A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME

The Christmas season has come to an end and a new year can be now counted in mere hours away.  2013 has been…a year.  Good year? Bad year?  Probably enough of both to even out.  It was a busy year, I can at least say that much with all certainty.  As the year comes to a close it is nice to see some of that hard work pay off.  Not only with work or school, but also with goals I set for myself.   As the year started I set the goal to not only finish a novel, but to have it in shape enough to submit.  I was able to leap past that goal by actually submitting it ahead of schedule.  I definitely was not expecting to close out the year with a book deal.  It’s nice that life still likes to hand out pleasant surprises from time to time.

So what is in store for the next year?

More hard work that pays off, I hope.  I have two novels I’m currently working on in tandem, both polar opposites of each other.  With luck at least one of them might be in the same position Night Shall Overtake is this time next year.  All I can do is continue to work while I wait from my manuscript for NSO to come back for edits.

But what is this aforementioned and soon to be published novel?  Gather ’round and I shall give you a taste of things to come.

**Twila Matthews is an overworked employee of Joe and Brothers, a private investigation agency.  Despite all of her complaints about it, she lives through her job. Joe and Brothers is a family run agency started by Joe Underwood, who happens to be an only child. Joe thought the ‘Brothers’ on the marquee would make it more appealing and gives him a chance to make up new ways for his unfortunate fake brothers to have met their demise. These sob stories were good for picking up women and conning old ladies: both his specialty. His other specialty was supernatural and creature removal. Like pest control, if your pest is an eight foot monstrosity lurking in the basement.

The world is a strange place.

Supernatural is a misnomer, it’s pretty much just natural.  Weird creatures that normally inhabit horror films and bad dreams skulk the streets.  Things that practically defy imagination are running the 7-11’s.  As a shapeshifter Twila is also a part of this world, whether she likes it or not. Sometimes surly and abrasive, she reluctantly becomes involved in a case that leads her into the darkest parts of the city.  Joe is still despondent over his divorce, so Twila is sent out to do all the dirty work.  They take a case from a shady client to find a missing woman who seems to have run with the wrong crowd. Twila takes along her fellow coworker Kevin, a young and slightly naive glorified secretary who is eager to prove his worth.

And from there things get weird(er).  As the enter the deepest and darkest corners of the city they face the most sinister and enigmatic evil to ever reside within a greater metropolitan area.  An evil that could engulf the entire city. **

Will the Joe and Brother’s agency beat back the darkness?  Will Twila ever not be surly?  Will I find shoes that are both comfortable yet stylish?  I suppose we’ll find out in 2014.

Remember kids: Stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and never mix stripes with plaid.

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Look! A new post in where I speak of things and dwell on my own thoughts.

I’m sitting here looking at the blog and wondering, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do with this thing?’  I’ve tried a blog before, but it was more for shits and giggles than anything else.  And like most things I do it contained a few rants and then wound up being a bunch of links to music on YouTube that I think people should be digging on.  But this time I’m doing it because, as of next year, I will be a published author and this is the sort of thing published authors do.  What should I write about though, that is the big question.

As usual,  I have that nagging voice in the back of my head that wonders why anyone would want to read what I have to say, but he’s easy to shut up since I got the email from Nick at BBS saying that Night Shall Overtake is getting published.  I suppose I could weigh in on the pressing topics of the day, such as outspoken reality show rednecks or what I love/hate about the holidays.  But I think the real issue I’m facing as I type this is that I need to learn to open up.  I need to learn not to lock up what I have to say inside.  Sure I can write it, and often do, but that doesn’t mean I am always comfortable hitting the publish button.  Writing fiction is easy.  Expressing raw thoughts is scary as hell.

(And in case you are just dying to know my take on the aforementioned topics, it is: a: he’s a reality television actor so who cares.and b: I love the warm fuzzy parts of the holidays / hate that commercials make gift giving an obligation instead of an appreciation of friends and family.)

As I mull all this over my computer is playing an odd shuffle of Ween, Monster Magnet, and PJ Harvey.  Often I rely on my musical choices to reveal bits of myself. Or the books I read.  These are handy little windows that I can allow a person to peek in but not really see much.  Just enough.  Here, I’ll open that window a little more; some of the author’s will always have place on my bookshelves are Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Kurt Vonnegut and Poppy Z Brite.  There now you know a little bit more.

Speaking of Poppy Brite, I just recently found out that she has been in transition.   Instead of Poppy Brite she is now Billy Martin.  Apparently he has been in female-to-male transition for a number of years.  I applaud this.  Poppy’s books were a big influence on a much younger and wider-eyed version of myself and left an indelible influence on me as a writer.  I’ll admit that the news caught me a little off guard, but it has more to do with the immensity of such a change than the actual change itself.  I’ll ruminate more on this later, but I do suggest checking his blog out: http://docbrite.livejournal.com/tag/ftm.

For those you keeping track, my odd shuffle is now playing Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

I suppose I’ll sign off this post with good tiding of happy holidays and a prosperous new year.   Let’s try for less strife and work together more often in 2014.  Also, stare up at the stars at least 20% more than you did the previous year.

Remember kids: Stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and don’t pick your nose at the red light.

The Big News

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I am happy to announce that in 2014 my novel, Night Shall Overtake, will be published by Black Bed Sheet Books!

I am excited to work with BBS in the coming months to get it ready for publication and afterwords. This will be my first published novel, something I’ve been working towards for a long time.

Writing is not new to me, it’s been a constant companion for as long as I can remember, but this will begin a whole new aspect of ‘the biz’.  I’m sure it will be an adventure.  As things develop and news is available I will keep the updates rolling.  All I can say for now is that I’m ridiculously excited and Night Shall Overtake has a tentative release date of this summer.

Fantastico!

*clicky, clicky*   http://www.downwarden.com/blackbedsheet/

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