Calm After the Storm

As you may be aware, it's been an amazing, productive several months for me. Just since last fall, I've been involved in a staggering number of projects: Game of Thrones, Ready for the Big Chill, Wanderlust, Four Codes and KeysNeuro's QuestPandemic, plus of course the Transmedia Artists Guild and any number of conferences. Some of these have been huge, months-long affairs; some I only contributed a few hours of thinking or writing. But man, has it ever been intense. 

Yesterday, I effectively wrapped up my long-term involvement in America 2049, and with it, my era of trying to be the James Franco of transmedia is finally, finally coming to a close. 

That's not to say that I'm suffering from looming unemployment, by any means -- actually, I still have a lot of great stuff in my pipeline:

  • The soon-to-launch game for Thomas Dolby's new album I first blogged about a couple of months ago is... well... launching soon
  • I've been secretly working on a really exciting collaboration with some people I love to pieces, and we'll be coming soon to a Kickstarter near you
  • I will be doing a thing over the summer! That I am absolutely dying to tell you about! But I cannot tell you about it just yet because the ice ninjas would cut my toes off and I like my toes. But keep a lookout for the announcement
  • And a number of might-be-greenlit projects in the concepting stage, which may or may not pan out, as is their way

So... if you're dying to work with me, you best chance right now would probably be to knock on my door and ask me what I'm doing in, oh, let's say October. 

Meanwhile, I've learned a few valuable lessons about craft, career management, and the fact that just because you have the time doesn't mean you're obligated to sell it to anybody. 

One of the things I gradually lost over the last few months was the time and energy to write for the sheer enjoyment of it. I'd really like to get back to that. I haven't written fiction for myself in ages; I think it's time to start up again. And of course I'd like to get back to blogging more routinely.

For right now, though, it's time for me to step away from the keyboard once in a while to do some laundry, watch some movies, hit the gym, stitch some more of my Zelda map, and in general start behaving like someone who is not made only of work. Refilling the well, they call it. I should savor it while I still can.

But hey, if you need me, don't be shy. I'll still be around.

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