Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Announcing Arcen Games

Since January of 2008, I've been working on a computer game called Alden Ridge -- it was originally meant to be something of a promotional item for my novel of the same name, but it's taken on a life of its own. Starting in November 2008, I've also been working on a game called AI War. These two games are now progressing to the point that I'll be ready to release AI War within 3-6 months, and Alden Ridge in another 3-6 months after that.

With these goals in mind, I'm founding a limited liability company called Arcen Games. The paperwork is still pending for the company, but the website is open. Check it out: http://www.arcengames.com/.

On Writing

It's been a while since I've posted here -- the focus of this blog has been changing for quite some time, same as my foci have been changing. This blog started out being exclusively about writing and publishing, but it's gradually become more about art and computer games.

In the last six months, I've made a decision to focus more on creating computer games for the moment -- I'm better at that than I am at writing, at least for the time being, and it provides satisfaction instead of frustration. Don't get me wrong -- I'll never stop being a novelist -- but there are some things that I just haven't figured out yet about writing novels, and I'm giving myself some time out to find those answers. Writing is the hardest thing I do, as well as one of the most rewarding, and I'm reconsidering my desire to have that be my full-time job. I've have several dozen novels in me, I think, and at twenty-six I have plenty of time to get them out. Even though I'm not actively writing at the moment, I'm reading as much as ever and dissecting the styles and techniques that I see.