I know it’s Wasteland Wednesday, but I wanted to take a day to share what I’m into these days. I haven’t taken a day to talk about life for a while and Wednesday is as good a day as any. Perhaps, in addition to wasteland updates, I will start offering some author/editor updates on Wednesday too. As always, I’m tweaking this page as I go.
First off, some book updates. My rewrites of Wastelander: The Drake Legacy will kick off here in two weeks or so. I’m excited to get back into the mix, get the rewrites done, and start pushing the book out to my beta readers and my editor (yes, I pay an editor even though I’m an editor).
As for the novella, The Wastelander Survival Guide, it has been outlined completely and I have begun the first-draft. However, I’m only getting about one hour a day (maybe two if I’m really lucky) of solid writing done toward that project right now.
The graphic novel idea is in its infancy. The concept is to provide an origin story for Drake. The current book starts thirty years after the fall of the United States. So naturally, there is a lot of backstory I could condense into some graphic novels without repeating information from the main book. This project is a lower priority, so I dedicate time to it when I can (mostly when my wife has the day off and is spending some one-on-one time bonding with Thor).
As my digital artwork is slowly getting “better,” I am hoping to be able to dump a large amount of imagery on my artist for him to run with. I know he can work faster when he has better blueprints to work from. It’s rough, but I take a few minutes every day to practice and improve my artwork, or at least watch a video or two at Ctrl+Paint while I’m eating food (one of the best websites I’ve found that has free videos and content to improve your physical and digital art). Here are some examples of things I have found on the internet for inspiration and digitally painted or sketched in Photoshop.
A sketch of a wrench knife for Wastelander: The Drake Legacy.
Also, obviously, I have been writing the content for the graphic novel. This has been slow going as I have been reading a bunch of graphic novels to develop a style of writing to complement the imagery. In the way of eating your greens (and really desserts too), graphic novels are perhaps one of the more enjoyable studies into writing mechanics I have embarked on.
Now for some other projects I’m collaborating with as an editor (that the authors are okay with me mentioning).
M.L.S. Weech is currently busting through the rewrites of his new book, Caught. We are old friends and have worked together on other projects as well (The Journals of Bob Drifter). I know he is likely excited as he is closing down on the final stages on Caught. For me, it’s really exciting to see how the book has improved with each pass he has made. When he started, it was a great story. Now, it’s even better.
Also on his horizon, we have been looking at his book, 1,200 (but that’s a book for him to introduce and talk about more when he is ready). I’m also expecting to see a short story from him as he is collaborating as part of an anthology (good job bud). He wrote a post about that collaboration you can read about right here.
I‘ve also just recently started collaborating with the Human Legion. Tim C. Taylor and J.R. Handley are working on two separate military science fiction series over there (separate series, but in the same universe). Currently, I’m working with J.R. and the Sleeping Legion series he is writing. They were even nice enough to write a post about me and welcome me to their team. (Thanks Tim!)
As I’ve just dipped my toes into that universe, I’ve been reading to familiarize myself with the content. I’m about halfway through The Legion Awakes (Book 1 of the Sleeping Legion series), and I can say with confidence, if you like military science fiction, you are going to enjoy these books.
On the homefront, Thor keeps me on my toes and my atom splitting wife is on 12-hour rotational shifts. Depending on what happens in the next few months, we could possibly be relocating to Virginia, Washington, Hawaii, Japan, California, or who knows where else. While we are a Navy family, the Marines say, semper fidelis (always faithful). I like to say, semper gumby (always flexible). As such, I’m ready for every eventuality.
With all this being said, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who find the time to stop by my page and give it a read. I really love when we get to exchange some comments, and I’m always learning from all of you.
Given all the projects I’m currently working on, and the stay-at-home daddy daycare (which is highest on the priority list), I haven’t been able to comment on as many blogs as I would like. I’m sorry for that.
When I find the time, I make every effort I can to browse and read all of your content. Just know if you see a “like” from me, it isn’t a “spam like.” I probably am reading your post on my phone while feeding Thor a bottle or juggling some other task. Trying to write a comment of meaning on my iPhone is nigh impossible (my fingers are too big and clumsy).
Also, the days of me being able to reply to comments as they roll in have unfortunately come to an end. Thor is only taking two naps instead of three, and that reduces my daily work time by about 1.5 hours. I still am replying to all the comments I get on my posts, and I love getting them, but I am doing it all at once now. So if your comment sits for a bit before I respond to it, just know I was likely managing some kind of diaper mishap or blistering my fingers on a style guide.
Did I mention semper gumby…
That’s the update! Again, thanks for swinging in. I’ll try to pepper in some of these author/editor updates from time-to-time so you don’t all think I’ve become some kind of cyborg blogging construct (not that I would divulge it if I was). Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!