Category Archives: My Life

Game Design Advice on the Cheap

Just a quick note that “How to be a lead designer” is available for $0.99 (today only, I think though it will be at a lower price for about a week before climbing back to its normal price point). Also a story reprint of mine, ‘The Monastery’, is now free to read over at […]

Game Hauler Version 2 (Part 3 / ?)

Welcome to Part 3 in my new series describing my “Hauler” prototype. Links to the web and PC version are at the bottom of this post. (And you can read Part 2 here, if you haven’t). Note: This is a repost (originally appeared on Gamasutra). Prototype 2 (build# The two main issues brought up […]


After living in Edmonton for over a decade, we finally decided to check out Drumheller. This town sits about three hours drive from us and it is home to loads of dinosaur related stuff, so my kids were pumped to check it out too. Overall we enjoyed the trip. The drive was uneventful. We particularly […]

San Diego Zoo

Our final big excursion while in San Diego was a day trip to the zoo. I wasn’t overly looking forward to this… I’ve seen some cool zoos before and I’m not very fond of the whole “watching animals in cages” thing. The Zoo Overall this was a fun day. Though the day was sunny there’s […]

San Diego SeaWorld

This is part 2 of 3 detailing our recent family vacation. The first entry discussed the great time we had at Legoland. Downtown San Diego The first night after leaving Legoland and arriving in downtown San Diego, we took it easy. Our hotel was located near all the public transportation, so I was a bit […]

Vacation – Legoland

We recently returned from a vacation to San Diego and I figured I’d give a quick overview of our vacation — broken across a couple posts as I’m super busy, catching up on what I’ve missed while I was away. We spent about half our time at Legoland and the rest in downtown San Diego, […]

Rewards and Incentives…

When I left BioWare, several years ago, I thought my time best spent pursuing a writing career and so most of my “deliverables” were writing related. Each year end I planned what projects I wanted to work on over the course of the next year. For the most part I exceeded my productivity goals. I […]

The Basement Disaster

No, this is not the title for my next novel. A few weeks ago our sump pump failed and we had a bit of a basement flood. We caught it early and no furniture or possessions were damged, but the insurance guys still decided to tear the carpet out. This is what our basement looks […]

Slender Man

The other day my eldest came home and went on and on about a new game of tag they were playing at school. They called it “Slender Man Tag” and as he detailed all the weird rules they had created for it, I have to admit to no small amount of confusion. I had no […]

Sin and Toil in On Spec Magazine

My story “Sin and Toil” is now available in the latest issue of On Spec Magazine! You can buy the print copy (or subscribe!) here or check out their ebook version here.