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.


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Animated FOR

Just a quick note to say “thanks” for all the congratulations, comments, and questions regarding the animated FALL OF REACH adaption.

Please, however, direct all questions about the series to 343i.

I had absolutely nothing to do with this project. I found out like everyone else when 343i made the general announcement.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!


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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

This morning: over a hundred (!) emails asking what I think about the HALO 5 story and the FALL OF REACH adaptation. I haven’t got so many similar queries since Kilo-5.

My apologies, but I just can’t comment.

Kosher SymbolIt’s not Kosher for one writer to comment on another writer’s work—especially since in the past I’ve contributed to the HALO franchise. I either come off sounding like I’m currying favor with 343 or like I’m venting my spleen.

Neither is cool.

So … unless you’re the New York Times offering me a column on pop culture vis-à-vis video games, please go play/watch the latest HALO offerings and make up your own mind.

You know what you like 🙂

Thanks for understanding.


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Waiting for HALO 5

I got more than a dozen requests today that are a variation on: “You know people at 343. Can you please talk to them and get them to turn on my copy of HALO 5 early?”

Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: This is highly unlikely as there are servers and/or other infrastructure that has to be turned on to make this happen, and it’s not on, and it won’t get turned on for both reasons technical and the tens of millions of marketing $$ tied to a specific release day … which is not today.

And more of an answer than you wanted: My pull with 343? You’ve got to be kidding. If I sent them an email on your behalf — they’re just as likely to ban you account!

Have patience. Stay strong HALO fans 🙂



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Q/A Writing Advice

blood_penI get a hit with questions about writing every day. I thought I’d post a recent Q/A session with one young person wanting to write graphic novels. This is not my field of expertise, but what follows are a few pointers that apply to writing in general. If comic professionals want to chime in, I’d appreciate it.


1) What’s the first step to getting in the world of writing graphic novels? 

You might want to start by writing your own comic (and finding a partner to do the art (unless you’re an artist as well). There are several avenues for getting self-published, but in any event, this will serve as a calling card when you start talking to comic industry experts. If you approach them without such a sample, well, no one is going to take you seriously.

I got involved in a few comic projects because people approached me to write them after reading and enjoying my novels.

Regardless of the media, you need to show people you can write before you’re going to get a job as a writer.

SIDE NOTE: I believe artists are the real heavy lifters in the graphic novel world. They put in 10 times more work than writers. They have my respect. And “successful” ones tend to cripple their hands and burn out their eyes by the time they are 35.

2) What books should I read (if any) to help my writing?

Strunk and White, The Elements of Style
The 38 Most Common Writing Mistakes, James Bickhamm

3) What cities are best connected to the graphic novel scene; or is it not quite like screenwriting in Hollywood and New York? 

Marvel is the only holdout, staying in New York City. DC is now in LA,  Oni is in San Diego, Dark Horse and others are in Portland OR.  All of them (ok maybe not Portland) are expensive places to live.

4. Do you know the process of how people interview/recruit/get connected for writing for comic books? 

No. I’d hit up the comic cons and talk to the writers and artist for tips.

5) In your opinion who’s the best new Sci-fi writer?

I like Earnest Cline. His READY PLAYER ONE  is wonderful. His ARMADA is not so wonderful. Lessons to be learned from both books.

6) What can I do to help prepare myself for a career in writing? I suspect it’s just writing, but I wanted to ask. 

ha. “Just” write. Like that’s easy. 🙂

Write every day so you make it a habit. Write from an outline so you don’t waste time. Try to learn something new about the craft every day. Write your first novel (or whatever) first, and then worry about how to market and sell it. Stay off the internet.

7) Are there organizations that could help me get a foot in the door for screenwriting or graphic novel writing? 

None that I know of. In fact there are many people and organizations that will happily take your money and don’t really help you.

8) How many pages a day do you write? 

500-1000 words a day. If I’m lucky.
Good luck!


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