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

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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

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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.

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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