Thursday Trenches – Coming up – Vixle

So, you may have heard that on Tuesday, the Kickstarter for Vixle launched. I thought I’d come up from the trenches and talk about it a bit.

To start with, Vixle is similar to Minecraft. Things are built with blocks. You can create whatever you can imagine. If you’re already a fan of Minecraft, you should definitely check it out. What makes Vixle really cool, is the coding aspect that Brian McBarron¬†added to it. Imagine building something in Minecraft, and then actually having it do that thing that you wanted. But redstone you say? That’s child’s play compared to this.

This is where I came in. Brian was inspired to learn to code by the Micro Adventure Books. Brian approached me to see if I would be interested in doing something similar for Vixle. Of course I loved the idea. And a short time later, Journey to Galaxy’s Edge was born.

So you are the character in the story and once you reach certain points throughout the story, you will switch over to Vixle and code your way through the adventure. Your ship was under attack and damaged. You must go into the computer systems and re-route power from non-essential functions in order to get the ship moving once more. What’s really cool about this is once you’ve fixed the code to make it all work, you can see the changes come to life in the game. So the engines will power up and other systems will go dark.

The thought that my stories might encourage kids to learn coding is very exciting! If this sounds like it might be your thing, I encourage you to swing by the Kickstarter.

-Keep Writing

Interview

Fellow writer and friend Dyane Forde posted an interview we did today on her blog. So if you’d like to see a bit more about what I’ve been up to lately, check out.

I also talk about the Kickstarter that is launching tomorrow at www.vixle.com. More to come tomorrow!

Status Update – 2014-06-12

So it’s been a little over a month since my last update. Life caught up to me for a while. Days slipped by with no writing. I think I needed to recharge the writing batteries a bit. I did pick up my reading for a bit, which was nice. And now I’m back on the writing full speed ahead. Fortunately, I was far enough ahead of my goals that I didn’t really fall too far behind. I just chipped away at the healthy lead I accumulated.

So I’m pleased things are moving back on track. The next few weeks/months may be a bit chaotic for me. I will have some exciting news for next week as well. In the meantime…

-Keep writing.