Monthly Archives: November 2009

Fave magazines

Two of my favorite magazines are On Spec and Black Gate (they cater to two different readings tastes but both provide intelligent and entertaining stories every issue). Anyways the folks on the Black Gate blog have posted a short note congratulating On Spec on their 20th anniversary! If you haven’t read both of these fine […]

iPhone Developer's Cookbook – Review

I originally purchased this book while at BioWare in anticipation of working on an iPhone game and so it had sat on my unread pile for a bit. I finally decided to tackle it, one reason being that I’ll be writing a review shortly for a new book from O’Reilly called iPhone Game Development and […]

The Prophet

Brent Knowles – Writer of the Future!

Win! Well the news is (finally!) out and I am ecstatic. I’ve placed first in the Writers of the Future Contest for the third quarter. I’ve known for a couple weeks, but have had to wait until Joni Labaqui (the contest director) had posted the results. During the wait I’ve been scouring the Writers of […]

Nebula Season

The nomination period for the Nebula Awards has opened up and several writer blogs that I follow are now listing eligible works. Here are a couple of so far: Mike Allen, who had a nomination last year for the “The Button Bin” has a couple of new stories, including “The Blessed Days” in Tales of […]

BioWare-Brent Year 4 (2002 – 2003)

This is the fourth of ten posts, one for each year that I worked for BioWare. Neverwinter Nights Expansion Packs So it was around this time that we started working on the expansion packs for Neverwinter Nights, specifically Expansion Pack #2. Yes, you read that correctly. The team I was leading was focused on the […]

Review On Spec #78

Cover by Cristy Road Just finished reading the latest On Spec. This is issue #78 (Fall 2009). From the Sea by Brent Knowles Well, I kind of know the author of this one so I’ll just keep my mouth shut here. Every Witch Way by Joanna M. Weston This story is about the only man […]

"The Tale of Lady Spite" as told in Tales of the Talisman

Received my contributor’s copies of Tales of the Talisman Volume V Issue 2, in which my dark fantasy story “The Tale of Lady Spite” appears. Tales of the Talisman has custom artwork for all the stories and I was pleased to see what Erika McGinnis had created for my story. Though I have had much […]

The Lazy Designer: Providing Useful Feedback

“How to Submit Feedback that Will Make it into the Game and not the Recycling Bin” Feedback (re: bug reports, user analysis, critiques) is essential for many creative endeavors, from writing stories or making movies or designing games. Even the most talented game designer benefits from seeing her product through the eyes of a potential […]

YourOtherMind 8.2 Released!

To much fanfare (re: my kids screaming at me to come play with them), the new version of YourOtherMind, the Writing Organizer has been officially released. You can download it from the download page. This new release includes a full-screen text editor, storyboards for better organizing stickit notes, spellchecking and a host of other features […]