A new summer, a new journal. I'm sure this one will also stay up for a year, so I will make it something of a retrospective.
In the past year, I have primarily done two things:
The first is to work at 121nexus, a Providence web startup. Although I began as the design team, over the course of this year I drifted more and more towards the coding side of things, and now I am solidly a developer; when we hired two interns to work on design this summer, it became truly apparent to me that I much prefer back-end coding to front-end web design. At any rate, I suppose this makes me an engineer now. As far as nine to five jobs go, mine isn't a bad one; I have flexible hours, I don't hate the work, and so far my company hasn't done anything evil.
The second is to play in a tabletop / google + hangouts roleplay colloquially known as CNTRP with four other friends from college (and occasional cameos). The story is a rich urban fantasy set in an unmasked world (the supernatural exists openly), and the characters are the four agents composing the field team of the Bureau of Nonhuman Affairs, a federal agency which deals with supernatural crimes. It has been running for very close to a year now, and I will readily admit that, as the copious fanart and twenty-plus screenplay-style writeups of our adventures will attest, I am more than a little obsessed. It's astonishingly character-driven for a tabletop, and the characters fascinate me - all four have their own goals, mysteries, secrets, issues, relationships, and distinct voices, and the interactions they have with each other and the NPCs are often extremely fun. Also, there are loads of throwaway details that don't necessarily impact the plot but make the setting sparkle, like 'by the way, global warming is partially caused by the waning power of the Winter Court of Faerie, which has been on the decline since a group of Allied witches dropped a bomb on the Ever Frozen Spires during World War Two' or 'ghosts are considered citizens, but only because the director of the BNA died and came back as a ghost, and the public liked her so much that the necessary legislation was pushed through to allow her to keep her job.'
Virtually all of my creative efforts since this started have been pointed in the direction of the CNTRP-verse, so although I did get some novel writing done this year (I've nearly finished the first draft of Pens and Swords, the story I began last August), the vast majority of my word output has been CNTRP screenplays. Which I have stashed in a DropBox folder if anyone wants to read them and hasn't already had them made available (*cough shoved in their faces cough*).
And that, dear readers, along with frequent weekend travels and some surprisingly successful adventures in crossdressing, is my life in a nutshell. I don't anticipate much change in the year to come, but should it occur, I will probably write a journal discussing it around this time next summer.