Another Game on my Radar…

Sunset game screenshot

There’s a new game being talked about and it really cleans house.  Literally.  It’s called Sunset; brought to you by Belgium-based developer Tale of Tales.

Explosions; unrest in the streets; the verge of anarchy.  And where are you?  Inside an opulent dwelling…where your mission is to keep the domicile tidy.

Would I play this?  You bet!  I’d follow all the directions on the sticky notes.

Check out this trailer and hit the jump to learn a tad more about all this seemingly-mundane gameplay (which I would rather downplay because it’s just the way I am).

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Monster Attack Anthology Available Now

Monster AttackThis is the cover of Monster Attack: Gruesome Tales.  It is the anthology where I my short story Affliction was accepted.  Not only is it available in the digital format, but a paperback is available via Amazon – and maybe some other places.

Honestly, my story is a bit more than a short.  It probably approaches a novella; since I lost count of words…oh, around the 8,000 mark.  To learn more about my contribution and the anthology availability, read on…

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Submission = Book to Come?

3&O blurred cover

Some quick news…

I finished and submitted a short story for something scheduled to be released (hopefully) by the end of the year.  Here’s what I know I can reveal…  I had to write the story based off an introduction given to me; which was less than a few hundred words.  My job was to write what happens next.

With no idea how everything is intended to come together to become a full-length publication, I did get this response…

I’m definitely including your work in the book so no worries there. I’m hoping for a late Dec or early Jan release. I’ll keep you posted as things progress further. Thank you for your participation and great contribution towards this book, it is much appreciated.

When things get closer, or more decided, I’ll share the details…same as the title.  I did make the cover myself – for no particular reason.  Here’s a look at the original concept for the cover:

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More to come, hopefully…

2013 Flashback – My Desktop: May 2013

Mesnard desktop 13.05

(This feature promotes discussion and interaction: giving an inside look of my creative craziness.  Ask about something about the desktop image and I shall answer.)

March had a lot of shortcomings and April was a month I’d rather gloss over than delve into.  Enough words spoken by the desktop alone, so I felt like keeping words short there.  If I’m asked to expound, however…I’ll deliver.

Back to March…  I had two writing gigs.  One was a full-blown scam with international ties [yes; I should be retelling that ordeal, but I did not have the time to revisit that debacle].  The other was something which went down in flames, but I gave it my best effort…and perhaps gained some writing samples from it; showing my rewriting skills in action.

The “highlight” of April was achieving my Camp Nano goal despite overwhelming odds.  With all said and done; I have an unfinished screenplay sitting at 102 pages without an ending.  No finish, but it was enough to count as another “win” for Camp Nanowrimo.

Despite being a first draft, I can say it’s one of my best original screenplays thus far – hopefully keeping people guessing until the very end.  What good is a princess story if it has a predictable ending?  Can something be “happily ever after” and still be a surprise?

Not to go into the details, but the ending is already planned out.  Once I connect where I left the story to the “beginning” of the ending events, I’ll be all set.  There was a point where I kind of shocked myself with an element of the ending chain of events.  Enough so to put down what I was doing and really evaluate it all for a day.  It appears long right now, and it shall be trimmed later, but I don’t wish to excise anything until after a full-blown table reading.

Back to the image…  I had to add something new, so I went generic by way of Apple.  It was one of the defaults; looking the most fitting as a “Lady in Red” motif.  I hoped to finally clean my desktop up…but way more important things were in motion.  Would it be a wanted achievement to gussy up the mess of icons and folders…or is the chaos more welcome here?  Please do comment.

2013 Flashback – My Desktop: April 2013

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My plan was to clean up the desktop somewhat to start my next writing project with a cleaner slate, but things spread and sprawled instead.

[If you think that looks messy, just peek inside one of my steno books.  It’s where I actually lay the groundwork for my writing endeavors — when I’m not pantsing it.]

The desktop image is about as obvious as it gets.  I could not find a good fan-made Camp image, so I reverted to the official Camp Nanowrimo logo.

I decided on writing a new screenplay from scratch.  In December I dashed off a short piece for Figment to make my goals for the year.  It serendipitously taught me this could be turned into a decent longer story.  A script seemed more viable than a novel at the time, so that’s where I stand.  It’s a far cry from my original inspiration for it: which means it’s even more an original idea with every page.

The running joke is this shall be my “princess” script.  A story which would fall into a hard G or light PG by way of a rating system; with a female protagonist [shocker? Not.] wedged between pleasing her father in her own way rather than what he expects a daughter of a kingdom to conduct herself.  Thrilling, eh?  [I know it doesn’t sound that way.  All part of my plan.]  If you really want to hear the pitch, contact me.  🙂

Ambition is the name of my my game.  I’d rather fail spectacularly rather than as a purplish blur of a ditto machine’s byproduct.  Call me crazy.

If you see something on my desktop you’d like to ask about, add a comment.  I’ll be happy to give the best answer I can.

2013 Flashback – My Desktop: March 2013

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Much is at play with this image; behind and on top of the desktop.

The obvious is what a cluttered mess things are.  Less than a month away from Script Frenzy Camp Nanowrimo‘s April session; which I  decided to write a screenplay rather than a novel [which is a legitimate choice in Camp Nano this year].  There is also one or two shorts which won’t see the light of day.  Poor concepts.  Good thing I keep my ego in check came to my senses.

Business concerning a couple writing buddies are displayed on my digital plate, but I also picked up an “outside” project.  I was hired for another script doctor job.  For those who don’t check my freelance profiles, I used to be a screenwriter before making an effort at prose.

Being a script doctor is pretty much like being a ghostwriter.  Tasks can be simple; such as formatting a script correctly, or lowering a page count.  Heavier lifting could be rewriting dialogue or changing the story completely.  This is a short film, but I’m treating it just as seriously as anything else I put efforts into.

If anyone reading this is looking for someone to do any editing, polishing, or whatnot…I’m for sale hire.  [Contact me or comment if interested.]

As the image is concerned – the obvious answer is Star Wars art.  It was said to be for an emulation program.  The game Star Wars Galaxies went defunct when The Old Republic MMO got readied for launch.  Such a thing hasn’t stopped many people from assembling teams and launching versions of the game all their own.  So long as someone legitimately owns a copy of the game discs, it is legal to participate.

This game is entitled SWGemu.  Not only was a former guildmate part of the team at one time, it’s the version I have been leaning most towards.  The image is supposed to represent a new introduction cinematic (or cut scene) for this game’s iteration.  It is certainly ambitious.

I couldn’t accurately track down the artist, but I’ll add it as soon as I’m positive.  I have a feeling I know who did it…but I did not wish to inaccurately credit.  I’ll get to the bottom of it.

For a taste of what the game is like, here’s a bonus video.  If I had more time in a day (or a genie allowed me to never sleep yet never feel tired), now you know where I’d be.

Fantasy Football 2013: Flippy Flop recap

What could he possibly be saying?  “Farewell to Fantasy Football.”  More likely, “So long, Stinktown!”  That proverbial burg of bad odor being me.

To reiterate before getting to the meat, Has anyone been reading (or even liking) these fantasy football recaps?  Please comment, either way.  So now onto the really disappointing show.  Especially if you consciously skip these every time.

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