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2015 to come

Well, last week I rehashed some of the highlights of 2014 for me. This week, I’ll talk about what I’m looking forward to in 2015. Thus far, I’ve got two appearances lined up, but I’m optimistic more will happen. I’m always on the lookout!

In early April, I’ll be a comic guest at MegaCon and will be in Independent Press Row with my friend and hot new comic writer Wes Locher. If you’re in the Orlando area and you like all things geek, you can’t not be at MegaCon!

My other planned appearance is the Florida Writers Conference in Orlando in October. The details aren’t finalized yet, but I’ll be giving a presentation or two and probably be on a panel or two. Last year was my first and it was fantastic! I’m very excited to be returning.

I’m hoping the new year will bring me some news of the two projects I have floated about: Cat & Mouse and Beah. If I haven’t finished them by the time of this writing, I hope to get two other pitches circulating which I’ve told you about: Citizens and The Rejects. Just click on the titles to go “like” the Facebook pages for each of them where you can find art and updates on the projects.

I’m excited that Trumps has new life in it because Anthony Pereira emerged and is alive and well—and drawing the 2nd issue. Plus, I’m hoping to announce an inker on the project soon!

I’ve hinted at it before, but I’m working with a publisher to try to come to a happy agreement to see The Gifted come to fruition. While I’ve written it as a novel, he’s very interested in pursuing it as a graphic novel. The challenge is to find a way to get the art done for the small press. I’m very optimistic about it because the publisher seems to want it to happen.

I’ve also talked to artist Kevin Tuma about doing a Champion one-shot. Tuma wants to publish the work himself, so I’m excited about seeing that happen.

I briefly mentioned this a few months ago, but I “internet-met” a talented artist who is a martial arts student of a good friend of mine. I don’t know her that well (I did say “internet met”) and I don’t think she’s a huge comic fan, but her pencil work is astounding! So I hope to finish putting together a pitch for a sci-fi piece with newcomer Gabriella Rossetti.

Around Y2K I did a short comic adaptation of a short film by some folks in the Muscle Shoals area. Thanks to the changes in digital technology, I’m going to see that it becomes available. It’s being colored by my old Malibu colleague Albert Deschesne.

Speaking of older work, I’m in the process of collecting some of my older work and making them available as both a compilation and in digital format. Works to be collected will include Demon’s Tails, Krey, and some others.

Something else I want to do is an anthology that collects some of my shorter comic work. I’ve only got a couple at this point, but I’m hoping to get some others done.

I’ve talked to a few other artists who expressed interest in putting something together: Patrick Rolo did some work with me back in the Malibu days and Moye Daniel almost did some work with me…but disappeared. Both of them have reappeared, so I’m hoping we can make something happen.

Lastly, I really hope to finish my Cat & Mouse novel and send it to an agent who has already agreed to read it. I’m more than 30,000 words into it, I just need to get BIC!

So…as you can see, quite a bit of stuff that I’m excited about that will hopefully make 2015 an exciting year!

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School and projects

I’m now officially registered for coursework towards a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing. I’m very excited about it, too…in fact, even a little nervous. The MFA in Creative Writing is 100% geared toward writing creatively. No foreign languages or math classes for me, thank you very much. I’ve been overwhelmed this last week with reading all about registration, the course-work, etc. I’ll be able to do most of it from home, and as most of you know—that’s a huge relief to me. Not sure when my first assignment is due, but I’ll be turning in 25-30 pages of original work!

No real news on the hunt for a publisher for The Gifted. Kimberly, my agent, has gotten some decent feedback, but a couple of them have said it was for a younger audience than what they were looking for. Guess I’ll have to work on “upping” my audience. Cat & Mouse, the novel I’m working on now should definitely have older content. In talking with Kimberly, I guess I’m really shooting for the Twilight age audience…essentially, Brittany’s age. She enjoyed The Gifted, but I do realize she has Daddy-bias. But in my discussions with Kimberly, we talked about a few things I could add to help get that audience. Not sure it will work, but I’m willing to try it.

And that’s really what’s been keeping me busy; my revisions for Cat & Mouse. I’ve just now reached the point where I was “at,” in my writing anyway. The revisions aren’t huge, but they take some reworking to make sure everything works just right. Either way, I’m still right at 25,000 words and that’s pretty exciting.

Another project I’ve spent a little time on is something tentatively called Moonbeam Bobby, a possible comic-style story about a missionary kid on the Moon. His Mom and Dad are missionaries to outgoing colonists and he’s just “stuck” there. I’ll post material here when I get the okay!

I think I said this earlier, but Brittany has been offered a bid in the Mid-South Talent Fair. She’s very excited about that and has really worked on her stage presence this year. She’s got the song down; she should, she’s been doing it all summer. For those of you in the Mid-South area, she will perform October 1, at 7:30 p.m. The competition takes place at the Desoto Civic Center. But don’t bring your video camera or camera—seems they want to charge you $50 for one of their “professionally” produced things.

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Lost electricity and I got an agent!

My daughter came up with a very good funny the other day…was so good it put me in stitches. Many are aware of the line of really nasty storms the mid-south region has had the last few days. Friday afternoon was the worst one here: started around 4 p.m. with large marble-sized hail. First time since we’ve lived here that both vehicles sat (mostly) under the garage.

We lost power around 4:30.

As things go, we ate dinner and played Uno by kerosene lamps. Brett was able to play his various electronic games until the batteries all ran out and Brittany was able to watch her DVD player also until the battery ran out. I sat on the couch and continued reading Last of the Mohicans by the oil lamps. As it came time to go to bed, I jokingly told Brittany that Abraham Lincoln had to do all his reading by oil lamps. Without pausing to even think, she said “maybe that’s why he signed all those things he shouldn’t have signed—he couldn’t see!”

I got a very good belly laugh out of that.

But while we’re talking about reading and writing, I’m very pleased to announce that an agent has offered to represent me and my works of fiction, especially The Gifted, which is what caught her attention. Yes, you could say that I’m incredibly excited. I intend to sign, seal and deliver the offered contract this week. I would have done it already, but BJ insists on taking pictures of the actual signing—I was trying to just stage it but she would have none of that.

The agent is Kimberly Shumate and a link to her blog is here—go visit it and tell her what a “smart” decision she’s made! 😉 It’s all new ground to me, so I’m sure I’ll be talking about some of it here.

So, my revision of The Gifted is finished and I’m now working on a “proposal” in the format sent to me by the agent. I guess I should say “my agent.” J It’s quite detailed and is proving to take a lot of time.

Fun time, though!

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Novel interests and Philly

I’m excited to report that both of my novels have gotten some interest the last few weeks. I know there are some writer-type folks out there who think if you talk about something, you’ll jinx it. Well, I’m not one of those. I’m going to talk about them, but I’m going to be vague…just in case.

Buying Time has the attention of an editor with a publishing company and we are actually in discussions about publishing it. They aren’t a traditional publisher in the sense of they print a bunch of copies and then try to sell it. Instead, they are a POD publisher. POD means “Print On Demand.” What with technology being what it is these days, the printing equipment exists so that books can be printed to order…thus “on demand.” That means they won’t be printing a bunch of copies and sending them out, but will be printing them as ordered. Much of the orders will be generated online. IF this happens, I’m going to depend on all of you to not just order a copy, but to tell all your pals to order a copy! J

The Gifted has the attention of an agent, and, one of the top 10 in the Christian Market. Essentially, he liked my pitch enough to see the entire manuscript, which I will be sending him ASAP. Ideally, I’d like to get an agent, even if it isn’t this one. I hope to find one for the long haul, one who’s either in-tune enough with me or who likes my work enough to stick around for the foreseeable future.

Some might question about getting an agent, but I’d like one for a couple of reasons: First, they know the industry and publishing companies far better than I do. They’d know where to send the stuff I have. Second, having an agent would allow me to devote more time to the actual writing and less time to pounding the pavement looking for a publisher (which can take up a LOT of time). I would still do the promotional thing, though. I enjoy that. Lastly, they’ll know the ins and outs of contracts and such and won’t allow me to get into a bad deal (hopefully). The thing is, that is what they do, so doing it for me is just another part of their day. But it isn’t normally a part of my day, so I might miss something.

Obviously for both of them, nothing is in writing yet. I’ll definitely put it here when something happens so that you’ll be among the first to know! Lift them up in prayer or send good vibes, whichever makes you feel better!

I’m leaving for another trip with Elfin Kids in the wee hours of the morning, headed to the Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Convention. While I’ve been to an untold number of comic conventions, I’ve never been to this one so I’m looking forward to it. I may—may, try to blog while on the road, we’ll just have to see. May not, too, though.

The other thing different about this blog entry is that I’m writing it in MSWord and it is supposed to be able to go directly into my blog…we’ll see about that one, too!

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