You may have noticed that there weren’t any Tales of Zestiria episodes live on the YouTube channel yesterday. In fact, my plan for the Tales of Zestiria week derailed spectacularly during the weekend, leaving me with this current situation and forcing me to make the decision I’ve made and will be telling you about now. Continue reading Houston We Have a Problem…and an opportunity!
Last week, I mentioned I wanted to do a few things differently with the YouTube channel, and at some other point I mentioned I would be leaving one of the LawfulGeek Plays slots empty for a while as I wanted to do a few more edits and prepare videos more thoroughly.
To that end, and because I’m a bit impatient and want to move things along as fast as I can, I’ve decided to use this week to air the remaining episodes of Darksiders. Continue reading Darksiders Week!
Weeks ago, I promised that I would return to fiction and more writing guides. Sadly, I haven’t had the time to do any of that. You might not believe it but keeping The Mental Attic on its 5-article a week rotation, plus the YouTube channel and the Twitch streams really take its toll on me and I often find myself struggling to keep up, to deliver an article with a level of quality we can all be happy with.
True, it’s my fault for taking on so many things at once, but when you really want something and you have goals in your mind, you know you’ll sacrifice whatever you have to and do the work. Still, I do wish I could return to other forms of writing, perhaps take a breather from the gaming world and look at some of my other interests for a while.
Continue reading Creative Struggle – Time to cut loose!
For the past few months, I’ve been pumping out videos for a series of Let’s Play videos I like to call LawfulGeek Plays. I’ve run these episodes in various formats and schedules, the latest one being a Monday to Friday schedule with three episodes per day, one for the games I’ve been playing.
For the past couple of weeks I haven’t had any episodes, as I’ve just moved to another country and I’m not in my own place with the proper internet to upload them in bulk. But the break has given me time to think and I’ve realised that the schedule I have right now isn’t working. It’s not attracting more viewers and it’s very time-consuming for me, as I need to record dozens of episodes ahead of time to keep up to date. As much as I love recording and playing the games, it does cut into the time I need for other projects, considerably so. Continue reading LawfulGeek Plays Rescheduling!
Last year, around the time of Rezzed 2015 I decided that after two years of doing pretty much nothing with The Mental Attic it was time for a change. At the time, my life had changed considerably. I was going through some rough stuff, which I mentioned here in the past, I had moved to Ireland after failing to move to England and I had yet to find a job in Dublin. The Mental Attic and its success or failure became crucial for me, it was a lifeline when I had none.
Last week while finishing up the articles for the Rezzed coverage I realised that it had been a full year since that moment, since I decided to keep The Mental Attic on a five article a week schedule, one that I’ve managed to keep going with only minor hiccups, such as the week I took after the Extra Life charity event, because I was too exhausted to write anything. But I’m only one guy, don’t have any help with the site—not yet anyway—so I do what I can. Continue reading The Road So Far – April 2016
For the past few months, I’ve been streaming to my LawfulGeek Twitch channel, after finally moving from my original one. I worked with an artist to get things looking perfectly and slowly worked towards growing the channel…with not much success, though I don’t let that stop me from broadcasting as I really enjoy it.
Continue reading Back in a Jiffy!
A year or so ago I opened my first channel on Twitch, and like most of my accounts online I called it KKutlesa, my name and surname. Not the most creative I know, but it didn’t matter to me. I didn’t need to hide my name behind an alias, nor did I have any idea about building a brand. It was just a channel to have fun with once in a while. Continue reading Rise of the Lawful Geek
In the past few weeks things have been very hectic for me, insane to be honest. I’ve taken huge risks and leaps and grown a lot in the process. I wrote about that a few days ago if you wish to read it for yourself.
I’m currently in transition, trying to figure personal things out, such as what I want. I thought I had it all planned out last year. I knew where I was going, what I was going to do and how things were going to happen but it didn’t work out that way. I wasn’t exactly left adrift, because I still had the idea of where I wanted to be, but I was blinded by it and wouldn’t see other options. What’s done is done and I can’t change it, but it has affected my current situation. There are negatives but I’m also happy at the positives, such as the growth I’ve had in the past few weeks. This has been and still is the greatest adventure. But I want and need to settle soon, in the coming months hopefully and in doing so I hope to figure out all the things I want and need and what I need to say goodbye to to move on with my life. One of my greatest flaws in life is how much I cling to the past and let it drag me down. Letting go has never been my forte and is something I’m still working on.
The Mental Attic has been in transition as well. From the small hobby site it started as, for me to try different story concepts and basically beta test techniques I would later use in my novels, to the varying topics I’ve introduced over the past year, none of them sticking around for long, to the recent plan to overhaul and expand, I recently realised I’ve tried to do too much, too soon and too fast. The Mental Attic isn’t ready to be the big hub of opinions, growth and learning I see in my head. It needs to start smaller, more focused and directed. I still believe in the “Think Better. Think Bigger” philosophy, but I’ve thought Bigger for too long and now it’s just time to think Better.
The Mental Attic will return to a recurring schedule soon, but it’ll be more focused. Instead of broad subjects I’ll focus on the things that interest me and those closest to me as people: Film, TV, Gaming and Writing. Those are the core of my lifestyle, the interests that make me who I am. You will see more reviews of games I’m playing, old or new it doesn’t matter. If I get review codes, fine, if not I’ll review as soon as I’ve played it. Same with Film and TV. As for writing I’ll talk about books I’m reading and give out my own lessons on novel writing, coming from my own limited experience. I will also, from time to time explore other ideas, as my mind tends to wander.
The most important part though is that it will be constant. There will be articles each week and there will never be a week without articles. I won’t promise I’ll have articles every single day, especially not now as I’m in this situation, but I will strive for publishing every week. I will still be open to contributions of course, if there’s anything you wish to share with the world. The Attic doors are open to you, even if the topic doesn’t belong to those I’ve mentioned.
Things are changing. I am changing and The Mental Attic needs to finally have direction and purpose, a road to follow to reach that goal I have for it. But it first needs to take its first proper steps instead of stumbling around as I’ve had it doing for so long. I’ve always been impatient, I want things and I want them now, but some things shouldn’t be rushed. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way and it’s time I apply that lesson to everything else, including this site. It’ll take time for things to reach the level I aspire, but that’s OK, there’s always a first step.
Hope you come back and see what is happening, and more than that I hope what you read entertains and enlightens you.
It’s been an interesting year, with ups down, monkey wrenches in plans and some truly fantastic, borderline epic moments, and I just can’t wait for what 2014 will bring, because I have the distinct feeling that it’ll be awesome.
Hello all, just here to wish you all an absolutely fantastic 2013.
As for me, 2012 was a very good year. Sure, it had its disappointments, its bad moments, I got angry, sad, I raged, I was frustrated, etc. But there was also quite a lot of joy, of accomplishment, of new experiences and a great deal of learning, which is always good.
Speaking of experiences, this year this blog happened, I starte one and exposed my writing and myself to public scrutiny and opinion, something I always thought I wouldn’t do, but I did it anyway and it’s fantastic. If only I could go back and smack my younger self, but I suppose everything has its timing. This last month I’ve even worked at reviewing games, something I’ve always wanted to do but never found the opportunity, now I’ve done it, even though I’m still figuring out my own style when it comes to that.
This year was also the year I advanced my world-conquest schemes, hit milestones and prepared myself to hit new ones.
If 2013 is remotely close to how 2012 was, it’ll all be fine!
How can you be sure? Easy: Every day, when you wake up, close your eyes, take a deep breath and remind and order yourelf: “Today will be a good day!” It might not sound like much, but I assure you it works.
So, once again. We wish you a fantastic new year. Who’s “we” you ask? Every tennant in my attic of course:
Roberto Peralta wishes you nothing but joy and hopes this year you face and conquer your inner demons and rid yourself of your prejudice, learning to live in peace with everyone!
Pete Ng, The Tiger hopes you have wonderful adventures this year, learn exciting new things and if possible, forgive and forget.
Lillian Carpenter & Don have argued extensively on what to wish for you, but they always argue. So far the only thing they’ve agreed on is this year you must bravely face everything that comes your way and always remember you are not alone and there is no reason for you to shoulder burdens by yourself. The people around you will help you if you call them.
The Illusionist doesn’t care one way or another. This is all a Dream after all, but if in fact you are not a Lemming but another Dreamer, he wishes you to remember you have the power to change your Dreamscape, to enforce your will on the world. Make this year a better one even if the year doesn’t want to.
The Alhur have their own thing to say, even if you have not formally met. They hope you awaken one day to find the world to be exactly the place you’ve always dreamed of.
Weston Styles, whom you’ll meet soon, wants me to tell you that this year don’t let yourself be trampled or force to change for someone elses benefit. Be yourself, be proud in who you are, and if someone doesn’t agree, tell them to bugger off!
As for me, well, I think I’ve said enough, and I can’t think of anything else but to say “Be happy!”, in the end, what matters is being happy. Live through 2013 with a smile on your face and grin your way through everything!
See you all around next time you come to visit my Mental Attic!
Something else you should read!!
- 13 Wishes for You in 2013 (caregiving.com)