Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Update On Bloodwing

Hi, there! I've just uploaded another chapter in the story of Mychal Bloodwing. Read it free on Wattpad. And please leave a comment on the chapters you've read. Thank you!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Series: Bloodwing

I am developing a science fiction/fantasy series called BLOODWING. So far, I have posted several short chapters on the free story site Wattpad.

 I would appreciate any feedback you might have—if you would be so kind, please post your comments on Wattpad.

Thanks, guys. I will be posting new chapters every few days until this novella is finished.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


The "Original Sin City Sampler" has been ranking in Amazon's Top 10 of the Mystery Best Seller Free list for the last two days! It's been as high as #4 on the Noir list!

There's just one day late to this giveaway!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Starting today, October 23rd and through October 25th, samples of our hard boiled crime fiction ebook novels are available on Amazon for FREE!

"Original Sin City 20,000 Word Sampler" contains the first 9 chapters of our Barry Award Nominated novel "Little Mexico" and the first 3 chapters of its sequel "In the Name of the Father." 

We hope that if you enjoy having a taste of our storytelling, you will buy the complete novels. Only $3.99 each.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


I am hundreds of miles away from my home in Kentucky, working at an animation studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is the job that is paying most of our bills. For the past 14 months, I have been working away from home for stretches of six weeks at a time.

This separation from Cathie puts a damper on our daily collaboration. No matter how much time we spend on the phone or Skype, it's not the same as being next to a warm body. We work best when we are together in one room, bouncing ideas off each other...challenging one another...and then, kissing and making up.

Fortunately, we are at the stage on our present writing project where I concentrate on the basic structure of the story. Our Original Sin City novels each have a basic historical event, theme, and major plot through which multiple character story arcs are woven. This enables us to present a textured reading experience.

In essence, our novels are multiple novellas that are interwoven.

For the past week, I've been pulling together the first novella's three act structure. I'll use this structure for all the novellas. It enables us to control the pacing of the novel's overall story arc.

This is exactly how I plan my animation—I plant guideposts to hit. I then time my actions and create my individual drawings/words/sentences.

In both cases, I give the characters (drawn and verbally created) room to organically grow. Hopefully, the result will surprise the audience with the reality of the world we've created.

Check out our 3 Act Structure Outline.

Act One
Setup: Location/Relationships
1) What character wants/goals:
a) Start in the middle of struggle
b) Emotional need/want: hate, love, jealousy, respect from others
c) Physical need/want: hunger for sex, money, food, shelter

2) What's in the way:
a) Other person(s)
b) Self--lack of talent, knowledge, common sense, impatience, arrogance, self delusion
c) Confrontation

Act Two
3) Tries to overcome obstacles
a) Initiates personal actions towards goal(s)
b) Family members attempt to thwart success--ratchets up the negative feelings--feeds the desire for revenge
c) Outside opportunity from 3rd party appears
d) Tries to grab for it

Act Three
4) Climax
a) Confrontation between all involved
5) Resolution: Success/Failure
Points to future conflicts (both external and external)

For those who want to see how we interweave several story arcs, check out our "Original Sin City Sampler". Only $0.99 on Amazon.  

Friday, October 11, 2013


We reached #1 on Amazon's Free Best Sellers List of Noir novels, and #28 on the Free Hardboiled novels!

The giveaway is over, but the price of the sampler is only $.99! (We would make it permanently free, but Amazon wouldn't allow us to so at this time.)

We produced this large sampler because we didn't feel what Amazon is providing gives potential readers enough to judge before making a purchase.

Check it out and tell us what you think.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Woke up this morning to find our Original Sin City Sampler is ranking at #2 on Amazon's Noir Free List and #29 on Hardboiled Free List!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


It's 17 hours into the 2-day long Amazon giveaway and the "Original Sin City 20,000 Word Sampler" has hit #3 on Amazon's Noir List and #38 on the Hardboiled Mystery List!

Great! Please pass the word around and tell your friends about this free offer! Our novels are very cinematic in content!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


From Today, October 9th to October 10, ebook samples of my wife and my hard boiled crime fiction novels are available on Amazon for FREE!

"Original Sin City 20,000 Word Sampler" contains the first 9 chapters of our Barry Award Nominated novel "Little Mexico" and the first 3 chapters of its sequel "In the Name of the Father." 

We hope that if you enjoy having a taste of our storytelling, you will buy the complete novels. Only $3.99 each.

Friday, October 4, 2013


For those who are interesting writing for animation, check out my other blog that I write with my wife Cathie: Original Sin City. We are beginning a series of posts on writing mysteries and crime fiction novels. Those posts are informative regarding writing for animation as well.

The link to this first post is:

The second one follows a couple of posts later. See you there!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Blog and Older Website

I've started a new blog that focuses on my crime fiction writing (http://cathiejohnc.blogspot.com/). As some of you may already know, I've written five crime fiction novels with my wife Cathie (www.cathiejohn.com).

In that new blog I'll be focusing on the process of creating stories, which is very much an integral (but very neglected) element of animated film-making.

Please give them both a visit. And if you like what you see, pass the word on to others.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thoughts On Developing Educational Mobile Game #1

To me, one of the most important elements of a successful educational game for preschoolers is the ability to capture their attention. One way to do this is to have characters who show appealing personalities. The younger the child, the bigger the language barrier is to communicating the character's personality. Thus, I'm using pantomime to convey personality in the game play actions.

The preschool player should be entertained by the way the character performs the actions chosen.

I'm also planning a variety of ways each character can do a specific action, so that the player won't become quickly bored with the actions they are controlling. I want various versions of the actions be programmed to come up in random order, so that it'll be a surprise to the player which one appears. It'll be like the character has made it's own decision how to perform the action.

Various Bear Actions Across The Screen

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Educational Mobile Game

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted. For one reason or another, I haven't had much new to add to what I've already said in previous posts. Now I do!

I'm starting my educational mobile game project for preschoolers and I'd like to post my progress as I develop it.

Here's the logo for the game: