Archive for August, 2015

Send in the Editors

I’ve been spending a lot of time late working on the maintenance and nuts and bolts of writing and, like I tried to implore myself last I posted, less on coming up with new stuff. For the most part that’s worked out, although I did finish off a quick little 8-page script for my artist friend that will hopefully spin off into some other projects at some point in the future.

In the meantime I’ve been working on some of the previous projects of mine and making sure that they are all ship-shape and tightened up as I’d like to start having print editions done of them. There’s a lot involved in that that I’m going to have to wrestle with and much of it is still new and scary to me. The first step in that process though is making sure everything is edited up all perfect and pretty. I’m a smart enough man to know that I’m not the person to do that so I’ve brought in some outside help. I’ve had two friends of mine working on doing some freelance editing for me and the fruits of their labor is now available to you, the reading public.

My novel SHADOW OF THE PAST now has a new edition edited up all nice and smooth for its…geez, 4th anniversary? No, that can’t be right? (it’s totally right, as it was published April of 2011). Hopefully by this time next year there will be a print edition that you can read and I can sign and I can shop around at conventions and such. In the meantime you can pick up the new edition at Amazon or Smashwords for the modest sum of $2.99. Big thanks to my friend and freelance editor (and great writer in his own right, Costa Koutsoutis. Costa’s doing a lot of things (and actually doing them which I find enviable) so to list them here would leave something out so I’ll just direct you to his latest Station Identification post on tumblr (something I should do more of) so all of his writing, serialized fiction and comics and such.

Not only has that gotten some work done but the Winston & Church series is also slowly getting a facelift thanks to my friend and editor Jenn Sedik. She’s in the process of proofreading the whole series that’s been published so far and will be doing some more hands on editing for the upcoming stories (for those that don’t know the first drafts 8th, 9th, and 10th Winston & Churchill stories are done and are just waiting on me to make my own ham-fisted edits on them). As of right now she’s completed work on the first three stories (NEVER LET GO, A LOVE SUPREME, and HEART OF SUFFERING) and they’re all available to be purchased in their glorious new forms at Amazon and Smashwords as well. Shortly the fourth story, AN EQUAL SHARING OF MISERIES, will be done and we’ll have a new edition of the first Winston & Churchill collection, SUMMER OF SINS.

Once that happens I’ll probably begin what will hopefully be a campaign of marketing and advertising the like of which everyone has seen before just not from me. But don’t wait on my account! Get out there and pick these stories up if you haven’t already! Don’t you want to be all hipstery and tell people that you knew about these before everyone else did? Hell, you can even prove that by leaving a review on Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads (yes I said “and.” You can just copy and paste the same review three times I won’t tell anyone) and then telling everyone all about these. It’ll be fun, trust me!

Speaking of telling people about things I’ll be at the Cincinnati Comic Con September 12th-13th with my longtime friends and conspirators Super-Fly Comics & Games selling copies of Monstrology and Book of Dragons, as well as maybe showing off some other stuff and promoting some of these projects I’ve got percolating on the horizon. I’m sure I’ll have more details about those things as we get closer.

Or at least I hope I do


08 2015

Stop Building

Between the move and the new job and the dog and kind-of sort-of being a home-owner (although I guess I’m more of a step-home owner. Home owner-in-law?) I’ve found myself bouncing around with a whole lot of schedule changes and adjusted goal new things popping up. It is great that there is now a much ore solid and sturdy foundation to my life over all but I’m still trying to maintain some of the basics of what I’m trying to do and who I am. I want to be able to go to bed every night and think “Yes, I did everything I could to achieve my goals.” It’s hard because for a lot of those things I’m not the sole arbiter or what is happening. I have a lot of comic projects that I’ve been focusing on lately and those are all collaborative. While it’s amazing to work with someone and see a thing that the two of you have created begin to take shape comics also take so…long…to…make. Especially if the people involved don’t already do them for a living. And if they do (and even if they don’t), open up the wallet and pay them what they’re worth.

All of that makes comic creation almost painfully slow for me which is why I bounce back and forth between that and prose because with prose I am more the master of my own fate, although lately a lot of that energy has been cleaning up and editing stuff so it is more presentable and suitable for print. You’d think that with all of that I’d be well ensconced with projects to keep me busy but no, my brain has to keep chugging away and make more “opportunities” for me to make stuff that I can do while I’m waiting on other stuff to fall into place.

Along those lines an artist friend of mine posited that we should work on something together, like a quick little five-page thing. So naturally I started turning my brain around and eventually settled on something. And, of course, once it hit on this thing I started turning more stuff over and I hit on something else and, being me, something bigger. So yeah, maybe that’ll be a thing that I start pursuing. Or maybe I’ll come to my senses and work on fixing and steadying the things I’ve already got going on and stop trying to constantly build something new.

That would almost make more sense.


08 2015