Updates and Merry Christmas…

 

Getting snowy around here, which isn’t a bad thing. I enjoy the winter, and as perverse as it might sound, I like clearing the driveway of snow. It’s a great workout, guaranteed to shed a few pounds, and there’s something relaxing about it as well. I wear an old beat-up MP3 player, loaded with a mix of my favourites (Abba included, which will sometimes lead into Ministry, and around Christmas, might lead into some Bing Crosby) and just get to work.

 

Just got word that I’ll be heading into the hospital in May to get my other hip replaced (arthritis, hoo-ah), so I’m motivated to get a few stories done before I go under the knife. Can’t make any promises about exactly when they’ll be released, but this is what’s on tap, in various stages of completion, and will be on the market hopefully before May.

 

Isosceles Moon. Vampire-breed hunter novella of about a hundred pages.

Private Property. Another novella of undetermined length (currently being worked on).

Breeds 2. First draft completed and awaiting a second pass. About 75K words.

*131 Days book 5*. First draft completed and awaiting a second pass. About 110K words.

 

And these are the planned books that may or may not be available after May.

 

Breeds 3 (the finale to the trilogy)

131: Three Fights (a “Tales from the Pit” novella concerning a few selected characters and their involvement in Sunja’s gladiatorial games).

*Untitled horror story* that may or may not be another novella.

*Untitled Weird Western* that should be novel sized.

 

You may ask why all the novellas (ie short novels of anywhere between 55 to 150 pages)? The material and ideas I have for those stories don’t really fit novel length. I can’t see them going past the 150 page mark. Some novellas might grow into something longer, but I can’t tell until I get into them–like that aforementioned “Untitled horrorย  story*. I like the shorter form, and the few novellas I have in the wings were ideas tucked away in my idea folder and somehow seeped to the desktop.

 

He-Dog 2 is still there as well, but it’s a real challenge and pain, to get working on that one since I’m pretty much rewriting the whole thing. And since it’s been 3 years since “White Sands, Red Steel,” I’m not sure if folks will remember it.

 

And finally, my uncle’s been after me to do a western for some time. A western is an undertaking I’m not so keen on doing, but I had an idea for a genre I really enjoy, and that’s the Weird Western (seek out Steve Vernon or Tim Curran for examples). When I told him my intentions he looked at me and said, “There won’t be any gore in it will there? I can’t handle too much gore.”

 

It’ll be weird. And haunted. And horror. So, yeah, there’s probably going to be a little gore in there, and to anyone who doesn’t care for gore, any gore is too much. This one might get done around the end of the year.

 

So there you have it. Lots to do. But first, I’m taking some time off during Christmas–do some shoveling and a little drinking (I have a nice bottle of Uncle Jack’s Tennessee Honey here, as well as an equally nice bottle of Captain Morgan), some music listening and some reading, and play a lot of Fallout 4.

 

The imagination never really rests and I’ve already come up with a idea for a summertime coming-of-age story that isn’t horror or fantasy.ย  I hope that over the next week or two a few more ideas will get tangled up in the mind’s drain trap.

 

And, finally, thank you for reading.ย  Seriously.

 

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Happy New Year, and all the best for 2016.

 

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas Keith. Hope you have a great time over the holidays.
    I’m looking forward to reading some more of your books and hopefully listening to more of your work on Audible.
    All the best for 2015, hopefully the new hip will give you s new lease of life!
    Take care
    Mike

    1. Thanks Michael, and all the best to you this holiday season :).

  2. Merry Christmas, Keith.

    Man, it sounds like you have a LOT of exciting books lined up. Keep them coming, brother. And thanks for the shout-out regarding my couple of weird westerns. Much appreciated.

    Good luck with the new hip. My wife asked my doctor if there were any hope of getting me a brain transplant. He took a look in my ear and told me that he didn’t think he had anything in the storeroom that would fit.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas back at you Steve. All the best this season and in 2016. Hope to read a few more Westerns from you…

  3. Merry Christmas, Keith!

    The books sound exciting – I am glad to see some horror works in the list and am super stoked about the Breeds sequels!

    Best wishes on the new hip and I am sending you good thoughts for a speedy healing.

    Glinda

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas back ‘atcha. Hope you’re well and all the best to you and your family in 2016 and beyond.

  4. I know I am a little late for Christmas but wanted to say good luck with the surgery and sure am glad to hear about the huge slate of books in the works. I’ve read everything that you wrote and enjoyed them all.

    1. Thanks Scott–hope you enjoy the new books when they’re released.

  5. Hey there single mom from NJ here – LOVE LOVE LOVE your zombie stuff!! More audible (long commute for this girly) Good Luck w everything and please keep writing!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the books, Christine ๐Ÿ™‚

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