Hello, I'm...

Ben SD!

I'm Ben SD; that's short from Benjamin Smith-Donaldson. This is my personal website. I use it to showcase my work and for an occasional blog post here and there.

I'm a writer by my nature; I'm passionate about the power of language. Words can make a person think and feel what another person has experienced. We mistake normal communication as something mundane because of how common the act is, when it's really nothing short of magic, a psychic empathetic link to a human you may have never met.

Not all of the writing I'll put here will be great. Some of it might be great and still never see another form of publication just because it's here. That's fine with me; I don't write to make money (I'd be even more broke if I did!); having it available to read meets my needs. So delve in, read some things; that's why you're here, isn't it? If it's not, maybe you should anyway; that's why I'm here, isn't it?

What's new?

I've been diligently working at grad school, but there's not much left to go now; three more classes after this quarter and I'll be done! Meanwhile, I've been working on my novella-derived game Lucidity. I still don't have the novella up to read, but I've expanded the demo to include three ages, which should come out to a couple hours of game play. Below, the link to that demo is ready for you, as well as a few screenshots from the game.

LUCIDITY (demo | browser)

Screenshots from the game

Link to the RPG Maker Web forums post

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
Mark Z. Danielewski