Last night, I finally received my review copy of the first draft of the movie script for Hell Holes: What Lurks Below from the scriptwriter. It’s cool to see how he expanded the movie outline into an actual script. It’s progressing nicely, but there is still a lot to do, especially with regard to the character Aileen O’Shannon. I sent off my initial observations and recommendations based off of my initial quick read. I’m planning on spending a lot of this weekend going over it with a fine toothed comb in preparation for a conference call with the producer and scriptwriter Monday. According to the schedule for the script, we are getting pretty close to the end. It should be finalized in about a month and a half. Then, the producer will have a year of shopping rights to find a studio and investors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and am cautiously hopeful. I think the script will make an exciting fun movie, but few scripts ever make it all the way to a film.
The 7th edition of my newsletter went out on September 1st to 2,092 subscribers, approximately three times as many as last month (692). I hope to reach 10,000 within the next 5-6 months. If I do, I’m going to celebrate by posting short stories only available to subscribers.
In Too Wyrd, the first book in her Runespells series, Sarah Buhrman has crafted an exciting story with an inventive plot, good characters (especially the main protagonist, Nicola, and her good friend, Joseph), memorable dialog, and lots of exciting action. I generally enjoyed the religious backdrop in which all pantheons of gods, demigods, and demons exist, and it was interesting to see the Norse god Odin and the Valkyries as the good ones opposing the Jewish/Christian ones, who were the bad ones.
On the other hand, I found the motivation of Nicola’s ex-husband, Keith, to be jarringly inconsistent with his behavior (especially with regard to his daughter). I also found some of the descriptions of the magic to be excessively long, which created too much of an unnecessary pause in the action.
That said, if you are like unusual modern urban paranormal fantasies, you should definitely give Too Wyrd a try.
Here is the new cover for Hell Holes: What Lurks Below.
|This is the second major cover, created by cover artist Ellie Kay Bockert Augsburger of Creative Digital Studios. The round item behind the main title is Aileen O’Shannon’s amulet, a ring of gold engraved with the words “Tutores Contra Infernum” surrounding a devilstone. The cover shows Aileen O’Shannon, the team’s photojournalist, taking pictures of the hell hole after it erupted.
As part of my Firesmith’s Speculative Fiction Newsletter, I invite other authors to provide either author interviews or character interview (i.e., interviews with a character from one of their books or book series). I had decided to collect them and republish them here on my author website. You can read these interviews under the tab Other Authors.
I’ve decided that the new cover for Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below is actually much better suited for Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. I am currently working with my cover artist on a new cover for book 1. I plan on posting two versions of the new cover and seeing which one my fans like best. Stay tuned.
Just finished Chapter 8: Revenge from Above of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. Tomorrow I start on Chapter 9: Escape from Hell. I already have the action blocked out, although I have to make some changes based on changes I made in chapter 8. Only two more chapters that I haven’t started yet to go and I’ll be ready for editing and beta readers.
On July 5th, I received the draft outline of the movie script for my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below, from Leland Anderson. I’ve worked on it most of today and feel pretty good about the result so far: my version of Leland’s version of my story. It’s definitely been interesting reading someone else’s take on my plot and characters. It’s a little like the science fiction idea of an alternate timeline. And not that I’ve made a lot of small changes to it, Leland’s story has morphed into something that I feel I simultaneously wrote and didn’t write. Very bizarre. I hope if the movie ever gets made (and the story will certainly get changed again if it does), you like it as well as you like the book.
This Thursday, Goddess Fish Promotions is running a book blast in which 32 book blogs will be running posts about my book Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. This is my first promotion with them and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens.
I had a great time Friday Evening at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) mass autographing event following there Nebula Awards ceremony. Even sold one of my best wands.