My name is Chris, and I’m a multitasker.

August 27, 2014 Personal, Writing Comments (5) 346

Yesterday I began a quest to stop multitasking.

Now, normally I look down my nose at this kind of self-help “life coaching” nonsense, so let me explain.

Have you heard about Ingress yet? It’s a massive multiplayer game developed by Google for your smartphone. As a player, you use your phone to claim territory for your team, but to do so you have to physically walk around the real world and interact with your smartphone near landmarks and works of public art. It’s a neat concept, a kind of cross between geocaching and RISK, and has the bonus of forcing the player to exercise.

The problem is that in the seven days I played Ingress, it took over all of my outdoor time. Any time I was on the move, whether commuting to work, going to a movie with my girlfriend, or just out for a stroll, I was staring at my phone and looking for the next Ingress portal to hack. At home, I would get alert notifications from the game–someone was attacking one of my portals! Time to recharge my resonators! Continue Reading

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If They Were Black, Episode One: Abe Lincoln

August 21, 2014 Artwork, Comics, In The News, Politics / Religion Comments (0) 116

I doubt this needs much explanation. Correct me if I’m wrong.

 

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#PitchWars 2014: What’s the Deal with Mentee Bios?

August 5, 2014 Writing Comments (2) 231

Hi! If you’re reading this you’re probably considering competing in PitchWars 2014, so good for you and good luck!

In 2013, a few of us (meaning like almost 80 of us) did this totally unofficial blog-hop for mentee bios, which people seemed to enjoy–so of course we’re bringing it back this year.  If you’d care to join, it’s fun and easy. Here are some answers to questions you might be asking. Continue Reading

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#PitchWars 2014: My Mentee Bio

August 3, 2014 Writing Comments (16) 464

CKBW[UPDATE: There’s a full list of this year’s mentee bios over at Dannie Morin’s site.] 

It’s been less than a year since my first Pitch Wars, but the contest is back and so am I, with a new novel and a new blog bio. Last year’s bio is still up if you’d like to read it–it includes both a snarky Joe Biden and my very favorite GIF of all time, Taylor Lautner’s sassy left hand. Being that this is my second year, and my second bio, I went Google-surfing in search of inspiration…

…and landed on the contestant survey for The Bachelor (Girl Questionnaire). Which, two things: (1) Yes, that’s really what they call it, and (2) it’s surprisingly boring.

As a proud member of the LGBT community, it seems only appropriate that I respond to the Girl Questionnaire, with select modifications to make it appropriate for a would-be Pitch Wars mentee.

Have you ever applied for the show before? If so, when?

I entered Pitch Wars in November 2013 with an adult sci-fi novel, Andromedan Sons. I didn’t come away with a mentor, but I got some awesome feedback from the mentors I queried, and even from one I didn’t [I won’t name anyone without permission]. I’m planning a revision of the book, but had to put that on the back burner while I wrote this year’s book:

Tsar Bomb is an adult thriller about a detective tracking a serial killer while carrying on a love affair with a ghost who may have been one of his victims. It’s complete, it’s a little over 80,000 words long, and you’ll get to know more if you’re one of my four chosen mentees–or if the concept sounds enticing and you tweet me. I’m always happy to talk about my book. Continue Reading

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