Category Archives: Life as a Creative

Let Some Quiet In

Over the last two weeks, I put aside any attempt or thoughts on non-day job work. That’s part of what lead me to evaluating why I do what I do (which partly lead to the last blog post of 2015, on creator nostalgia). Taking that time “off”—letting some quiet into my life—also gave me a chance to

Creator’s Nostalgia is a Sweet Poison

Nostalgia is a strange sort of beast. It has us celebrating past enjoyments and longing to relive past glory, which isn’t inherently horrible. But nostalgia looks only backward, never forward, so if we hold to nostalgia too strongly we bumble around—not unlike someone who would walk backward throughout the day. I was conversing with an old friend recently,

Being “Right” Isn’t Worth Burning Bridges

One of the more painful lessons I’ve learned—and some would argue that I haven’t really learned it yet—is that being “right” isn’t worth burning bridges. I’ve burned plenty of bridges in the last decade, some personal, some communal, and some professional. And I’ve been on the other side of that. No, really, being “right” is

What I’m Thankful For, 2015 Edition

It’s the day before American Thanksgiving. At its best, it’s a time to acknowledge and reflect, so that’s my jam today. I’m going to focus on two things to

My Playtest Debrief Process

It’s Metatopia weekend, the hallowed festival of playtesting. And while I won’t be in New Jersey to enjoy it, maybe I’ll be able to gather my own playtest crew this weekend for a project. Seems a good a time as any to share my playtest debrief process. I picked this up from Sean Nittner years

My Illness Isn’t Your Excuse

Inspired by far too many conversations in the last year, please don’t tell someone who’s ill or in recovery “I would hire you for my project, but I want you to concentrate on getting better.” That’s such a horribly cruel thing to say to someone. Sure, I recognize what’s trying to be emphasized is “get better,”