December 29, 2004

Five Day's Wonder

It's been five days since I last posted. I hadn't really intended to take such a long break, but somehow blogging just hasn't been a priority over the last few days, and I haven't had much to talk about. In fact, I still don't have much to talk about.

Christmas was a joy and a delight, of course. We started with our church's Christmas pageant on the 23rd (both boys remembered their lines and delivered them appropriately). Christmas eve was a quiet, peaceful day; usually we have Jane's mom over for dinner, but as she's on a cruise to Antarctica we had nothing special to do and could take it easy. Christmas morning my dad came over to help the kids open their presents, and in the afternoon we went to the park (new scooters). Sunday we went to church, and then over to my dad's in the late afternoon for the family Christmas. Since then we've mostly been lolling about, reading and playing video games. Plus, I've done some work on a few projects.

The big deal for this Christmas season is that David and James didn't catch chicken pox from the boy across the street. This is a big deal for two reasons. The first is, Dave came down with a bad case of hives after the Christmas pageant, and for a couple of days we weren't sure that hives were his only problem. Red spots have an uncanny way of looking like red spots. The second is, I've never had chicken pox so far as I can recall. I do not wish to contract it. But God is good, and the dreaded pox hasn't come under my roof.

Projects...I've finished proofing the PDF for Through Darkest Zymurgia; it's just about time to get my CafePress store on-line (so I'll know what the URL is, so that I can put it on the "lawyer's page" of the book). My brother's come up with some good designs for the cover, though nothing's finished yet. So it will be at least a couple of weeks before the printed book sees the light of day.

In addition, I'm working on the beginnings of a computer game for the boys to play, mostly because it's a fun little project. It's intended to be your basic dungeon crawl; if you've played or heard of Ultima, Final Fantasy, Angband, Rogue, Nethack, or Wizardry you'll have a vague idea of what I'm after. What I've been working on so far, mostly, is creating and displaying nice mazes. Here's a partial screen shot:

Posted by Will Duquette at December 29, 2004 07:15 PM

Craig Clarke said:

A dead fish? It doesn't get any better than that. I'd quit while I'm ahead. (Golden underpants chafe.)

Will Duquette said:

The "Golden Underpants" are there because I'm writing this for a seven-year old. He asked me, "Why is the treasure called the Golden Underpants?" I said, "Because I thought it would be funny." My five-year-old spoke up with great conviction: "It is!"