Archive for May, 2014

Hello!

This is just a quick update for anyone who’s interested on my job situation. It’s fairly straight forward, but I know my circumstances has seemed a little confusing in the past, especially considering my ‘official’ move to freelancing back in 2012. Anyway, here we go:

* As of this week, I’m no longer Marketing Manager for Strategy Informer. You could think of this as a ‘contractor’-like set-up, as even though I used that title (because it was simple), I wasn’t really ’employed’ by the company because it made dealing with the HMRC more straightforward. But role has run its course now. If you’ve ever dealt with me in a capacity related to ad-sales or marketing, I’m afraid I’m no longer your point of contact. Please email Kres@strategyinformer.com and he’ll sort you out.

* I’m also, unfortunately, not going to be doing any freelance writing work for Strategy Informer in the foreseeable future. If you’ve thought of me as the ‘strategy-guy’ for Strategy Informer, or as someone who you’d generally like to see do coverage of games for that outlet, I’m afraid I can’t help you any longer. Please contact Jamie@strategyinformer.com from now on.

Moving forward

So, from today, I’m officially ‘back’ on the Job market, in the sense that I’m more actively seeking more work. I know I’ve been freelancing officially for a couple years now, but that tailed off slightly over the last 6 months or so as I got more involved in a specific project for Strategy Informer. With that work complete, I’m now ready to move on to bigger and better things.

I’ll be contacting editors again over the next week or two, trying to be more active in my dialogue with you guys, but if you want to get in touch with me my contact details are below. I’m still going to try and keep freelancing, but I’d also happily consider a more stable job. I have a mortgage to look after now, after all.

Things I Can Do

You can see my full CV on the ‘Employment‘ Page, but here are some things I’m confident I can do for you:

* Write.
* Sell your webspace to people.
* Podcasting, Streaming and more of this new fangled stuff (I have a guy).
* Events – I’m close enough to London that I can attend events if you need someone. I can be your guy.
* Think – I’m actually very good at thinking. On a serious note, I have been asked to creatively consult before (Creative Consulting is a thing).

Contact Details

You can get in touch with me through various means:

Email: joe@just-communication.co.uk
Twitter: @DigitalXentric
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-robinson/20/8ab/394

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Happy Star Wars Day everyone!

I’ve always found the May 4th joke slightly ridiculous, if I’m honest, but I do love Star Wars so any excuse to celebrate. Episode VII has been in the news recently, of course, given that they’ve released the final main cast list. I think it’s a good idea to have some of the old cast and the new cast there in the same film… I imagine they’ll be some kind of hand-off to the new generation? Disney, as much as they annoy me as a company sometimes (they keep trying to shut down the videogames industry), have done wonders with the Marvel franchise, so maybe they’ll do some good here too.

The only thing that worries me is JJ Abrams himself. Sure, he did a really good job with the first of the new Star Trek films, but Into Darkness really wasn’t great. Watchable, but certain aspects of that film could have been done a lot better. I won’t say anymore for spoiler reasons. Basically he seems a bit inconsistent at the moment, especially with LOST still being a thing that he did. What was he thinking?

It’s important to remember one thing though with these new movies, and it’s the same mentality I had when I saw the prequel trilogy: they’re probably not ‘for’ us. They’ll be for a new generation of fans, who’ve grown up with different standards and values. If ‘previous’ fans like us end up liking it as well, then that’s just an added bonus. If anything they’ll be aimed at the kids who watch that Clone Wars cartoon.

Me and some friends of mine had a Star Wars movie-marathon a couple of weekends ago. We had a lot of fun, but ultimately it made me decide not to watch those films again anytime soon. Especially the original trilogy. When I was a kid, those movies seemed like the best movies of all time, but as I get older (and the more I watch)… the more magic is lost. I want to save some of that, at least. Maybe when I have kids, I’ll watch it with them. The only one I think I can watch and still enjoy is Episode 3, because it has some nice moments and action-scenes in them. Episode 1 is only good for the Darth Maul bit, and we don’t talk about Episode 2. Not ever. As for the original films… they were 70’s/80’s films, ultimately, and it shows.

Project Author Update

Some of you who follow me on Twitter/Facebook might already know where I’m at, but things are so close on the book front. I hit 72,000 words at the end of last week, and I’m essentially on the home stretch! I’m very excited… almost too excited because I find myself getting impatient a lot quicker with the final few chapters I’ve left to write. Essentially, here is my checklist of things ‘to do’ for the first draft:

* Finish writing Chapter’s 6, 8, 15 & 16 fully. These are the only chapters left that I haven’t written out fully so far. Everything else has already been written out.

* ‘First Draft’ proofs every chapter. I’ve already started this process, as the way I write I tend to bounce around from task to task to keep my engaged, but essentially this is me giving everything one more once-over, making sure it all ties together and flows well, and then marking it as a ‘first draft’ and never going back to it (bar inconsistencies I’ve missed). Currently I’ve ‘FD’d’ 12 out of 2o chapters (18 main + pro and epilogue).

Once that’s all done, I’ll have myself a bona-fide First Draft that I can send out to some test readers I’ll have lined up! Which reminds me. I need more test readers. I’ll also be able to start talking more about the book properly, and I can start looking towards creating some supporting material around it and maybe even lay the ground work for Book Two. Not too much though, as I imagine I’ll have to do some re-writing.

Very exciting times right now!