- the writing exercise and WIP excerpt are up
- the exclusive 500 word short story is up
- the 5 for Friday poll is waiting for votes, and
- the first chapter of the exclusive novel is loaded and waiting
A real life-changer of a week this week, with confirmation that we’ll be packing up and moving to Karratha at the end of January. While I’ll be spending the majority of my time working on a series of novels (check out my new Patreon site for details, and if you’re so inclined, drop a few bucks my way to receive exclusive content on a monthly basis), I’ll also be looking to push my writing into new directions, and use the extra time our new lifestyle affords me to pursue some dreams I’ve never had the chance to pursue.
To whit: I’ve always wanted to write a comic book.
So, one of the things I’ll be doing is working up a pitch to DC Comics, using a lesser-known, and under-utilised character that is close to my heart. One of these five, in fact. I just need to work out the right storyline, and then I’ll know which one.
Five for Friday: DC Characters I Intend to Pitch
The Devil– like Santa, Death and pandas– is another of those wonderfully flexible concepts that lends itself to anything, particularly humour. There is simply so much cultural baggage built up around the character; so many snippets of folklore, superstition, and outright bullshit; so many stories. The deal at the cross-roads is one that has crossed over into real life– the great Robert Johnson used it as part of his mystique. As the guitar is an update on the fiddle, so the mixing desk.
“Okay, kid. First of all, ask yourself– what would you even do
with a mixing desk made out of solid gold?”
As part of my life change, I have a Patreon page.
Patreon is a micro-patronage website: for a small monthly payment, you receive access to unique, patron-only content, created by me as a reward for your patronage. For a small monthly donation, you’ll be helping me create new fiction, as well as ensuring you receive a gift in your inbox every month.
The site officially launches in late January, with rewards starting from February 1st, but visit now to check out the rewards, and have a look around, and receive a free story download by way of thank you. And should you decide to become an early adopter, and pledge before the February start date, you’ll receive a pdf copy of my short story collection Through Soft Air by way of thank you.
This could be the start of a beautiful friendship……
Big news on the 18 Month Plan front, my friends. Big news indeed.
On Thursday morning, Luscious received a phone call from Karratha High School to inform her that they had a position open, and would she be okay with them undertaking a reference check.
On Saturday morning, she received a job offer. And accepted.
Tomorrow, I will dance into work and deliver something I’ve been wanting to deliver for… well, 18 Months (#18monthplan, duh): my resignation letter. And in late January, we will up and move for two years to Karratha: a town of 17,000 inhabitants, 1500 kilometres away, with an average temperature somewhere in the mid 30s; with a new $43 million arts centre; with a swimming pool (for some reason, having a swimming pool has become a running joke during Luscious’ job search); with one shopping centre; with one single library and a TAFE.
We’re going bush, people!
Luscious will teach. I will pick up a day or two of relief teaching here and there. And write. And pick up my visual arts practice after 20 years out of the game. And act as domestic support.
I’ve a few plans in place: check out my Patreon page for the list of projects I’ll be working on, and news of rewards and patronage levels, should you be of a mind once the page is officially launched in late January (and pick up a free story by way of saying thanks for visiting). Seven novels in 2 years, and a return to the dedicated, driven author I used to be.
I can’t wait.
As a reader, there’s approximately one hundred million billion zillion gajillion books that I love with great loveness and which are my squishy and that I pet and love and call my squishy. Approximately.
As an author, there are times when it’s impossible not to see the man behind the curtain. For all the individual skill involved, there are certain cornerstones of the craft that are apparent to anyone else practising that craft.
Occasionally, however, I read a novel that rocks me back on my heels, makes me blow out my cheeks and shake the book gently, all the while muttering “Man. I wish I’d written that.” Here are five.
Five for Friday: Books I Wish I’d Written
I don’t know what the first sign that you’re headed for a career in the arts is, but I’m fairly sure finding things funny that make other people look at you as if you were dropped on your head repeatedly as a baby is one of them.
To whit: cannibalism is funny. It just is. It is.
“It was what he wanted.”