About Shane

This is the story of a man with an unlimited special effects budget.

I am the Internet’s original stunt writer. I have an unlimited special effects budget, and I have spent it recklessly on a number of questionable projects. I’ve authored more than 100 books in six commercial genres and more than 1300 articles for clients including major international corporations, technology leaders and executives.

I have either developed or produced more than 40 video games. I was stubborn enough to build my own cloud reading application when e-readers came up short, and I even started a YouTube channel because apparently I have more to say even after writing and publishing a million words of commercial fiction. I run one of the largest and most successful independent animation studios. When it comes to Internet marketing, I am the quintessential Bilbo Swaggins.

My parents were both award winning television and newspaper journalists. My father was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, while my mother worked for CBS News in Denver and the Independent Press Telegram in Long Beach. It isn’t surprising I ended up a writer. Between us, my parents and I have four college degrees, all related to writing or journalism. I broke my first statewide story in 10th grade and graduated from the California State University with a degree in English Education. I am a major advocate for literacy and I believe there’s never been a better time in human history to be an author and journalist.

As all of you know, if an Irishman isn’t out starting fights, he’s hunched over a bottle desk at home writing heroic verse about them, so don’t be surprised if you find editorial here and there about technology, education, politics, the entertainment industry, video games or various other topics. While doing battle with the Committee, I will frequently publish opinion pieces and works of journalism. I also write useful instructional articles from time to time to help my fellow writers and web developers achieve greater success. You may even find a tech article or two here and there. Why, if you’re so inclined (or sufficiently inebriated) you might even want to hire me.

I have a Twitter account with a fair number of followers. They didn’t follow me, but one of my characters and her magic pet. Jessica Halloran recently retired from social media to her own site, which was live with a rather large audience six years before Twitter was even in business, so she considers it a step up.

The Spartan design of my site isn’t an accident. I developed and published one of the first 16,000 sites on the web. (Live in ’95!) I take the privilege of publishing to the world seriously. I use WordPress, but I don’t tolerate stupidity on my sites. I don’t cram my pages full of gew gaws, blinking pop-up buttons and nonsense. I don’t do ads, autoplay videos or proprietary formats, and my site won’t make your phone hang for 12 minutes while it downloads 68,000 Javascripts that don’t work.

When you need a break from that kind of noise, come visit the Committee and my other sites. Here you can read in peace. Same goes for my books and games. They aren’t stuffed full of broken formatting, misspelled words and off-center graphics that don’t fit the screen. My EPUBs validate. My code compiles. It’s all about the fundamentals here. We keep it nice and simple.

It is here I need to point out my career-defining relationship with Linux. I’ve used this operating system now for more than 25 years. My first install was Slackware 3.0. I’ve used Linux as a primary workstation ever since. As many will tell you I have a less-than-optimal opinion of Windows.

All of my professional software development work, all the software tools I’ve written and all of my novels have been written on Linux machines. I’ve been using the Emacs text editor now for just over ten years and I am still surprised regularly at how much I still have to learn. Every one of my web sites runs on a Linux or UNIX variant. I consider Linux to be one of the greatest achievements of the human race. It is without doubt the heroic epic of the Internet age.

I launched my first web site through Compuserve, and I’ve had at least one live site on the web continuously since 1995. I’ve been in business online longer than Google and I’ve been on the web longer than Wikipedia, the Wayback Machine or Hotmail. My first site was live the same year Amazon, Match.com and Craiglist launched.

My first commercial product was a shareware application called Hyperpage, which was a specialized document editor for HTML that pre-dated Macromedia’s Dreamweaver by two years. I used it to research and develop a markup language for games called GML in 1997. GML was the key technology in my first game engine (Tranquility 1.0), which led to the development of my first retail game and the first commercial browser-based RPG LadyStar: Reflections in a Dream in 1998, featuring a Javascript-powered inventory engine and full-screen animated graphics. I developed and tested my first game engine on Mozilla 0.8 only weeks after Netscape open-sourced its Navigator browser. I can’t be certain, but I may have developed the world’s first fully browser-based game.

My new web-based cloud reading application Bitbook, which went live in 2020, is running on software descended from the original Tranquility engine from some 22 years ago.

As a result of my attempts to license the Sailor Moon® characters in 1999, I became a marketing consultant for DIC Entertainment working for three-time Emmy® Award winning producer Andy Heyward, who I later interviewed for my book The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon.

Not long after, my career shifted to comics and publishing with my first print title LadyStar: Relic of Battle in 2003, my first Flash-based game in 2006 and my first webcomic LadyStar: Fury of the Venom Legion in 2008. I established a webcomic association with more than 115 sites and more than 70,000 readers a day the same year. My LadyStar comics were our flagship titles and helped myself and my artists build an audience of more than 250,000 readers.

In 2011, I put together the team that would eventually become the largest and most successful animation studio in the independent game industry. We’ve had a bullpen of as many as 40 artists on four continents, delivered 1000+ projects to clients and produced more than 40 commercial game and comic titles with in excess of 880,000 unit sales and retail revenues in north of five million dollars. My team’s largest project delivered more than 3000 original color illustrations to a single client in less than 11 months.

Also in 2011, I published my first full-length novel, LadyStar: The Dreamspeaker, which remained my best-selling work for more than three years. Since then, I’ve written eight additional novel-length works and more than 80 other books in science fiction, fantasy, comics, games, romance, LitRPG and non-fiction. I have readers in nine countries.

My companies and I together own more than 15,000 copyrights and more than 35 trademarks in industries ranging from interactive to apparel to publishing. I publish and maintain my intellectual property portfolio on my cloud server.

My current projects are the Starships at War military science fiction series featuring the adventures of Captain Jason Hunter and the Bandit Jacks, the all new Ironjammers fantasy series featuring the adventures of Jericho Holiday, Jessica Halloran and their team of misfit adventurers, and the Kings and Conquests LitRPG series, featuring the virtual adventures of Jordan Hall and the No-Name Games Guild. I’m developing a new course for authors and entrepreneurs called Million Dollar Artist™.

My ninth full-length novel Jacks Full of Aces was released on October 20th, 2020.