THE STORY FORGE – EPISODE 36 – SEASON 2 – Into the Fold – Novelist, Sung Woo

It’s not every day that I get to talk to a former work colleague who just happens to be quite the communicator. Lyle Smith has a podcast called The Story Forge, and he was kind enough to let me be on it. I haven’t talked to Lyle in decades, but you’d never know from how easily we chatted. Actually, I think it’s all because Lyle is just really good at this. Please have a listen!

The Old Man and the Gamepad, Now on Debugger

Thank you to Debugger on Medium, where “Every gadget has a story. A new publication from Medium about consumer technology.” They picked up my adventures of late-stage gaming! Same story, but just on a bigger platform.

And an update — I’m roughly halfway through Assassin’s Creed III, and the biggest disappointment is the voice acting. I mean I knew I had it good with the Ezio trilogy, but now that I’ve spent a good chunk of time with III’s protagonist Connor, now I know more than ever how important it is to have the right vocal talent attached to these games.

The Old Man and the Gamepad

Well, it’s happened — I’m now a gamer. Thank you, pandemic! Look what you’ve made me do.

But seriously, it’s good news — it’s really just another experience in fiction. Last year I wrote about how I just drove around the world of GTA V. But then I played it — to completion! And now I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in 15th century Italy, thanks to Assassin’s Creed.

Read: The Old Man and the Gamepad (or listen to me read it, if you wish!)

Best Songs of 2021

Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2021; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.

  1. No Hard Feelings, by Wolf Alice on Blue Weekend
  2. Getting Older, by Billie Eilish on Happier Than Ever
  3. Drivers License, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
  4. Champagne Problems, by Taylor Swift on Evermore
  5. Obedear, by Purity Ring on Shrines
  6. Humankind, by Coldplay on Music of the Spheres
  7. Natural Blues (Reprise Version), by Moby on Reprise
  8. Don’t Go Dark, by Bleachers on Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
  9. Deja Vu, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
  10. Hard Drive, by Cassandra Jenkins on An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
  11. She Used to Be Mine, by Jessie Mueller on Waitress – Original Broadway Cast Recording
  12. Traitor, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
  13. Black Hole, by Griff on One Foot in Front of the Other
  14. Fallen Angel, by Erasure on The Neon
  15. The Let Down, by Francis Lung on Miracle
  16. Good Girls, by Chvrches on Screen Violence
  17. Hero, by Weezer on Van Weezer
  18. You Had to Be There, by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on When God Was Great
  19. Made to Love (feat. Ronnie Wood, Gina Martin & Dr. Mos-Shogbamimu), by Imelda May on 11 Past the Hour
  20. Happier, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
  21. Let Me Love You Like A Woman, by Lana Del Rey on Chemtrails Over the Country Club

As you can see, Olivia Rodrigo is on here four times, and they are all deserving. What a talent! “Happier” is my favorite song of hers, and perhaps for this mix, though Cassandra Jenkins’ “Hard Drive” is such a delightfully oddball song…they’re both great.