The grip of insomniac excitement

After a few days of being out and about doing exciting things, and the uncomfortable jolt of then coming home to work and domestic tasks, I finally got around to finishing my latest article for, which will no doubt go online in the next week or so.

I feel like I’m really getting into the swing of these now, breaking down the articles into super-short paras with the odd caption to pace it even further. I’ve been writing for the web for five years as of the end of this year (five years of Shiny Shelf – scary stuff!), and I’ve learned a lot in that time about making text digestible for reading on-screen. However, these editorials have required a further level of discipline in terms of keeping things simple and clear while maintaining the necessary depth and conveying the complexities of an issue.

Having knocked that one and the head and sent it off past midnight, I should really have done the sensible thing and gone straight to sleep. Instead, I’ve booked a few tickets, including ‘Casino Royale’ on the weekend of release and the Pipettes Christmas Party at Camden’s Roundhouse. Unfortunately, the excitement of having all this to look forward to has woken me up a bit. I suspect the thrills will have long worn off when I wake up tomorrow morning…


November 8, 2006. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Comments off.

Dual wielding

I have a new games-related editorial online today, not only on but also its sister site, You can go directly to the editorial from either of these links:

‘Out of Control’ on

‘Out of Control’ on

Mobile gaming is an interesting area, as the article suggests it has great potential but the games have to fit the handsets (or vice versa). I’m enjoying writing these editorials, combining industry analysis with my own interests, keeping the pieces both professional and entertaining.

For completists, the previous four editorials are here:

‘Brand Values’ The challenges facing PlayStation 3.

‘Local Heroes’ More globally diverse gaming.

‘A Vicious Cycle’ The disadvantages of regular sequels.

‘Worlds Without End’ Is episodic content the way forward?


November 1, 2006. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Comments off.