Hey there, STRANGERS! Here’s what’s on my mind:
Over The Garden Wall…
Okay, if you’ve read any of my Tales From Between, you know I’m a sucker for kids wandering into spooky danger, and this cartoon miniseries ticks a lot of my boxes.
It’s odd, and weirdly emotional. And kinda scary at times! Not sure where it’s available, but go hunting and I’m sure you’ll find it.
Good lordy-lord, I have been busy! Well… I could have been busier….and further along. I’m really good at sitting at my laptop doing nothing for long stretches. You think you’re probably good at procrastination, but you ain’t got nuthin’ on me, son.
But what have I been up to?! I thought I’d give a little run down of what I’m doing, and what’s coming up:
- Apocalypse Hill
How’s that for a sexy title? Hm? HMMM…? Apocalypse Hill is a bit Stephen King with a dollop of Gaiman slopped on top. Maybe. Probably not.
It’s a three-part ‘miniseries’. Each book is around 40-to-45 thousand words (so short books) and they piece together to tell one tale. The first book is in with the editor, and I’ve finished the first draft of part two.
This gets pretty dark at times. Yeah.
It’s my biggest prose project so far. I suppose I should work out what in the heck happens in part 3…
- A Starless Night
This was going to be a one-off novelette, like Sixty-Six, but inspired by Eamon Ambrose’s Zero Hour series, I’ve decided to put it out as short episodes before collecting it together in one book. I mean, why the heck not? It’s good to experiment.
So it’ll be out in episodes that are 8-to-10 thousand words each. Probably four episodes, then the complete collection. If I like it, then I might continue the model and put out further short works in this way. If not, uh, I guess I won’t.
It’s a sci-fi/fantasy/time travel thingy. With scary kid monsters wielding knives of bone. COR!
- Urban Fantasy Series
This is my first proper series. The Tales From Between were really stand alone stories linked by a fantasy world, but this will be an ongoing series featuring the same main characters.
It’s an urban fantasy series; they seem quite popular right now, so I’ll be putting mine out just as people get bored with them. I’ve plotted out the first book and knocked out the first few thousand words. As soon as Apocalypse Hill wraps up, it’ll be the project I focus on most.
- The Night Forest
A spin-off from The Tales From Between series?! MAYBE!
The ghost and the adventurer walked further into the night forest.
Short stories (10 thousand words); individual adventures that slot together to explore Mr Adams & Neil’s ongoing adventures Between. I didn’t want to leave behind these kind of stories after stepping away from the full length Tales, so this is a nice (and not too time consuming) way to continue on in the world.
No clue as to when I’ll start putting them out, but as they’re going to be so short, it could be any time.
Or I might not.
Speak soon, Strangers!