So, I wrote a little short story a while ago. I wanted to try something different, a genre I’d never written in before. The concept actually stemmed from a novel idea I’ve been batting around for about a decade: What would happen if you got stuck in a MMORPG?
For those of you unfamiliar with such geeky terminology, MMORPG is the acronym for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. Probably the best example would be World of Warcraft, which reported more than 10 million subscribers as of November 2014. In an MMORPG, you go on quests and shop in stores and get supplies and coordinate with other players, just like in the real world, except it’s a fantasy world where anything is possible.
So I got to wondering what would happen if a player got stuck in a virtual world and had no memory of how he got there. That’s where I got the concept for my short story, “The Nightmare is Real.”
I wrote it, just for grins, and sent it into an anthology contest, and surprise! I placed! And as a result (get this!), I ended up in print alongside some of the most amazing writers I know, like Jeff Gerke, Grace Bridges, Kat Heckenbach, Ben Wolf, and many others.
If you’ve got a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, you can read RealmScapes for free. If not, it only costs $1.99. Or if you’re more for the real thing, you can order paperbacks for around $8.00 on Amazon.
It’s a ton of fun, guys. Lots of different types of speculative short stories, a multitude of voices. If you aren’t sure about speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc.), this is a great one to read so you can get your feet wet.
And, if you get yourself a copy and come find me, I’ll sign it for you!