Friday, 15 August 2014

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 13



In the thirteenth episode of MegaWestgarth's By The Victors I talk about novel length, the importance of routine and my upcoming bout of novel editing.

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 13

(Direct Download)





MegaWestgarth's By The Victors is a solo podcast project put together by me, Michael Westgarth. It's a short, ten minute podcast on the subject of creative writing from the perspective of an unpublished creative writing author. Previous episodes can be found at the bottom of this page.
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MegaWestgarth's By The Victors theme, "square and enjoy", by Goto80. Used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International.

Monday, 11 August 2014

About My Novel: Soci of Metro





"Soci of Metro" is the title of the novel I've been frantically writing for the last few weeks and the topic of the more recent episodes of MegaWestgarth's By The Victors. I actually revealed the title on my Tumblr a little while ago, but I've been reluctant to write anything more lengthy about it here on my main blog.

It's funny that I've become so used to flaunting my videogame related writings, yet the idea of openly discussing my novel scares the hell out of me. I spent several months planning it, re-planning it and writing briefs of all characters and all scenes. Now that I've been actually writing the thing I'm amazed to find I'm up to a rate of roughly 1,500-2,000 words a day, with a total of over 20,000 words so far.

So what's there to be afraid of?

In all honesty, I'm not entirely sure why I find my novel so hard to discuss. I even find it difficult to tell people, including my own family, that I'm spending a significant amount of time and energy to write a novel. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that so very many people try and fail to even complete a first draft. I'm terrified of people thinking I'm destined to become one of the millions of failed writers out there, and I'm terrified of proving them right.

Anywho, my name is Michael Westgarth and I'm writing a novel called Soci of Metro. You can have a look at my first draft's daily word count in the sidebar on the right. Now go away leave me to type in my stuffy dungeon.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Strategy Informer: Skymap's Bacon Man





The following is an excerpt from my recently published Strategy Informer article titled "Kickstarter Profile: Skymap's Bacon Man".

It's not so much Bacon Man's weird and wonderful world that surprised me, but just how far development for the game has already come. An alpha build already exists, with a playable demo and other impressive gameplay footage being shown off at various conventions – all prior to the Bacon Man Kickstarter, which asks for $20,000.

Almost as interesting as the current version of Bacon Man is the games transition from a purely 2D, pixel art based game to a 3D sidescroller. The game's Kickstarter video specifically mentions a previous, 2D incarnation of Bacon Man which was dropped in favour of more contemporary 3D graphics. However the reason for the move away from retro aesthetics isn't explained.

Read "Kickstarter Profile: Skymap's Bacon Man" in full over at Strategy InformerMore information on Bacon Man can be found on the game's Kickstarter page.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sonic Fans Do Not Read This Must See Article Hastag YOLO





The following message is perhaps the most serious of the 300+ blog posts I've published thus far, and it concerns the fate of the entire world as we know it.

As is known to all, there is a civil war raging between two immensely powerful factions of the globally recognised and feared cult known simply as "The Sonic Fanbase". No one knows from where these righteous warriors appeared, or what the ending of the civil war will bring, but each member of each faction selflessly gives their lives to fight the good fight.

One side wishes for the freedom to wander the wastelands in search of their promised land, "Sonic Adventure 3". The other side recognises the plights of the former, but insist that all Sonic fans look to the the past, in order to see the future, and wish for a "classic Sonic 3D action game".

But those who stand on the outside, observing, spectating, speculating, these individuals feel the incessant need to ridicule the trials and tribulations of the oppressed Sonic fanbase. With this in mind, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most heinous piece of writing I have ever laid eyes on, by the most despicable author to ever walk the earth.

Please, if you're a Sonic fan, whatever you do, don't read this article:

Top 10 Worst Sonic Characters REDUX

Saturday, 26 July 2014

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 12




In the twelfth episode of MegaWestgarth's By The Victors I talk about self publishing, a growth in confidence and Soci of Metro.

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 12

(Direct Download)





MegaWestgarth's By The Victors is a solo podcast project put together by me, Michael Westgarth. It's a short, ten minute podcast on the subject of creative writing from the perspective of an unpublished creative writing author. Previous episodes can be found at the bottom of this page.
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MegaWestgarth's By The Victors theme, "square and enjoy", by Goto80. Used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International.