Category Archives: Lifestyle

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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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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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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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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Thoughts on Financial Freedom: The Art and Science of Fuck You Funds

Greetings, Toadlets! Nice to return from a post-GDC blackout on social media and my own fiefdom. I chronicled GDC 2016 exclusively at Gamasutra and can't wait to have many more. It's been busy busy busy getting back in the swing of things: current gigs, working on the game, following up on opportunities from GDC, never-ending…
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Are You Confusing Frugality with UNDERINVESTMENT in Your Business?

Day after day, you're probably bombarded by the message that you need to spend less than you earn, stay within your budget, just live within your means. Even though living expenses have spiraled out of control to the point simply affording the basics already equals living beyond your means, the general gist still holds up:…
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NYHC Wisdom: The Time is Now to Make Your Own Opportunities

There's this really fucking good New York Hardcore band, The Last Stand, Mike from Inhuman fronts them and they put on a sick show. The songs hit hard and are to the point. One of my favorites is called "Opportunities Lost and Found". The future's ours so let's take a chance! Now, the time is…
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Is your transition to entrepreneurship straining your relationship?

The V-Day posts continue: I remember something that I was told many, many years ago and decided to write about it. That something was told to me and a room full of hopeful would-be business owners at a SCORE meeting: "You're going to be married to your business. This is likely going to put a strain on…
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Guest Post! The Nomadic Heart: Living and Loving as a Digital Nomad

The V-Day theme continues! But today's going to be a little different with a guest post from my friend and colleague Zack Strebeck, a California gaming attorney who runs the Legal Moves podcast I've appeared on a few times. Without further ado, here's Zack's perspective on romantic prospects and living as a single indie developer when…
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