Although this new website is very bare bones right now, it has been a while in the making. Behind the scenes I’ve been gearing up to get started on this new project, for a raft of different reasons.
Whether you are coming here knowing my work from Jamo Games, or finding it on its own merits, I thought that I would give some background, as ever trying to be as honest as I can.
Firstly, I’ve always loved telling stories. A story is always the basis for the games that I make, the artwork that I create, and now the stories that I’m writing. I have always found great pleasure in writing, but I’ve never tried to take it seriously or written work that I feel has been worth other people reading. Part of this website is dedicated to this new goal, writing stories that people want to read.
I have two completed short stories right now that I am attempting to get published by one of the various publications for short horror fiction. Succeed or fail, the end point will be two original stories for you to read.
The other half to this new endeavor is the new ‘Living Novel’ system that I am working on. The basic idea here is a novel that changes as you read. Obviously this instantly brings to mind the ‘choose your own adventure’ style books, which are great, but very different to what I am working on. Much of the text will be procedural in nature, generated in reaction to your choices.
The overall idea is to keep the feel of reading a novel (minimal menus, non invasive artwork), but make sure that everyone has a unique experience where they feel they are in control. It isn’t something that I have seen done before, and my first few tests are promising.
Over the next week or so I will try to introduce the Living Novel idea more clearly, show some early designs and my plan for the system. Hopefully, I will also have some short stories to share.
I have a plan in the back of my mind to set up a ‘vault’. A protected store of short stories that are freely accessible to people who enjoy my work. There is nothing concrete here just yet, but if you want to be the first to know, then please subscribe to the mailing list below.