About ten years ago, I had a shift change at work, going from swing shift to early morning day shift. It worked out at the time, because I was working on graduate degrees, and needed early night time for classes.
The years went by and the commute got much longer. I live about 20 miles from work, and during those ten years, I've gained over an hour worth of commute time because of increased Los Angeles traffic. I've also gained many pounds because I've been so tired doing the 90 min. commute home.
Starting tomorrow, I'm going back to swing shift. My commute into work will still be about an hour, but it should take me no more than 25 min. to get home.
The ultimate goal of this is to get more time and energy to write. This new shift will be a better fit for my natural wake/sleep cycle as well.
So hopefully, I'll be able to step it up and gain a lot of writing time. Somewhere down the line I'm going to have to move to a state where the traffic and expense isn't so punishing. But at least for now, I'll have a bit more time to type those words. And I'm really looking forward to spending mornings in local cafes, drinking mochas with my laptop in front of me, and a book sitting on the side, ready to be picked up.
I had to go out of town for a couple of weeks due to family matters. I've been back in Los Angeles for a few days and have been busy with work. At night I've been trying to squeeze in some video gaming.
Just before I left, Halo 5 came out, and I instantly fell in love with its multiplayer. The first day I got home, I downloaded Star Wars Battlefront and Fallout 4, and haven't even had time to start the latter.
I'd been busy for a few months, knee-deep in The Witcher 3 (which is a fantastic game). I can't wait to get to back to it. But I'm so enjoying the multiplayer modes in Halo 5 and Battlefront, I don't know when I'll have the time. I know for sure once I start Fallout 4, I'm going to have a hard time putting it down. I've also only scratched the surface of Metal Gear Solid 5.
2015 has turned out to be a banner year in video game history. The last huge year that I remember was 2007. Bioshock came out in August, and blew the gaming community away. It was easily one of the best video game narratives ever created. Halo 3 was released in September. Call of Duty IV debuted in early November, and proved to be the first enormous advance in first-person shooters in years. Crysis, Mass Effect, and Rockband all came out in the middle of November, 2007. Talk about a crowded field! The first Assassin's Creed was released that fall as well.
So while the second half of 2015 may not be as huge as 2007, it certainly feels big. The games are finally looking and feeling very next gen. Just like with TV, there's too much terrific content at the moment for the time available to enjoy it all. I would love to play the new Tomb Raider, but there just aren't enough hours in the day.
I don't know how 2016 is going to shape up. I have a feeling we're going to get at least a couple of the huge titles we've been waiting for. Hopefully we'll have a few months of a break so we can catch up on this fantastic second half of 2015, which has turned out to be one of the best gaming years in recent memory.
Jon David Rosten, author of
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