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…there’s bound to be fire or least that’s how the saying goes. Right now there’s a small fire kindling in my neck of the woods. I’ve been busy, maybe busy isn’t the right word, hmmm….okay, I think I’ve got it. I’ve been on fire. Burning with a desire to create and write, so much so that it’s consumed me along with the fact that I’ve had a son since my last update and he’s seven months and growing.
Awwww. Yeah, yeah, don’t go getting all mushy on me.
So this burning desire has been fed by countless hours of sitting at a desk, at a TV tray, on a bus, or a train, and even on an air mattress at one point in my life writing and writing and producing novels, comics and graphic novels that the world has yet to see. Why? Because if I don’t write I’ll die. I know those are harsh words but deep down it’s the one truth I absolutely believe in.
I’ve been toiling for over three years working at writing various things in a multitude of genres for different medias with no idea if any of it would make it past my pad (Yep, I still write with a pen and pad) and into the hands of you the reader.
Today I’m proud and a bit scared to say that those ideas are on the fast track to being in your hands for your enjoyment. How? Well I teamed up with my esteemed writing partner, Aaron Lewis, a fellow Columbia College Chicago grad and we decided that between us we had enough ideas to fuel a mini-studio and so we started Arion digital media group (Ariondmg.com) a multi-media entertainment group. Through Arion readers will finally get to read the entire 8 issue historical/horror series, Virgin Wolf or the Choose-your-own-destiny graphic novel, Dime. But comics and graphic novels are just the beginning in what we hope to achieve in the arena of TV, Film, and gaming, just to name a few.
What about prose?
No, I haven’t given up my first love and I never will. I just signed my first crime novel to a new indy publisher called, The Garrote, through them readers will get to meet detective Frank Calhoun in his debut within the pages of, Only the Holy Remain. I’m currently rewriting/editing the follow up novel entitled, Blue Religion. More info on a release date and readings to come.
Now you gotta be saying, wow-oh-wow, but the fire is just heating up. I’m also currently writing a 98 page graphic novel for a publisher while simultaneously writing a tribute comic on one of film’s most influential directors/writers for another publisher.
In between all that I’m also the co-writer for One Nation, a real world episodic superhero comic from 133art.com
(check out the preview here: http://www.133art.com/133ART/onenation.html)
As you can see that burning desire has started to kindle into what I hope continues to be a huge roaring fire. There’s some other secretive projects on the horizon that I can’t wait to tell you about, some that are really going to be game changers as far as what people perceive me to write while others will be really cool projects that I hope leave you begging for more.
I was asked recently by a fellow writer how these opportunities have come my way and I always say truthfully it was a bit of luck, a lot of writing and believing in yourself even when it feels like there are those that don’t, and lastly, taking chances and putting myself out there whether that meant a cold email intro, a facebook comment, a pitch where I was turned down, or even a face-to-face interview. I’ve learned that each interaction is fuel for the fire. Use every critique as fuel. Get Mad. Not at the person critiquing you but at yourself and tell yourself that you’ll do better next time because this time it was a learning experience, but next time it’ll be a win. No matter what keep writing and stay inspired by all things around you.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the free preview book or 200 pg graphic novel on ariondmg.com
So as always it would seem that my hands are in a few pots. I’ve decided to do a small update on just a few projects that I’m working on.
My first novel, Only the Holy Remain, has a contract on the table from a publisher. You can read an except here.
I’m currently rewriting/editing on my next novel, a follow up entitled, Blue Religion, which you can check out here.
I’m one step closer to signing Virgin Wolf to a publisher, so oh happy day when this story finally see’s the light of day.
Here’s a script that I did for my partner/director Aaron Lewis. The script is called Misty Blue. It’s a 7 page noir short with an impact! Check it out
Now as I said I’ve been working on a few projects. The first one is Dime, a neo-noir graphic novel, which I’m pitching to a few publishers now. If you haven’t seen the new cover check out it here.
My next mini-series is an action-adveture entitled, Palm, which follows the story of Paris Mulano, a young sicilian woman turned assassin after her family is murdered by a powerful American mafia boss. Here’s a look at the inked cover. Isn’t she beautiful?
Also, Zulu is back in production and I have two publishers interested in the book. Here’s a look at the cover to the second issue. Yeah, we’re gearing up to tell a very exciting story.
There’s a lot more that I wish I could share, but I hope you’ll stick around just a bit longer to see how I’m about to impact the world of entertainment. Thanks!
Over the past year many readers and fans of my work have been watching as I post on twitter or facebook about my many adventures in writing without actually seeing the end product. We’ll today’s your lucky day. Take a gander at some of the projects I’ve been working on for various clients and entertainment entities.
1. The Maze
4. Dark Lords
So I’ve been busy… as always. But I thought I’d take the time to drop an update. My short story, Pain” was recently published over at the Heated Forest. It’s a hard-boiled crime story filled with so much toughness it’ll make you second guess taking on the little man in the room. You can read it here.
Between adapting a screenplay into a graphic novel and project managing intellectual properties and adapting them into graphic form i.e. comic books I’ve also just finished writing my next novel, which is entitled “Blue Religion” It’ll be the follow up to my first novel “Only the Holy Remain” which has a contract on the table with a small publisher.
As I was writing this update I received two emails this morning from two different publishers. The good news is that it looks like Zulu has found a home and I hope to share more details about it soon, but for now you can check out the preview pages here. The other news is that some of my comic material will be published in a magazine over in India. Again, more details to come, sorry.
But I know you didn’t come to hear me ramble on. You want to see the cover to the Virgin Wolf graphic novel. Well Here you go.
The book will be coming out soon. Just gotta get a few more things into place, but be on the lookout for some cool giveaways.
In parting I leave you with these words. ”While you sleep I write.” and I hope that while I sleep you’re writing.
Since I tend to write so many different things I’ve decided to add a new category to the blog post. This new category will be called, “Street Level”. It’ll be my ramblings about my adventures in writing crime novels.
Now I’ve been back in Chicago for about three months, and I can’t lie, I love this city. Yesterday I got a chance to visit the fictional crime scene from my next novel, Blue Religion. I have to say there is nothing more exciting then stepping foot onto a piece of land in which you’ve written about and discovering new scenery that enhances the place within the story.
This is probably one of the reasons I write from a “street perspective” when dealing with Frank Calhoun and the world he lives in because I, like so many fans of the Wire, am intrigued by the secret world of the streets and the players who star in it.
Having grown up in the notorious K-Town, on the west side of Chicago, which I will always proudly represent; I found myself diving back into a world I had long moved away from (even though I still had family and friend which I associated with) and wondering how had I, a native and a firm believer in the street code become interested in writing about cops?
I grew up hating cops. Not because I was told to, or even taught to (one of my older cousins was a Cook County Sheriff), but because cops harassed me so much as a kid and as a teen that the only thing I could do was hate them. But somewhere between hating the police and reading detective novels I came to respect the police. Now I don’t mean I respect the badge or the uniform, truthfully, I don’t know if I ever will respect them. But I became very aware of the human side behind the shield and with that thought in mind I wanted to know what drove a person to become a cop and to continue to be one? From this and many other thoughts Frank “Preacher” Calhoun was born.
Frank’s a detective born from the streets, a modern day Shaft if you will, but without the leather jacket and smooth demeanor. Frank Calhoun brides the gap between the streets and modern society. He’s a voice for an underrepresented people that I am finding more and more have been lost in the society of novels written by my peers.
Just to clarify I am not judging I am simply stating that I think there is a hole, which I plan to help fill along with a handful of other writers out there in the world. I once read that crime novels reflect a piece of society back on us? I hope that in writing about Frank’s life I’m able to do just that, but only time will tell.
Thanks for reading. In return for your attention here’s a small “reflection of society” from the short story “Pain” that’ll be published soon on http://heatedforest.com
Pain was the name on the streets.
It was a name that carried with it enough power that the crooked Narco detectives out of the 25th district on Chicago Avenue didn’t even attempt to pull Pain over and rob him for what he was worth (possibly millions) because they knew he was paid up to the right people. The kind of people who could force a cop into early retirement with half the pension. Plus, it didn’t hurt that he was backed by cold-blooded killers who could go out and make whole families disappear in the dead of night, and then return home and make love to their girlfriends as if it were nothing.
Pain was a name that warranted fear; and it was that fear that churned deep down inside Dr. Jesse Crain’s stomach when the bone-colored SUV with its dark-tinted windows pulled up to the curb of his mother’s two flat brick home, which he had just recently sold, and the back door was thrown open wide like a venus flytrap.
I know, I know, I’ve been away for a while. Don’t stone me. It’s been for a good reason, I’ve been off writing. Yes, the passion that fuels the fire, but seriously, I have been writing. For the last few months I’ve been working on a “Big Project” for a publisher and today I can finally say that the project I’ve been laboring on is a graphic novel based on a little spiritual monk called the Dalai Lama.
Yep, the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibet. That’s the one.
Getting to this point has been a long road and it’s not even over, in fact, it’s just beginning.
In between writing the Dalai Lama graphic novel I have been writing a new novel entitled, “Blue Religion” it’s a follow up to my first novel, “Only the holy remain”, which is under consideration with a publisher as I write this. But that’s not all folks! I’ve also written a graphic novel entitled, “Virgin Wolf” which should see the light of day in the first quarter of 2011. I’m writing a six issue mini-series for a creator entitled, “One Nation” and I’ve recently adapted some scenes from a screenplay into a comic book, which I’ve been told is going into the hands of a man by the name of Will Smith.
Told you I’ve been writing. I guess I should also mention that i’ve written a Neo-noir/thriller graphic novel entitled “Dime”, which is in production and will most likely be published in 2011. In between all this i’m also writing a screenplay with the soon-to-be great director Aaron Lewis on a untold and unfathomable World War II story that can be summed up as “Schindler’s List meets Band of Brothers.”
There’s so many more projects that I can’t even speak about but as things move forward I promise I’ll keep you all up to date.
Now that you’ve done some reading for the day I challenge you to go write. That’s right, Challenge!
Here’s an answer from the great crime writer Michael Connelly when I asked him what advice would he give aspiring writers. It’s been a response that’s always lit a fire under my ass. Hope it helps.
“Don’t wait. If it’s what you want to do then start practicing now. Your life experiences will catch up with you and then it will start to happen.”