My name is Leda Clark, but I often go by the nickname “Leedzie.” I am a recent college graduate, walking away with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in game design. I’m a child of the 80’s, and I grew up with a deep love of video games, art, and writing. These qualities have transformed me into the bizarre creature that stands before you today.
In the summer of 2013, I participated in an intense writing mentorship with Jess Conditt, senior reporter for Joystiq.com, to hone my writing skills. In addition to the rigorous spur-of-the-moment exercises, I created this blog to display my articles and provide an easy format for my mentor and I to critique my work. I learned that I my instincts are on-point, I have a nose for headlines, and that I can produce quality work at a fast pace.
Now that the mentorhsip is over and I’ve been tossed naked into the wild, I continue to maintain this blog to showcase my work and keep my skills sharp.
- I graduated Summa Cum Laude for my BFA. I maintained a GPA of 3.98 and made the President’s List for every term that it existed while I attended.
- An investigative report in which I uncover secrets behind scrapped drafts of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books was featured on TSSZ News. Additionally, this one article brought my site over 2,000 hits in one week.
- My feature article examining the visual symbolism of the game Braid was listed as the top story for indie games in Critical Distance’s “This Week in Videogame Blogging” for the end of October. The same article was run by Gamasutra the next day.
- In the winter of 2011, I wrote a 40-page contest entry in four days giving a full review to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. My work was passed along directly to Sega by the contest administrator because he was so impressed.
- A short news article that I wrote about 3DS price drops attracted the attention of several major gaming news outlets, all of whom picked up the story and several of which directly cited me as their source.
- I served as a moderator for an online RPG for 4 years (’06-11), specializing in character and plot development. All players had to have their proposed characters approved by the moderators before they would be accepted; my standards for character sheets were so thorough that getting my approval was known as “running the Ledauntlet.”
- Have my writing published — fiction & non-fiction, digital & hardcopy.
- Write the story/script for a video game that takes its narrative seriously.
- Create at least one fragment of literature that people universally and instantly know by name. (For example, we’re all thinking of the same person when someone says “The Mad Hatter.”)
- Participate in and complete NaNoWriMo at least once.
- Share insights on the relationship between minorities and gaming in a way that can make an impact on the gaming world
Do you realize what your title says when abbreviated?
Of course I do.
To explain a bit of backstory, I often gave myself the nickname of “The Lonely Vagina” when I was in college, since I was typically the only girl in my game design classes. It almost always got a laugh, so I originally named this blog after that monniker. However, some were worried that it could cost me jobs if certain employers
didn’t have a sense of humor weren’t comfortable with the title, but I really didn’t want to turn my back on it, so I changed it into an acronym as a compromise.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve only had this particular blog for a short time, but I’ve been writing in general since high school. The things I’ve written about range from short stories to comic books to RPG plots to fan fiction, with the occasional editorial sprinkled in if I had a point to make. Blogging is something I’ve dabbled with for a couple years, but this is my first ‘newsy’ blog.
Can I suggest something for you to write about?
Sure! I’m always open to new ideas. Let me know what you’re thinking.