The motivating terror of freelancing (real life stuff!)

Today is my last day at my job of almost five years. Tomorrow I become unemployed, or ideally more accurately… a freelancer. @Braxwolf @grnmushroom Terror is surprisingly motivating! ;) — Jessica Cook (@Liores) March 31, 2015 Part of my reason for doing this, honestly, is need. I’ve been looking for a full-time gig in Seattle but I haven’t found one yet that I think is right. That’s okay — I’m...

In Defense of Massively’s Existence

(Editor’s Note: after publishing this post news broke that AoL officially laid off people from Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively. I’m sorry to see it wasn’t just a rumor.) I wasn’t going to write anything about the potential shutdown of Massively (along with sister sites Joystiq and WoW Insider) because nothing has been officially announced and I try to resist writing about unconfirmed rumors. However, this...

The last word from 2014

I wasn’t going to do one of these because I already tried to be all poignant and shit in my birthday post, but it looks like most of my blog friends have a 2014 wrap-up and I’m a sucker for a trending topic. Cool Internet Things That Happened This Year * Created 8bit Kitchen, a collaborative food blog. * Became a founding member of The Gaming and Entertainment Network along with a bunch of other cool blogger folks. *...

Lordie Lordie, Look Who’s 40

(Note: I swear a lot in this. Sorry.) Okay look, straight up: turning 40 is actually kind of scary. I’m now officially “old enough to know better” and yet I’m pretty sure I’ve learned very little so far. The Bad 40 is a little scary because of that whole mortality thing but also kind of uniquely scary for women I think. Society, that nebulous asshole, has been heavily implying for the last 25 years that...

Vague Talk About Character Models in Space

Over the weekend there was a beta stress test for an MMO. This MMO takes place in space. People who participated in this beta are not allowed to discuss what they saw under pain of not being invited to any more betas, and also the taint of being unprofessional. I myself have nothing against a bit of professionalism, even in the more laid back world of blogging. Sometimes, though, I bet someone participates in a beta and finds the...

December Ramblings: links, games, and .. recipes?

December is a bit of a jerk. I mean, the last week or so of it is great — most folks have presents and turkey and a week off work and hugs from family — but the three weeks before that strike me as being some of the worst of the year. It’s cold, and dark, and we all have a million things to do and functions to attend and dollars to spend on top of our usual life routines. (Not to mention that as a content creating...

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