Thoughts on People Doing Things

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I had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Thornton, host of the People Doing Things podcast recently, to talk about some of the things I’m doing. It was a great conversation about my writing, my process, and my relentless negativity. Trigger warning, I do talk a little bit about my personal experiences with depression and suicidality. Take a listen to the episode and subscribe to the podcast! Nick has some deep conversations with interesting people doing important things but hides it well with a glib humour and self-effacing remarks that I, as a person doing a thing, really appreciate. My favourite episode – apart from my own obv – is number 31 that I have dubbed Alcoholism and Activism.

So take a listen, you can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and let Nick know that you like him as a person doing a thing.

Nick and I after recording the podcast.

Nick and I after recording the podcast.

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!?

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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!

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.