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NBA Live 2019 is Live!

Image result for nba live 19 cover athleteWriting knows no boundaries. Today, my writing appears in EA’s latest installment of the NBA franchise with the launch of NBA Live 2019! I wrote scripts as well as interactive text dialog, along with C.J. Kershner, another fantastic writer. I was super excited to work with such a talented team of devs on my first pure sports game! Available for XB1 and PS4, you can buy it right now. Check it out. Play. Become the One.

Here’s how EA describes it:

NBA LIVE 19 redefines the way you play. With Real Player Motion and 1v1 Everywhere, a head-to-head gameplay feature, you’ll have unprecedented levels of control on every possession. Pursue basketball glory with the freedom to create your path in The League and The Streets, and chart your own hoops journey with the return of THE ONE.

And a little bit on how Polygon describes it:


My exploits in The One were wrapped with a fictitious social media presentation that’s the best I’ve seen since sports video games started faking tweets about five years ago.

See you on the court!


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Signing comics and talking games at San Diego Comic Con!

It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”

Here be the schedule:

Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.

Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.

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Arne comes in! ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE continues

The music video of the song Annette and Arne co-wrote is now live! But I’m getting ahead of myself. The last two months of ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE have been chock-full of change, as Arne comes in. Annette may soon have to make a choice.

Leaving off from the previous list of episodes, here’s what you may have missed:

Episode 24

Do boys share? Annette told Henry the truth about his poems, then he went off with Graf. Have they been talking about them the whole day?

Episode 25

Annette comes back from a horrible date orchestrated by Maria and ends up spending the evening talking to Henry… who looks smitten.

Episode 26

Maria is convinced that Annette’s bust of a date actually went well, and she acts it out for our benefit.

Episode 27
Annette and Henry get a little revenge on Maria by messing around with her Arne poster.

Episode 28
Annette and Henry have a fight over music tickets, of all things, and Graf has to talk to Annette off-camera. What did he tell her…?

Episode 29
The fans called it! Graf did indeed propose to Maria, who said yes. She’s so happy, she’ll even invite grumpy Henry to the wedding.

Episode 30

TFW you’re listing everything you hate about Henry and then realize what you really feel. And then Henry’s got a big announcement.

Episode 31

Sometimes you don’t want to let go. Henry is leaving. Does Annette have the guts to tell him how she feels?

Episode 32
Annette resorts to poetry and tries on a sexy outlook, but her heart wanders back to Henry.

Episode 33
Maria says in her own charming way that Annette is better off. Henry is ugly and Annette deserves someone who is hot for her body and not just her brain.

Episode 34
Annette’s story got accepted by the Grimm Brothers! But she’s bummed she can’t celebrate with Henry. Maria must resort to drastic measures to cheer her up.

Episode 35
Annette must deal with a Bridezilla, Graf must try 10 kinds of cake, and somewhere in there, Annette learns of an interesting murder mystery…

Episode 36
Maria and Annette challenge each other to not mention the wedding or Henry. Guaranteed you will know the German word for wedding after watching this video.

Episode 37
Ruined! A flood has damaged Maria’s “prized possessions.” In the process of going through them, Annette discovers something surprising about Henry.

Episode 38

The drawback of a vlog? You can scour old footage for “proof” that Henry had feelings, too. Then, Annette makes a decision.

Episode 39
Henry hasn’t responded, and Jenny shows up to try to get her sister to move back home.

Episode 40
Someone new moves in! Annette is surprised when she finds out who it is.

Episode 41

Arne’s first full episode, in which he shares his dark backstory, and also he had a turtle 🙂

Episode 42
Henry responds!! But does it clear up anything?

Episode 43
Strip poker night and… isn’t Maria engaged to Graf?! Annette starts to feel invisible.

Episode 44
Annette procrastinates writing, earns a hug from Arne, but only has eyes for a turtle?

Episode 45
Arne’s badass musical talents and kindness are starting to win over Annette — and some of the fans, as they’re splitting into #arnette (Arne and Annette) and #henryette factions.

Episode 46
Maria wants Annette to go after Arne already, but Graf finds Arne a bit ridiculous. Trouble in paradise?

Episode 47
Annette and Arne get to know each other over cheese toast, until he says the wrong thing, and she tells him like it is.

Episode 48
Annette and Maria demonstrate how Arne embarrasses Annette at a dinner with the Grimms. Some barbies were harmed in the making of this video.

Episode 49
Annette is pretty sure there’s a killer in the house, and her last day will be spent licking Maria’s invitations. What the noise actually is, however…

Episode 50

Episode 50! Featuring my favorite line: “You think I’m afraid of Graf? Have you SEEN his socks?” Things come to a head between Graf and Arne.

Episode 51
Arne proposes something that makes Annette uncomfortable. Also, Graf says something that leaves everyone temporarily speechless.

Episode 52
Annette grapples with inane feedback from the Grimms, while Maria enlists Annette to practice for a local interview about living with Arne. But who is interviewing whom?

Episode 53

Kyuuute episode. They play truth or dare. What does Arne dare Annette to do?

Episode 54
Annette finally writes a song with Arne… and tells him about Henry.

Episode 55
Annette gets frustrated with the feedback she gets from the Grimms and ends up in an argument with Maria. This spawned quite a discussion on who was being meaner, Maria or Annette. What do you think?

Episode 56
Annette is too self-conscious to record their song, so she and Arne mess around to loosen her up. Maybe he’s a good (business) partner after all.

Episode 57

Annette has spent far too much time with Arne working on this song and the video — it’s almost over! But of course, Arne has to weigh in on editing the video, too. Maybe she doesn’t mind so much?

Episode 58
Annette tries a pro and con list on living with Maria, but she’s officially torn between Henry and Arne.

Episode 59

Annette is filming Maria and Graf’s wedding video when Graf reveals a secret about Henry.

Episode 60

Annette and Arne’s music video is now live! Give the song a listen!

Even if you don’t know German, you can watch most of these episodes by turning on Closed Captioning and changing the Youtube settings to auto-translate. You can also follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:
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Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /
Maria’s Instagram: https: // …
Arne’s Instagram:
Graf’s Instagram:
Jenny’s Instagram: https: // …

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

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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, or pick up a copy at one of the participating stores in France.

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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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SDCC: Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

It’s baaack! This year at Comic-con International in San Diego, we’ll be gathering together to discuss writing for gamez! Come join the usual suspects and some new faces as we discuss writing for games and answer all your burning questions.

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered),Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

When: Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Room 9

Join us! You can add it to your schedule here.

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All-ages comics at Long Beach Comic Expo


Just when you thought it was safe… I’ll be speaking at Long Beach Comic Expo, tomorrow, Saturday, at Long Beach Comic Expo! Join me and other fine creators as we discuss the ins and outs of creating all ages comics. I’ll be speaking on Crystal Cadets, which I’m sure you know all about 😉 We’ll see you tomorrow!

What: All Ages Comics Panel
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 4:40-5:30pm
Where: LBCE, Creator’s Lab S5
Who: Me!
Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony)
Mike Kunkel (Shoestring Benny)
Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Nickelodeon Magazine)
Beth Scorzato, Moderator

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