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Opening the Box [Mar. 19th, 2010|12:19 pm]
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(From The Persistent Illusionist)

As I said in my introduction to my interview with David J. Williams (game writer and novelist), I've become fascinated by storytelling through the medium of computer games. Unsurprisingly, being an MMO junkie, I want above all to look at the state of storytelling in MMOs, which present tremendous obstacles for writers, but also really exciting possibilities.

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The Story of Homeworld: Interview with David J. Williams [Mar. 10th, 2010|01:02 pm]
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From The Persistent Illusionist:

With Apocalypso firmly on hold, I've had time to do some reading. For the past several months the focal point of my interest in games design has been converging with my interest in narrative, which is a boring way of saying Stories! Gameplay! WTF?

WTF, because stories and gameplay do not always seem to get along happily when tied up in the same canvas sack. There's no shortage of commentators pushing the opinion that games are unsuitable as a medium for storytelling, that games will never be 'art' nor contain anything of literary value, etc., etc. Some folks are fine with that, some are pissed off about it, and some of us just think it's a load of crap. Games can tell stories, and well.

So to kick off a series of articles about games and story, I contacted a man I thought might agree with me: David J. Williams, author of the Autumn Rain trilogy, and story creator for the first Homeworld game. I started off by asking him how he first came to be involved with Relic, and Homeworld

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Hoppy New Year [Jan. 5th, 2010|05:40 pm]
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All the best for 2010 to everyone. May it bring you much health, wealth and happiness, and not too much freak weather.

I'm intending to forget 2009 as best I can, as soon as possible, and put my best foot forward into the new decade. It's easy to tell which foot that is: the one without the blue fibreglass armor.

For the benefit of anyone with a similar injury desperately googling for info, and anyone simply in need of a bit of broken-bone schadenfraude, details of my Lisfranc dislocation-fracture are under the cut.

under the cut.Collapse )

Three things to take away from this experience:

1) Thanks be for free, universal healthcare. NHS, I kiss you.

2) Don't run about in socks on uncarpeted stairs.

3) Love your feet, guys. They are complicated and amazing and deserve your gratitude for doing a difficult job well.
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xkcd makes sense to me [Sep. 23rd, 2009|10:44 am]
Some days, you keep clicking links and they lead you into a vortex of meaninglessness that you can escape only by mashing your head against the keyboard until it's a respectable time to go and drink beer.

Other days you get serendipity. Following this link to a discussion about an xkcd comic on the search for intelligent life (here's hoping SOMEONE writes the story about really slow-moving sentients using nanohertz-range modulation of a spectrally prominent carrier), led me to this comic (image behind the cutCollapse ), avoid if you disapprove of cursing...)



Grabbing at the rope with both hands now...
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Clarion West Write-a-Thon, Chapters 4 & 5 done [Jul. 22nd, 2009|05:19 pm]
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Those of you with energy and alertness to notice details only relevant to other people (I know such people exist despite never having been one of them) may note that I never posted a 'done' post for Chapter 4 or a 'due' post for Chapter 5. You may also note that I've been quiet a looong time and am now considerably (woefully, agonisingly) behind.

Chapter 4 did go out, 3 days late or so, and Chapter 5 is done today, just, um, let me work this out, 11 days late.

Excuses? Nothing worth your time.

Chapter 6 was due on the 15th, meaning that nags, bothers and kicks-up-the-bum for Ch 6 are already worth $7 a go.

Chapter 5 is a 20k monster, so reads for Ch 5 will earn the Write-a-Thon $10.

Tally: $60
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Write-a-Thon: Chapter Three out, come in Chapter Four... [Jul. 5th, 2009|01:53 pm]
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My first missed deadline was Friday. I hang my head in shame. However, the good news is that my desperate whining produced some extra encouragement and a bump in my pledges to the Write-a-Thon.

Chapter Three is now out the door - as ever, please let me know if you have time to read this, or any earlier chapters. Each chapter read earns $5 for Clarion West, and Chapter Three earns a triple-shot venti $15.

Once again I've had to push a section of this chapter over into the next chapter, for reasons of length and weight. It looks like I'm going to wind up with more than ten chapters, unless I can start cutting the text harder than I'm managing at the moment.

Chapter Four is due on Tuesday 7th July. This is now the chapter in which Shelley storms the Majestic Hotel, is implanted with Underground technology, and has to make a decison about where her loyalties really lie.

Tally: $41
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Write-a-Thon: The Third Chapter [Jul. 1st, 2009|12:54 pm]

Hi all.

I should have made this post yesterday. I'm not sure what happened to yesterday.

Chapter Three of Moss & Feathers falls due on Friday, which is July 3rd for those people who love actual dates.

Unfortunately, due to family commitments on Friday, I really need to have it done for tomorrow. I say 'unfortunately' because I've only tinkered around the edges so far, it's the biggest chapter of the book anyway, plus I shunted the action-esque scene from the end of Chapter 2 into it because it really felt like Ch. 2 was getting unwieldy and a break was needed.

And I don't want to do it. For the first time in a few weeks, my book-energy is at zero. My back hurts, my hands hurt, and the characters have abruptly stopped talking to me. It's like I've made some terrible faux-pas, something worse than farting in a lift, but they're not telling me what the problem is. In the last ten days I've been through employment despair, relationship rows and my dad being hospitalised with a collapsed lung, and not had the slightest problem picking the book up. Why does this happen?!

Ngnh.

Tally a measly $14. Help me out, here! For this chapter I will triple all donations.
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Write-a-Thon: Chapter Two is dust-free. [Jun. 29th, 2009|07:52 pm]

I can report that Chapter Two (The Scrawl, 12,800 words) is sorted, nailed, done and dusted.

Special thanks go to my friend Pamela Budge, who's the only person so far to call in a read of Chapter One. If any of you want to sample Chapter Two, just let me know. Lie convincingly (which as ficition writers most of you should be adept at) and you won't even have to read it to earn $5 for Clarion West!

Here's a taster:

On the ledge above Barton Underway, where three narrow passages meet the stairs down from the square, she pauses for a moment and looks up. She has heard the hum of the engine, just a little closer than it should be. A jutting section of cliff shades this spot from the lighthouse beams, and the sun has gone, so when the airship slides into view the only light comes from its three blue-tinted spots, which pin the target down, dazzled. I chuckle.

- You’re cruel, Mal.

- How can I be cruel if I’m not human, Harry?

Tally: $13
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Write-a-Thon: Chapter the Second [Jun. 26th, 2009|12:25 pm]
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Chapter Two is entitled 'The Scrawl'. This is the chapter in which Shelley is drawn into the activities of Underground salon Alien Rockstars, meets a chap, takes the purple pill and gets into a battle. Lots of firsts for her.

It's due for delivery on Monday 29th June.

Mither me to get it done on time and I'll donate a buck to Clarion West, mither me if I'm already late and the figure goes up, read it (no critique necessary so it's Scout's Honour) and I'll donate $5.

Tally: $11
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Write-a-Thon: Chapter One, Gone [Jun. 25th, 2009|08:29 pm]
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Phew! Chapter 1, which is the one where my protag, Shelley, starts to fall over her two goody shoes and get mixed up in things she didn't oughter, is done, gone, O-U-T out.

I cut it from 15,000 to 13,000 words, approx (my target was 10,000, but feh), removed three scenes, wrote two new ones, and substantially rewrote about half the rest. I'm absolutely nuked.

Tally: $6. Not looking so great huh. It should bump a bit when I get reads for Chapter 1, but I'm really hoping to get more naggers for Chapter 2.

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