The Shadow pulps had the best art
They really did.
Edmonton Expo for a couple panels this weekend and U of A’s AUTHORPALOOZA next Friday. Come by, say hi, and tell me I sent you!
First, this Friday afternoon, there’s Gaming Storytelling with superstar author/editor Dave Gross, m’writing colleague at Beamdog, Amber Scott, and award-winning podcaster Scott Bourgeois, whose name I’m absolutely certain I just misspelled (sorry, Scott.)
Room: Room 107
What lessons can writers learn from rolling a few d20s? And what elements of writing can apply to running a great role-playing game? Roll up your answers here!
Then on Saturday Dave and I will discuss the ups, downs, and way, way downs of
WRITING FOR LICENSED PROPERTIES
Room: Room 107
From Star Wars to the Forgotten Realms, big franchises include tie-in novels, comics, and games. This panel of tie-in writers discuss the challenges and opportunities of writing shared-world stories.
Then, a scant six days later on Friday October 3, I’ll be taking part in the University of Alberta’s first AUTHORPALOOZA, the brainchild of UofA’s newest Writer in Residence, Minister Faust. I’ll be there with musician Maria Dunn, poet Ahmed Knowmadic, and mystery writer & historian Wayne Arthurson.
Exciting times! I’m exhausted just reading this post. Time for a nap, I think. It’s always time for a nap.
This Abandoned Traffic Jam Has Been Sitting Here For 70 Years And It’s Stunning. (x)
Right in the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, is a graveyard of abandoned and beautiful rusty cars. These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. It’s not known how they managed to acquire these beauties in the middle of the war. When World War II ended, all military troops were sent back to the US, but the cost of having all those cars shipped was way too expensive. The ranking officers decided to leave all the cars in Belgium. The cars were driven up a hill, one by one, nicely parked and somehow hidden from the outside world.
Once back home in the US, the soldiers who wanted to retrieve their car had to take personal responsibility for all costs of the shipping. Not a single car was retrieved.
At one point there were four car graveyards around Chatillon, and as many as 500 vehicles. Only one remain today. Over time, corrosion and decay have worn down the vehicles and what little remained were stolen by the locals and car collectors.
Today fellow Beamdog writer Amber Scott (@biggmommascott on twitter, she’s got a tumblr but I can’t remember how to link stuff right now) and I were tasked with coming up with some potential storylines for an even more potential game down the line.
We both worked independently, then combined everything into a shared document. In doing so, it became very clear that 1) we had very different approaches, 2) Amber knows what she’s doing, and 3) Me, not so much.
Amber: “…so then, after defeating Hulrag the orc chieftain on the day of his son Hulrag-Et’s wedding, the adventurers make their way to the city of Bronssheim. There, they track the villainous Krellik down to apartment 12b, 1356 Warriors Way, the site of the legendary half-dwarf mage Mallolly the Munificent final confrontation with her nemesis the Twilight Wyrm in 1073, which led to the Days of Glory (1073-1087). In apartment 12b, the heroes learn that they must seek all three pieces of the Brimstone Gem of the demon Kariss, in the Giantsteeth Mountains…”
Me: “Zombie myconids might be cool.”
Hey! I wouldn’t normally post something like this but…. These guys need some help! This is wordsworth books in YYC (Calgary).
They’ve been trying to close for quite some time and only have about ten days left.
They are literally still filled to the rafters in some rooms with books and can’t find ways to get rid of them!
Lots may end up getting thrown out if they can’t get sold.
Currently EVERYTHING is 70% off and starting today is TWENTY pocket books for five dollars!
They don’t know how to get the word out through social media, so I’m giving them a little hand by posting about it on every form of social media I have because currently they just have tiny signs in the window.
Its located at 1040 8th Ave SW.
Its a minute walk from west kerby station and pretty much right behind Lord Nelsons pub.
THEY DO NOT HAVE DEBIT because they’re a little behind in the times, BUT lord nelsons has an ATM and so does the convenience store by the train station.
GO BUY BOOKS.
They have a really cool section of 1st editions and books in great shape from the early 1900’s, it would be very sad if these were lost forever!
Checked in today!
As many paperback books as you can fit in a white garbage bag (store supplied) for $10!
He still has two back rooms to move into the main rooms and every shelf is still pretty packed!
He’s got about eight days left now and probably 40k books or so.
More books are coming from the back room daily so no matter what you’ll still find something.