Sunday, January 5, 2020

Checking in...  

Hilariously, I am late for even my once-yearly check-in here at Coffeecola.

It's been more than a minute since I posted something new here and now that I'm back, I gotta say... I still love my logo. Huge shout-out to Chris Coughlan, who designed it. I really want to try and use it in some way apart from this rarely-updated blog, although I don't see much opportunity a the moment since I'm already juggling two other brands... Still, what a logo. And what a tangent.

Anyway... Let's get the housekeeping done.

Am I still at GameCritics.com? Yup, for sure. Still the editor there and still loving it. I could really use an assistant editor to share some of the load, but finding people with the chops and the temperament and the willingness to work for basically free (apart from all the games we get) is like, mission impossible. No idea what the site's gonna do when it's time for me to retire...

Am I still podcasting? Yup. Although I am still heartbroken that Corey Motley left the So Videogames podcast due to personal issues, Carlos Rodela stepped in to occupy the second seat and things are still chugging along. The show has been around for more than three years and 150 episodes at this point, and I'm pretty proud of that.

Am I still playing games? For sure, although not nearly as much as I'd like. Free time comes at a premium these days and there's always waaaaaay more things to play than there is time to play them. I've gotta be super selective when it comes to picking what I spend time on.

Am I still on social media? Yep. You can catch me on Twitter and Instagram, although Twitter is still my main jam and the place where I spend most of my look-at-my-phone-while-standing-in-line time. I post way more food pics on Insta tho, so if that's your jam...

Apart from all that, things are busy. My youngest is 10 this year, and I transitioned into being a stay-at-home/homeschooling dad so that takes up a lot of my time. I love it though -- I've always wanted to do it, and I missed out on a lot of his first 9.5 years since I was always gone and working so much. This is a great opportunity to catch back up with him and really get some quality time in.

The wife is now the main breadwinner and she's kicking ass at a job that seemed like an intimidating trash-fire challenge before she started, but she stepped up and took charge, cleaned it up, and now it's humming like a finely-oiled machine. So much respect for her, and so proud -- she's been wildly successful and she's going places. Now, if her gig would just pay her more...

Other than all this, I've got some non-game side projects going with some super-talented folks that will take me to parts of the country I've never been, so that should be A Thing. Nothing to share on that now, but I'll prolly be tweeting about it when the time comes, so keep an eye on the timeline if you're curious.   

Oh, also, I have a basement now. Super excited about that! It leaks when it rains and I gotta watch some YouTube videos in a hurry to teach myself how to fix it, but still, it's always been kind of a dream to have a basement space and it's just Really Cool to finally be able to check that box.

I think that's about it? If you're reading this, you are one of the true believers and most likely a longtime reader/listener... So thanks for being cool like that.

See ya next year. Ish.   ^_^


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