Jay and Buddy are losers. Senior year is almost over and they’re as unpopular as ever.
Everything changes when they discover a program called The Build, a pixel-perfect replica of their hometown. The boys tweak the code, and find that their changes affect the world around them. They’re living, they realize, in a video game. With godlike power, they react as any teenager would, hacking their high school to make it more awesome.
But someone--or something--is watching. When The Build’s creator finds his NPCs tinkering with his game, he tracks down Jay and Buddy for deletion. Thus begins an epic battle, and Jay and Buddy must rely on their gaming knowledge to save themselves--and the very fabric of existence.
I live in Portland, OR, where I write brand platforms and other business stuff. I’ve written some other stories, many of which are bad and a few of which are good.
Several years ago, there was an internet kerfuffle over a video I made. The video was intended to influence JJ Abrams while he was making Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A bunch of people saw it, then he saw it, and (I’m told) was influenced by it. I’m still proud of that one, and you can watch it here. I also made a web-series similar in vibe to In Beta. It’s called The Monday Knights. In many ways it’s bad (I did all of the compositing and 3D graphics), but in a few key ways it’s good. I still like it, and you can find the best episodes here, here, here, and here.
I have a wife and two kids and I’m reasonably content.
Well, let’s see. It’s dryly funny. There’s a pretty crazy backstory to be uncovered. The characters feel real, and don’t talk in the annoying made-for-TV-banter that seems to crop up everywhere these days. It deals with real high school stuff—bullying, and the lifelong grudges that come from it. It’s grounded enough to be relatable, but also completely absurd and irreverent (as a story about video games should be). Geeky teenagers fight a bunch of AI monsters with pulse rifle and grenade launchers, so As I Lay Dying it is not. It’s written for kids, but is occasionally fucked up and gruesome—with exploding heads and ’eff’ bombs and such—because kids are people too, and capable of enjoying life’s finer things.
If you like my writing style, this book is available on this website to ’try before you buy.’ Or read the whole thing for free. Or just read the ending and then go spoil it on reddit. If, however, you’re already harrumphing with distaste as you read this, I recommend you try As I Lay Dying. It’s a terrible read, but you get a gold star for finishing it.