Meanwhile, Over at Industrial Toys, They’re Talking About Story in Video Games

Here’s a brand new video about the making of the Morning Star, the video game I’m working on. This video is focused on the story and script, both of which, as I’m sure you know by now, I’ve had involvement with. There’s even a bit of me in the video. I know, try to contain your excitement.

18 Years

From an actual conversation this morning, on the occasion of today being our anniversary.

Krissy: Eighteen years, baby. That’s a lot.

Me: Yes. Our marriage is now old enough to vote.

Krissy: But not drink.

Me: Well, not legally. As if that would stop our marriage.

That’s right. Our marriage is a reckless teenager, crossing the threshold to adulthood! You can’t tell it what to do anymore! You’re not the boss of it! It’s going to get its own apartment with some friends and party all night if it wants to! You can’t stop it! So there. And yes, it plans to go to college, one day. But right now it’s planning a year to hike around Europe and Asia. What do you mean with what money? It has a job as assistant manager at Cinnabon! What do you mean that if it gets its own apartment it won’t have money for Europe? Look, you just don’t get it, do you. Stop trying to control its destiny! It would argue more with you, but it has to get to the airport and open the store. Those Cinnabites won’t glaze themselves.

Our marriage, man. It is awesome.

(Note: it really is.)


The Results of the Carl Brandon Society Pledge Matching

The Carl Brandon Society has released a statement on donations made on June 13th and 14th, which you may read here. The short version of it is that on those days, the society received:

* Over $8,200 for its general fund;

* Over $5,000 for its Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship;

* Over $3,600 for the Con or Bust initiative (which I did not pledge match for here, but which I wholeheartedly support, so, w00t!).

So, all told, around $16,900 raised for the Carl Brandon Society and the programs it supports in a couple of days. Those donations will now go to help an organization whose mission is “to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.” It’s a good goal, and (obviously) one I support.

Thanks to everyone who donated on the 13th and 14th. And if you didn’t donate on those days, but still want to, then of course you still can, and should.