“To say more, is to say less.”
― Harlan Ellison

Writing “Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc” for Orchid Games

October 20, 2015

Royal Trouble 2 from the amazing Polish developers Orchid Games is finally out! Let me know what you think about the writing. 🙂 Just married! Loreen and Nathaniel couldn’t be happier on their honeymoon when they decide to make a detour to the Merry Castle: rollercoasters, magic tents, and fun abound. But when the Merry Castle turns out…

Word Cowboy Goes to Slovakia

October 15, 2015

I’ve just returned from a trip to Slovakia, where I went for a Joe Satriani concert together with a good friend of mine. The concert was awesome, but this post isn’t about the concert itself, it’s about my impressions of the 1-day stay in the post-Soviet country. Post-Soviet is a good way to describe it. The architecture…

Dreams in Soft Focus

October 11, 2015

Dreams in Soft Focus by Maxim Salnikov I am thirty five years old. Two candle flames dance, reflected in Linda’s pupils. I brush her hair. “It’s all right, Jonas. You’re right. We needed the money.” She kisses me then, a long, slow kiss, her tongue tasting of summer flowers and hope, and puts her palms…

Writing Advice: Crit & Be Critted

October 5, 2015

As sure as that “the road to hell is paved with adverbs,” the internet is full of writing advice. These are quotes from famous writers, these are the articles telling you to use strong verbs and to get rid of “weasel” words like, “most, generally, kind of,” these are the self-righteous calls to “shut up…

The Art of Exploitation

September 29, 2015

The Art of Exploitation by Maxim Salnikov This is going to be easy. Give me the escape routes again, I think to my SmartGlasses. The minimap expands to show lines traced across the district. Here’s Beggar’s Alley. Then, the market, where I’ll disappear into the crowd. Finally, the metro. Too easy. I kill the map…

Learn to Play Hearts in Five Minutes

September 27, 2015

If you would’ve asked me yesterday if I know how to play Hearts, I would’ve asked you if it’s for the PC or the consoles. Today, I’m going to teach you how to play the card game in an article that shouldn’t take you longer than five minutes to read. Why, you might ask? Three…

Blade Over Heart

September 25, 2015

The Japanese kanji for Nin is drawn as a blade, raised over a heart. This may sound sinister, but that is a misconception. It represents, among other things, endurance and perseverance. The ninjas didn’t fight to win. They fought to survive. Or, so my ninja Master had taught me. Roughly eleven years ago, I was in my last years of high…