I got a wonderful little email from the folks at NCSoft last night. If you remember, I wrote up an origin story for a superhero I created to play in their City of Heroes mmorpg. One of the ways NCSoft promotes the community for CoH is to accept fiction written by fans set in the CoH universe. If the “editors” like it, they’ll post it on the game’s website, or include it in the back of the monthly comic they produce. I rewrote Jumpstar’s story so it read like a newspaper article, trimmed a couple hundred words so it met their word count limit and sent it off.
Well, they liked it and it’s going to appear in the final issue of the City of Heroes comic book (#20). Ironically, I had deleted Jumpstar because the concept no longer appealed to me. The screenshots I had sent to accompany the story weren’t high enough in resolution and they asked for some more. So I recreated him last night and snapped some quick screenies.
I don’t subscribe to the comic book, and they haven’t been updating the PDF version they post online, so I asked for a copy to be mailed. It’s too bad the CoH novel line was discontinued. NCSoft doesn’t pay for accepted material, but at least I can qualify for membership in Fan Fiction Writers Anonymous now.
A couple months back, I got a request to read a sample of my work from one of the guys in the writing group I’m part of at Forward Motion. I had a short story that I was working on and was going to post for critique in our private forum, but tabled it when I was asked to write something for Realms of the Dragons II.
Over the weekend, I was talking with Sean M. and he mentioned he was applying for a job at BioWare. That reminded me of when I had applied for a position there as a designer back when Neverwinter Nights was in the late stages of development. One of the requirements was to send in a sample of writing. I didn’t keep a copy of it, but I remembered posting it to TrickyBuddha’s Creative Stylings forum, hoping to get comments before I sent it in.
After doing some minor edits, I’ve decided to post it here for your reading pleasure. I’m breaking it up into three parts because of it’s length, so it’ll run tomorrow through Thursday. Some of you have already seen it (along with other things I’ve written), and some of you may have read the various Writer’s Challenges I posted on the old WotC FR Novels forums, so you’re already familiar with my style. For those who haven’t, this can serve as a preview of what to expect with Maiden of Pain. And because it contains someone else’s copyrighted material, it’s merely fanfic and therefore not something I could sell, so I have no qualms about publishing it electronically.