Posts from March 2010.

Projects 2010

On New Year’s day of 2009 I opted to skip the resolutions and instead simply vow to do a dozen “projects” over the coming twelve months. That decision, and some of the projects that resulted from it, are documented here.

I did so again for 2010. But this time I actually listed a number of projects that I intended to tackle. Most of these, I’ll be honest, were ideas I had intended to do in 2009 and never got around to, or ideas from time immemorial that are on the verge of being forgotten rather than executed.

Before I get into The Litany, a quick primer on what I consider to be a “project”. First, it has to be creative. I hope to cycle a century this year, and watch all three of the unabridged Lord of the Rings films, but neither of those endeavors counts. Second, it has to take a substantial chunk of time to complete–at least a week of effort is my admittedly loose criterion. And third, success of a project should not depend on third parties. Writing a short story is a project; having a magazine buy it is out of scope.

In collating these, I realized that they largely fell into three categories: Writing, Game Design, and Internet. Some belong to multiple classifications, and are listed as such.

And so, the Projects 2010 list. “Log Lines” are intentionally vague–I have been told (and believe) that revealing too much about a creative project lessens one’s motivation to actually do it, as you get credit for the “great idea” and call it good. I will revise these entries with more information over the year as projects are actually undertaken (or scrapped).

Project

Category

Log Line

Status

Vending Spree

Writing, Internet

This gimmicky writing challenge may be the next project I tackle. Just need to figure out how to host it: here on dy, in conjunction with The Morning News, or on its own dedicated website.

In progress: vendingspree.com

Twitter project

Writing, Internet

Idea for a website that leverages Twitter to maximize my blah blah blah please paypal me venture capital ASAP.

This one involves a fair about of programming. Investigating how much of the code I’ve written for similar projects is the first logical step.

Google Maps project

Internet

Doesn’t have the potential of the Twitter project, but would be fun to launch

Infinite Summer 2010

Internet

I’m not entirely sure if I.S. is going to return this year, but it’s something I ought to that pondering.

Thinking about thinking about.

Twelve Articles for The Morning News

Writing, Internet

Technically I am a contributing writer for those guys, although lately I have been neither contributing nor writering …

Waaay behind on this one, as my editors well know (Sorry Andrew.)

Girl of His Dream

Writing

Short story I started last year and then unaccountably abandoned.

Have written the first third, know the ending. Just got to pound out that pesky “middle part”.

Sear

Writing

Short crime story I have been carrying around in my head for about a year.

Not started.

Book proposal

Writing

I got the idea, now I just need the time …

Not started. I may begin in August.

Screenplay

Writing

I cut my screenwriting teeth on that script for The Office last year, now I’d like to do a full-length screenplay.

Have a few candidates, need to decide which idea to take on.

Karaoke

Game Design

Set collection card game with what I believe to be some pretty cool and original mechanisms.

Created some files for the prototype, need to print those out and start solo playtesting.

Birthday Treasure Hunt 2010

Game Design

This is something that I did more-or-less annually, until parenthood caught up with me. You can see summaries of previous hunts here, here, and here.

Given that my birthday is less than a week away, I’m a little behind schedule to say the least. But holding these things well after my birthday was as much a part of the tradition as anything else.

Lobby or Crash Course

Game design

Two different games; I ought to do one or the other (if not both)

Crash Course has a prototype in need of tweaking; Lobby is nothing more than a concept at this point.

Computer game

Game design, Internet

Create a browser-based game using Flash or somesuch

Have an idea for the game, haven’t started learning the language.

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REWARD

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