I know I haven’t updated in a really long time. As I’ve had some new user registrations on the site, I thought it was about time I did.
First off, I have another short story being published by Bards and Sages Quarterly soon. It’s called “Respect for the Dead”, and will be available in their January Issue.
I’ve also started a new novel length project. I’m about 20,000 words into my first draft. It’s a bit smaller scope than The Casino of Master Rule is, having only three main characters, one secondary character and a handful of cameos. It’s also a much more personal story, focusing primarily on one woman in an abusive relationship.
Despite the subject matter, I’m not using this as a springboard to push some political agenda. I had some friends and family take hold of the idea and run off in ten different directions that I hadn’t intended, thinking it’s going to become a “soapbox” story, and basically clear an hour off their PVR for my impending appearance on Oprah. Sorry to disappoint, I said, but the focus of the story is the woman in the situation, not the grand scope of the societal problem itself. I think it’s going to be a really good story, just not what everyone else is expecting it’s going to be from what little I’ve told them.
Not to fear though, it will have vampires in it. Sticking to my 90% rule, there will be a vampire character that interacts with the MC, and will be the cause of several changes in her life (including her eventual conversion) but it’s not going to be an “all vampire, all the time, supernatural gorefest”. There will be a lot of sex and violence in this one, but the vampire element probably won’t even come into play until about a third of the way into the book.
And that’s it… I’m working, writing, constantly subbing out short stories to try to find them all homes, and hopefully I’ll have this new book finished in the next 5-6 months.