Archive for May, 2003

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May 30, 2003

Ain’t Got No Circadian Rhythm

Now I’m at the office at 9pm. My schedule has become so backwards that I came to work today at 5pm. Fortunately, I’m laying out Gorilla Warfare right now, and that’s a pretty solitary endeavour at this stage. I had some concerns about this manuscript’s nutty voice, but put into the layout for the game line, that nuttiness becomes enthusiasm. This is a somewhat comic title, obviously, so it’s all good.

Hopefully I’ll have time to take in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street when I get home.

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May 29, 2003

9:53am
Still awake. A lot of plates in the air. Or books. Something. It occurs to me now that I haven’t eaten since lunch yesterday.

This last book is perhaps the hardest game writing I’ve ever done, much to my surprise, and I didn’t really enjoy it. In part the process, in part the uncertainty, in part the subject matter. I have great fears that the material will be unsatisfactory, as, of course, I do when I finish anything. Suffice to say, the work may be fine but this was not my best performance.

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May 29, 2003

3:42am
Up again, not still. Last night I went till 5 am. This morning I guess I’ll see if I can’t stay awake until Sara gets up to go to work.

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May 27, 2003

3:46am Central Time
Still here. Last-minute changes are causing me all manner of complications, which will result in tiresome revisions. I have mixed feelings and much confusion regarding how this book progressed.

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May 27, 2003

All-Nighter
I’m just a short distance into my first all-nighter in quite some time. I’ll try and pop back in again to record my state of mind in three hours or so. The really terrifying thing is that I’ll have to do this all over again next week, too. May has resulted in such a ridiculously huge new load of work that I feel like I’m working while pinned beneath a concrete slab. The up-side to this is that, come June, a good deal of my work will be new, exciting, and a bit more prestigious than what I’m doing now. In fact, come to think of it, there’s all sorts of stuff going on this summer, what with conventions, news brewing at Atlas, a new job with Fantasy Flight, more books in the pipeline, and a friend’s wedding. Just this week, Sara and I renewed our lease on the apartment, too, which will make this the first place I’ve lived in for two consecutive years (aside from the house I grew up in, of course). That’s exciting.

I promise I’ll review A Mighty Wind, because my friend Jim asked. I’m looking forward to it, too. I just need time to do it.

Anyway, back to work.

Noise: Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg, Let’s Do It (from the Tank Girl soundtrack, hint hint).

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May 20, 2003

Busy, busy, busy. Saw: The Matrix Reloaded, and A Mighty Wind. Played: Mystery at the Abbey, Barbarossa, and Draw! Kevin Wilson’s new game Magdar is on the verge of release and looks swell. Look for information on it somewhere at www.fantasyflightgames.com. Meanwhile, I have, depending on how you look at it, six different books in the air right now. I am thrilled and terrified; at any moment the floor will be covered in broken plates.

Head over to John Tyne’s weblog for a great discussion on The Matrix Reloaded. You may have to click onto the second page. The discussion has sapped my will to review, I think.

Current Noise: Soul Coughing, Buddha Rhubarb Butter

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May 15, 2003

The Presidential Variety Show
The professional critics can say what they want, but as television isn’t likely to give us another Oval Office drama any time soon I’m perfectly happy to watch The West Wing go through the catalog of presidential debacles, crises, and lesser-known oddball scenarios.