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Update: Book03 Outline


– Part of notes/outline for Book03: The Arcane Side of Life

I’ve slowed down with work (for the moment) as I’m working on improving my eyesight naturally (I have more info on that on this eyesight blog of mine).

I’m currently able to work at the computer without glasses for short amounts of time. The text is a little blurry but it’s more relaxing for my eyes than having glasses on. I try not to wear them now except when absolutely necessary only (such as when driving or travelling).

I’m editing Book02 of the Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy — the second half is a terrible mess so I’ll be tweaking some things (and removing 1-2 new characters who aren’t really doing anything, or contributing much to the plot). I cleared a range of projects earlier in 2012, so progress on this trilogy has been not as quickly as I initially intended. But I will do my best to tie up any loose ends etc. :)

I intend to start writing Book03 today or tomorrow (I’ve expanded a bit of the outline — I like to have several points per chapter outline, for certain projects). I’ll be busy in October-November (will be participating in Singapore Writers Festival). I’ll do as much as I can for Book03 now, then see how much of the final product I can do over December 2012 (where I’ll finalise both Book02 and Book03 of the trilogy).

Shadowrun Kickstarter

I’ll be seeing to a couple of projects before fully (re-)focusing on The Darker Side of Life (Book02).

There’s way too much going on in the plot so I intend to strip things down and remove 1-2 “unnecessary” new characters. The main storyline isn’t cohesive enough, so I’ll do my best to tweak those settings so that the “emotional intricacies” aren’t mishandled or compromised (after all, emotion is what moves a person, lol). I’m determined to set up a love triangle that is based more on something more than the involved characters’ “droolicious good looks and hotness factors” (I got so tired of the damage Twilight has inflicted upon culture and society, that I ended up writing a Twilight parody — the first in a list of parodies I’ll be working on…).

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On another note, the first time I heard about the role-playing game Shadowrun was in late 2010. I was born in 1986 and eventually grew to like NIN and cyberpunk-themed media during my mid-teens, but for some reason I missed out on a lot of info and news on Shadowrun (which combines the ‘cyberpunk’ and ‘urban fantasy’ genres, like I do in The Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy).

While there are several classic cyberpunk tropes that feature in my project, I generally try not to “totally copy” another earlier piece of work (where’s the fun in that?).

Even though I don’t really fancy MMORPG games (I like solo role-playing games best), I think Shadowrun would make a fantastic MMORPG, and will some day finally try out the game for myself (I’ll be getting a digital downloadable copy of the game in 2013 — see “Kickstarter” link below). If you like the blend of cyberpunk and urban fantasy, it’s definitely something you should check out!

Some links and info included below:

Shadowrun on Wikipedia:

Shadowrun Returns: Kickstarter ($400,000 goal / 5 days left to pledge)


– Artwork by Timothy Bradstreet (defined the early style and image of Shadowrun, and consequently cyberpunk in the 1990s), from Krypter


Shadowrun image from Kotaku

2/3 through first rough edit of Book02

I hope to have the first rough edit of Book02 (The Darker Side of Life) ready by end of 2011, after which I’ll be going on to Book03 (The Arcane Side of Life). I’ll texturize/edit both books back-to-back (and probably release them around the same time too).

I’d like for certain future projects to take on a more mainstream appeal (my early work was mostly for discerning readers). I am now slowly getting better at balancing both idealism and realism (I was more “swingy” during early 20s). Maybe I enjoy the challenge(s) because everyone in my immediate family is entrepreneurial (all in the genes…).

It has taken me several years to realize that the type of romance I write is not emotional porn (just as the type of erotic fiction I write is not sexual porn). I continue to learn something new everyday. I think this awareness will help me with how I present/package some of my future projects (especially those which contain romantic and/or erotic elements).

I intend to focus on output (with commercial/mainstream projects) over 2012. I have several projects planned. I still intend to stay true to my brand of “meaningful entertainment.”

There’s a lot of stuff out there that promotes and celebrates shallow values, which is something I’ll always fight against.

It’s not just about/for myself, but for society as well (for the astrologically-inclined, I have Neptune and Uranus in the Ninth House). I appreciate the people who appreciate what I do. I’ll continue to improve myself so that I may use my time/skills/energy wisely and make some sort of useful contribution to society eventually.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m doing alternative or commercial work (or collaborating with others on a joint project). I need to stay true to the part of me that champions higher ideals and moral beauty :)


Real Love Versus Romance


P.S. I recently compiled a 4500-word mini collection of (informal) essays on commercialism’s de-spiritualizing effects on society.

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Skins featuring Laer


I wrote and compiled a “mini collection” over the weekend (short stories for animal lovers). I was motivated/inspired by the (horrors of the) exotic skins trade.

“Laer” [the dark elf from the upcoming The Darker Side of Life (Book02 in Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)] features in the last story of Skins. It covers an incident that occurred in his younger days ;)…

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2/3 through first draft of Book02

I’ve added the summary and synopsis for The Darker Side of Life (Book02) on the about page.

I’ll probably get straight to the first draft of Book03 once the current draft for Book02 is done (since the “momentum” is in full swing at the moment — might as well make the most of it).

I’ll still need to spend some time refining the drafts.

I had three separate rounds of “enhancements” for the first draft of Book01 — one round for the cyberpunk elements, one round for the romantic elements, and one round for the fantasy elements (plus a couple of rounds of edits after that). I suppose it’ll be the same sequence for Book02 and Book03 (both of which I’m aiming to complete in early 2012).

A non-cliched love triangle has been established in Book02. I’ll take extra care to keep it non-cliched, but still intense.

P.S. Here’s my (quite) recently set up Facebook page — I usually cross-post from Twitter/elsewhere (saves time)…

Character Interview, Ithilnin (Nin)

An interview with Ithilnin of The Other Side of Life. Nin discusses his role as the protagonist in Jess C Scott’s novel and his relationship with the author.

* Thanks to Celia for originally posted this at her blog/website (now known as Celia Can Read)!

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Celia: How did you first meet your writer?

Nin: She wrote the two words “cyberpunk” and “elves” together, during a brainstorming session. I somehow came into existence, somewhere along the way. I was her first “cyberpunk elf” creation.

Celia: Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Nin: I can’t say it didn’t cross my mind—I’ve known of Jess’s interest in writing what she likes to call “factual fiction.”

Celia: What are your favorite scenes in your book: action, dialog, romance?

Nin: Pretty much any scene where I get to strut my stuff.

Celia: Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Nin: I voiced my concerns about some sections of the first draft being really clichéd. I’m thankful I was heard. Since Jess identifies as a non-conformist, it was my duty to ensure she went for something original/authentic > formulaic.

Celia: Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?

Nin: She’s dreamt of me on a white bed in a castle in the sky, with tall red candles lining the hallway. I was apparently lying on the bed, shirtless. I was never informed if there was a continuation to that first dream…

Celia: What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Nin: I’m either playing with gadgets, and/or explaining to people what ‘cyberpunk’ means (

Celia: Are you currently engaged in a relationship?

Nin: Yes, though as life would have it, my love story was kinda cut short before it developed into something deeper. I await my fate in Books 2 and 3.

Celia: Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Nin: I guess so, because I get the best of both worlds [ethereal fantasy elements + rebelliousness of cyberpunk = edgy chic (if I had to use a fashion term…)].

Celia: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

Nin: I’d add in bios about myself and the other protagonists, alongside the “author bio.”

Celia: Do you like the way the book ended?

Nin: Not exactly (considering what I have to go through in Book 1). Ah, but while Book 1 has ended, the full story/trilogy hasn’t!

Celia: Would you be interested in a sequel if your writer was so inclined?

Nin: She’s working on the outline of Book 2. She says the outline is really weak and choppy at the moment (which was the same case with the initial stages of Book 1). In the meantime she’s working on a couple of anthologies, and a dragon-themed novella. I asked to be in the latter, and she said okay. I’d be happy to make a cameo appearance.

Celia: Do you believe that you are suitably portrayed in electronic books or would you rather be in paperback only?

Nin: I live in the future, but I’m pretty old-school in several ways. Still, I like being presented in both formats. I like doubling up.

Celia: Did you have any input into the book cover design?

Nin: Yes, I requested to be featured on the book cover [since Jess happened to draw a sketch sometime in 2010, which looked exactly like me (right down to the hairstyle)]. “That’s me,” I said of the sketch. “Oh yeah!” she replied, and slightly tweaked the initial sketch on Photoshop, before selecting a suitable font for the title on the cover.

Celia: What is the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

Nin: She makes me have a pair of prosthetic ears on standby, in order to “blend in” with humans better. I hate wearing those things.

Celia: If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?

Nin: I’d be a mad scientist (that combines art and science).

Update on Book02 (The Darker Side of Life)

Now that I’ve finally gotten Primal Scream out of the way (my huge second erotic-and-non-pornographic anthology!), I’ll be seeing to an incubus/succubus-themed anthology. As I wrote in the linked blog post (on my main blog), I’m aiming to finish that one before Winter 2011, because I want to reserve the cold months to complete the Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy.

There’s just something about winter/snow and elves (and dark elves) that make for a very nice combination.

I’ve been gathering notes/ideas for Book02 — I intend to amp up the dystopian/cyberpunk elements. Below is a little bit of info on “what I (vaguely/roughly) have in mind”:


  • THE DARKER SIDE OF LIFE (Book #2) — Sometime in 2012

Book #2 in the Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy.

LOGLINE / SUMMARY (tentative): A hybrid elf child combats a dark elf’s scheme to exploit and turn a virtual reality system into a weapon of mass destruction.

NOTES: This book will probably feature a British dark elf (the leader), dark elf hybrids, and elements of a sociopolitical nature. I’ll probably attempt a non-cliched but still intense ‘love triangle’ [involving Nin and Anya (High Elven leader, and female human protagonist from Book #1)]. I might bring in some cybernetics/bioware/DNA in Book02.

* UPDATE (17 Oct 2011): Synopsis available on about page.


COVER ART: I have a cover in mind (something mainstream/edgy, black ink on yellow background, semi-mangaesque feel again)…I’ll do the cover art once the textual content is complete :)

UPDATE (13 Sept 2011): First tentative try-out cover (yep, now to actually get to the interior/textual content!) –



I often wish for 3-5 clones of myself (so that I can complete various different projects faster). I think cloning might feature quite prominently in Book03…

P.S. Also, it took me about 2 years to come up with an official mission statement, which is as follows:

“jessINK is dedicated to publishing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. We focus on style and substance over short-term success with current fads and marketing hype.”

TOSoL, Final Version

cyberpunk elves

That’s the updated cover ;)

Going to work on a book trailer now (was a hard book trailer to put together, heh).

Purchase Links are currently “being processed” on the various distributors.

Will send out PDF copy to reviewers soon (sometime next, or next next week).

P.S. If you purchased a copy of the pre-final version, check the note on the previous blog post (to get a copy of the final version).

TOSoL, Pre-Final Version

NOTE: Because this project is taking *such* a long time to complete, I’m releasing it as a pre-final draft first (available in segments, or in one edition). The final version will be the fully-tweaked version. It’s “okay” at the moment…I just would like to spend more time “prettifying” some parts.

Book 1 (Pre-Final Edition) is available in one edition for $2.99.

* I will still send early reviewers a copy of the FINAL PDF (points to right sidebar —>), once it’s ready. Chapters 4 onward of the Pre-Final Edition contain my “scrawled notes” alongside the original text, lol.

* I’m intending to launch the first book around Feb 2011. If you’ve bought the pre-final version (or a part of) before Feb 2011, email me a receipt of the purchase and I’ll send you a copy of the FINAL version once it’s finally out. Thanks for your interest/support!

cyberpunk elf

Description: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation (The Other Side of Life, Book 1).

Review: “Dear Jess: You are a very good writer — I like your plotting, your concept, the characters…pretty much everything. You are very gifted.” — Dr. Uwe Stender, 2010

Dedication (in book): For everyone who likes blending & mixing. And thank you to friends, customers, reviewers, bloggers, etc, for checking out my non-conformist works + non-conformist ways.

* First copy sold (on Amazon) in less than 1 hour since available for purchase (zero media mentions) — Dec 9, 2010

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The Other Side of Life (First Chapter)

* I am currently tweaking the chapters — here’s a sample of Book #1 / The Other Side of Life (first 3 pages). This too, isn’t “the final polished” version yet (I like to take my time tweaking things…).

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One-line summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

Summary: Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin—the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.

A scuffle to prove who’s “the better thief” transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.

Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy].

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appeal


(First 3 pages, for now / October 2010)

Nin looked up and around the abandoned stone church, in quiet solace and admiration.

There was something distinctly unique about the building—it felt safe.

An old battered wooden cross hung on the wall, and there were a few pews strewn about the interior. The air was cold. The silence, overpowering.

He took out a small piece of paper, which had three letters written on it:

[o], [i], [l].

Two words were scribbled at the bottom: orn . lir . Elven words for ‘tree’ and ‘life.’ The letter ‘i’ was most perplexing. There were too many urban legends swirling about; Nin could never determine what that letter really stood for.

He focused on the slow, steady rhythm of his breathing, allowing himself to immerse in the meditative calm that would naturally come. With a clear mind, maybe he’d notice a clue in one of the letters, staring right back at him…

Nin turned instinctively, to hide behind the nearest pillar, when he heard the sound of fast approaching footsteps.

He kept his eye on one of the cracked, black acrylic posters at the back of the church. Its reflection offered him a glimpse of the scene behind him. Nin watched as two girls entered the building, via the open doorway. All three individuals kept still for a few tense moments, before one of the girls muttered, “C’mon.”

The girls moved lightly and quickly, like thieves in the night. They made their way to the front, stopping just before the old cross.

“Let me see, let me see,” the other girl said, tucking some of her long hair behind her ears. She was barely audible. In fact, she sounded quite out of breath.

“Patience, Leticia…” the first girl said, playfully and slightly condescendingly.

Nin glanced down at the bottom edge of the broad, digital device on his left wrist:

July 16th, 2035 | 16:20:35

He puzzled over the numbers, wondering if the double numbers had any significant meaning. He believed in signs. He had never come across a human in this locale. But that changed today.

ASK and it will be given. SEEK and you will find. Nin read the hot pink and white text, which graced the black poster.

He squinted against the bright light that shone in from the outside, to make sure there was no one else following. He stepped out from his hiding place, without a sound. He looked at the two girls—no distinctly Elven ears—definitely human.

He brought a hand up to his own ears, in reflex. He made sure his razored, medium-length tresses covered the upper portions of his ears, which were slightly pointed—a distinguishing feature that would be a dead giveaway of his identity.

“Beautiful,” the first girl breathed, flicking aside a faded pink streak in her chestnut-colored hair. She gave a low whistle, as she held up what seemed to be an orb filled with glittering bits of diamond pieces. She gave a proud, sideward glance to Leticia.

Just beautiful, Nin’s thoughts echoed. A raw kind of energy seemed to radiate from the dainty-bodied girl with the diamonds. There didn’t seem to be a trace of fear or nervousness in her slight frame. Nin wondered what her name was. He continued to eavesdrop on their conversation, remaining undetected. The girls went on speaking in hushed tones.

“That’s two in a row this week.”

“You brought the other one in?”

Leticia opened a small woven drawstring bag she had with her. Nin couldn’t see what was in it, but both girls were nodding impressively at its contents.

Nin considered letting his guard down—who else would bother with this place? The church was part of a small ghost town situated within a two-mile radius of Zouk City, capital state of Zone One. Brainwashed citizens were too busy toiling away at work, keeping the economy running, to even think about heading out for a stroll. Working and splurging (to offset the drudgery of working at a job one would rather not do—if it weren’t for the money) were the chief aims in life. Nin thought with vague distaste that this was what had become of the glorious Confederation of States.

He moved closer, feeling somewhat anxious. Why are the two girls here? Who are they? Will they run away? Say something?

Nin was looking out for himself too. Humans can be dangerous. Anyone who observes the species knows that.

The one called Leticia tilted her head down towards the floor, and smoothed the surface of her small bag.

“How much are we getting for the diamond orb?” she asked her friend coyly, as she twirled one of the strands of her luxurious black hair.

She turned to face the doorway when a raven flew in, its broad wingspan a silhouette against the column of stained glass. She gasped when she saw Nin’s majestically tall, lean figure. His pristine white hair added to his ethereal look.


The girl with the faded pink streak—Anya—jumped back when she saw Nin. The orb slipped from her hands as she did so. Her heart was in her throat. This was highly unusual, someone else sneaking around. It was what she and Leticia did, for a living.

Nin dashed a couple of steps forward and put a leg out, balancing the orb on his foot, just before it hit the ground. He deftly kicked the orb up to his hand. It required minimal effort for him to do so.

“Yours, I believe?” Nin said to Anya, with a slight bow. He held the dazzling diamond sphere out to the girls. Nin was a punk by Elven standards, but good manners were something he had never quite shaken off.

Anya was staring straight at him, blankly yet intensely. Nin noticed the warm shade of brown in her eyes, which was quite different from his own dusky-violet ones.

Her fingers lightly grazed across his palm when she took the orb back. The other girl was staring at his shiny, black leather boot.

Elves don’t make a sound with their footsteps, if they don’t want to, Nin said to himself, stifling a chuckle.

Neither of the girls seemed to be the sort who thrived on social interactions. At least, not on first impression. They were dressed quite plainly, in black jeans and gray jackets, without tons of make-up or piercings. They looked slightly scruffy and disheveled, and like their hair had gotten blown around a bit in the wind.

Still, Nin believed there was a reason for this chance encounter. He decided to err on the side of intuition. “I’m Nin.”

The Other Side of Life (book 1)

I’ll be tackling this blog/website/book site soon.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE — COMING EARLY 2011 (tentative release date)

ISBN: 1456529048

Book One in the (cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy.

GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk ~ 66,000 words

SUMMARY: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

* Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance).


Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things — though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.

~ The Other Side of Life / Chapter 1





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