Chrono Trigger’s Wind Scene

(I need a break from Pitch Wars revisions.)

Ah, Wind Scene. Also known as the overworld music from 600 AD in Chrono Trigger. And for me, the most nostalgic song of the entire game. Yes, even the main theme song. Even Schala’s theme.

Check out my most recent favorite rendition by Malcolm Robinson:

It makes me go like this:

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Hand-to-chest, tears-in-eyes.

I love this song so much I need to write an essay about it.

Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games. It was the game that inspired me to write when I first played it all those years ago. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the sprite artwork… siiiiiigh. Although it’s now over twenty years old, I still think it’s practically a perfect game. I even played finished it again just a few weeks ago. On New Game Plus. Within three days. Because NG+ OP AF.

For those of you who’ve never played Chrono Trigger, go play it!!

Anyway, Wind Scene. Allow me to offer some backstory.

In Chrono Trigger, you play as a young man named Crono, who’s excited for the Millennial Fair. He’s to meet his best friend, Lucca, an inventor (and honestly, one of my earliest fictional role models). At the fair, he bumps into a cute young lady who calls herself Marle, and she asks him to show her around.

However, once they reach Lucca’s invention, Marle’s pendant reacts to the machine and sends her off into a wormhole. Oh no! Heroic-yet-silent Crono offers to go after her. He finds himself in a strangely familiar land, where…this song plays. Wind Scene.

Now, little me was SPELLBOUND.

When you play as the silent protagonist, you’re just as confused as he is. As familiar as the surroundings are, no one knows about this “Millennial Fair,” an evil sorcerer is terrorizing the land, and all you want is to find the pretty blond girl and go back home. Then you find out that your best friend sent you 400 years into the past! And Wind Scene is perfect at capturing that feeling. The wonder of wandering your hometown in the past! Not knowing how you got there! Having to ask for help in pubs with a bunch of scary drunk people, all by yourself! The mystery of Marle’s heritage! And of course, saving the world by traveling to various timelines to protect the future, and you aren’t even aware of this yet.

Listening to Wind Scene and having all that nostalgia flood back to me is the most amazing feeling, and I wish I could pass on this fluttery feeling of love. But nostalgia develops in a certain time and place. For those of you who hadn’t grown up with Chrono Trigger, all I can do is share my words, a powerful song, and urge you to play it, yourself.

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(Go play Chrono Trigger! The DS version is available from GameStop, Walmart, and eBay, among other places.)

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Seeking Beta Readers – The House with Two Faces

The House with Two Faces is nearing its final edits before I send it off to agents, BUT I’d like some feedback and more polish 😉 So hello beta readers!

I’ve narrated and uploaded videos of me narrating the first three chapters, which I hope is enough to entice readers and literary agents into reading more.  Check ’em out below and let me know if you’d like to read ’em!

(I’ve actually already received and implemented feedback, so the samples I’ll send out won’t be exactly the same as what’s below.)

Read Chapter One on Wattpad

Read Chapter Two on Wattpad

Read Chapter Three on Wattpad

The Last Winter Moon Teaser – Cruel Cold

The fourth audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Last Winter Moon!  With Elissa Park as Dreana and Steven Kelly as Jayse!

When Elissa told me that she’d read the script, she said, “Do they go on a drug trip…?”

Though this one starts off somber, I like the overall tranquil feel of being stranded in the middle of a snowy forest.  I like the dreamlike way it trails off at the end.  All the sparkles and the whoosh.  It’s also how Part One ends.

It was nice finally getting to work with Elissa voicing a Dreana that wasn’t totally bitchy or seductive.  This is a sincere, vulnerable part of Dreana that’s absent for far too long, and I think it’s really nice seeing both Jayse and Michelle–both of whom for the most part distrusted or even hated Dreana–finally deciding, that through their journey together, she is trustworthy after all.

…and then she has to go and drug them both.  With their permission, of course 😉

So when Steven sniffs the air, I told him, “Can you just, like, sniff for a second.”  And he did so, and then laughed, “Years of Shakespeare have led me to this moment!”

Also thought it was insanely funny when he grunts ’cause Jayse rolls out of his hammock.  “Yeah, his whole body just kinda like…plop.”  Pfft.  I dunno.

Anyway, check out their links in the description and stuff 🙂

The Last Winter Moon Teaser – Magical Cheese Soup!

The third audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Last Winter Moon!  With John Archer as Gediyon, and walla by Laila Berzins, Jasmine Carbonell, Derek Crawley, Kellen Goff, Paul Im, Cody Johnson, Kyle Land, Kalyn McCabe, Patrick M. Seymour, Dane Spurrell, Shanice Turner, and Steve Nunez!

This is pretty much a test to see who’s actually watching these things, and my guess is, not very many 😛 So I’ll tell you right off the bat, right here, right now, this doesn’t actually happen in the book.

The tone is way off and wacky from the seriousness of the rest of the teasers, and I wrote this scene specifically to have some fun.  I even make fun of my own writing.  Notice how in the actual books, Michelle often seems way more concerned about Gediyon than she is about her own freakin’ boyfriend, Jayse?  Yeah.  And Gediyon Fan Club?  Yup.

I went over the idea with John, who voices Gediyon.  I wanted five promotional shorts for the third book, like I had for the previous two books, but I couldn’t really pick out a scene that I wanted to do that didn’t give away too much.  So I decided to make something up.

I totally satirized my own writing, and maybe you’ll even notice some influences from The Princess Bride 😉 Which is, like, one of my favorite books ever.

Anyway, after John and I recorded his lines for the previous, serious scene, Beasts of the Mountain, we jumped into this for goofy times.  I didn’t actually know HOW I wanted him to portray Gediyon in this scene.  Straight man?  Drunk?  Deadpan?  We went all over the place, and when I finally got around to editing, it went from straight to silly and “I AM A SUPER HERO AND I WILL MAKE EVERYONE SOUP!!!”  Anyway.  I like it.  If y’all don’t, please blame it on me :’D  IT’S ALL MY FAULT.

As for the walla, I did a short call for extra voices on Facebook, and used pretty much every decent sounding recording that I received within a few days.  I’m kind of surprised how much it sounds like an actual crowd when you combine a bunch of individual voices together 😀  I mean, duh.  But there’s a certain sort of resonance with a real crowd that you don’t get from individual voices.

Anyway, thanks for reading this :’D

The Last Winter Moon Teaser – Beasts of the Mountain

The second audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Last Winter Moon!  With John Archer as Gediyon, Elissa Park as Dreana, and Steven Kelly as Jayse.

This miiight be my favorite of this book’s teasers?  Yes, because Gediyon is in it.  150 pages in, and this is the first time he says anything. Gurrhurr Gediyon, my sweet ಥ﹏ಥ

This is also the scene that happens right before the scene on the cover art, so there’s that 🙂

Anyway, one of the best things about this teaser is the last piece of music used.  It falls into place just so perfectly.  Just listen to it :O

I love this one, and I don’t know what else I can say about it.  I love my voice actors, too.  They’re so awesome.

Check out everyone’s links in the video description 🙂

ALSO, YEAH, GEDIYON GROWS FACIAL HAIR. FOR A SHORT TIME.

Guest Post – Why Video Game Music Is the Best Music to Listen to While Writing

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Today is another stop for The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour by Goddess Fish Promotions!  I’ve written a guest post over at Sharing Links and Wisdom.  If you can’t tell by the appropriately named title, it’s about why  video game music is the best music to listen to while writing.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m a gamer.  I have been since elementary school.  One important element of video games that I found helped immerse me into a fantasy world was its music.  It’s designed to set the tone, help you concentrate on the task at hand, exemplifies the written dialogue of the characters you encounter, or even makes your heart race during boss battles.

Since I was about ten years old, I’ve used video game music to help set the scene.  Unlike pop songs or ballads, there are no lyrics to distract you, listener and fellow writer, from the words that you want to write.  Here are examples of the kind of music I listen to and the scenes they fit.

Setting up the hometown of your hero before adventure calls him forth?  Try the Outside Island theme from Wind Waker!

Feel the joy and innocence of everyday life?  Feel the peaceful breeze of the ocean?

Check out the full post here!

Frozen North Podcast

I jumped in and joined JJ, Marc, and Shana on the Frozen North gaming podcast 😀 They discuss their video game “book club,” Final Fantasy IX, what it means to “complete” a video game, and I jump in at 39:40 to discuss The Starriest Summer and its video game influences!

As you’ll hear in the podcast, Shana and I have known each other since sixth grade.  That’s before I even started to write The Cycle of the Six Moons, ahahaha.

Check out the podcast here!