50,000 words, no waiting

2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileI am a glutton for punishment. As my co-workers and I go into maximum overdrive for November, I am once again making an attempt at NaNoWriMo! My 2007 attempt, Trollfane, wasn’t completed (and didn’t even reach 10,000 words), in 2008 real life interfered in bad ways, and for 2009-2012 I just never got around to it at all. But it’s 2013, I’m back, and this time it’s personal going to be different.

Unfortunately I’m still working on my plot. Oops.

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I don’t know when to tell myself to stop.

Author H. L. Mencken Reading at His DeskWith all the stuff going on right now (new job, ongoing projects, Toastmasters, etc.) I’ve decided that I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a shot again this year. I had tried this once before, back in 2007, but I didn’t even make it to ten thousand words (never mind the 50K goal that NaNoWriMo pushes). Well, here we go again, and hopefully this time I’ll do a much better job of preparing. Read more »


TOJam 2013 and Happy Island

TOJam 2013: Haters Gonna EightIt’s been a bit over a week since TOJam happened, and therefore I’m overdue on blogging about my experience there this year. My friend Karl and I participated as “Team Water-Rock”, putting together a game that was originally supposed to be about getting people to work together but ended up simply being an escort mission. The end result? Still something fun, but with a feeling that we could have done better. And I’ll explain why, Game Developer postmortem style. Read more »


District 60 Toastmasters post-conference report

Toastmasters International

This weekend just past was the annual spring conference for District 60 Toastmasters. I was on the conference committee with the responsibility of organizing the workshops part of the conference programme, and on top of that ran a workshop myself on the subject of creative Table Topics. As someone who had responsibility for how the conference turned out, I feel that I should write up a post-mortem of my part of the work, in order to better evaluate how well I did and where I have room for improvement. Read more »


Ad Astra 2013 post-convention report


Ah, I promised on Twitter I’d have this up last week, didn’t I? Well, finalizing things for the District 60 spring conference got in the way, sorry. Anyway, here we go with my postmortem on the games department for this year’s Ad Astra convention.

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