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Creative pursuits

15 August, 2020 - 2 min read

With all of this pandemic business my days are starting to blur together. I work from home and my weekend activities are mostly limited to the house as well. So I'm looking for a nice way of distinguishing the two.

So far, I'm thinking that I work on a creative pursuit on one day (most likely Saturday). Then on Sunday do my best to be 'screen free'. Taking the day away from the computer and phone.

Where my primary form of input/output is a notebook and a book to read.

It doesn't matter what I put in the notebook, it can be anything from minor doodling to writing a novel. Same goes for the book side of the equation. I can read anything, fiction or nonfiction so long as it's away from the computer room.

So what about this creative pursuit? I hear you say.

Well, that's something I'm not quite sure about myself.

I don't want to work on any website code because I'm working on websites all week. I also don't consider that particularly 'creative'.

I'm thinking one of two options:

  1. Write a book
  2. Finally make this indie game I've been talking about.

Both ideas excite me. Both have their drawbacks. Both will take a lot of time to complete.

It's that last sentence that scares me. I know the time is going to pass anyway. So I may as well have a game or a book to show for it... Still terrifies me though.

Not to mention what I'll have to do around each project in order to make them successful one day.

Either way the project will act as a bit of escapism and something I can iterate on and tweak to my heart's content.

Either way I'll be world building, putting a character in harm's way and exploring what's possible.

The thought occurred to me that I could be writing the story and then make a game out of it after the fact. Maybe that's naive, maybe it's a genius way to double down on some cool IP. I have no idea - as you can probably tell by reading this.

Time will tell...

Please sir, can I have some more?Reading The Martian... what if?