It’s been a little over two months now since I left my day job and “went indie”. I’d like to give a short update on what’s happened since then and what’s going to happen in the future. Partly in case anyone cares and partly because I like publically stating plans and then failing to stick to them as cooler stuff comes up!
In my last post I stated that my plan was to work for six months or so on my Big List O’ Projects. Well, something pretty cool came up that I couldn’t resist so that’s been put on hold. For the past couple of months I’ve been working with Jeff LaMarche, Rob Rhyne and the rest of the superhuman developers at MartianCraft developing some kick ass projects for clients. When the opportunity came up to work with those guys, to LEARN from these guys, how could I not take it? So for the forseeable future this’ll be what I’m doing, honing my skills while working with some of the best guys in the industry for some of the best clients in the industry. I really couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.
BUT that hasn’t stopped me working on some of the lower hanging fruit from my Big List O’ Projects. Today I released a sequel to my old favourite Sleeps to Christmas. Sleeps To Christmas 2 contains animated characters, much higher quality music and is generally just a lot more polished and, I think, fun than the original! I’m really pleased with it and judging by the fact that it’s just hit the Top 50 Free Apps in the UK and has a 5 star average review so far I think customers are too! Once again, it’s really lagging in the US though. I just don’t think I’m ever going to crack that market for Christmas. The UK is so much more FOCUSED on Christmas as a holiday whereas the US seems to think about Halloween, then Thanksgiving and THEN Christmas. Anyway you can download it here and I hope you like it.
So now that I’ve scratched that itch I can move onto working late nights on my next app. It won’t be the BIG ONE that I want to work on some day but it should be good.
The first couple of months as indie have been superb, here’s to the next few years!