Journal

Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 and Other Stories

September 1, 2020

Finally got around to trying the Yakuza games, because Steam was selling a bundle (Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2) for $90. The game makes me miss visiting Japan: particularly Tokyo and Osaka, where the 2 stories are set. It’s been fun moving Kiryu and Majima around, getting them to go to soba …

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Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima and other stories

August 1, 2020

This game blew me away. Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. It’s a visual feast with three separate biomes, changeable weather, gorgeous scenery that gives you a whole ‘nother level of immersion. It’s so beautiful that for me it forgives some of the game’s little flaws. Though yes, …

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achar and other stories

Achar and Other Stories

July 2, 2020

Was floored to hear that my short story submission to Avatars.Inc, Life in Achar, was the winning Community Choice story! You can read it [ here ], and I hope you like it. It’s about two of my favourite things: conservation and food. Avatars.Inc sent me a ton of swag as prizes, still stunned at …

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This Year is Getting Worse

June 3, 2020

SOME THINGS TO READ Amy McQuire | We Must Bear Witness to Black Deaths in Our Own Country Ibram X. Kendi | The American Nightmare | The Atlantic James Baldwin | How to Cool It | Esquire Jamil Smith | American Plague | Rolling Stone Nadia Latif and Leila Latif | We Know What it …

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Book Events and Other Stories

May 1, 2020

#SixBooksSixPeople! I’ve talked about these books briefly over on Twitter, but they need more love: David B. Berman | Do Good Design: I first heard David speak when I was volunteering for the agIdeas design conference in Melbourne, and it was a revelation: he talked about the importance of accessible design. Some of his comments …

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Cradle and Grave Book Birthday Bibliography

Book Birthday! And Other Stories

April 6, 2020

Writing Supervisor Russ commands you to try Cradle and Grave. Naow. It’s a book birthday! My new dystopian SF&F novella, CRADLE AND GRAVE, has been released into the wilds, along with Leigh Harlen’s QUEENS OF NOISE. You can pick them up (here) if you haven’t. Read them if they’re your kind of thing: if you …

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chicken soup

Chicken Soup for the Reading Soul

March 20, 2020

The previous post might have been a little grim. Leading up to the home stretch for CRADLE AND GRAVE’s kickstarter (which you can still support here), I’ve been considering a list of nonfiction articles to write that might be relevant to my novella, but I think everyone’s looking for a bit of breathing space right …

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writing the apocalypse

So You’re Writing the Apocalypse (During An Apocalypse)

March 19, 2020

Well, this year sure escalated quickly. A long, long time ago in November 2014 (I feel like I’ve aged a million years since 2014), I took a third crack at writing an original book-length story for Nanowrimo. It didn’t get far, because my completion record for Nanowrimo tends to be quite hit and miss at …

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Book Kickstarters And Other Stories

February 29, 2020

I have a new book out this year with Neon Hemlock! It’s a post-apocalypse mutagenic city survival-horror adventure, a Fallout Weird Western. Writing it was a lot of fun โ€“ this is one of my favourite genres โ€“ and the publishing process so far has been a blast. I’ve got a couple of Twitter panels …

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The Apocalypse and Other Stories

February 5, 2020

That was the view from my window one morning earlier in January, in Melbourne, Australia. Air levels overnight were the most hazardous in the world. The air’s improved in the city for now, but some outer areas are still registering poor air quality, and despite the abrupt drop in news coverage โ€“ even local news …

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