Christian DeWolf

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Snapback, Vol.1

Go is the most popular board game in the world, and yet, no one at Felix's high school has heard of it. When his classmate Lindsay proves herself a natural genius, word travels fast, and soon an old friend from Felix's past arrives to see for himself. But beneath his curiosity lies something far more sinister. 65 pages, with illustrations by Dawn Davis.

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Snapback icon

Snapback, Vol.1

Go is the most popular board game in the world, and yet, no one at Felix's high school has heard of it. When his classmate Lindsay proves herself a natural genius, word travels fast, and soon an old friend from Felix's past arrives to see for himself. But beneath his curiosity lies something far more sinister. 65 pages, with illustrations by Dawn Davis.

PDF / ePub
$0.99
Paperback
$10.00

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Ghostcrime

With a serial killer on the loose and someone abducting Metal People (robots -- but don't call them that to their faces), the Magnetifax Police Department has its hands full with legitimate crime. But when perpetually sad Detective Stebbins finds traces of the supernatural, he's going to have to prove his sanity before anyone will even begin to believe they're in hot pursuit of GHOSTCRIME. 275 pages.

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Ghostcrime

With a serial killer on the loose and someone abducting Metal People (robots -- but don't call them that to their faces), the Magnetifax Police Department has its hands full with legitimate crime. But when perpetually sad Detective Stebbins finds traces of the supernatural, he's going to have to prove his sanity before anyone will even begin to believe they're in hot pursuit of GHOSTCRIME. 275 pages.

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Diamond Find

Explore the soulless Diamond City and trek to the staggering Diamond Mountains on a hypnotizing hunt for diamonds! Diamond Find is a diamond-finding adventure with over 500 endings and 100 legendary diamonds to discover.


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Diamond Find

Explore the soulless Diamond City and trek to the staggering Diamond Mountains on a hypnotizing hunt for diamonds! Diamond Find is a diamond-finding adventure with over 500 endings and 100 legendary diamonds to discover.



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I Found This Badger

In the fall of 2009, I found a badger on the sidewalk. We became friends immediately.

These are our stories.

Badger circle

I Found This Badger

In the fall of 2009, I found a badger on the sidewalk. We became friends immediately.

These are our stories.



Wolf Butler Art & Software

Wolf Butler Art & Software

The publishing company legally responsible for all of my books and games. Features a blog jam-packed with short-form comedy, and archives of past failures.



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Jul 16, 2017

On Writing (Novellas)

I buckled down this summer and finished Snapback Volume 2! It ended up about 5,000 words longer than the first volume, and I think it's considerably better. But you'll have to wait for September to decide for yourself. I'll have copies at Hal-Con.

Writing one novella per year, I've found, is a manageable task. Even with a full-time job, I've been able to muster up the motivation, two years in a row, to produce something that's 20-25k words. It's not a lot, and in years past, I've produced far, far more.

Ghostcrime was different. I really got going in 2009, when I was unemployed, and I wrote about 40k before burning out and putting it away for half a decade. When my life stabilized, I picked it up again and wrote the second half in 6 months, producing the masterpiece that we all love. But it was a considerable effort that drained me, and in the ~7 years it took to fully produce, I had nothing to show for it until the end.

The idea with Snapback is to produce and release consistently. To always have something new to sell at the conventions, and keep improving my writing and publishing process with faster iterations. So far, it's been working. And in a few years, I'll even have something I can push together into a single volume.

What would it take me to write another novel? Money and time, probably, in large quantities. But even if I devoted all my energy to producing a novel, I don't see why I wouldn't release it in serial. There were complaints when the seventh Harry Potter film would be split up into two parts, but does anyone care that they're not a single work now? If you can watch them one after another, what's the difference?

So those are my thoughts on big writing projects. But who knows -- maybe you're more productive than me and more disciplined, and you can write a novel without having your life fall apart as you do it.

I look forward to reading it.



Apr 2, 2017

A Dream of Spring

I'm sure winter has been hard on all of us here in the Maritimes. Between the biting cold & the hours of darkness, I wouldn't blame anyone for losing the motivation to write.

On that subject, I haven't been doing a ton of that this winter, but nevertheless, I'm going to be selling the books I've previously written at this year's Spring Geequinox. Why don't you drop on by? It's the weekend of April 22nd, and on the Sunday I'll be running a panel on Go.

I am still planning to have Volume 2 of Snapback done for Hal-Con this fall, though. If you haven't read Volume 1, the eBook is only $0.99. Or half-price if you also buy Ghostcrime! A whole dollar is pretty steep, I know.



Dec 1, 2016

A Snapback Review

On the subject of events that make me feel like a legitimate author, Halifax alt-weekly The Coast just published a review of Snapback! Thanks to Adam Fiske for writing those words.

The book is available now in paperback, ePub, and PDF. And there's still a $2 discount if you buy the digital edition along with Ghostcrime, a thing I wrote that also has reviews.

Buy them for yourself, or as solstice-holiday gifts! You... do know you're obligated to spend money on people you love, right?



Nov 13, 2016

Snapback Vol.1 released!

Last weekend I showed up to Hal-Con with a table full of newly-minted copies of Snapback, and I tell you, did the occasional person ever stop to look at them! In all seriousness, I did move a good number, and it was a successful weekend.

But then shortly after, I succumbed to some November sadness, as is expected, and I only just got around to producing an eBook version of the damn thing. So the PDF is up here now, and if you want a physical copy, you can order one of those, too. There's $5 shipping on that link, so if you're local and just want to pick it up from me, let me know when you order and I'll reimburse you the $5. God I'm accommodating.

And as for the eBook, a deal mechanism is in place, so if you buy Snapback and Ghostcrime eBooks together, you get $2 off the purchase! I'm just throwing money away. For literacy, though.



Oct 22, 2016

Snapback sent to print!

It's exciting times here in the living room that has become my studio -- after months of writing and years of editing, dithering, re-working, giving up, un-giving up, etc., Volume 1 of Snapback has been sent off to print! I'll be selling it for $10 at Hal-Con in two weeks. The eBook will also be available, if I can muster up the energy to produce it.

The foundation of the story took a long time to get right, but I'll be able to 'churn out' further volumes much faster now, and publish them digital-only. Volume 2 is about 2/3rds done at this point, and will probably be available early next year.

I guess another reason I'm excited for this to be out is that I built a 'price combos' deal system into this online store last year, when I only had Ghostcrime for sale. But now, with more than one book, I can bundle them together and offer discounts, making use of carefully-written, well-tested code from last November! Why am I even a writer. It is clearly more torturous than programming.



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I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I write books and build software.

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This site was built with Ruby on Rails. Visit my GitHub page to view the source code or report a bug. You may also find some of my non-serious coding projects in the Diversions area.

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