Happy (Gaming) New Year!

The best part of 2013.

Oh! Hi! How are you? Please, come in. It’s really good to see you again! It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Yeah. Wow, three months? That’s... that’s embarrassing. Yeah, I’ve just been really busy and stuff. You know how it is, right? Goodness. We should catch up more often.

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Hello my friends, and welcome back. Happy New Year to all of you! I know it’s been a terribly long time since I wrote a post, so I apologize for the immense delay. The past few months have been quite productive, as I pushed myself to finish the first draft of my latest story by year’s end... and I did it! Unfortunately, my regular blog writing slipped a bit as a result. C’est la vie!

Neethi.

Now that the new year is upon us, I wanted to take a moment and update the vast internet public with my dealings and reflections. Last year brought tremendous change into my life when I changed jobs (twice) and fell into supremely good fortune by joining the PlayStation team. I also got married to my best buddy who has supported me for years. She’s super cool.

But not all was bright. My family faced (and continues to face) a number of health issues that would test the mettle of the strongest among us. They weather it with grace and determination, inspiring me to view life’s hardships in a different way. I’ll keep doing my best to provide support to them. Rarely do you find such incredible, resilient people like my mother and stepfather. I wish them the best, always. Here’s a cool picture of them at my wedding.

Look at these classy parents.

This coming year looks promising, though, for both my family and me. Work on my next story continues; it’s currently undergoing edits by family members and close friends (Panda and Danny included, bless their hearts). I hope for many fruitful collaborations between us this year, and I continue to marvel at their talents along the way. As I’ve said before, I’m lucky to know them.

You can expect my next story early this year. As in, within a month or two, hopefully. Once my plans solidify, I’ll provide a more defined publish date. And we’ll rejoice long into the night.

My buddy, the Fighter.

Then there’s gaming! For those interested parties, yes, I’m still playing Dragon’s Crown. Yes, really. Whenever I have a free few minutes, I try and sneak some time in on my Vita. Those few-minute clumps have coalesced into about 45 hours! And I’ve only ever used the Fighter! I can’t recommend this game enough -- it has superb replay value and such a wealth of small surprises.

In fact, one of my favorite elements to its equation is how lovingly it renders familiar fantasy tropes and archetypes, from locations to characters. And the amount of effort the team at Vanillaware put into the art takes my breath away. Even the collectible gems and trinkets scattered around the world have a certain sparkle.

So I expect to play that game long into the new year!

And with that, I’ll take my leave. Thank you for your invincible support last year as I made huge transitions in life, and thank you to those of you who have interest in my Eras stories. I write for you, to you, so that I might ignite your imagination. If only for a moment.

Here’s to an amazing 2014! Cheers!

Dragon's Crown, by Vanillaware.