Bye, 2017.

In 2017, I:

  • Crashed a wedding
  • Performed several times at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland with the brilliant and generous Stacey Hallal and Sarah Shoemaker <3
  • Drew a webcomic
  • Taught improv workshops and classes for Jet City Improv
  • Wrote the story for Magic: The Gathering with one of my favorite people, and helped shape future narrative arcs for the game
  • Owned my first gaming system since the N64, and played my first (!) Pokemon game
  • Judged for the College Improv Tournament
  • Ran my online dating profile as a choose your own adventure game where friends made all the decisions
  • Led creative for an upcoming Magic product
  • Played in several improv duos, including with the ever brilliant Maria Dogero
  • Played D&D for work. And for fun. And then some more for fun.
  • Performed a lot of improv
  • Worked on the design team for an awesome Magic set led by Gavin Verhey
  • Paid off my student loans (on my birthday!)
  • Made like 1-2 episodes of three different podcasts that sadly ran out of steam
  • Shopped an ENTIRE year for a house in Seattle - only to be offered a job in LA literally the day before making an offer on a home
  • Reinstalled Snapchat to try (again) to learn it
  • Uninstalled Snapchat
  • Went on daytime TV to promote an improv festival
  • Performed my solo improv show, “Pint of Life”, at the Seattle Festival of Improvised Theater
  • Wrote little pieces and scenes, but never finished a new full-length play :(
  • Gave a presentation about Magic to elementary school kids and got the cutest thank you cards ever <3
  • Performed as a headliner at the Alaska State Improv Festival and had a local ice cream shop sponsor the show, all thanks to the amazing Eric Caldwell
  • Saw a pod of orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Saw the corgi character I inspired for a game get made into an adorable stuffed animal (courtesy of the amazing David Aaron Zuckman!)
  • Saw a Broadway play by the ineffable Paula Vogel
  • Coordinated multi-team cross-country trips for work
  • Guested on some awesome comedy podcasts
  • Made an April Fool’s prank post about buying a house
  • Got to be a panelist at Momocon talking about inclusivity in gaming
  • Performed improv at The Village Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia with the awesome Cassidy Russell!
  • Saw whale sharks!
  • Visited Austin, TX for improv and for humans I love <3
  • Had all my old furniture stolen by an ex roommate
  •  Got hired as a consultant to design a game that will answer questions about the social systems necessary to facilitate future Mars exploration and settlement with Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative
  • Traveled to Vegas for work and met some awesome Magic friends and fans
  • Swore off traveling for a while
  • Immediately had several trips booked for work and family
  • Left Wizards of the Coast
  • Joined ArenaNet as a narrative designer
  • Hopped down to LA to see Amy Tofte's brilliant play, Women of 4G
  • Ate avocado toast for the first time thanks to Megan Therese Rippey, ending all hopes of ever buying a house
  • Wrote two 10 minute plays in 48 hours as a part of 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival
  • Watched a solar eclipse from Gerritt and Stevie's rooftop
  • Performed my solo improv show, “Pint of Life”, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, accompanied on guitar by Cameron Gable
  • Assembled IKEA furniture, attempted to recreate a professional painting, and danced for 57 minutes as part of a Firefox Cyber Monday livestream (thanks Liz Hull!)
  • Created, directed, and performed in "Dystopia! the Musical!" as the season opener at Jet City Improv and fell in love with my cast and crew
  • Got a job offer from Riot Games
  • Packed up most of my furniture in a truck, drove to LA in a day, and dropped it in my new apartment there
  • Drove home to Arizona to visit family for the holidays
  • Petted puppers, ate home cooking, saw old friends I haven’t seen in years

In 2018, I will

  • Ring in the new year with Curious Comedy Theater <3
  • Finish my work at ArenaNet
  • Perform Dystopia! at a promo show and as part of Seattle’s Festival of Improvised Theater
  • Write two plays in 48 hours as one of the last things I do in - Seattle
  • Return to Los Angeles (!) to start my new job (!!)
  • Get back to writing plays and screenplays and stories outside of work

Bye, 2017! You were a year of travel, new jobs, new shows, new projects, and fantastic new friends <3. Grateful for the many happy, exciting things in my personal life - and hoping to leave all the garbage fires of the world at large behind.

Hello, 2018! You’re gonna carry me to a new (old) city, an exciting and challenging new job, and the next step in my career. Stoked to reconnect with some old friends, make plenty of new ones, and dive deep into what you have to offer!