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.
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!
If you’re interested in webseries, VR, and all the glories that digital storytelling has in store, join me and other great panelists next week at the Writers Guild. I’ll be discussing writing for digital webseries like Emmy-winning LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, writing for video games such as THE WITCHER, and writing for VR projects (project announcements forthcoming!). The event is open to all.
Tue, August 16, 2016
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
WGA Headquarters, 7000 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The ever-expanding digital landscape has created more opportunities for writers than ever before. YouTube has grown into a platform for filmmakers, comedians, and brands to air self-produced webisodes and web series. The video game industry has embraced and incorporated more narrative and cinematic elements to games. And virtual and augmented reality is the next frontier waiting to be conquered and scripted.
This panel addresses the various paths to a career in storytelling within the digital space. From writing webisodes to VR simulations, our panelists share their experiences creating content for new and emerging mediums and what lessons they’ve learned in often unchartered territory.
Moderator: Richie Solomon
John Zuur Platten
All are welcome. Proceeds for the event go towards the Writers Guild Foundation to support the Foundation library and other programs. Click here for tickets!
More panels! A signing! If you’re going to Comic-con — and even if you’re not — you have more chances to learn about writing, hear news from Comic-con, and pick up a kewl comic. Here’s what I’ll be doing:
Comic-con HQ Streaming Panel
Thursday, July 21st, 3-4pm
Log on to Comic-con HQ (free) and watch a panel of industry pros, including me, discuss the latest news coming out of Comic-con!
Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Friday, July 22nd, 5-6pm, Room 9
Add this panel to your schedule, or check out more deets here.
Signing Crystal Cadets!
Sunday, July 24th, 11am-noon, Lion Forge booth 2300
I’ll be live in person signing promotional materials for the Crystal Cadets graphic novel (hopefully they can get the second printing in time). Rumor has it I’ll be joined by the artist, Katie O’Neill. Fingers crossed!
Come on down and say hi, or catch me streaming on the interwebs!
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.
Like a little humor in your horror? Then you’ll enjoy following Mike and Josh as they set off after the Monkey’s Paw in Grimm Tales of Terror Vol. 2 #8, from Zenescope. After struggling under student loans and start-up costs, two graduates try a hail Mary: they journey to Central America to find a mysterious tribe that grants wishes. Once they arrive, they discover that getting their wish may require more than they’re willing to give.
Preview of several pages available here. Grab it in print at your favorite comic store, or go virtual here.
Read it already? Let me know what you think!
I’m headed down to the Cannes Film Festival and Marché. I’ll be speaking at Cannes Digital, a Festival du film Merveilleux event, about writing interactive stories and how it differs (or doesn’t!) from writing linear tales. I just looked at the list of other speakers, and they’re kind of amazing. Here they are:
Digital Landscape at Cannes
WHEN: 2-4pm, Saturday, May 14th
WHERE: Hotel Eden, 133 Rue d’Antibes, Cannes
Liz Rosenthal / Power to the Pixel
Kristen Konvitz / Indiegogo
Director of Film & Creative
Charlotte Hurni / Cinando ( Marche du Film / Festival de Cannes
Communication Coordinator )
Carole Joly / Cinando ( Marché du Film / Festival de Cannes )
Gotham Chandna / Cloud 21
Social Media digital strategist
Yelena Rachitsky / Oculus Story Studio
Creative Producer – Head of Education
Anne Toole / Write Toole
Writers Guild nominee
If you’ll be there, it’s free to attend the panel, so why not come on by? RSVP here.