Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

rook_v3_whisper_and_keane_roughHello Everyone!
I’m still working away on my Pulse Fiction story. It’s pretty slow going but I’m going to really try to get at least 1,500 words put on it tonight. That would take me close to the midway point of the tale. It got off to a great start last week but as it’s gone on, I’ve realized I just really like one of the supporting characters. When I write her, it’s a pleasure. The rest of the story is work. That’s the way it goes sometimes — you have to push on and hope that the finished product is something that will have appeal to readers. I think some writers get hung up on this illusion that their work has to be perfect…

I’m a working writer. I hit my deadlines and then move on to the next project. I always try to do my best but I’m not going to over-analyze my own work. I have too many other projects to get to! Honestly, I think that’s what stops a lot of people from every finishing even a single novel, let alone writing a bunch. They massage the text again and again, building up this fear that it won’t hold up when it’s finally presented to the public. I always want people to love my work but if they don’t, you know what? Maybe they’ll like the next one better. You can’t hide your work out of fear of being rejected. Have I written crap? Sure. Every writer has. Have I written things that I’m really proud of? Yep. Sometimes I’ve done both in the same paragraph!

Once I’m finished with this, I might work a little more on Lazarus Gray Volume Five and then I have to turn my focus on to this Sherlock Holmes novella that Pro Se wants. My ultimate plan is to get Holmes and the Lazarus Gray book completed ASAP and then I can start on the crossover novel that will feature a cover by Chris Batista. What evil plot could merit the combined attentions of Gravedigger, Lazarus Gray and The Rook? Trust me, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Our art is a teaser sketch from artist supreme George Sellas. This one depicts Whisper and Ascott Keane and is the final piece scheduled to run in The Rook Volume Three Special Edition. Once he’s completed this one, all the files go to Pro Se and it will move into production. These two look good together, don’t they?

2 thoughts on “The Daily Grind

  1. Dave Brzeski says:

    Have you considered writing the whole thing from the viewpoint of that supporting character?

  2. I’m too far along to blow it all up at this point — but in retrospect, I probably would have done it that way. This is work-for-hire so I’m trying to not delay the project. If it was my own characters, I might be more likely to scrap this version and start anew.

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