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The Best Of E3 For A Casual Gamer

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This post will be updated daily until E3 is over.

I’m what you would probably call a casual gamer. I play games a lot, and I have been playing them as long as I can remember. I started with the Super Nintendo in the 1990s and currently own 6+ consoles. But I’d still consider myself a casual gamer, mostly because I don’t game daily, or even weekly.

Instead I have what I call “video game phases” where I get utterly obsessed with video games. I’m in the middle of one now -- I am playing Nier Automata for the first time and I just got the first ending. Actually, I’d say that this is my favorite game I’ve played… ever.

But unlike hardcore gamers, every announcement at E3 doesn’t mean something to me. I often have to look up games that are being referenced during other announcements. But I absolutely love games, and so I want to share the news and announcements I’m most excited about, as a kind-of-casual-gamer.

Fallout 76

I am not a big fan of shooting games, but I love the Fallout series. The third game has easily been my favorite. As you may imagine, I was pumped to hear an unexpected announcement about a new Fallout game.

It’s a prequel to all the other games and it’s going to be huge (and man, Fallout games are already huge). You play as some of the first people to leave the vaults to enter the wasteland. GAH!

But the game is online. You can play solo, but I just hate online multiplayer games. I’m really, quite bad at video games, so my lack of skills being displayed to the public makes me unhappy. I’m just glad it’s not only a PC game since I certainly don’t have a computer that can handle a Fallout title.

Oh and it comes out IN NOVEMBER!

Elder Scrolls 6

All we know is that it exists, but yay, it exists!

Starfield

It’s a new franchise by Bethesda (yay) and it looks like it will take place in space (yay). It’s going to be single player, thank goodness. The graphics look beautiful. I’m hoping there will be a lot of planet exploring, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Cyberpunk 2077

So, this game looks extremely cool. The graphics look beautiful, and the game looks really interesting, but I am a bit hesitant because it is being developed by some of the staff that created The Witcher 3. People loved that game, but I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll have to play a demo or rent this one before I buy it, to make sure it’s worth me dropping a bunch of money on.

Sea Of Solitude

This game from EA looks like it’s going to be completely beautiful and heartbreaking. The story focuses on a woman who is so sad and lonely that she is turned into a monster. The trailer looks really interesting. The game looks somewhat surreal and I’m loving the style. It comes out in 2019 and I really wanna pick it up.

 

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

I’ve talked about the Life is Strange series before and so hearing that a new game by the same developers caught my attention.

And then, it was announced the choices you make in this short, free game will have a direct impact on Life is Strange 2. The data from this standalone game will transfer to the Life is Strange sequel once it has been released.

It’s giving us a look at the world of Life is Strange 2, the new powers that will be in the game, and the world outside of Arcadia Bay. Who knows what hints we’ll find for the next game in this demo? I’m so excited!

Ghost of Tsushima

I love Japan, I love beautiful graphics, and this game has both. I also absolutely love sword fighting in games so it’s nice to see here. The game is absolutely gorgeous, so I am excited to try it when it comes out.

Sable

The art for this game looks very interesting, but not much has been revealed about it except that you play as a wanderer on a foreign planet. I love games like this, so I need to update my computer situation before this title drops.

Why I Want People To Write Fanfiction About My Books

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Before I began to focus more on my own original work, I was an avid fanfiction writer. I’ve published hundreds of stories on fanfiction.net and AO3. I wondered when I began to work on original content if I would get offended by fanfiction like some authors do, and the answer is a huge, resounding, no. I love fanfiction as much as ever, and hope that someday others will be writing fanfiction about my work.

There’s many reasons why, but first I want to say that for authors who do not like seeing others write stories using their characters, I get it. It is easy to get protective of the characters and worlds we create. But for me personally, I would much prefer others write about and enjoy my characters just as much as I have. And here’s why:

  • My characters are not only my own, and neither are my settings. They say that it is impossible to write something 100% original, and I agree. Writers get inspired by all sorts of things, including characters from other series and people in their lives. I created the characters, sure, but I only wrote about a small part of those character’s lives. If I’m not going to write more about them, why shouldn’t others?

  • I want to see how others interpret my characters. Of course, I had a specific idea in mind and I hope to convey that idea when I write, but what people see in that character will vary based on their experiences.

  • I want to see how my characters will react to the various scenarios fanfiction authors put them in. When you’re writing a novel you have tons of ability to be creative, but the structure of a story can be very limiting in ways fanfiction is not. Fanfiction allows scenarios that are not relevant to the main plot to play out, and those scenarios are always very entertaining.

  • Coffeeshop AUs. Bakery AUs. High school AUs. Vampire AUs. I love AUs. They’re so incredibly fun, and by the very nature of what a novel is (AKA the original universe), nothing I write for my story will ever be an AU.

  • Fanfiction is a huge part of fandom, and fandom brings so many people together. I’ve met some of my best friends because of fandom. I met my wife because of fandom. I started attending conventions because of fandom. I want to encourage fandom. I want my work to be something that can help people grow closer as a community.

  • Fanfiction is what got me writing regularly, first small one shots, and eventually long AUs. I majored in English in college, and knew I wanted to major in it in high school because of fanfiction. Fanfiction makes writing more accessible to people.

  • Fanfiction often explores side characters and their backstories. When I’m writing I can’t go into the backstories of every character. Sometimes I don’t even have intricate backstories for some of them. This medium allows these other characters to shine. Come on...Matt from Death Note anyone? No one would remember him without fanfiction!

  • Unlike traditional media such as novels and TV, fanfiction can stray into many different genres, even within the same story. A death scene can be rewritten to become funny, character deaths can be explained away, and crossovers between different fandoms can happen whether they make sense or not. Potterlock guys, I’m just saying.

  • Did I mention I literally met my wife because we both wrote Death Note fanfiction on fanfiction.net?

  • I hate it when you finish an amazing book, video game, or movie, and that’s just...it. There’s nothing else to enjoy because the story is complete. But you can always get around that with fanfiction.

  • Fanfiction writers are kind of badasses. Before we had websites to post fanfiction to, Star Trek fans were putting fanfiction in zines and mailing it to people, or selling it at conventions. Someone in my NaNoWriMo writing group has told us stories about writing to people to request fanfiction. Fans are intense and I love it!

 

Do you love fanfiction? Do you hate it? What was your first series that you read fanfiction for? And I’m always looking for Johnlock recs so please give me some if you have any.

FanFact - My New NaNo Project

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I’ve been hard at work editing Seeking Utopia, the first novel in a three part series about a girl who discovers the cracks throughout the world can lead to other dimensions. It’s a huge project and I absolutely love my story and characters. Because I hope to start to query agents with this manuscript in the next few months, I had planned to work on a Death Note fanfiction for NaNo this year.

But then, I was struck hard by an original story idea. I thought of the title before I’d even figured out the base of the plot.

I call it FanFact.

I intended this novel to have a very basic premises, which is that a fangirl in love with a book series finds her way into the world. While there she runs into the two main characters, Liam and Blane, characters she ships as a couple. This would result in a lot of humor and awkward interactions as these characters discover that first off, they are characters, and second off, that a lot of people want them to be together romantically.

This idea quickly grew, however. For my main character to be obsessed with a series, I had to create the series. I began with some very basic world building, which grew into pages of small details that I knew would never be in the main story. I’ve always wanted to write some sort of novel involving magic, but I had always felt too self-conscious to. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I didn’t want that to bleed into my own work.

But my magical world was very different. The schooling system was much different, the type of magic was different, and the people were different. And after all this world building just writing a story about a girl interacting with characters seemed mundane.

So now, FanFact is a novel about my main character delving into this “fiction” world, meeting these characters, and becoming part of the plot of the book series itself. I don’t want to give too much away as I am only 11,000 words into the story, but I am loving the main plot as well.

And don’t worry, I am keeping the gay boys as a sub-plot! I’d never get rid of shipping, haha.

Something I really want to do with this book is address the topic of queer-baiting. Obviously I can’t discuss it head on, but characters in books and media are often written with these hints of romance that never come to pass, leading to tons of fanfiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love fanfiction. I’ve written hundreds of stories. Queer-baiting as an issue is complicated for me, because in some ways I enjoy it and in some ways I hate it. Maybe I’ll do a whole post on that topic another day. But either way, it is a topic I’d like to play with, and my lovely gay wizards are a great way to do that.

In recent years, media about fans of media has become a bit more prevalent, but it is far from mainstream. I’ve been a huge nerd my entire life, so why not write about it? Growing up who didn’t dream of getting their letter to Hogwarts, or discovering that their favorite fictional world was real? I think most huge fans have, and that’s who this book is dedicated to. To every fan that has dreamed of living the lives their favorite characters lead.