Cooling

Today I finished the interim big edit of the latest novel.

It’s an accomplishment of sorts for me, because this is my first adult novel-length project in a long time (six years, actually; scary how time flies when you’re working for someone else!), and it took a bit of effort to get back on this particular breed of horse.

Have to let it cool for a day or two and then I’ll give it a read, make necessary adjustments … and then off to my first reader.

Hopefully it will be out early next year.

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Roughly Done

finish-lineJust finished the rough draft of my latest novel.

It took seven months and weighs in at a respectable 107,000 words.

This particular novel was odd in many ways; I broke just about every rule of writing I’ve developed over the last 20 years. It sure was a fun ride, though. (I’ll blog about the whole story later).

Lots of editing ahead, but that’s OK. Getting the rough draft down is the hardest part for me. I actually enjoy the editing and polishing phases.

The novel is in the LitRPG genre (Ready Player One, Alt World, etc.).

I’ll be asking my video- and tabletop game developer friends and colleagues for blurbs early next year!  🙂  Please!

Someone suggested that I claim I did NaNoWriMo … in three days. I wish.

My heart goes out to everyone doing that this year. Good Luck!

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Signed Books

You can now get signed books from me through Mercer Island Books.

Please allow plenty of shipping time around the holidays!

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Consulting Narrative Designer

When I left the video game industry to retire/stay at home parent/write next novel in the Summer of 2015, I immediately got emails from colleagues asking for a little help, a few worlds built, a few scripts revised, and so on … until I had so much business I had to turn people away (and explain how I was retired and just doing a few things on the side).

Well, with this update on Linkedin I’m not expanding my operations, but making the consulting part of my life more official. It also provides a way for people beyond my circle of friends to contact me, and let’s them see how far ahead I’m booked.

Good to know there’s the need for this kind of work out there! 🙂

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Missing Halsey Journal Pages

File this one under: Transmedia experiment.

(Mr. Long, please note!)

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.46.48 AMYears ago when we were putting together Dr. Halsey’s journal for the LIMITED and LEGENDARY editions of HALO: REACH, I had the idea that Halsey would have done something that went too far (even for her). The pages detailing what she did were ripped out (supposed by Halsey), and the HALO fans that bought the special editions received the journals — with these pages missing by design.

I remember our Art team had to source a company that would be able not only to print the journal to exacting specifications … but then RIP OUT BY HAND those pages (also to exacting parameters!).

At the time, we let slip thought the cracks a few unripped journals into the mix, knowing the fans would find and share the information. I forget the number, but there couldn’t have been more than five.

I thought it would take a few weeks at most for these unripped journals to surface….

OK.  So, I was off by a few orders of magnitude.

Looks like as of yesterday the pages were finally posted.

Enjoy!

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