For those of you that caught my interview on The Tattered Muse (if not, it’s available in archived form), you heard me mention that I have recently only been able to find writing time during lunch breaks t work. This may sound depressing but, as I stated in the interview, it has actually helped my with my productivity tremendously. It has also reminded me how much of an overachiever I can be.
Most of the past 10 lunch breaks has consisted of me writing feverishly on a new novel attempt that was inspired by a pretty vivid bad dream. Without bothering to map it out at all, I just started writing. If you’ve seen my ramblings on Twitter in the past week or so, you’ve seen mention of this story. It has a very heavy Dean Koontz’s Phantoms vibe to it which I will try to clean up a bit during edits. At 19,500 words, this thing is really moving along. It’s fast paced and very old-school horror. Strange things happen without the weight of relentless explanations. I have never tried this approach before, and I am finding that I like it. I believe this story is going to be titled The Hellfire Parade.
The only other thing I have been working on is Broken Skies. It received its fourth rejection last week. I went back and re-read the ending and have decided that it is far too wishy-washy. Which, I am beginning to think, makes much of the novel itself too wishy-washy. Still, I strongly believe that the first 125 pages of the book are my best writing. I am currently working on re-writes for it. Well, not so much re-writes as going in and removing an entire subplot which really only slowed the progress of the story down.
Lastly, I am quite proud to say that Issue #1 of Birdwatching From Mars is done! As soon as the cover is knocked out (maybe a week or so, I believe), it’ll b proofed and sent to the printer for a handful of ARCs for reviewers, comic shops, a previous contest winner (sorry, Aaron) and perhaps for another contest on this blog. Meanwhile, the BFM Team is approaching our production system from a different angle with Issues 2 and 3, hoping to speed this thing up.
With permission of the rest of the team, I hope t be posting the cover and some more art–maybe even a 3 or 4 page preview–on here very soon.
Now, back to the Parade…