Epilogue: A Tale of One Writer

This editorial is non-game specific and solely based on insights and opinions from its author.

One comment I receive a lot when I explain my job to others is “That’s awesome! How do I get into doing that?!” There is no perfect answer to this query, and despite how awesome working in this industry sounds and really is, it’s hard work and not quite as glamorous as you may be envisioning in your head.

Working on a gaming fan/press site requires a lot of dedication outside of game(s). We don’t actually spend most of our day playing these games for hours on end (unless we’re working on a review). Often, we find that there’s only a handful of time to spend in-game while dedicating the majority of our workday to emails, writing breaking news about games we may or may not actually play, writing guides, participating in social media, and so on. It doesn’t matter if you’re the editor-in-chief or a contributing writer; as a friend succinctly told me, “Everyone in the gaming press has to wear multiple hats, from the smallest fan site to the largest press operation.”

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Discovering 2014: Paper Bag Booklets

Discovering 2014 is a personal goal to complete a daily project throughout the year!

Today’s project was Paper Bag Booklets. This is a great project to do with the kids or for a cute and simple personalized gift. The idea came from this blog post by Stellaire.

I followed most of her instructions but I decided to cut the side flaps out instead of gluing the front and back together. My pages weren’t as thick but they were still perfectly functional.

The first booklets I made were following the suggestion of cutting at 3″ from the top of a lunch bag. I did this to three bags, then also cut off the side flaps.

I stapled the middle, then used some washi tape to wrap around, not only to cover the staples, but also because it made it a bit more book-like. You may notice that there are narrower booklets pictured as well: I also used those side flaps I cut out to make mini-booklets!

I decided to take off another section of the bag and make one booklet for myself. This one I used my rectangle hole punch and yarn to make a binding.

The other booklets my younger two children used, which are pictured at the top–one did stickers and the other wrote about snowboarding. The yarn-bound one I used to start a booklet, which will hopefully be a fun little gift when it’s completed! 🙂

Tomorrow’s project is Homemade Nutter Butters!