You may have noticed that I’ve been away from the blog since February. I’m not ignoring you.
I’ve been busy working on the Unlucky Seven Sequel (still as yet untitled). You’ll be pleased to know that as I’m writing this I’m in the middle of chapter 17 out of an outlined 26. I’m still looking at a mid-summer release (around July/August) if I can continue on this pace. No joke, some of this stuff has been particularly difficult to write and I’ve had to blow up half the outline and retool the narrative at least twice already. Rest assured, I have a plan. I will not be GRRM or King and promise a series only to stall somewhere in the middle and not make good until years later. Any of you who bought a book from me at the most recent cons should know that I meant what I said and it’s in process.
There are so many things I’d love to blog about. I actually have a list but, by the time I get to any of the topics, they’ll likely be moot or out-dated.
I wanted to write more about Con life and how it’s been a serious blast, even though it is some pretty hard work.
I wanted to write about the straight-up anger from portions of the fanbase at the All-New, All-Different Avengers line-up in the comics and how the diversity of that new group is actually going to help to save comics rather than, as some fan-boy purists would have you think, destroy the legacy of great heroes. I wanted to mention how much I love Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, Jane Foster Thor, Carol Danvers, Sam Wilson, Spider-Gwen, and all the other heroes of the evolving Marvel (616) Universe. I also wanted to mention the morons who can’t accept that all their favorites aren’t boring muscly white men anymore. That one may come up again later depending on the temperature of the internet.
I really want to talk about the writing process and everything I’ve discovered over the past few months. I wanted to let people who have that nagging story idea or that manuscript they’re just not a hundred percent sure about that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I want to encourage more people to enter into the self-publishing game and put their stuff out there. I actually spoke at a panel about this at Sci-Fi Valley Con and I also have an Author Q&A coming up at the Carnegie Library of Homestead on June 10th (so, if you’re local to Pittsburgh or you want to travel to see me, go here and let me know you’re coming). I’m not usually one for self-aggrandizing (no, seriously, I’m not) but I’m going to do my best to get people to put their necks out there and take a chance on themselves.
Oh, and as far as the sequel goes…
If you’re one of my readers and you want to see the first three chapters of the new book, shoot me an e-mail through here. I’ll get it out to you ASAP. Subject to minor revisions/editing but they’re pretty solid in my opinion. Always open to feedback.
I promise I’ll be back to a regular blog schedule as soon as the sequel is over. Trust me it takes all of my effort to keep moving forward and I actually feel guilty talking time away from it to address you but I feel you deserve to know what is happening.
In the meantime, o my brothers and only friends…
Keep fighting the good fight.