Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Writer Stops for Nothing

I was so eager to finish the first draft of the Lazy Designer II that even a faulty keyboard could not stop me. Have you spotted the problem yet :)

Lazy Designer Book 2 Rough Draft Complete

So I have finished the rough draft for the second book in the Lazy Designer series. I’m going to take a couple days off from it and get back to some stories that have been pestering me to be written. Editing will start next week. The current length is 46 000 words. The first book […]

Lazy Designer 2: Feedback on Tools Section

If you have the time to review this section from my forthcoming game design book, I’d appreciate it. Basically I am looking for examples of design tools; I’ve filled in the ones I remember using but I’m sure I have missed some. Tools To assess the types of tools you will need look at similar […]

Priced to Die

“Why We Should Fear Ourselves More Than Pirates” So now that I’m seeing reports of SOPA and PIPA having been defeated by overwhelming negative opinion many are breathing sighs of relief. And others are cursing violently (but generally silently). Among game developers and writers, my two primary areas of interaction, opinions are mixed. Many are […]

Lazy Designer Book 2 – Progress Update

Pleased! I have just finished up writing a section on focus testing dos and donts, which also happens to be the last section of the current chapter I’m writing for the second Lazy Designer book. This leaves one more chapter to write and then the first draft of the book is complete. After that it […]

Gamifying Government, an Example of Designer Bias

This is an excerpt from the upcoming second volume in the Lazy Designer series. In the section on deciding which type of game to make I suggested that the bias of the designer, the managers and other key stakeholders in the company, all interact to influence the game. What follows are my thoughts on how […]

Lazy Designer

Work is progressing well on the second volume of the Lazy Designer, my series of books on working in the videogame industry. If you have not read the first book and are curious about a career in game design check it out on Amazon. And if you want to be notified when the second book […]

Illustrators of the Future 26

The winning art for Volume 26 of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future contest, is now available for viewing at the Writers of the Future website. One of the coolest aspects of winning the Writers of the Future contest was that each winning story received an illustration by one of the illustrators who had […]

Flush Fiction

This is the sale I mentioned at the end of last year. Thrilled to have placed my flash fiction sci-fi piece ‘Proof in the Pudding’ with this latest in the Uncle John’s series of books. And you can already preorder the anthology from Amazon!.

Look What I Got For Christmas

This is the starship I always wanted as a kid and now after 25+ year I finally have it. Well, kind of. Technically I bought this for myself last spring but was overruled by the Council and had to set it aside to be used as a Christmas gift for the 6yr old. So it […]