Monday Morning Ramblings

shadow1994Welcome to another new week at Ye Olde Blog!

Mostly took the weekend off from writing though I did do a good bit of plotting in my head and read over some reference material for my Pulse Fiction story. I think it could be quite fun — it’s strictly a work-for-hire deal so I’m following someone else’s character notes and bible. It’s fun sometimes to do that sort of thing though I always end up wishing I could take the characters in some different directions. Nobody ever does things exactly the way I’d want them to 😉

Finished reading an old Shadow novel by Theodore Tinsley – Death’s Bright Finger (1942). I really enjoyed it. Tinsley’s Shadow is much more violent than Walter Gibson’s but it makes for an excellent change of pace. I’ll be reviewing that one on the next episode of The Shadow Fan Podcast.

Had a great time recording the interview that will run as the 50th episode of the podcast. My guest was a great speaker with lots of interesting stories to share, both about Shadow lore past and present. Definitely my favorite episode of the show so far!

Today I’ll be adding a few more words to Lazarus Gray Volume Five and starting up my Pulse Fiction story. Fun times – but busy! If you want to learn more about me and what I’ve been doing — and why — please give a listen to the latest episode of the Pro Se Presents Podcast. I rambled on a bit about the origins of my characters, my feelings about the nature of pulp fiction and I even go on a mini-rant about heroism in our modern society. I can’t promise I always make sense but hey, I think you can hear the passion anyway.

True Blood ended its season last night — the show is starting to feel its age and I wish Sookie would eat something before she vanishes completely but I still enjoy the show. It’s good, trashy fun and Jason Stackhouse makes me laugh out loud every episode.

Our image today is of Alec Baldwin as The Shadow, circa the 1994 feature film. Enjoy!

A New Week Begins!

spirit_alandavisYep, it’s another Monday at Ye Olde Blog. It’s amazing how quickly the days are flowing by — it’s already July! Yowza.

Work is progressing very well on Gravedigger Volume Two. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to creep up to the 30,000 mark by the end of the week, which would mean that I’m halfway through with the novel. So far, it’s a very worthy sequel in my not-quite-unbiased opinion. The villains are powerful and have some special connections to our heroine… and I’ve found some good opportunity to give the various members of the supporting cast a chance to shine.

Finished reading the Dr. Zeng Omnibus this weekend. The series features a Caucasian who, through plastic surgery and the fact that he spent 20 years in the Orient, is able to pass himself off as Dr. Zeng, one of Chinatown’s greatest minds. He moonlights as an evil-smashing hero. It’s good, classic pulp fun with only a few tinges of racism (it’s a product of its time, people, always remember that). The first story features a midget who bites people to death.

It only gets wackier from there.

The production values are high and the original interior illustrations are included. It is a bit pricey ($34.95 retail for a paperback) but I definitely enjoyed the stories.

Someone told me recently that they check my blog every day to see what’s going on in the New Pulp world. I confess that I was a bit taken aback since I think I don’t really focus on very much outside of my own little circle of writings. Maybe back when I did the New Pulp Bestseller’s List, you could argue that I was a one-stop shop for news and so forth… but I mainly use the blog for promotional purposes and to give an outlet for all the crazy things that go through my head. Still, it was flattering — but if you do want to know what’s going on in the greater New Pulp community, I’d recommend All Pulp or Coming Attractions. I visit both sites on a regular basis.

Sundays have once again become my busy night for television as I watch Big Brother (my reality tv guilty pleasure), True Blood and Dexter. I’m certainly going to miss Dexter when it ends after this season. There have been ups and downs over the course of the series but overall, it’s been a real winner.

Our artwork today combines two of my favorite things: Will Eisner’s The Spirit with the talented pencils of Alan Davis. Lovely, isn’t it?

See you guys tomorrow!


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!