It's time for a brief update on where I’m at and what’s coming soon… err, soonish.
In the Shadow of Extinction
I'm gonna let you in on something I have learned: it’s easy to write an epic. No, really, it is. You put down one word after the other and keep doing that for about twice as long as you normally would. Easy, as long as you have passion for the project (I do) and stamina to see it through (I did). So yeah, it’s easy to write a big book. But it is HELL to edit one. Once upon a time I wanted to see this thing available for readers in 2015 but um, that didn’t happen. Here’s the good news: I’m working on the absolutely-final-I-mean-it-this-time draft of the novel and it’s coming along well. My aim is to get it to you sometime in Q1 2018. May? I don't know. Soon. So, I’m sorry about the delays, but it’s absolutely on its way. More updates when I have 'em.
The End of the World and Some Other Things Book 3: Behold Star Wormwood
I am always thinking about my dark fantasy world which started with Death’s Good Intentions. Decarr and April are never far from my thoughts. I want to see a third book, presently titled Behold Star Wormwood, become a reality. But after the disappointing sales of Book 2, The Greater Evil, the third novel is in limbo. I want to write it – hell, I’m already 200 pages into the WIP manuscript – but sales do not seem to dictate a demand for it. Should this change, it would be the first book I jump on to see to completion. Until then, sorry to say but it’s on the backburner.
Other Works in Progress
(These are in various stages of development. Some have finished drafts, others are still pups.)
Novels and novellas:
So yeah, that’s where I’m at. ALL OVER THE PLACE. But there’s some stuff I’m pretty psyched about here. In the Shadow of Extinction is my primary focus today and should be coming out soon. After than, who knows what’s next? If there is one project that strikes your fancy more than any other, give me a word! I’d love to hear what the readers want and would definitely consider focusing more on one project than another if you know what it is you want.
Until next time.
*checks blog* Have I really been absent that long? *checks watch* It’s time to give an update. *checks empty beer can* Oh sweet mercy noooo.
I had plans for a retrospective post in early January to talk about 2017. But I never felt good enough to talk about 2017 in any ‘so what have we learned today, class?’ sort of way. And the weeks went by and I still didn't know what to say... Basically, we learned that it was a shit year. It was shitty on the large scale and shitty for me personally, too. America took a step towards madness. It was depressing to watch. I raged at it daily, and continue to do so in the early months of 2018 (sorry, social media followers!). It proved a distraction for my creative works, too, and resulted in one of the most disappointing years for me in writing (The Greater Evil’s ultra-disappointing sales also played a part in this decline in morale and creativity).
With the days beating me down and the night’s writing resulting in less and less, the notion of ‘quit’ flashed on and off like a warning sign in my brain. But one idea kept me going. And it’s not one that I’m particularly proud of or anything. It has a certain power to it, though. I’m talking about revenge.
2018 is a revenge year. Revenge at the polls so that we can vote out these politicians who prop up rich madmen and care nothing for the people’s well-being, revenge against the bottom line of the gun lobby who wants us to accept mass shootings as the 'price of freedom,' revenge against a movement of hate that feels empowered by a hateful president... And yes, revenge against self-doubt, too. Revenge against this creative drought, revenge against the urge to quit. Because, damn it, I don’t know how else to think of this other than as a fight at this point.
And I’m ready for a fight.
2018 is off to a rough start. But one cannot understate the importance of the rise of the students and the crumbling support for the gun lobby. The landscape is shifting. And you can feel a wave coming in time for November’s midterms.
And as for me, I’m already lining up some interesting writing opportunities. I’ll tell you more about them soon.
Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, blog peoples. 2018 will be better.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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