Long Time No Update

I haven’t updated the site much in 2017. Truthfully, the entire year has been a bit of a sprint, but I’m going to try to be better about keeping up down the stretch. Seasonally, it’s easier to blog in fall and winter when things turn into a gray deluge in the Pacific Northwest.

So, what has happened in 2017 so far? I’m still working on a few projects this year, including a fantasy, thriller and YA sci-fi manuscript. In addition to those tasks I’ve been writing the script for a video game. It’s a Jaws inspired diving game, which if you know anything about me, is right up my alley. All and all, it’s been a scattershot of projects in 2017, but I’ve enjoyed working on them all. Hopefully I’ll have some material to show off in 2018.

I also switched agents this year. My previous agent Kaylee, who I was a huge fan of, decided to hang up her agenting badge this year. I was bummed to hear she was retiring, but I’m excited for her new career in the medical field. With Kaylee’s departure, I switched representation to Kimiko Nakamura, also at the Dee Mura agency. I’ve only spoken with Kimiko a few times, but she also seems to be a wonderful and sharp super agent, just like Kaylee.

Along with the annual end of the year best of movie lists and the movie montage mashup I’ve done in years past, I’m hoping to add an end of the year movie recap podcast with two friends and start producing some youtube movie content by the end of the year. So, be on the lookout for some or all of that come December 2017.

I hope if you’re working on anything creative in 2017, it is going well for you and that amongst the chaos, you are finding passion and inspiration.

RIP Elmore Leonard

360_br10q_0329It was really sad to hear that Elmore Leonard passed away today. I regard him as one of the true masters of crime writing, especially in terms of populating his novels with memorable character. Much like the Coen brothers, he just had a knack for crafting nuanced, quirky individuals that jumped off the page. It doesn’t hurt that he completely redefined crime fiction and had a writing career that spanned sixty years either (Did you know he even wrote the short story that the original 3:10 to Yuma was based on?). I’m certainly glad Justified is getting its just due on television as it is a testament to his ability to create riveting and involving stories. Raylan Givens has to be one of my favorite characters of all time and when all is said and done, I think Leonard’s creations will stand the test of time. RIP, Elmore. (nytimes)