Closing out Twenty-Fourteen

2014closer

2014 has been a good year for me. A number of personal goals were achieved… and things have never been better, professionally.

My Lynda.com course, HTML5 Game Development with Phaser, has closed off the year with 5000+ viewers since it was published in August. I am thrilled with the activity on this course as it is a lot more popular that previous publications with them. My work with other partners like Adobe and Peachpit continues to be a source of solid, rewarding work and I plan to continue along with them and other time-tested clients.

I continue to provide education around proper absinthe preparation and consumption, and progress around the Flash Platform, often in ways which combine these two passions. I also am looking to perhaps share some more personal thoughts on here as I find the desire to do so.

This year also saw some advances in a number of new areas while completing long-standing projects. My production and consulting business, Fractured Vision Media, wrapped up the Emergent Collective community compilation album series with the publication of Emergent Collective Three. I was also invited to participate on the Art Heroes advisory council and was elected to represent higher education as part of the Adobe Education Leader Advisory Board.

There were weak areas this year, of course. I didn’t have much time at all for my creative work until just a month or so back. That is going well but I do wish that things could have been different. The other aspect of the year which I found lacking was community and networking. Local user groups here in Denver which I’d frequented for years have died off. Additionally, I had to pass up on the final 360|Flex for personal reasons – same case for passing on an¬†Adobe MAX¬†speaking assignment, this year.

I have a number of projects in the works for 2015. Some are leftovers (but very, very cool leftovers) from 2014 that will hopefully see daylight soon. I’ll be sure and post about them as time (and NDA) allows. I am hoping that the coming year provides a more solid environment for the sort of work I do and less of this mess. As mentioned, creative endeavors are already seeing a surge in energy… I expect 2015 will play out quite well!