Platinum Times

So am still without employment.

I’ve given up counting the days since I had a permanent job yet I’ve kept myself busy since May. Now am looking to challenge myself in a few different ways and one of those ways is via a hobby I enjoy. There are still a few details that I’m ironing out but the main detail will be that I’ll be challenging myself to gain the platinum trophy from a future PS4 release. Why this challenge? Well I’ve never gained a platinum trophy before even from the games that only have a single player element. It’s not something that has ever bothered me, yet to give myself an achievable challenge this may just what I need and a heap of fun too.

D2

I have an idea that I’ll use the release of Dishonored 2 as a test bed for the ideas on how and where I’ll update my progress. In 2012, I played the original Dishonored on XB. It was fantastic and although I played a low chaos run, the exploration of both high and low chaos was very appealing.

I do hope the ‘saving on the fly’ is available in the sequel and I’d imagine at least two runs will be needed to achieve the platinum trophy. My initial thoughts are that I’ll play through the first run as Emily(low chaos) and then as Corvo(high chaos) with any missed trophies picked up as gameplay suits.

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Refreshed and Renewed

Since registering Flashpoint back in January, I’ve stuck with a fairly basic(OK bland) theme. Concentrating on my writing and thoughts, I’ve left tried to let the words speak for themselves. But the flat look to the site has bothered me over the last few months.

Yes, I like lighthouses.

If you have followed me long enough on Twitter then you’ll know that I’m a fan of Tara O’Connor’s comic book work. She has an incredible style to her work and wanted to commission Tara for an art piece to use as a header. So after the last few weeks we have knocked ideas back and forth. You can see a sneak peek of the outcome below.

Once the final piece has been tweaked it will sit in pride of place as the header for Flashpoint. Let me know what you think.

‘What are you thinking?’

Before you think anything, no I’m not throwing out a question there. It’s probably wise I don’t know what everyone else thinks. Imagine the mess that would leave me in!

There are times that my mind races ahead of the speed at which my brain can handle. These are, I suppose, a very mild version of a manic episode that those with bipolar suffer from. I rarely get these moments now but they were prevalent before I got help from the doctor. Before I recognised that I’d probably been suffering from depression for years, these moments of ‘racing thoughts’ would be brushed off as an side-effect of having a good mood. Now I know them to be a small warning to be mindful.

Chant

It’s strange but I seemed to have developed an automatic response to those racing thoughts. I have found myself verbalising the words, ‘what are you thinking?’ to myself. Almost like a rebuttal, a way of breaking where my runaway thoughts are taking me. It does do the trick and it brings the present back to me. Maybe it’s the shock of verbalising the words rather than the words themselves? It feels like a chant, that I’ve identified that the thought process is being broken by racing impulses.

Those racing thoughts themselves? That’s probably best well left alone or at least for another time.