My perfect day …

During my time off work a enjoyed some really good session streaming and as I enjoyed the time with my viewers, someone mentioned about being a full time streamer! Now, as you might be aware, I actually have a full time job, my own radio station, write for two blogs and stream on Twitch, so life is understandably really very busy. As I walked for my usual morning coffee this morning, it got me thinking about what my perfect day would be like if I had the time, money and motivation to do everything I wanted to do- without the things I had to do to to pay the bills – e.g. work. So what follows in this waffle is what I would class as my perfect working day…

Before I get into the details, I just wanted to clarify that what follows it not my perfect day of all time but my perfect working day. The former is usually associated with long walks on beaches and sitting watching the sunset over distant snow capped mountains. I’m no good at that sort of thing, but work is something I can do, and hopefully do well. I am assuming that I don’t need to do my full time job any more. I do really enjoy my job but it does take up significant amount of time which I could dedicate to streaming and radio but it pays the bills which allows me to finance these activities. There was once a time that I would say that even if I won the lottery I would continue my current job. Unfortunately I feel that that would now not happe … I’ve been doing it for a long, long, long, long time and I feel I definitely need a change. So what would my day be composed of? Well in order to bring some order to this waffle I’m going to take you through what I would describe as a typical day.

  • Early Mornings – I’ve always been an early riser – although this is more difficult when I have to get up! I like working in the morning so this is definitely a time which I would be getting up and getting out. I would definitely start every day with a walk to my local Costa to settle down with my MacBook and a coffee (and maybe toast) to check emails, interact on Discord, catch up on Twitter and make appropriate likes and comments on a range of Facebook Posts. Then it would be blogging time! I really like to sit down and write these waffles. I would also hope that there would be a community which would have developed and grown around the blogs – linking in with discord – and the morning coffee time would be an opportunity for me to engage with the discussions and actually engage with my followers. This would also be the time that I would be creating new adventures for both the D&D and Shadowrun campaigns and reading up on rules etc. Of course, the radio station would still be playing throughout this time. If I was super busy I might even have to stay for two coffees! but usually I would think I would be leaving about 11:00 and heading home – oops back to my office!

  • Afternoons – After getting back home I think it would be time for general housework stuff and lunch – it would be great to actually sit and have lunch without actually having to eat and work all at once! Although my mornings would be quite routine, I think the afternoons would be more flexible. Sometimes I think I would probably give it over to admin work of some description, like uploading songs to the radio station’s database or sorting out subscription requests or even checking out the new stories or gaming news in preparation for future radio shows. At about 15:00 I would definitely do a streaming session probably based on a less popular game or even a IRL (in real life) session – I do like this nice channel on Twitch since it just allows me to stream about anything, although there is still some debate whether when I am planning my radio show I should be in the IRL or Creative? For me the answer is simple – its the one I need to be in without getting banned again – yes that did happen – shame on me. Sometimes, if there was a good afternoon film on the tele, I might just sit down and watch it, curled up on the sofa only moving for a refill of my drink. Currently, as I work and stream and present on the radio – I have a statement which I try to keep in my mind at all times – “If I am sat doing nothing, then I have forgotten that I have something to do!” It would be nice to not have to remember and act on that statement.

  • Evenings – After a meal, I would definitely be spending the evening doing the two things which I really love to do. A couple evenings a week I would be doing my radio shows and the rest of the time I would be streaming. I currently do three radio shows, so I would hope that these were still happening although if there were plenty of presenters being part of the station then I would be happy to reduce my role to more of a manager – maybe just having the odd show which I could combine my three shows into. Streaming would be my passion on the evenings – probably streaming late into the night since I would not have to get up for work the next day. I would definitely have a couple of campaigns – a D&D one and a ShadowRun one and then maybe even playing in one? Coupled with this would be streaming my favourite games – Star Wars, Black Desert Online and Elder Scrolls Online. It would be really nice to get fully immersed in these games and, with less of my limited brain power having to think about work, I might actually start to know and understand more of the games! I know – you probably think that will never happen if you have seen me play!

  • Weekends – Having a full time job means that the weekend is always taken up with streaming, blogging, planning, housework and presenting. I do think that I would definitely take a day off everything in order to enjoy something else. I’ve always wanted to get into photography and, with my new acquisition of a drone, it would be possible for me to actually leave the house (pause for absorb that moment of madness) and venture outside to take photos and videos. This would probably become part of my YouTube channel, so it would not be completely dislocated from my virtual life. You never know – when I eventually get round to making some waffles, I might actually get bitten by the baking bug!

  • There are plenty of things which I actually want to do and succeed with – animation within the old Flash would be great, being able to draw superhero cartoons, write a series of short stories the list goes on. Maybe, just maybe, I would start to find the time to actually engage and complete some of these projects. Believe me, time is the issue at the moment, not motivation. If I had a another six hours every day I am sure I would be working wonders with my projects.

    I often meet up or see people who have retired or left work and they always look so well. I always ask what they are up to and they always state that they are extremely busy and this is what I think I would hope my perfect day would be like. I don’t want to sit and do nothing every day, I want to be busy but not have the huge amount of stress, and in my case anxiety, about what I am doing, what needs to be done and what I have forgotten to do. I guess enjoying what I am doing and not being stressed would all contribute to that feeling that everyday would be my perfect day.

    As always, if you have any thoughts or comments on this post then please add them below or send them to me via any of the social media sites I frequent. You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then please check out my Minecraft webpage for details of joining the the server. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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