Let's just say I've been staying busy getting in the necessary hours I need to finish Bitten 3: Kingdom of the Living Dead for it's scheduled deadline in September. I think I can make it. I'm sitting at a very comfortable 50K word count and I am planing on it topping out at between 65 and 70K. A little less than Bitten: Resurrection but a little more than Bitten: Land of the Rising Dead.
Of course, I had to bump the deadlines back for Bitten 4 and The Scarecrow & Lady Kingston: A Slice of Grilled Americana back a full year, as I am nowhere near far enough into those to reach my original goal of a January / February deadline. But that said, both stories are outlined and I have the first several chapters of each written. A great rolling start which will help give me the momentum I need to make it through the rest of the year.
A couple of Indy books I have on the back burner are Annihilate ME, a post-apocalyptic space horror, and Daughter of Sol, an adventure packed space opera set in the vein of Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy which boasts an impressive ensemble cast of humans, robtos, and aliens. I have no set timeline for writing these books, but Daughter of Sol is outlined, and I have character bios written up, world descriptions, and alien race encyclopedia, and notes on potential alien languages. Annihilate ME is still an evolving concept. If you see either of these in the next two or three years Daughter of Sol will likely be the first to make it into print.
For those that have asked, yes, I still intend on writing Sex Train, a lewd spoof on the movie "Snow Piercer." I have some really twisted ideas for it and am toying with making it a horror / comedy in the vein of Little Shop of Horrors and the film Tremors. It will be both scary and funny and have way too much sex to be considered anything other than the literary equivalent of an exploitation film.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not hint at a top secret project that involves comic book publishing and sci-fi. That's about all I can say right now as it is in the early stages and I am still brainstorming with my creative partner on how we're going to finance it. We are thinking of crowd sourcing it, but I will definitely keep everyone posted as things develop.
That sums up everything I am working on or will be working on for the next year or so. In addition to these projects, I am toying with the idea of starting a YouTube channel in which I just blather on about my interests, including movies, books, writing, art, music, and whatever else floats my fancy. I've been wanting to do a v-Blog for several years now but have never committed. Now I think it's necessary as it would be a great outlet to promote my writing and maybe get word of mouth out about Winlock Press and other authors I support as well.
Also, one last thing of note: If you haven't already, be sure to check out the zombie free book give away happening over at Winlock Press. Head on over and you can enter the drawing to potentially win your choice of 1 of 10 zombie books, including my book Bitten: Resurrection.
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.