Shannon Muir

What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is Shannon Muir, and I’ve been a freelance writer since 2000, sometimes in conjunction with other employment and sometimes not. Right now I’m freelancing full-time, and also gone into self-publishing ebooks as well as being hired to format ebooks for other writers. In the past I’ve also been a production coordinator on animated series for studios such as Nickelodeon, SD Entertainment, and Sony. Most recently, I came out of over three and a half years in the childrens’ virtual world space; to be honest, I’m surprised the storytelling and technology elements between animated television and virtual worlds haven’t merged closer together yet. When I got into it back then, I was pretty convinced we were on the verge of most animation moving from television to the Internet. Then again, they thought that a few years ago with Icebox and the like, and we weren’t quite there yet either. I think it would be even harder now for someone without more technical and games experience to break into virtual worlds from an animated television background the way I did.  As to my writing, my animation scriptwriting credits are for the series MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL, which was produced in Japan but never made its way to the United States (though it was dubbed in parts of Europe) because it was just too quirky I think to fit our kinds of programming. Imagine all the cuteness of a preschool show but the characters look a bit Tim Burton-like. I did five scripts for the show, three on my own and two with my co-writer Kevin Paul Shaw Broden Continue…