I want you back – even if it’s just for one comment! So starting in a few week’s time, I’m going to have a mini-campaign that attempts to reach out to old regulars of this blog and see how many we can get back for salutations and felicitations.
I’m still thrashing out the details, but expect more on this shortly!
Very proud to announce the arrival of the latest member to my family, 7 lbs 11 oz, name pending. He arrived on 30th April after another shockingly fast labour.
The following day was surreal: I slept the night on the floor of the hospital room, then almost immediately my wife, baby, and I were cast in a promotional film for the hospital and spent the morning doing takes for that. Then we were hanging around forever to be discharged – which eventually happened at 4:30 pm, an hour before I was due to speak in Edinburgh!
Surviving the Manchester rush hour somehow, I arrived at my robot with 15 minutes to spare, enough time for the weblink technical check. The talk, for the Sandbox/Fair events at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, seemed very well received, and was built around a letter I’d written the day before about the value of art, and how this connects to games-as-art. I will share the letter here shortly as part of the Republic of Bloggers.
Much more to come this Summer, and apologies to anyone having difficulties posting comments at the moment. Hoping TypePad have been able to fix this… Hope to hear from you all in the corners of the internet soon!
Apologies to anyone waiting re: my speaking gig in Edinburgh – it's tomorrow but I can't make it in person because of the still-pending baby. I hope to be able to attend via Skype and say a few words about games and art, and am disappointed I can't be there. The event is called Sandbox, part of Fair at the Talbot Rice Gallery.
Just a quick note to say that I appear to have hurdled the final step of the bureaucracy required to complete my Doctorate… thus unlocking additional bureaucracy pertaining to storing my doctorate in the library system. It would be nice to feel some sense of achievement or triumph at becoming the first person to have a doctorate in the aesthetics of play but it is more akin to that frustrating boss that you finally take down hours after it ceased to be fun…
Back from my media blackout, but not quite ready for blogging at ‘full steam’. I have some drafts of some interesting things for December, though, which hopefully will get finished soon, and I’m planning something new and experimental for the Gregorian New Year so watch this space!
Apparently, there was an insufficient degree of carnage in my life, so we’ve arranged to escalate the nonsense by an order of magnitude. The level up will be complete around 21st April next year. Our most sincere wish is that this one is a good sleeper!
This paper makes some interesting suggestions about how we should understand the nature of our emotional responses to fictions… All in all, what we have here is some good but not very closely connected points which are or might be worth making within a bigger project on emotions in fiction. The are not, on their own, of sufficient interest to justify a longish piece of this size. Perhaps it might be reworked into a shorter comment piece.
Although I was initially rather disappointed, the window is open here for a reworked shorter piece so I should definitely pursue this. Also, I received my peer review in about a month – which is absolutely incredible for a major journal.