ROW 80: Studying people

After missing Sunday’s check-in, I didn’t want to miss Wednesday, but I hate to post because I don’t have much progress to report!  I guess this is the accountability part hehe. =)  Of course, the key to making good goals is making them accomplishable… but I can’t help being ambitious. I want it all!

So, without further ado:

  • Writing: Again! I’m quite lacking this week. No progress. BOO! But I do have a long weekend coming to make up for it…! =D
  • Health & Fitness: At least I’m still going strong here, mostly. =) Still lazy at entering calories into Livestrong, need to get back on track, but hit the gym on Monday and did yardwork over the weekend to get at least a little cardio in.
  • Game: On this front, I’m still making tons of progress, though still not as fast as I’d like. Got the 4 major remaining screens wireframed, so now I can get around to laying out all the pieces and making them look awesome. Of course, there’s still plenty of other screens to get to. The hubster built out one piece over the weekend, and we found some flaws in the design and reworked them together. Which was awesome, and even though we were throwing some things out, it felt great to be really figuring out how to make things work! Also earlier in the week, I got to thinking that I don’t really understand my userbase as well as I should, so I got into doing some user research and personas (which is kind of like making up characters, based on real-ish people). Tonight I got really into that and read all about people that might be our target user base.  I think studying people helps refine both design and writing skills, so I feel pretty good about that.  But again, the game dominates my psyche!  Maybe that’s the right thing, for now….
  • Reading: Read a tad more of If You Want to Write… and stalked Brenda Ueland on goodreads, wikipedia. This is seriously one fantastic book! I can’t believe I never heard of it before.

So, that’s it!  Wish me luck getting in some writing over the long weekend!


Late checkin, but here goes nothin.

Hey, better late than never, right?  *crosses fingers*

So to complete my first “goal” — I made some better ROW80 goals:

  • Writing: Spend at least 5 hours each week revising Mage Slave. Finish character profiles for the remaining key characters. Shoot for about 10% a week, although I’m not sure that’s realistic at all.  We’ll see!
  • Health & Fitness: Today’s weigh-in prompted more seriousness and motivation in this area.  Gym twice a week. Additional cardio once a week. Track calories every day in Livestrong. Aiming for 1.5 pounds a week.
  • Game: Have all main screens for our game designed by the end of this ROW.  This one is kind of vague, but I think it’s still doable.
  • Reading: Read at least one book, bonus points for 2.  I’m going to start with If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland, recommended by Felicia Day on this week’s Flog. (Below if you want to see!) From a quick glance on Amazon I immediately one-click ordered the one that would arrive the soonest.  It seriously looks amazing.  If I get to a second book, it will be fiction, probably Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. Love the cover!  Also, finish Story Engineering (almost there!).

So how is it going so far?

  • Writing:Spent about 2 hours revising this week so far.  Pretty good I think.
  • Health & Fitness: Did gym today with weights and cardio. Tracked food and was easily under and enjoying myself.  Feeling great!  Hope this lasts.
  • Game: Marathon Friday and Saturday night game workathon – no worries here, full of progress.
  • Reading: Ordered If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. Read a bit more  Story Engineering – should be done soon!

Now that I have some good goals, let’s get this party started!