During my last semester, from January 2017 to April 2017, we had to create a creative non-fiction piece. Everyone in the class had the option to submit to a class journal that would be created at the end of the class if they so chose (seeing as this would potentially exempt their piece from future creative writing contests). I chose to write about the hard times I faced dealing with serious acne during middle school.
My Piece: Don’t Look at Me
The Complete Journal: TRU Creative Non-Fiction Magazine
This piece for university was made for my speculative fiction class. In it, we had to create a twenty to thirty page short story for the beginning to a novel we would later work on. I chose the latter. However, while I don’t plan on making a novel out of this work, it has given me a solid foundation for a screenplay I might adapt from it.
A young first mate, Nick, scrapes by in a world desperate for water. Fresh water is so rare the world economies are built around water as the most valuable resource, and in some cases, currency. Since the ground has become flooded by rising tides and terrible storms, and due to overconsumption, freshwater is all but non-existent. Thus, airships have taken to the sky to harvest water from the clouds. But clouds are becoming more and more scarce day by day, and the only hope for water is an old legend that may be just as crazy as it sounds…
Not A Drop
I recently finished an interactive fiction game (aka a web-version of a “choose your own adventure” book) I made for Thompson Rivers University. While I did complete a finished version by the end of my co-op, I was asked to continue expanding on it during a work study position which I glad accepted. I can finally say that it is truly completed. However, due to the scale of the game (and since I made this singe-handedly) there may be a few grammar or spelling mistakes, but I have done my best to fix or correct all of them.
Can you survive the dangerous lands of Canada? You might not be Indiana Jones, but with your business skills you just might be able to survive, and obtain, the Treasure of Thompson Rivers University. Avoid traps, solve riddles and watch out for a mysterious cult that worships sleep which is said to inhabit the university grounds. Good luck adventurer!
The Search For The TRU Treasure
Another piece from university, this one was a semester-long project I worked on to create a TV pilot. We were allowed to choose any genre, so I went with a mixed high-fantasy sci-fi theme. I created drama and treachery elements similar to the TV show Black Sails, adventure elements similar to Atlantis: The Lost Empire movie, and danger elements similar to those of King Kong (2005).
I built the world of the show entirely from scratch. It all takes place on a planet with similar physics to those of Earth, however, this is a much larger planet (about 1.75 times the size of Earth). Each continent is a perfect square (called Sectors) which there are four evenly distributed around the planet, each with their own unique environment. The show starts with Phineas and Martin on Sector four in an underground city. Both brothers are through with their crummy lives and want to make changes to their world. With recent events, this might just be the chance they’re looking for, but other forces are at play, and the world itself may have other plans for these brothers…
Aurora – “The Shift”
Another piece from university, we were tasked with creating the first 30 pages of a novel we could continue, including planning out a full summary of the novel. I chose to make a sci-fi horror piece.
It takes place in a near future of space colonization. The crew of a cargo spaceship discovers, and boards, a long-lost pioneering flagship sending out a distress call. When strange events start to unfold on the flagship, the crew must fight for their lives and all of humanity’s as they struggle to discern friends from enemies.
This was a horror/drama piece I worked on for my introduction to screenplay writing class at university. It follows the story of Henry, a bus driver who has to deal with a mysterious mist as he tries to rekindle his marriage. But there’s more than just the mist Henry has to worry about…
What Lies Within Excerpt