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"A sexually-charged aggressive writing style" - kotaku commenter

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I am Cara Ellison, a Scottish critic who writes about games and pop culture. First paid to write on the website “The Rock Paper Shotgun Dot Com”, I have since had a very reckless attitude towards word counts. I recently was on the writing staff for Channel 4's How Videogames Changed The World with Charlie Brooker. You can find most of my work here at my website.

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I write for many places. VICE, Rock Paper Shotgun, The Guardian, The Yearbook Office, The New Statesman. You can see most of my work here on my website.

But I want to write you the things I often feel like I can't get paid to write anywhere. There are so many things I write or want to write that are completely unpitchable: they're downright weird and sometimes indescribable next to other writing about games. I like to embed fact into impressionistic fiction: I like to give you an impression of what is in my head as I absorb media or what people are saying. This is not usually what you are supposed to do in reviews or previews. You are meant to Do The Facts and Get The Bulletpoints and Do The Seven Out Of Ten. Nothing is wrong with wanting writing like that, I just occasionally want to do something else. This account supports my spending time on something else. Stuff like this.

I want to tell you how and why journeys through game mechanics press buttons in me. I want to open up games and pop music and anything I come across and dissect them like milky-warm cyborg parts. If you want to come on a strange and sexy journey through these LED-seared places, you can pledge as little or as much as you like and I will write you what is tattooed on the concave of my head. 

I'll aim to write something for you every month and I'll put it on a blog so everyone can read it. You can stop paying me any time you like - you can make a one off payment and stop - and I won't be shirty about how much you pay me. But please be forthcoming and vocal about what you want and whether what I am doing is suiting you. But be aware this is self-directed: I am weird and silly and you might occasionally feel like you have attached a leash to an eternally excitable Great Dane.

Last year your generosity allowed me to travel all across the world making a book about staying on game developers' couches. It is now being edited into a book of 50,000 words! I paid Irene some of your money to make me a cover:



If you backed me you will receive an ebook of these adventures. I may do it again once I am able, if you want me to. I will go further afield next time.

But now I am exhausted! I need a rest, for my health at least. And I need to be able to pay rent somewhere. To that end, I will write you an essay each month like I used to, but this time it will be mostly journeys through life and media, rather than specifically about game developers. Please do join me! It will be as interesting, I promise.
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