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88 Implementation Costs with Lars Doucet and James Cavin

We’re back talking with Lars Doucet and James Cavin, the owner and the head writer of Level Up Labs, creators of Defender’s Quest and Defender’s Quest II. We’re talking about telling story with games. I have an idea, but it’s going to take a month of … Continue reading

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Malignant artifact disposal

It’s a haunted mirror. Tried smashing it? It made me think I smashed it, but I killed my sister instead. Ouch, man. Should have come to us first. So this things psychic powers, do they work on film? Yeah, I … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Prince Marko and Maid Magdalena

Research a great thing, especially when it involves your wife’s grandmothers. My historical fantasy, Charming Lies, needed a Bulgarian folk-song for an important scene, and what better song than the one sung by Pavlina’s great grandmother during the wheat harvest? … Continue reading

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Interstellar Empire

“Alexander cried when he heard Anaxarchus talk about the infinite number of worlds in the universe…’There are so many worlds, and I have not yet conquered even one.’” —Plutarch’s”On Contentment of the Mind” Happy New Year and welcome back to … Continue reading

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Petrolea chapter 1

It was raining gasoline. Victor Toledo had his wipers on, but he little squeejee didn’t do much except smear the petrochemicals over the visor of his environment suit.   Visibility: 3 meters Outside temperature: -180 C Suit batteries: full O2 … Continue reading

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87 Writing for Games with Lars Doucet and James Cavin

Welcome back to the Kingdoms of Evil podcast! This week we’re talking with Lars Doucet and James Cavin, the owner and the head writer of Level Up Labs, creators of Defender’s Quest and Defender’s Quest II. We’re talking about writing for games. The gun … Continue reading

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Following up

Well that was one quickly resolved New Year’s resolution! Thanks to Melissa Walshe, author and publicist, I figured out a little more about how I’m doing on google analytics. First I go to (as Melissa told me) “the top right … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

Za mnogo godini, everyone. The Kingdoms of Evil Podcast, Language is Great!, and Wonderful Awful Ideas will be back starting January 12th. Until then, let’s make some resolutions for the coming year. I already talked about what worked and what … Continue reading

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Petrolea is DONE!

Petrolea is done! 56 pages and 25K words. A lot still needs to be done, but it will be ready for beta-readers very soon. Send me a message if you want to read this fun little novella about environmentalism and … Continue reading

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What I learned this Year

The holidays are upon us and I’m on vacation. The Kingdoms of Evil Podcast, Language is Great!, and Wonderful Awful Ideas will be back starting January 12th. To tide you over in the mean time, here’s What I Learned in … Continue reading

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