Hello, everyone. I hope you are having a safe and happy summer. The weather sure hasn’t been kind to many of us. It’s kind of funny how so many “experts” have a theory on this. Global warming. The Mayan calendar. Armageddon. George Bush, Jr. I think back to the stories of George Washington and his troops walking across a frozen Delaware River back in the 1700s. I wonder what they thought then. It must be winter – it’s cold. Real cold.
I’ve been quite busy myself working on several projects. I miss being on the road this summer but I needed to spend time on my writing and marketing. I am slowing making headway on my Princess Pain novel although I haven’t set a time table for completion yet. I’m also working diligently on season two of Fractured Time’s TV series. For those who aren’t familiar with this: I wrote a feature screenplay for Fractured Time along with a sequel. Since then, I’ve also turned this into a 3 season TV series and with the help of a well-known producer friend, we’ve put together a proposal and series bible for marketing to several of the cable channels. There has been interest in the other scripts as well but these things move slow, unfortunately.
As you can see by my schedule, I’ll be in North Carolina in the Winston-Salem area in September. In December, I’m working on a trip to the Dayton, Ohio area for an Independent Bookstore, All About Books. I’ll have more information on that later as we’re in the process of looking at doing something more than just a signing if possible. January, I’ll be in Phoenix for over a week. I’ll likely be doing several speaking events like last year. I haven’t committed to some of the fall/winter events yet that I may be participating in: PhilCon (Philadelphia), Spookie Empire (Orlando), SteelCityCon (Pittsburgh) and a few others. They are on my radar, though. I’ve also received an invite to return to Memphis in March for Midsouthcon but I’m weighing the logistics of returning. That is a busy time conventions and I have to see how things look. Join me again soon for more details and information on my projects.
I’m also traveling to Burbank, California later in September to a pitchfest/networking weekend event sponsored by Inktip. I have been so busy with my writing and marketing that I never really developed my skills at pitching to live people. I did participate in an event several years ago by Fade-In magazine but, I was limited to a handful of pitches with companies that don’t really produce science-fiction/fantasy/horror. It was a good experience but you really have to know how it works, what’s expected of you, and be ready for anything for the event to pay off.