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On 09/29/14, with the help of Minister Las Vegas Gene Simmons, I married the woman of my dreams after a three years together in a wild rock & roll themed wedding in Henderson, NV. I met her in a writing seminar back in 2011 and we've been inseparable since. Doesn't she look like a cross between Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn?
In other news, I've gotten into photography last year. I haven't posted much on NG since they don't allow photography in their art, so you can catch that on my Deviantart page. I haven't messed with Flash much lately, but I'd like to get back into it. I also haven't given up on my novel, but I've had nother commitments lately.
It's been a while, Newgrounds. I haven't actively been on here in a long time, but I've occasionally poked my head in to see what's up. For those wondering, I'm still working on the Ideal Soldier (formerly Uniwar) novel, though it's slipped to the backburner. I've gotten a new DSLR camera (Canon T3i) and have been learning to master that as well as any DSLR features in Photoshop. I got some stuff on my Deviantart profile for those interested. I also looked back and was surprised and saddened at the NG users who have been reported as having passed away over the years.
I've signed up for Adobe Creative Cloud and I recommend anyone who uses Adobe products to sign up. As a student, you get all the Adobe applications from the Master Suite for $30 a month or $50 for non students which is much easier to swallow than $2,500 for the Master Suite. Good to see Adobe is making their software much more affordable. Given Adobe's turnaround time for a new version every 2 years, you end up paying way less for their stuff. I don't know how sales have been so far, but I can imagine piracy of their programs taking a swan-dive. I also plan to get back into Flash games in due time as well. I've been away from it for so long that there's so much to relearn with AS3. I like that tweening has been made more like Director's tweening in some ways (speaking of which, I'm surprised that hasn't been brought into the Creative Suite/Cloud).
I replayed the Combat Instinct trilogy and rewatched some of my oldschool Portal favs to get me inspired. I really love what NG has become. I would have loved a project system like this when I was a kid and I'm hoping the 14 year olds getting into Flash like I was are eating it up. They even have a personal ad system for people looking to team up (ie. artist seeking programmer and musician, etc). I'm extremely happy for Tom Fulp and his friends/family for what they've put together on this site over the years. This site truly has changed my creative life for the better. I hope to see familiar faces stop in and new ones alike.
It's been a month since I've finished it, but I've forgotten to share my information on my first draft of my novel (I number my drafts starting at zero so there's a rough before this). It came out to 105,225 words, (right in the ballpark I was aiming for) a 37% increase in word count over rough draft. Page count is now 534, also a 37% increase over the rough draft's 390 pages. My only disappointment was that it took a year to finish editing the first go-around. I'll be on vacation in the coming week, so even though it's called a vacation, I'm REALLY going to buckle down and this book will be my 9-5 job during it. Here's to hoping I won't go nuts. The stack is much beefier than it looked a year ago. Check back in my previous posts to see the slimmer rough draft.
It may be a game called Uniwar, but it has nothing to do with me or my Flash work. It looks cool though and I'd probably buy it if I had an iPhone. Future Uniwar related work by myself will be under the title The Ideal Soldier.
It's real funny, I used to (kinda) own that domain back in junior year of High School. I say kinda because it was through that one company that gave a domain to you for free for a year, and when your year was up, they squatted it and held it for ransom. I guess these guys paid it.
It's been years since I had a website online and now the series formerly known as Uniwar has been given a new home! The very few of you who still remember the old iterations of the site will be very surprised at what you find. It's no Flash, no pictures of characters, and pretty no nonsense. Anything Uniwar related is nonexistant since the main purpose of it is promotion of the book I'm working on. I will also say the site isn't entirely about me either. The forum offered I hope will become a hotbed of activity for aspiring sci-fi authors to throw ideas around and get the word out about their books in progress as well. Old Uniwar fans are more than welcome to come by and reminisce in the off topic forum. I'm curious how big of a crowd on NG fits into the aspiring writer category.
For those interested, it's www.idealsoldier.com
And on a completely unrelated note, if you haven't already, go find a theater carrying it and watch Let the Right One In.
I dare say it just might top The Dark Knight as my favorite movie of the year.
I figure I'd drop in to give you guys an update on the progress of the novel editing progress. I'm going a little slower than I wanted, but I'm happy with what I've done so far. A month and a half later, I'm pretty satisfied with chapters 1-9 (which I call "part 1") and here's what was accomplished besides grammatical corrections:
Chapter count of "part 1" has grown from 8 to 9 chapters.
Page count has grown from 43 to 59 pages (double spaced).
Word count has grown from 7,959 to 11,102 (39% more words than the rough draft).
I was thinking of throwing a sample out there to some test readers so let me know if you're interested. I'm more or less interested in people who read quite a few science fiction books or have been in the military. Meanwhile, I'm going to set up some sort of system on my website for access to the test reads. Please only apply if you're serious about this and are willing to give elaborate feedback other than "that was cool!" or "this sucks ass".
Also, if anyone is interested in writing themselves, I'd love to know. Maybe I can point you in the right direction.
That's right, after nine months of work, I've reached the halfway point in the new Uniwar project, so here's what it is: a novel.
I know it's sort of odd taking a concept originally used in a Flash game and turning it into a lengthy dramatic book, but trust me, I made it work and it's going to be one hell of a ride. Some of you might be underwhelmed at the idea of a Uniwar novel, but think about it. When you walk into a bookstore, all you see on the new release shelves for sci-fi is Star Wars/Trek expanded universe books, Halo novels, and the latest Honorverse book (which is already three years old). It's an uphill battle, but sci-fi needs a new champion (had FOX cared, Firefly could have been it).
The rough draft for the book entitled is 76,229 words long, 63 chapters, and 390 pages double spaced (photo of the stack below). My target length for the final draft is 105,000 words. I plan to begin the editing process in 30-60 days. The target audience is both males and females 15-30 years old.
Let me clear up the name confusion first. The Uniwar name is being dropped and the series is being renamed Ideal Soldier which was the original subtitle for Uniwar. For familiarity's sake, I will keep referring to it as "the Uniwar book" until it is released. If you're wondering what an Athena Project is, then I've already accomplished what I wanted with the title.
The big question I'm sure all the big readers are wondering is "Will it be published through a mainstream publisher (Penguin, Harper Collins, Bantam, etc.) or through a print on demand company (Xlibris, Lulu, Publish America)?" If you will be paying for this, I want to assure you that my book is of paramount quality and easily available. Mainstream publication delivers both of those. Print on demand companies will not get my books into brick and mortar stores, pay me a respectable advance, refuse publication if it sucks, or copy edit them. I plan to query agents this fall to represent me. If nobody wants it by the end of 2009, this book will simply not see the light of day.
Another big question is going to be "can I test read it?" If needed, I'll put out a call for test readers upon completion, but it's very unlikely.
I'm sure the other big question will be "Will I be giving copies to Tom Fulp to give away as Portal Award prizes etc.?" The answer is you bet I will, but that's getting ahead of the game as I need to get published first.
Onto storyline. Even though the Flash games didn't have much of a story to begin with, forget what you already know. In a nutshell, the story is about the exploits of two opposing soldiers in a future war 1,000 years from now who are at odds with each other throughout the story. A third wild-card character comes into play in the end. In this tale, there are no "good guys" or "bad guys". A vaguely similar, yet more detailed retelling of Uniwar Levels 1 and 2 are present about two thirds through the book. The concepts behind Level 3 and The Lost Civilization are also there, but have been drastically changed. There's a great cast of characters, many with tragic and shocking tales which I'm sure you'll enjoy. Wish me luck on the editing process. It's going to be an interesting ride for the rest of the year.
I leave you now with a photograph of the rough draft.
I know it's been a while...
I know it's going to suck to read this...
...and many of you old school NG users have seen this coming, but I've put any future Uniwar/Ideal Soldier related Flash work on hold until further notice. I've begun a different Uniwar/Ideal Soldier related non-Flash project since August 2007 and I'm currently about a sixth of the way finished. When I'm half way through it (estimated June/July 2008), I'll let the cat out of the bag and reveal what it is. Until then, wish me luck!
Hey all. I'd like to give a shout out to Tom Fulp and the rest of the NG crew for the fabulous job they did on the new layout. There's definitely some bugs right now (or maybe its that NG has been offline for a day and it's getting slammed now), but that's to be expected. I'm just absolutely thrilled with all the new features. I'd also like to take the chance to promote my new submission to the portal, a trailer for my 11 minute long short film featured in the Phoenix Film Festival entitled "Four Minutes". I hope it gets your appetite going for the final movie, hitting the portal 07-31-07.