Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 Wrap-up

Overview So how did I do in 2011, writing-wise? Overall, I was very productive. I had set myself a lower word target goal than I had managed in 2010 (I had anticipated having less writing time) but I actually ended up exceeding that, writing over 430 000 words. About 130 000 of those words were […]


Looking over some posts from December last year I remembered that I had asked what kind of content people wanted to see more of on the blog. And then I realized I had completely ignored the one suggestion I had been given! More cookies! So to amend that I’m posting the link to a shortbread […]

The Lazy Designer Book 2 – Update

When I released book 1 of the Lazy Designer I had said that if it met certain financial goals I’d take some time away from my fiction writing to write a second game design book. Now that I’ve met the goals (thank you to everybody who has bought a copy!) I’m revisiting the outline I […]

Meat Eater or Plant Eater?

So I was talking with my 3yr old the other day and trying to explain to him that a tauntaun was a herbivore. I was explaining that one way to tell was because it had horns and that predators generally don’t have horns. Which led us to the Wampa. I really don’t think it should […]

Dragon Age Redemption

I’ve finally gotten around to watching the six episodes in the web series “Dragon Age Redemption” starring Felicia Day. What did I think? Well I’ll qualify what follows with two points: I don’t like web series. I find they have too much preamble and postamble for a few minutes of entertainment. I don’t generally go […]

The Novel is Finished

About six weeks ago, at the start of nanowrimo, I wrote my first words for the novel I’m still affectionately calling ‘Novel #4’. Today I wrote the final words*. All told, during these six weeks I’ve written 126 000 words, a few more than the 100 000 I had been aiming towards. Why did the […]

Sad Plant

So, my son brought home seeds from school last year and we planted them and they have grown into this… thing. Anybody know what kind of plant it is? Or what I should be doing for it? It is looking kind of grungy but I’m afraid of touching it… and my son guards it ferociously. […]

On Spec Subscriptions for the Holidays (and an announcement)

As a different sort of gift for the readers you know you might consider giving them a magazine subscription. I’ve always enjoyed getting magazine subscriptions, especially when they were to magazine I might not otherwise have known about. If you know somebody interested in fiction — specifically science fiction, fantasy, and horror — might I […]

Rules of Play

Rules of Play (by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman). To be honest I was a little concerned when I started reading this book. I’m always uncomfortable when people need to go out of their way to start justifying ‘games as art’. As a practical designer I really could care less what others think of games. […]

Giving the Gift of Programming (or: How did you learn to code?)

So I’ll start right away with a question for the programmers reading this: How did you learn to program? The reason I’m asking is that I was assembling a ‘programming package’ for my nephew… basically a bit of a programming tutorial to get him started with coding… but then I realized that operating systems don’t […]