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I think it’s been around a month since we stared at an ultrasound screen and didn’t see a heartbeat. I’m not sure. Time’s been pretty irrelevantly lately, with days blurring into each other, and sleep coming like a black wave because you don’t want to feel any more. He was less than eight weeks old, [...]

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Dispatches from the Word Mines

When last we left our hero, he’d run a marathon. Other highlights since then: The wedding (HUGE SUCCESS) Honeymoon in Iceland (also fun; considerably less ice than expected though) Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, as we found out we were extremely unlikely to have kids using conventional methods. Now, when a man and a woman love each [...]

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Things I think about when I’m running and everything hurts

‘It must be a great feeling’ said my aunt afterwards. ‘Not really,’ I said. ‘Everything hurts. I feel like I’m recovering from major surgery.’ ‘Ow,’ I added. ‘Ow.’

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In Memoriam

The Cork City┬ámarathon takes place on the 7th of June. I’m running it. In much the same manner that an oil tanker pirouettes, or a mountain gently bounces, I’m running it. I have never been the most athletic individual, even for a gamer, and I still darkly mutter that the best way of moving forty [...]

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Scheduling, Projects, Axe Cop (with lemon)

When I was working full-time for Mongoose, scheduling time was comparatively easy. The month went like this: 1) Get assigned new project #1 2) Do a bit of research, outline it, get enthused about it. 3) Get told that new project #1 has actually been changed to new project #2. 4) Curse the gods, curse [...]

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After Mongoose…

As I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I’m unexpectedly being made redundant by Mongoose at the end of the month, bringing an end to almost seven years of working for them full-time. I am living proof that gaming isn’t a recession-proof industry.

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Life not found

Fish for Fish is now being updated every Monday. I’m trying to write a chapter ahead of deli’s drawing, which means I need to write the next chapter this week. * * * June and July were swallowed by INTSEC for Paranoia and other Mongoose work and some wedding planning. It’s in a year’s time, [...]

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State of the Mongoose & other news

Matthew Sprange’s annual State of the Mongoose post is up. My big Mongoose-thing for next year is overhauling PARANOIA, and I’m glad that I won the argument about the HIGH PROGRAMMER book. I still need to figure out how to write the thing, of course. * * * We’ve started updating Fish for Fish again. [...]

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Certain things take priority

On Monday night, I got a phone call telling me my mother had been hospitalised, suffering from a mystery ailment that was manifesting basically as extreme terror and existential dread. I’ve been at her bedside almost constantly from Tuesday afternoon (I was in Dublin on Monday) since then, barring a few brief breaks for sleep [...]

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