Monthly Archives: November 2010

November – A Productive Month!

Added 35 000 words to the novel this month! Ten thousand of those words were done this week and now there’s only three chapters left. Overall I’m pleased with progress. My only real concern is the novel is running a little longer than I had intended… there will be much cutting in the next draft. […]

The Twitter Index

Today Empire Avenue rolled out the Twitter Index. Previously users could only buy shares in other Empire Avenue users. But now any Twitter person can be bought and sold… and it has spurred activity on Empire Avenue! I’ve talked in the past about how much I like the buy-and-sell gameplay system of Empire Avenue and […]

Hard Decisions

Realized it has been a very long time since the last Lazy Designer post! So here’s a new one: Overview As a lead in a game development studio a significant portion of your time will be spent making decisions. Often these decisions will come naturally from discussions with your team, the logical result of debate. […]

Read this week

Warrior Wisewoman #3 Edited by Roby James This is an annual anthology of stories featuring women protagonists. This is the first volume of the series I’ve read but after reading it I’m going to pick up the others. A range of stories… most of them I liked, some of them quite a bit. My favorites? […]

Chapter 24

That’s where I am now in the current novel. I realize I’m not updating the blog a lot; there’s a boatload I want to talk about but one of two remaining goals for me this year was to write two novels… and I’m almost done that. When not working on the novel I’m cleaning up […]

Yet Another iPad Post

Finding myself using the iPad more and more… I’d say about a quarter of my ‘computer time’ is now on the iPad instead of the main computer. This style of device is what I’ve been waiting for, for years. It sucks for content creation but is perfect for keeping up with social networking stuff (which […]

Empire Avenue – Community Discussion

For those Empire Avenue users out there who started using communities for topic-specific discussion but stopped there’s some good news. At the top of the community page there is now a summary of which communities have new topics in them. This will definitely help me (I’m in a boatload of communities) easily figure out which […]

Now an Empire Avenue Consultant

As some readers may have noticed I have joined the Empire Avenue team as a consultant. After I left BioWare I decided that I would only spend my time working on projects that I thought were interesting and fulfilling… which primarily meant my writing career but I remained open to the idea of contributing to […]


It has been silent around here because I’ve been focused on the novel. I have just passed the 70 000 word mark. That means that there is about 25 000 words remaining; looks like I should finish up in December if all goes well. Outlining for the third novel is about 30% done too and […]