New Pulp Awards – Final Ballot

The Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards, as announced earlier this year, are continuing in 2016 and will be awarded at the River City Comic Expo June 11-12, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.

 

pulparkThe Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five notched several nomination sin the Pulp Ark New Awards! Thanks for all those that nominated it and congratulations to my collaborators, George Sellas and Chris Batista, for their nominations!

If you’d like to vote on the final ballot, instructions are below. I’ve placed the Lazarus-related nominations in bold!

PRESS RELEASE

With nominations now closed for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards, voting is open from February 5th, 2016 to 5:00 PM CST February 21, 2016.

“It’s time,” says Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of Pulp Ark and the Awards, “to pick the best of the best from 2015.  And we have always prided ourselves on being the Pulp Award that has always been open to public voting and we continue that practice this year. Anyone of age can vote, but we do ask, as always, that this be treated fairly and justly. Of course, we are aware of ways votes could be made that are either not valid or simply a result of someone begging everyone in their family and graduating class to vote for them.  What we ask is that those who vote and encourage others to vote do so with the right intent and consideration for all involved.”

Voting is open to all who wish to vote that are 18 years or older.  All voters are subject to being asked to provide verification of age or identity if necessary throughout the voting process and the determining of winners.  Refusal to do so if requested will result in the voter’s ballot being voided.

If you nominated in a particular category and do not see your nomination on the final ballot, it is because either the work/nominee was not appropriate for this year’s ballot due to not having been published or first published in 2015 OR it did not meet qualifications for another reason, such as a nominated work being a comic book or audiobook only, not a work of prose.

Voting opens on February 5 and will be open until 5 PM CST on February 21, 2016. All who wish to vote are asked to cut and paste  the ballot from the Pulp Ark Award Facebook page or any other source where the ballot is posted.  Then, the voter is requested to vote only ONCE for each category and to EITHER only list the nominee they are voting for under each category or to highlight the nominee (s) they are voting for in RED.  Once they have completed their ballot, voters are asked to email the ballot to PulpArkNewPulpAwards2016@yahoo.com. Each ballot must contain a link to a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email profile, or some other verifiable source by which the identity of the voter can be affirmed.

In the past, the Pulp Ark Awards were physical plaques presented to each winner. The final form of the 2016 Awards has not be determined at this point, but a physical award of some sort will be given to each winner.

The Ballot for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards is as follows-

BEST NOVEL NOMINEES

The Green Lama: Crimson Circle by Adam Lance Garcia-Moonstone Books

Circling the Runway by JL Abramao-Down and Out Books

A Favor For a Fiend by Kelly A. Harmon-Pole to Pole Publishing

Helldorado: Bad Times Book Four by Chuck Dixon-Bruno Books

Ravenwood: Return of the Dugpa by Micah S. Harris-Airship 27 Productions

 Baranak: Storming the Gates by Van Allen Plexico-White Rocket Books

 The Dame Was a Tad Polish: An Armadillo Mystery by Nick Piers-Pro Se Productions

 Jezebel Johnston-Devils Handmaid by Nancy Hansen-Airship 27 Productions

 The Man with the Iron Heart by Mat Nastos-Nifty Entertainment

 Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop- Pro Se Productions

BEST COLLECTION/ANTHOLOGY NOMINEES

Legends of New Pulp Fiction by Various-Airship 27 Productions

 Hides the Dark Tower by Various- Pole to Pole Publishing

 Asian Pulp By Various- Pro Se Productions

Amazing Tails # 1 by Various- Outpouring Comics

 The Ninth Circle by Various-Pro Se Productions

 From the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 2-18thWall Productions

 Something Strange is Going On by Various-Flinch Books

 Lazarus Gray Volume Five by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions

BEST SHORT STORY NOMINEES

Spring Heeled Jack by I A. Watson from Sherlock Holmes consulting Detective volume 7-Airship 27 Productions

 The Face of the Yuan Gui by Sean Taylor from Asian Pulp-Pro Se Productions

Bounty Buddies by Arthur Gibson from Amazing Tails #1- Outpouring Comics

Dragonfly Shadow by J. Patrick Allen from the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 1-18thWall Productions

 The Lady Wore Vengeance by Tommy Hancock-Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions

 A Round for the Holly King by Nikki Nelson Hicks- Third Crow Press

 Trouble Takes a Holiday by Arthur Gibson from Amazing Tails #1-Outpouring Comics

Big Trouble in Little Cheyenne by Tony Wilson from The Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions

The Tomb of the Veiled Prophet by Rick Lai from Tales of the

Shadowmen Volume 12: Carte Blanche-Blackcoat Press/Hollywood Comics

Gridiron-Second Down by David Boop from Legends of New Pulp Fiction- Airship 27 Productions

Immortals From Lazarus Gray Volume 5 by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions

 The Pride of Jim Hardy by Terrence McCauley from Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions

BEST NOVELLA NOMINEES

Shadows and Phantoms by Barry Reese-From Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five-Pro Se Productions

After the Wind by Wesley Julian-Wesley Julian

The Astonishing Tales of Sherlock Holmes: the Shrieking Pits by Nikki Nelson Hicks-Pro Se Productions

American Hercules : the Lion of Nemea by Mark Bousquet-Space Buggy Press

Night Hawk: Burning Skies by Ron Fortier-Moonstone

Tales from the Flip-Side: the Adventures of Big Daddy Cool and the Bombshell Kittens by John Pyka-Pro Se Productions

Lady Action-The Sands of Forever by Ron Fortier-Airship 27 Productions

Gentleman Rogue by Percival Constantine-Percival Constantine

Domino Lady: Money Shot by Bobby Nash-Moonstone

Badge City: Notches by M. H. Norris-Pro Se Productions

Ripper’s Ring by Steven R. Southard-Gypsy Shadow Publishing

BEST COVER NOMINEES

Jake Istenhegyi:The Accidental Detective, Volume One by Jeffrey Hayes-Pro Se Productions

Asian Pulp by Adam Shaw-Pro Se Productions

Amazing Tails #1 by Johathan Meyers and Rusty Gilligan-Outpouring Comics

 From the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 2 by Morgan Fitzsimons-18thWall Productions

 Baranak: Storming the Gates by Mark Williams-White Rocket Books

 The Quest of Frankenstein by Mark Hoffman-Blackcoat Press/Hollywood Comics

 Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle Volume Two: Trouble Follows by Adam Shaw-Pro Se Productions

 Bass Reeves: Frontier Marshall by Marco Turini-Airship 27 Productions

 The Dark Leopard: Mouse Trap by Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, and Marc Haines-Pro Se Productions

 Legends of New Pulp Fiction by Doug Klauba-Airship 27 Productions

 Lazarus Gray Volume 5 by Chris Batista-Pro Se Productions

 Nighthawk: Burning Skies by Douglas Klauba-Moonstone

BEST ARTIST NOMINEES

Mike Fyles

 Doug Klauba

 Morgan Fitzsimons

 Mark Williams

 Rob Davis

 Pat Carabjal

 Gary Kato

 Bret Blevins

 Jeffrey Hayes

 George Sellas

BEST AUTHOR NOMINEES

I. A. Watson

 Chuck Dixon

 Arthur Gibson

 Wesley Julian

 Mark Bousquet

 Frank Schildiner

 Tony Wilson

 Jim Beard

 Nikki Nelson-Hicks

 Barry Reese

Nancy Hansen

BEST NEW WRITER NOMINEES

John Pyka

 J Patrick Allen

 Andy Fix

 Loreli McCole

Any and all questions should be emailed to PulpArkNewPulpAwards2016@yahoo.com

2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2016 PULP ARK NEW PULP AWARDS!

pulparkPulp Ark, a convention focusing on New Pulp Fiction and Culture, was held from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Pulp Ark returned as a major component of the River City Comic Expo in Little Rock, AR. A primary part of Pulp Ark for its first three years were The Pulp Ark Awards, fan voted awards for Genre Fiction defined as New Pulp.
According to Tommy Hancock, founder and coordinator of Pulp Ark and the Awards, The Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards are continuing in 2016 and will be awarded at the River City Comic Expo June 11-12, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.

“It feels right,” says Hancock, “to return the Awards to their association with Pulp Ark, especially with the successful return of the convention in a slightly new form in 2015. We’ve reviewed the slate of awards given in the past and have reduced the number for a variety of reasons, and although we may add removed awards back or even new categories at a later date, we feel like the awards offered are comprehensive for the state of New Pulp today. Pulp Ark was conceived to bring the best and brightest creators to the public’s attention and the Awards proved then and will again prove to be one of the best possible ways to do just that.”

Nominations for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards are now open and will close at 5 PM CST on February 1, 2016. Anyone can nominate in any of the available categories for work that was published in 2015, either in print, ebook form, or in an established internet venue, such as an e-magazine. Postings on personal blogs do not qualify.

All nominations that are made that fit the qualifications of New Pulp will be placed on the final ballot, regardless of the number of nominations any one work or individual receives. NO CREATOR MAY NOMINATE HIM/HERSELF OR HIS/HER WORK FOR A PULP ARK NEW PULP AWARD. Publishers may, however, nominate works from their own publishing houses as long as the Publisher is not a writer or artist involved in the nominated work. This is also a change from previous years.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Hancock also states, “Every year we held the awards, we received nominations that, due to the subjective way that New Pulp is defined, might be questionable in terms of qualifying as New Pulp. As we have done in the past with the Awards, there will be a selected committee of 4-5 New Pulp creators who will, when such questions arise, be consulted to determine inclusion of said work as a nomination.”

The only works eligible for the 2016 New Pulp Awards are those produced between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot on February 2nd and voting will be open until 5 PM CST on February 17, 2016. Also, ballots will be posted on the Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards 2016 Facebook page and available for anyone who wishes to cut and paste and email the ballot to PulpArkNewPulpAwards2016@yahoo.com. Each ballot must contain a link to a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email profile, or some other verifiable source by which the identity of the voter can be affirmed.

In the past, the Pulp Ark Awards were physical plaques presented to each winner. The final form of the 2016 Awards has not be determined at this point, but a physical award of some sort will be given to each winner.

The Categories open for Nomination until 5 PM CST February 1, 2016, are as follows.

Only One Nomination allowed per person per category in-

1. Best Novel (This includes E-books as well as print books and length must be 40,000 + words)

2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi- author anthologies. This includes E-publications as well as print books)

3. Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500 words or less.)

4. Best Novella (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500- 40,000 words)

5. Best Cover-(This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

6. Best Artist (This reward refers to the artist only and any artist with work published in New Pulp works, including novels, short stories, magazines, e-publications, and covers or interiors as well, in 2015 is eligible).

7. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any author with work published in 2015 is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).

8. Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2015. This includes e-publications as well).

Send all nominations or any questions to pulparknewpulpawards2016@yahoo.com.

The New Pulp Awards!

lg_v3_darkling_vs_silver_wolf_smallThe Pulp Ark Awards are back! Below you’ll find a list of my eligible works for this year’s Awards (if you’d be so inclined to nominate any of them, I’d think you were a real peach). Farther down below that is a copy of the full press release that went out, listing all the various rules.

My Eligible Works & Categories-

1. Best Novel: The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One

2. Best Collection/Anthology: The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 3: Eidolon

4. Best Novella – Murder Unlimited, Eidolon (both from Lazarus Gray Volume 3)

10. Best New Character: The Darkling (Lazarus Gray Volume 3), Gravedigger (Gravedigger Volume 1)

11. Best Author

In addition, I’d recommend George Sellas for his Lazarus Gray Volume 3 and Gravedigger Volume 1 covers, plus Will Meugniot for his interiors on Gravedigger and George for his interior illustrations for Lazarus Gray Volume 3. Our art today is one of George’s pieces from that Lazarus book.

PRESS RELEASE-

For the last three years The Pulp Ark Awards, awarded in conjunction with the Pulp Ark New Pulp Convention and Writer’s Conference have been the most comprehensive and only fan voted awards for the genre fiction identified as New Pulp. According to Tommy Hancock, founder and coordinator of Pulp Ark and the Awards, although the Convention and Conference will not occur in 2014, the legacy of the Pulp Ark Awards will continue, though with changes, including a new name.

“The Pulp Ark Awards,” says Hancock, “were called such because of the associated convention. With there being no convention it seems odd to call them the Pulp Ark Awards. Also, because of a couple of other circumstances, the decision has been made to change the name of the awards. As these awards strive to represent the broad field that is New Pulp, it is only fitting that they should be the New Pulp Awards, especially since I, and several recipients and those involved with the awards were part of the group that in 2011 put together what has been referred to as The New Pulp Movement, a group of creators and publishers intending to promote New Pulp as a whole. So, from this point forward, the yearly awards will be known as The New Pulp Awards.”

Hancock also notes other changes. “In the past, nominations have been open to the public, but voting was closed to only those who nominated during the allowed time. This year, nominations will be open for a period of two weeks. Then, voting will be open for a two week period. Anyone can nominate and anyone can vote. It is not required that a person nominate someone to be able to vote. However,” Hancock clarifies, “an individual can only nominate once for each category and can only vote once in each category.”

Nominations for the 2014 New Pulp Awards are now open and will close at 5 PM CST on February 24th, 2014. Anyone can nominate in any of the available categories for work that was published in 2014, either in print, ebook form, or in an established internet venue, such as an e-magazine. Postings on personal blogs do not qualify.

All nominations that are made that fit the qualifications of New Pulp will be placed on the final ballot, regardless of the number of nominations any one work or individual receives. NO CREATOR MAY NOMINATE HIM/HERSELF OR HIS/HER WORK FOR A NEW PULP AWARD. Publishers may, however, nominate works from their own publishing houses as long as the Publisher is not a writer or artist involved in the nominated work. This is also a change from previous years.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Hancock also states, “We will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award again this year as well. A Ten Person committee selected from well-known Creators in New Pulp currently will decide the recipient of this award. This award is given to someone who has contributed to Pulp, not necessarily just New Pulp, but to the continuation of the interest and promotion of Pulp in all its forms.” Last year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Charles Boeckman.

The New Pulp Awards will be awarded as a part of MidSouthCon, in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 23rd, 2014. For more information on MidSouthCon, one of the premiere Pop Culture conventions in the South, go to http://www.midsouthcon.org.

The only works eligible for the 2014 New Pulp Awards are those produced between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot on February 25th and voting will be open until 5 PM CST on March 11, 2014. Also, ballots will be posted on http://www.NewPulpAwards2014.blogspot.com and available for anyone who wishes to cut and paste and email the ballot to NewPulp2014@yahoo.com. Each ballot must contain a link to a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email profile, or some other verifiable source by which the identity of the voter can be affirmed.

Although Hancock will still be the Coordinator of the New Pulp Awards, there will be a body of a total of five individuals who will have full access to all information, including the received nominations and votes throughout the process.

The Categories open for Nomination until 5 PM CST February 24, 2014, are as follows. Only One Nomination allowed per person per category in-

1. Best Novel (This includes E-books as well as print books and length must be 40,000 + words)

2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi author anthologies. This includes E-publications as well as print books)

3. Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500 words or less.)

4. Best Novella (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500- 40,000 words)

5. Best Cover Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

6. Best Interior Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

7. Best Pulp Related Comic (This refers to a series, complete run, one shot, etc. This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well. )

8. Best Pulp Magazine (This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well, but the e-publication must be identified as an e-magazine on the site supporting it. )

9. Best Pulp Revival (The Revival nominated must be published within the calendar year of 2013 and relates specifically to characters featured in Pulps when they were originally created. This includes epublications as well.)

10. Best New Character (This must be a character that debuts in a New Pulp work published in 2013. This included e-publications as well)

11. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any author with work published in 2013 is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).

12. Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2013. This includes e-publications as well).

Send all nominations or any questions to newpulp2014@yahoo.com.

Another Day

writersblockMy eternal optimism is being sorely tested these days.

As a result, I don’t feel much like writing at the moment — I know that many of my writer friends say this is exactly when I should be writing. I can get it all out on the page, after all. But the act of creating isn’t something I feel particularly good about when I’m miserable and the work I produce isn’t, in my opinion, my best.

So.

Anyway, in other news, the Pulp Ark Awards were canceled and then reinstated, though we haven’t heard the new requirements yet. I’m glad to see them back. Unfortunately, the Pulp Ark Convention has been scuttled for this year and the near future but I hope to see New Pulp continue to grow as a presence at other Cons.

Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow and my world will have brightened.

See? The optimism isn’t totally dead yet.

The Day After

LG3_cover_smallHello and welcome to another Friday edition of Ye Olde Blog!

Yesterday was a busy day around here as we set an all-time record for hits to this site. My post about Kindle Worlds was shared far and wide, for which I am quite appreciative. I was surprised that most of the Kindle Worlds hate that I’d seen the day before didn’t pop up in response to my posting but maybe I was just so persuasive that I changed their minds 😉 More likely, cooler heads had prevailed by the time I actually posted my blog and people have moved into the “wait and see” mode.

Now, normally on Fridays I’ve been doing New Pulp Recommendations but I think that’s going to become just an irregular feature. Whenever I have something that I’m enthused about, I’ll post about it and encourage others to check it out. If I don’t have anything foremost in my head, I won’t force myself to come up with one. A perfect solution, at least for me!

Heard from Pro Se Press design guru Sean Ali yesterday. Looks like they’re in the final days of getting The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 3 laid out and ready to go. This will be the middle chapter of a huge, sprawling epic that spans books 2-4. When you finish volume 3, you’ll see that the story is obviously not quite complete but I do think it stands well as a grand adventure on its own. With this one, we’ll introduce a major new hero named The Darkling and we also see the transformation of one Assistance Unlimited member into a much darker character known as Eidolon. The cover to the third edition is included with this post and it’s by the amazing George Sellas.

Considering that the second book in the series won Best Novel, Best Cover and Best Interior Art in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards, I’m hoping that there will be a lot of interest and excitement over this next release.

I did type THE END on the first story that will run in Lazarus Gray Volume 5. After the big events of the previous three books, I plan for volume five to follow the model we had for the first book – five or six short stories, all with running subplots going through them. The first one deals mainly with a felonious financier (I like alliteration) and a zeppelin crewed by beautiful deadly ladies. At the end of it, we’re introduced to a larger threat that will wind its way through the rest of the book. Should be fun!

Now I need to put the finishing touches on this weird western tale for Mechanoid Press and then I can work some more on Gravedigger Volume Two.

Always busy!

Thursday Stuff

lg_v3_darkling_vs_silver_wolf_smallThe weekend is getting nearer and nearer… just have to keep hanging in there! Last night, i was surprised to receive a phone call from Shadow expert and all around good guy Anthony Tollin. We chatted for almost an hour about all kinds of things and Anthony is full of fascinating insights and stories about The Shadow. I’m definitely going to try and get him onto The Shadow Fan’s Podcast because he’s just too valuable a resource not to share with everybody.  A very pleasant time, at least on my end 🙂 I’m sure I wasn’t nearly as interesting.

Got a call from GC360, which is a televised news program put on by the students of the local university. They say they’re interested in setting up an interview with regards to my writing and, specifically, the fact that Die Glocke won Best Novel in the Pulp Ark Awards. I’ll talk to them today and see what we can set up — I’m not too keen on a visual interview but we’ll see, lol.

Work is moving briskly on with Lazarus Gray Volume Five – it’s off to a very good start! The Lazarus story I’m currently writing is a good example of the intertwined nature of my pulp adventure universe. A pirate by the name of Hendrick Van der Decken was introduced in “The Phantom Vessel” (The Rook Volume Four), in which the undead pirate is freed from his watery grave in 1943. I really enjoyed his character, so when I wrote Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island, I used Van der Decken as one of the villains of that story, which was set in the 17th century. Now, Lazarus Gray Volume Five (set in 1937), Van der Decken’s lost hordes of treasure are referenced again, though the undead pirate himself won’t be appearing (after all, he can’t be freed until 1943, remember?). Now, these three stories are all unrelated, except for the way our villainous pirate crosses into each but it’s a set of fun Easter eggs for those who read them all.

Speaking of Lazarus Gray, Volume 3 should be out before too long — expect me to start pimping that one really hard soon. Volume 3 is the middle chapter of the huge epic that spans books 2-4 and it introduces a couple of major characters to the universe: Eidolon and The Darkling. Both of those folks will return for Volume 4, as well. The image that’s running with this blog post today comes from Volume Three and shows The Darkling squaring off a villain by the name of The Silver Wolf. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which character is which! 😉

I continue to get great feedback from folks about The Adventures of Gravedigger and I’m thrilled by it all! I was really proud of the book and think that George Sellas did the best cover of his career (which is really saying something!). Don’t worry, there will be more Charity Grace coming in the future.

Tales of The Rook — I’m still waiting on one more story. The first four that have been turned in are being edited now. All are winners so far! I hope to get this one out to you before the end of the year. While the first book was a breeze, with pretty much everyone turning in their stories early, this one has been more problematic. Writers have come and gone on the project multiple times and the whole experience has just been a bit of a headache. As such, I think Volume Two will be the last in that series. Tommy Hancock is still scheduled to write a trilogy of Rook novels (which would be volumes 7-9 in the main series).

The Monday Grumps

robert_downeyHad a pretty good weekend — watched Wreck-It Ralph again, which is a great kids’ flick, and tried to come up with an idea for the Weird West story I’m supposed to be writing. I’ve set my Rook tale on the back-burner for now. It’s not that the story is going poorly — it’s actually off to a fine start. I just don’t feel like writing about Max Davies at the moment. Or the near future. If I get the two new stories from the latest Tales of The Rook recruits (one being David White, the other still a potential surprise), that would give me five stories without one from me… and we might just go with that.  I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to giving up a series & I recently wrote The Rook as a guest-star in Gravedigger… and quite enjoyed doing that. But I really don’t feel the connection to those characters the way I do Lazarus Gray & Gravedigger at the moment.

Perhaps the particular muse that inspires me to do The Rook will return soon.

I also read a stack of comics & finished reading Foxhound, an old Shadow novel written by Theodore Tinsley. I’ll be reviewing it and Masks # 4 on The Shadow Fan Podcast this week.

I might have to turn in my Geek card. I’m done with The Walking Dead, Doctor Who & Game of Thrones. I plan to replace them with Defiance & Under the Dome, when those series start, so I’m gonna keep trying genre television… but I’m not coming back to Who until Matt Smith’s character hits the big regeneration moment. TWD is just a stupid, amoral show. And GoT… Given how each book in the series is not as good as the one before, I just think it’s time to bail before they get to all the stuff I really disliked from the novels. When’s True Blood coming back? I’m looking forward to its return. And The Newsroom (though that’s not really a geeky kind of show, I still love it).

Almost forgot — there was a HUGE article about me in the local newspaper, talking about my recent Best Novel win in the Pulp Ark Awards. Very flattering and I was really thrilled with the amount of coverage it gave. In lieu of huge checks, attention is always nice. 😉

Today’s picture is of Robert Downey,  Jr. Why? Because it’s Robert Downey, Jr., that’s why!

 

Friday Fun — And Another Pulp Ark Reminder!

glassesSo I sent off what I hope will be the final version of Liberty Girl to Pro Se last night — of course, since it’s a licensed deal, there may be changes that are asked for. We’ll see. Overall, I think it turned out okay. With the main story, there were definitely times where I felt somewhat constricted, since I was adapting someone else’s story and wanted to stay true to that. In some ways, it was easier than writing my own stuff because I didn’t have to worry about where the plot was going but on the other hand, there were times I felt I could have improved upon it by doing my own thing — ’cause, of course, my own ideas would be better LOL A writer’s ego — there’s no stopping it. But if you’re a fan of Liberty Girl (and I am!), I hope you’ll like seeing her in a new form.

So for the next day or two I’m working on the second Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Four. I bring back The Darkling in this one (don’t worry – you haven’t missed anything. He’ll be introduced in Volume Three, which isn’t out yet) and we get to see a lot more of his back-story before moving into the a tale that will, in many ways, wrap up the arc I began with Volume Two. I think that when it’s all said and done, you’ll be able to view books 2-4 as one long story. I’m not quite cocky enough to deem it a ‘trilogy’ but I’m sure others will.

The Pulp Ark Award Nominations close on the 15th, which is only a few days away. I’ve posted the instructions on how to nominate things, as well as what my eligible works are. If you enjoy my writing, please consider filling out a nomination form — you’ll then have the opportunity vote for the actual winners. If you don’t nominate, you can’t vote. I’d certainly appreciate it. I’ve done very well in the Pulp Ark Awards in the past, winning Best Author in 2011 and Best Short Story in 2012 and I appreciate that sincerely. I love these awards because they’re primarily fan-driven, unlike other New Pulp Awards that are voted upon mostly by people inside the industry.

And don’t JUST nominate *me* — don’t forget my collaborator George Sellas, who deserves Best Cover & Best Interior Art awards for the work he’s done on my books!

Just started reading a new Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn — it’s called Scoundrels and is basically Ocean’s 11 in the Star Wars universe. Should be fun.

TGIF!

The Work Never Ends!

die_glocke_cover_LOW_RES_mockup_croppedGot a good plot in mind for my Phantom Detective story (“The Iron God”) and also got some feedback on my Liberty Girl story — my editor really liked it. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish off LG soon and then I can focus on getting this Phantom Detective piece finished for Airship 27.

I’m pushing hard for George Sellas to repeat as Best Interior Artist in the Pulp Ark Awards and I also think he should win for Best Cover — in both cases, for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two: Die Glocke. George is a tremendous artist and deserves the recognition. I think he’s made my books the best looking in all of New Pulp. Please consider nominating him in those two categories.

Got my Rook and Lazarus Gray figures from Marshall Made Collectibles. They are GORGEOUS. If you’re a fan, please consider buying one for your home. You won’t regret it and will be just as blown away by the quality as I was. Trust me.