– This year included a lot of adventuring around LA, what with my do-one-free-thing-in-LA-each month goal. I definitely discovered some fantastic local festivals that I want to attend again, like the Kite festival and Shakespeare in Griffith Park. It got me on the metro and around the city more, and I feel a little more informed about this place because of it.
– This was also like the year of e-sports for me. Spurred on by my enthusiasm from last year’s Blizzcon, I got very involved in watching the NASL matches, staying up late with Nick to watch GSL finals, watching MLG events, and going to some tournaments (NASL finals for seasons 1 and 2, MLG Anaheim, and Blizzcon). It has been great fun, if not incredibly nerdy.
– On the game development front, Resistance 3 shipped this year! My first grown-up-game-designer cred! Hooray! I also started writing for Mike Acton’s blog, #AltDevBlogADay, which has been really fun and successful. Indiecade this year was once again thwarted by sickness, alas! But I did do a games-related podcast this year, and was a guest speaker via Google Hangout for a college game design club.
– I managed to go the entire year without a visit back to Kentucky until Christmastime, and I nearly went crazy from homesickness. It’s amazing to me how recharging I find Kentucky. As soon as I set foot outside the airport, I feel its energy rushing up through me, and I always leave feeling refreshed and renewed. So, for my health, I’ll be making some extra visits in 2012.
– Unfortunately, 2011 is winding to a close on a very sickly note. Poor Nick got terribly sick when he got to Kentucky, and since returning to LA I’ve been nursing him, so no extravagant New Year’s Eve party for us. Eh, no matter, I’m in a low-key sort of mood anyway.
In general, 2011 has been very straightforward, “business as usual.” Lots of cooking, cat-walking, starcraft-watching, game-making, and other such common day-to-day activities in my life. It felt hearty, like I got a lot of sustained mental nutrition out of the year, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I’m looking forward to what 2012 will bring, and hoping that one thing will be less sickly-times for my boyfriend. Onward!