So a few weeks ago I went to a meeting for the IGDA Madison Chapter. In doing so I volunteered to work on their website. I’m not sure if I blogged this before so I’m recapping it. All this goes to fulfilling my game design goal of getting into the industry. Going to the meeting helps me meet people in the field and maybe learn some things about the industry, and volunteering makes me look interested and gives me resume fodder. So hopefully this will help…
I got Sims 2 Pets a couple of weeks ago and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on it.
Overall, I’m a bit disappointed by the expansion as a whole. I love the pets themselves, I think that Maxis did a great job with implementing them with their own DNA, and oh my god the number of breeds included is just astonishing! You can really get some unique looking pets and you can get exactly what pet you are looking for! Read more “Sims 2: Pets”
If you have a home portal and are looking into writing as a living. I’d suggest adding a word of the day to your portal. I use NetVibes as my portal and it was actually hard for me to find a decent word of the day as they apparantly didn’t have any in their list of content.
I had to do a google on “word of the day” and am currently using Merriam-Webster’s service and added that to Netvibes. That’s part of the reason I like Netvibes, not only can you rearrange stuff and add what you want, but you can also go find newsfeeds and put them in manually if netvibes doesn’t actually have it themselves. I only chose to have 1 word entry. The little entry doesn’t do exactly as I want but it’ll do. I actually wanted the definiton of the word to be on the page, but instead i have to hover over the word to get the definition. It works but is more work for me which I never like.
Today’s word is Prescind, which essentially means to detach in purposes of thought. I heard a long time ago that if you use your word three times in the day that the word is yours forever. I don’t generally agree with that after having a horrible time remembering Spanish words no matter how hard I try, but it can’t hurt to do so. So this is my first use of it hehe, a little bit of a cheat=P But I honestly don’t know how I’m gonna use this in every day vocabularly. When it all comes down to writing though, the more words that I can get in my vocabulary, the better a writer I will be because I will have more tools at hand to write.
I recently heard of a comedy troop called Improv Everywhere. What they do is go around in public and have these artificial scenes. They do have some that require just a few people, but I think the really good ones involve a large number of people. One example is they took something like 60 people into Best Buy dressed in Blue Polos and Khakis and then proceeded to freak the managers out. They have apparently been doing this for like 8 years and you’ll excuse me for being behind the times and just finding out about this but it is pure genius to me. In fact much of what they do resembles art in my eyes.
Ok here is my second stab at putting video on the site through WordPress. This time it is Bill O’Reilly attempting to know more than David Letterman, this shouldn’t be that hard.
Today was a bit of a waste. I basically used the day to de-stress from what was a pretty hectic week. I played Civ 4 most of the day playing around with the religious aspect of the day as I was told by some classmates that you could really do quite well with the religions. Read more “Online Personals”
I thought I would post today about how I went about choosing the topic for my first novel. I have dozens of ideas for novels, as I am sure any aspiring writer would have, and this was actually quite a difficult task.
The first thing that I think that you need to do for your first novel is really make a strong, what I would call “normal” book. I have ideas for sci-fi and fantasy books but overall I think these genres might be rather difficult to get into as I think people are more weary of new writers, since there are a lot of them in this field. If you are targeting an existing world such as Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance than this is nulified quite a bit as those particular series get sells just on the name brand alone. However, I have little interest in these series (not that I don’t like them, I just want my own series), so this is out. Plus I have also noticed that people who write sci-fi or fantasy tend to only write in those genres, and while I have ideas for those genres I don’t want to be in one specific genre like that. One way that I think you can get out of this is by writing a more traditional work.
Next, I fully believe in the “write what you know” saying. This is going to be my first book so I think being fully aware of the subject is very very important. I don’t want to have to worry as much about the research side the writing since I am largely using this book to get my sea legs. As I progress in writing I can advance my topics into ones that I’m less familiar with and thus would need to research more. Researching is something I’m not quite prepared to get into full blown, especially since I am currently a student and research enough as it is.
With these two things in mind I originally decided to write an autobiography. On top of the two above reasons, I also feel like the autobiography is a genre that seems to be really blossoming in mainstream America currently, thus I have a good chance of selling because of it. Also, while I may not be famous or powerful in any paritcular way, my disease does provide me with the ability of showcasing something not many people really know that much about and going through how exactly that affects my life.
After writing a couple short chapters on the subject though, I decided that this wasn’t exactly what I was looking to write either so I morphed the original idea somewhat. Instead of a straight autobiography, I am planning on doing a fictional autobiography. What this essentially means is that I will take some of the larger moments of my life and sort of mash them together into one story and try to explain how it affects my life in a more indirect fashion that way. This also allows me to make more subtle commentaries on the medical society as well as society on a whole. I think it is a great idea, I have a lot of stuff I can put into, and putting it into a real story can make it more interesting to read. We’ll see how this works!