Operation Eclipse

WOW things are happening (and I haven’t blogged about any of them)…

First, important book news:

I have been rejected by a lot of agents.

I am still querying.

I know I’m probably not supposed to talk about the querying process, but YOLO or something. And truth be told, there haven’t been that many and some of them have been kind enough to offer suggestions or advice which is greatly appreciated.

Second:

I made a m*****-f****** videogame!*

My friend from Silverstring Media and I wrote Operation Eclipse:

Queer cyberpunk hacker RPG about a genderqueer POC caught up in violent corporate warfare, who must discover why they’ve had their memories wiped, find safety, and decide what to do now in the face of multiple opposing interests. Somewhat inspired by Deus Ex’s approach to puzzles with multiple solutions, focusing especially on social engineering. This upload is “Act 1.”

*Alright it’s just the first act of a videogame, but we made it for Global Game Jam this year. So not bad considering we only took 48 hours.

Now I know you’re wondering “But that was in January, where have you been since then?”

First, don’t take that tone with me. And second I quit my job and started an intense coding bootcamp. When I say intense, I mean INTENSE (12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week). The great thing is that I’m building a lot of cool things (which I will post from time to time). The downside is that I haven’t had ANY time to do ANYTHING.

I’m in week seven now, so I only have another 2 weeks before it’s all over and I hope to get back to my writing…

IN THE MEANTIME check out my midterm project that my team built in only 5 days after only 4ish weeks of coding experience. It’s a medical screening reminder app called ProdMinder that takes a person’s age and gender and not only recommends which tests and how often you should get those tests, but also offers to send out SMS or email reminders. (database is disabled so you can’t sign-up at the moment)

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!

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

Wattpad!

I started writing out a story on Wattpad during my lunch break. It’s fun, and mostly pantsed so I hope you enjoy!

When Literary Agent Thomas Finch receives an odd manuscript allegedly the memoir of a ghost, he is unimpressed but finds himself compelled to read it. This less-than-groundbreaking manuscript challenges his skepticism when it predicts a series of murders. Now every page he turns spurns him onward and he finds that his own fate, and possibly the fate of everyone ever, hangs in the balance.

Read it here!

PS The working title might just be the best thing ever.

 

 

 

I Ran

I’m going on another writer’s retreat! Recklessly, I booked a train ticket. Three days on a train through the Rockies and across the Prairies will do nicely. I’m hoping anyway. I’ve only been on one train before, but I think my temperament is well suited to long and romanticized modes of travel. It should give me ample time to get some work done and I am pretty excited.

While I should be preparing logistics like clothes, food, and alcohol, I’m focusing more on the necessities for when I write. I hope there will be tea available because my best work is done when I’m sleep deprived and caffeine addled. I’m definitely going to need some sweat pants too, but the most important component of my writing is music. Continue reading