Audiobooks & Video Games


Since I have written only in fits and starts lately due to adjusting to medication levels, I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks.  Technically it’s still working, a writer must also read to get better at at their craft.

When I’m not trying to sling words onto the page, I often play video games.  I don’t like shooter games or games like Candy Crush, I prefer puzzle games and simulation games, like Roller Coaster Tycoon or Pharaoh.  Lately, I have been playing Project Highrise because I like tower games.

I have figured out I can listen to audiobooks while playing video games and feel a little less guilty about playing video games instead of putting words down on the page when my brain can’t focus on it.

For instance, Ritual Dreams touches on a subject I have managed to avoid for 13 books or 14 books or 27 books.  I can’t remember right off the top of my head how many books are in D&R or the number I have published… This has led to several moments of face rubbing, which is something Nadine got from me.

I have found some very good books this way.  I also feel like I have accomplished something, listening to books I wouldn’t have read.  Not just Dresden Files, but The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer.

I’m using Scribd.  The option to read a book is there, but I am preferring the audio book format at this time.  Sometimes, I look at the last year and marvel at how much has changed.  Ironicallly, I know that lots of my readers, read my books specifically to help remove their pain from their conscious mind and yet, I can’t read a book and get that same relief… But I can listen to it while playing a video game.

Proof that the universe is a strange place that doesn’t always make sense.  I keep waiting for a bowl of petunias to materialize near me and think Not again” before shattering on the floor.

What was the point of this post?  I have forgotten.  Something about using audiobooks while playing video games to make me feel a little less like a slacker.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

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