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Did you have much encouragement in writing, and if so, by whom?

MONKEY
Good Lord! I wish there was a funny story for this, something evoking Truman Capote, to tell you about my early writing. Sadly, I came only lately into writing and would likely be better known for drawing if there was any fairness in the world. I can very honestly say I never wrote a grammatical sentence, of more then six words, until I was twenty. Well, at least anything set to paper of on the first attempt. I am creative, but I've lacked the careful architect tools of a real writer who can build something great. I have the mind of a lunatic and that helps make for interesting ideas, but nearly ninety-nine percent of my writing process is correction and re-writing. Maybe, knowing enough to re-writing makes me a real writer, but it sure seems like more work when the whole process seems like carving toothpicks out of whole trees. The first story I ever wrote was in second grade about a one eyed monster that was cruel only because he needed eye-drops. My 2nd grade teacher's assistant thought it was very creative, and the was my first moment of pride in anything I wrote.

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Why should people read what you write here?

MONKEY
Facts are written by and for the sissy! Here in my blog, I deal in truth and leave factual reporting to the experts. I might not always spell all the words correctly and I cannot vouch for my mastery of the rules of grammar; However, I do try to say interesting things and I try to make it fun. That's my only promise: what you find here will be as fun, funny or irritatingly interesting. If you don't agree I give you back twice what you paid me to read it..
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I’ll just say it… If I hear another 24-44 year old gamer (ex-gamer) whines that s/he is less interested in games I’m going to vomit. Understand me it not that I think people of any age should be into games, should not be into games, should be leaving games behind or picking games up according to age. No, the problem is these people tend to have so much angst about the prospect of their view of games changing that they become shrill on the subject. They whine like two year olds, and then, for the love of god, they start going through the ‘levels of separation anxiety’ in public. Much like a toddler loves an audience for a tantrum, your adult gamer just loves an audiences to listen to their reason for – why games are different now, why there just isn’t enough time, what a family is really about because they know now (wink), or why they have evolved out or mere gaming.



Here is the deal, unless you MAKE games there should be no issue about how little or how much you are into games as an adult. Games are a hobby, you don’t see people on SKI magazine message boards saying, “Dude, just not into skiing every weekend any more…guess I’m growing up brah.” Hobbies are thing you either decided to spend time on or you don’t, and depending on your life, the amount of time you spend can vary. Burt the important point is NOBODY CARES!!!!



Really, folks it is okay to stop gaming without writing a ‘suicide note-like’ goodbye on your blogs. No need to start telling everyone, “they will be sorry when YOU are gone from gaming.”


THAT'S ERR WINE!!! Miles Raymond: "...if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!"

It is okay to silently and quietly without a lot of fuss to stop gaming. Alternatively, game less than you once did or would like to. Nevertheless, just remember -nobody cares- you not gaining new insights or telling some truth to the world, you just being less or more or differently engaged in a god-damn-hobby. It’s a hobby you fucking-egotistical-twits, not a life changing event. Believe me if you stop gaming you are not making the biggest choice in your life.



It’s a hobby. It’s a good hobby too. Yet, the world will keep spinning without you gaming. Your friends who still game will do so or not without your “considered” input on the subject. There is no need to write ten blogs on the ten websites about your ‘theory of adulthood’. You can just slide down the slope into other hobbies, responsibilities, or activities.



I would say, gaming less in parts of your life is wise. My rule of thumb is play video games from age 7 to 15…then STOP for ten years. Then pick up gaming again form 25-death on/off as you choose. Very simple very clean rules - play, then live the best years of your life, and then do whatever floats your boat after that. However, just do all that without whining or making a big production out of your choices.


SEE PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE, DOING THINGS TOGETHER....THIS IS 15-25 STUFF
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