Archive for the ‘folklore’ Category

Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner

4/26/22

Recently, I wrote a short story called “It’s Hard To Be A Food Critic Who’s Also A Sin-Eater!”

It was published in an anthology called Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, which is out now!

The book was edited by Jessica Augustsson and published by the folks at JayHenge Publishing.

As you might be able to tell from the title, “It’s Hard to Be…” is about a food critic who’s also a sin-eater. The story is written as a restaurant review.

Hope you enjoy it!

Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner is a collection of food-related sci-fi and speculative fiction.

Here’s how Jessica describes the book:

“My grandpa had a drive-in diner in Rupert, Idaho in the 60s called Chuck’s In-and-Out. It was well known and all the kids went there. My aunt served the burgers (sans roller-skates—Grandma put a stop to that notion!) and Grandma made the best french fry sauce in the galaxy. Grandpa taught me that food, from the production to the preparation to the partaking, could be a simple personal pleasure or a means of bringing groups together in a shared meal. From growing produce in a magical garden, to serving up an exotic burger in an interstellar mall, join us in the delightful, delectable, and sometimes dismal flavors of these speculative fiction food stories!”

Find out more HERE.

Never Seen Before Lodestar Lore!

4/4/22

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wrote the scripts for a mobile game called eQuoo: The Next Generation: Lodestar. The game is available now on Google Play and the iOs App Store.

Each story in eQuoo: TNG takes place in a different historical era. When you play the game, you jump from century to century thanks to a portable time travel device called the Dial. And your mentor and guide in the game is a mysterious woman named Joy, who’s a member of the Lodestars, the secret order of time-jumping adventurers whose ranks you join when you first enter the game.

But who is Joy, really? What’s her origin story? And what’s the origin story behind the Dial? When was it first created? Who invented it?

Recently, I wrote a blog post for the eQuoo website which answers all of those questions. It’s titled “Lodestar Lore: The Story Behind eQuoo,” and you can check it out HERE.

Written as a letter from Joy to one of her fellow Lodestars, the “Lodestar Lore” blog post is a small slice of in-world fiction.

Hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and one more thing: the “Lodestar Lore” blog post and THIS blog post you’re currently reading were both illustrated by the game’s super-talented lead artist, Celia Rodriguez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie’s Colorforms City – “Charlie and Little Bo Peep”

11/30/21

Last year, I wrote an episode of the Netflix animated preschool series Charlie’s Colorforms City called “Charlie and Little Bo Peep.” The episode is one of the “Classic Tales with a Twist” eps, which launched TODAY!

Here’s the official synopsis of “Charlie and Little Bo Peep”:

“Animal detective Charlie is on the case! He disguises himself and goes undercover to help Little Bo Peep solve the mystery of her missing sheep.”

As you may be able to tell from that logline, this episode combines two of my writerly obsessions, fairy tales and detective stories. I had a great time penning the script for this episode, and I think the finished product looks spectacular. (But then again, I’m a bit biased.)

 

Time-traveling Socks and Neurotic Centaurs

9/22/21

Recently, I wrote a short story called “Previously On ‘Time Sock: The Sock That Travels Through Time.’” It was published in the August 2021 issue of Defenestration, a literary magazine dedicated to humor. “Previously On ‘Time Sock’…” is a story that parodies some of the more ridiculous, convoluted science fiction-themed TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, especially shows that were produced by Glen Larson (e.g. Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Knight Rider). But “Previously On ‘Time Sock’…” isn’t a parody of a specific show; just the type of science fiction TV show that used to be quite common on television, 40 or 50 years ago. 

Here are some other short stories and humor pieces I’ve written during the last few months:

I wrote a story for The Daily Drunk called “If You Act Now…”

And I wrote a list for Points in Case. It’s called “Other Things That Were Considered Evidence of Witchcraft in 17th Century Salem.”

Last but definitely not least, I wrote a piece for Weekly Humorist called “Thanks To The Pandemic, Nobody Cares That I’m A Centaur.”

 

 

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