And so begins the continuation of my Up, Down, Left, Right series.
A confession: I’m incredibly busy. Confession: I haven’t written a single page of Tears In Rain in a month. Another confession: I’m not sure I can finish it in time for the end of the year.
Good news though.
I’m taking part in my first NaNoWriMo this year and I will finish my first novel, even if it kills me. I have a schedule planned out, characters and story all fleshed up and a good chance that I’ll probably release it for free or something. I’m not sure yet, I am going to be incredibly busy in November anyway with AS level Mock Exams, a talk with Carol Ann Duffy (poet laureate), Tears In Rain and now Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Three.
That’s right, 2011 isn’t home to just one volume of my video-game writing series but two. Volume Three will release simultaneously on PDF, Kindle and ePub editions and whatever else you want me to shove it into. It’s going to be beautiful and probably come about around say… EXACTLY Christmas day? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then that’s the 25th December. That’s when you’ll be able to get your hands on this delicious piece of… actually the shortest volume of (probably) the whole lot. Given both my busy nature and the actual nature of the volume’s topic.
Video-game journalism. The long disputed topic of the gaming industry, the vehicle to the promised land of artistic expressionism and recognition. It’s full of score inflation, advertising dictating the content, rampant destruction of lives, a distinct lack of care and empathy for non-gamers among many other flaws. I will be investigating, through my own experience and research, into the heart of how not to elevate a medium and the direct opposite. These two topic outlines will bookend a very distinct section, one unique to this very volume, that of guests.
Video-game journalism is full of all manner of topics, perspectives and the research I’d have to undertake in order to write on everything this topic demands would take years. Instead, I’m bringing in a few guest writers from academics to Swedish folk to game developers in a bid to beef up the book big stylee. Some of these guests will pull out, understandable, but expect a very special section designed to fulfil more than just my perspective. It might end up being the best section of all time too, given it’s removed from my incessant and poor writing.
So that’s happening.
Tears In Rain will happen. I give you my word. Whether that’s November 2011, December 2011 or January 2012… I give you my word this project shall reach completion.
In other book news, I shall be taking part in National Novel Writing Month this year. It’ll be my first time writing 50,000 words in one month all in the bid to become a ‘Winner’. We’ll see whether or not I’ll put it up for free or something.
I think that’s it.
Cheers and ❤