I occurs to me that I haven’t had an about page on here. Probably due my chosen theme not having an obvious space for it. What I do to look good.
I’ve been writing pretty constantly since graduating with a Media and Print Journalism degree from Huddersfield University in 2010. Once I had the tragic realisation that actual Newspaper Journalism wasn’t for me, I spent a lot of time working for a number of news websites focusing on nerd-centric genres. Many of which don’t exist anymore.
However, gushing enthusiastically about movies and video games doesn’t pay the bills, unless you’re content writing clickbait articles all your life.
So now I juggle my passion for writing, video games, movies and all other manner of nerdish subject matter with my job as an Overnights Manager at a major supermarket chain. That, plus my tendency to use 2000 words when 500 will probably do means that I’m usually only posting twice a week these days, that is unless of course there is something major going on. See my E3 week and Best of Year extravaganza for reference.
I still love writing, and mainly write this blog for my own sake, as my creative outlet. If I happen to entertain a few people along the way, then that’s an added bonus. This year though, I have tried to be more active in the blogging community, so if you want to reach out for any reason, please don’t hesitate to do so.
Here are a bunch of frequently asked questions that I totally just pulled out of thin air, just to give you all some more info, seeing as how you’re here already. If you feel like anything important is missing from here, shoot me a DM on Twitter or comment below and I’ll add it on.
Q: Why “Wooderon”?
A: Wooderon was a name that came from me and a few friends at University deciding to get into World of Warcraft. I rolled a Human Priest and tried to come up with something remotely Tolkienesque to call him based around my name. Now I use the name for pretty much everything. Incidentally, “Wooderon” the Priest doesn’t exist anymore, lost to the ether.
Q: What’s with the trees on the main page?
I was born and raised in an area near to Cannock Chase. Which is said to be an area of “outstanding natural beauty”. And when you finally find a way to avoid the entitled cyclists and hoards of tourists, and find a quieter spot, it is a very nice place to be.
So, I thought why no fly the flag of my country bumpkin lifestyle on the main page of my blog.
Q: Favourite Movies?
A: Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Predator, The Rock, Dredd and pretty much anything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are amongst my favourites. I’m a massive Star Wars nerd too and love all of them, even the bad ones. I’m more of a Science Fiction than a Fantasy guy, although I’m finding myself drawn towards traditional fantasy more and more of late.
Q: Favourite game franchises of all time?
A: I’ve never had the bottle to compile a list of my “favourite video games ever”, it feels like a reductive task. My mind could change depending on my mood, and more games comes out all the time, so it feels kind of pointless assigning numbers to games that, in reality, you can’t compare because they have the potential to be so drastically different. So Instead I’ll list a number of franchises that are amongst my favourites:
The original Mass Effect trilogy
The mainline, “traditional” Pokemon games
Borderlands (mainly 2)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Yep, I’m one of “those” people)
Q: Favourite D&D Class?
A: When I used to play a lot of 4th edition, I used to enjoy the Battlemind and the Warden. Neither of those classes exist anymore. I haven’t played any 5E yet thanks to my lack of static work schedule. But I continue to be drawn to the bulky dudes like the Paladin or a good old Fighter.
Q: What about dems Anime?
A: Thanks to the blog, I’ve found myself having a revival of my love of Anime. Dragon Ball is obviously the thing I grew up with and it still holds an iron sway over me. But more recently, I have found myself broadening my interest. Ultimately though, I’m still basic Shonen trash and love My Hero Academia, One Punch Man, Full Metal Alchemist, Hunter X Hunter and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Q: Do you have any interests outside of things you’d write about on here?
A: Sure. After being anti-sport for a long time, after getting back from University I found myself getting into pretty much everything. I’m a life long Wolverhampton Wanderer’s F.C. fan, I have been going to Wembley to watch the NFL these last five years and consider myself a Miami Dolphins fan. Plus, I’ll watch anything though. Except Rugby, can’t get my head around that one.
I also like to think of myself as a connoisseur of real ale. I keep a pretty extensive diary of all the beers, stouts, porters, largers, pilsners, IPAs and APAs I drink.