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.
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.
With the searing heat limiting my outdoor activities, I’m getting a lot more work done on my projects. It’s official, I’ll be joining Farpoint in February, just outside of Baltimore as one of their guests. You can find their website under my links section. I’ve already confirmed with PhilCon for November as a guest as well. In January, the Queen of Pain will be released from AZ Publishing. For those who aren’t familiar with the Pain series, Queen of Pain is the sequel to Princess Pain. This series is full of action, violence and gristly deaths as well as our emotional heroine, Marina.
I’ve recently teamed up with my good friend, Pete Prellwitz, in adapting his tales of Carlita, The Angel of St. Thomas into a TV pilot. We hope to have the pilot ready for market by the fall. I’m progressing with Space Truckers, my new sci-fi/action novel, adapted from a recent screenplay I wrote. I didn’t intend to do a new series but this story is so exciting that I couldn’t resist.
My signing at Cocco’s Gelateria was a lot of fun, as usual. The extreme heat did limit the number of visitors to the store but we still had a great time. It’s always a pleasure meeting new friends and fans. A special thanks to Teresa and Mike Cocco for having me back and to their courteous staff. I look forward to seeing them next year. Join me again soon for more news on my projects and appearances.
After much angst, the website is finally back up. My former web hoster demonstrated much incompetence in supporting their servers when issues arrive. Fortunately, with help from a new friend and GoDaddy, the site is finally back up. So, welcome back,everyone.
Several events have happened since last time.
-Princess Pain and the new Queen of Pain (Due out in January) will be carried by AZ Publishing. We are in the process of transferring the files from the former publisher.
-I’ve started a new novel, based on a new script, titled Space Truckers and have gotten about two chapters into it.
-I’m collaborating on a project with a good friend and fellow writer Pete Prellwitz, adapting his novel, The Angel of St. Thomas to a TV series. This is my first collaboration and it’s been fun so far. My short story.
-My short story, No Justice, was accepted by Fortress Publishing for their upcoming anthology, TV Gods – Summer Programming. This is the second of the humorous TV Gods series. A release date has not been announced yet.
-I’ve accepted an invitation to PhilCon for November 18-20. I’m hoping to have a table in their dealers room as well.
-On July 23rd, I’ll be appearing at Cocco’s Gelataria for my annual summer signing. This is always a great opportunity to meet my friends and fans in a relaxed environment with lots of good food and desserts.
More information will be forthcoming about coming appearances and projects. Join me soon for another update and news. Have a great summer, everyone.
Hello, everyone. Lots of changes going on right now for me. Blackwyrm Publishing is no longer doing books, so fortunately for me, one of my other publishers, AZ Publishing (Patti Hultstrand) is eager to pick up Princess Pain. Even better, The Queen of Pain has been completed and AZ will be doing that one as well. We are looking at a January, 2017 release date. Now that the Queen is underway, I have been focusing on my screenplays again. There has been much interest in Space Truckers and, more recently, Space Frontiers. It seems there is a resurgence in interest in the sci-fi genre lately. I’m not sure why but these things come in waves.
If you’ve had trouble visiting my website because of a server or connection error, I’m having trouble with my Digital Ocean account. They seem to know why it goes down once a week, but haven’t given me a solution that works yet. I’ve checked in with my computer guru Jason Curran and I’m anxiously waiting for his thoughts on the problem.
My next appearance is on May 21st at Carlisle High School just outside Harrisburg for Sci-Fi Saturday. For anyone in the area, this event is a lot of fun. I will be joined by other authors and vendors in the gymnasium. I currently don’t have any appearances scheduled after Carlisle at this time but that could change. I needed the time to work on promoting and pitching my scripts and there just wasn’t enough time in the day to get anything done.
I did start on a new novel, Space Truckers, adapted from my latest script but there is no timetable right now for its completion. I’ll let you know more on that later in the year. I’d like to make more appearances at the multi-genre conventions and the film festivals where I can develop new contacts. Join me again soon for updates on my projects and new appearances. Have a great Spring, everyone.