Contact

To reach me without commenting here, email me at emshort@mindspring.com or (especially if you’re sending large files) emshortif@gmail.com. Please use a meaningful subject line: I delete spam aggressively. I do try to answer email in a timely fashion, so if you get no response after a week or more, feel free to ping to make sure the message got through.

Consulting

I do take on freelance and consulting projects. My work includes content writing and world design, building interactive narrative tools and dialogue engines, coding assistance in specialist IF languages, and custom game design.

Appearances

From time to time I give talks or workshops. Currently on the schedule are the following:

Aug 24 – This isn’t a speaking event, just the next meeting of the Oxford/London IF Meetup. You can come and say hi, and meet a lot of other IF folks, in London. Details and RSVP here

Aug 30 – Sept 3 – I’m giving a workshop on interactive narrative and serving as a mentor at Headstart in Antwerp, a summer school for indie game devs

Sept 4 – I’m speaking on intimacy in games at Now Play This in London

October 7 – London Literature Festival, panel on games and stories with Cara Ellison and Naomi Alderman

November 7 – WordPlay, talk and workshop on writing interactive fiction in Toronto

I’m also planning on attending PRACTICE in New York (Nov 13-15), and I organize the Oxford/London Interactive Fiction Meetup.

Hobbyist Advice

If you have a coding question about Inform 7 or other technical aspects of interactive fiction, I strongly encourage you to post that question to a public forum such as the intfiction forum rather than emailing it directly to me. You’ll probably get a faster answer, and definitely get a chance to make contact with a very cool user community.

Twitter

I tweet occasionally, including updates when I post new blog content, information about IF news and conferences, etc. It is not primarily a personal chat account. You’re welcome to follow if you like.

Donations

Occasionally someone contacts me to ask about contributing in support of my freeware and free writing. This is not at all required, and I do not currently solicit donations for myself. However, if you’re┬ámoved to contribute something, these are all worthy purposes:

  • DonorsChoose provides classroom materials to high-poverty schools in the United States. I maintain a page of projects I’m interested in, especially (but not exclusively) focusing on literacy and STEM-related subjects, and teachers who have not received previous support.
  • GiveWell lists several high-effectiveness charities, primarily concerned with health and poverty alleviation in developing countries. In terms of short-term reduction of suffering, these may make the biggest difference per dollar.
  • There are a number of IF writers, game developers, and indie games journalists who need support to keep creating. My Patreon page lists some.