Following two months of lounging round the house, doing the odd bit of playing, eating an unhealthy abundance of bread and drinking tap water from bottles, followed by more lounging about the place, my holiday is at last over.
I spent much of last week packing my things (most of which were already prepared in bags up in my loft – murder getting them all down again, though). This year I’ll be taking on all sort of challenges, some I can already predict, but many will be unknown and completely new to me. Practically the whole of my summer was spent in front of my laptop writing, or prepping myself for the future in different ways.
I already mentioned last month that Platform would be expanding its reach to the online universe this year. We’ll at long last I’m extremely proud to present Platform Online to you. It’s still under construction at the time of posting, but it should be active within the next few weeks. I’ve been working towards this for a full year now, so I’ll be overjoyed to see my articles all in one place. Obviously, I’ve been quite reluctant to share my material until the site is ready. It’s likely to have a few teething problems, but I confident that will get things ironed out.
I can also assure you that I’m doing everything I can to get exciting games coverage up there. This year both PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles are at my disposal and my pool of writers is large than before. The annual GameCity festival is coming up next month and I’ll be there reporting on the event. And we may even have another writer attending a public event in London that same week, so there’s plenty to look forward to. The new content kicks off 5 October, when all the Freshers start pouring in for Freshers’ Week 2009.
So long as I manage to get my time management right, there are also a couple other things for me to share early next month too.
Besides work there’s also been a multitude of other things taking up my time this week, namely bills and rent. Honestly, I never knew banking could be so difficult. My current situation has also been made worst by the fact that two of my housemates are addicted to MMOs (they’re currently playing the new NCsoft one, Aion). Much to my disgust, personal hygiene and keeping the kitchen surfaces clean also don’t seem to be high on their list. Needless to say, this week’s been a struggle and I’m beginning to regret my decision to rent with them.
Fortunately, not all is lost. I’ve got my friends, I’ve got my duties as a student (and journo-in-training) and I’ve got new horizons to explore. Yes, there’s so much potential this year I can almost taste it in the air (were it not for the dull scent of dry wood and musty carpet that’s currently filling my nostrils, in the small bedroom of my rented accommodation). I promised I’d take a trip to Nottingham castle last term which I didn’t fulfil, so that’s first on the agenda.