Is it almost the end of 2015 already? There’s only 5 Mondays left in until 2016, which is some small mercy considering the black hole of pain and suffering every single one seems to become for most of us. Now that my forehead is sore from bashing it against the wall trying to pound out a few thousand words, the fruits of a long night of writing and a much longer day of working the day job, I feel like now’s as good a time as any for some updates here.
Firstly, what have I been up to? It’s a long list, and there are NDA’s in the way of some of what I’d love to talk about, but here goes:
My next eBook, Subjective Vengeance, will be released through Trese Brothers Games soon! We’re hoping to have it out by Christmas, but that’s an optimistic date to shoot for so fingers crossed it doesn’t spill over into 2016. It’s been a blast to write, and I can’t wait to get it out alongside my first Star Traders eBook with the Trese Brothers. Awesome people.
In October I took a trip down to Michigan to meet with Kevin Siembieda and Chuck Walton at the Palladium Books offices. What a day! I brought loads of material, we talked over a lot of it and Chuck sneaked me a glimpse of some amazing art he’s working on right now.
In fact, the upcoming double-sized Rifter 71 & 72 contains some of my game material from that meeting! Since then I’ve done some freelance editing for Palladium on their upcoming book for the Chaos Earth series, Resurrection. I’ve never seen zombies done like this before, and can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it when it comes out so I can read all the parts I wasn’t directly involved in and get the whole picture. Plus, Kevin even gave me a shout out in the Palladium Weekly Update – how awesome is that?
Before my arm gets tired from slapping myself on the back too much, let me say that there’s been a lot of work this year that hasn’t been nearly as fruitful. It makes me regret not spending more time here, on something that I can share just for the sharing of it instead of holding it secretly in case I can get money for it. The line on where that needs to be drawn, what defines giving it away as a good or a bad thing, I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been miserly with my writing for that reason.
In 2016 I’m hoping to get past that. But it seems that every time I get the urge to sit down and slam a little flash fiction out onto this blog, I turn to the looming deadlines and remember that there’s a lot of stuff I should be doing. Not quite Virginia Woolfe’s Angel in the House, but in a way that’s what it feels like – maybe even the funhouse reflection of it.
In other news:
– There’s a blog post coming (promise!) regarding a great photo shoot I had with an old friend not too long ago.
– Although there hasn’t been a script meeting in a couple of months, work continues on a short film project which I’m hoping we can start shooting for in early 2016.
– Speaking of scripts, I might be working on a few more – but that’s a bit more than 5 Mondays away.
– Anybody know a good literary agent in Toronto?