Here we are then. Back to the video games, with this woefully belated review of Dishonored 2.
And on which note... let's talk about the TV show Westworld.
Did you watch it? It was alright. The entire world saw the big twist coming a mile away - but I'd expect nothing less from Jonathan Nolan, writer of The Prestige... a movie that is only enjoyable providing you don't guess the twist five minutes in, which I - and presumably many others - did.
But hey - I don't want to talk about Westworld.
"Hooray! Finally, he's going to discuss video games!"
No, I want to discuss a review I read of Westworld.
I got lucky. A bunch of succesful kids TV shows under my belt, a hard work ethic, a stable, loving relationship with someone who's also my best friend, great mates, and fantastic kids, gave me a solid base upon which to build. The counselling course, for all its faults, gave me the impetus to pull apart everything and put it back together in the right order.
I love working in kids' TV. I've got a home. My health - more or less. I've had an interesting and varied career. I'm proud of what I've achieved. I've had adventures, and done things that I could never have imagined. Most importantly to me, I'm a good dad, a good step-dad, a good partner, and - I think (I hope) - someone I can look in the eye and say is a good person. I'm even a good ex-husband; for all the tumult when together, I get on well with my kids' mother.
I wish my mortgage wasn't so eye-watering, and that I had saved a bit more over the years; I'm still playing catch-up from taking my eye off the ball, and not being great with money during all the tumult. Nonetheless, for all that, my life these past several years has been close to what I've always wanted it to be. And yet, something was missing - and I didn't know what it was.
I just knew that there was some part of me that wasn't being satisfied. I felt I needed a hobby, something beyond eating and watching telly. I just couldn't think of one which felt right. Collecting toby jugs wasn't me.
Back when I was doing my psychotherapy training I had to give a presentation with a group of my fellow students. While everyone else gave a pretty standard presentation, maybe with the help of Powerpoint, we put on a version of Cinderella - complete with costumes and scenery - which outlined the fundamentals of Person-Centred Theory.
Pity those working with me; I was a total control freak. I got completely carried away, but I loved doing it, so excited and fired up at the opportunity to be creative. The course gave me other opportunities to express myself through art - at one point, I was requried to depict the Person-Centred model of the "self-concept", and I drew a painting for the first time in years.
That was what I had missed: being creative in a way that was uniquely personal to me.
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat... BANG BANG BANG BANG is the sound of the goose falling down the stairs.
Thanks to everyone who said something nice about Mr Biffo's Found Footage. Work is already underway on next year's full series. If you can give the Christmas special a plug - please do. The more people we can get to watch it, the more chance there is of futher stuff like this happening in the future.
For the first time ever, Digitiser2000's Friday Letters Page will feature a Star Letter. The winner of the prestigious honour will receive a prize, donated by Digitiser2000 reader Bunty McSad-Pants. She calls it "Monsieur Le Fantôme". This is what it looks like.
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