Aww, it’s over

Moskau BoysWe didn’t win last night, which sucks, as everyone worked very hard. But the night was still loads of fun, and seeing my kids dance their hearts out made the weeks of preparation and worry worth it.

Yesterday was also the second to the last day of my game design class, so I went sentimental and took pics. I’m gonna miss them – they were a very good batch.

GAMEDES S18 (Nov 2007)I didn’t finish my novel, stopping at 23,046 words, but I didn’t mind. There’s always next year. Plus, I think I’ll continue this novel anyway. My characters are pretty fun 😉

So November’s over, and with all that behind me, I’m kind of at a loss to see what December will bring.


Whirring like a clock

As a friend of mine would say, I’m whirring like a clock!

  • Tomorrow, I’m moderating a forum for Animahenasyon 2007. I’ve never actually moderated before, so I don’t know what to expect – but Butch Jimenez is one of the speakers, and he was the one who inspired me to get into indie filmmaking. I owe a lot to him. I wonder if he remembers me.
  • Saturday, besides game design class and Anino dance practice, I’m going to the Animahenasyon awards night, because Dream Systems is a finalist (yebba!).
  • Monday, I fly to Naga to give a talk on game development. I’ve never been to Bicol, and I have no idea what time my flight is or where I’m staying 😛
  • Friday next week, I’m giving a talk on game writing for the Asian Game Journalists Association, and I haven’t written a word of that at all. (Sorry, Alex!)
  • The day after that, after class, it’s the dreaded Anino dance presentation, where for some strange reason I am the leading lady. That means I don’t dance until the last 10%, upon which I have a very complicated dance number.

All of that ends on December 1, which explains why I have had absolutely no time to finish my novel in time. I don’t mind, actually. The 20,000 words I do have in my novel are already a lot, if you think about it. Besides, whatever spare time I have now goes to relaxing – that means knifing people in Call of Duty 4, or watching movies with friends. So life is good. Incredibly fast and hectic, but good.

This particular Saturday is love

I’m having one of those rare, inexplicably good days, when everything’s nice, so I figured I’d blog about it before it ended, so I won’t forget.

  • 9:00 am: Had a great game design class. We talked about game balancing and testing, which by itself is not very exciting, but I’ve got great students and they came up with brilliant game ideas today.
  • 1:30 pm: Went to Anino dance practice. I finally got to dance – just a chorus’ worth, but at least I’m moving! Watching my team dance is also loads of fun >:)
  • 5:00 pm: I squeezed in a few hundred words of my novel, and played Call of Duty 4, both single-player and with the boys. I’m now a Master Gunnery Sergeant I, I think, and I got to try a new gun.
  • 8:15 pm: I watched Superbad with the boys. I’m usually not a fan of American comedy, but the movie was hilarious! Plus it’s got Michael Cera from Arrested Development. We were laughing and clapping and groaning so loud in the theater.
  • 10:30 pm: Went to Bona Coffee to squeeze in some more words for my novel. And as I’ve just broken 18,000 words, I think I’ll head home. (By the way, a friend of mine texted that Bona was featured in Inquirer today. I’ve yet to check it out, but congrats to Bona for the PR! Though I also found out you raised your prices, hahaha, but your stuff is worth the few extra bucks 😉

Okay, going home now. Papayoo!

New blog header!

I updated my blog header. Unfortunately, with this WordPress theme, that’s all I can do 😉 But I like it.

I’ve broken the 10,000 word count of my novel, which still isn’t enough to make it to 50K on time, but I suppose 10K is still something, yes?

And yesterday, I had Wii Day with my game design class. I wish I had a Wii! But this Christmas may see an Xbox 360 in my house. We’ll see.


xkcd remains to be my favorite webcomic.

Starbucks Madrigal is now open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and they have started their Christmas fever with my favorite peppermint mocha, giving me no excuse not to finish my novel. I’ve only written 6,450 words, and juggling this with my game design class is proving harder than expected. However, I’ve survived this before, so I’m sure to survive it again.

In other news, I’ve started running, and it’s much more fun than walking, though it’s harder too, of course 😉