Coming Attractions: March 2017

Happy New Year! And I sincerely hope that you’re enjoying yourself as we go into the third month of 2017. It’s been three months since we’ve talked like this and it is my wish that you and and your family have enjoyed nothing but prosperity and good health since then. Me? I’ve been doing okay aside from suffering from a really weird rash that attacked mainly my hands and certain parts of my body (getcher minds outta the gutter.) You can check out my Blood & Ink blog for further details about that. And since I’m on the subject of my other blogs, if you’re as big a movie fan as I am, check out The Ferguson Theater for my movie reviews.

But this here blog is about Dillon and news about what you can expect in the coming months as far as his adventures are concerned so let’s get right to it, shall we?

It’s come to my attention that many of you don’t know that THE VRIL AGENDA written by Yours Truly and Josh Reynolds, featuring the epic team-up of Dillon and Jim Anthony, Super Detective as they square off against Sun Koh is available as an audio book. Well, it is. So if you don’t want to read the paperback version or the Kindle version, here’s the link to the audio book version. I highly recommend it. I am utterly and totally amazed at how listening to one’s own book in audio version is a completely different experience from reading it. Hell, I helped write the daggone thing and every time I listened to it I was on the edge of my bed (I would listen to a couple of chapters on my Kindle in my bed at night before going to sleep)

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The current Dillon serialized adventure; DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE is up to two chapters on my Patreon page and the third chapter is going to drop on the 8th of March. I’m having fun writing this one in a different way from the usual Dillon adventure and it started with the previous Dillon serial; “Dillon and The City of Stone” I co-wrote with Erik Fromme. Lemme explain;

It was Erik’s concept that “City of Stone” be different from previous Dillon adventures in that we see him on vacation, bonding with ordinary people and behaving like a regular guy before we get into the wild and crazy adventure. And in co-writing it with Erik I got caught up in that notion as well and I liked the concept a lot. I always wanted to present Dillon as being a well-rounded character and I always enjoy seeing him interact with ordinary folks who are normally a part of his world. So I followed Erik’s lead and I think we came up with a pretty damn good yarn that not only managed to be a rollicking good Dillon adventure in the tradition fans of the character and stories have come to expect but also added a new dimension to Dillon himself. If you agree, thank Erik. If you don’t blame me.

And in following Erik’s concept, DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE reveals new aspects of Dillon’s character that we’ve never seen before. We learn that he has a permanent residence in the form of a palatial house and estate named Coppereye (My homage to Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate) in rural Pennsylvania. We learn he has a housekeeper/majordomo name Mrs. Jenkins who along with her two daughters looks after Dillon’s house while he out nemesising evil. Dillon even has lawyers who manage his money! And that’s not even half of what we uncover in those three chapters.

But it’s necessary for the growth of Dillon’s character, I think. I see these serialized stories on my Patreon page as filling in spaces that you don’t get during the big, widescreen summer movie blockbusters that are the novels. The Patreon stories are more like television mini-series, for lack of a better analogy.

So what else?

DILLON ANNUAL COLLECTION VOL. I is all done and only waiting on a cover from Sean E. Ali. My goal is to put out an Annual Collection every year that will compile all the Dillon novellas in chronological order. The contents of DILLON ANNUAL COLLECTION Vol. I is as follows:

Young Dillon In The Halls of Shamballah

Dillon And The BadAss Belt Buckle

Dillon and The Judas Chalice

Dead Beat In La Esca

Dillon and The Alchemist’s Morning Coffee

Dillon and The Last Rail To Khusra

I’m 29,000 words into THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS (formerly known as THE SPECIALISTS 2) which sees Dillon recruiting a brand new team to tie up some loose ends from that adventure. All I can say is that I hope you guys will have as much fun reading this as I am writing this. It’s like I’m getting to write my dream 1980’s Action Movie. There’s a Sneak Preview on my Patreon page if you’re interested.

After I finish with THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS it’ll be time to finally get to work on DILLON AND THE SECRET OF SHAMBALLAH which will most likely be my major Dillon project for Fall/Winter of 2017 with an eye for publication in 2018.

And what will I be featuring on my Patreon page after I finish with DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE? I’m planning on a buncha solo stories featuring Dillon’s supporting cast. You can vote on who your favorite is right here and I’ll have a poll of the Patreon site as well.

Aren’t you getting tired of hearing me mention the Patreon page? Don’t worry, I’m all done for now. You guys go read some good books, watch some good movies and be good to each other until we get together again, okay? God Bless and Take Care.

The Good News and The Bad News

Yes, I’m still alive. I update this thing so infrequently that you might think otherwise but I’m still around and still doing my thing. And if you know anything about me you know that I’d rather update when I actually have something to update about instead of just posting random stuff because I feel the need to fill up space to keep your interest.

So today I thought I’d update you on what’s going on with “Dillon and The City of Stone” which was intended to be the inaugural offer via my Patreon page as a complete novella (don’t worry, there will be a link after the lecture) to be available Feb. 8th. For various reasons, none of them the fault of my co-writer on the project, Erik Fromme, it just didn’t get done. Oh, Erik had done a goodly 8K or so of it but I fell down on my end of the deal. Much as I hate to use illness as an excuse for not making good on a promise, such was the case in this situation.

I’ve actually been ill since October but it wasn’t until December that I found out what the problem was: my pesky old friend P.E. (Pulmonary Embolism) was back. Not anywhere near as serious as the last time it struck me ten years ago but enough that it was a serious inconvenience in my life. Including my writing as I was having trouble concentrating on it for anything longer than fifteen to thirty minutes. When I complained about this to my lung specialist he said; “yeah, well, it’s pretty hard to concentrate on anything when you don’t have enough oxygen in your blood, y’know.”

So I was working on “Dillon and The City of Stone” but nowhere near as fast as I’m used to working. And I felt really bad about stiffing the good people who had already signed up as patrons and wasn’t getting what I had promised him. So here’s what’s going to happen:

“Dillon and The City of Stone” is going to be serialized monthly on my Patreon page starting today (well, it actually started yesterday but I’m telling you about it today so we’ll fudge a bit) and thereafter you’ll find a new chapter up on the 8th of every month until it’s done. Since I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to write the thing I think this is the best way to do things so that I don’t feel I’m taking money under false pretenses and there’s a new chapter of a new Dillon adventure that you guys can look forward to each and every month

Okay, that’s the good news. Now the bad news:

“Dillon and The City of Stone” will only be available to read by my patrons. Which is actually good news for them since they can brag that they’re reading a new Dillon adventure and the rest of you ain’t. Unless you decide to become one of my patrons. But that’s up to you, of course. It’s a decision that only each man, woman and child can make for themselves. Don’t let me influence you at all.

Oh, by the way, here’s that link I promised you: Become A Patron

That’s it for this time around. Next time I hope to be able to tell you more about the “Dillon Annual Collection Vol. I” and what that’s going to be all about. And if my current plans work out the way I hope (Hah!) May/June will see me beginning work on “Dillon and The Secret of Shamballah” with an eye to having it being published by December of this year. Until next time, read some good books, watch some good movies and be good to each other.

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