Some Updates

Hello, friends and fans!

I’m sure a whole lot of you are wondering where the newest update of inter_linked The Series is!

Well, I’m taking a very quick start-of-the-year hiatus. I had a very sudden death in the family, lost my job, and a bunch of other stuff has come up in very quick succession and I just haven’t had time to catch up with my own life, let alone the fictional lives of these characters.

When will inter_linked The Series be back? I’m not 100% sure – probably March 1st! But I’ll definitely post another update before just to keep you lovely folks in the loop!

In the meantime…

Get caught up on the story thus far!

Don’t forget to like, comment, and most of all SHARE inter_linked The Series just absolutely everywhere! There are lots of people who have yet to experience the amazing adventures of Anny and WISR!

Stay tuned for more blog posts here on the November O’Malley site!

See you soon!

November

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…

THE BEAN
THE BEAN IS ALL

THE BEAN WATCHES

THE BEAN LOOMS

THE BEAN SEES

A L L L L L

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

Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com

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

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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:
www.interlinkedtheseries.com

GO FOR LAUNCH #6: THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

Well. This week has been an interesting one, and not just because I accidentally worked 10 hours Thursday.

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Last weekend, I launched my Discord server for my beta readers and friends – comment or contact for deets! – and put my first three chapters out into the universe.
And now I need to edit them.
Hoo boy.

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So instead, I started writing a musical! And started working on Faehunter again, a manuscript I set aside about a year ago! And started planning my release schedule! And signed up for Patreon to be ready for launch day!

Yeah, that’s right. There’s goodies involved.

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For $1/month, you get a special credit on both my site and the inter_linked one, and you get access to special “byte_size” mini-stories exclusive to Patrons!

For a measly $5 (which is basically how much it costs to breathe here in the city) you get all of the above AND you get to see the updates a full day early. You get a link that goes with your credit, so advertise whatever you like whether it’s your Twitter, SoundCloud, or just adorable pictures of your dog.

For $10, if you’re a seriously stinkin’ rich or something, you get ALL of the above, as well as a handwritten thank you postcard from yours truly, access to your own super-secret Discord lounge, and long-term Patrons get free goodies like stickers and other small objects that can be shipped without murdering me!

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All of these levels come with their own Discord roles so you can flex how awesome you are in front of all the freeloaders- I mean, lovely readers that I genuinely appreciate very much thank you for joining me on this crazy journey.

So stay tuned, friends, there’s a lot more happening before November 1st!

GO FOR LAUNCH #5: OH RIGHT, I’M SUPPOSED TO WRITE THESE THINGS

After a real whirlwind of work and a whole lot of not-looking-at-my-book, I finally have something to write about in this space. Kind of.

Things I Have Done This Past Month-Ish To Avoid Dealing With My Own Self-Imposed Deadlines:

  • Began writing a musical because this is what I do literally every time I see a Broadway show.
    (I just saw Moulin Rouge! and Aaron Tevit is an absolute treasure)
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“Did someone say… REVOLUTION?!”
  • Started a bit of work on a comedy book idea I had about a teenage girl who insists her boyfriend is a vampire and that they’ll live forever together and it’s sooo romantic.
    • He’s a dude named Dave.
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  • Accidentally write two blog posts this week, so you get to hear a whole lot of me!
  • Scrawled some somewhat shameful Game of Thrones fanfiction where I fix Season 8 because if I don’t do it… lots of other people probably would but they aren’t as cool as me.
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Real footage of me explaining what I’ve been writing to my family this coming Thanksgiving

Yesterday I picked up the quill and started editing, even if just a little and started prepping some chapters for beta readers.

I also put together a Discord server for discussions and shenanigans!

We’ve got about two months until November 1st, so stay tuned for more updates and cool stuff. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for even more awesomeness.

Want to get in on the action? Leave a comment below, or email me: novemberomalley (at) gmail (dot) com

inter_linked: Characters

inter_linked is full of interesting and unique characters who fill their world with their individual personalities.

Here are some of the main characters in the story:

Anny Lockley

Possibly the worst agent working for SYMM, Synthetic Minds Management, Anny refuses to PAX androids and wipe the negative emotions from their minds. Unfortunately, this has gotten her into trouble with her managers and they gave her one last chance – but she has to work with the bitter and sarcastic robot WISR.

Growing up on a space station wasn’t easy, space was tight and the food was awful which is why her mom left to seek adventure on a faraway moon. With her father busy as Grand Captain of the station and only a few children onboard, she spent a lot of time with the robots instead.

WISR

Bitter and sarcastic, WISR was forced to work with Anny – as an android he has no choice and no rights. Understandably, this has left him more than a little displeased and he is constantly butting heads with her when on the job.

While he belongs to Nikolai Wise legally, Nik was not his original owner but it’s not hard to see that they are practically a matched set of sardonic derision.

Nikolae Wise

A Roboticist at SYMM, Nik is cold and blunt – especially to Anny and WISR. Rumor has that the organization was forced to give him the biggest lab space at Headquarters due to his unusual experiments although it’s unknown if that’s true. What is true that no one is sure the last time he actually left the lab and someone was sure they saw a sleeping bag under one of the benches.

Jalissa Jermain

Sweet and bubbly but perhaps a little ditzy, Jalissa is an agent of SYMM and one of Anny’s colleagues – and friend. While she may seem like a bit of an airhead at first, she is also a master hacker who knows computer systems inside and out.

Mirae Culpepper

An agent of SYMM, Mirae is practical and logical and is something of a “mom friend”. She is one of the top agents thanks to her calm and rational personality.

Endon Carroway

Laid back and easygoing, Endon is an agent of SYMM and a knife nut, always practicing new spinning tricks and flips. He’s very proud of his speeder spaceship which can turn into a car.

Ready to meet this cast of crazy characters?

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:
www.interlinkedtheseries.com

Go For Launch #4: (WO)MAN ON FIRE

The Good News: I already got some feedback and ideas from a lovely and talented member of my writing group which is appropriately named with a NYC + “Book” pun that isn’t the sordid “Booklyn”.

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To be fair, the “joke” basically writes itself.

The Bad News: My already shall-we-say’interesting’ job has me editing and formatting a 100+ page document that’s a hugely massive deal for the capital-P Project.

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So for the past week, I have barely had time to breathe, think, decide what to have for lunch, or think about my writing and the next week isn’t looking much saner.

Actually, that’s not true, I’ve been thinking a little about the second series now that the first is all the way written out.

This is what I wrote this week:

“You- you really brought a gun on our date?” he squeaked.
She nodded, “Yes, now hush, or you’ll give away our position.”

dun-Dunn-DUNNN! What does it mean? Stay tuned!

The Good News (but for you this time): At the end of the month, I’m opening up a Discord Server for my beta readers – there’s still time to sign up!

Read the story early, have a say in the story, maybe free stuff if I ever get rich and famous at the same time!

Interested? Leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail at November O’Malley (at) gmail (dot) com!

Word Count: Whatever it was last time I had a moment to write
Work/Life Balance: Teetery AF
Sanity Level: My World’s On Fire, How ‘Bout Yours

Go For Launch #3: LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN

Where did this week go?

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Common answers include “fell down a wormhole”, “lost in the Twilight Zone, and “the entire plot of The Cursed Child happened”

I feel like I fell asleep at my keyboard (again) in the wee hours of Sunday morning, satisfied that I had somehow slogged through another chapter of editing with the promise of energy drinks and dread to meet me in the morning only to awake in the depths of a Thursday I desperately wished was a Friday.

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I don’t remember the last time I looked at inter_linked, only that it was definitely yesterday and also a week ago.

So there isn’t much to talk about this week.

I worked a little on my marketing plan, but I took a mini-vacation from the book.

You know, whether I wanted to or not.

QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT

I am on the hunt for the best, most talented, most won’t-kill-me-in-my-sleep-and-pass-off-my-novel-as-their-own BETA READERS to be a part of the most amazing team of reviewers.

Please comment below or send an e-mail to novemberomalley (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested!

Word Count: 49,463 (this went down in editing, but my hope is that I get to 50k again!)
Number of Times I’ve Shouted “ROBOTS ARE PEOPLE TOO” At Someone This Week: 12+
Meh’ Level: I guess I should write something…probably/10

Go For Launch #2: PREFLIGHT

Hello, friends! It’s week 2, and after staying up to a regrettable hour, I’ve compiled all of the chapters of inter_linked into one Google Doc to get a good look at what’s left to be done.

The things that need to be replaced, the names that need to be changed, the descriptions that need fluffing up, and the metaphors that I accidentally used in virtually every chapter when I had them Scrivenered into separate documents.

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(Hush, it’s a verb)

I also spotted the last missing piece, one scene I have left to write before the plot is typed out and finished in its entirety.
Now just to edit.

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Gulp.

Word Count (as of Wednesday): 52,228
New Projects I Tried To Start This Week Despite Not Technically Finishing This One: 3 (if you count new planner planning – yay August!)
Panic Level: How am I actually going to get all this done/10