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.

362 - The Boys (Colored)

There used to be this running gag on Married With Children (or similar type shows) where the wife would ask the husband to close their eyes and then quiz them on things like the wife's eye color.

I think I have a pretty good memory on skin, hair, and eye color of my sons and nephews. I'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to see how close I got.

359 - Merry Christmas

My boys have been taking turns opening their advent calendar everyday (we have this AR-enabled one and a physical one).

I think we're going to have to make our own advent calendar for next year. Let this be a note, future Alex!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

358 - Mistakes were made.

I'm still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and I'm still enjoying the fetch quests. It's not terribly deep, but the new flower mode is a welcomed addition.

I'm looking forward to clothes crafting. Hope that comes soon!