Thoughts on People Doing Things

I had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Thornton, host of the People Doing Things podcast recently, to talk about some of the things I’m doing. It was a great conversation about my writing, my process, and my relentless negativity. Trigger warning, I do talk a little bit about my personal experiences with depression and suicidality. Take a listen to the episode and subscribe to the podcast! Nick has some deep conversations with interesting people doing important things but hides it well with a glib humour and self-effacing remarks that I, as a person doing a thing, really appreciate. My favourite episode – apart from my own obv – is number 31 that I have dubbed Alcoholism and Activism.

So take a listen, you can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and let Nick know that you like him as a person doing a thing.

Nick and I after recording the podcast.

Nick and I after recording the podcast.

I had the distinct pleasure to read and review Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. It’ll be released later this year but because of my pact with the devil, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it early. Take a look at my full review of this solid addition to Gay YA literature on my friend’s blog Sense and Sensibility and Stories.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift, Ellie Golding, or choreographing dances in front of a mirror, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Another Videogame!?

I made myself a second videogame! This one was a little different from the last one because:

  1. I HAD to build this one, (but still ended up loving it)
  2. It’s a 2D platformer, (not an RPG)
  3. I (and my partner) built the thing from the ground up!

It was built as my final project for my coding course at Lighthouse Labs and as such I had to do a lot of work. With the help of my partner in crime, using all of the javascript we knew and faking the rest to turn out 2 awesome levels, including drawing and animating all the sprites. And we did it all in under 2 weeks. And we won the Peoples Choice Award at demo day. And … there are no more ands but I felt like adding something funny.

While I’ve been turning this idea over in my head for a long time, I thought it was fitting that I made a game about someone in a strange environment having to build themselves up from the most basic to fantastic shapes. As a person who recently traded in his professional gay card for a professional geek card, I’m having to look at how I move through the world again. It’s a strange transformation, but that’s a long essay for another time.

For now, I hope EVERYONE plays it! It was such an awesome experience and I hope that we’ll be able to find time to crank out a few more levels! And more exclamation marks!