2012: Year in Review

Well it has been another year and once again I haven’t posted in months. In fact, I have almost completely dropped off the social media landscape all together. What really hurts most, though, is I spent so much time and effort to rebuild this website and then I did nothing with it. So what are my excuses this year?

Let’s start with a soon to be classic with “I have been really busy being a father”. Having a baby definitely does impact one’s life. I have seen my daughter Pixel grow from a cute little ball of fun to an incredibly energetic, walking, talking automaton of fun. It’s hard to get anything done while she is awake as I am her playmate and she wants to do stuff. This of course has led me to learn a lot more about what is going on in the neighborhood. I know all the local parks and what type of playground equipment they have. I’ve been to the community centre and library more than I ever thought I would. I have also met a wide range of people I would likely never have known. It has changed my outlook on life in many wonderful ways.

A bigger and possibly better excuse is something that I didn’t see coming at me this year. I am writing a technical book on Game Maker Studio: HTML5. I just happened to stumble across this opportunity and jumped on it without realizing how much work it was going to take. I know the software very well and I have been teaching it for years, so I proposed an outline of the things I would like to incorporate. They approved it and asked if could I write a chapter every two and half weeks. That seemed like a lot of time for about 30 pages including images, so I said yes. What I didn’t think about was that I also had to code each of the games, build the assets, bug test it then rebuild the game step by step in order to write it. On top of that, Game Maker Studio has been rolling out builds every week with the occasional major change, making some content already outdated. Needless to say, this has taken up way more time than I expected.

2012 turned out to be a fantastic year even if it was on a completely different trajectory from where it started.¬†At the end of the day, however, there is no “good” excuse. Looking ahead to a excuse-free 2013, I will be taking all my new found focus and will be applying it to new projects. This site, and all my social media outlets, will become more active as the book winds down and if things go right, this year will be a breakout year for me.

Here’s to the future and no more excuses!

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