Overworked and underpaid

Welcome to July’s editorial for 2018, where we’re taking a well-deserved break from work and putting our feet up for a moment. Let’s take a look back at what happened in June as well as find out what’s coming up this month.


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Personal backstory:

Putting it bluntly: work sucks right now. My department is going through a restructure which will see me move to a new role and no longer look after a team soon; and for everyone else, new job descriptions and managers are coming. The feeling of unease within the office is understandable but the process is taking far too long and it’s having a really damaging effect on morale. The worst part about it all is that there’s nothing I can do or say to make my current team feel better, and every day I come home feeling emotionally exhausted.

That’s why it’s been a struggle to get up the motivation to write recently. It’s not writers’ block, because I’ve got a list of around 20 ideas I could create posts about; it’s more a case of simply not having the energy to focus on the words after being at work. I’ve stuck with it and have managed to keep to my posting schedule throughout June but it has been tough. All I’ve really wanted to do is turn on the PC or PlayStation, pick up the controller and forget about everything else going on.

The grind:

Here are the games I played last month, some of which were far better than others:

Guns of Icarus Alliance, video game, box art, title, logo     Marie's Room, video game, box art, silhouette, girls, sitting     Silence, video game, box art     Sword & Sorcery, video game, box art          The Monster Inside, video game, box art, isometric, black and white, room, detective's office, desk     The Whispered World, video game, box art

The community:

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the summer blog party last month! By the end of the event, 27 articles by amazing writers had been shared on social media and over 270 comments have been left on the post itself. I hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves and had the opportunity to meet some new friends in the WordPress community with similar interests. The next blog party will be taking place on 10 September 2018 so stick the date in your diary!

NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog is currently working away on Tomb Raider: Writers’ Raid, a collaboration which will see a group of bloggers share their memories of Lara’s adventures. You can find out more about how to get involved in this post along with details of a Later Levels stream for the event on 04 August 2018. If The Legend of Zelda is more your thing, take a look at this update from Matt at Normal Happenings and keep your eyes peeled on 11 July 2018.

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Searching for something awesome to read? Then take a look at these highlights from last month.

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The next level:
  • Is LeChuck a foul and evil villain, or simply misunderstood? I’ll be delving into this question in a post dedicated to Read This Stance
  • We’ll be taking a trip to this month’s London Gaming Market to spend all our pocket-money and will share whatever bargains we’re able to find
  • Following on from this post where we got to know each other better, I’ll be explaining why I really don’t like George and Nico from the Broken Sword series
  • After hearing about the Rapture Gaming Festival while at Comic Con last month, we might pop along to see what it’s all about
  • Forget the Steam summer sale – I’ll be recommending some games worth playing that can be picked up for absolutely nothing

  • And now back to the grindstone – Kim   😴

    Editorial: July 2018

    17 thoughts on “Editorial: July 2018

    1. Same as Hundstrasse I wish I could offer words of wisdom. Keep going and you will all get there. Hopefully the process of restructuring will complete soon and you can all work out where you stand.


    2. Ouch! Big changes like that at work definitely suck. I hope everything settles down for you soon. 🙂 I am also looking forward to reading about what games I can pick up for absolutely nothing! Sorry in advance, backlog…


      • Urgh, always a backlog ha ha! I made a point of not buying anything in the Steam sale this time around until I’ve caught up on a few other games. Doesn’t stop me casting a wistful eye over them though… 😳

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    3. Nice editorial, sorry to hear about work though. The bright side is that you can stop to focus on it being bad and fill up your thoughts with stuff that you have fun outside of work with. I’m not sure if I conveyed that correctly but I meant: if you can’t move forward there, move forward outside of work. Like this. 🙂


      • I understand, and they’re very wise words indeed. You’ve just got to keep reminding yourself that no situation lasts forever and these things will eventually pass. 🙂

        (And play video games in the meantime.)


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    5. That sounds stressful AF. I hate not knowing where I stand in any situation, but having it be at work adds another layer of stress, because you have to spend so much of your day there, and, you know, it’s y our livelihood. I’m sorry you can’t bury yourself in writing to escape :\ Hopefully, things will settle down soon and you can get back to what’s really important!


      • Fortunately I’ve got a week off coming up very soon so I can forget about it and just play video games ha ha! Hopefully there’s only another month to go before the work changes are finally in place and we can all move on. Thanks for the kind words – it’s lovely to know the community always has your back. 😉

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