About Dian Ara

A gamer. A writer. A proud Snips. In love with zombies. Also a Twitter addict, @heyDian it is!

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus on Writing Habit


The desire to write grows with writing.


3 Classic Mental Blocks of New Writers, and How to Crush ‘Em All

Pic by Rob (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Pic by Rob (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Once I met a professional writer. Having 20+ novels published, she must be quite famous in Indonesia’s fiction writing scene. Our rendezvous point was a book store. After we had sat down on cozy, tiny couches in the corner, she said, “Please don’t ask me how to write. I hate that question.”

I was stunned.

Here’s the explanation.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2013


It’s on! Goodreads FTW!

I love reading. But, how good a reader am I? If we measure it by the number of titles I read last year, the answer varies depending on who you are.

Srly, Dian?


No Bad Day, Thank You

Pic by rkleine (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Pic by rkleine (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

I had a really bad day a couple of days ago. I woke up late. I went to the office without proper preparation. I opened the e-mail and got a very frustrating Quest from my boss. I was overly sensitive towards almost everything. My team was not doing their job properly. Another team we work with kept nagging me with a server bug that had been around for months. Right before lunch-time, I hid in the empty Musholla (a small room fellow Moslems use to pray) and cried.

It was a dreadful 4 hours.

Care to find out more?


Above or Below the Line?

Pic by epSos.de

Pic by epSos.de (license: CC BY 2.0)

I always love AAG (Agate Alliance Gathering), a quarterly meeting where all crews from my office and its alliances gather in one place… to speak up about their dreams, goals and plans. The theme of the latest AAG was Culture and Philosophies.

You see, Agate is an almost-4-year-old game studio. We are in ongoing process of building our own culture. The goal is simple: To build a company that stands for centuries.

Okay, it is not that simple, hahaha…

The CEO, Arief Widhiyasa, is a great leader. He encourages us to have ATL (above the line) mentalities and to avoid BTL (below the line) mentalities.

Find out which ones you have!


The Answer to Tough Decision

Pic by Todd Martin

Pic by Todd Martin (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Remember my article about tough decision published in September 2012? It was a case I and the other managers had to solve. Here is the answer you have been waiting for.
Well, go on!


Bye, 2012! Hi, 2013!

Gosh. I hope it is not too late to say, “Happy New Year! May the Force be with you!” ^.^

Last year was a great year. The best year in my life, in fact. And 2013 will absolutely be a blast!

Let’s see…

Care to find out my plan for 2013?


Swapnote Me Maybe

Excuse me for this one post please. I know not all of you own Nintendo 3DS, and this video might confuse you. But for 3DS owners, this could feel like an epic video. Seriously. It’s an honest 3DS review presented in catchy tunes of Carly Rae Jepsen’s popular song Call Me Maybe.

If you happen to own a 3DS, jump right to the video, listen to the lyrics, and you’ll see that we can very much relate to it. ^.^

Thank you, Ellie Rae Wolf, Tyeforce and StreetPass Arizona. You guys made my day!

Let’s watch it! Sing with me!


October Challenge: Waking Up Early

Good morning from Bandung! (pic by ssedro, license: CC BY-SA 2.0)

Last night I made a list. Of all habits I’m willing to have.


An Introduction to Morning Pages

Pic by Walt Stoneburner (license: CC BY 2.0)

Recently I had an odd encounter with a long-time-forgotten habit that I thought I should not have done any longer.

Lemme share it with you.