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 […]

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 […]