Random Bits of Nonsense

RU Proof r1Welcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

Had a busy weekend at my day job as we did our big fundraiser for the year — ended up netting the second-highest total in the event’s 33-year history so that was nice.  I took the next couple of days off but now I’m back in the swing of things!

The Shadow’s Fan Podcast Episode 51 was uploaded this morning. This week I review a 1939 novel (“The Death Ship”) and The Shadow 2013 Annual from Dynamite Entertainment. It’s hard to follow up on the Michael Uslan interview we aired in our 50th episode but hopefully you Shadow fans will enjoy it nonetheless!

I’m really hoping to finish this Pulse Fiction story for Pro Se this week. It’s had its fun moments but I’m ready to move on and do something else. My hope is that folks who read it will enjoy it enough to want to see more stories with these characters, whether or not they come from me. It’s work-for-hire so there’s no guarantee I’d be involved in their later adventures, which is fine. I just want to do a good enough job to inspire more!

Been jamming out to Haim’s debut album “Days Are Gone.” Great stuff and heartily recommended.

Got a new contract from Pro Se, which would extend the licensing deal I have with them for The Rook and associated characters for another two years. I haven’t signed it yet but I probably will some time today. I had one person say I should shop around and see if I could get a bidding war going for my stuff but that’s not my style. Plus, I’m still waiting to get all my stuff back in print after leaving Wild Cat Books. Doesn’t make sense to leave before all of that is done — besides, it’s not like there’s anybody out there who would treat me better! Pro Se has given me more promotion than most New Pulp publishers do by a long shot and I have the freedom to pursue my own desires for the most part, which counts for a lot. So it looks like Reese Unlimited will live on for a few more years. Everybody say “woot!”

Woot!

This Saturday I’ll be at the Crossroads Writer’s Conference. My workshop that I’m leading will be at 11:30 and if you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so! Here’s how they describe my panel:

Making The Most Out of Murder and Mayhem – Barry Reese

The heyday of the bloody pulps might have been the Thirties and Forties but the movement has gained new legs in recent years with the rise of New Pulp. What is it and why might it be the salvation for small press writers? Award-winning New Pulp author Barry Reese will take you through the ins and outs of the New Pulp world, including where and how you can become a part of it.

Yeah. I’ll be talking about murder and mayhem. Who could have guessed?

I’ll be back tomorrow with more pulpy goodness.

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