My grandmother died.
After battling with old age for the past several months, my 94-year-old grandmother finally gave up the ghost this past Sunday. As an agnostic atheist (or atheistic agnostic) I believe we get one life and once it ends, it’s game over. I’m sad she’s gone because she’s not able to continue experiencing the good things the world has to offer. At the same time, I’m glad she is not suffering any longer. The last few months had been rough on her and she was tired. So, rest in peace grandma Taylor, you will be missed.
In other less sad news, I’m moving…sort of.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my business. It occurred to me that I should keep my projects separate to avoid confusion in the marketplace. I am an indie game designer, but I also write fiction and I do freelance writing. It could be pretty confusing for someone to do a Google search for my fiction stories and have my freelance writing work and indie games come up.
To that end, I’ve decided to use a pen name for my fiction work. I’ve already registered the domain name and put a blog on it. The next step is to stop dilly-dallying and start publishing my work. My cousin, who is an awesome writer, sat down with me today and gave me some great advice and ideas about EBook publishing, something I’ll talk about more on my fiction blog.
As far as my indie game development goes, I most likely, about 99.9% certain, will publish the games under a studio name. I registered the domain name last year in November, but I never did anything with it because I didn’t know how I was going to organize my business. I’ve thought about it for a long time and I think compartmentalizing my interests is probably the best way to go.
The third leg of my business is various web properties I’m building. My goal with these is to make money through affiliate marketing, advertising, and good old fashioned selling of products and services. I’ll run those virtual properties under Devi Taylor. My long-term goal is to eventually sell these sites, but we’ll see how things go.
This blog, though, will still be about nothing in particular.
I don’t know how I’m going to keep up with all these sites. I barely update this one. However, I feel strongly that it’s important to have multiple sources of income. If one income source dries up then the others can provide support until the one that flat-lined can be replaced.
Well, that’s all. I feel a little off and that’s likely because I’m still getting used to the idea that my grandmother is gone. It’s disconcerting, to say the least, to fully process the fact that a person can just be gone forever like that. Death really drives home the reality that life is fleeting. One day, I’ll be in a casket. I wonder how I will be remembered.
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