Not for the first time, I got it in my head that I would write a novel. Not only that, but I would take it a step further and share story details and journal my writing experiences as I wrote. In this way, I hoped to attract readers of the genre as well as aspiring writers and to create an online following that would help when it came time to find a publisher for the young adult, sci-fi story.
To that end, I created what I call a story site using the WordPress platform. As I developed characters, worlds, and plot details, I added them to appropriate sections of the site. These notes served as a story bible, helping me keep my ideas organized, and it also served as an early preview for readers.
The story notes, in addition to regular blog updates and writing progress bars, allowed the world to follow the creation of the Virt World story. Well, that is until I realized once again that writing a novel is extremely difficult and, perhaps, not something I’m quite ready for yet. The story site sits stagnant at this point, though I am still proud of what I did achieve and hope to return to finish it some day.
The story, as mentioned, is a young adult, sci-fi story. Here’s the blurb:
Virtual Reality technology has nearly replaced the snooze-fest that is the real world. Millions of people now spend most of their lives plugged into Virt, a series of virtual worlds in which they play, work, socialize, and otherwise ignore reality.
While gearing up for the biggest Virt adventure of the year, one gamer discovers that his gaming partner is actually playing against her will for the profit of others. In a world that’s all about keeping your head in the sand, he must decide what’s more important: winning gaming immortality or teaming up to save a fellow gamer.
The Story Site
I designed the site itself as well as all the graphics. The polygonal design aesthetic was intended to evoke the sci-fi virtual reality feel of the story. I even made a new headshot of myself in the polygon style.