False Friends of Interactive Fiction

In lingustics, false friends are words in distinct languages that seem similar but have different meanings. [1] For example, if you’re learning Spanish as an English-speaker, you get an immediate vocabulary boost from words like elefante (elephant), universidad (university) and responsibilidad (responsibility). Then you run into embarazada which, to your chagrin, does not mean embarrassed […]

What is Interactive Fiction?

I’ve been writing a fair amount of interactive fiction lately, and I run into the problem that, when people ask what I’m working on, there’s no easy answer. Everybody knows what novels, short stories and screenplays are but interactive fiction defies easy characterization. “Sort of a digital Choose Your Own Adventure story,” is what I […]

How To Keep A Writer In Suspense

How to keep a writer in suspense? Short answer: accept their stuff for publication, then sit on it indefinitely. Long answer: (I deleted the long answer. It was starting to sound kinda whiny.) Suffice to say, I’ve written a bunch of stuff that is waiting to be published or otherwise made manifest. But forget that […]

2019 Year in Review

Last year feels like the year I finally hit my stride as a writer. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, particularly on the publishing/remuneration front, but I managed to bang out quite a few words on a mostly consistent schedule and even got paid for some of it. A huge part of that […]

What To Do With a Shitty First Draft

One of the reasons I write this blog dispensing unqualified [1] and unsolicited writing advice is that I’ve learned much more from my struggling peers than I have from successful writers, so I’m returning the favor. Learn from my pain! You should, of course, take everything my amateur self says with a healthy does of […]

London Theatre – III

Final installment of quick takes on London theatre shows. At last, the good stuff! [1] Matilda adapted by Dennis Kelly Another musical. Fortunately the songs are few and far between because, with one exception, they add little to the proceedings but some vocal and visual energy. The script is adapted from a short children’s novel […]

It’s Book-In-A-Month Season, Fellow Writers [1]

Yes, it’s National Novel Writing Month again. After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to take the plunge again, and just three days in I’m reminded of my love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo [2] and why I took a break in the first place. First the love. For all its flaws, NaNo is remarkable at getting beginning […]