So, 2016. That was some year, huh?
For me, it was very much a period of transition, of re-evaluating what and why I want to write. I made an effort to branch out. I pushed to get involved in a wider variety of projects, seeking opportunities beyond that of my typical fare. Some of these proved fruitful, while others unfortunately did not. Yet all offered their own lessons. The experience gained is something I prize dearly, and will no doubt carry with me in the years to come.
I released two new short stories, Hellsinkie and Gurifin’s Gift. The latter took me almost six months to complete. At the time, I was beating myself up over how long it was taking to get done. It was only once I had finished that I decided to check the word count. I was interested in comparing it to that of my novella, King. Much to my delight, Gurifin was a mere 3,000 words shorter. The six months it had taken to finish suddenly paled in comparison to the year and half that I had spent on King. On top of that, Gurifin’s Gift is the first piece I’ve produced that I can honestly say I’m proud of. I genuinely love this story and consider it a firm step forward in my progress as a writer.
2016 also marked my entry into the exciting realm of video game writing. I provided the English translation for Devil Eater, a 2D side-scrolling shooter made by the talented folks over at Load Complete. Doing so brought me into contact with Team Bulosodeuk, a small independent development studio who invited me to come on board as the scenario writer for their next major release. While our project still remains in its early stages, I’m looking forward to sharing much more about it in the coming year.
Speaking of 2017, the first big thing that I have coming down the pipe is a burlesque show called Heart-Core. Yes, I wrote a burlesque show. Strange, I know. I’m still kind of wrapping my head around the idea myself. The burlesque events here in Seoul have only grown more ambitious over time. I was honoured to be asked by Starlight Productions to provide the script for their next show. It’s a very different kind of challenge for me, but it’s one that fulfils a long harboured desire to contribute in a more meaningful way to the performance scene within the community. They are going to be holding auditions for the production next weekend, so if you are at all interested in getting involved I strongly recommend following the link below and signing up to try out.
If I have one personal goal for 2017, it’s to refine my writing practices into a more time effective process. Juggling a variety of different projects is no small feat, so it’s more important than ever that when I set aside time to write, I damn well better be getting stuff done. Here’s to a little less social media and whole lot more hard work.
Thanks for reading, thanks for the support. A happy new year to all!