A couple of weeks ago, I took a big step in my journey to being myself by legally changing my name. Although, really it’s closer to ‘adjusting’ my name. I’ve gone from Julian Ben Pichelski to Juliann Lillian Pichelski.
That means that my pen name has also changed from J. B. Pichelski to J. L. Pichelski. How simple! Except when it comes to changing my website domain. I’ve got jlpichelski.co.uk all locked down and attached to this website, so you can go there now and go explore this very website, but in the future I’m trying to set it up so that all jbpichelski.co.uk links automatically redirect to my new domain. I’ve been following guides to get that done so hopefully it’ll be set up in due time, but for now, I can celebrate that fact that I’m one step closer to truly being myself.
In my last post, I mentioned that I had been trying to learn Unity, and I realised that I have never actually shown anything that I made in that engine. So here’s something. It’s very short and doesn’t really have any story but I had fun making the shaders and animating the character in Blender. If you want to try it, you can download it below.
A while back I used Môsi to make a little game called Old World. Now I’ve got another one for you. This is The Curtain. You can play it on Itch.io by clicking the play button below. Just like last time, use the arrow keys to control the character.
On the 16th – 18th April, I’ll be back in the technician’s chair (Albeit remotely) in a Zoom production of Mrs. Noah Fight’s Back, from the same team who performed The Visitor back at The Hen and Chickens in 2018.
While in lockdown I’ve been trying my best to keep up with writing. I’m now really excited to announce that my next play will be hosted on Zoom! It’ll be a short play about trans-allyship with a discussion at the end of it.
Click here for more details on the show as well as how you can reserve tickets.
I’ve been working on a new coding project this month. Here’s a new game I made for the TeenyTiny DragonRuby MiniGameJam. All you have to do is count how many bugs (green squares) are on the screen and click on the correct answer. It’s very simple but it does get progressively harder the more you get answers correct.
While in lockdown, I took part in a 24 hour playwriting challenge organised by Emberfly Theatre. The theme they gave us was ‘Utopia’. I had 12 hours to write a short monologue based around that theme before it was given to an actor to perform on camera. My monologue, Nirvana Mall, was performed by Hannah Abbott, one of the founders of Emberfly and a wonderful actress. I’m really happy to see the finished results for this little project. You can find the rest of the recorded monologues on Emberfly’s Facebook page.
Since I came out as transgender, I’ve felt that my old header image by Abbigayle Bircham no longer fit who I am as a person, so I’ve had a new banner which I commissioned from artist and video game developer Alayna Butterfly. (@fluttergirly on Twitter) I really liked the original consept and I’m glad that I was able to get something similar.
This short film has been in the works for a very long time, but I’m excited to finally release it online. It tells the story of Sam, an amateur photographer who discovers a world of new and magical subjects to photograph. I made it with artist and filmmaker Abbigayle Bircham between 2015 and 2017.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with this lovely and inclusive group of people on a unique little show, partly during the Camden Fringe Festival where it was nominated for an Offie award. Space Age Love Songs by TL Wiswell is a jukebox dance and theatre show with drag performances, LGBTQ+ romance and plenty of 80s New Wave Sci-Fi.
It’s no fun being a Mandroid when your dream is to be a diva. And it’s no fun being a goth, or queer, in an American high school in 1984. But Daniel wants to be a drag queen, while Cami imagines a futuristic dystopia where they both can be free. Together, they will fight the darkness. A new wave coming of age story with a thumping disco heart.