Publications

Here’s all my notable publications. And my not-so-notable publications, too. I’ve worked in almost every medium and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting here!

Major Projects

The Gay Gatsby

  • Release: January 1st, 2021
  • Genres: LGBTQ+, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Nick Carraway meets a mysterious man named Gaylord Gatsby and his whole life changes. Look out at the rainbow light and get the hell ready for the new remixed, metafictional version of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Cover by Joi Massat.
  • A full novel published as a response to The Great Gatsby entering the public domain in 2021. Mentioned in the New York TimesThe Guardian, and WIRED as part of the trend of Gatsby retellings and the state of copyright in storytelling.
  • Audiobook published in 2022, narrated by Keith Yeager.
  • Read a sample here. Spoilers!

Hands Held in the Snow

  • Release: 2019-2020
  • Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
  • A moving LGBT+ fantasy coming-of-age story about two young women from very different backgrounds discovering each other and themselves in the midst of great turmoil in their city.
  • 70 chapters, 110,000 words. Featured on Tapas on multiple occasions.
  • In-story illustrations by Mikayla Buan.
  • Read a sample here.

Reborn on a Systemless Earth… With a System

  • Release: 2020-Present (ongoing)
  • Genres: Fantasy, Isekai, Contemporary, Comedy, LitRPG
  • You know the setup. A young man on Earth hit by a speeding truck who ends up in a generic fantasy world. But what about this: A young man in a generic fantasy world hit by a speeding truck who ends up in modern-day San Francisco, and yet still wants to be a hero anyway? That’s how this one starts, and it just keeps on going.
  • A three-book web serial with currently over 200 chapters and over 1,200,000 views on Royal Road.
  • Cover by Mikayla Buan.
  • Read a sample here. Spoilers!
  • Read another sample here. Spoilers!

Web Fiction Directory

  • A regularly maintained list of active websites for web fiction, webcomics, and interactive game experiences. The list has helped thousands of readers and writers discover new platforms, and is frequently recommended on social media platforms. You can use it too.

2010s Retrospectives Series

  • An ongoing series of blogs published on my own website that examine different parts of the entire decade of the 2010s. Some articles are autobiographical reflections, some are deep-dives into media topics, and some are simple vignettes about forgotten moments that help paint the picture as a whole.
  • My goal with the blog series is to provide a valuable, inevitably biased cultural artifact for historians studying the 2010s many decades in the future. There’s over 100 articles posted so far.

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Books

The Anime That Changed Everything: Reflections on Madoka MagicaNonfiction NovellaEssay Collection2023Since 2011, the anime series Madoka Magica has been one of the most popular and influential pieces of pop culture. There’s something magical about the power a single twelve-episode TV show can exert on the world, and I want to examine why. This book collects eleven essays, all about Madoka Magica, its story, its LGBTQ+ themes, its fandom, and its immense impact on my life.
Cover by Joi Massat.
Her Golemancer GirlfriendWeb serialFantasy, Action2021-presentAmelia, a half-golem with a chip on her shoulder, comes to the high-tech city of Fleettwixt seeking her missing girlfriend, and revenge against the colonial corporation that plagues the land. She will destroy everything in her path to achieve these two goals.
Cover and in-story art by Mikayla Buan.
Rainbow DestructorNovellaSci-fi, LGBTQ+, Thriller2022The crew of the XSS Savior, seven women strong, is headed back from yet another perilous mission across the stars when they receive a distress signal from an allied fleet. Apparently, they’re being attacked by a giant rainbow star that appeared out of nowhere, and, apparently, only this crew can save them. Things don’t go as expected.
Cover by Sarah McSquish.
ATL: Stories from the RetrofutureWeb serialSci-fi, Comedy2018-2021Morgan Harding, nonbinary slacker with cybernetic powers, solves mysteries and deals with adult life in robot-filled 20XX Atlanta.
Cover by Richard Gung. Other in-story art by various artists.
CultivineWeb serialLitRPG, Comedy2021A vicious and sloppy parody of xianxia and LitRPGs themed around vines. Created for the Silver Pen Vine Marathon 2021.
Audiobook by Keith Yeager.
The Glory of BowsetteFan Fiction NovelFantasy, Comedy, Romance2018A 100-chapter parody epic about memetastic icon Bowsette.
Cover by Joi Massat.

Short Stories

Gretel & The Really Hot Witch (feat. Hansel)2021Collected in the “Sappho’s Spinning Wheel” WLW romance anthology.
Just Love Me2020A dramatic romantic story that uses magical realism to explore a literally fading queer relationship.
The Anarchy Party2020A strange satire.
Miniboss2020RPG from the other side.
On the Ship2018A slice of life on a colony ship.
May I?2017May-December.
Ode to My Future Self2016Published in Georgia Southern Miscellany.
James, John, Jane2015Published in Home Clipart Animal Deer.
Travelling Back2015Published in Litro UK.
Four Minutes After Ordering2015Published in GTK Creative Journal.

Poetry

Outlooks on a Cloudy Day2016Published in Georgia Southern Miscellany.
Going Home2015Published in the Elohi Gadugi Journal.
Home for Christmas2014Published in Slink Chunk Press.

Comics

Hands Held in the Snow: Date NightComic stripComedy, Romance2021Comic script and sketches. Art by Ryuichirou. A spinoff of Hands Held in the Snow.
The Convenience Store on the Edge of RealityComic stripComedy2020Crossover comic script for Pride 2020 celebrations. Art by Ryuichirou.
Sandswept: The Squiddle SessionMultimedia Comic SeriesFantasy, Sci-fi, Comedy, Horror2012-2017Project manager, story supervision, scripts, storyboards. Art and story work by various contributors.
Rode & Kent in: The Babies Are ThemComic Short StoryFantasy, Comedy2014A short spinoff of Sandswept. Art by Joi Massat.

Games & Animation

ATL: The New Knights – Chapter 3Text AdventureGame design, writing2019An experimental chapter of this web serial that uses the text adventure format to let readers nonlinearly explore a futuristic convention center. Branching paths, but no divergent storylines.
Sandswept – [S] Act 2Game – WalkaroundMap layout design, script, game design2014Interactive narrative minigame, part of the Sandswept multimedia project. If the original file cannot be played, please try this linear playthrough version.
Sandswept – [S] Rode: EnterAnimationStoryboards2014A short narrative animation, part of the Sandswept multimedia comic series.
[S] Rex Duodecim AngelusAnimationStoryboards2011-2014Contributed storyboards for sequences throughout the animation, most prominently in the sequence from 4:00 to 4:22.

Recommended Media Articles

(You can read all my blog posts here!)

(If I do freelance more often, I’ll make a separate page with a more complete listing.)

My Life With Michael Guy Bowman2023An ovrview of the most important music artist to every phase of my youth.
8 New Oscar Categories We Need2023A passionate plea for more representation at the Academy Awards, and my ideas for how to help make that happen.
The Great Desensitization2023Reflections on the way extremely serious news topics slowly fade into the background. Why it’s necessary, and why it’s a problem all the same.
Close Talker by nelward – Review2022Reviewing a single song that helped me reflect on pop culture changes and amateur art.
The Curtains Were Blue For a Reason2021An article that tears apart an internet meme that transformed slowly into a dismissal of all literary criticism.
Obama x Romney Fan Fiction: The Nostalgic World2021Fandom, ironic humor, and politics swirling together in a way that could only have ever happened in the early 2010s.
Why Can’t I Marry Petra?! (and, Queer Romance in Video Games)2020An article about how LGBTQ+ representation in video games skyrocketed over the course of the 2010s.
Super Mario Dance Bros., Irony, and My First Semester of College2020Memories of the bizarre depths of Youtube.
The Star Wars EU’s Old White Guy Jedi Problem2019An article about accidental shared universe bloat hurting storytelling opportunities.

Old Work, Websites, Editing

It’s Always FridayNovellaEditor2022Edited this sci-fi novella published on the author’s website.
A Broken ClockShort StoryEditor2021Edited this sci-fi short story published on the author’s website.
The Madoka Series, by Thedude3445Fan Fiction SeriesWriter2013-2018A long-running, little-read parody of Madoka Magica, starting with the story “Madoka in Mexico.”
Moonglasses MagazineLiterary MagazineCo-Founder, Editor2015-2017Humor-focused literary magazine. Edited fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art submissions for seven issues. The website is down, but it appears mostly or completely archived on the Wayback Machine.
Screengeek.netPop Culture News SiteFreelance2015-2016I wrote news and opinion pieces.
Home Clipart Animal DeerExperimental Story SiteCo-Founder, Writer2015-2016“Where Literature Goes to Die”
A website with short stories, media articles, and various oddities.
Barty Anderson 4: Tale of the Legend of the Crystal Chubacabra Short FilmDirector, Writer, Producer, Editor2015The unofficial fourth film in the famous Barty Anderson Series.
MSPA ProphetFandom AccountSocial Media Manager2012-2016I helped maintain and promote this very strange part of Homestuck fandom lore.
Visions of EtherflowWeb SerialCo-Writer2013-2014I wrote many chapters of this unfinished collaborative series.
365-Story ChallengeStory BlogCreator2013A collection of short stories written in the end of high school. It only got to 60/365.
Let’s Write a Story While Giving Blood!Fan Fiction Short StoryWriter2012Osmosis Jones/Friday the 13th crossover fan fiction written while giving blood.
The Bulbears: Lordess to NomadFan Fiction Short StoryWriter2012Ironic Pikmin fan fiction.
Trol Seasson Rock Oprah: Continental ShiftMusic AlbumOriginal Lyrics and Vocals2012Ironic Homestuck fan album.
NC BackblogMedia BlogCreator“The Evolution Revolution”
My high school blog, including media articles and short stories.
My Old Smackjeeves Sprite ComicsSprite ComicsCreator2005-2011Archived for your viewing pleasure. I should reupload these on my own server someday.