Writing For Ears-Only

Sneak Peek of The Fakist S2 03.

Hands down, audio scripts are my favorite format to write. They’re generally short and pose the challenge of telling a story without visual cues — a welcome restriction that eliminates the tedium of writing scene descriptions. They’re pure dialogue punched up by sound effects that evoke the mood. I’ve written audio drama scripts, radio commercials, and most recently a contribution to a comedy show.

After voicing the character Grace Huberstafforford during season one of The Fakist, I was invited to be a guest writer. In the third episode of the new season, Grace stumbles upon an insidious conspiracy originating from a surprising source. This was my first opportunity to write for Grace as well as voice her.

Grace’s bio states she is “ready to tackle the hard stories that other fake news outlets won’t touch.” Make sure to subscribe to The Fakist on your favorite podcast app to keep up with Grace’s adventures. Season 2 is due to debut very shortly!

It’s A Trap!

Almost two years ago, I told you about Trapslyvania, a project to be published by Goodman Games. The book was delayed for many valid reasons but is now in the final layout stage. I was excited to receive the pages of my submission in all their final “typeset” glory in my email yesterday. This was timely, because I was struggling for a February topic to post here.

My contribution for the book was written in the fall of 2015, so reading it again was like remembering a weird dream. It was so fun to relive the little adventure I wrote that I wanted to share two sneak peeks with you. Above, you’ve seen a small piece of the grand artwork by Steven S. Crompton. And below, here’s an excerpt from the story.

Watch for a Kickstarter from Goodman Games to bring this project out of the caverns and into the light. I will announce further news on Trapsylvania here at this blog.

Stop! Look! Listen!

Merry Christmas to all my Twitch viewers, book readers, and audiobook listeners! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday. Gifts are not a big part of my holiday experience, but here’s wishing that you received many treasures this month.

Year’s end is a time for reflection. I was unable to meet all my creative goals in 2017, but that’s okay. This past year felt like I was moving my pieces around a war game board to set up for a future attack. The time I did have free was dedicated mainly to my broadcasts on Twitch. They’re what I enjoy most at the moment and I hope that you will stop by, say hello, and become a follower. (On Twitch I go by the name TalkingTowhee – towhees are the birds shown in the Christmas card above!)

But there are newsworthy items I wanted to let you know about as 2017 draws to a close. First, STOP by Drivethrurpg.com .

Traps Bazaar, one of my gaming projects from way back in 1994 is available again as a digital download. Can your dungeon party survive this collection of devious traps specially curated by Grimtooth the troll and young Grimtina? I think not!

Next, take a LOOK at what’s coming in January at MarsCon in Williamsburg, VA. Here’s a sneak peek at the table of contents for Go Ahead and Howl, the werewolf anthology to benefit the Heritage Humane Society. Weather permitting, I will be at the convention on Saturday, January 13 for a signing, so look for me at the Dreampunk Press table.

Lastly, have a LISTEN to this interesting interview with my City of the Gods Universe creative partner Steve Crompton on The Susan Harmon Hour. Steve talks about the City of the Gods, mythology and more. You can hear this free at Soundcloud.com. Skip to the 31:37 mark to jump right to Steve’s interview.

I wish you all the best for 2018. My next update will come in late January with a look at what’s on the horizon for Spring.

Winter Workload

I’m barely getting my monthly post up for November. It has been an insanely busy month with personal and creative things vying for my time. December and January promise more of the same. However, I do have a brand new sneak peek at City of the Gods: Ambassador for you. I deleted anything that could be a spoiler, so look on with no worries!


Any guesses on whom Shiva and Tara are looking for?

Sneak Peek: Mania Series Book 2

Squeaky readers get the sneaks! I’ve been hearing from a good number of you that you’re more than ready to discover what happens to Gaius, Argus, and their companions. At the end of Mother of Ghosts, we left them under threat of deadly violence at the reclaimed temple of a horrific goddess. Over the last few weeks, I’ve finished plotting out the next volume in the series, entitled A Fall of Green Peaches. Without giving too much away, I can tell you some of the overall themes in book two and reveal a few key plot points.

  1. You’ll discover what the goddess wants these men to do in her service.
  2. Argus and the others will try clever means to free themselves.
  3. Their families back in Rome will face new problems stemming from the mysterious disappearance of Gaius and company.
  4. The story will examine whether reunions are always for the best, and whether the enemy can ever truly be understood.

I hope to announce the release date for this book in November. Stay tuned and stay scared!

Ever Used a Sanborn Map For Gaming?

What do I love more than writing about fictional places? Creating maps and background resource material for them to be used in role playing games! Today is “Free RPG Day” at many gaming stores. I’m late to the party, but you won’t find any Utopea materials in stores at this time anyway. To get your hands on those, you need to subscribe to my newsletter.

I’m happy to give you a sneak peek at a piece of the Utopea role playing supplement that will be available in the future. I have been working on a Sanborn Map of the village of Utopea. Sanborn Maps are historical documents that depicted the structures in American cities and towns to assess fire insurance liability. They detailed every building, the material it was made of, and its use. They are invaluable for historians and genealogists and are just plain fun to study. While a hidden mountain hamlet like Utopea would in reality never have had a Sanborn Map made for it, I decided to imitate the Sanborn style in the maps I am creating for this project. They really have that turn-of-the-twentieth-century look to them that fits Utopea perfectly. All the colors and markings reveal interesting details about the buildings.

What you see here is just a small piece of the map. More of it will be revealed in future “Wynn’s Window” newsletters. Did you sign up yet?