January Jollies…

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January was not a busy month; I accepted a new job early on, meaning most of my time was then spent running out remaining assignments prior to the new start. I also collected outstanding interviews for Unlimited Hyperbole‘s next season. Squeezing production in on weekends will cause delays, but Harriet and I are keen to keep the show alive – particularly since this season features several heroes of mine who are too cool to ignore.

Even though I’m not taking on anymore commissions or journalistic work at the moment, it’s likely some of my work will continue to trickle out for the next month or two. I have unpublished pieces still waiting with Custom PC and Gamasutra, for example. I’ll try to cover those as they come out, but in the mean time here’s what I did in January…

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December Dreadlines…

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After 11 months of saying how busy I am, I finally had a quiet month. That’s because I deliberately turned away a lot of work in December so that I could focus on other stuff and have a jolly old Christmas instead. That meant I had time to catch up with old friends, see my nephew and get some decent walking done on the moors. It turns out that some of my friends had even listed to Unlimited Hyperbole – they described it as ‘about as pretentious as I expected of you‘.

Now the quiet period is over though, I’m back in London and working on stuff full time again – which means it’s time to look back on what I did last month, as well as how 2012 went as a whole.

There’ll be minimal grumpiness, I promise.

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October Obligations…

October was busy, because I’m always busy and I wouldn’t have it any other way, etc. I even managed to get out of the house a fair bit, assembling a game of Artemis: The Spaceship Simulator with a bunch of other games journalists and somehow attending the Games Media Awards too, even though I wasn’t nominated.

Oh, yeah. The GMAs. I should probably talk about that.

Understand: I don’t actually want to. I feel like, between them, John and Dan have said everything which needs to be said – but I’m still getting people asking me for my thoughts. In brief they are: Yes, there are problems. No, I did not enter the competitions. Yes, the abuse being thrown around over all this is terrible. Yes, so is the censorship.

Other than that, I’m more interested in actually trying to solve the (very real) problems, rather than talking them to death. To that end I’m working with my some of my editors to outline an informal Code of Conduct for the younger writers we work with to refer to; because if anyone is right about anything in all this then it’s Lewis Denby about everything.

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September Send-off…

September was a busy month, partly because every month is a busy month and partly because it really was the busiest I’ve ever been. Moving house on your first day back from holiday is not recommended; neither is going straight from having moved in to attending the Eurogamer Expo and the string of associated parties.

It should say something about how busy it was that Unlimited Hyperbole has been delayed. I’m hoping to put the first episodes out early this month, but I’m not going to skimp on quality just to meet a self-set and arbitrary deadline. Do it right or don’t do it.

So, sorry about that – especially to the guests who’ve been forced to wait before hearing the final thing.

Apologies and explanations aside though, here’s what else I did this month…

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August Ordeals…

August was a spectacularly busy month, but it was also a rewarding one. It saw me realising a lot of the goals I’d set for myself at the start of the year, such as attending a foreign show as a freelancer and releasing a game. I also met several heroes of mine, got published on another big site and made my Kindle debut.

August was also the month that I ate zebra, alligator, kangaroo and barracuda all in the same bowl.

And that’s just the start too, as a lot of the projects I started or worked on this month are part of larger projects which will trickle into the future. I wrote a script, did some proper investigation and started to formally present some ideas I’ve had about creative industries as a whole.

That stuff is for the future though. Here’s what I did this month.

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June Jobs…

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original”

If May was a difficult month, June was a pleasure. Not only was it the first time in ages that I managed to go 30 days without my personal life exploding in some manner or other, but I also got loads of work done and spent time refining my approach to games in general. 

And there was Unlimited Hyperbole‘s first season, obviously.

One of the highlights however, was Thomas Was Alone, which I just finished playing and which made me happier than any other new game I’ve played in a good while. We need more games like that, I say.

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May Mayhem…

“If I can give you the words you need it will be a great victory”

May was a difficult month as, again, I spent a large portion of the month away from London, unable to work and caught up in so much family drama that I wasn’t able to even chase new work properly. My output was less than I wanted it to be as a result and the fact that I launched a new podcast didn’t help me focus on paying the bills either.

The good news though is that, by focusing towards the end of the month, I recovered lost ground at the same time as launching the podcast more successfully than I had hoped would be possible. Within two days I’d blown through the download limit for new shows, thanks to simultaneously hitting the front pages of Reddit and SomethingAwful.

But this isn’t the place for talking about Unlimited Hyperbole; this is the place for saying what work I did last month.

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