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Posts relating to Editing, Workshops, and the Writing/Publishing Business.

Episode 2 Animation

While animating this episode of my Diaspora campaign my focus was on learning a bit more about the Timelines feature from Tumult Hype. I’m pretty sure timelines will allow me to insert more interactive features. For example, in this sequence I’ve inserted a little “easter egg” in the final frame of each scene. Just a […]

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Episode One Animation

As part of my efforts to expand my storytelling expertise, I’ve been teaching myself some basic HTML5 animation techniques with a program called Tumult Hype. For now I’m using the simplest artwork possible so I can focus on the animation and storytelling techniques (so please excuse the stick people).

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Ridiculous Action Sequence

The following sequence was inspired by a session of the Feng Shui roleplaying game from several years ago. I was reminded of it when I was doing a first read-through of my newly arrived copy of Hollowpoint. I remain a fan of Robin Laws, but I think the guys at VCSA are taking both the […]

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Transmedia Ramblings

Do you remember the first time you saw the map montage used to show the long plane trip in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? That’s the kind of thing that gets me excited – seeing perfect new uses for a medium. For me, transmedia is about finding those perfect uses and […]

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New Tagline

When I first started my blog, the tagline was “Writer, Editor, Publishing Consultant”. It was a reflection of the things I do professionally, in approximately the order I wanted to prioritize them. Over the years, my actual duties for Gumboot Books and Live Your Dream Workshops meant writing was, in fact, a far distant third […]

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Transmedia Storytelling

Lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the emerging field of transmedia storytelling. In short, it’s about telling stories using whatever medium is best suited and then rolling all those media into a single, kick-ass product. Authors like JC Hutchins are at the forefront of this new movement, and companies like Push Pop […]

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Upcoming Workshops

In case anyone was wondering about my recent silence, it can be attributed to a trip to Mexico – trip highlights include getting married on January 3rd! We’re back to reality now, and Crystal and I will be doing a weekend of workshops in Parksville on February 5th and 6th. You can find more details […]

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Got There First

I originally stumbled onto this article via Penny Arcade this morning. Among my favorite sound bites: “… any kind of book distribution which provides free copies to people has always, throughout the history of publishing, eventually rebounded to the benefit of the author.” Now, the future of writing and publishing has been one of the […]

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It’s All In How You Look At It

or: A Lesson in Perspective I’ve been really busy with Gumboot Books and Live Your Dream stuff lately and I haven’t put much time into my novel. Crystal and I have been away at a craft fair on Vancouver Island for the last five days and I expected that trend to continue. However, on our […]

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Digital Content vs. Copyright (Part 1)

or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Kindle In talking to people at workshops and conventions, I’ve encountered a number of preconceptions regarding the publishing industry, digital content, copyright and the associated business models. I have a few strong opinions of my own and I’m curious about how people will react to […]

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