011 - Sadie Cat: Cook Out Prototype Cards


Cut out 24 cards while Josie and I watched The Shape of Water. Good times. Looking forward to trying out the game this weekend!

Speaking of playing games, the family also played a few games of Zimbbos! It's a really simple dexterity game with solid wood game pieces.

365 - Make 365 Complete


Well, I did it! I was able to create, write, draw, record, photograph, cook, whatever something every day this year. It's certainly been an interesting year, but I guess I say that every year. I don't have any resolutions for 2018, but do like the idea of keeping up on something creative every single day. I may need to refocus my attempts though and narrow my vision, namely on the dream of creating something that can be so mass marketed that I can effectively "sell out". Maybe I can get "Sadie Cat" out there and make it as prevalent as Geronimo Stilton.

Here are some highlights from this year...

  • I reached two years at my current employer. They gave me a nice card and a bamboo pot to grow basil.
  • I had a successful Kickstarter project for my roll-and-write game Honeycomb Cavern.
  • I made buttermilk fried chicken from scratch.
  • We survived the holiday season. It was particularly difficult due to all of the immediate Shens getting some variation of a stomach flu. It was also difficult as we hosted Josie's sister's family, which meant a house full of six boys and four adults.
  • I wrote my first short story (~7,500 words) about Sadie Cat and her adventure with the Sky Tower.
  • I was interviewed on my first board gaming podcast Every Night is Game Night about my game Honeycomb Cavern.

Looks like my vision narrowing will be around...

  • Sadie Cat Stories
  • Self-published board games in the roll and write / print and play variety
  • More print-and-craft items like papercraft or hang tags or something

Happy new year! See you in 2018!

364 - Fried Chicken (f'real)

i attempted a legitimate effort at buttermilk fried chicken. I let the chicken marinate in buttermilk and then dredged them them through a random flour, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika mixture. I didn't really have a recipe.

It came out alright. It really makes me appreciate the manufactured, yet consistent, taste you get from fast food fried chicken (Popeye's, KFC, even Safeway).

I don't think I'll be attempting this anytime soon, but I'm glad I did attempt it before the year ended.