As some of you are aware, I just finished writing a novel, known publicly as "the vampire novel" but in private as "what am I going to name this?" It's an adaptation and expansion on the script I wrote for Horror of Loon Lake, and I'm very pleased with how it developed as prose. It's an entirely different story: it's the Armageddon to the comic's Deep Impact. Anyway, it is in beta reading phase now and I hope to have more news on it soon.
I will begin soliciting for three beta readers to tackle the current draft. They will be reimbursed in the form of gift certificates to a popular and incredible comic shop called Escape Pod Comics (they ship, so don't feel like you're excluded if you like outside of Long Island). Once the readers return their notes, I will complete another round of revision then will submit the draft to an editor. After that, there are options.
While the vampire novel undergoes polishing, I am working on a fantasy western. It's technically a second draft, but there's a point early in the story where it got away from me, so it'll require full rewrites. The good news is I now have a whole second story developed for a later sequel. The even better news is the novel is really shaping up to be very fun.
Of course work continues on the Blackhawk project. The third volume will begin assembly soon and the writers contributing to this edition of the horror anthology are finishing their pieces as I type this.
Work continues on the delayed-but-progressing PWPA Action, a children's puppet show being developed for YouTube. It's been a lot of fun to tell stories in a different manner, and the opportunity to spotlight the joy of literacy and DIY "Maker" projects has been a blast.
Lastly, I am tweeking a tabletop game system. It's an evolution of Play Your Own Adventure, a RPG I tried to launch two years ago. The game and the puppet show both scratch different itches that my usual writing just doesn't placate.
So that's the current list. Anything you feel is missing? What are you mist excited for? Feel free to comment below!
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