by Kristi R. Johnson
This message has been brought to you by boredom.
And also Pokemon Go.
Allow me to explain:
In the summer, I take time off from the writing center, and typically enjoy having fewer obligations and more free time. This is all well and fine and is a personal decision I make every year, and for the first half of summer, I am usually walking on sunshine and having to keep myself from spinning around downtown San Antonio with my arms out á la Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (don’t act like you’ve never wanted to do it).
And then I go on vacation, which is always awesome. But the thing about vacations is that they always end and you must return home, unpack, and then, horror of horrors, you have to go back to work. And for some reason, it is always after my vacation that the boredom sets in. Combine this with my mistake of watching a Pokemon Fire Red playthrough on YouTube, and there I was downloading Pokemon Go on my phone, and my life has not been the same since.
The greatest thing about Pokemon Go is also the thing that is most annoying about it. You have to do the work if you hope to get anywhere (unless you go the cheating route, but I am going to assume no word nerd out there would ever think of doing such a thing). You have to physically get up and go out and walk to places if you want to catch Pokemon, hatch eggs, collect Pokemon candy, and battle in gyms. And while this forced effort actually makes the game pretty great, it is often what can make writing so tiresome.
Yep, I went there. I am making parallels between Pokemon Go and writing. This is what that game has reduced me to.
I have said it many times over various articles in this blog, but at the start of this new semester, it bears repeating: If you hope to complete any writing assignment, at some point, you’re going to have to actually write something. Sure, there is research that must be done, and outlining certainly helps, but eventually, actual writing will have to happen. This is also the only way you’ll get better at it.
And since this is the WNW, below I have thrown in the three words Pokemon Go players seem to use the most when referring to the act of walking around with no particular goal in mind other than gaining XP and possibly leveling up.
Farming – My personal favorite. This is what I call it when I walk around my neighborhood attempting to catch every Pokemon I see, only to transfer most of them once I get back to my apartment. What I am really after is the XP, and if I manage to find a rare or awesome Pokemon in the process, then all the better.
Grinding – According to some of my favorite let’s players on YouTube, this is the official word for the act of playing a gaming solely for the purpose of gaining XP or leveling up so as to better play against an upcoming enemy.
Hunting – This usually has more to do with going out to catch Pokemon than anything else, but catching Pokemon results in gained XP, so that’s always nice.
I hope you’ll forgive this week’s diversion. I promise next week’s post will be completely free of any Pokemon Go references. Probably. Hopefully. Well, we’ll see.