October already?

David Shaw, 11:12 pm 11th October 2009
Posted under: Blog Babble

Man, this year is going by quickly. I still can’t quite get that we’re already a fair ways into October. I’ve got no idea where the time is going.

I’ve got to make a decision at the end of December as to the direction I take game development, and I’m a teensy bit concerned at my current progress; I’ve been drifting in the “warm-up” stage for way too long. Without a few milestones to focus on I’ve been a right mess.

With this in mind it’s high time I restart my “game a week” challenge. The rules this time are very simple; I make something playable each week. It doesn’t need to be fancy or even complete, but I do need to work on something else the next week. The goal is simply to stop worrying too much about the unimportant little details and start creating.

To start, I’m going to keep playing around with Flash and make something simple. I’m still tweaking the nose of ActionScript’s functionality, so it’s probably going to just be a Flash game classic straight from the pages of Flash Game University (I own the book). Got to start somewhere!

NaNoWriMo 2009

David Shaw, 4:22 am 5th October 2009
Posted under: Blog Babble

I’ve been reminded that NaNoWriMo 2009 is coming up. NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month; it is now technically very international, but the previous acronym has more punch. Basically what the event entails is writing 50,000 words of a new novel during the month of November. It’s an exercise to stop procrastinating and start writing.

My creative juices really need a boost right now and levelling up my creative writing stat would help me in the long run, so I’m planning on giving this a go this year. Given my lack of skill in this area I’m sure that whatever I spit out will be beyond awful, so forgive me if I don’t post much about what I’m actually writing in my blog. It will however be good to be forced to crank out material on a tight deadline.