I’ve been a successful participant in National Novel Writing Month three out of the past eight years. One thing each of those years had in common was a panicked realization that I hadn’t written or produced anything of value for most of that previous year. All it takes, really, is an aggressive and firm deadline and a well-defined deliverable.

But fiction isn’t what I want to do right now. Hasn’t been for a while. Also, since when did any NaNo project turn out a quality result?

What I want to do, and what I haven’t been doing, is making games. Unfortunately, building up a “promising” playable prototype hasn’t been sufficient to hold my interest when there are so many other fun things going on.

I moved into a new apartment three months ago and my whiteboards have barely changed at all since then. My printer is still sitting in my bedroom closet. My paper cutter is languishing desperately in a drawer with my notebooks, index cards, and other prototyping supplies. To be fair, my mother died about six weeks ago. And the weeks leading up to her passing were quite full.

But, every time I look at any of this stuff - this game-making stuff - I feel depressed. Like I’ve been neglecting a friend. Not just any friend, either, but a life-long friend who has always been there when things are bad or good, and now I’m realizing that I’ve been taking that friend for granted and wondering how I would feel if our roles were reversed. Anthropomorphizing a hobby? Maybe. But the feeling is real, and I have a real need to turn it around.

So what, now? A publicly-stated commitment. No more sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike at an opportune time.

This month, I will finish a game. It will be published and you will be able to buy it (probably at The Game Crafter). Yes, in a month. 

On or before November 30, I will take the last step before self-publishing: ordering myself a production copy of my game to review before release. I’ll share my progress here. There will be pics.

I hope you enjoy it even more than I do.

"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.

"How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty.

And yet it all seems limitless..."

- Paul Bowles

reading

You buy them books, and what do they do? They eat the paper!

listening

Forget about your seat -- it's the beat.

viewing

Television will make you dumb. C'mon and get stupid!

Friday, July 03, 2009

DJ Set: Goddamned Upstairs Neighbor

So named because my upstairs neighbor came downstairs to ask me to turn down the music…at eight o’clock in the evening. I don’t actually despise the woman—she’s nice!  Better yet, she’s moving a few units down.  Good fences, you people!

track list

  • Yelle - A Cause des Garcons (Tepr)
  • CSS - Move (remix)
  • The Knife - Marble House (Rex the Dog)
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Love (remix)
  • Royksopp - Poor Leno
  • Lykke Li - Little Bit (remix)
  • Gold Chains & Sue Chi - Come to Cali
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (remix)
  • Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (remix)

.:Download Goddamned Upstairs Neighbor:.

posted on 07/03 • music • (2030) commentspermalink

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Preparing to launch

Setting up a site with ExpressionEngine and getting a design together has been smoother (and considerably more fun) than I suspected it might be.  I’ll post about that once the site goes live.  Meanwhile, you can see a design comp of the coming-along-nicely, soon-to-be-ready website here and a wireframe mockup here

Taking some criticism into account (“What is this, a beach rave? What’s with the sea foam stuff?”), I’ve made some changes to what you see in the .jpg, but it’s all more-or-less the same.  More on the design process later as well. 

Things to do:

  • Make sure I have styles for all my elements represented in my design (don’t forget hover states…).
  • Slice graphics and mark up some static HTML to style with them.
  • Plug in the back-end using the existing ExpressionEngine tags on the live site.
  • Get going with some Google AdSense.
  • Get some content up on this mother.
  • Turn the mother out.

We’ll see how much of that I can get done on a Sunday afternoon.  So far, ExpressionEngine isn’t really making things hard on me at all, so it’s looking good for a launch later this week!

posted on 06/28 • blog • (1750) commentspermalink

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