Where does the time go? Here it is February already and it feels like New Year’s Eve was last week. I suppose that is a true sign of aging when a year appears to go by like that *snaps fingers* Or it could just be that because I stay busy all the time I honestly am not aware of the passing of time. In any case, here I am back with another Progress Report. Here’s where I bring you up to date on what I’ve been doing and assure you that I’m not just laying about watching Netflix and drinking champagne. Although that don’t sound like a bad idea once thought of, now don’t it?
First off, let me direct you to my series of author interviews “Kickin’ The Willy Bobo” in order to inform you that in the coming months that I intend to update many of those interviews since some of them were done two or three years ago and those writers have done an exceptional amount of work since then that you really need to be brought up to date on. So while I’ll be concentrating on doing that but that won’t mean I won’t be doing new interviews. Two gentlemen who I’ve been meaning to interview for the longest time are next on my list: Ron Fortier and Bobby Nash. And if you don’t know who they are by now then you’re definitely in the wrong place.
There’s a brand new Dillon project that I’ve just finished up but in order to read more about that you’ll have to bounce on over to the DILLON blog. See how that works?
I’ve been busy with quite a few things for Pro Se Productions as that mollyfoggin’ Tommy Hancock just won’t leave me alone. One of those projects you’ll see in February is the first in a series of Single Shots running under the blanket title of TALES OF FORTUNE.
Fortune McCall as you all well know (and if you don’t then what’s wrong with you?) has six faithful companions in adventure who assist him in not only running his floating casino “The Heart of Fortune” but also in nemesising evil as well. THE ADVENTURES OF FORTUNE McCALL got exceptional reviews but one of them stood out as it was from Perry Constantine, a longtime friend and outstanding writer in own right. Perry pointed out that he really didn’t get to know as much about Fortune’s companions as he would have liked. And he was right. Some of Fortune’s supporting cast didn’t get as much wordage and “screen time” as the others.
But thanks to Pro Se’s Single Shot program I was able to figure a way to give Fortune’s companion the room and wordage necessary to round out their characters. So each one of them will be having their own solo adventure in the TALES OF FORTUNE series. The first one: “For Violent Fires That Soon Burn Out” will feature none other than Fortune’s bodyguard and cousin Tracy Scott. I haven’t yet decided who will get the spotlight next but if you have a suggestion then please feel free to cast it in my general direction.
Last time we got together here I spoke about a special project I had undertaken. Tommy Hancock came to me and asked me to write a novelization of a movie. Now what’s such a big deal about that you may well ask. I mean, novelizations of movies are done all the time. The difference is this: with the blessing of the star/director and the encouragement of Tommy, my novelization was to explore, amplify and extend the story and characters beyond what the movie was. In other words I was given a free hand to indulge myself and go nuts.
Now we’re not talking about an Academy Award winning movie here. But it was a lot of fun to do as it took me out of my comfort zone and let my stretch my creative muscles in a new direction. You’ll be hearing more about this as the last I heard we were looking for it to be published in March. And what exactly is “It” you ask? The name of it is SEARCH FOR THE BEAST and to give you an idea of what it’s going to be about, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_for_the_Beast
I think that covers what you can look forward to from me in the immediate months to come. Once I’ve solidified a few things here and there I hope to be able to give you a firm date on the SEBASTIAN RED anthology and a couple of other things I have in the planning stages. Until next time, watch some good movies, read some good books and be good to yourself and others.