Author has written 8 stories for Halo, and Indiana Jones.
If I had to bring to a desert island just one of each of the following...
Game: Arma 2
My goodness that was hard.
Hey there. I'm a recently graduated BFA student, having majored in Creative Writing and minored in Film Studies. I am heading back to school in Fall 2014 for my Master's degree in Journalism. I got my start in writing on fanfiction.net back in 2005.
And he walked on down the hall...
Part II of Though Hell... is up. Part III should hit before the end of summer. Yeeaaaah.
End of an era...
Though Hell Should Bar The Way
“Driving right up that hill, Ted. Frontal assault with all my power, everything I own. Could get bloody. Probably will. It’ll be one long messy, bloody hike to the top, but it’s something Shield’s gotta do. Navy spook, LeFae, he’s here for a reason I don’t know. Observing, maybe. Well I pushed for the offensive, Ted. I told Mattis Shield would get the 906th on top of that hill. That promise needs to come true. Opportunities like this you have to seize, Ted. We won’t become the unit we want to be unless we show them what we can do first. You agree with me, don’t you? You agree this is our time—Shield’s time to be great. We’re a good fighting unit on paper, but we have to become more—we have to become legendary. That’s the mission, Ted. The real mission. Running outta time. It’s already ‘51—we don’t have much left to lose, you understand. A war like this, the men and women on the front wherever need to be able to hear about us and stand strong one more day—and one more after that—and believe like nothing else that The Highwayman is coming, though hell should bar the way.”
Newly formed 906th "The Highwayman" Brigade is tasked with finding a group of Helljumpers, lost somewhere in an unruly river valley. (War/drama)
It's a little experimental, but also very deliberate. It was something I tried to write in 2006 and has gone through so many incarnations it's completely different. This was supposed to be my Saving Private Ryan fic, or my Black Hawk Down fic, but over the years I've come to somewhat dislike those movies. Not totally in a snobbish, cineaste way, but it's the meaning and ideologies behind them that don't capture me the way they might have when I was in high school--when I was looking for war heroes and stories about bravery and sacrifice. The thematic elements I wanted to touch on in this story really came about after I spent some time reading through a number of Halo fanfics recently that I truly enjoyed but couldn't help but compare to SPR or BHD in their portrayals of war. They actually made me question our culture's romanticism of and obsession with honour, a hugely loaded term, and I lay on my bed and did some thinking. This story is my meandering response to those fics (and that word). It's about loss, but it's also about life, too.
Part II will be coming shortly.
Closer to a close...
The Forever Soldier
Full summary: Julian, the ineffectual heir to an industrial empire loses a reconstruction contract with the UNSC. Mere minutes away from blowing out his brains in an old hotel room, his mother-in-law Rachel shows up to take matters into her own hands. As a retired medical doctor with strong ties to Section III shadow ops, she’s overheard many rumours during her tenure—career ending rumours. She formulates a plan to save Julian’s partnership and take down their competitors by dredging up an illicit wartime deal, a potential info leak that has the power to sink a celebrated, international arms-giant and embarrass UNSC Naval Command.
Rachel has an asset waiting to be manoeuvred onto the game board, to make her plan a reality: proto-Spartan Brooklyn Fields awakes to a different world than the one she left behind fifteen years ago. She has her directives from the domineering Rachel that she is expected to carry out with her usual unfeeling, machine efficiency, and she quickly tracks down her target to an intimate coastal town situated on a Mediterranean island. Acquiring the mark, an off-the-grid ONI analyst named Seager who possesses evidence of the deal in question, should be a straightforward task for someone like Brooke. She's about to find out that her secluded post-war world is deadlier than any alien invasion. (Crime/drama)
Like a New Year's resolution, I always like to get something done before the year's end to constantly remind myself there's work I'm neglecting. And I always wanted to write a follow-up to my Spartan 000, or at least a more dramatically mature reboot, so this is fun. And to be clear, it's not at all necessary to read that old thing to understand The Forever Soldier. It's pretty loosely connected beyond names and vague, inconsequential references. I'm just really trying my best to keep things stripped down and acoustic in terms of a self-contained plot... more Winding-Refn than Syriana or Michael Clayton.
Have a look, and let's kick off 2014. See you soon.
2013 draws to a close...
And exciting things are happening. Even though I am swamped with writing projects, I am compelled to return to the wonderful world of fanfic for a couple more hurrahs. First, I am still looking forward to collaborating with my pal Electromotive Force (the project just needs a kick in the pants and hopefully the stars will soon align--wink), and second, having pretty much wrapped up at 320k words my original fiction with revisions upon revisions to come, I'm venturing into a new fanfic project that I've found myself losing a bit of sleep over recently. It was an idea that just came to me while I showered a few nights ago.
I put together a working plot summary literally a few minutes prior to writing this useless teaser update, and I'm confident that once an outline with solid act structure is plotted out, everything will fall into place. I'm keeping myself in check this time... at novella length, the story isn't overambitious (to my relief) and I'm returning to the world that drew me to fanfiction in the first place so let's see if I can't turn a few heads.
More later, so stay safe and have a good one.
I'm running out of miracles...
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