Happy Birthday To Me
28 years ago today, I decided I’d call Earth home for a while. Not to get maudlin, but it’s a frustrating reminder that there are people who have built decade-long careers and people who have burned out by now. And I’m still getting started.
Writing’s a different animal, and we can’t all be the children of trust fund PR and Marketing agents who can catapult their kids to marginally-deserved fame by borrowing the ideas of others and putting dragons in it. And at 28 I’m still well, well ahead of the career curve.
– I finished Calc 2. It was the most challenging class I have ever taken. If you rolled up the next three most difficult classes I have ever taken (I’ll even let you count all three times I took Calc 1 as one class), it’s still harder. And I loved every fucking minute of it. There was so much nerd squee in that class I actually got annoyed that I had to do the homework. I could just sit and listen to the lecture for weeks. Dr. Maltenfort has a gift for teaching, and Calc 2 tackles some really cool problems. Calc 2 was like Chem 2. It’s where the final piece of the puzzle fell into place and it all made sense (even if I got the answers wrong, I was finally asking the right questions). I finally understand what Lori found so fascinating about really cool mathematical proofs. They’re like the universe’s poetry.
– I finished a 600 page novel. That’s further than 95%* of people who take a shot at writing a novel. Even if it isn’t good, it’s done.
– I built some kick ass scripted systems for Legacy: The Dark Ages, including a player reputation system, replacing D&D slots with Spell Points, and a customized spell teaching and learning system that doesn’t use scrolls.
– I have become a shameless fan of Shojo Kakumei: Utena
– I beat System Shock 2. Seriously. Why did I wait this long to play this game?
– I <3 Steph.
Tonight, drunken debauchery!
*I’m making this up, but I’m sure the real statistic is actually higher.