Archive for August, 2012

Dog Days

This has been a fairly rough week at the day job and pretty much everything from my personal life was neglected. It always sucks when the “real world” messes up your plans but it happens and you just have to roll with it. I joked recently on the Super-Fly Podcast (or maybe during the pre or post-show conversations; those Skype calls just bleed into each other) that I’ve never had a good August. That’s not entirely true but for the most part it does seem like the pothole before we can finish up the year (and my birthday).

It’s a bummer because I feel like I’m really behind on a lot of personal projects. My writing for the Panels on Pages site has been nil, my work on the latest Winston & Churchill story hasn’t been what it needs to be and I’ve been trying to get more things done with the Robozoic Age comic as well as possibly pitch a short story or two to an indie anthology that’s closing it’s submissions at the end of the month. It’s a lot to put on your plate for the last weekend of the month and continues my personal trend of over-extending myself for fear of missing out on opportunities.

In other news guys in the comic industry have kind of lost their minds on social media this week and it’s a huge bummer. As someone who wants to work in the industry and tries to be “political” and to not say anything to make me look overly stupid as I try to engage in networking it’s disconcerting to see the established people break all of the “rules” and go at each other tooth and nail while airing their gripes in public. On the flip side social networks like Twitter can also give you cool and uplifting things like writer Cullen Bunn talking at length about how he broke into the comic industry. Like me, he writes both prose and comics and I’ve always felt a kinship writers that do that. It also helps that the couple of times I’ve met him he’s been a super-nice guy and that he’s incredibly talented. Even if you don’t care for comics but love supernatural adventure stuff or westerns his series THE SIXTH GUN is damn near perfect.

I guess the important thing for me to remember here is to not lose sight of the good when the bad rears its ugly head. Yes, my day job may be grinding me to a thick, sticky paste but if I ever want to leave it I’m going to have to work hard and stay excited about the stories I’m trying to tell. It’s never easy and I don’t think it ever will be but it’s what I want and I relish working towards it and winning it. There’s always a light that shines on the horizon and in this instance I think it’s already breaking through.

Onwards and upwards, always…


08 2012

New Winston & Churchill story: A LOVE SUPREME

This is the part where I’d say “Gosh what a long month it’s been” but all things considered they’re all long months. Despite all of that I’ve got a new Winston & Churchill case up on Smashwords called A LOVE SUPREME. Yes, like that jazz song. From the description on Smashwords:

A young woman’s father hires the two after his daughter goes missing, last seen in an underground nightclub dazed and drugged out of her mind. To get her back they’re going to have to shoot, kick, stab and magic their way past a small army of thugs and their boss, a man with blood red eyes, razor white teeth and a voice that can make anyone do anything he wants.

This was actually the first Winston & Churchill story I wrote (begun by hand in 2004 sitting in an apartment that where the power had been shut off) but I ended up shelving it because it didn’t sit right with me at the time. I’d pulled it out to kick around a couple of times over the years and when I knew that I was going to start this project it’d have to be dusted off and run over one more time. Lots of changes this time around and I think I’m finally happy with it. Well, as happy I can get about these things. I think one of the best parts about this is just getting stuff out the door and not fretting over it until I’m not able to show it to anyone.

Next month’s story was going to be called something else but is now HEART OF SUFFERING. Looking at the first two W&C stories and the next two I realized that there’s a lot of heartbreak and misery and longing going on in them. It probably has a lot to do with what was going on in my life when I came up with the ideas for them (heartbreak, misery and longing mostly) but I think the next group will be more action-adventurey and less . . . desperate. The stories will eventually be grouped by fours, each roughly covering a season (these first four being Summer, May through August) so maybe it’s good that they’ll all sort of have themes.

I’ve also made the first W&C story NEVER LET GO free on Smashwords. I figured I’d be better off giving away the introduction of the two mis-matched occult P.I.’s away, especially since (and I’m being honest here) sales were not so hot on it. I’m hoping that will change in the long run, but I suppose I have to get out of this “Build it and they will come” mindset. Let’s face it: there’s a lot of shit on the internet and my own circles of friends can only go so far. I do appreciate the love, support, retweets, reblogs and likes that folks have done for me but I need to find a way to do more. I’ve been getting myself relatively active on Goodreads and both NEVER LET GO and my first novel SHADOW OF THE PAST have begun to get some love from what I hope are honest to god humans and not bots. We’ll see if that materializes into anything but in the meantime I’m more than open to ideas of places to try and promote the series and get some real mojo going. Other than those things, if folks can leave positive reviews on Amazon and Smashwords for that stuff it’d be a great way to try to connect with those elusive strangers out there looking for something awesome to read.

I’m going to try to keep folks posted more frequently over the month to let people know what’s going on, so we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for reading!


08 2012