Friday, January 30, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

List 1 Update 1

Back here I laid out a bunch of things I was writing. There's some movement so here's an update and the rationale behind the code names:

"Projects" are work-related writing. In each case they are collaborations. Everything else is personal. None of it has a home yet, either. So yeah, I'm writing for the love of writing.

  • Cold Distance re-write - progress to date tracked on the right side of the blog.  This jumped forward significantly over the weekend. I finally finished the chapter I'd been stuck in because of too many things other than just no time to write. So as of this writing it feels like the dam has finally burst. Here's hoping. I have to go back and do some refinement on that chapter and the one before but it's moving again. Decisions on which publishing route to go will be considered once it goes out to my trusted beta readers.
  • Working on outlines for two sequels that don't get codenames yet. I have the skeletal structure for these and I know how they fit into the universe they're set in. Additionally I've added BACKDROP, which is a series of things also set in the universe. They're the interstitials linking the larger works. 
  • Project CONTEMPORARY - outline submitted, waiting for further instruction - mid-March deadline. Outline was accepted. Fleshing it out last week and this in collaboration. It's going ahead. 
  • BOTTLE is something I'm playing with. A short thing. Mid-March deadline if it's going to happen. dead for now.
  • Still waiting to hear about CELL. OUTGROWTH has to get finished and turned in regardless of the status of CELL. I owe it and the draft is done so there's really no reason other than laziness not to finish it. Aiming for end of March if not sooner.
  • Still researching and developing DOGHOUSE and LOOT. I ran over them very briefly with a friend this weekend and realized they still need a lot of development. When they're closer to being prepped to write or I've done an outline or something on them I'll mention them again. Until then, they're off the list and back in my Idea Dump.
When there's any movement on these things (or the others that were mentioned last time but aren't on this list today) I'll update. I'm aiming for weekly.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Case for John Stewart

I read this article about how the Green Lantern franchise needs to be established, preferably with a prominent white actor.

Well, here is the case for the John Stewart character to get any further film versions. Tyrese Gibson is making his case to play the character too.

Additionally, DC would be well-served to have a prominent black superhero in the mix. Marvel Studios beat them to the punch with Sam (Falcon) Wilson showing up first last year and announcing Luke Cage and Black Panther projects.

There's a great opportunity to take a cosmic hero and put him on Earth in situations that a modern audience can relate to. And it can be done while staying relevant to the mythos. Honestly it's a no-brainer to mine the classic Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams run putting Stewart in. If Hollywood insists on a white actor, (and there's really no reason they have to but hey - it's Hollywood) bring an older Hal Jordan into the mix to mentor Stewart but be gone at the end of the first act. Or begin Jordan's shift into Parallax, taking the story cosmic at the end.

Hell, this practically writes itself. The comics are a goldmine of ideas. So much potential sitting there waiting to be picked up and used in the best way. All the elements are there.

Warner Bros./DC has done a good job with the character in its animated stories. It's time to give him the big screen treatment and do right by John. He deserves it. Superhero fans deserve it.

What are you waiting for?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Because, That's Why



Sunday, January 18, 2015

List 1

Things I'm working on. I'm listing them here because I was inspired by an author's list of projects and it makes sense for me to put them up here to be held accountable. Plus I like having code names for things. Makes me feel cool. Which I'm definitely not.

"Projects" are work-related writing. In each case they are collaborations. Everything else is personal. None of it has a home yet, either. So yeah, I'm writing for the love of writing.

Anyway, here it is:


  • Cold Distance re-write - progress to date tracked on the right side of the blog ->. Aiming for completion of this draft by mid-February, proofing for a week, then out to a couple of beta readers. Then I will decide for sure what I'm going to do with. I'm still very, very tempted to self-publish even though this is an all-new version that could probably make the rounds of agents. We'll see.
  • Working on outlines for two sequels that don't get codenames yet.
  • Project CONTEMPORARY - outline submitted, waiting for further instruction - mid-March deadline
  • Project BLUE - late March deadline
  • Project DOC - late March deadline
  • Project CARTE begins early April with end of July deadline
  • BOTTLE is something I'm playing with. A short thing. Mid-March deadline if it's going to happen.
  • LUNA has lain fallow for months. It won't take long but it needs to be done and submitted.
  • SWITCH is in the same boat as LUNA. 
  • Still waiting to hear about CELL. Will finish OUTGROWTH when CELL is a go. Won't take long.
  • Still researching and developing DOGHOUSE and LOOT.