Thursday, September 16, 2010

While I’ve Been Writing 5,000 Tweets

I’ve made it to 5,000 tweets. That in itself is an achievement, given that almost all I say from day to day is “hello” and “going home”. I’m surprised it only took three years and three months! Seeing as how I realised this milestone was coming up, I thought I’d get introspective and see how my life’s changed since I started tweeting. Also, if you’ve started following me recently, I hope this makes a neat little introduction to me.

I am so glad and lucky to have the continued love of my wonderful wife, Nicola. She lets me be my geeky self, which is all I ask. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary last year with a weekend trip to Las Vegas, which is quite an achievement considering we live in Basingstoke, deep in the south of England. I’m still working on getting her to San Diego Comicon and / or PAX.

Our first dog, Blue, died right before Christmas 2008 and we gave a home to another dog soon after that same Christmas. Those four weeks of coming home to an empty house were horrible. Laddie is a wonderful hound, despite his barking, and he even manages to tweet considerably more than me at

*deep breath* I’ve sold a short story to a magazine (”End of the Trail”, published in My Weekly as “Will There Be Ducks”, under the name David K. Paterson) and I’ve got a longer short story into an anthology (due out later this year). I’ve performed my work in front of 30 to 40 people on a couple of occasions, something I thought I’d never be able to do, given how shy I usually am. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to have another go. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo once and Script Frenzy three times.

I’ve started gaming again, playing Hero System with a cool group of people and I’m in the process of getting a D&D 4E game going with some guys from work. There’s a warm, fuzzy comfort in rolling dice again. My computer gaming has dropped right off the radar, though, and both the Wii and DS are gathering dust. Saying that, I did manage to drive from the south side of Oahu to the north in a Lambourghini Gallardo, in around 18 minutes, thanks to Test Drive Unlimited. I also got quite good at driving way too fast in a Mercedes SLR. I hope that TDU 2 will re-light that fun-fueled flame.

On the culture front... well, the word is most definitely “W00tstock”. I’ve been contributing to the wiki and I made a blog to drum up interest in some shows in the UK (still hoping!). Thanks to W00tstock, my iPod is full of Paul and Storm. Molly Lewis ended up in my iTunes because of her brilliant version of “Pokerface” and I finally got my copy of Wil Wheaton’s “Happiest Days of Our Lives: The Special Edition”, which was most definitely worth the wait.

By the time I hit 10,000 tweets, I’m hoping that:
* I’ve been to W00tstock in the UK.
* I’ve been to W00tstock in the US.
* I’ve been to San Diego Comicon.
* I’ve been to PAX (East or Prime).
* I’ve run a fun D&D campaign.
* I’ve had a novel published.

I can’t wait to see how much of that I achieve.