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Mechanized Masterpieces 2 – Interview With Jay Barnson

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 24, 2015

Okay, as part of the whole “blog tour,” this time I get to be the one interviewed

Here’s the interview with me over at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee House.

An excerpt:

5. What are your top 3 favorite books?
If I were to limit myself to fiction, I’d say… Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold, and Small Favor by Jim Butcher. Although all three of those are part of a series of books and short stories, and I couldn’t possibly just recommend anyone read one book without reading the rest…

6. Do you have any particular writing habits?
Bad ones, mainly. My wife is amused by my habit of pacing while I’m thinking. If I get stuck trying to figure out how to say something or how to get to point B from point A, I apparently need to move my feet to resolve it.

Incidentally, I do that pacing thing just as much when writing dialog or doing anything creative / verbal in game development too. In fact, for a while – at a couple of jobs – I did a lot of my game design on long walks during my lunch break. Headphones & music on, and within a half a mile the ideas started flowing.

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  • Greg Squire said,

    Whoa! I have that same nervous habit. I do a lot of pacing when I’m stuck on a problem. It seems I have to move to get myself unstuck. Not sure why, but I imagine I might bug my co-workers a bit at work. I try and limit it there, but don’t worry about it as much at home.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    At work, I just turn it into an excuse for a bathroom break. But at home, yeah, I wear a circular path on the carpet in the basement next to my little office.

  • Cuthalion said,

    I pace, quite quickly, when I’m thinking hard. It becomes harder and harder to think if I’m also trying to sit still.