REIGNS: 7 Reasons Why It Works
I have a new obsession. By focusing on a dirt-simple style and interface, a slow-burn narrative with deceptive depth, clever mechanics, and intuitive design, REIGNS is a game that dares to be different. In my opinion, all of these risks have added up to an interactive narrative triumph. And in this piece, I'm going to try and understand why...
Of (Book) Covers and Cleverness
Transformation and evolution are inherently INTERNAL processes. This makes them feel mysterious, invisible, and unquantifiable. But as soon as those first sparks of metamorphosis start to fly—and whether you're conscious of it or not—the Change spills OUTSIDE. Touching everything. Especially the things you create...
IRON MAIDEN: Excerpt!!!
Working hand in devil-horned hand with the digital alchemists at Roadhouse Interactive and the heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN (!!!) I combed through decades of the band's lore, lyrics, and imagery to forge the high-concept story pitch and full-blown narrative treatment for this genre-busting and acclaimed action-RPG for iOS and Android...
THE CAT'S MAW
My prose fiction debut 'for brave young readers and cat lovers of all ages' was released during the 2014 holiday season to a flood of reader raves and critical acclaim. I was especially pleased when random folks described the story and style as 'Narnia meets Stephen King...with CATS!'
THE ISLAND HIDEOUT
I was brought on to advise on the digital campaign and crowd-funding copy for English versions of this breathtaking new island 'eco retreat', opening its doors to culturally conscious and environmentally-minded travellers Xmas 2016.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/BLOGS of a BLONDE BOOKIE!
Thought I'd share a snippet from a recent interview with a cool book blogger that just got posted. We cover LOTS of ground ( yeah, I'm not just pimping this time :P ), so be sure to click through to the full meal deal at the bottom of this post!
A (BITTERSWEET) YEAR IN REVIEW...
'I am writing this 30 minutes after finding him. After racing into town, hoping to outrun the tears and grief and rage. Just now, thunder split the skies wide open...and the rains are threatening to flood.
A SILVER MEDAL = The Perfect Stocking Stuffer =)
Got a lovely surprise in the post today -- a silver medal for my debut from the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!!!
POETRY CORNER: 'Whispers...'
To celebrate the 100th blog entry, I'm re-posting a short poem scribbled on FB last week, based on a strange night driving 'round my adopted jungle home...
PATTERNS = Memos from the Muse
In my creative and my personal life, I see patterns. Something as seemingly random as a rush hour commute with all-green-light intersections takes on prophetic business meaning...