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Keynote: Imagine Film Festival today!

I’ll be keynoting the Imagine Film Festival today with a focus on worldbuilding in science fiction. They’ve actually labeled the talk “Worldbuilding in Space,” so I have to warn you, it will have nothing to do with this:

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I’m very sorry, as I know this is a huge disappointment. Here are the details of the actual talk:

Keynote Anne Toole: Worldbuilding in Space

Where: Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
When: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30pm
What: Anne Toole started out as a writer for television and quickly developed towards video games. She has a preference for writing mysteries, horror, fantasy and sci-fi and has produced a large body of work. She worked on big games like The Witcher, Assassins Creed: Origin and Horizon Zero Dawn, as well as writing a lot about writing genre games.

In her keynote speech at Imagine she will talk extensively about her area of expertise, with an extra focus on sci-fi. How do you develop a sci-fi world as a writer, what do you pay attention to, how do you work with artists and game designers and what are the pitfalls of the genre?

Hope to see you there!

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Join the Dark Side at LA Comic Con

Sounds like an invitation to a Sith bar, but in fact I’m inviting you to join me and several other fabulous humans (not to imply I’m one of them) TODAY to discuss the dark storytelling at LA Comic-Con. Here are the deets:

Women On The Dark Side
3PM in Room 308
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Always a popular panel, this panel features women who challenge the convention of what women “should” create. Challenging, complex, and sometimes controversial, these women speak for those who aren’t always about glittery vampires and sparkly unicorns. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Featured panelists are:
Susan Lee (@LifeOnItSide) – “Wraith of Love”, “Shadowed Doorways”
Maria Alexander (@LaMaupin) – “Snowbound”, “Mr. Wicker”
Dr. Suzana E. Flores – “UNTAMED: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine”
Anne Toole – “Curse of the Pharaohs/Assassins Creed”, “Mine! anthology)

Moderator – Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press

See you there, I hope!

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Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award!

It happened! Horizon Zero Dawn won OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING at the Writers Guild of America awards ceremony on Sunday. Congrats to all the nominees, winners, and the HZD writing team:

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Check out the acceptance speech and some photos from the event, but be warned, there is a clown.

Next up are the DICE awards next week in Vegas and the GDC awards next month in San Francisco. Fingers crossed for the Guerrilla team, who are nominated in multiple categories!


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Horizon Zero Dawn nominated for Writers Guild Award!

Horizon Zero Dawn‘s writing team earned a Writers Guild Award nomination! The announcement marks my second nomination; the first was for THE WITCHER. HZD has made quite a splash, winning Best Narrative at the Golden Joystick Awards and the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival, among others. Horizon joins nominees from such projects as HANDMAID’S TALE, GLOW, and GET OUT. Read on to see all the Videogame Writing nominees!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Madden NFL 18: Longshot, Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts

For a full list of nominees and other awards info, check out the list here.


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Writing Zenescope’s Dance of the Dead #1

It’s New Comic Book Day, and my latest for Zenescope is here! I’m writing their Dance of the Dead five-ish mini-series featuring Mystere and Jasmine, and the first issue is out right now!

Synopsis: The Shadowlands are a dark and mysterious place, filled with the most evil creatures that have ever haunted mankind’s imagination. Now Mary Medina (Mystere) finds herself trapped there with no means of an escape, lured by a powerful enemy into a dance with the dead.

Those familiar with the Grimm Fairy Tales universe will recognize our main characters, but even if you’ve never picked up one of their books, you can dive right in with this first issue. Feel free to check out a preview of the comic and variant covers here or pick it up at your local comic shop. You can also read a review that’s already up at Fandom Post.

I’m looking at proofs for the second issue right now 🙂 If you’ve read the first, feel free to drop a comment below!


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Writing for games and breaking in at Long Beach Comic Con

If you are interested in writing for games, or how to break into writing, Long Beach Comic Con had the panels for you this month.

For the “Writing for Video Games: the Real Behind the Virtual” panel, I joined Tony Bedard (Agents of Mayhem), Jon Callan (Survios), Shawn Kittelsen (Injustice 2), and John Nee (Cryptozoic) to discuss the trials and tribulations of writing games, and how it differs from other media. You can check out a short write-up here.

“Writing for Video Games” panel at Long Beach Comic-Con

Afterwards, I joined Brandon Easton (Agent Carter) and Geoffrey Thorne (Librarians) on “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood.” Brandon puts on this panel at Comic-con, Wondercon, and LBCC, so you know it’s bound to be good. He gave people good advice on best books to read, including WRITING THE TV DRAMA, and WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING. I may have to check those out myself.

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“The Writer’s Journey” panel at Long Beach Comic-con

Did you get a chance to attend either panel? If you did, drop a comment and share the best thing you learned!

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ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE webseries concludes!

100 episodes. 2.6 million views. Thousands of comments. It was such a great ride. So happy that people liked ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, and that Youtube has google translate. ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the German webseries I created, concluded this month. Eager to find out what happened with Annette, Maria, Henry, and Arne? Fortunately, I’ve got the synopses for you in English.

Not caught up? Check out the first episodes here, the second batch of episodes, and the penultimate list of episodes here. All set? Here’s how it all played out:

Episode 75

Jenny urges Annette to delete the illicit videos, but Annette doesn’t want to give Maria the satisfaction.

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Episode 76

Annette has to go into the Grimms and tries her best to avoid Maria and ends up in an awkward situation.

Episode 77

The lights go out, Annette and Arne are left alone… he starts telling a ghost story… and then…

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Episode 78

Graf comes over to return some items, and Annette insists she’s over Maria and asks about… Henry.

Episode 79

Arne’s back! Sort of. He gives an interview where he denies he had deep feelings for Annette, and also implies that there was another reason he was with her.

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Episode 80

Annette is now convinced everything Arne did and said was a lie set up by Maria, calling him a poor man’s Orlando Bloom!

Episode 81

Annette has a dream of two Marias!

Episode 82

Jenny kicks ass. She backs up Annette who’s trying to take down all copies of the improper video that’s been released in the wild. But there’s one copy she won’t take down…

Episode 83

Jenny pulls herself out of her comfort zone and Annette out of her funk. Annette’s reminded she’s had a sister all along…

Episode 84

Annette struggles to write a letter to Henry, then gets a mysterious Skype call.

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Episode 85

Jenny thinks Annette should either call Maria or let her go. What does Annette think?

Episode 86

Annette finally sends a video to address the elephant not in the room: Maria. Why did she do what she did?

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Episode 87

Maria replies! She’s been bored out of her mind without Annette. Can they get back together?

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Episode 88

The Grimms have published Annette and Jenny’s fairy tale. Is Annette now done with vlogging?

Episode 89

Henry replied!! And he wants to meet! Has he forgiven her?

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Episode 90

The Grimms make a mess of Annette’s story, while she gets ready to go meet Henry.

Episode 91

Henry is back and #teamhenry is on fire! Henry admits everything he’s done wrong, including believing Maria.

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Episode 92

Henry finds Annette out, and Jenny takes the opportunity to interrogate him about his “story” regarding Arne.

Episode 93

Annette and Henry’s relationship seems to be going well. Except they haven’t kissed!

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Episode 94

Annette is happy! Who knew this was a thing? She’s been offered a job, everything is easy with Henry, and best of all, she doesn’t have to participate in Maria’s wedding planning.

Episode 95

Jenny passed her bar exam, and Annette threw her a party. Henry and Annette are getting along great… and then her and Arne’s song comes on…

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Episode 96

Arne has written a new song, and Henry catches Annette listening to it.

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Episode 97

Graf called off the wedding! But is Annette ready to forgive Maria?

Episode 98

Arne’s got a letter for Annette that Henry doesn’t want her to have. What’s going on?

Episode 99

Annette shares what happened with Henry. What’s next for Annette?

Episode 100

Last episode! Annette has packed and says goodbye to everyone who had an impact on her, one way or another, and Maria has one more surprise.

Thank you for everything!

Congrats to the cast and crew, and thanks to everyone and the fans for a great run!

Remember, even if you don’t know German, you can watch 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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