marilynBack in the office after the holidays, though it’s not a typical work day since my 7-year old son has come to the office with me. Should be an interesting and fresh look at what my day is like.

I started work on the final Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Five. It’s off to a fine start and I think people will really have a smile on their face when they read this opening section. Without giving too much away, though, I have to reveal that this book leads up to a major event that takes place int his final story. I’m not 100% sure what that event will be because it could go one of two ways: one would be a “happy” ending and the other would be a big ol’ downer. Both would work with the characters but both would also have major ramifications down the line for the series. I’m honestly not sure how it will resolve itself until I get there. Until then, I’m letting the characters lead me. They’ll work it out all out for me in the end.

They always do.

Anyway, once I’m finished with this story, it’s on to the crossover novel.

Don’t forget that this is Reese Unlimited Month at Pro Se — so you’ll be seeing (and hearing) me all over the place. I’m the guest on this week’s episode of the Pulped! Podcast and I’m recording an episode of The Exploding Typewriter with Perry Constantine and Bobby Nash tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys updated as I bounce around elsewhere as January rolls on. If you scroll back to my post from yesterday, you’ll see that we’re currently giving away the first Gravedigger book right now so it’s the perfect time to jump in to Charity Grace’s adventures.

Hopefully all of this will bring new readers in to my pulp adventure universe. While I’d love to get rich and famous, I’ll gladly accept a ton of readers who enjoy the characters in lieu of such.

But I’ll still cash the checks if they come!

Take care, folks. 2014 is here and it’s big and brash!

To celebrate our return to “normal” posting around the blog, I give you a pleasant image of Marilyn Monroe. You’re welcome.

Friday Fun

hipster_hahaSpent the morning listening to the new episode of the Pulped! Podcast — this week, it features a round-table discussion about New Pulp & Its Connection to Classic Pulp. That’s a topic that I’ve been talking about a good bit this week so you might be interested in the opinions of folks like Derrick Ferguson, Andrew Salmon, TJ Glenn and a whole lot more! If you want to give it a listen, just head on over here. I agree with a lot that was said, disagree with a lot that was said and had no real feeling one way or the other with a lot of what was said.

I can see the 40,000 word mark approaching on The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two. I won’t hit it today but early next week is a definite. I think the story is really moving along quite well, with some real strong character scenes. I enjoy having my characters grow and evolve so this kind of thing is actually my favorite part of doing series work. I like to know that Assistance Unlimited or Gravedigger or The Rook are all very different characters in the later books than they were in the original story. I try to keep the core of the characters intact over time but relationships and motivations might shift.

Reading-wise, I’m still enjoying Batman: Fear Itself (a prose novel) and I’m also re-reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, a series written & drawn by John Byrne. I’ve been on a New Gods kick lately, having revisited the old Jack Kirby originals and been inspired to dig out even more stories featuring Orion, Lightray, Darkseid, etc. Great stuff.

If you’re looking to follow more of my ramblings, you can find me on Facebook (I have a ‘fan page’ and a personal page) and Twitter (@barryreesepulp). I love interacting with you guys so definitely jump onto your social network of choice and say hello.

Hope you’ve got exciting plans for the weekend!