#PimpMyBio for #PitchWars. This might get long.

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Hi, I’m Diana, and I’ve entered Pitch Wars with a NA Fantasy!

I'm so classy!

I’m so classy!

 

1. I have a Portal gun. However, it’s only a miniature one. STILL, it works. When my friends need anything, I will use my super-advanced Math and Physics skills to calculate the exact trajectory, shoot up a portal towards them and LOVE IS SENT. Granted, we don’t need portals for that, but they make everything cooler.

 

PORTALS

PORTALS

2. I have two cats. One is very derpy and adorable and wishes he was a dog; the other is a dainty princess who purrs louder than a train engine. I DO share all the cute/funny pics of my beloved Sushi and Jubas and you.will.love.it.
I do love dogs as well, but since I don’t have a house big enough to make one happy, I’m dog-free for now.
3. I’m Portuguese and like any proper one, I love going to the beach AND I love food.
Perrie gets me

Perrie gets me

4. I also draw, and I dare say, am pretty decent at it. I illustrate all my novels because I love it.
5. I love games and I want to write my own. Or rather, I’ve written my own, All my novels WILL have future incarnations as games, one way or the other. And yes, I will make them myself. I’m also not afraid to admit it was games that got me into writing. Particularly Ocarina of Time, Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate 2, The Longest Journey and Grim Fandango. Planescape, particularly, had such a big impact I got the Rune of Torment tattooed on me! Below is some artwork for Sightless (text-based Point and Click) and Blob Defense (platformer).
6. I do believe one of the best things that’s ever happened to me was getting my first novel, Sightless, rejected.
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“How can you say rejection is good, Diana? Are you crazy?”
It was good because I wasn’t ready and Sightless was NOT the best thing it could’ve been. Three years later, it became a kick-ass game concept and an even better story about seeing the world through other people’s eyes. It was a humbling experience and I owe a lot to everyone who rejected me back then – hitting that brick wall not only made me a better writer, it made me a better person as well.
As for being crazy. Well…
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7. I am an extremely hardworking person. As in, I will work day and night to get my story where it needs to be. You won’t ever hear me complaining about it.
Want an example of how hardworking I am? From fifth to eighth grade, teachers told me I would never be able to draw properly. Eleven years later, I’m proving them wrong by being PAID to draw. Hard work + stubbornness does wonders.
8. A lot of my long-term friends came from the internet. One of them is also participating, and if you follow me on twitter, you already know I’m talking about Dana Collins. She’s awesome and I’m not afraid to pimp her out in here as well. She’s my L’Oreal: totally worth it.
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9. Speaking a bit more of pets: I AM MAD about bearded dragons and reptiles. I JUST GOT MY NORBERT! 10 points for Ravenclaw if you get the reference!
10. I have SO MANY projects that are already outlined and just waiting to be written. The only reason I haven’t is because my time machine only allows me an extra hour a day. Said projects include: blind girl who can use other people’s eyes to see. Voiceless is about a person who steals voices in a story that’s a play on clichés.
11. I swear like a sailor, much to my parents’ constant dismay.
SORRY MOM!

SORRY MOM!

12. Want to laugh at my first attempts at writing in English or just see how much I’ve evolved throughout the years? Look at my fanfiction.net page. Yes, fanfic was great help to improving my English. And yes, I still write fanfic. No one else was writing that Diablo 3 Demon Huntress/Tyrael porn and it NEEDED to be done.

 

13. I’m a great cook, according to everyone who’s ever tasted my food. Specifically, my version of cod with cream.

 

14. I’m such a sucker for romance I’ve compiled a list of Games With Romantic Elements to make life easier for suckers like me.

 

15. I love things that mess with my mind. Books/comics/games/movies, you name it. My favorites include Ubik, 1984, Fables and 90% of my go-to movie list: http://www.classreal.com/

 

16. My favorite writers in YA are: Susan Dennard, Sarah J Maas (I had a lot of problems with Throne of Glass, but her follow-ups are MASTERFUL), Tahereh Mafi, Maggie Stiefvater, Gail Carriger, Kristin Cashore, Rae Carson and Scott Westerfeld.

 

17. Fav writers of all time? George Orwell (I have TWO 1984-inspired tattoos), Juliet Marillier (whom I’ve actually met in person and SPAZZED — good things do come out when you a) keep in touch with agents who rejected your manuscripts BUT gave you awesome feedback and b) you’re shameless and e-mail author’s agents about how much you love their client), Philip K Dick, Tolkien, JK Rowling, George R R Martin (forget Game of Thrones — have you read Fevre Dream?)

18. I played roller hockey for sixteen years. No, not a typo. I was skating at five and competing on a national level at 10. We were in the finals for the National Cup, and we did the Super Cup as well. Unfortunately, I had to quit (only so much time in a day, plus, I had to move to Lisbon for college, and there are no local teams).
19. You know how rush week and pledging to fraternities and sororities can be awful in the US? Well, we have something similar here, called Praxe. It’s open to everyone and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve met one of my best friends and “big sister” Sofia Teixeira through it, and now, we blog together about books — in fact, her blog is one of the biggest in the country!
20. I have an awful sense of humour. Meaning, I laugh at incredible inappropriate jokes and then feel TERRIBLE about it.
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21. And last but not least, because a lot of people ask me this: Yup, Pinguicha is my real name.AND BECAUSE I PROMISED! MOAR KITTIES!

And don’t forget to check out the other awesome mentees! Blog hop at Dannie Morin’s!

So, I’m a grown-up now

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Not that I haven’t been an adult (technically, anyway) for seven years now. But I have a grown-up job that finally allows me to be monetarily independent. YAY!

And since I’ve been quiet for a while, here are some illustrations I did for Withering Spring (Belladonna) and for Sightless 2.0, the game.

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WIP Blog Hop

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Originally posted on accidentalwriter:

So I was tagged by the infamous E.G. Moore to participate in a blog hop. I hate to admit that while I’d heard of blog hops, I didn’t particularly know what was involved. So, of course, I “Googled” it. And here I am…

Emily tagged me because we were both finalists in Michelle Hauck’s In With the New agent contest, in which we all submitted our query letters and the first 250 words of our manuscript. Gosh that sounds dry, doesn’t it? But for writers, it was a week of nail biting, Twitter tweeting, screen refreshing, more nail biting, and for me & Emily – virtual tequila floats.

Don’t knock a tequila float until you’ve tried it, y’all.

Anyway, in my vast research on blog hopping (snort) I learned that some bloggers even give things away – so I’m going to deviate from Emily’s WIP questions just a bit…

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Query Critique 2

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pinguicha:

Super helpful critiques from Kyra Nelson, who interned at a literary agent. MIND WITCH is my most recent project.

Originally posted on Thoughts From the Agent Desk:

I’m so impressed to have  another query to critique so soon. At some point I’ll probably go to only doing one or two critiques a week. But as I’m building the blog, I’m going to try doing as many as possible. In other words, now is a great time to submit. See the query critiques link at the top for details.

My comments are in green.


At five years old, Zéphyrine’s father told her to throw an emperor out a window. At seven, she was commanded to brainwash her brother into submission. At twelve, she was forced to do the same to her sister; countless others followed. Although I get that the emperor thing is supposed to establish how cruel her father is, it’s a little distracting to me (it doesn’t seem to have much to do with the main plot, and since she was five, I’m guessing she didn’t…

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My group and I delivered this project mid-December. We’re now making the Game Treatment, but in the meantime, here: have the prototype for Sightless.

It’s very short and we had to strip down some of the features to deliver it on time (we had one week to make all of it). Writing and art are by me, coding was by my three colleagues!

What I’ve been doing… part deux

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So, for Game Design and Development, we had to submit a game idea of which the nine most voted by the entire class would be made into game prototypes. I subbed an idea I had based on a re-write of Sightless and it was the third(!) with more votes.So yeah, we’re making it! One tiny step towards one of my dreams, which is turning some of my own novels into games!

I’ve been doing concept art for the game. Here are a couple of screens of Aisling!

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That aside… I’ve been working on fixing key plot points of Withering Spring as well as taking my Master’s degree classes. Busy busy busy!

What I’ve been doing… part 1

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What I've been doing... part 1

Sorcha, from the amazing novel Daughter of the Forest. Still a WIP, which will, hopefully, be finished soon.

I also had the pleasure of meeting the author, Juliet Marillier in what were some of the happiest days of my life! She’s amazing and sweet and I can only hope to someday be half as good a writer as she is!

I’ve got a Thesis!

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As some people know, I’m a Computer Engineering student at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, one of the best Engineering colleges in Portugal. I chose my Master’s areas this year (Major: Multimedia Systems, Minor: Software Engineering) and I’m having a total blast.

So, when my Multimedia Content Production teacher, Professor Daniel Gonçalves, presented his thesis proposals, I fell in love with one of them and, seeing that the one teacher I’d initially wanted to supervise my thesis (I wanted to submit one about Emotional Involvement in Games) decided to go on sabbatical next year, I applied for Professor Daniel’s proposal instead.

Here’s what I’ll be doing next year (as well as finishing pending courses):

 

Thesis: Game Course

Objective: Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.

Description: Create a new version of a Gamification system that extends moodle to make the gamification of courses in general easier and more efficient. Extend the existing backend for gamification of courses and better integrate AvatarWorld into the game experience. Add customization possibilities, with adequate expressiveness. Identify possible game elements, and allow their instantiation for different courses.

Expected Result:

A new version of the system that makes not only the configuration of a gamified course easier, but also makes the course activities easier to access and grade throughout the semester.

Needless to say, I’m super excited to start working on it. I’ve always loved the concept of using game-elements for school purposes and this is just awesome!

Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.

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