Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Yes, it's another "why isn't Martin posting more often" posts, just to keep you up-to-date. 

Here's what's been happening with me lately:

Personal: I had a birthday a few weeks ago, on 9/21.  I got to go out to a nice dinner with my wife the day before, and then had a nice dinner at home with my wife and daughter on the actual day.  Later on that week, I went out to dinner with two of my friends, and then had dinner with my family (including my mom and dad).  So, it was a lot of "having dinner" but most of them were accompanied by nice wines and cocktails, and of course with very excellent company.  I also received, as a gift from my wife, an iPad2, which is something I totally did not expect, as I had not really asked for one.  It's awesome because I can use it for work, to take to meetings where I have to present things, rather than lugging my laptop around, and it's got a most awesome benefit - I uploaded all of my gaming PDFs (including issues #1-#250 of Dragon magazine, from the Dragon Magazine CD-ROM Archive that I have) to Dropbox, and then put the Dropbox app on my iPad.  More on that below.

Work-wise: Well, after many months, my team and me at my ad agency, Always On Communications, landed two "official" clients.  One is a packaged goods food manufacturer that makes refrigerated pastas and pasta sauces as well as organic tofu entrees, salsas, and hummus.  I'm really excited to be working with them.  The other "client" is really a partnership with a creative agency who handles the creative duties for GoldMax and Yoshinoya, among others.  They needed someone to buy TV, radio, and out-of-home for these two clients, so we struck an arrangement with them.  I just completed the first TV buy for GoldMax today (it's awaiting approval), so if you live in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, or (soon) Tampa, and you see/hear an ad for GoldMax on TV, radio, or on an outdoor bulletin, you can thank me!  :)

All of this new work means that I've been extremely busy trying to get up-to-speed with all of these new accounts - learning the ropes, meeting the new clients, getting old files for back-up, and having to create plans and buys really quickly.  That's meant, of course, less time for blogging.

Game-wise: My last post was all about my most recent gaming.  Since then, I haven't actually been able to get together with my game groups, due to conflicting schedules, but we are scheduled for another game of Brian's "Andalusia II" campaign in a few weeks, and I'm trying to pin-down a date for my next "World of Samoth" game as well. 

Reading-wise: As I mentioned above, I've put all of my gaming PDFs on my Dropbox so I can access them from my iPad without having to actually download every single PDF to my iPad (and use up all the memory).  What's been most awesome is that I'm going back and reading really old issues of Dragon magazine, actually starting with the 7 issues of The Strategic Review and then continuing on to Dragon. It's been very enlightening, actually, since before I never really read any of the really old ones, even after I got my Dragon Magazine CD-ROM Archive back in the late 1990s or early 2000s or whenever it came out.  I'm going to be doing a whole post about reading them coming up.

What's Coming Up: I have the next installment of "My Time Working With Wizards of the Coast" planned, as well as some posts regarding the current state of comics, my updated current viewing and reading habits, and a more in-depth look at the most recent Savage Worlds game I played a few months ago.  Also, in the background, I've been working on a "secret RPG project" in my spare time (ha!) that I plan to release as a free PDF once it's finished.  I'll need to figure out art, maps, and all that kind of stuff because I suck at that kind of stuff. 

Stay tuned!


  1. Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

    I've recently put out an ebook of my writing, called 'The New Death and others'. It's mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard's King Kull story 'The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune' and HP Lovecraft's 'Under the Pyramids'.

    I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog.

    If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy. You can email me ( or reply to this thread.

    You can download samples from the ebook's page on Smashwords:

    I'll also link to your review from my blog.



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