Missed Opportunity

May 31, 2011

So, this past week I applied for a position as a writer for a great fantasy baseball site – RotoHardball. It is one of the sites I check frequently for fantasy baseball insight (along with RotoGraphs) and, generally speaking, is a quality site. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut – they hired a metric ton of new writers, but I wasn’t one of them.

On the bright side, the managing editor was very kind and very enthusiastic about my submission, and offered to consider me if a slot opens up in the future. There’s a medium on SBNation sites for prospective writers to post their own pieces – and I’ll probably try to work on a couple of pieces there.

One item that might’ve counted against me was a lack of content that I’ve generated about fantasy baseball. While I’ve posted specifically about ottoneu’s picksix game, as well as my own fantasy team – I haven’t developed a lot of generalized fantasy content. I drafted a piece specifically for my RotoHardball application (something about waiver-wire second basemen to fill in for Howie Kendrick), but I obviously need more reps writing short, clear, clever fantasy baseball content. I’ll continue to try and work on this as the year goes on.

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Reviews and Trades

May 26, 2011

I’ve had a bit more time to dedicate to working on RPGFan this past week and a half, so a few new pieces have been posted. The first is a review of Vagrant Story, a classic action RPG re-released on the PlayStation Network before the digital apocalypse. The second is a review of Chaos Rings Omega, a game for iOS. I think both are pretty fair reviews of good games. Oh, and I also edited another editor’s review, which wasn’t very hard, as it needed basically no proofing changes.

In terms of sports, I’ve managed to write a small piece for The Extra Base on a potential trade between the Yankees and Mets. It’s a bit far-fetched, as Santana probably can’t be traded this year, but not awful. I plan on putting another piece up on some ottoneu developments – I don’t know when, though.

Yesterday, RPGFan published a review of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together that I wrote, and today they’ve published a preview of Final Fantasy Type-0 as a major update on the site. Both of these items took a lot of time to write, but I feel like I did a relatively decent job on them. Kyle Miller was a big help in editing both these pieces as well.

Tactics Ogre is the second game that I gave an Editor’s Choice to since starting at the site – out of (I think) 17 or 18 reviews. Not too bad. It’s definitely the second-best video game I’ve ever played named after a Queen song and loosely based on the Yugoslav Wars.

What Now?

May 10, 2011

So I completed a new entry on The Extra Base yesterday, one that focused on defining the Mets’ current situation now that they look to have lost Chris Young and Jenrry Mejia for the season. While I’m a little down on our chances for this season, there are definitely a few things the team could do to make sure that they’re more prepared for the future.

Other than that, I’ve managed to draft a couple of pieces for RPGFan, so I look forward to seeing those go up pretty soon. It feels like I’ve done a fair bit of writing for both tEB and RPGFan recently, so I’m pretty pleased with that, all things considered.

Picksix and Editing

May 6, 2011

Not too much new going on – edited two reviews for RPGFan this week so far, and I posted a couple of new updates over at The Extra Base. One was very short, but the one I posted today (Six Tips For Picksix) is pretty long, and I’m pretty proud of it. The two bits of editing I did were a little more time-consuming than I imagined, but I feel I’m getting a little better at it.

On a side note – Keith Law gave me a mention and a re-tweet today on Twitter. It wasn’t a reference to anything I wrote, but rather just that I guessed right on two of the four states he’s never been to. Keith’s a fantastic non-fiction writer – whether it’s sports or food or whatever – and I very much enjoy what he does. I noticed that he has an astonishing 350,000+ followers…and that is nearly unbelievable. So that’s 350,000 people (or 100,000 people and 250,000 spam robots) who’ve now seen my Twitter handle. Yay internetz!

So, yesterday, I received my subscriber’s copy and contributor’s copy of NANOFiction 4.2. For those of you who don’t know (read: most everyone) NANOFiction is a terrific literary journal that publishes extremely short fiction pieces. And in this issue, is the first piece of writing I’ve ever had published by a reputable journal. Hooray!

The piece is called Through Williams County, Ohio, and I’m pretty pleased with it. Here are a few interesting facts about my publication in this issue:

  1. I have the shortest bio in the issue, probably due to the fact that it’s my first publication.
  2. My piece is published on page 42, which is one of The Numbers from Lost. I do not believe this is a coincidence.
  3. 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Again, probably not a coincidence.

That’s about it for now.

I’ve gone ahead and published another post on The Extra Base, this one focusing on ottoneu fantasy baseball. Not terribly exciting, but there it is.

Today was a little strange in terms of traffic – I got a few more hits on tEB than usual, especially on a day in which I didn’t post anything. Not that I’m complaining!