November was a little hectic as right at the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to finally visit New York city. It was pretty exciting to finally be able to see the place and the sights, so creative stuff took a little bit of a back seat whilst I ogled the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the bridges, Central Park and the Met. I was also supremely privileged to go see the Broadway production of Hamilton and sampled some fabulous Manhattans along the way.
Nevertheless, whilst I was getting into a New York State of Mind, I managed to do a little bit of writing. more “Twitterature: November 2017”
A round-up of my attempts at twitterature this month, there was definitely a witchy/spooky/horror Halloween vibe going on!
Sadly, I managed to completely miss posting on the 31st itself, I did tweet… it just wasn’t writing. Here’s what I managed to turn out:
more “Twitterature: October 2017”
Some of you may know, I take a great pleasure from drawing and painting, but over the years its been relegated to being an infrequent hobby instead of the focus it was early on in my life. Every year Inktober rolls around, I gawp in awe at other people’s offerings wishing I could commit to creating on that schedule.
This year I took a stab at it. I started late, didn’t get very far and didn’t finish. But I tried. Some I’m proud of, some I’m not. The thing I took away from this year is that I really need to be better prepared, make space in which to create instead of just trying to do it in the middle of other work and try not to over-complicate things. Anyway, here are some of the pieces I managed to complete.
more “Inktober 2017 – A Start”
In August I challenged myself to post one piece of Twitterature up a week, inspired by friend and author Liss Macklin, her being the one who initially switched me on to the microfiction. Some of you may be asking “What on earth is ‘twitterature’?” well, Wikipedia calls it:
Twitterature (a portmanteau of Twitter and literature) is literary use of the microblogging service of Twitter. It includes various genres, including aphorisms, poetry and fiction written by individuals or collaboratively.
The 140-character maximum imposed by the medium provides a creative challenge.
more “Twitterature: A Challenge”
Recently I’ve been having more and more conversations about esports, part of this is because its wormed its way into the main-stream media, what with ‘traditional’ sports team owners getting involved, several million dollars to the quick, in establishing new esports team brands or investing in existing ones. Where ‘Big Money’ turns up, people pay attention.
Between League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Counter Strike ,they currently hold the major market-share of viewership, which is growing exponentially year-on-year. Blizzard now have their eyes on a piece of that action in a major way, attempting to harness the overwhelming commercial success of Overwatch and their existing esports infrastructure, pushing it to the next level. Last year they announced the Overwatch League, their attempt to convert esports to the NFL/NBA/NHL model, moving towards waged players and away from prize pools; but can it work? more “Can Overwatch work in esports and forge change?”
A little while ago, inspired to dig deeper by some incredibly interesting individuals on my twitter feed, I encountered some fantastic lists of book recommendations that highlight the talents of both women and POC that are creating some top-notch fantasy and science fiction offerings. These folks represent some of the most frequently overlooked, but most original and insightful, creators of our time; though if the more recent spell of Hugo Awards are anything to go by, things are very slowly changing to appreciate them more fully.
I’d like to list a few of my absolute personal favourites first, then I’ll let you sift through the wonderful and very comprehensive lists that have been complied elsewhere. Please join me in celebrating and supporting these wonderful authors. more “Women and POC in Fantasy and Science Fiction”
Last year fulfilled a dream for myself and my other half, we got to attend PAX West (Prime if you’re OG) for the first time after many years of pining to be among ‘our tribe’. This year we took a chance on taking that dream to the next level and submitted panels for this year’s show. The good news? We got accepted!
I’m thrilled to announce that myself and a spectacular panel of clever, talented and hilarious people will be bringing something something brand-spanking-new to PAX West, we like to call it:
The Improv Roleplayer’s Handbook more “PAX West 2017 – The Improv Roleplayer’s Handbook Panel”
Recently I had the very good fortune of spotting a Tweet asking for play-testers for a new tabletop RPG, written by someone who’s games I already greatly admired for their fun-to-effort ratio (high fun, low effort), I jumped at the chance to get involved and I absolutely didn’t regret it. more “Spire – Urban Fantasy Revolution RPG”
It just so happens that I have the very good fortune of being surrounded by friends who are, no word of a lie, bursting at the seams with talent. My friend group are a bunch of enviably creative bastards who’s success and genius I wish I could emulate, as such, sometimes the opportunity to be inspired by them and collaborate with them crops up and I’d be a fool to turn the chance down. more “Read This First: An Anthology By Accident”