GODMODE is NOT Demonic!!!

Okay, I just heard some news today that really has my blood boiling. I tried to let this go, but I can’t. Somebody made a VERY false statement about my sci-fi horror novel GodMode (that person called it Demonic) and I need to get some thoughts about this off of my chest.

I take a lot of pride in what I do creatively. I put a lot of thought, work and effort into my novels, music, games and other creations, and I only ask for people to give my creations a chance. If you like my isht, wonderful. If you’re not feeling it, I can live with that. Even if something I created isn’t your cup of tea, I can respect that, too.
But what pissed me off is when people make false assumptions about my work without even taking the time to see what the deal really is. If you don’t like science fiction or horror, then that’s okay. But don’t run around claiming my novel GodMode is “Demonic” when you haven’t even read the book to know what’s so allegedly demonic about it. That’s a slap in the face to me as a creator.
Let me make this clear: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DEMONIC IN GODMODE. This book is about science, not religion. Do I make reference to Greek Mythology? Yes. Do I make reference to HP Lovecraft’s Cosmic monsters (called the elder gods)? Yes. But I will attest that the person who called my book demonic doesn’t even know who HP Lovecraft is, let alone the concept of cosmic horrors. But dig this: I also have a righteous, upstanding, bible-quoting Christian in the story as one of the prominent characters, and actually is the moral center of the book. What is so demonic about that?
My story deals with eldritch horrors and grotesque, deadly monsters. All of these creatures are MAN-MADE. The story deals with biotech, and what happens when science is abused and man tries to play God. That is the crux of Godmode, and that is part of the reason for the title. And if you don’t think mankind is capable of creating the stuff I depicted in my story, then you are horribly naïve. In fact, mankind is ALREADY creating stuff along the lines of what I write about. An entire country just got banned from the Olympics because of performance enhancing drugs, which is the tip of the iceberg of what the villains in my story creates. There are no satanic rituals, no Ouija boards, no human sacrifice – well, not literally, and, I repeat, NO DEMONS OR OCCULT IN THIS BOOK WHATSOEVER. I defy whoever said that about my book to show me ONE INSTANCE where something even remotely resembling devil worship, occult or anything of the sort happens in my book. Since I’m the one that wrote said book, I can assure you it’s not there.
And you would know that if you bothered to actually read the effing book.

But you didn’t read it, did you?

You looked at the scary cover, looked at the weird title, and decided that “oh this book must be demonic.” WRONG. Do you know what book has more demons in it than Godmode? “Left Behind,” Probably the most popular series of Christian novels this side of Narnia.
Do you know what other book has more demons and witchcraft in it than Godmode? The Bible. You wouldn’t dare say that book is demonic, would you?
And that speaks to a totally different point I want to make, and I really need to make this clear. Having something in your story that could be considered occult does not necessarily make it demonic. You read a story about police investigating a ritualistic occult murder. Does that make the detective show demonic? You watch a movie about a catholic priest performing an exorcism. Is that movie demonic because they showed someone posessed? How about a story where your demons and practitioners of the occult are the bad guys that get defeated at the end of the story?
Or are you the type who thinks that ANYTHING involving the supernatural is automatically demonic? Well, that’s good for Godmode because there is NOTHING supernatural that happens in that story. It’s all science and stuff made by human hands. But I need to warn you now: my next two manuscripts have magic in them. And lots of it. They also make mention of systems of belief that aren’t Christian. So when these books are published, I’ll save you a complaint and not give you an autographed copy.

And finally, how can you accuse ME, of all people, of creating something demonic? Did I EVER say or do anything to imply that I’m not a firm follower of Christ? Especially in my stories? Sure, I write about evil in many different forms. When you’re writing fiction, good fiction involves conflict, and the easiest conflict to write is good vs. evil. So yeah, my stories delve into some dark stuff. I’ve written about rape, domestic abuse, deadbeat parents, corporate sabotage, murder, genocide, corruption, robberies and crime sprees, prostitution, extortion, infidelity, and getting eaten alive by giant freaking monsters. But in my writings, the good guys with the good Christian values always win out in the end. My stories might discuss things that run contrary to my beliefs, but they don’t PROMOTE anything that runs contrary to my beliefs. And to insinuate otherwise means you don’t know me as well as you think you do…which means I don’t know YOU as well as I thought I did, also.

To everyone else, forgive me if I sound a bit pissy. Like I said, I take my creations very seriously, and when people come out and say ig’nant stuff like that – especially when I gifted said people with an autographed, limited edition hardcover of my book (we only printed 50 hardcovers and were selling them for 30 bucks apiece), I consider that a slap in the face and a HUGE sign of disrespect to my craft and the talents that God gave me. So yeah, I’m going to have something to say. I was told to take the high road with this. I believe I AM taking the high road, because I didn’t name names. I know who you are, and the fact that you said that about my stuff without knowing anything really disappoints me. But in the future, before you make assumptions about somebody else’s work (because I’m not giving you any more of mine for free), do your effing homework.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

What will be Quan’s Next Big Project?

For those of you who really know me, you know that I can’t go very long without creating something new. I get bombarded by new ideas on a daily basis, and I have to at least try to bring some of them to life. When I say have to, I mean HAVE TO: there’s some cool stuff (if I do say so myself) I’ve thought up and I don’t want my ideas to go to waste.

So I try to work on at least one large-scale creative project per year. Whether it’s a new album I’m recording, or a new book I’m writing, or whatever. My free time is very limited and will be getting even MORE limited in the future, so I don’t have the time I really need to tackle all of the projects I want to develop.

I expect to be done with this year’s Big Project (my You Only Die Once nerdcore album and illustrated chapbook), and now it’s time to figure out what’s on tap for next year. So I’m going to need your help in choosing which stuff I’ll be working on in 2016. I’ve narrowed it down to 8 options:

  1. I’ve got 30,000 words written on a new novel called NEEDLE. It’s an urban high fantasy thriller about a guy searching for a magical artifact hidden in the southside of Chicago. I’m kinda planning it as the first in a series.
  2. If you’ve read my old webcomic SEIZURE2, you know that I took a hiatus from the story at the halfway point. I’ve got scripts for the next 4 chapters written and they just need art. Should I go ahead and finish the story?
  3. another old webcomic I never finished is my humor strip UNBEATABLE HEROES. I’ve got scripts for another month’s worth of strips, but no art. And plus, the majority of you have never seen the original strips the first time I posted them.
  4. I’ve got two music projects I’m mulling over. One’s an EP, so I can actually knock out both at once. The EP is called SUPERGODS and is full of motivational and inspirational rap songs. The full length project is another concept album called A MAN WITH A GUN, this time based on macho 1980’s action movies. The twist is that I want to recruit my nerdcore buddies to contribute all of the lyrics over my production. This might be the most complicated project on the list because it depends so much on others’ contributions.
  5. I’d like to release my mafia-themed collectible card game SYNDICATE as a mobile-compatible video game, and start developing a prohibition-themed expansion for it. Or better yet, develop my other educational card game RULE THE SCHOOL! As a mobile game.
  6. Speaking of adapting stuff for video games, I want to do a Zelda-styled action-adventure game based on my latest novel, called GODMODE: ESCAPE FROM BAAL.
  7. and finally, I have a completely original idea for a shoot’em up game in the style of either Contra or Operation: Wolf called ZERO SEED. In this game, you lead a crack antiterrorist crew to shoot up a ruthless terrorist anarchist organization.

    so, let’s assume I’ll only have time to work on ONE of these projects next year. If you were in my shoes, which one would you choose? Drop an email or a comment and let me know. Thanks in advance.

GODMODE is for the children.

GODMODE is for the children.

I just had an awesome time interviewing juniors at GrandBlancHigh School this past Wednesday. I was thoroughly impressed by how seriously the majority of the students took the event, coming in dressed to impressed and even bringing resumes.

It’s an annual event the school sets up to help prepare their kids for postgrad life and the rigors of getting jobs and college admission. Every student is required to attend and do at least two interviews, as well as check out at least three job fair booths.

I have absolutely no idea how these guys found out about me and GODMODE, but they extended an invite to me to appear and conduct some interviews. I was a little apprehensive because I’m not a company and I’m certainly not hiring, so what could I possibly offer to the event? But I decided to attend anyway, and just make the most of my opportunity when I got there. At the very least, I could use it as a vehicle to promote my book some more.

I printed up a few bookmarks with the Godmode website on it, and attended. It was very well organized, and they even offered me breakfast and lunch. It was formatted to where half of the booths conducted interviews while the other half was a job fair, and then it flip-flopped after lunch. I did the job fair part first, and was happy to meet with about 20 students who had taken an interest in either me, my book, or my profession. I was able to guage their interest and give them a few pointers about pursuing one’s dream of writing professionally, and getting published. I was asked about where I draw inspiration, how I got published, what classes I took to prepare for writing, what I write about, as well as the pros and cons of being a writer. I told them the biggest pro of writing, especially writing fiction, was that you are in complete control of the stories you create, which is very therapeutic when you’re a teenager and so much of your world is out of your control. I even got a few of them who were interested in proofreading my next book.

After lunch, the focus shifted and I was the one doing the interviewing. The first bunch of kids I talked to were awesome, and very serious about exploring the writing profession. One guy (I think his name was Desean) was on the Grand Blanc Football team, and played alongside my nephew Terrance Dye, who now plays at NorthernMichiganUniversity (Go Wildcats!). awesome kid: well-prepared, articulate, well-dressed and respectful. If that’s how he always is, Desean;s going to do some major things after he leaves high school. Since I didn’t really have any positions for them to interview for, I instead went the route of asking them about how prepared they were for some of the hidden aspects of the writing life: drawing inspiration, studying others to improve your craft, doing research, handling rejection, withstanding criticism and stuff like that. To some kids I had to give them some important general interviewing tips (i.e. DON’T BE LATE!!!) I talked to a number of other kids, all with very promising futures. Unfortunately, about half of these kids weren’t really interested in becoming authors, and really only interviewed me to meet their quota. To these kids I tried to show them how being a good writer can have a positive impact on whatever their career goals are, and how the skills necessary to being a successful author can still apply to them.

There were a number of prominent companies there, including Microsoft, Edward Jones, ITT, the armed forces and a bunch of colleges. I got to do some networking with Diplomat Pharmacy and hope to get my foot in the door with them and this graphics firm I also met there. I then ran into another author who was looking to start a writer’s group with other African-American writers in Flint. So I was able to come away with some very valuable contacts.

There were quite a few people taking an interest in GODMODE, and I was pleased to have gotten rid of all 25 of my bookmarks. A bunch of the kids thought the concept behind the novel was awesome, and I was pleased to hear that. There was a church there interviewing, and a few of them seemed to take a little umbrage with me using the title GODMODE for a sci-fi horror book about monsters, and I at first wanted to tell them that one of my main characters is a bible-quoting evangelical Christian, but I thought better of it and just shrigged the whole thing off.

I enjoyed the event a lot, and would have stayed a little longer to do more networking if I didn’t have to bolt for work immediately after. If they ask, and I’m still in Michigan next year, I’d love for a chance to do it again.

Godmode preview art: Boarilla

Borilla, from the sci-fi novel Godmode
Half Boar, Half Silverback Gorilla. All Deadly.

 

This is some concept art for one of the monsters that appear in my upcoming novel Godmode. It’s a combination of a Boar and a Silverback gorilla. Ridiculously strong with razor-sharp tusks. Not a creature you want to see the wrong side of.

This, and more, will be available as exclusive bonus content on the official Godmode website, which I am putting together as you read this. enjoy.