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Some updates

I haven’t been posting lately because life has been all sorts of busy.

I mentioned on social media that “Manleigh Cheese” is now going to be published by Burning Willow Press. This is probably the best thing to happen to me all year, so far. I’m working with some really dedicated people, and the contract is one of the best I’ve seen in my short time as a professional author.

Along those lines, I have started on the sequel to “Manleigh Cheese,” and have plot notes that extend into at least two more after that. Amazing!

“Cassidy Unboxed,” isn’t finished, and I’m holding it on the back burner until I get “Manleigh Cheese 2″ out of my head.

The same goes for “19 Puffs,” and “Daisy Children.” I just can’t focus on all of these at once.

A friend recommended that I start individual notebooks for my projects, and I’m really glad I took that bit of advice. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Oh, speaking of writing in notebooks, I accept donations and gifts of fountain pens. I’m so thoroughly addicted now, it isn’t even funny.

On the zombie side of my writing career, “Blood Soaked and Gone,” is back into the top 100 on Kindle Horror Comedy. Yes, my other books were mismarketed…however, they’ve started selling again. Not a lot, but some. I’m good with that…and I think I’ve completely rewired the plot of book 4, “Blood Soaked and Denied.”

Yes, I said it. There will be a Blood Soaked 4. It will not be published by Permuted Press. Chances are, I’ll self pub it.

What bothers me is that I see a place where I could write a fifth. I do not want to keep adding “power ups” to characters to keep a series going. My goal is to find loopholes in characters’ assumptions, and decisions, in order to tell a story that makes sense. That’s also why I don’t let characters know everything about who and what they are; they have to figure it out on their own.

Life does not come with an instruction manual. Writing sure as hell doesn’t.

Anyhow, that’s the news from my messy desk. I hope you guys are well!

Manleigh Cheese

Manleigh Cheese Logos

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it can be a little crazy-making, having ideas that won’t give up. The Manleigh Cheese logo is one of those annoying things that won’t let me be. These are the newest out of the batch.

I’m also being tormented by the book cover itself. I want to paint it, but am worried that I’m too close to the story to do a good job. This is why my wife designed the Blood Soaked covers…She’s a designer, after all.

On top of all this is a distinct possibility that MC might see the light of day, and if that happens, I need to get cracking on the sequel. Unfortunately, my creative thrust has been on “Cassidy Unboxed.”

I guess it is possible that Manleigh Cheese 2 intimidates me, even though I’ve got almost a full notebook of plot ideas. The characters are quiet about it all, and I (for once) wish they’d speak up.

Manleigh Cheese update

I just finished Herring and Tol Agarutha’s story arc. I’m pretty pleased with it, because it leaves things open enough that I can bring them back later. I thought you might be interested in seeing a sketch of what I see when I write about Herring.

Herring, as I see him
Herring, as I see him

One of the things that has surprised me is that he’s become a more sympathetic villain as the manuscript has progressed. His “voice” changed, too. That is something I’ll have to go back and make consistent, once the manuscript is finished.