For those of you either not into computer games or living under a rock, a new game is sweeping the Interwebs called Minecraft. Minecraft is a single and multi-player fantasy world crafting and adventure game. In it you mine things like stone and wood and gold and such and us what you have mined to make tools and weapons and buildings and other stuff. It is fun. It is creative. And is as addictive as crack. In fact, it is a new kind of crack for people like me because it offers almost instant gratification to my creative urges. And it is more immediately satisfying than many of my other creative endeavors.
In the short time I have played, I have built a tall tower, dug a mine down to the bedrock of the Minecraft world, built a castle with a lava mote, and bridge across a bay. Unfortunately, these efforts have taken their toll on other creative projects, specifically my writing. And that is a problem. It has put me way behind on articles (specifically reviews I need to get done), on work for The Adventures of The Snark Avenger web comic, and on prep for NaNoWriMo as well as other writing projects.
Minecraft, I wish I could quit you.
In light of all this, and the impending start of NaNoWriMo, I am taking a hiatus from Minecraft for the months of November (in fact, in November I will be avoiding all games) and December and possibly longer. I love the game, but I need to stay away from it for a while.