First Game | News

After months of hard work (and a couple days of hitting my head against a wall), I finally completed the first interactive story-game based on my book series. This one is a simple and short one; but then again, so am I.

The game is the first in a series of exams to see if you qualify to be a superhero.

I’m already starting on another, hopefully a longer and more complex story-game, but it’ll be more towards story than “exam.”

You can find the game, and any future games, here.

eZine Collaboration Samples

Here are some content samples to give you an idea of what we are looking for in the new eZine.

The content can be image, video, text. You can send in pictures of your latest statue or do a video of you making your famous blueberry pie. You can write up a recipe for stress relief tea and submit a video of you and your friends drinking the tea while talking about the football game.

These samples have been saved in PDF for your ease, if you submit content please submit it into a Word document, PNG, JPEG, or movie file.

Gone Fishing | Draft

Gone Fishing | Behind-the-Scenes

Gone Fishing | Final

You can submit your content here.

By submitting you agree that your work is your own and you hold all rights to it. You also agree to grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish such content for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the eZine. You also agree that you are responsible for all issues relating to your submission and will indemnify and defend us against damages and any losses relating to said issues. Meaning, you are giving us permission to use your content for the eZine. You still retain all rights to it. Finally, you are agreeing that you are 18 or older or have a parents/guardians’ permission.

Also, a poll to choose the name for the eZine is going up on my Twitter account. The poll ends Sept. 27, so hurry.

 

 

New eZine Coming

New eZine!

I will be teaming up with Tygart Media to produce a new online magazine. And we are looking for submissions. These submissions can be written, video, images, etc. You can submit a story, a poem, a screenplay, and so on. You can submit a poem and then have a video of you reading the poem. You can submit a screenplay and then have a video of it being performed. You can submit a video of your band playing your latest song. You can submit a recipe and have a video of you or someone making it. You can draw a picture and write an article about what inspired you. Movie reviews, an article about your YouTube channel, or just a short article about you reaching 1,000 subscribers are possible too. The limits are your imagination. Just tell your story (within reason—it is a public magazine, so no erotic, mature, derogatory, offensive, etc themes).

Submit your work here.

By submitting you agree that your work is your own and you hold all rights to it. You also agree to grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish such content for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the eZine. You also agree that you are responsible for all issues relating to your submission and will indemnify and defend us against damages and any losses relating to said issues. Meaning, you are giving us permission to use your content for the eZine. You still retain all rights to it. Finally, you are agreeing that you are 18 or older or have a parents/guardians’ permission.

Also, a poll to choose the name for the eZine is going up on my Twitter account. The poll ends Sept. 27, so hurry.

Being Interviewed|Greggerguy

Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Greggerguy.

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With reference to your profile pic and your recurring character, Dogboy, tell us about your affinity for dogs.

Since dogs are seen as loyal and protective, I figured a human-dog character would be a good choice for a superhero. I also thought it’d been funny to have a superhero that needed glasses (since dogs can’t see all that well) and ate a lot. Also, even though dogs are domesticated, they still came from wolves and they can act like it at times; they’re still animals (like humans). I thought this “inner demon” would play out well for a superhero too. And finally, they are pack animals. When they work together, they can take down serious threats and get a lot accomplished. I figured that was a good lesson for another social animal *cough* humans *cough* to learn.

Plus, I just like dogs.

I see in your bio that you are studying digital animation. Are you preparing any of your stories as an animated project?

One day I’d like to turn a story into an animated project, but for now, the animations are mostly short videos used for advertisements. It takes a loooong time to animate something and can be very frustrating. I’m amazed at people who can do it for a living…and do it regularly.

What are some of your favorite (most influential) books and authors?

I’d have to start with the Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol; it was the series that got me interested in reading. I enjoyed the short chapters which made it easy to read on the bus or during free time. I tried that at first—having a series of anthology adventures that people could read quickly so they didn’t have to wait for school to get out to see how it ended. I’m hoping to get back to that format someday.

I have to say that the books by Dean Koontz also helped. They were my first non series books. Before these the books I read were like Animorphs or Wishbone. The Koontz books were the first time I found an author I enjoyed and not a series. The dry humor and thriller-action make them hard to put down once I start reading. For a while, he hinted at his books being all part of one universe and that got me interested in trying the same.

In your opinion, what are the elements of a good story?

A good variation in mood is one element. If you have a thriller story, you still want to have some moments of humor. Just like when you’re speaking, you use fluctuation so that you don’t sound monotone. If you have action all the time, the reader has nothing to compare the events to. For instance, you can’t tell a happy moment if you’ve never had a sad moment…it’s just a moment.

If you’re going to do a plot twist at some point, you better have hinted at it before it happened. You also want to have good characters; you want to feel for them (even the antagonist if that is your goal). And of course, spelling and grammar.

Word choice and sentence structure is another important element. You don’t want to have long, winding sentences if you are writing a scene where an ax murderer is going after a group of campers.

How has your writing style evolved over the years?

Hopefully, it’s gotten better. Yeah…I’m sure it has. I’ve looked at some of my writing back in first grade and…ehhh…cringe.

I’ve also improved on my action writing after doing the Wattpad “Write to Rank” contest. It really got me to focus on action. Like the instructor for an art class I’m taking says, “If you’re bad at drawing a circle, you sit there and draw circle after circle. Eventually, you’ll get it right.”

As for the whole “masterpiece” idea, I follow what they taught us in journalism school: you’re only as good as your next story. While the idea for journalism was mainly meant to mean once your article is published it becomes “old news” and therefore uninteresting (and also tells you to watch your ego), it can also mean that each story should be your “masterpiece,” that you are constantly trying to improve.

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Thanks again Greggerguy for doing this interview. The questions were well thought out and showed that you researched your subject.

If you wish to interview me (or would like me to interview you), I can be reached through Direct Message through Twitter or Private Message on Wattpad. You can also try the contact form here.

Who Knew

You just never know what’s going to happen next on Wattpad (especially when writers are involved). Case in point, KlaraSofe transcribed the writer banter from the Write to Rank comments section into a bonus chapter.

Not long after that, the action profile used that as inspiration for Day 28 of their interACTION 30 Day Challenge book.

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