Archive for November, 2008

Lack of Blogging

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

A couple things have contributed to the lack of recent blog posts. For one, Google Reader has made almost any, “Hey, have you seen this?” posts irrelevant, and for two, nothing much has really been going on.

I’ve been trying to do NaNoWriMo this year, and for a second year in a row, I don’t think I’m going to finish. I got to about 17K words so far, and I hope to hit 25K by the end of the weekend, but that feels… unlikely at this point. Part of it was that in the first week of November, I had a sudden, unexpected writing project at work which took up a lot of mental space, and part of it is that I think I made a mistake in starting with a story, and not with a character. I definitely write best when I think I have a general idea of who the character is, and I stick them in a variety of odd situations.

Because this particular thing, a novelization of a pitch concept from work, started with a story arc, I thought by exploring different segments of the arc, I could get a better idea for who the character is. Apparently, my brain doesn’t really work that way. It also may be that the character/setting just isn’t hitting the right notes, and inspiration isn’t really strikiing. Who knows?

In other news, I haven’t gotten paid since I got paid late at the beginning of November. Seems the company’s simply not bringing in money right now, and the bank account’s run dry. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next month or two. Half of me is hoping I get laid off, can collect unemployment, and take a stab at writing a game pitch, or help out a friend who’s doing some indie game development. The other half of me is sort of frightened at the prospect of not having a job in this economy, but oh, well. I dunno. It’s hard to say, honestly. I like the job, overall, but the things about it that are frustrating are particularly frustrating because a.) it doesn’t feel like I can change them, no matter how hard I work, and b.) I feel like maybe I’m starting to learn some bad habits as a result.

Been playing a fistful of great games – Mirror’s Edge is audacious and new, and Gears of War 2 is about as insane a blockbuster-style game as you could imagine. Hard to say what’s up next – C&C3: Red Alert, Fable 2, Far Cry 2, Endwar, Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway? Who knows.

Tomorrow, we go to babysit for D for the first time. Maybe I’ll get some writing in then.

Weekend

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Gears of War 2: Horde mode = big fun. Can’t wait for Left 4 Dead. Campaign is longer, graphics are much more impressive, and all in all, exactly what I wanted from Gears 2. Hopefully the multiplayer will have legs, but currently, the matchmaking system is SLOW. 360 RROD’d on Friday, so I borrowed a console from work over the weekend. Still, means I’ll be console-less for Mirror’s Edge, which comes out Tuesday. *sigh*

Belgian Liege Waffles with Maple & Bacon: I made Liege waffles a while back, with sugar blobs that would melt and caramelize in the waffle itself. I thought, “Man, these would make awesome bacon waffles,” and made some maple candy from syrup last night, busted it up this morning, cooked up 10 strips of bacon, and made the yeast dough. All told, the process was about an hour and some (plus rising time for the dough), but the end results were pretty awesome. The bacon was subtle, the syrup was not, but the combination was pretty excellent. Froze the leftovers for breakfast during the week. They’ll probably make TERRIBLE toaster waffles, though, ’cause the syrup will leak out and get all over everything. TOTALLY worth it. 😀

Anti-Prop-8 rally in Sacramento:
We drove up to the protest in Sac, and it was worthwhile, and a good time. Lots of people, everyone really positive and hopeful despite a shitty situation, and while I dunno what sort of effect, if any, it’d have (I suspect basically none), it felt good to be out there with a lot of other people who wanted justice, freedom, and equality. Couldn’t be a bad crowd.

That said, the organization was sort of lame – schedule said 1-4. There were basically 3 hours of mostly unintelligible speeches, and their PA system was garbage. Some good speakers, when you could hear ’em.

We ended up getting lunch, and *almost* missed the actual march. Still, a great way to spend a day, and one I’ll remember for a long time.

NaNoWriMo: Good grief, I’m behind. Between the elections last week, and a surprise ton of writing work for work, I’ve only managed about 7,800 words so far. That’s where I was on day TWO the last time I did this successfully. Still, I’m not giving up. I finished the writing work for work last Friday, and since the 360 died, I’ll have more time in the evenings. I didn’t get a whole lot written this weekend (1K), but I was pretty happy with it, so I suppose that’s alright. Gotta remember to basically write whatever I’m interested in at the time, rather than trying to maintain any sort of continuity – that method worked the first two times, but it was more out of luck than anything else.

YES WE CAN!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I cried.

I still can’t believe it.

awesome.

Voted

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The line at Davies was about half an hour long, which makes it almost a hundred times longer than it’s ever been. I’ve never been more proud to cast a ballot. Ever. People were out in droves, and everyone was excited and hopeful.

I can’t believe the election’s almost over. I can’t believe how nervous I am.

NaNoWriMo

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Basically novelizing a story/setting I’ve been developing for a project at work (with some of my coworkers) – I figure even if this particular story isn’t perfect, spending a lot of time in the characters’ heads will help me think about it better, and communicate it more clearly to the rest of the team.

Fun. Haven’t been blogging a whole lot recently, mostly because 1.) work’s gotten a lot busier, and 2.) Google Shared Items has so much content that almost anything I’d want to talk about, I end up simply sharing there and commenting on it in that interface.

Played a couple excellent games recently – Dead Space was awesome, and Civilization Revolution takes a really complex, PC-style strategy game and makes it accessible to console controls. Just downloaded the Mirror’s Edge demo (amazing) and the 2nd episode of the Penny Arcade game (more of the same, still good).

Whee! It’s been raining like crazy. Windows still leak, but it looks like they’re at least getting (somewhat) better. We shall see.