It’s the last Friday of January, and I’m here with another Blogger Dossiers post, featuring Katy! She blogs at The Uglyfish and is active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now. She’s a fellow Harry Potter fan, and she also loves video games. Get to know her better with this post!
I’m Katy, a 25-year-old theatre stage manager from Liverpool. I live in a lovely, but cold flat with my boyfriend and two gerbils filled with books, video games, and junk I’m too scared to throw away in case I need it for a prop one day.
Graduation wasn’t a big event for me. I have a terribly short attention span, I don’t like people looking at me, and I’m not a big party goer, but waiting with my class outside the Philharmonic Hall before the ceremony, realising we’d all made it, we’d all succeeded at this part of our lives, and now we had to go and make our own way gave me a huge rush of relief, pride, and happiness. I like to reflect on that moment a lot when things in work get a bit too much, and remembering everyone’s smiling faces, even though this was essentially our goodbye ceremony, is a great memory for me — as cliché as it may sound!
Coffee Break Conversation
If you could adapt something (book, film, game, et cetera) into a play, what would it be and why?
Many things I’ve wanted to put on stage are now on stage — but I’d love to see a version of the game, Child of Light, as a short piece of theatre. Take away the battles, and the game is a touching story of a girl trying to get back home to her father. The game is narrated almost entirely in verse already, and it lends itself well to children’s theatre, using a mixture of actors and puppetry. I’ve thought about it a lot, but I doubt Ubisoft is interested in sharing the rights!
What’s one challenge with being partially deaf? Is there any insights you want to share with those who have good hearing and those who do not?
I’ve been partially deaf from birth, though my hearing has drastically declined as I’ve got older. It’s only been in the past few years living with my partner that I’ve been made aware of times people have tried to start a conversation with me and given up because they thought me not responding to them was me ignoring them, rather than the simple fact I hadn’t heard them. This situation doesn’t arise often, as I’m usually with at least one person who knows me well enough to just give me a nudge and let me know someone is trying to chat, but I’ve had sales people and charity collectors become quite aggressive with me on the assumption that I’ve ignored them when in reality I just didn’t hear them the first time. As self-centred as it is, the fact that people think I’m rude is harder to deal with than the constant issues of missing instructions in work, not hearing traffic, and not being able to talk to strangers on the telephone. People don’t assume a 25-year-old is deaf; they assume she is rude.
If you were given a choice to give up video games or books, which one would you choose and why?
When I was 14, I would have said video games, without a shadow of a doubt. When I was 19, I could have easily given up books, as I was so sure I’d read everything I’d ever need to read. Now I’m 25, I’d be more inclined to give up video games again. While, of course, I’d like to be selfish and keep both, there’s something much more comforting and calming about holding a book than a controller. A game for me is a challenge, while a book is a way to relax and escape, and I think I need more relaxation than challenges!
What’s a place you’d recommend to people visiting Liverpool?
Scousers are known to be quite patriotic and fiercely proud of Liverpool. Everyone has their own little corner of the city that they’re proud of — however, one sight I will never tire of is the sight of the Anglican Cathedral. Liverpool has two cathedrals, on both end of Hope Street, and while both are beautiful, the Anglican Cathedral is amazing. Standing over 100m tall and taking 74 years to build, the cathedral is a marvel, towering over the city centre. On a clear day, with the sun behind it, it doesn’t even look real — it looks as if it’s been photoshopped in. It’s impressively overwhelming and deserves to be seen.
Which video game could you play over and over again?
Skyrim — which I have played over and over again. Skyrim for me is the perfect game. The environment, the soundtrack, the extensive storyline, and the dragons of Skyrim are the recipe for a perfect game, in my opinion. Skyrim was bought for me by a friend, and though I played games casually before it, Skyrim was the game that really opened up the world of gaming for me.