Busy busy busy

So this is one of those things where I try to summarize all the stuff that’s been going on in my life these past several months.

Let’s see: I moved to Tennessee, started a new day job, got a driver’s license and a car and a dog.

Okay, that didn’t take as long as I thought. Generally things are going well, although the daily #amwriting posts have slowed, thanks mainly in part to the daily writing slowing as well. I’m not super proud of it but there’s been a lot of that obnoxious rebuilding and adjusting and figuring my new life out. I’m slowly getting back on track, doing more editing and refining the stuff that’s already been written instead of just throwing myself into more and more new projects. I’ve got a handful of projects percolating as well, so there hasn’t been a lot of new stuff that I can put up on a board and go “Yes, this is a thing that I’ve accomplished.” That’s kind of a double-edged sword, wanting to have some kind of tangible proof that I’ve accomplished something but at the same time knowing that it’s all just little steps on a longer journey.

I’m trying to be a lot more strategic and specific in what I’m trying to accomplish and making better choice about the future. Most importantly I’m in a better place now where I can actually save money and make bigger and better plans for myself. It’s a little rough, being that impatient and a little capricious, but it’s good to know I finally have a solid foundation to build from.

So here we go, restarting again, making better choices and working harder.

So stay tuned for more…

25

07 2015

Hashtag Blessed


For those that follow me on social media (instagram posting to twitter and tumblr, that is) you’s probably noticed I’ve taken to posting about my writing output on a daily basis, using my big ‘ol white board as the means to colorfully display the results. It started out as a way to track my National Novel Writing Month progress. While that didn’t end up as a “Win” for me (you can see the results up there in November) it did kick off a habit of writing every day that’s been unbroken since November 1st, so that’s kind of awesome. I’ve definitely had my up days and down days (peaking at around 2,000 words one day in November and as low as 64 a day in December).

While it’s a little repetitive and I’m sure not the most thrilling thing for other people to see it’s definitely helped motivate me and keep me honest. I know everyone in the world is watching to see how much I do on a given day but there have been folks, friends old and new, that have been very positive with their comments and support which is really awesome.

There’s a lot going on in my life right now. A lot a lot, even. In the midst of all this chaos I have a lot of writing things on the cusp of happening, from once again planning a Kickstarter to sending out pitches to comic companies to hitting the home stretch in the first season of Winston & Churchill stories. That doesn’t even cover all the ups and downs my personal life has been going through (job hunting, apartment hunting, contemplating the nature of the universe) so needless to say I’ve been a little all over the place. In the next few months there may be some big changes but it’s nice to know that, through everything, I’m still keeping up with the core of what’s important to me: telling stories I want to tell. Thankfully now, more than ever before, I’m finding a way to do that regularly and effectively.

03

02 2015

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #225

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The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #225

This week Jared, Tony and Thacher are joined by Alex De Campi (alexdecampi), writer of Grindhouse, Valentine and the upcoming Archie Meets Predator. In addition to sharing what she has in store for the “Archie Splatterverse” (spoiler alert: lots of deaths and heads with spinal cords waving in the breeze) she shares some of her insight into navigating comic creator contracts, her love for the Expendables franchise, and some holiday graphic novel gifts ideas. It’s an epic time full of robot arms, mass graves, and Steven Seagal.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Doing horrible things to teenagers

Closing Music: Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin

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12 2014

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcasts #223 & #224

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The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #223

It’s another Super-Fly Book Club episode as Thacher and Travis are joined by Kenny Taylor and Travis Fowler to talk about the books they read this month, as well as the announcements about Secret Wars, Convergence, and Fowler making an announcement of his own and setting us up for another legendary Super-Fly Comics contest. Books covered include Spider-Verse (Amazing Spider-Man #9, Spider-verse #1), Batman #35-36, Superior Iron Man #1, All-New Captain America #1, Batgirl #36, Captain America & the Might Avengers #1, Thor #2, Axis #4-5.

The Super-Fly Podcast: What the Fantastic Four movie is really about

Closing Music: Cory Monteith – Having My Baby

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #224

After a week off the gang is back as Tony, Jared and Thacher go through the oddly chest-centric December Previews catalog. Plus, tales of Black Friday at Super-Fly, the game everyone’s been playing, the announcement of a HUGE sale at Super-Fly and the possible return of several of your favorite rappers to the greatest comic shop venue on Earth.

The Super-Fly Podcast: How do you feed a boob?

Closing Music: The Guess Who – American Woman

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12 2014

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #222

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The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #222

This week the guys are back together and joined by writer, friend of the show, and all around great guy Vito Delsante is on the show to talk about his comic Stray (NOV140915 in your November Previews) and the road its taken from successful Kickstarter to finding a home at Action Lab. Plus we talk about the state of the comic market, where and how superhero movie fatigue can happen, as well as how to make and market great comics.

The Super-Fly Podcast: The biggest dick on the internet?

Closing Music: Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days

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11 2014

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #221

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The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #221

This week before Jared, Thacher and Travis settle in for the Previews Preview show there’s a lot of business to take care of, mainly breaking down the Marvel Studios announcement of the past week and taking a look at the insane amount of comic movies coming out in the next several years. Plus Travis picks a surprising role for Jason Statham, 50 Cents pressing medical concerns, and Jared and Thacher address FlyHard Nation about shoes and who is or isn’t going to eat them.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Baby Bottom Doo Doo Garbage

Closing Music: Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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11 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014, part one

The last time I tried NaNoWriMo was about five years or so ago. It didn’t go spectacularly great but I did start a novel that I’ve been kind of puttering around with ever since, if you consider opening the file, looking at it and nodding sagely “working on it.” I’m sure I’ll finish it one day, as I do really like the idea and want to tell the story and get it out there.

As we got closer to November I began to get that itch primarily because I haven’t written much prose in the past six months, instead focusing on some comic projects in various stages of production. I had an idea for a new project that I began to think I should use the NaNoWriMo excuse to burn through a bit of it. I began laying out the groundwork in my mind but something just felt…off about it. Yeah, this new idea was super fun at first blush and I wanted to dive in and sink my teeth into it. Big idea, sweeping characters, a whole lot of fun and a subject matter I haven’t really dug into that much but it still felt off.

Then I figured out why.

For about the past six months I’ve had the first draft of the next Winston & Churchill story, “Injuries of the Past,” sitting in my Google docs patiently waiting for me to give it a second look. Hell, when I dug through my big messenger bag/man purse I found the printed out copy with all my notes on it. I sat down and worked my way through the edits, trimming the beast down to a “lean” 18,000 words. Larger than I usually want those stories to be but it has a lot of fun, meaty stuff for Lexie and Henry to deal with and I was like “Damn, I miss these two.” That’s when I knew for sure what was wrong.

Looking at the calendar and my original plan for the Winston & Churchill series I saw that I had five stories left in the first “season” of the series, December through April, which would give us the first “year” of Lexie and Henry’s adventures. With the edits of November’s story (the afore mentioned “Injuries of the Past”) and generally wanting each of the stories to be around 10,000 a piece I realized NaNoWriMo would be a perfect opportunity to get the first drafts of the final five stories and give me enough time to edit them and have them released during the months they take place. With Halloween fast approaching I scrambled to get my notes about where I wanted the series to go and began figuring out how I was going to get there. Granted, I didn’t get everything fully nailed down (I’m a compulsive planner) but here we are on the 5th of November and I’m about 4,500 words into “A Bodyguard of Lies,” December’s story.

I’m excited and a little nervous, hoping the whole thing doesn’t fall apart on me. This has been an incredibly turbulent time in my personal life and it’s nice to get the chance to exorcise some of these demons on the page and tackle something I feel like I can actually control. I definitely worried about “real life” stuff stepping in and messing with my flow but that’s always going to be the case. Thanks to a new phone and Google Docs I can make the most of my daily commute and do some of my writing on the go (which I did a bit of for “Injuries of the Past”) and that takes some of the pressure off. I’ve been documenting my progress on Instagram (demonweasel) which reposts to my Twitter and Tumblr and it’s nice to have folks out there that I can feel like are keeping an eye on me so I don’t just slip away into failure.

So there we go, five days in. I’ll probably check in again next week if the wheels haven’t completely come off. In the mean time, if you aren’t familiar with the Winston & Churchill series you can check it out from the “Writing” link up there and you can also check out the interview I did with Geeks of Doom about it. The first story is free on all the major eBook outlets (Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Sony, Apple, Scribd) so feel free to check it out if you like. I will confess that one of the things that had kind of disenchanted me about working on the series is the lack of response to it, but I know I need to pound the pavement a little harder and shout a little louder about it. If you have read the series and you enjoyed it, please please please take the time to write a nice review about any of them that you’ve read on any or all of the sites it’s appearing on (they’re also on Goodreads!). Tell a body, reblog a link, say something cool about it. Word of mouth is the slowest but best way indie people like me can get their voices out there and trust me, I can use all the help and sales I can get right now.

Thank you you for reading and sticking around. I’m anxious for you all to see where the first set of Winston & Churchill adventures ends up. I can promise there’s going to be more monsters, more demons, more secrets, more magic, more gunplay, and more importantly, answers to who the mysterious dealer of magic items is as well as the truth behind the death of Henry’s first partner, he and Lexie’s first meeting, and how it all comes together.

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11 2014