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New Challenges / More of the Same

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 17, 2014, 11:07 PM
Somehow I got the idea into my head that the best way to promote my novel-in-progress, An Ember in the Wind, was to come up with some sort of game. I could blame Max Barry for that, and I have no reason to doubt NationStates was a brilliant marketing idea. But I won't. It's just something I want to do.

My "identity" as a writer can be tenuous as times - which has nothing to do with encouragement or discouragement. Rather, it fluctuates depending on where my interest lies.

I'm more interested in stories. The medium by which I get them out there is a function of what I feel works best... and it's not always in print (or e-ink). I also like to learn new things, and explore new interests. It is precisely the reason I used the word "studio", not "press", when I set up my LLC for the purposes of creating an account with Lightning Source.

When it comes down to it, my hobbies are an extension of my career interests. I'm a mathematician, trained in symbolic computation (basically, computer-based mathematics). It seems like a shame to not explore what I can do with a skill set, programming, I've hardly applied at all to my rather expensive hobbies.

So I'm going to give writing a point-and-click adventure game a try. It seems like a good use for all the forest-related art I've drawn, as well as my favorite dialogue lines from the manuscript that have, or will, get cut in the editing process. If it helps sell some books - even better, but I don't think it's worth counting on that.

I don't have anything substantial yet, other than code which nobody will see. Still, for anyone interested in the project, you can find it on my blog. If you enjoyed games like Monkey Island, mine is of similar genre.

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R. Watson
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I'm a mathematician. Writing and drawing are both creative diversions for me.

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omgitsjenn Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the favorurites :)
Mishrito Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:
Thanks for the Llama!!!
Thank you for adding me.
merrak Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
neomerlin Sep 28, 2013  Student Writer
Yo, thanks for the watch!
merrak Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
rilakkuma1212 Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much for the watch!
merrak Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome! :)  I really like the atmosphere in your paintings.
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