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Two years of fountain pens!

Happy November 1st! In case you don’t know, the first Friday of November (today!) is Fountain Pen Day, and incidentally, two years ago on this day, I got my first fountain pen and ink–the ever-reliable Pilot Metropolitan and Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku.

a bottle of turquoise ink, a swatch card, and a black fountain penIroshizuku Ku-Jaku and my first Pilot Metropolitan. How far I’ve come…

So if I’m going to talk about fountain pens, why not today?

Media Review – May 2019

Hello! My summer has been extremely busy, so this (and the next two posts) are extremely overdue, but here we are! I haven’t had much time to play games lately, but I have read a lot of books, so let’s talk about that.

Books: The Dain Curse; A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window; Howl’s Moving Castle; Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Magic Thief: Home

Comics: Rice Boy, Order of Tales, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro

Let’s begin.

Media Review – April 2019

Here we are once again. It’s been real hectic lately with the summer coming in, so let’s talk about what I read and played in April.

Books: Guns at Cyrano’s; How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe; Farewell, My Lovely

Games: Shift Quantum, Dead Cells

Let’s jump right in.

Cleaning House

Hello again!

So you probably haven’t noticed because nobody regularly checks this blog (don’t worry, I don’t either), but today I’ve made a bunch of changes to the website. For one thing, I’ve re-enabled the comments section! Hooray! I’m not really expecting a flood of comments or anything but hopefully now that I’ve added some anti-spam stuff, I won’t get all the spam comments that I was before.

I’ve also added a Blog Navigation page which lists all of the post categories and tags (in convenient groups, too!). That should make looking for whatever you’re looking for on this website a lot easier–not that it matters much now, when there’s barely any posts to begin with and there’s a search function besides. But eventually, I’m sure it’ll see more use. The important part is that it updates automatically, so it’ll always be up to date.

Most importantly, and the actual reason why I’m posting this blog post, is because I’ve finally set up a newsletter! No longer do you have to check this website once a month on your own to stay up to date or use the RSS Feed (which there’s nothing wrong with, but since Firefox got rid of their built-in feed reader it’s definitely more of a pain to work with), you can now get posts directly into your inbox almost as soon as they happen! You’ve probably noticed the giant orange button on the sidebar or at the bottom of the page, but if you haven’t, here’s another one:

The other benefit to subscribing to the newsletter (besides getting notifications in your inbox) is that you can choose what kinds of emails you want to get. Right now, I’ve only got four categories: Reviews, Essays, Project Updates, and Art, but the categories will probably expand some more once I post more content such as pen/ink reviews. You start out subscribed to all of them, but you can remove/add categories (or unsubscribe) whenever you want. I promise to only send out emails when I have new content posted, and you can probably expect to get emails slightly more than once a month (since I do Media Reviews monthly, with a few essays and project updates in between).

As for everything else, it is now the summer and I am…still as busy as ever. Busy in a different way, though, so we’ll see how much writing I get done. It would be nice to finish my manuscript by the end of the summer, but based on the amount of time I have to work on it, that seems unlikely. But progress is progress! I’ll see how far I go.

Media Review – March 2019

Fuck, shit. Dammit. I watched and read a ton of stuff this month, so this is going to be a long one.

Books: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us, Proposal, Remembrance, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room, The Maltese Falcon, Goldfish, Hope Never Dies, Only To Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel

Movies: North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard

Games: Plague Inc.; Dude, Stop; Stick Fight: The Game

Okay. Let’s get started.

Media Review – February 2019

So it’s the literal last moment for me to be posting this, but in my defense I actually started this one at the start of the month, but then things came up. Anyways, it’s time to recap the spicy (and not so spicy) things I’ve read and looked at and etc.

Books: Beheld, And Then There Were None, A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Bad Beginning)

Radio Dramas: Richard Diamond, Private Investigator; Rogue’s Gallery

Games: Pulsen; Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!

So here we go.

Media Review – January 2019

I totally forgot that I wanted to do this, so I’m doing it a couple of weeks late.

Welcome to Media Review, where I talk about the things I read and watched and played that month! It’s been a little bit so let’s see how much I remember…

Books/Novellas: The Annotated Big Sleep, The Glass Key, Double Indemnity, Red Wind, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot, I’ll Be Waiting

Movies: Double Indemnity; Murder, My Sweet

Games: Into the Breach, Overcooked! 2, Beat Saber

So let’s get into it.

I survived Game Jam 2019!

Hello, friends! In case you’re not up with the news (and also not from the Midwest United States), it’s currently about -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, a temperature which is also known as fuck cold. It’s so cold that even the state universities have closed for the day, and plain old subzero temperatures aren’t enough to make that happen. So I’ve been inside all of today under a very cozy blanket so I don’t freeze. I haven’t gotten a whole lot done today–it’s just one of those tired days, I suppose.

Anyways, in case you missed it, this past weekend, January 25-27, was the Global Game Jam. My good couch friend, who’s working with me on some other projects, invited me to come along, and so I did! I ended up doing basically all of the art in the game (and nothing else), and all in all, it turned out really well. We (a team of five people: three coders, me, and a guy who did basically everything else) really made a whole-ass game in less that 48 hours, with game mechanics and even a cutscene that took like 14 people-hours to finish. If you’re interested, you can download it here:

While I’m here, I’ll go ahead and talk about the process and how it went.