best part of this is the fact that I’ve made a real friend doing this, you know? Like, I want to meet this person and just hang out with them…and they seem like they’d be down for that! I have a hard time making friends and talking too people (which is, ironically, at least 70% of the reason I do Lab Notes to begin with), so that alone was a major victory for me. But they also believe in me and think highly of my work. I told them I waned to make an actual career out of this and they’ve told me a few times they can see that happening. Even if tomorrow they said they’re no longer interested in helping me out anymore, so long as they were still willing to be friends I’d be okay with that. Honestly, I’ve spent a long time hating myself for a number of reasons, and ever since they became my friend I’ve become much happier person.
For real: if you’re reading this, you’re one of the greatest people I know and your friendship means a lot too me. Now, lets get back to me boasting about how great I am. Hey, I don’t get many opportunities to do this, okay, so just let me have this one.
So that Bear With Me review, that was the first game I’ve reviewed that was done with a review copy. While I have always ran my blog with the thought that access to review codes and press releases don’t make a good site, I can’t lie and say they don’t make things easier. I’ve got another review coming in September as part of a project my friend is putting together that was also given too me by the developer, but we wont be seeing that one for a while. I probably wont be getting review codes for any AAA games for a while yet, but this too me is progress, it’s a sign that people are paying attention to what I’ve got to say.
In the last year, more specifically the last few months I have made a lot of personally progress. I’m back in school, I know what I want to do with my life and now I even have some reassurance that I’m headed in the right direction. 12 months ago I had none of that. Thank you too everyone who follows this blog, it means a lot too me. I’m not where I want to be yet, but now it feels less like a fools errand, and all of you have helped make that a reality.

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