Sometimes I sit down to write about where I am at in my creative journey, and I get a profound sense of déjà vu.
2022 has been a pretty chaotic year so far for me. I started a new job in February, and between that and a very busy family life that now includes basketball tournaments every weekend, my free time has been at a minimum.
Lately, Sunday mornings have become the one time of the week where I have a couple hours of "me time," and I have increasingly been using that time for creative self-care, which for me means consuming the kinds of games, stories, movies, shows, and music that provide an immersive experience, somewhere I can escape to for a bit and recharge for the week ahead.
Right now, I'm leaning heavily into games for my Sunday morning escapes, and the two I have been spending the most time with lately are Elden Ring, and Kirby and the Forgotten Lands.
I've chronicled my love for From's Souls games on multiple occasions. My first blogs about Demon's Souls are 11 years old! One of the things I've written about that makes these games special for me is they show you a world and tell you a story, but they also leave a lot of mystery for the reader or player to work out on their own. Elden Ring is From's biggest game yet, and provides more of everything I love about the Souls games, and then some.
But Kirby and the Forgotten Lands is also scratching that creative itch for me, as it also features a world filled with mystery, and plenty of lore and secrets to unravel. It's also adorable, and provides a wonderful contrast to the grim and challenging experience that is Elden Ring.
Both of these games are recharging my creative batteries right now, in a time where writing has been really difficult for me. Spending an hour or two on a Sunday morning with these games has been helping me get through some very busy and somewhat difficult times.