Here on Doing In The Wizard we’re eternal cheerleaders for the burgeoning story exploration genre. Despite that, none of our sprawling network of critics have played the original walking simulator, Dear Esther.
I have, however, played The Chinese Room’s follow up Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and thoroughly enjoyed its atmosphere and smart writing. Now they’re back with the long-gestating Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, a PS4 exclusive that feels like an attempt to make a bigger, more ambitious sequel to genre codifier Gone Home. They’ve both got “Gone” in the title and everything! INDIE DEV COLLUSION.
You might be surprised to hear this, but I’ve never been to a convention of any kind. Yes, despite my well known appreciation for the Nerd identity and every single one of the myriad fandoms it encompasses, I have yet to earn my credentials by spending time in a huge room full of sweaty people.
I’m only joking. OR AM I? Yeah, I am.
On Sunday I went to Dublin Comic-Con. It’s not quite as big as San Diego Comic-Con (by which I mean you could probably fit the entirety of the convention into the San Diego bathrooms), but since it was my first ever convention I still found the whole experience quite dazzling.
Let’s just get to the end of this thing.
(You should all know that I considered writing a version of “Be My Guest” using this post’s title as the chorus, but I decided that was too much time to devote to a stupid idea even for me)
Hey everyone! A million years ago I foolishly asked if people wanted to beta read my book before it was finished, which turned into a flaming trainwreck. Well now I have another book that’s completely and totally finished, and if you want to you can read it all right now!
I’m going to be sending it out to agents, and before that happens I need to know how blinded by my own hubris I am. If you want to be the one to tell me that, send me an email at email@example.com requesting a copy.
The book (which is currently lacking a title) is aimed at a middle-grade audience and is roughly 66,000 words long. As before, I don’t want anyone who volunteers to feel pressured to give in-depth feedback, or any feedback at all. Once you receive the book I won’t contact you again unless you reach out to me first.