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Writing on Horizon Zero Dawn

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Contributor copies!

Since Horizon Zero Dawn came out a month ago, it’s been a delight to see the reviews (89 on Metacritic!), the sales numbers (2.6 million units worldwide!), and most importantly, the posts and messages from people I know enjoying the game. One lesson I’ve learned? People, especially those in the game industry, actually read the credits!

I got the opportunity to write with and for a bunch of great writers on HZD, and I know the entire Guerrilla team worked hard on this game for years. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do. If you’ve already picked it up, let me know what you think.

Now for some bonus photos from the launch party:

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A first (for me)! Heroic fantasy in French!

20170224_144058Bucket list item, checked off! I’ve always wanted to write something in French, but was a bit hampered by the fact my French is far from fluent. Enter comics to save the day! A call for heroic fantasy submissions from quarterly anthology Ganesha made my dream possible. In Ganesha #17, my story joins a host of other French fantasy stories involving everything from elves and wizards to Asian-inspired fantasy.

My story, “Petit Héros,” follows the adventure of an apprentice tanner on an errand in a fantasy version of medieval Paris. Martin van der Schuijt and Femke Schaars lent their art to the tale. If you’re interested and ready for a collection of other French stories, you can order the comic or subscribe to Ganesha at 92bulles.fr, or pick up a copy at one of the participating stores in France.

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Henry comes in & ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE continues

The webseries I created, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, has been streaming on Youtube for over a month and a half! Check out this resume of the first episodes if you haven’t seen them yet. The series, developed for German broadcaster MDR and Funk, cracked 15,000 subscribers this month with the introduction of Henry, who at first completely forgot he’d met Annette and ends up… well, it’s still in progress 😉

If you can understand German, take a gander at the episodes that premiered in the last month:


Episode 7
Her sister Jenny is literally at the point of strangling her, so Annette, fed up, announces she’s moving out to stay with Maria. And so it begins…


Episode 8
Annette moves in with Maria… but it’s not all fun and dancing.


Episode 9
Annette should be writing, but she’s looking through online dating profiles instead.


Episode 10
Annette has yet to write anything at Maria’s. I wonder why…


Episode 11
It’s happening! Annette meets Henry (again), who doesn’t remember her from the Arne concert way back in ep 4.


Episode 12
Henry still doesn’t remember Annette, but he’s figured out there’s a vlog.


Episode 13
Annette and Maria talk smack about Henry, and he overhears. Awkward.


Episode 14
Henry calls Annette Maria’s puppet. Annette hits the beer.


Episode 15
Annette practices music to prove to Henry she’s not Maria’s puppet. Plus, first Arne video!


Episode 16
The gang have a farewell party for Maria’s free time,now that her family’s arranged a job for her at the Grimms. Looks like the only ones really unhappy are Maria… and Henry.


Episode 17
Maria’s sleeping in her work clothes, while Annette plays with a new story, though Henry is still on her mind…


Episode 18
Annette doesn’t get a great review on her story, so she turns to Henry to help her revise…


Episode 19
Annette gets a mountain of notes from Henry, and Maria entertains herself by giving her a strange hairstyle.


Episode 20
OMG, so cute together! No need to summarize the episode, the title is enough: “No more showers and naked running around” ha!


Episode 21
Annette gets a good review — and now Henry is nervous about asking her for feedback on his writing.


Episode 22
Double date & naked? Annette goes on a double date, and somewhere in there is a live model drawing class.


Episode 23
Henry’s poems are terrible; Annette doesn’t know how to tell him. Maria, however, would have no problem.

As always, if you don’t know German, you can still follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:
https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …
https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /
Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …
Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/
Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/
Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Premiered! Webseries ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE is live!

The webseries I created, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, premiered at the beginning of the month, and six episodes are up already! Following the friendship, love, and betrayal of Annette Hulshoff, the webseries begins with a rejection from a university: her application revealed too little about her personality. She embarks on a webseries to explain herself, right before she embarks on the most exciting and harrowing time of her life. Based on the life of the eponymous poet, so far the series has introduced Annette and her goal of getting out of her little town, her close friendship with Maria, and Maria’s boyfriend Graf.

This transmedia webseries includes twitter and instagram feeds, not to mention the comments section of the videos themselves. The webseries is a first for German broadcaster MDR Sputnik and funk. Nevertheless, you can watch it auf Deutsch on Youtube here or check out all the videos that have aired so far:


Episode 1
Annette introduces herself and her need to get the hell out of dodge. She also introduces her sister, Jenny, the good girl.


Episode 2
Maria tells Annette to live a little and offers to teach her to flirt it up at an Arne concert.


Episode 3
Annette is stressing over a poem she’s writing, but Maria just wants to head out for the concert. Guess who wins?


Episode 4
After the concert, Annette and Maria get stranded… somewhere?


Episode 5
Annette put up her first poem — and now has to deal with internet comments.


Episode 6
Annette consoles Maria, who’s broken up with Graf… again!

If you don’t know German, you can still follow along on their social media sites:
https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …
https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /
Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …
Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/
Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/
Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Friendship, betrayal, and webseries: Trailer live!

It’s here! The trailer for ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the dramedy webseries I created, went live just a few days ago. The story follows Annette, a young woman with big dreams, just as she decides to write her way out of the little town she grew up in. While she’s planning to study abroad, her best friend and co-conspirator Maria thinks it’s high time she acquire a boyfriend. What ensues involves two men, a rockstar, the brothers Grimm, and a great, big lie. Based on the shocking true story of one of Germany’s literary greats, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE (All my Love, Annette) explores friendship, betrayal, and the dark side of the internet.

Check out the trailer below, and like the Facebook page hereALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE premieres auf Deutsch December 6th!

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Alternate history on the Mississippi

American history. Just entirely different. The ALTERED STATES OF THE UNION anthology explores how the US might have turned out with a few details changed. Inside, you’ll find a short story by me set in the 1800s, entitled “Lions on the Mississippi.”

Taking a steamboat through a sovereign Indian nation on the Mississippi, William meets an enigmatic woman afraid for her safety. But when their journey comes to a halt, William realizes not all is as he believed.

But my story is one of many by great authors. Here’s the blurb for the rest of the anthology:

What if Lincoln governed America in enemy territory? The United States annexed Persia? North Alaska and South Alaska went to war? Los Angeles spread across the world? Kansas disappeared in a cloud of dust? If you thought America was strange this year, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Join us as our all-star roster of science fiction and fantasy authors explore the frontiers of over a score of different lands in ALTERED STATES OF THE UNION. With stories by Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, Brendan DuBois, Malon Edwards, G.D. Falksen, Michael Jan Friedman, David Gerrold, Robert Greenberger, Alisa Kwitney, Gordon Linzner, Sarah McGill, Meredith Peruzzi, Mackenzie Reide, Aaron Rosenberg, David Silverman & Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Ramon Terrell, Anne Toole, and Glenn Hauman as editor.

Still not sure if this book’s for you? Check out this thorough review of each story in the anthology, or head on over to preview it on Amazon.

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Shipping characters and writing comics at SFCC – San Francisco Comic Con

Comic-con isn’t over, at least not in San Francisco. If you’ll be heading out to San Francisco Comic-con to see the likes of Jenna Coleman or Trina Robbins, come check out these panels on Saturday while you’re at it. I’ll be speaking on both!

SHIPPING AND WHY IT MATTERS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
10:30-11:30am, Pacific A
Bringing together passionate “shippers,” and writers, our panel will explore the reasons we ‘ship, why it matters, and how it affects the properties we love. After drawing 4.5 million votes in this year’s TV Couples March Madness Challenge, we at Zimbio know that many of the most vocal fans in TV, movies, and comics, are shippers. Following the controversial death of Lexa on the 100, this topic has never been more relevant. We will be joined by other fan writers in an interactive discussion on how ‘shipping changes the nature of the media we consume.

WOMEN WRITE COMICS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
1:30-2:30pm, Foothill E
There is more to comics than great art! A panel of women writers of comics and books discuss their craft. This panel features Trina Robbins, Dani Colman, Anne Toole, and Serena Valentino.

So come on over and share your favorite ‘ships, and find out about upcoming comics from a panel of awesome lady writers. See you there!

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