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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part VIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 22 September 2018 · 124 views

I was going to continue writing chapter 7 this morning and instead found myself playing with the font-sizes and paragraph spacing of the chapter titles.  Darn!  I am my worst enemy. :(
 
Anyway, that took just about an hour (I am very dedicated to my fonts), so now I'm back to work.  Only that instead of writing the story, I ended up o...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part VII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 21 September 2018 · 101 views

I thought I'd talk a little bit about the writing experience.  As I mentioned before, I am not a writer.  I fancy myself as having a good command of the English language, and in my professional career I've had the opportunity to apply and polish my technical writing ability, but I've never written fiction before.  In fact, other than two pr...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part VI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 21 September 2018 · 94 views

Guess what I did today...  C'mon, guess!
 
Yup, that's right:  I played with the font size and margins again.  I thought I had 21 pages, but I was wrong.  It turns out I have written 27 pages!   I feel so much more productive now.
 
I think I'm done with the fonts and margins.  It bothered me that the font looked so...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part V

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 20 September 2018 · 94 views

I know I mentioned it in the previous entry , but I've decided not to post the map nor any of the other illustrations on this blog.  I rather not make any of the content public at the moment, at least until it is all finished.  In the meantime, below is a small section of the Ice Cube Cavern map showing the Frosted Maze.
 

 
Other a...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part IV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 18 September 2018 · 141 views

Progress?  Yup, we've got some of that.
 
I started this project about a month ago.  Well, actually, I spent a week just staring at the initial page I wrote six years ago.  I'd like to say that I was planning the story arc and figuring out my writing style and narrative voice, but I was just staring at the document pretending to be a w...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part III

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 September 2018 · 129 views

I ended the last post suggesting that my motivation for finally writing the Christmas Carol story book had to do with a very special girl.  Actually two.  A lot has happened in the intervening six years since I developed the game and wrote the original single page essay introducing the full story.
 
Since the game came out in 2012, I have...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part II

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 September 2018 · 103 views

When I say that every element of the Christmas Carol game was part of an overarching story, I mean everything .  Every little thing had a bit of background and mythos behind it to give it weight.
Carol was smart and resourceful because her job was to explore the world to find all children and ensure that they were added to Santa's list.  T...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part I

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 September 2018 · 152 views

As I mentioned in my first post , I started a project to write a short story based on my Christmas Carol  Intellivision game.  It is something I've been wanting to do for the past six years.  You see, that game was much more than a silly Pac-Man clone to me, it was an experience :  not only was it my very first video game (which was a...


Fisrt Post!

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Stuff 16 September 2018 · 176 views

Never had a blog before, and probably never will again, but I thought it may be useful to type short entries of what I'm working on as a blog rather than abusing the "Status Update" feature.  I intend to write brief updates on the progress of my projects -- both retro-game-related and not.  I don't expect anybody to read this, so this blog is mo...






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