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9.27.14 9:39pm

With the recent purchase of the publishing company I used to own I have gotten a little bit of extra free time. This free time used to be filled with doing a lot of web development and design work. Since the free time has showed up I haven’t had as much of an outlet for doing the design type stuff. Well, problem solved. The publishing company Rooster Republic Press just basically gave me the go ahead to be the lead design consultant for them and their new imprint Strange House Books. I did the cleanup work on both of their sites this weekend.

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the book finds a narrator

9.25.14 12:04am

Dude, check this mess out. I just released a new novella today. It is so new that the paperback hasn’t even come out yet. And somehow, despite the newness of this thing, it has been optioned for audio book format already!

How cool is that?

I don’t know if you ever listened to the audio book format of my bizarro novella THE BIKINGS, but you should. I lucked out and the same guy that narrated that book has jumped on board for this one. David Radtke, the same guy that narrated THE BIKNGS is now working on Rainbows and Sunshine… and Zombies. I am eager to hear is samples and move forward with this project. If you have the time I would recommend checking out his website. He has a lot of samples from other books he has done and… besides, take the time to pick up one of the books he narrated. I am sure he would appreciate it.

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Rainbows and Sunshine… and zombies

9.24.14 8:41pm

Okay people, my new zombie novella with Severed Press just came out on E-Book. The name of this one is Rainbows and Sunshine… and Zombies. You don’t want to miss this one. It’s only $0.99 in the kindle store on amazon. You can’t beat that price with a stick. And heck, you can’t beat that price even if you wanted to… unless you have a virtual stick to swing.

Me and Frank, we work for I-Corpse (an extermination company). The mundane risks one takes during the 9 to 5 at a job like this are pretty basic. Explosions, decapitations, and your everyday horde of the undead are something that just comes with the territory. In a world where everyone who dies becomes one of them someone has to take out the trash. But today, on this particular day on the job, we have more to worry about than just your average corpse.

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Prophet of the Dragon

9.20.14 5:25pm

okay, so big news here people. My big brother just published his very first novel. Unlike myself, who pumps out book after book, Mark’s title is a masterpiece. This beast is like 700 pages long or something. That is freaking nuts. But it must be common for the Fantasy style that he is working toward as an author. For me the book leaned toward Lord of the Ring mixed with almost anything written by C. S. Lewis. Good stuff.

Anyway, you need to check out this book. Really great stuff!

The name of the books, his first in an epic trilogy, is called Prophet of the Dragon.
Go buy that junk right now!

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Biggest Add Placement Movie of all Time

9.20.14 5:01pm

I recently came across the movie Mac and Me on Netflix. I remembered that show from when I was a little kid. It came out when I was something like 5 years old. So, you can imagine that it was pretty freaking cool to me back then. So, when I found it I had to rent it. And I did. It’s funny how things look later in life when you get older. The movie was still good and wholesome. So no complaints there. But one thing that I realized the second time around was the fact that this movie was just one big marketing campaign. Pushing product after product in front of the viewing audience like it were going out of style.

“Here, pass me those Skittles,” one kid says.
“No, problem,” Says the other, as he passed the candy at just the right angle so that the bags label is face up and takes up the entire screen for just the right amount of time.

Makes me wonder… do I like skittles today because I want to or because this movie told me to? That is a sad-sad thing to think about. So I won’t. Skittles are good. The end.

To show how ridiculous this movie product placement was, here is a video. Oh, by the way… one of the main characters in the movie works at a fast food restaurant and wears her work uniform through the entire movie. It is true—fast food really can save the world!

Here is an article on Den of Geek dot com. They do a really great job of explaining the movie and how it relates to several other alien movies of that decade like E.T. among others. I thought it was worth checking out.

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Update on the Bizarro front

9.8.14 9:47pm

Got some big news people. If you will currently note, two of my bizarro novellas are currently out of print. These titles are Cucumber Punk and Captain K and the Bearded Manboy. There is a reason for this. This reason brings on some change and insight into a new direction I am going with some of my work as a writer and freelance graphic designer. With the publishing company Bizarro Pulp Press under new ownership I have decided to take the books I had under that house to a new location. It was a hard decision to make, but I felt like it was the right thing to do considering the transition of the company BPP. Although these two titles are currently out of stock, they won’t be for long. They will be getting a second edition release with bonus materials through an awesome publishing house, Rooster Republic Press. I have been working with those guys for a while now and love what they are doing. Not only are these two titles moving over there to join my novella, The Bikes, but I have recently become the lead web master and design consultant for Rooster Republic. We have just recently done quite a few changes to the site and will continue to improve on that. I am sure that in the near future I will also begin having a hand in quite a bit of the book cover and layout design. So, with that, keep your eyes pilled. Captain K and the Bearded Manboy and Cucumber Punk are getting a makeover and moving to a new location.

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Co-writing and the challenge it brings

9.6.14 8:57pm

I have finally written my first co-written novel with Dane Hatchell for Permuted Press. I asked Dane to write a little bit about the process. He has done other work with other authors as well and I felt like he might have a little insight into co-writing and what it takes to get it done. This is what he has to say.

Co-writing For Fun and Profit

I’ve been writing horror fiction for almost five years now. This includes forty or so short stories, one full length novel (Resurrection X), one co-written novella with Mark Scioneaux (Slipway Grey), two co-written novels with Mark Scioneaux (Insurgent Z and Thrill Me Kill Me), and one co-written novel with the multi-talented P.A. Douglas (The Dark Times).

One question I often get, especially from other authors, is: How do you co-write a novel? Some authors totally freak at the thought of sharing the fate of their darlings to the hand of another. And that’s totally understandable. Who likes leaving their kids at daycare? You never know what bad habits your protagonist will pick up without your total guidance.

Firstly, co-writing should be fun. Mark Scioneaux had some great ideas for a novel he’d been kicking around in his head for a few years. He felt bringing a fresh perspective into the plot would enhance the story and hopefully break down a few walls standing in the way. I was excited when he sent me ideas for the plot and asked if I’d like to get in on a co-write. You bet I did!

Fortunately Mark and I live in the same city, about 45 minutes away. We met up at a coffee shop and got down to the nitty-gritty. We had a blast. We were like two kids on a sugar high—except in our case it was caffeine. Mark had a cast of characters we initially divided up to write about. With the plot line written on paper, we estimated the number of chapters needed to get us from point A to point B to point C, etc.

I started the ball rolling with the first two chapters and Mark started with the third. From there, we would send a completed chapter to the other for proofing and changes. Using MSWord, we’d add comment boxes with opinions, changes, and suggestions for the future. We then would review the other’s comments and make changes accordingly.

The author of the chapter had the power to keep or change the content in his chapter. Because of that arrangement, we became sensitive to each other’s work. We treated each chapter like our own because it essentially was.
Something else we did a few times. If I wrote a chapter with certain character/characters, the next time those same characters appeared Mark would take the chapter. And vice versa. This proved to be a great way to add layers to characters’ personalities.

When we finished writing Insurgent Z, a few beta readers commented how the writing style stayed consistent. Honestly, when Mark and I were working new drafts we’d often get confused who originally wrote certain chapters.
When the novel was complete, I read it again for typos and inconsistences. I then sent it to Mark, who did the same. I proofed it one more time for typos before we began marketing.

Pat Douglas and I have been associates for the past several years. I’ve done first-pass edits on the majority of his novels. It’s been our desire for a while to team up for a co-write.

The opportunity presented itself when I struck a deal with Permuted Press for a reissue of my first novel Resurrection X. Part of the deal involved writing a new novel in order to boost interest in the reissue.
I had a few chapters of a prequel to Res X written, and I sent them over to Pat to see if he’d like to join in on a co-write. He did, and we plotted over the phone and email how to execute this new project.
Whereas Mark and I write in similar styles, Pat’s style is noticeably different. That was okay, because I’ve read so much of Pat’s work I knew how to adjust to his style. But one thing at a time. Pat and I agreed on a basic plot, and then he took the chapters I had written and rewrote them to fit the new direction. From there, his job was to be the main engine and write the novel to an agreed word count.

We had to co-write this way because Pat’s strength is based upon ideas that spawn in his mind and flow out of him. The thought of taking turns writing chapters threw up road blocks to his creativity. For this project to be successful, we had to play up to each other’s strengths.

Of course, along the way, Pat and I would stay in touch. He’d write a chapter and send it to me. I’d then did first pass edits and added dialogue and narrative. Pat usually wrote enough action that I didn’t have much room to add any. 
After four months the first draft was complete. Of course, it’s back to the computer for multiple drafts in order to make our baby shine. Much thanks to Sean Leonard, who did the copy edits on the second draft. The man is pure gold!
Permuted Press will publish The Dark Times by P.A. Douglas and Dane Hatchell in July 2015.

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