Interview #50!!!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve done fifty author interviews for the TBPL Off the Shelf!  Number fifty is with Donna VanLiere, just in time for Christmas.  I talk with her about building her wonderful characters, the appeal of small towns, and her favourite part of Christmas.  You can find the interview here!

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New Tears Maps!

Over the last week, I have created a few new maps for Tears of the King!  I’m pretty excited for them – I think they’re the first new maps in a year and a half.

First, here’s a brand new city (the Imperial City):

picture of imperial city

This map is loosely based off of the Kingdom of Pandora city in Secret of Mana in that it is built on a couple of islands.  Plus there will be a castle you can go into (you can see the base of the towers) in the top right of this map, again like the Kingdom of Pandora.  That similarity was due to the way I laid everything out (and because I didn’t want the castle to be physically in this map). The castle isn’t built yet, and neither are the insides of the houses.

The Imperial City should be the final city in the game.

Also here’s a dock, complete with a ship! (I had to buy extra tiles to make the ship happen).

picture of dock including giant ship

You reach the ship through either of the two paths in the right side of the Imperial City.

So what’s next?  I have some more maps to build (the castle, the insides of the city houses, and an island where the ship will eventually take you).  But I also need to go back over my notes and actually replay the game that I have made so far; it’s been so long that I only vaguely remember what still needs to happen.

There’s still a bunch of work that needs to be done, but I’m rather excited to see that the end (of map building anyway) is in sight! 🙂

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Autumn Update

I’ve been rather quiet on here since talking about refreshing my writing space  and submitting that short story (omg I forgot to mention – it was accepted!!!) The reason was that I was working on a big freelance project that came my way.  Once it was over, I had to deal with a couple of personal things (and honestly rest my brain!)  I read four books over the last week, which was great (I hadn’t read any fiction since early September); one of them, Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, was absolutely fantastic!

Today was a day spent catching up on email and whatnot.  I went through all the Duotrope emails I’ve ignored over the last few months, looking into a few more listings that sounded interesting.  I also signed up for my very first game jam, which will happen in mid-January.  I don’t have a team yet (as far as I know, I’m the only local person who has signed up so far); I figure I’ll just make a small game on RPG Maker or Twine if no one else signs up (since I do not have the coding know-how to make an engine or anything fancy like that).  I’m really excited though – I’ve always wanted to participate in one, and now there’s one being held locally (previously this particular game jam was held only in Sudbury – that’s not too far away, relatively speaking, but the time of year is so iffy with the weather).

So now I’m not quite sure what I want to be working on.  I have two RPG Maker projects on the go (both Tears of the King and Memories), so I wouldn’t mind working on one of those.  But I also wanted to write four polished short stories this year (and to date I’ve only written one).  With just over a month left of the year, it’s looking like I may have to sacrifice one in order to achieve the other.  So I’m going  to take some time to decide on what exactly I want to be working on through December.

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Interview #49

The forty-nineth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This time I interviewed Simon Rose about writing for younger audiences, his new series, Shadowzone, and capturing ghosts on film.  You can find the interview here!

 

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Interview #48

The forty-eighth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This is also the final interview with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Gary Barwin about repopulating existing texts, needle miners, and poetic forms writing us.  You can find the interview here!

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Interview #47

The forty-seventh author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This is also the second of three interviews with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Grace O’Connell about teaching creative writing, editing with Open Book, and writing about a hostage situation.  You can find the interview here!

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Interview #46

The forty-sixth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live a few days ago (I forgot to post about it on here).  This is also the first of three interviews with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Terry Fallis about his unique writing process, writing about feminist literature, and his circuitous route to writing.  You can find the interview here!

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