LAUNCH WEEK: Super Secret “inter_linked” PREVIEW

Happy Halloween, everyone! inter_linked launches TOMORROW at 12AM midnight!

But before it’s time to read, I want to share with you a super-secret, mega-amazing, ultra-cool extra-tiny mini sneak peek at the next five chapters!

It’s like a montage… that you can read!

“This is my new partner?” Anny asked, examining her reflection in the switched-off screen, “He looks so… weird. Kinda retro.”

“B-But what if this place really- really is, y’know?

“Well, don’t you worry, Anniekins, I will keep you safe from the ghouls and the ghosties.”

“Never call me that again,” she growled.

“There is no way I’m going to that station!”

“YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT SPACE STATION 8. WELCOME ABOARD THE CONSTELLAR, the computerized voice of Anny’s ship announced as it docked with a loud hiss.

“This is a bad idea,” she complained.

“How is this happening so fast?” Anny shouted as they pelted to the next casino floor.

“I don’t know,” he said before suddenly stopping short, making her collide into his back with a soft ‘oof’, “But now it’s all the way on the other side. He’s not doing them manually any more.”

“They’ll have to shut down the casino at this rate! We have to hurry!”

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to welcome you to my beloved daughter’s eighth birthday party!”

Hundreds of white-gloved hands clapped but the android could only mutter under her breath, “That was nine years ago, Dad.”

“He’s activated a kill-switch,” he said, “He’s decoupling the last cars of the train.”

Don’t forget to check out the other games and giveaways from earlier this week and I’ll see you tomorrow!

GO FOR LAUNCH #7: MANY ADVENTURES (…and a cover reveal maybe…)

Hello, friends!

You haven’t heard from me for a while, and I’m sure you’re absolutely dying to find out why. Well, I am happy to share:

I’ve been on an adventure in Chicago!

I saw my brother (cool), saw NSP (way cooler)

Pictured: Approximately 8,000 people screaming about unicorn wizards and dinosaur laser fights

and had… pizza?

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I… don’t… what…?!

There was so much amazing food – most of it topped with nuclear green relish and ‘sport pepper’, whatever that is – the art was wonderful to behold, but the most amazing part was…






Okay, maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic but look at it, it’s a BEAN.

Literally what else could you want out of life?

Besides an astoundingly huge milkshake with whiskey in it, that is

It was a great trip and was a great time to refresh and recharge and not think about the 50+ e-mails piling up in my Inbox back home.

What it felt like going back into the office on Monday

But as soon as I got back to my home sweet home computer, it was back to work. There were chapters to …edit…? There were Patron-exclusive bonus content to plan, websites to finish, blogs to compose-!

And most importantly, I had art to finish!

Of course, I had a lot of help from my good friend Plaid, who is wonderful and talented and an all around amazing person. When she’s open for commissions again, I highly recommend hitting her up!

Also, another great big shout-out to my first ever Patron, watercolorheart the author and animator of Sparse!

To-Do List: Large Enough to Drown a Small Island
Panic Levels: aaaaAAAAAAA / 12
How Deeply I Miss Chicago Noms Already: DEEP DISH

inter_linked: All About Robots

In inter_linked, the androids are the stars of the show but they’re not like the ones you’ve seen before in fiction!

Fast Learners

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The androids of inter_linked aren’t hard-programmed and made with specific rules or Laws like in Assimovian fiction.

Instead, they are tested extensively to learn from human behaviors and develop stronger reasoning.

In the real world, this is a concept called “Machine Learning”, which is currently being studied and nowhere near the intelligence level of a fully-functioning android. (they can play Atari, though!)

Mirror, Mirror

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When machines learn from humans, however, it means that sometimes they pick up behaviors or ideas from us that don’t exactly make sense to them.

In one chapter in the second half of the story, an android hurts himself and Anny treats him with a bandage – even though some glue and duct tape would do fine. The android sees the bandage as a symbol of healing and caring, even if it isn’t the most practical solution.

Looks Are Everything

blue plastic robot toy

The androids may seem pretty human, right? Well, they sure don’t look it.

There are two major manufacturers of androids so they come in two varieties:

One are shaped like humans, but they’re made entirely out of metal and plastic parts and have bright LED eyes that can display a myriad of different expressions. Many androids Anny and WISR meet along the way look like this.

One are shaped like humans, but they’re made entirely out of metal and plastic parts and have bright LED eyes that can display a myriad of different expressions. Many androids Anny and WISR meet along the way look like this.

The other kind are made with soft and squishy with huggable silicone and lightwight plastics to make them more human-like. But unfortunately, regulations gotta regulate and budgets gonna… budge? So instead of spending the time and effort and money and research figuring how to articulate a face and make it not creepy, they slapped a big ol’ computer monitor on the top and called it a day. Androids like WISR can display tens of emoticon expressions and maybe play Pong if he gets bored.

He also wishes you would not hug him.

Come meet these amazing machines!

inter_linked The Series is the fun, sarcastic story of a girl and her android.

Follow the adventures of Anny and WISR as they try to help every robot they can, while the hardest part of the journey is putting up with each other.

Absolutely free to read: