Game Writing and Editing

I write and edit both for video-game companies and for my own games.

I contributed to the dialog and backstory for two heroes in Dota2, a Valve game.  One of them is Medusa; her dialog is here:

You can click on the “play” button to the left of each line to hear the dialog performed by Jen Taylor, with some lovely and eerie post-processing.

And here’s Medusa’s backstory:

I also edited most of the dialog for Halo 4 while I was working at 343 Industries.

Fiction

I’ve been a professional fantasy and science fiction author for many years.

Game Development

In 2011, I created a short, 3D action-adventure game called Grand Invasion: A Full-Scale Assault, as a portfolio piece to showcase my writing. I used Blender for 3D modeling and animation, and the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) for level design. You can see a short video preview (and, if you like, download the game) here:

I’m now working on my second game, which is currently wreathed in mystery.

Video Games

I write for, edit for, and develop video games.

That Dolphin Thing

I have a Master’s degree in Comparative Cognition, which was based in the dolphin language research I did at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Not only have I trained dolphins, but I have trained dolphin trainers.

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Me with my friend Elele, at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory.

Technical Writing and Editing

My technical writing samples:

Valve’s Source Filmmaker:

Epic’s Unreal Engine 4:

 

Regarding technical editing, I edited the documentation for Microsoft Expression Studio versions 2, 3, and 4.  I also edited some content for Microsoft Response Point and Microsoft Surface 2.0.

 

Publications

My fiction publications to date:

  • My short story “Harpbreak” won second prize in the Writers of the Future contest and hit print in L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Writers of the Future, Volume XI. It garnered me my first Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
  • My fantasy poem “Heat” was published in Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, an erotic fantasy anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, and won my second Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. It’s out in both trade and mass market paperback editions.
  • My short story “The Sea Hag” was published in Silver Birch, Blood Moon, an anthology of retold fairy tales also edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.”The Sea Hag” is retelling of “The Little Mermaid” from a different point of view.
  • Il Etait Une Fée is a French anthology containing a translation of “The Sea Hag” called “La Sorciére de la Mer,” published by Editions de l’Oxymore.
  • My science fiction novelet “A Deeper Rest” was published in the January 2002 issue of Analog.
  • My fantasy novelet “The Good Doctor” hit the newsstands in the February 2005 issue of Realms of Fantasy.
  • My short story “Far From the Tree” appeared in the Daw anthology Children of Magic. I’m working on a fantasy trilogy set in the same world.
  • My short story, “Delilah’s Dames in Nomadsland,” appeared in the anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy.
  • My short story, “Foster,” appeared in the October/November 2006 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
  • My short story, “The Astronaut,” appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Vol. 5.

Fiction samples

Samples of my (published) short fiction:

  • Fantasy: The Sea Hag, originally published in Silver Birch, Blood Moon.
  • Science fiction: A Deeper Rest, originally published in Analog.
  • Horror: The Good Doctor, originally published in Realms of Fantasy.

Game Reviews

My video game reviews: