Getting back to it….

“How was the date?”

“Awful.”

“Oh tell me everything!”

“If I’d said it went well would you want me to tell you everything?”

“God no. I hate when you’re happy.”

“That’s what I thought.”

“So you’re not going to tell me?”

“No I’m not going to tell you.”

“I’m sorry but if we can’t laugh at the losers we meet on tindr or whatever, I don’t know what our relationship is based on!”

“Lies you told your parents and my need to pay rent.”

“L. O. Freaking. L.”

“Fine. He was an asshole to the waiter.”

“Server.”

“Whatever.”

“How was he an asshole?”

“He complained about everything!”

“To the server?”

“Yes and about the waiter.”

“Server.”

“My coffee is cold, the cup is chipped, there’s a hair in my meal.”

“Ew gross.”

“Yeah, total asshole.”

“No the hair your weirdo.”

“You’re too picky.”

“It’s why our relationship is doomed. But seriously if you found a hair you wouldn’t send it back?”

“No I’d take the hair out.”

“That’s disgusting.”

“Fine but he was also such a jackass about it. So condescending!”

“To you?”

“Well no, to the wai…server.”

“Thank you.”

I had the distinct pleasure to read and review Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. It’ll be released later this year but because of my pact with the devil, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it early. Take a look at my full review of this solid addition to Gay YA literature on my friend’s blog Sense and Sensibility and Stories.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift, Ellie Golding, or choreographing dances in front of a mirror, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Another Videogame!?

I made myself a second videogame! This one was a little different from the last one because:

  1. I HAD to build this one, (but still ended up loving it)
  2. It’s a 2D platformer, (not an RPG)
  3. I (and my partner) built the thing from the ground up!

It was built as my final project for my coding course at Lighthouse Labs and as such I had to do a lot of work. With the help of my partner in crime, using all of the javascript we knew and faking the rest to turn out 2 awesome levels, including drawing and animating all the sprites. And we did it all in under 2 weeks. And we won the Peoples Choice Award at demo day. And … there are no more ands but I felt like adding something funny.

While I’ve been turning this idea over in my head for a long time, I thought it was fitting that I made a game about someone in a strange environment having to build themselves up from the most basic to fantastic shapes. As a person who recently traded in his professional gay card for a professional geek card, I’m having to look at how I move through the world again. It’s a strange transformation, but that’s a long essay for another time.

For now, I hope EVERYONE plays it! It was such an awesome experience and I hope that we’ll be able to find time to crank out a few more levels! And more exclamation marks!

Yaletown Horror: The King of Ice and Shadow

I pantsed a story yesterday that I later told through twitter, because I’m cool like that. This is the second #YaletownHorror story that I’ve told using twitter, the last one (available here) was on Halloween and dedicated to my husband B.

The new one is being told in two parts, the first is out and I’ve compiled it here. The second one will begin this evening at 5. Feel free to follow along or read it once all is revealed!

Queerbait – NaNoWriMo Story

I’m writing a fun and sexy contemporary YA novel for NaNoWriMo… It’s actually an entirely pantsed effort which started as a meandering warm up exercise for my initial story. I’m not sure I’m actually going to win WriMo, but I am writing up a storm and having fun.

Follow along with me on Wattpad if you’d like!

Everything was going fine in Aaron’s life until a badly timed selfie catches him throwing the punch that ruined the most popular boy in schools athletic career. Innocent as he may be, the evidence is damning and it ignites a glittery powder keg that divides the town.

NaNoWriMOMG

It’s like the weather knew I needed a break from all the happy, sunny sunshine and decided to ring in November with a more Vancouver rainstorm. I, personally, love the rain. It always puts me in the mood to sit at home with a cup of tea. I mean, usually I’ll be sitting at home with a  cup of tea anyway but now I don’t feel any shame for it.

The other thing that happened over the weekend was that I started NaNoWriMo! I know what you’re thinking, “great intermittently blogging one, shouldn’t you be budgeting your time and saving every word for your 50k?”

To you I say, “Never use that tone with me… and of course I should be focussing on my writing goal.”

Unfortunately I also need to sit and let my characters breathe. Since I am pantsing this year, many of the situations and plots are only have formed at this point. Not like a baby, but like a jagged stone. I need to let the tumble around in my brain-space to smooth out the rough parts until it’s polished.

In the meantime, I’m also kind of pantsing a genre I have little experience in writing. While it was my intent to write the sequel to The Many Worlds of Charlie Ocean which I outlined at a bar during the Surrey International Writers Conference, I decided to shelf that for the time being. I wanted to challenge myself with something new. That’s not to say writing any novel isn’t challenging, but I’m also cognizant that NaNoWriMo may not be the best approach for writing a story that I want to get right.

So, NaNoers, I leave you with some advice for the month:

Write like a crazy son-of-a-bitch

~Me