Another semester of challenging postgraduate work has begun, so naturally I’m procrastinating. Here in the Strange office (that’s the tiny nook in my apartment containing my computer, a few dozen posters of vintage sci-fi movies, and of course, my Gamera figure to keep me company) I’m gearing up for a new release that should be hitting virtual shelves within the next couple of months. There will be more about that in my next post, but until then I should get you fine folks up to speed on recent happenings.
You may recall that my superhero novel Don’t Be a Hero was nominated in the Best Novel category of this year’s Sir Julius Vogel awards. Sadly, I didn’t take home the award, but I want thank everyone who nominated or voted for the book. You guys are awesome. And I want to extend a huge (belated) congratulations to all the other finalists and award-winners. It was a pleasure and and an honor to be in such great company.
Writing continues on as always. I’m in the middle of drafts for two different novels at the moment. One work in progress is another superhero novel, while the other is something a bit special I’m keeping under my hat for the moment. I’m plugging away, although never as fast as I’d like. I’ll have more information on those books in a few months when they’re closer to completion. In addition, I’ll hopefully have a superhero short story set in the same universe as Don’t Be a Hero out before too long. The story itself has been done for a little while, so now we’re getting the cover and formatting worked out. It’s a fun little story that I hope will keep you guys sated while you wait for me to hurry up and finish more novels.
Before I sign off for today, I want to ask you guys a question. For the most part, this blog has been a way for me to keep you updated about what books of mine are out and other bits and pieces of news. It’s intended for those of you who have read something of mine or are interested in doing so. I don’t really write posts hoping to get huge page views or draw in random people from the Internet. (Although, if you have stumbled in here from the ether, welcome! Grab a seat by the fire, watch out for the spiderdogs, and don’t drink anything anyone offers you.) But since I’m soon going to be sharing this space with another pen name of mine (more on that in the next post), I thought this would be a good time to ask you all what you want out of this blog.
Are you happy with it as it is, with me posting occasionally when books are coming out or when something related to my writing has happened? Would you like me to discuss a greater range of topics, such as my writing process or movies/books/games I’m currently enjoying? Would you like to see me doing vlogs (video logs)? Should I post the bad poetry I wrote years ago? (You don’t want this one. Trust me.) Should I get personal and give you insights into my real life, warts and all? Are you guys interested in peeking behind the curtain?
All right, that’s enough for today. Stay awesome, folks.