Getting to Know You – What’s Your Crack?

We start to get to know one another pretty well here in our little community. We share stories that come from the heart, putting our purest, deepest selves down on “paper”.

But there are probably some basic things about each other that we don’t know – the sorts of things we’d probably tell each other in the first hour of meeting face to face. The mundane things. The usually boring normal things discussed over coffee at a Starbucks.

So, I’m going to ask you a few personal questions. Hit me up in the comments section, and share:

What’s your crack?


Ever heard that expression “It’s my crack?” I take that to mean, it’s something I really really love. I’m addicted. I couldn’t imagine life without it.

Gaming.

It’s my crack. I live to game. Or, I love to game. Either way, gaming is where it’s at. Probably because it’s an escape. Much like reading, watching movies, or writing is. But the thing about gaming is, you get maximum output for minimum investment. Reading can be a hard slog sometimes. You know those big epic books? They can take an effort to get through. Writing’s the same (well, more of a slog really, writers, amiright?) But watching movies can be pretty lazy. No real investment, no real payoff.

But gaming…it just hooks me right in.

I enjoy a game with a great story and brilliant characters (Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher series, Dragon Age series), but am also somewhat satisfied by quick hack’n’slash titles (Diablo II & III). I haven’t found anything quite like gaming to totally yank my overstimulated INFJ brain away from reality for a couple of hours.

And, just like crack, it becomes addictive and damaging to my muse. If I’m at home, trying to write and I even glance at my xbox… chills. I did play Skyrim for about three years and wrote a buttload of fanfiction (probably 500,000 pages worth) in conjunction with gaming, but since laying Skyrim to rest, gaming has just gotten in the way of my writing.

Which is why I don’t write on weekends.

That’s the time for me, my horse, and the dewy fields of Ambarino (Red Dead reference).


What about you? What’s your crack? Does it impact on your ability to write? Does it help or hinder your writerly self?

Let’s get to know each other!

28 thoughts on “Getting to Know You – What’s Your Crack?

  1. I don’t think I really have something I’m that addicted to (outside of the usual readerly/writerly things and my family). If I had to pick something, I’d say Ryan George’s Pitch Meeting videos on YouTube. I think I’ve seen all of them, and I watch the new one every week.

    Gaming, huh? You’d get along well with my son. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he was born with a controller in his hand.

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  2. My father had that addictive personality. It seems to have skipped me. I love writing, my family, pets, yard. Pretty boring stuff really. I enjoy camping, but it’s gotten kind of difficult because it’s so popular these days. Movies are great, but theaters are not an option these days.

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    1. Yeah, that’s it, you know. Addictive personality. I’m ALL OVER something for a few months, then right off it. Gaming seems to have stuck around for the long haul, though I go through games pretty quickly. It’s why I’ve never so much as smoked one cigarette; I know I’d get hooked.

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  3. No surprise here – books. I’m never without one – hubby can verify this. Early in the quarantine, I went back to gaming (Harry Potter Legos – so much fun) as a total reality escape, but it really eats up my time, so I’m kind of over it at present. That doesn’t mean I won’t dive into it with a vengeance again. My youngest also left other Xbox Lego games here – LOTR, Marvel, Batman, etc.

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    1. Haha, books? I’d never have guessed it! You’re so right about gaming eating into your time though. I can quite literally lose four hours to a game, only to come out of my cave (gaming room), rub my eyes, and find it’s dinner time.

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  4. I love gaming too and am a big fan of the Diablo games though I haven’t played III all the way through yet. I also like playing strategy based game, particularly Age of Empires. I wish they would fuse all three of those together and make a mega-game out of them. On the other hand, I have the fortune to get paid for my hobby, though this season has been cancelled due to the corona virus. I referee American football.

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    1. Me and dear husband used to play HOURS of Age of Empires. Us against the historical hordes. It was so much fun.

      American football eh? Now THAT’S the most complicated game in history (from an Aussie’s perspective anyway)!

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  5. My husband loved Red Dead Redemption and I read him your crack. His eyes lit up like fireworks! Lol

    My crack? Hmm. Coffee on a cool morning by a riverside campfire. Everything in the world is Sweet!

    My husband just looked up Red Dead II. He said he needs to wait for PlayStation V, coming out this fall (I think- he’s not answering me – too busy researching. Lol)

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    1. He hasn’t played RDR2 yet???? OMG!!!! Tell him to buy an XBOX ONE just for the purpose of playing RDR2 NOW. Doesn’t matter if he has to pawn his wedding ring, sell your house, sell a kidney on the black market, he needs to get into it NOW!

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  6. I don’t really have a crack. I spend a lot of time reading and writing but can’t say I’m addicted. Oh, wait. Yes, I am addicted to coffee. Has to be the best, deep, full-flavored cup or I’ll pass. Wait again. I’m addicted to kettle fried potato chips. Cheetos, yes, Cheetos. That’s about it. Well maybe there is more but time is getting away.

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    1. Sigh, coffee…. I USED to be addicted to coffee. I was a five/six cup a day girl. Then, I had emergency surgery to get my gallbladder out, and ever since, I can’t even stand the smell of it. Makes me ill. So I’m on the tea now. Not the same though…
      And yeah, I feel the cheetos thing. We have something called Cheezels here. OMG….

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  7. I don’t know that I really have anything I’m addicted to. Reading and writing for sure. Books I devour, one after another, so maybe that would be at the top of the list. I also love all the cryptozoology stuff, and I have a Spanish app I use daily.

    Sounds like you have lots of fun with gaming. I think I’m more of the board game group, LOL.

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  8. How interesting, Jessica. I never really think of adults as gamers but there you go. You live and learn as my sister says. My sons are both addicted to gaming. I don’t mind as long as they do their school work and fit in exercise. At the moment, I’m just glad they are occupied.

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