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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Short Stories

Since the process of finding an agent who will hopefully get me published is long and tedious and potentially fruitless, I've decided to try my hand at getting some short stories published in the meantime.

Although I suppose I actually have to write them first...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Current Project vs Future Projects

I'm currently in the process of re-editing (again) and adding new chapters (again) to my project 'Crawl'. I'm hoping to add about 30 pages / 10,000 words or so. Most of the attention for this round is focused on further fleshing out the main characters and getting away from the setting within the house.

Though this will only make sense to those of you who've actually read the story...

Anyway! Other projects that gnaw at the back of my mind while I work on this one are as follows:

Silverblood - a masculine, gritty and guttural response to the pixie dust of the Twilight saga, that will do for werewolves what Blade did for vampires, hopefully

SPECTRUM Operations - a cop drama set in the future where the police force as we know it has given way to a commercially financed and operated security force; the socialized police department is left as a tattered and shabby shadow of its former self

The Romero Strain - because who doesn't like zombie stories? This one will hopefully have something in it that's never been seen anywhere in the zombie genre before (and yes I give it its own genre)

Grave Roberts - a former convict with a violent past and a guilt-ridden present takes up a job assisting the local graveyard caretaker. He quickly discovers that the ghosts that haunt his dreams aren't the only departed souls that he can see. An army of them walk the halls of the caretaker's house, demanding closure from the other side. If he can save them, maybe there's a chance he can save himself.

Sanctuary series - my counterpart to the Harry Potter series, as told from a group of gifted students attending the American version of Hogwarts (it pissed me off that Rowling didn't mention an American wizarding institution in the world, even though France and Russia/Germany got one).

Maybe not all will be lucrative, maybe not all will be finished, but they'll certainly keep me busy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crawl's Space

A note on the title of this blog: Crawlspace

My first project I seriously hope to get off the ground is titled 'Crawl'
It's your basic horror story about a creature that lives within the walls and floors of a house. But of course there's much more to it than that!
Coincidentally this blog is named after her (yes it's a 'her', read the story!)

As soon as I get the story on my page updated, I'll link you all to it.


Finally, an excuse to indulge in my split personality.

This page will be dedicated to my pursuit of my version of the American Dream: to be made or broken by the publishing industry. I hope to post updates of my successes and failures here (hopefully not heavy on the fail side) and document the steps along the path to publication. I've already queried a small number of literary agents in the past year concerning a different project, but I think I've got a better shot this time. A better grasp on how the process works, a better hook to get my foot in the door and a more solid project to stand on; let's see how far it gets me!

For those of you who don't know me, my alter-ego works as a microbiologist in Pittsburgh, PA. It pays the bills but is mind-numbingly boring. So I'm using this blog as a creative release and a tracker of commercial success. But really it'll just end up being evidence of my growing psychosis.

Here's to taking that first step!