If “The Story” is my writing end goal, why distract myself with so much? The rowing makes sense because it’s good to be healthy. Why not compress it down? Spend that time studying fiction? Read the classics? Take classes, write drafts, send them out for criticism, revise, and learn the craft? Well, the thing about John (left) and Trishna (right) is that they’re two shades of our reality spectrum, and their story references it all.
There’s a gag in New Game!, a cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime about videogame development, where director Shizuku (right) presents whimsically unreasonable change requests to chief programmer Umiko (center). It’s amusing, until you’ve worked enough gigs where customers innocently request major changes even after deadline. Then, you empathize with Umiko. Some adjustments are fine. When seemingly-innocent requests actually require extensive research, dev-time, and rewrites, the customer isn’t always right. Showing these career nuances makes watching New Game! worthwhile.
Season 1: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Season 2: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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Passing another year of sobriety- five years in March– let’s consider how the Gig Life has both reassured and risked that progress. The biggest aid is that I’m almost legally prevented from getting too invested in any gig; I’d have to bill for that time. The biggest ailment is the grit that comes from jumping into projects in the yellow or red. Contractors are never needed when big projects or workloads are in the green.
Last week, I turned these casual updates for improving my home office, “Zeal,” into a minor Project Management case study. I started a Gantt chart, which isn’t interesting enough to display yet, and I began thinking about this renovation project from more of a technical viewpoint. This week’s goal was to set up a temporary shelf to tackle some clutter. Halfway through this activity, however, I identified a reclining pain point, preventing previously planned progress…
Cluttered items might lose their potential value because they can’t be properly used. Unorganized clutter caused a folding table in my office, “Zeal,” to lose its value as a temporary desk. A future phase of this office renovation project requires that table’s old space, and since one early idea I had for Better Zombie was to invite collaborators to jam on works such as artists to create short stories, now, Zeal has that collaboration space!
The coolest thing about the latest update to Keyboard Kommander is the introduction of striked through text. When you’re typing in a word, the letters you’ve typed are crossed out, so you get a better sense of your progress. Let’s talk about the writing progress on the project. This is primarily because the next few weeks may see some time, which otherwise would have been spent writing public-facing short stories, rerouted to secretive background writing…
Spoiler Warning Scale: Kasual (some brainstorming)
Maturity warning: safe reading, folks
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For my smaller writing projects, I’ll sufficiently consider the subject, structure my thoughts, before launching into writing. Using a rough medical analogy, the structural skeleton is mechanical and the rest is organic, so I’m free to adapt my focus if I discover something significant during the writing procedure. For Keyboard Kommander, I’m doing much the same, except it’s bigger. The skeleton is a solid 10 pages! Here’s an obscured screenshot and what I can currently reveal:
Spoiler Warning Scale: Kasual (some information about the villainess)
Maturity warning: safe reading, folks
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