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Things That Are and Are Not Happening

High time to do a quick update on what’s happening.

I’ve spent the month of April working on the screenplay for Cops&Robbers, and as of this afternoon, the rough draft is finished. It’s too long, but it doesn’t suck, so this is cause for some small degree of celebration. I need to take a break from it for a bit before I can approach it with something like a fresh eye, so I’m going back to The Peabody for the rest of this week. I’m not participating in Script Frenzy, but only because I’m pretty sure that I’m working outside the bounds of the rules. It’s taken me nearly a full year to figure out how to get inside the story for C&R and I wrote three different opening scenes over six months before I felt like I knew how to tell the damn thing. And anyway, Peabody needs a good inciting incident to really kick things off, so it’s a good way to cleanse my mental palate.

More writing. I’m taking a break from Jigsaw Phoenix, since I’ve got A Box of Ink out on submission. No bites, no nibbles, but I’m actually heartened that two thirds of my rejections have been personal and not form. Could be I’m just making lemonade here, and if that’s the case, you can just pass the sugar and call it a day. I’ll pick up Mechanical Bestiary again next month sometime and try to get that back on track, but sometimes jumping between projects like this is a bit of a nightmare.

I don’t regret shifting gears for April. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to throw new projects into the mix on a short timetable and keep things fresh. I was feeling a little lost in Bestiary and with any luck this will push me past that point.

What’s not happening right now: Motionary Comics. I’ve had a bunch of people popping onto the blog to see those particular pages and here’s the thing – it’s a lot of work and a decent chunk of money. I had an invitation to put up last year’s comic at Mo Fest this year in Chicago and to that end I put together a little iPhoto booklet that would explain everything. And I got pretty excited about doing Motionary Comics again, even though last year’s hanging has gone totally AWOL (totally my fault and it sucks and that’s the end of the sad story). So phhbt.

I would love to do this again, but if it does happen, it will probably be in Chicago and not Milwaukee (because I live in one place and not the other) and I’ll probably run a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Anyway. One step at a time. No plans now. Lots of dreams. Isn’t that always the way.

Publishing. I’m going to release two books this coming autumn. The first is one that I finished last December, a satirical version of A Christmas Carol in which Bob Cratchit is visited by three spirits and Ebenezer Scrooge is the model citizen on whom he should pattern his life. Because seriously – Scrooge is the hero in contemporary America, and Cratchit is a socialist bum looking for a handout. Or offering one, which is just as bad. Merry Christmas.

The second is a collated version of the serialized fairy tale I’m writing. I’m in the process of contracting with illustrators to work on both manuscripts. I don’t know that the illustrations will be in the e-book format, but they will certainly be in the POD (print-on-demand). That is something else I am greatly looking forward to.

I suspect I’ll be doing a lot less writing this summer – at least, I’m hoping that will be the case, because I’m hoping to get some work and stay a little busier outside of the house and off of the computer. Which is why the entries for Telling Tales are piling up, all scheduled in advance currently through early June.

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