Pokémon Go! Depression, Writing, and Getting Quoted in Engadget Article

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the forest near Veridian City, you’ll have heard about Pokémon Go – the app designed to make you leave the house and go hunting for imaginary monsters. 

The first Pokémon game I ever played was Pokémon Yellow – on a Gameboy Pocket Yellow, in fact. I was a big collector of the cards and watcher of the TV Series, too, so I was watching the development of Pokémon Go really closely. But I didn’t anticipate how much of a carrot this game would end up being. 


If you want to play, you’re going to have to get outside. Which means you’re going to have to get your work done in order to justify it. So my procrastination has massively improved. And I’m making time to leave the house. 

Exercise is a proven form of antidepressant, as is socialising and keeping mentally active, so this app really is a great modus operandi for that. I’ve walked about 70km this week, which is shocking for someone as naturally slothful as me. I’ve also discovered so much about my village, including the yards and the Wolfhunt House in the conservation area – begging for a story of its own, surely?

Time will tell as to how much Pokémon Go can hold mine and other players’ interests (personally I’m hoping for trading to be added to the game soon), but for now, it’s proving to be a great way of getting me to meet my writing targets and get some fresh air. 

My initial tweet about this was quoted in an article for Engadget. You can read the article by clicking the image below: 


https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/13/pokemon-go-mental-health-science/

London Mingling, and launch of The Witch’s Kiss

I love a bit of London. I used to love it for the tourism and the overpriced bottled water, but now I love it because it’s full of Book People. Before I started getting to know writers on Twitter, I maybe went to the capital once a year, if that. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been this year already, and it’s great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met up for Ancient Egypt and pancakes with the astounding Laura Lam (if you haven’t picked up your copy of False Hearts yet, do so. You can also listen to Laura’s interview for the Radio 2 Book Club on the BBC iPlayer), and it was great to talk books and publishing whilst looking at mummies and bones – it was like all my interests combined. I’d never have known Laura if it wasn’t for Twitter, and I’m so glad we got to meet up before she flew back to Scotland!

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