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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

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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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So you want to be a game writer…

PAXIt’s that time again! Time for PAX, games, and fun. And if you’ve always wondered how to get into game writing, it’s time you find out how. Join me and other fine game writers at PAX Prime to get all your burning questions answered on how to be a game writer.

So, you want to be a game writer…
Many writers (and non-writers!) would love to contribute their storytelling skills to games. What types of writing jobs are out there? How can you get a job working at a studio or as a freelancer? Beyond storytelling, what should your samples showcase? Panel participants are veteran game writers who have worked on AAA, indie, and mobile titles. These freelancers and studio employees have the insights to help you pursue that game writing career!

Panelists:

Toiya Kristen Finley [Author / Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Qais Fulton [Writer and Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer, The Write Toole], Bobby Stein [Lead Writer, ArenaNet], Tom Abernathy [Senior Writer (Contract), Massive Entertainment], Leah Miller [Content Designer, Carbine Studios]

See you there!

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First look! Crystal Cadets at Comic-con

CrystalCadetsIf you’ll be at SDCC, you’ll be the first to get the inside scoop on the launch of Roar Comics, a new comics imprint brought to you by Lion Forge.  Conveniently, they’ll be publishing an original title, Crystal Cadets, written by me and drawn by the inimitable Katie.  The series follows the adventures of seven girls who inherit amazing powers, kick butt, and take names.

Join us for a panel to learn about Crystal Cadets and all the other shenanigans going on at Roar!

Roar – Friday (July 25th) 5:30 – 6:30 PM Room 8

Roar Comics: Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and more!

Saved By The Bell! Punky Brewster! Magical Girls! Teen Mermaids! As Jessie Spano would say, “I’m So Excited!” Roar Comics is making it’s debut at SDCC! Come check out Lion Forge’s new all-ages and YA comics imprint as we bring together genre-busting talent with fan-favorite characters. Join Senior Editor Adam Staffaroni to hear what’s next for Punky, the gang at Bayside High, plus Roar’s new digital-first original titles – Roboy, Crystal Cadets, and MER. Featuring Roar’s incredible roster of creators including: Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Joelle Sellner (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Anne Toole (Emmy Winning “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), Lesley Vamos, and Eisner Nominee Brandon Easton. Fun all for all ages, plus some big new announcements! #RoarComics

See you in San Diego!

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So, about that Emmy…

In case you hadn’t heard, the webseries I wrote for, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, won a Creative Arts Emmy this year for Original Interactive Program.  I haven’t posted about it sooner, because, as one might say to me or Mr. Darcy, “pics or it didn’t happen.”  Here are the pics for the Emmys, and heck, while I’m at it, I’ll list the other awards the show has earned:

IAWTV Award: Best Interactive/Social Media Experience
Streamy Awards: Best Interactive Program; Best Writing: Comedy
Emmy Award: Original Interactive Program

Congrats again to our fearless leader Bernie Su, as well as all the cast, crew, and fans who made it possible!

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The Emmy

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Me with the cast and crew at the Emmy reception

And the Emmy goes to…

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Accepting the Emmy on-stage!

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Tomorrow! Digital Leaders navigating the entertainment world

Guess who’s speaking about digital entertainment as part of the Ivy Entertainment/Digital LA Digital Leaders panel?  Big Bird!  I’m kidding — it’s me.  Below is the rundown on the event.  RSVP here, and I hope to see you there or at the afterparty!

Join us for our panel with IVY Entertainment Digital Leaders who will share stories of their career path to digital, and share their success stories and advice on keys to success digital entertainment.  We’ll also discuss how digital impacts the creation, development, distribution and marketing of content and entertainment services. This panel is right before our annual Digital LA – IVY Entertainment holiday party at the Station at W Hollywood.

Speakers include:

jeffJeff Berman
Yale Law
NFL Digital Media, GM

Formerly at Buddy Media, The Berman Group, MySpace.com President of Sales and Marketing.

 

 

sheilaShelia Marmon
Harvard Business School, Princeton
Mirror Digital, CEO and Founder.
Mirror Digital is an interactive media and advertising company connecting leading brands to the growing U.S. multicultural market.
tomTom Andrus
Yale
AEG – AXS.com, SVP and GM
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Tom leads the AXS.com team as part of AEG, where his team creates online ticketing combined with live-event experience. Previously, he ws MySpace SVP of Product. He has served on the boards of Rhapsody, Roozt.com, and Buysight.  He has led or participated in growing businesses across $100M in revenue six times in his career. @tomandrus

 

anneAnne Toole
Harvard
WGA-nominated writer
on Video Games, Comics, TV,  Web series
Writers Guild nominee Anne Toole has written computer games, comics, webseries, and television. She acted as the first Head Writer for STARGATE WORLDS, a game based on the long-running TV series, and has since written for multiple platforms, with clients including Zynga and Ubisoft. She’s currently writing the hit webseries THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, which is up for an IAWTV award for its interactive component. She also serves on the board of the IGDA-LA, an organization for game developers.

 

sope Sope Ogunyemi
Dartmouth, USC
Eventful, Account Director. 
Founder, Epos.  Eventful digitally connects over 20M people to local entertainment and live events like concerts & movies through q comprehensive database of events.  Eventful was named to OnHollywood’s 2012 list of 100 top private digital entertainment companies and in 2012 won the OMMA Award for Best Integrated Online Movie Campaign for its third consecutive year.  Through Epos, Sope also helps entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits like Africa Fashion Week LA & Real Medicine Foundation with marketing & business development. @ny_la_lag @eventful

kevinModerator: Kevin Winston
Yale, Harvard
Digital LA, CEO
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Kevin is founder and CEO of Digital LA and Silicon Beach Fest. He was named on a Forbes list of 12 Entrepreneurs Changing LA. @DigitalLA @kevinwinston1

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