What I am.
I’m an Aussie bloke, living in the cold wilderness that is northern Sweden. I live with Sandra, my partner, in a tiny apartment in the heart of a town called Umeå. We share this incredibly small space with a hulking rottweiler (the picture to the left is not to scale). His name is Enzo and he drools. We all love each other very much, even if Sandra stole my dog and now he likes her better than he likes me. But I’m not bitter about that whatsoever.
I’ve been back and forth from Sweden for the past couple of years, but only this year have I been approved as an official Resident. Yay me! So now, I’m in the process of building a life for myself in a new country, on the other side of the world (quite literally). It’s been…interesting!
Things I’ve done and what I’m doing now.
I’ve had a colourful working life. Alongside studying Psychology, and Digital Media at different points; I’ve worked as a store manager, a landscaper, a construction labourer. I’ve worked in a research centre for the Heart Foundation, while simultaneously holding a position at an MMA gym as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach. I’ve been part of a house renovation partnership, and I’ve been a games journalist. Throughout my life, writing has been a passion. But that passion has only ever had its chance as a secondary focus. It would peak out through my academic studies, or it might manifest through insomnia fueled nights of writing short stories or poetry. And I’ve always had some novel concept that I would dip into whenever my mind couldn’t rest. Unfortunately, circumstances haven’t allowed me to utilise that passion in a professional capacity until recently. Now, I’m attempting to increase that so that I can rely entirely on my passion as a means of living. Sounds great, right?
This transition has taken the form of working within my own development team. That team is a small one, consisting of only Sandra and myself. In our spare time (Sandra works as a software developer) we are working on our first game Leader (working title). More of an exploration of our capabilities than something we aim to release, hopefully Leader can be our springboard.
To supplement the transition, I’m also studying for a Bachelor of Computer Science at university.
What I like.
An avid gamer from a young age, I started playing videogames on the PS1. Games like Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and Tekken were huge parts of my formative gaming years. Since those early years, I’ve moved into PC gaming. Fully embracing the indie revolution, my gaming taste fluctuate. As a result, I couldn’t say I have a favourite genre, only favourite games. I play just about everything (read: “I only ever play Rocket League anymore”).
Apart from video games, I have a multitude of hobbies. Sandra and I escape to remote wilderness of Sweden’s mountains whenever possible. Depending on the season, we canoe up rivers and camp for weeks away from other people, or we stay in a cabin close to a ski slope for some off-piste snowboarding. I play and/or follow every sport imaginable, I read, and I train my dog so he occasionally does stuff that I want him to do.