Finding Motivation When You’re Overwhelmed as F#&*

  “Oh great, another one of those overly perky motivational blog posts!” That might’ve been what you were thinking. It DOES get kinda tiring seeing the same old points reiterated, doesn’t it? Inspiration can be easy, but finding motivation is more difficult. Often we have the same answers for why we’re not getting things done:…
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Why Indie Game Developers Are the New Face of Change Management

Yikes, I did a pretty bad job at resurrecting this blog like I promised I would after GDC this year! Well, life more or less happened: I spoke at a lot of amazing events in 2017 ranging from my usual tour of game dev conventions to the first full-day business workshop with Playcrafting out in…
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The Rebirth of a Blog

So yeah, I inadvertently killed the Sonic Toad blog for a while there. Life happened. Career stuff happened. Contently/The Freelance Writer actually has an interesting article about whether it's time to kill your blog or not, and I fell into most of those categories: got better-paying work writing for hire and amassed a following through live…
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The Banana Bread Effect

One day, I had a bunch of bananas sitting out on the counter. I love bananas because they're versatile, cheap, portable, and if they fall on the floor I can still eat them because they have a tough natural wrapper. Well, I really just wanted to eat this one banana and save the rest for…
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The Rule of Seven and the Indie Developer

I've had all sorts of interesting clients over the past few years, ranging from fellow indie developers to other industries like publishing, e-commerce, product design, jewelry, and more since I've done a lot of content marketing, business planning, and crowdfunding advisory in addition to working with game developers. Ergo, I can honestly say that I've…
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A Loving Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Congratulations, recent grads! You're likely insanely excited, or maybe scared shitless, to make your way out into the world now. I just want to impart some unsolicited wisdom, remembering how excited I was when I was your age: back when it took a certain kind of person to go online, cell phones weren't universal yet, and…
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Toad Tuesdays: Why Toads Make Awesome Therapy Animals

This is a special edition of Toad Tuesdays, in that the timing is perfect for National Therapy Animal Day which is April 30. National Therapy Animal Day was founded by Pet Partners, America's leading nonprofit for therapy animals and their handlers. They do an annual Sweets & Treats Day where bakers donate some of their…
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What They’ve Drilled in Your Head: The Evils of Crunch & Live to Work Redux

The title is a reference to my favorite Crumbsuckers song "Live to Work", which I referenced in this post about relationships being strained by the pursuit of entrepreneurship. I not only feel that this song still embodies the incredibly toxic culture of the same moniker that has utterly permeated Americans' brains, but also pockets of the…
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