Hermit Studio

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As some of you already know our studio doors officially opened today as the start of trading began. There wasn’t much to record in our first entry to the cash book beyond our first business trip to get a remote control for the camera and a new work mobile (this is so we can also develop apps for the Android market as well as iOS). However the accounting books are now done and the day is over, with a satisfied sense that the business is finally real. Yay!

We are of course still in development for our first game but you can keep up to date with any news at our Hermit Studio Games Blog, or any of the other project divisions listed on our Projects Page. There are also other ways to Support Us right now via our Support Page until we have our first open…

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For The Hole Inside Everyone

Upper Surgery Bandage

As some of you may know on Monday I under went keyhole surgery to finally determine if I had Endometriosis like my mother and cousin before me. I had a lot of symptom overlap with my Mom so all the doctors felt that I was very likely to have it given my symptoms and my reactions to the medication thus far.

We got up at 5am to get the first bus out of our village but due to the bus getting caught by every traffic light along the way we missed our train and ended up arriving at the Hospital 20 minutes late at 7:50am.

I was quickly taken into the ward to put on hospital gowns (thankfully not the kind that shows your bottom) and the one size fits all stockings that did not come close to fitting me. Once I had spoken with the Surgeon and the Anaesthetist…

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Here at last is my gift from bhuman.co.uk for writing for their anthology 😀

Hermit Studio Press

So far things have been a little slow on the publishing front of Hermit Studio right now as the main focus is being put into the games and photography projects scheduled (as our first major publishing project will an an annual anthology). This week however Niamh Brown, a member of Hermit Studio, received a gift of a collection of comments handwritten in ink in a leather bound book from the good people at bhuman.co.uk This was for donating her story to them for their anthology of stories of courage for people in hard times. Niamh has been seriously writing for over a decade now and although she has written online for five years this will be her first time in print once the book is released and donated to those in need.

For more details and pictures of the comments book Niamh received or to read her story go…

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News From The Magic Window: An Interesting Day To Be A Photographer

Hermit Studio Photography

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Today we had a very unexepected but not unwelcome visit by a flight of 6 barn swallows, comprised of we believe two adults and the rest juveniles still in their downy feathers. They arrived not long after we had woken up and spent maybe 6 hours photographing them in our garden and over the fields surrounding the studio.

One of us was even able to slowly creep up on one of the younger swallows sitting on the washing line and got within arms length of it. They were incredibly tolerant of our prescence and were not scared in the slightest. They flew a couple of times over our heads and came pretty close to us.

We have taken litereally hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs over the course of the day as they fly so incredibly fast that you just have to use continuous shotting, point the camera and pray…

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My First Story In An Anthology Will Be Shipped In The Next Few Days!

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I just got the confirmation through that the project at bhuman had got the funding through to publish the collection of personal stories of courage for people in need of them in hard times. I was one of the writers whose story had been accepted and is still on the front page of their main website (use link above to see). I’ll let you know once the book is available when I know the details.

I am looking forward to seeing my words in paper and ink for the first time. I have only ever published online before at various websites and online newspapers until now. Being in print after 12 years of really working at writing is a nice milestone to have reached at last.

My bhuman Story Submission Online: http://www.bhuman.co.uk/story/8

Niamh Brown
http://www.niamhbrown.com

Published: Niamh’s Story at bhuman.co.uk

Here Is My Accepted Story To bhuman

“This tale is about how I lost confidence in the value of my own voice and the journey of reclaiming it…”

http://www.bhuman.co.uk/story/8

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I Got My First Real Compliment From An Editor Today :D

After a long rough night at the Hospital last night where I found out I had a problem with hyperventilation syndrome I came home and once I was well enough to check my emails again I saw the following email from an Editor at bhuman.co.uk:

“We have reviewed your story and this is normally the bit where we send you an updated copy, however your story was excellent in both (sic) quality, detail and accuracy. If you haven’t already, you should really consider using your skills as a writer often.”

Not surprisingly it really made my day. Once my story is published online it will also become part of a anthology of personal stories, which will be sent round to those who need to know they are not alone with their struggles. Writing the story has been very cathartic for me and has allowed me to let go of some old baggage that I should have chucked out ages ago.

Once the story is online I will post the link to it, but for now here is the proof! ;D

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One Door Closes Whilst Another Opens…

Today I Lost My Job
But there is a silver lining…

I lost my job today after 6 weeks sickness with fibromyalgia after it started to get worse. I had worked for them for 3 years and 7 months and this termination came after a friendly discussion about my return to work two weeks eariler. It was a bit of a shock but it has provided me with an opportunity: I’m going to be working to start a gaming studio with friends, whilst I’ve got severence pay for 6 months. This is something that I feel is long over due, so I’m both excited and scared at the same time heh

Here is a little taster about the game studio project:

http://theunityfield.wordpress.com

http://pinterest.com/niamhbrown/cyrano-against-the-one-hundred/

This is what we will being using to develop the game:

http://www.unity3d.com

http://www.hutonggames.com/features.html

Is there anyone else out there about to start up a business of their own, or has any other advice?

New Blog Post: New Year Resolutions 2012

Hej Everyone!

I have decided not to makle a habit of the fact I skiped my new year resolution post last year on my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone. I have compacted what I do to make it less of a hassel whilst in the midst of New Year celebrations and facing returning to work.

So if you would like to see what kind of year I’ve had or the resolutions I have for the future then you can read them here: New Year Resolutions 2012

I hope you all have a great night and a good year in 2012. I’m waiting for the non-stop fireworks show to start here. The Danes sure do love their fireworks 😉

Niamh Brown
http://www.niamhbrown.com

New Blog Post: Occupying My Mind – Thoughts On What A World Without Money Might Be Like

Hej Folks,

I’ve been following the #OccupyMovement on Google+ and something has been perculating in the back of my mind since it started and it finally decided to pop out. I’ve been working on it for the last two weeks but I think it’s ready now to put out there.

You can see it at my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone and it is called ‘Occupying My Mind – Thoughts On What A World Without Money Might Be Like’. It may seem idealistic at times but here is a quote from it explaining why I wrote it. Comments and feedback welcomed 😀

“I got to thinking what it would be like to really wean ourselves off our addiction to money and consumerism and with the #OWS movement now out in full force campaigning for our rights to equality and justice I find myself thinking about it all over again. This process has showed me how much could be changed about our day to day lives if we didn’t use this kind of pervasive and perverse system. I think it can be handy, even just as an intellectual exercise if nothing else, to try to step outside the money way of thinking to allow mental space for the possibility of something new to grow. Just as science fition often becomes science fact, given enough time. I don’t claim to hold all the answers and there is so much out there I do not know enough about, but here is my 2 cents on the subject in the small hope it might help someone out there in a better position than I to do something about it”.

Niamh Brown

http://www.niamhbrown.com