Caught mention from Steve Weddle of a contest today being held by Chad Rohrbacher to win Victor Gischler’s THE DEPUTY plus some of his Deadpool work for Marvel Comics. In usual fashion, I didn’t find out about the contest until entry’s were closed. The contest required work less than 1500 words and either had to have a crime angle or superhero angle. So that got the wheels rolling and thought I’d throw together something quick during lunch.
Hey there. Who are you? Who am I?
Things have been a little crazy at the Casa de Phillips. I tore up my house. Took a week off work and was intent on improving the homestead. By the end of my reprise from work, I managed to get every bit of my office strewn across my house. I somehow went from straightening up and organizing my office to “man I really need to get rid of this wallpaper and it shouldn’t take more than a day.” A day? I place a curse on wallpaperers across the world. A pox on your families and future generations. Not really. I’d hate to have that kind of mojo power … unless it was beneficial to the world, and mostly to me. Anyway, I digress.
So I’ve had my home in practical ruins for a month. Not much getting done. I did manage to get the house in order, it’s just my office that is in ruins now, though the walls are paperless and Avalanche Blue. Some touch up left and then I can get the room together again. Let’s pray that happens this weekend.
Because of this ruin, I’ve not been motivated to do much work on the computer in the evenings. I work a little on the mess and then veg. Such is life.
It’s getting better though. I think.
I have been reading. Quite a lot of crime/noir fiction. Several Charlie Huston and Duane Swierczynski (man, I always have to hunt for the ‘c’ when typing his last name). This has had some influence on me. I’m going to shift priorities on projects and push Dimes For Dying featuring former Detective Charlie Novak to the top. Maybe revisiting Terminal later this year.
I’m going to publish Dimes For Dying free on my website after a couple three drafts, serialized over the course of about 20 weeks. Total length should be 60-70k words in length, broken down into fast paced segments posted three times a week. I may podcast it a week delayed, but really I’ll have to see how things roll. I really want to be in the business of writing and podcasting in my limited scope of experience is laborsome. So I have to give props to those who do serial podcasting.
Outside of Dimes For Dying, I will be writing several short stories in the same vein in the coming months and with luck they’ll appear in online zines and print publications. If not, it will be good practice.
I do have about 7 book reviews to write for 52Books, as it’s my only proof I’m actually staying on task. Those will pop up once the dust has settled at the home office.
Right now I’m reading I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. A quirky story about a 15 year old sociopath who fears he might become a serial killer.