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So this weekend prior, I was in Boston attending my first-ever con in PAX East, providing coverage for MMOGames. It was a whirlwind – a far busier experience than I had first supposed. For about eight hours each day of that weekend, I was darting around the show floor or some nearby locations, making appointments, playing games, talking to devs and otherwise living a second life.

Now that it’s all over and done with, and the coverage has ended, and I’m back in my office job’s chair…I don’t know that I want to do anything else.

This is all going to sound…well…noobish. I know that at least a couple of professional game journalists read this blog and they might shrug absently at this post. Or maybe they’ll smile knowingly and nod. I dunno. But I was embroiled in gaming for a full three straight days and cranking out around 15 articles.

That was just a taste. And I’m hungry for more of it.

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….yes, even all of this.

Of course, this is all under the assumption that my editors liked the job I did. I assume silence is a good thing, and I have a wonderful relationship with the editorial staff at MMOGames. With everyone there, in fact. So with that said, having been at a place like PAX East, I now find myself desperate to do more in this field. To learn more and to grow and to hopefully provide enjoyable and meaningful stuff for people to read. I don’t think I’ll be an Eliot Lefebvre, but I shook the man’s hand, and that offered me a sense of legitimacy that is hard to describe. Or perhaps I’m reading between lines that aren’t there, I dunno…but the whole experience affirmed my decision to start writing about gaming.

There are, of course, a few things about this freelance writing thing I was not anticipating. For one, the amount of time I have to myself to play games I’m not obligated to is smaller than ever before…which sounds like the douchiest of first-world problems, but it is something I feel. Also, finding time to balance this blog, my “real job” and my “side job” is still a tap dance I’m yet to ultimately master, and I worry that the quality of one of those three things will drop. There’s pressure and stress and worry…but there’s no doubt. Or at least very little of it.

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Basically I’m easily distracted…but in my defense, look at all of that!

PAX East was beyond anything I could have asked for. It was loud yet not uncomfortable. Celebratory and in your face and a pain to maneuver and foot-destroying. And Boston was the sort of city environment that I could dig – a place where I could walk about three or four blocks and find something to eat or a place to hang out. It was the most electric and embarrassing and worrying and thrilling thing I have ever done. And I got to share it with people.

I can’t thank enough MMOGames for kicking me out there. I can’t thank enough those who spent time with me and talked to me about their games, even if they were obligated by appointment to. And I can’t thank enough those who read for energizing the whole thing and making me realize  how badly I want this.

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Oh I’ll be back, so help me…

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