Mar 21
2017

Welcome back, everyone. Spring is in the air and things are shaping up. I usually don’t do contests for my screenplays but I felt lucky and entered Wildsound Film Festival’s 1st Scene contest. I submitted the first scene from The Courier which is adapted from my Princess Pain novel. I was surprised to hear that I won and they recommended I enter the complete script into their screenplay contest coming up. Winning this contest isn’t about money or giveaways but more about the recognition the script will get now. The question that always comes up when I pitch to a producer is ‘Has it won any awards or contests?’. Not that it’s a disqualifier but it does certainly help get additional recognition and consideration.

In the meantime, my publisher is still working diligently on The Queen of Pain. Queen of Pain is the sequel to Princess Pain if you aren’t familiar with the title. I’m hoping we’ll be ready by May. I thought it would be available for Amazicon in April but it’s not looking like we’ll make it. A lot goes into the book preparation and my publisher at AZ Publishing is not one to shortcut to speed up a release. In the meantime, I’m marketing my scripts and working on Space Truckers, which we expect to be available sometime in early 2018. Space Truckers is the latest script I completed last year and I’m writing the novel to it now. The story will actually have a part two to it that I can write as a sequel script if I need to.

Speaking of Amazicon, for my friends who will be in the Wilmington, Delaware area during the weekend of April 7-9th, I will be at Amazicon at the Doubletree Hotel next to the Concord Mall on Rt,. 202. This is just across the border from Pa. and down the road a few miles from Targetmaster for you shooters. Amazicon has some really cool things as it is primarily a Comicon. I recommend checking out their website at www.Amazicon.net for some of the events. I will be doing some panels as well for those who want to hear or talk about books and movies and how they work together. On April 29th, I will be at Carlisle High School near Harrisburg for Sci-fi Saturday. They’ve asked me to do a panel or two as well. July fourth week, I’ll be in Phoenix for WesterCon, my second home of sorts. WesterCon is a very good convention that rotates cities on the west coast, usually alternating between north and south on the west coast. Join me again for more news on my projects and appearances.

Feb 20
2017

Greetings, everyone. I had a wonderful time at Farpoint this weekend. The weather was unusually warm but pleasant and the attendance was very good. Thanks to everyone who attended my panels and joined me at my table in the dealers’ area of the Radisson’s atrium. The convention has an awesome layout at the hotel. This was one of the best conventions I’ve attended in terms of planning and execution. I could not recommend anything for improvement. Located just west of Baltimore in Timonium, it’s a great location with free parking. I’ve already agreed to return next year for Farpoint 2018.
Next stop is Amazicon on April 7th to the 9th. Located at the Doubletree Hotel on Rt. 202 in Wilmington, Delaware, it’s easily accessible from any direction. The convention already has a reputation for some outstanding and sometimes unusual entertainment. Check out their website for the magician who inhales fire and his partner who likes to lie on a bed of nails. I”m not kidding. I also learned this weekend that Sleezy Martini, the founder of the industrial rock group GWAR, will be joining Amazicon this year.
Between now and then, I will attempt to make some progress on Space Truckers and arrange for book promotion for the release of my latest novel, Queen of Pain. I’m sure you all know by now that Q of P is the sequel to Princess Pain and I’m hoping for a release date from my publisher soon. That’s all for now as I must return to my projects. Join me again soon.

Feb 11
2017

Welcome back everyone. I hope to have a new release date soon for Queen of Pain, the Princess Pain sequel. We anticipated a January release but my publisher is working to make this novel as awesome as possible; so, I’ll let you know once we have a firm date. Coming up on February 17th is Farpoint Sci-fi convention in Timonium, Md., just outside Baltimore. I’ve been assigned several panels and I will have a table in the dealers room so come on down and see what’s happening. On April 7th, I’ll be participating in Amazicon in Wilmington, De. on Rt. 202 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Amazicon is a comicon style convention. I’ll have more on this convention as it gets closer.
Recently, I’ve been focused on marketing my screenplays. I’ve had great feedback but the market is tough right now with the Star Wars/Star Trek movies and DC Comics & Marvel steady stream of films. Every good story has its time though so I’m not deterred in my enthusiasm. Meanwhile, I’m still working my new novel, Space Truckers, adapted from my latest script by the same name.
In May, I’ll be part of Sci-Fi Saturday at Carlisle High School, hosted by Carlisle’s Kathy Schock. I’ll be speaking there as well as working a table in the gym to sell books. This event has been a lot of fun each year that we’ve attended. If you can attend, I highly recommend it.
Coming up in July is WesterCon and I’ve been invited again to join them in Tempe, Arizona. This is a well-run convention that offers a lot to the fans. It’s a west coast convention that alternates from northern cities to southern cities every year. The Phoenix area has always treated me well and I look forward to returning every chance I get. Join me again soon for more information on my projects and appearances.

Nov 25
2016

Hello, everyone. PhilCon has come and gone and it was a great weekend. I had the opportunity to spend a little time with a fabulous award winning director/screenwriter from Ireland named John Vaughan. He is one of the most entertaining film people I have ever met. ‘The Vault of Horror’ was a fantastic event he hosted at the convention. It was an exciting series of the most horrifyingly bad moments in cinema. I also had the honor of being on a panel moderated by John titled Writing for Media.
I also had the opportunity to share a panel with CJ Cherryh, one of the great sci-fi/fantasy writers of our time. She impressed me, taking the time to speak with everyone both on panels and throughout the convention.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a large umber of young teens at the convention. They had a great time mixing it up with the authors, guests and dealers. PhilCon’s attendance is growing steadily over the last three years and their programming was outstanding.
Two weeks ago, I was invited to join WesterCon next July (2017) in Tempe. WesterCon is a well-run convention that rotates every year on the west coast from a northern city to a southern city. If you have the opportunity to attend this convention, I highly recommend it. The fireworks show that is seen from the deck of the Tempe Mission Palms hotel is outstanding. Their website is http://westercon70.org/. I have a link to them under the Links section of this website.
This week, I’m joining my publisher Patti Hultstrand of AZ Publishing for Merry Mainstreet in Mesa. There is an ice skating rink (yes you heard right), over eighty vendors, and a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony to open the holiday season. Check them out at merrymainstreet.com . I’ll be with Patti for part of the evening at her table to autograph books for everyone.
I do expect to have an update on The Queen of Pain as well. Look for information on its release date soon. I spoke with the editor of Fortress Publishing and TV Gods II- Summer Programming will be released at BaltiCon in May of next year. I have a story from the TV show Suits in this anthology. As you know, my short story Greek on the Beach was accepted and published in TV Gods I last year. This promises to be more entertaining than the first anthology as myself and the other authors have warmed up to this theme now.
I’m still working on the novel Space Truckers which is adapted from my latest script. With plenty of interest in the script, I’m hoping for good things. I have learned that the genre is backlogged a bit because of the constant flow of superhero movies from DC and Marvel. So, patience is still the word for my scripts unless I work on a different genre. Join me again soon for the latest updates.

Nov 08
2016

Welcome back, everyone. This weekend coming up is PhilCon which, ironically, is in Cherry Hill, NJ across the river. I’m doing some interesting panels including Writing for Different Media, Dinosaur Fiction, Writing Fight Scenes, and Screenwriting Fundamentals. Today I was informed by WesterCon that I am invited to join them for WesterCon 70 in Tempe, Arizona. WesterCon in Tempe has been awesome in the past, especially their 4th of July fireworks. I will have a table at Amazicon in Wilmington, Delaware in April and may do a panel or two. More to come.
The Queen of Pain is on track for a January release, when I last spoke with my publisher. This is the ass-kicking adventures of Marina who doesn’t believe in diplomacy when solving a problem. Fortress Publishing will be announcing a date for the release of TV Gods – Summer Programming. They have chosen my short story based on the Suits series for inclusion into their anthology. My Greek on the Beach story was published in the original TV Gods as well.
Currently, I’m working on the novel to my latest script Space Truckers. The script has gotten a lot of raves but the flood of DC and Marvel Comics movies has made it difficult to ink a deal right now. I am collaborating on an adaptation with Pete Prellwitz for his Angel series which is taking a little time. The toughest part of an adaptation is deviating from the book. As a writer, it’s like selling your baby.
Join me again soon for additional information on upcoming appearances and projects.