Archive for February, 2011

Sometimes technology is alright…

…other times it bites you in the ass.

I spent a bunch of time yesterday trying to figure out how to embed sample chapters of “Shadow of the Past” onto this site, but apparently the problem needed to rattle around in my subconscious for a while before I could figure it out. Up there, where it says “Writing,” you can click on that for a bit of jacket copy about the book and read the first two chapters.

Enjoy!

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02 2011

Demonweasel Dreadfuls & Shadow of the Past sample chapters

Things are continuing apace here at the mothership. I had an interesting discussion on my Facebook and Twitter about selling my short fiction through this site. The general consensus was that $1 was a considerd a fair price for short fiction, which for me usually means between 4,000 to 7,000 words. I’d kind of given up on the idea of short stories a while ago as there’s a very small fiction magazine market and an even smaller genre one. This idea got that swirling back around in my head again, so I think at some point soon I’m going to start releasing a new story every month at a $1 a pop.

There are lots of interesting ways to do this, most notably the “Not 99 Cents Method” explained by web comics creator Brett Jackson. The one downfall is that you can’t have multiple items priced the same, as the entire system is automated. I’d like to be able to keep the whole “backlist” of stories live and not have to change the price on stuff every month (not to mention the fact that folks may not appreciate paying one price when it’s released and then it goes down a little bit each month). Either way, there’s a chance the first of these “Demonweasel Dreadfuls” (y’know, like the “Penny Dreadfuls” they did in the 19th century; I may have dropped out but I went to some classes in college) will be available sometime in March, maybe just before C2E2 (March 18th-20th). Granted, that’s a lot on my plate to get ready before then but its a fun challenge.

Speaking of C2E2, my “Shadow of the Past by C2E2” personal challenge is also moving along. To share the fruits of this joyous labor you can now a sample of the first two chapters here. Read, enjoy and feel free to let the world know.

This week I also got some interesting news about another possible venture, so that’s kind of rad. All things considered, things are looking pretty good for Team Demonweasel.

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02 2011

From the Ground Up

For those of you that have been following me and this site for a while you’ll notice that there have been a few changes. After years upon years of personal blogging on here I figured it was time to get a bit more serious, so we’re going for a fresh start as I try once again to kick start all of my various endeavors again. After moving to a new city and starting a new day job, I’m definitely in one of those “let’s have a new beginning” places as well.

To that end, as you can see from the post below, I’m hoping to get my webcomic “Gifted” on here on a semi-regular basis sometime before the end of winter. I’ve been threatening this for a while but I know we’re very close to bringing you a weekly dose of supernatural action, adventure and fun very soon. We’re just waiting to put the finishing touches on a few things and then we’ll most likely be going with a two-pages a week format, with occasional breaks now and again.

Also in the works is getting my novel, “Shadow of the Past” up on the various eBook selling sites. I’m in the process of having a final proof-reading pass done, but once that’s the case I’m going to put it up there for a modest sum and see what happens. I have no illusions of getting rich overnight, but I do think that in the current digital world self-distribution and publication for a small fee is an industry that has nowhere to go but up. I’ll fully admit to getting hyped up on stuff like this thanks to J.A. Konrath but I still think it’s feasible for little guys like me. I know I’ll be counting on you devoted friends, family and fans (do I have those?) to help me out.

I’m hoping both these projects (and a secret 3rd one) get off the ground by C2E2, where I’ll be hitting like the fist of an angry God, along with my boys from Panels on Pages, where not only am I still co-hosting the Super-Fly Comics podcast but I’m currently a staff writer with a weekly column, “Back in the Game,” where I talk about going back to being a regular comic reading civilian after working in comic retail for nearly 10 years. If you have the opportunity, I highly suggest you check out the show this year. As good as last years was, I think this year is going to have all kinds of awesome going on (plus it’ll be the first big show in a while I’ll be at in a Press and not a retail capacity).

So that’s where we’re at. Look for changes around the site over the next month. New stuff and fiddling around with the site itself, plus maybe some more added content. I hate being one of those “this is the year that it’s going to happen” kind of guys, but I will be honest with all of you…I’m feeling it a lot more this year than I have in the past. With a little energon and a lot of luck, maybe we can get this thing off the ground.

I hope you’ll take the ride with me.

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02 2011