I’ll be reading a new piece at Esoterotica tomorrow (Wednesday) night, 8pm, at the Allways Lounge.
That’ll be after two business meetings. So many projects afloat!
I’ll post the new piece here when it’s finished tomorrow.
Today I’ll be ordering proof copies of my upcoming collection of short stories & poems, Visions from the Dream Gyre. It’s a collection of pieces I’ve written over the last 15 years, linked together by their connection to the world of dreams.
The cover is nearly finished, being painted by the wonderful Brandon K Jenkins, who did the cover for my second novel, The Axeboy’s Blues.
I’m hoping to get the book out in March, but I’ll keep you updated on that.
Just settled in to write for the afternoon, and saw that there was a new trailer for Logan, the next Wolverine movie. Both trailers for this movie have been phenomenal, full of emotion, heartbreak and action.
I didn’t have a chapter I necessarily had to write next, there were several to choose from. But after watching the Logan trailer, I realized which chapter I had to start writing. “Oh, that one,” I said to myself, suddenly realizing what kind of emotions I was about to step into.
I’m in a section of the book (The Agents Of, Volume 2) where I’m delving into the characters of The Agents, delving into their back stories. The chapter I’m starting is one that’s been in my head for a long time, following the leader, Julius. It goes into his history, his family, where he came from. Imagine a man in the city of New Orleans, which is farely small in the way of cities, who has basically estranged his own family – not because of anything they did, but because he has dozens of lives worth of memories floating around in his head, along with a god, and is hell-bent on protecting the city from anything that might harm it. All of this doesn’t give much time for family life.
But also imagine what those family members would feel if he suddenly showed up after a year, missing a leg and an arm, healed scars trailing up his neck. Imagine what his mother would feel, what she would say…
There might not be a lot of posts at the moment, as I’m hard at work on The Agents Of :: Volume II, the sequel to The Axeboy’s Blues.
I’m really excited about the story so far, and about being able to delve further into the main characters’ psyches and backstories!
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I just got back from visiting family in Arizona, and got a few chapters of The Agents Of :: Volume II all scribbled down. I wrote at Beale Street Brews in the town of Kingman, just off Route 66, where they roast their own coffee and make really pretty and delicious lattes.
As you may know, I’ve been working on the sequel for months, but my work has consisted of character backstory & development (of old and new characters), plot lines, interweaving different parts of the story, researching places for settings – thing like that.
I have also started a very exciting collaborative project with my friend Kallie, which I’ll be posting more about in the future. Here’s some links to her work if you want to check her out and hear some of her music:
Evidently now I’m also a playwrite! A 60-second play of mine was accepted into the Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Play Fest, a barrage of 60 one-minute plays, all super-hero themed. Tons of different writers, actors and directors are collaborating.
It’s only going on for two nights in New Orleans, this very week, and is $12 if you order your ticket early. And they’re giving away nerdy prizes (like The Axeboy’s Blues!) if you come in costume!
Friday 6/10 & Saturday 6/11, at The Theatre at St. Claude. Doors at 7:30, show at 8.
(This is a photo of my writing desk, which I got from Serendipity in exchange for favors that shall not be named.)
I’m currently developing the sequel to The Axeboy’s Blues. I’m very much still in the development phase, and am creating and detailing the lives of the newer characters, most notably the antagonists.
Something from my notes, about the villains of the novel:
“If one of them dies, I want the reader to cry.”
I want the villains to be so very real, and for the reader to get attached to them.
Since The Agents Of are established in Volume I, the plot of the second book is going to be a lot more layered. I’m having a ton of fun developing it, creating tons of history, half of which probably won’t even end up in the novel.
The other aspect I’ve worked a lot on is really delving into the Agents – both into their pasts and into who they are as people.
More updates soon!
Pardon some of the wonky pictures, I’m redesigning how my website works. Most of it is all finished, but there are random corners that tend to get unraveled, as corners tend to do.
As you may know, I read and publish erotica, love poems and the like with Esoterotica, a New Orleans-based group.
I’ll be reading an older piece this Wednesday, May 11th, at The AllWays Lounge (2240 Saint Claude, in The Marigny).
I’m so excited that I’ve been part of the group long enough to have “old” pieces that I can read, that a lot of the new attendees haven’t heard. It’s really a great group of people and writers. I get tons of inspiration every time I go.
Hope to see you there!