Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IWSG January 2014

IWSG, brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, occurs once a month and exists for writers to voice their insecurities and offer advice. The official website, has been a priceless commodity in my studying and research of late. I encourage any one interested in writing to have a look!

**I'm sorry I haven't come to see you guys lately, I have the flu and am limited to my time on the computer. I'll get to your sites soon!**

 First of all, I have no reason to be insecure. I just finished a successful Kickstarter. And amongst the obvious results of having my book funded, there are indirect implications it has impressed upon me, including that I feel like nothing in the world can stand against me. 

I took that attitude with me to MagFest last week to help promote a video game that some friends produced independently (I've mentioned my secret life before). We had a booth alongside a dozen other indie developers at what has to be one of the biggest video game festivals in the world. And people were loving the game. It felt a lot like winning at life. Between you and me, we sold the crap out of that game. 

The game is called Default Dan. Here's a link to its webpage (where you can actually download it right now!)... But far more impressive is this link which leads to Youtube search results if you type in Default Dan. The first two videos on that page have a combined 5 million views! And the videos of random people uploading game footage goes on for pages and pages! (I'm about to add to those videos)

So, MagFest. I suck at taking pictures at events like this... I'm always just running around with my eyes wide. I did better at taking pics at Dragon Con. But at least I got some pictures. And all the games you see were free to play.

All made out of Legos! I want to do this!

Arcade games

Vendor booths

Modern-ish gaming consoles

Vintage gaming consoles (Including DOS machines with Oregon Trail!)

More arcade machines

Noah from Bit Brigade playing Mega Man 2 for a charity auction of some sort.

More arcade games
Now to mention my insecurity. I've just opened Pandora's box of opportunities for myself with this Kickstarter. If my current book goes live and sells even a little bit, I'll have money to set aside and fund the editing on the next... illustration too depending on how that goes for A Sawmill's Hope.
But do you know when the last time was I actually wrote? ... Me neither. I finished the final draft of A Sawmill's Hope late fall and began planning and prepping for the Kickstarter. I literally haven't written creatively since then. And it's a bit frightening. What if I've lost it? Yes, I could get off my arse and continue with the next book... But ... but... 

Ok, I guess there's no but.