Week 716

What’s this? I’m blogging about my work on a weekly basis – a simple way to track and archive whatever it is I spend my time on.

With the first draft of my novel, the TNO magazine I helped out on and my VARA ARG reporting done, last week I tried to turn it down a notch.

As usual during quiet periods, I spent some time clearing out my notes, email inbox and other files, as well as doing some administrative work.

I then took some time to think about the big picture, and after much hesitation decided to stop Bashers.nl, after 6 years and 8 months. The decision will be announced on the site this week and I’ll write more about it here.

Besides that, on Monday, I wrapped up The Spiral with a final blog post, which was published a day later.

On Monday night, I did a Skype interview with Jon Mak and Shaw-Han Liem, the developers of Sound Shapes, a wonderful music game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. The interview will appear in a future issue of the Dutch Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM).

On Tuesday, Merlijn Doomernik came over to take the portrait photograph that will be on the back of my book.

On Wednesday, I went to Two Tribes and wrote my first blog post for them. Toki Tori 2 is two months away from being finished and looking wonderful.

On Thursday I finished my Next Level column for nrc.next, about Brandon Boyer’s new website Venus Patrol (and one possible future of journalism: giving it away with other stuff), which appeared a day later on the Tech spread.

On Friday, I started writing an overview of the Dutch games scene for Boekman, which I was asked to do by the Dutch Games Association.

During the weekend, I finished an article about Unity for OPM, and started playing Dishonored. I’ve also been playing Mark of the Ninja: both are ‘player-centric’ stealth games in which you get some degree of freedom to reach your goal. One is 3D and big-budget, the other is 2D and relatively-small-budget. I’m having a ball with both.