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Photoshoot for upcoming 2018 dependent-military novel

I guess you could say I am working on 2 novels right now concurrently... even though I won't start the physical writing of the second one until the one I'm writing now (the supernatural, crime-noir, pulp-thriller detective novel) is finished and edited. The detective novel (an adaptation of Dog Fashion Disco's concept album "Adultery") is my 2017 release. But my 2018 release...

... is a comedic-military novel about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, in 2010 and left me home alone with two toddlers, and the learning curve and craziness that ensued during those months. Every night I would send her an email reviewing that day's shenanigans(subject line always "The Nightly News"). The main composition of the book will be centered around the content of those emails, using the first-hand account of what I went through while she was gone. (Think Mr. Mom). Basically I got to the point where my motto was: "If both kids are still alive and the house didn't burn down, it was a good day."

I'll go more into the details of the book as I get closer to the actual writing, but so far I have printed out all 750 pages of emails and gone through each one again, highlighted the moments that I want to be in the book. And the photoshoot has happened.

We shot the front cover of the novel (which is basically a destruction shot of my living room, recreating an exaggerated abandoned breakfast) and the author photo for the back cover. Why did we already shoot the front cover and my author photo of this book isn't being released until sometimes in 2018? Because I was dead-set on having photographer Paul Nimmo handle all the photography for this novel. Paul lives in the same county as me and is moving out of state in July. I knew he was the only one that I wanted to helm the direction of the novel's cover so I needed to snag him before July.

He spent 3 hours getting the perfect shot of a destroyed dining room table, and I think his talent is really going to help elevate the book's overall quality when its published next year.

...more on this upcoming novel later, but first.... back to helping a detective chase a killer through the desert...

2017: 2 new novels and 1 short story.

In 2016 I had a new short story published called "The Whaler's Dues" in the anthology "A Journey of Words," and my band Yellow #1 released our second album titled, "Thanks for the Nostalgia." I spent the rest of the year (when I wasn't writing "The Whaler's Dues" or recording "Thanks for the Nostalgia") editing other author's novels and shot stories. And oh, did I edit A LOT of novels and stories. I am not complaining about the amount of clients I received in 2016. Far from it. But 2017 will definitely be a return to form for my writing career (my most recent novel, "Yours Truly, 2095," will already be 2 years old this year!!)

o what do I have on the docket for this year? Sadly, it doesn't look like there will be any new music from any of my bands in 2017. (Sad? Well, make sure you own all 7 albums I have released before you get disappointed. Because an older album might still be "new to you.") However, it does look like I will attempt a feat I haven't ever accomplished in my 10 years as a published author: release 2 novels in the same year... PLUS a new story. (Making up for lost time? Maybe.) Here's what I have on the front burner for 2017 in regards to my writing:
 

1.       A dramatic ghost story adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s concept album, “Fear of a Blank Planet,” for the anthology, “A Haunting of Words.” (to be released in spring, currently untitled)

2.       A pulp-noir crime thriller novelization of Dog Fashion Disco’s concept album, “Adultery.” (to be released in summer, currently untitled)

3.       A comedic-military novel about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, in 2010 and left me home alone with two toddlers, and the learning curve and craziness that ensued during those months. Every night I would send her an email reviewing that day's shenanigans, usually including song lyrics from our favorite bands. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward, while the main composition of the book will be centered around the content of those emails. (to be released in fall, currently with a working title)

I have already hired professional photographer Paul Nimmo to shoot and design the front cover of the military novel. I have yet to hire an artist for the front cover of the Adultery novel.

*raises glass* Here's to 2017! 
 

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