A nifty new venture—and you can help!

Two of my buddies and I are trying something new, creatively and professionally. Here's the official press release:

Award-winning authors Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, and Steven Savile unveiled a bold new venture today: ReDeus! A collection of serialized stories set in a near-future world, told on the Internet and involving an unprecedented level of interactive readership.

Imagine, if you will, a world where ALL the gods are real-and they have returned. Now they have carved up the Earth and vie for the greatest number of worshippers to maintain power and influence. Will they marshal their forces and begin a war between pantheons? Are humans mere pawns and energy sources, or have the gods returned because they need us? New York City had been designated as neutral territory-which makes it a hotspot for intrigue, conflict, and chaos.

The redeus.com <http://redeus.com/> website will include original fiction, roleplaying material, gazeteers, comic book pages, and more. Each will then be collected into printed materials. A linked shop will sell licensed merchandise such as T-shirts, mugs, and posters. Anyone can read some of the materials for free, but subscribers gain access to all the materials and to the forums, where they can actually help direct the story.

This is a unique new venture, not only with its multiple stories and formats being written within a shared world, but with the degree to which readers can gain both insight into and influence over each and every one of those creative works and over the setting as a whole. This is an experimental approach to metafiction and transmedia storytelling, which has the potential to change the way we approach storytelling in this bold new digital age.

You can help build ReDeus now, by becoming an investor at our Kickstarter page. And be sure to check redeus.com soon to participate in this exciting new storytelling experience!

Yes, I'm still here

And yet again I go a month or three without a substantive post. I know, terrible.

Part of the problem is that I put short updates up almost every day on Twitter. And part of the problem is—I don’t do anything all that exciting with my life. Most of the time it’s work during the day, writing late at night, and the kids in between. With gaming twice a week and hanging out with jendaby as much as possible throughout.

So what has happened since my last real update after Thanksgiving?

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Contest results!

Yes, sorry, I meant to put up results a bit sooner. In my defense, I’ve been busy. No, I never said it was a good defense. :)

But enough delays! Now, at last, the moment you’ve been waiting for—the results of the First Annual "Guess Aaron’s Writing Output" Contest!

[Drum roll, please]

Question One was: How many books did Aaron write this year?
And the answer is—

And the winner is: heliograph, who was closest with 12.

Question Two was: How many words did Aaron write this year?
And the answer is—

And the winner is: novaren, who was closest with 375,000.

Congratulations, both of you! Tell me which book you would like, and I’ll send them along (okay, novaren’s I may hold hostage for lunch). And thanks to everyone who played, or simply watched and waited eagerly to see the results!