I have several new things coming. Later this month, I’ll be announcing many things. I have set the date for the release of my next collection of poetry. Titled “Black Chaos,” will be published in eBook and paperback on April 13, 2021, during National Poetry Month. In the next couple weeks, I’ll post about the book and reveal the cover. I will also reveal a design for a bookmark to go along with the book release. I’ll be looking for feedback and opinions about the design of the bookmark before having hundreds of them printed.
Speaking of bookmarks, I’m designing several different ones to have available for sale on my website. I have more ideas that I’m fleshing out, but soon I’ll have all kinds of bookmarks available. I also plan to have buttons made but this will be a little farther down the road when I have more money saved up. Coming later this year in the summer, to celebrate two years since the release of my short story collection “The Morbid Museum,” I’ll have a new hardcover edition available which will have a different variant cover.
There will be some slight changes to the paperback cover as well, but it will mostly look the same. I may even offer the eBook of “The Morbid Museum” on Nook, but I haven’t decided when I want to do that. The stories and content of the collection will remain the same. It’s only the covers that will be different. The cover of the eBook will remain the same. Those are the major new things. More details for all these things will be announced as we get closer to those dates. If you would like an ARC in digital form of my forthcoming collection of poetry, please contact me and we can work out the details.
What kinds of new things are happening at this blog? There will be a little bit of spooky poetry now and then. Not every day but a few will pop up. I’m still thinking of some fun spooky things for the day of Halloween. Feel free to leave ideas in the comments. The biggest new thing is my weekly serialized fiction. The first part of Hellpets dropped last Friday. Part two is coming this Friday. Another part will be added to the story every Friday until the end of November. I plan to have a new serialized story starting in December. Stay tuned for more details.
Most things on the blog are staying the same. There will be fun national holidays to celebrate. Discussions about other holidays or other celebrations. All in all, it’s business as usual. I’m planning on setting aside more time to work on (and hopefully finish) writing my first novel. I have about two-thirds finished of the first draft and want it to be done. Also, a quick reminder, as it is spooky season be sure to check out my collection of horror fiction “The Morbid Museum.” Find it in paperback and eBook on Amazon. It is included in Kindle Unlimited. You can buy a signed copy from me in my Shop, but shipping will cost a little more than if you have Amazon Prime with free shipping. Enjoy the spooky season.
I wanted to go over the many projects I’ve been working on. I have a total of six projects in different stages of development. The first draft of my first novel, The Hook, is about two-thirds complete. There is still a lot of writing to be done before I can start revision. I’ve already seen several things I need to go back and fix. I’m forcing myself to finish writing the entire thing before any revising. I am happy with how the story is unfolding and the characters that I’ve developed. I even made a cover for the book, but I’m hoping to have this one traditionally published.
I also have two poetry projects in the works. The first is called Black Chaos and has a lot of content about depression and other mental health issues along with life issues. It’s like my other poetry collections but more focused on the theme. My poetry project has a Halloween theme. I wanted my poetry to fit along with my horror writing. I hope to have this collection called The Monster That Ate My Mommy ready in time for October. I want this collection to have illustrations, but I need to finish writing first.
I have outlined my next novel. It’s a rough outline that I’m sure will change as I develop the story further. It’s called Fiends of Antilles. It has pirates, vampires, mermaids, and all sorts of other things. It’s a continuation of my short story “Ceres” from The Morbid Museum collection. Speaking of short stories, I’m developing another collection titled The Baku Banquet. This collection will be centered around the Japanese mythological creatures who devour nightmares. Each story will be a nightmare that one of the Baku is sharing with others. I’m excited for this project.
Finally, I have another novel for which I’m still outlining the plot. It will be a continuation of one of the stories that I’ll feature in my next short story collection. This story, “White Magnolias” is also in development. The novel will be a sequel to “The Sapphire Cat” from The Morbid Museum collection featuring the Private Detective John Adler. Dead Magnolias will take place in central Louisiana. To be honest, part of me wants to start writing this novel now but I’m trying to finish some other things first. No matter the order, I have plenty of things to keep me busy.
I do look forward to the day I can write full time and still pay my bills and buy food. I got a taste of this during quarantine and have made this my goal and dream career. I think I can do it. Wish me luck! And I hope you enjoyed learning more about the projects I have in the making. I’ve also included the covers I’ve made for two of my projects that I’ll have finished before all the others. Enjoy.