Sunday, June 11, 2017

Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Post-High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden

Hi guys! I'm featuring the first playlist on Fragments of Life for #CelebratingDebutantes2017. Post High School Reality Quest is one of a kind. It is one of the most original debuts for 2017, based on what I've heard and read so far. So it's an honor to present this unique book to you guys, today. Stick around for a special giveaway at the end.

Meg is going to explain to us how the songs in her playlist is related to Post-High School Reality Quest. I hope you guys enjoy the music! Meg, you can take it from here. :)

Avicii vs Nicky Romero - I Could Be The One – When I first heard this song, I totally thought about Buffy’s crush on Tristan—it totally captures her thoughts for him, and even sounds like her voice!

Cazzette: Eject – I always listened to this album while writing and editing, so it’s forever linked to PHSRQ to me. Every time I hear the song “On the Road” now my body’s conditioned for writing and for Buffy’s surreal text adventure college world.

Italobrothers - Love is on fire (Rob & Chris Radio Edit) - This is another song that I feel like perfectly captures Buffy’s crush on Tristan. I listened to this song a lot early on to start imagining what Buffy would look like and how to develop her.

Italobrothers - Summer Air (Original Mix) - There’s definitely a nostalgic air to this song, and the lyrics: “Why don’t we just go back” makes me think of Buffy going back in time to old save slots, and when she’s in her relationship with Tristan.

Lady GaGa - Alejandro (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) - The energy in this song definitely helped me in writing tense scenes, so I listen to this and think about the emotional conflict between Buffy and Merrill, Merrill and Tristan, and Tristan and Buffy.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Thunderstruck' [Windmill Hut] by Big Giant Circles – If PHSRQ was condensed into an AMV, this is probably the song that would be playing the background.

Tetris (GB) 'Thirty-Plus Mix' [B-Type] by R3FORGED – The fast pace of this song gets me thinking about Buffy’s state of mind and anxiety.

Final Fantasy X 'Endless Skies' [Auron's Theme] by PrototypeRaptor – This song makes me think of “What ifs,” of which there are a lot in PHSRQ. I mainly think about what Buffy and Merrill might have had if things had been different—an idea that never really interested me until the last couple drafts of the novel.

Star Fox 'Barrel Roll' [BGM (CORNERIA)] by PrototypeRaptor – When I was sick with strep/writing a lot of PHSRQ, I played a bit of StarFox 64 on an emulator on my computer. I added this detail in for Buffy as well. When I listen to this, I like to imagine Buffy in her dorm room, flying the Arwing between classes.

Dj CUTMAN - Powerglove ft. Ben Briggs (Shane Mesa Remix) – For some reason, I totally think of Sephora whenever I play this song. But I see her very clearly every time I listen to this.

Power-Pill - Pacman (Power-Pill Mix) - I'd listen to this song to think about/develop the group of friends and invoke that basement man cave gaming den feeling. Every time I listen to this, I feel that nostalgic thrill of playing Pacman on an arcade cabinet.

Thank you, Meg!

About the Author:

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit.

Find Meg: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Book Description:

320 pages
Published by California Coldblood

Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.

After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and instead begins to dominate her thoughts, telling her how to live her life. Though Buffy tries to beat the game, crash it, and even restart it, it becomes clear that this game is not something she can simply “shut off” or beat without the text parser’s help.

While the text parser tries to give Buffy advice on how “to win the game,” Buffy decides to pursue her own game-plan: start over, make new friends, and win her long-time crush Tristan’s heart. But even when Buffy gets the guy of her dreams, the game doesn’t stop. In fact, it gets worse than she could’ve ever imagined: her crumbling group of friends fall apart, her roommate turns against her, and Buffy finds herself trying to survive in a game built off her greatest nightmares.


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  1. I haven't encountered anything like Post High school Reality Quest, it sounds really interesting! Thank you for the chance to win this :)