September 2018: Tentacles Galore!

Since my last post, half of British Columbia burned down, fifty harbour seals suntanned on a beach, my wife and I sneaked out of the house to go watch “Crazy Rich Asians”, and I just woke up from a dream where I was the Green Lantern and someone invented a hotel in Hawaii that collapsed every five minutes for the tourists.

I have big news at the bottom of this post, but first – parenting and gaming stuff…

On the daddy front, my son started part-time day care, which means my mother-in-law will be returning to China soon and my daddy duties will double. Raising Channing has been an incredible experience, but taking care of a child is hands down one of the most taxing things a person could do. Anyone who tells you the same, but doesn’t have kids of their own has no idea. Every day, for two years, morning to night, making sure that kid is either staying out of trouble, following his routine, or learning fundamental skills is the ultimate test of patience and time management. I write this frantically at 6 in the morning because he’ll probably wake up any minute. But is he is slowly learning how read, communicate, operate a computer, and battle other children for dominance, so I’m very proud of him. He also knows who Bilbo Baggins and LeChuck are, so double-proudness on top.

Gaming front hasn’t been too busy. I completed a backer game, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, by Lori and Corey Cole, which I enjoyed immensely. It’s a continuation of their Quest for Glory series, but set inside a dungeon-riddled castle with more of a Harry Potter vibe and tons of puns. Very fun, but also very difficult. Highly recommended as its my favourite backed game so far. I’ve also revisited a couple older game with Channing on my lap while he watches Peppa Pig: “The Black Cauldron” and “Riven”. I never appreciated how brilliant “Riven” was when I was younger or realized how brilliant Myst’s seemingly non-existent story was until now. Another game worth revisiting. “Black Cauldron” was fun, but I finished it in an hour and solved maybe five puzzles, so I might be done with that.

Still a long slog on my own game, but I’m holding back on updates again this month so I don’t jinx my progress. I need to sustain momentum to stay productive.

But anyway, BIG NEWS on the career front; I will soon be taking over as a lead animator for Disney’s “Elena of Avalor” at Icon Creative. I’ve been having a great time working on this show over its two year run, and our big “mermaids everywhere!” tentpole episode just aired on the 21st. A full list of my episodes is on my IMDB page (where I’m known for my two-week stint on “Cognition” somehow?) Along with the tentpole’s release, Disney uploaded five shorts to accompany it. Mine was a musical interlude involving eight tentacles and a lot of parent constraints.

In more immediate news, my cousin will be getting married in Dubrovnik, Croatia next week. So as a big, last-time-in-a-long-time expense, my family and I are flying out to Europe on Friday to experience the majesty of King’s Landing and two German airports. I’ll post updates and photos about it next month.

September 24 2018 09:57 am | Daily Life, Stuff I Made

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