And so I am.
Thirteen stories and over 80,000 words later, you can read a sometimes exciting collection of interconnected characters and events that make up an overarching tale I called The Long Range. I’m pleased with it as a first effort. I can see the problems with the work as well as anyone, but I’m still proud of it. It’s complete.
So, what’s next? I’m glad you asked.
When I did my author chat at The Penny Dreadful back in May, there were some questions about comic books and how they were put together and about my own work. In August, I’ll share a 24-page story that I did back in 2002 I think, called The Stone Man. (You can read a review by Steven Grant here and one by Tony Isabella here.) I wrote and penciled the whole thing and my friend Ron Fontes inked twelve pages of it for me. He definitely improved the work with his brushes and pens. I’ll give you a page a day, Monday through Friday for the entire month.
Then I’ll take September off, essentially, to prepare for another longform work called The Missing Fundamental which will bow in October. This will be another year-long serialized work for you to enjoy or ignore as you see fit. We’ll go back to the updating every Wednesday format.
By October, you’ll be able to purchase paper copies of both The Long Range and The Missing Fundamental, but they’ll both remain free on the website forever.
I’m also updating the blog/website to make it easier for you to read. That should be done fairly soon, but will probably be a bit of slow going. I had intentions of launching a completely new site, but this is better for me in terms of time spent.
Some thankyous are quite in order:
First and foremost thanks to you readers. You have made my day more times than I can count with your comments and your visits. I hope that you’ve been entertained. I’ll keep trying.
My compatriots at The Penny Dreadful: you have been so supportive and generous with your time to let others know I was out there doing this. I can’t thank you all enough for everything but most especially for letting me be part of your community.
The folks who have re-tweeted my silly little notices that a new chapter was up and ready for you to read. I’m grateful to you for giving the space on your timelines to help out. Jason Gusman was a great help in promoting the work early on.
Wendy Morrell, aka Quillfeather, was there almost from the beginning and awarded me some blogging prizes. She always had time to drop in and say ‘hi’ and to let me know she liked the work.
Thanks to everyone who I met during the Sunday Twitter #writechats. Those conversations are always stimulating and enlightening. You all definitely influenced my approach to the second half of The Long Range.
Finally, thank you to my family and most of all: my wife. Without her support and understanding I wouldn’t be doing this. She’s decided it’s much better to have me be a crazed storyteller living in her house than a morose introvert mumbling about strange monsters and alternate dimensions somewhere on the street. She is the light of my life and the reason I work so hard to be better in every part of my life.
And that’s the end, everyone. Thanks for coming; get home safe and I’ll see you soon enough with new stories.
I’ll turn out the lights when I go. I just want to sit here for a second.