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End of one decade, start of the next

Because all the cool kids are doing it...


At the start of 2000: I was in the middle of my third year of maths at Cambridge, and had just got together with Angela a couple of months ago. I'd watched my first anime and played my first Magic: the Gathering two years earlier, both due to Serge (toothycat); started running a board games evening six months earlier; and had been a member of City Church Cambridge for about two years.

Colour code: girls - house and housemates - church - holidays - work - writing novels - writing games - cute things

2000: End of my undergrad studies, and the year of living in a house with many friends including Serge & Nagi. Started Part III.

2001: Graduated. Got my job at The MathWorks, where I've been ever since. Moved to a rented flat. Started doing children's work at City Church Cambridge.

2002: Moved to my own flat (The Shrubbery). Played my first visual novel, and started wondering about writing one. Got engaged to Angela.

2003: Broke up with Angela. Made plans for a visual novel called Elven Relations, which I would only finish writing four years later. Jenny & Stephen moved in.

2004: Got together with Rachael (woodpijn). Got taken to Disneyland by my company. Watched Rachael do NaNoWriMo.

2005: Went to Egypt with Rachael in January. In NaNoRenO, I wrote and released my first visual novel, When I Rule The World. Jenny & Stephen moved out. Took Rachael to France to propose to her, and she said yes :) Alan Lawrence moved in. I did my first NaNoWriMo, and wrote 50000 words of Horizons.

2006: Alan moved out. I finished Horizons but never did anything with it. Rachael and I got married in July, yay :) In NaNoWriMo I wrote 50000 words of Ultimate Dream.

2007: Finished off Ultimate Dream and published it online. In NaNoRenO I finished and released Elven Relations. In NaNoWriMo I wrote The Elevium Spies.

2008: Wrote the Ren'Py Tile and Unit Engine, my first foray into libraries for other people to use. We got a house, and two kittens, Pepsi and Tango. In NaNoWriMo I wrote the first 50000 words of Fly Me To The Desert, which I never finished.

2009: Started writing Mermaid Liaisons, the sequel to Elven Relations. In the summer, wrote and released a mini visual novel, Cloud Fairy, in one week. Also in the summer, Rachael and I moved churches to Eden Chapel. In December, we announced we're expecting a baby :)

What do I hope to do over the next ten years? Wow, that's too long a timescale to say, apart from be a good dad.
What do I hope to do in 2010? Finish Mermaid Liaisons, and adapt well to having my life turned upside down by having a kid!

Comments

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aiwendel
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
fabulous colour coding! :)
ilanin
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
...I'm only glad he didn't start adding colours together for some of the entries.

Alex, how many colours were your lecture notes in? How many would they be in if you were doing the degree now?
alextfish
Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Nyuk nyuk. Erm, four (due to the awesomeness of black-blue-red-green clicky pens), and probably still four. I did try using the ten-colour clicky pens for a bit, but they're more gimmicky and rather less effective at actually being pens.

I can still remember the colour coding I generally used, too. Theorems, lemmas, section headings and the like were black; proofs were green; examples were red; and blue was for... something like general discussion not in the above three categories, I guess.

It definitely helped me revise. :P
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