MERGE Blog Tour: Guest Post by MCM! (You can win!)

May 30, 2012 by

Hello out there! Today I’m super excited to be a part of the MERGE Blog Tour! See my sidebar over there? I even added a banner (and if you’ve been here before you know that I almost never update my sidebar!). MERGE is a 13 part paranormal thriller series put out by the folks over at 1889 labs. And by ’13 part’, I mean 13 stories – not 13 different books, and they are all stand alone!

Set in a world still reeling from the discovery of transhumans, MERGE charts the loves, the betrayals, and the struggle for survival as transhumans are rounded up and sent to live in ghettos. Tensions are high, riots are brewing. The human race is about to come undone.

The stories written by 4 different authors, AM Harte (you might remember A.M. Harte from my review of Hungry for You), Kit Iwasaki, MCM, and Yvonne Reid. The blog tour will last 4 weeks. Every week, four stories will be published.

For my part of the tour I’ll be featuring a guest post by MCM, whose short story, Everything Must Go (Teaser: The first sentence is a doozie! (I’ve always wanted to say that!)), is being released this week as part of the series.

How To Accidentally Create A Series
by MCM

I’ll tell you a secret: I wanted to write a silly scene about a bureaucrat in a vat of ooze, and it somehow turned into a four-author series with intricate plotting.

What went wrong? Atmosphere, that’s what.

This was my thought process: Bureaucrat, vat of ooze, silly. Easy enough, but why would a bureaucrat be in a vat of ooze in the first place? Backstory is required, or at least set-up! There’s got to be more to the story… a novel, perhaps!

And that’s when the smarter half of my brain smacked the other half in the proverbial face, because as everyone knows, one does not write novels about bureaucrats or ooze, because novels are not meant to be boring. Unless you’re trying to win an award.

“Fine, then,” I said to myself, “I will make it a short story. Everyone loves short stories.”

But try as I might, I was unable to think of a good wrapper for the notion of a bureaucrat in ooze. At least not one that fit into a small package. The mechanics of ooze generally lend themselves to epic storytelling, and while one can sometimes squeeze epic-ness into 3,000 words, it’s usually not the best idea. And so I did what all good writers do in time of need… I wrote to Kit Iwasaki to see if I could trick her into giving me the answer.

I gave Kit the scoop on my story: “All I can tell you is that it’s about a bureaucrat, and he’s in a vat of ooze. I’m sure you can fill in the blanks, right? ;)”

Her answer was not what I was expecting. Instead of telling me how to fix my story, she came up with this idea about a society in the throes of genetic transformation, about the ways the transformation changes the way we interact with each other, the way we govern ourselves, the way—

“Yes, yes, yes,” said I. “But about the ooze…”

But sadly Kit, who was working towards a deadline six months passed, was too far gone to be reached again. She was excited to be collaborating, and couldn’t wait to explore the world further. Evidently, I needed to fix this new problem before my ooze went dry.

My next thought was to contact Yvonne Reid, who is writing a cool new series called Ascension for us this summer. I briefly outlined my bit to her, along with the important fragments of Kit’s blah-blah-blah scenario, and ended with: “… but I’m really concerned
about the way Kit is treating the bridge between this genetic transformation and the vat of ooze…”

Yvonne sprang into action, crafting a though-provoking outline about a bounty hunter charged with tracking down the genetic aberrations — transhumans — and bringing them to a government-sanctioned ghetto. Things are complicated by the appearance of—

“Back up, we’re focusing on the bureaucrats,” I said, but she wasn’t listening anymore. In her mind, this was now an epic novel with three authors, all intertwined and quite frankly, involving far less ooze than I was hoping for. Something had to be done.

I wrote an email to AM Harte, the Editor-in-Chief of 1889 Labs, and I did what any self-respecting publisher would do…

“Kit and Yvonne have this crazy idea to write a novel with a bunch of authors about transhumans and how genetic changes impact society and crap like that. I need your help.”

“I see the problem,” she said.

“I know, right?”

“It should be a series, not a novel.”

“Hold on…”

And before I knew it, we had this big project planned, tying together all this stuff, with absolutely no regard for bureaucrats or ooze or vats or anything. I was depressed beyond words, even if the component parts of the series are actually kinda cool.

In the end, I wrote my story, “Everything Must Go”, about a bureaucrat sent in to stop people with silly ideas from ruining a perfectly good time. And the ooze, it flows.

Mission accomplished.


MCM is the creator of the animated series RollBots. He also writes books, such as The
Vector, The Pig and the Box, and Typhoon. When not doing such things, he is coding sites
like this one. He is also insane. For more information, visit


(1) One lucky reader will win an iPad.
(2) Second place will win e-copies of all 13 stories, plus a $10 iTunes or Amazon voucher.
(3) Third place will receive a $10 iTunes/Amazon voucher, plus e-copies of one of the 4 authors’ MERGE stories (their choice).

Here’s how you can win:

- any comments (on any blog tour post) will counts as an entry to the grand prize (including an iPad!)
- tweets with #merge1889 count as entries too
- Facebook Merge mentions tagging 1889 Labs fb page count
- and subscribing to our newsletter on is worth FIVE entries

Winners will be announced at the end of the tour (straight after June 18).

PS. Didn’t you just love my gratuitous overuse of parenthesis. Yes, I talk like that in real life!

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  1. Thank you for letting me sully your wonderful site! It was a blast writing this post, largely because I finally got to set the record straight about those lunatics I call collaborators. Nutbars, all of them! Bah!

    Want to know the saddest part of this whole thing? My second story, coming out next Wednesday, has no ooze in it at all. How’s that for tragic?

    • I was just going to say I apologize in advance for the witty comments I may or may not have requested via Facebook just now.

  2. Kevin Williams


  3. Craig


  4. Victoria Zumbrum

    The book sounds very interesting. Please enter me in contest.

  5. PSH, I say! Psh!

    MCM is telling LIES. #fact

    • Lies? Nonsense! I am full of truth! #fact #sorta #oknotreally #shaddup

  6. Artemis

    Great post! I love the short stories and Everything Must Go sounds really good.
    Thank you for the great tour and giveaway!

  7. very cool post and giveaway!

  8. L

    Simply super. Ooze. Wow.

  9. Ah ha! Now I know hooze fault it is that I fed all my booze to my bird, who now cooze non-stop. Of course I’ll really looze the plot if instead he mooze at the tv nooze and if he pooze on the screen, yooze will all rooze the day you didn’t meet me.

    Somebody, help me, I’ve caught ooze-disooze …

    • You are breaking new ground in the world of awesome. Sorry, I meant you are breaking nooze ground.

  10. Dammit I wanted the ooze:P

    • It’s never too late to have some ooze.

      Hmm, that sounds strange. Maybe try it on crackers?

  11. Gale Nelson

    thanks for the giveaway! Gale

  12. Na

    Ooze-does it! It sort of has a nice ring to it. Thank you for the post :P

  13. I love this whole idea. Awesome.

  14. Kaeleigh

    Not only can I not wait to get my hands on the series, but now I want to watch Ghostbusters 2, and Flubber. Love me some ooze

    • See? It’s not just me. Everyone loves ooze! And Ghostbusters 2, too! Viiiiiiigo!

  15. Peeptastic

    Oh dear! What have I gotten myself in to? I believe you guys (and gals) are not… normal!? I suppose I should mention Ooze as well?


    • I think mentioning ooze is quite essential. And don’t worry, we’re all quite normal. In that “escaped from a mental hospital” sorta way :D

      I apologize again for any emotional trauma this post may cause.

  16. Jolene A

    Great post and I am so intrigued with this!!!!!

  17. HAHAHAHA geez, i can’t stop laughing at the comments! :D i really had fun reading the post, and i had more fun reading the comments. All commenters are oozesome! :D couldn’t wait to find out about the bureaucrat story in a vat of ooze and silly!

    • and oh, while reading the post, i felt like your in my head, blabbing! lol maybe because i talk the same way (without parenthesis) HAHA

  18. Hmmm… I’m definitely intrigued. I love when authors do something different.

  19. Sabita Ramachandran

    Ooze as a word is so onomatopoeic, can literally feel the ooze!

  20. Sastun

    Loving the way they describe the thought process they went through in the creation of the work. Kinda puts it into perspective how chancy this sort of thing really is, and how easy it can be to put something amazing like this out.

  21. Astri Nasthasia Videlia

    uuhhmm… you can’t do this to Me.. I’m curiouse how’s the next is… x(
    anyway.. it’s a nice Post… ^^

  22. Hmmm, I’m oozing through the Blog Tour in reverse order… So, as I have already commented in a couple of places, I like it a lot when we have articles not only on the series itself, but on how it was created (however silly or funny it may seem) and what happened behind the scenes.

    And I always love reading MCM’s insider articles, too.

  23. YWLiang

    Thank you for telling us your “secret”! -wink- -wink-

  24. Great giveaway. I subscribed with my other email:

  25. You could write a book about writing this book actually. :D

  26. Elizabeth

    Ooze is just a great word, and makes any story better! “Just add ooze”–could be a new ad campaign…

  27. Bing

    I love reading thriller stories. Thanks for introducing me to the series and iPad giveaway!

  28. Cordelia Fitzgerald

    Wow. I haven’t read a book by multiple authors in such a long time. Thanks for the review.

  29. Emmanuelle Gaucher

    I haven’t read your books yet, but I would love to try them!

  30. Marie K

    Thanks for being part of the blog tour!


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