May 15th, 2008

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In Other News...

On the writing front:
I am in the final stretch of the first draft of my Historical Thriller novel (a not quite Western), and it's coming along pretty well. With the rather aggressive writing schedule I'm adhering to, this draft should be done within the next week or two.

Two nights ago, I hit the one-third mark on the rather dark, contemporary fantasy adventure novel I've been working on. This is not as impressive as it sounds, since at this point the novel writing has really only been combining and (majorly) expanding upon several of the pseudonymous stories I've published in the Man's Story 2 cycle of magazines over the last year or so (which had a through line, to be sure; though it did not start out as a novel in parts, it has certainly developed that way). I figure this one will take priority after the first draft/read through of the HT, as it offers a great way to clear my head from that period/storyline. The brain needs a break, after all, so I can come back for revisions/rewrites with a fresh eye.

Last night I started the Jot for the major project following the dark, contemporary fantasy adventure. For those who don't know: The Jot is me sitting down and scribbling out Kewl Notes! about interesting story/character bits/scenes. What i ended up with last night was a suggestion for the chapter outline, and some major characters who strike me as a lot of fun to hang out with for a while, and a few interesting/hair-raising situations. A nice start.

On the reading/reviewing front:
Two reviews are in the hopper for Horror Reader (look for them in the next week or so), another two are in various stages of completion, and I'm currently reading Gary Braunbeck's Coffin County for the next review.

On the gaming front:
Deadlands is fast approaching the finale. After that, no GMing for me for a while (this writing thing is kind of getting in the way). Playing is another story, all together. :)
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