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I can't believe it's been 10 years since I started this blog! Originally this was just set up as another random place to write but eventually became the portal into my wacky mind. It's fun to have my thoughts/opinions archived. Looking back on old posts is a good way to see how I've grown as a person as well as how I've stayed the same.
My first post ever was actually a review of the film Grindhouse by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. I love these movies more than I probably should so it's hilarious to see how harsh I was on Death Proof. Most of the problems I have with it are so minor to me now and it's funny to read just how much it got to me. Even better is to see, although this was written ten years ago, the content still fits in well with the type of stuff I still post to this day. Sure, reviews are infrequent but it certainly has the same tone as I do these days.
In order to properly celebrate the 10th anniversary of this website, I decided to do a full redesign. I like how it turned out and feel like it's a little cleaner and more modern than in the past. Be sure to let me know what you think!
Now onto some exciting book details...
I have some good news and some bad news, though the good definitely outweighs the bad. If you've seen the title Lies Our Family Tell Us then you'll know that it was originally going to be my next book. However, after mulling it over a lot (as well as 40,000 words later) I've decided to put that book on the back burner. Despite all I wrote for it, something just wasn't clicking and I think that it would be more time than I'm comfortable with between books if I were to solely focus on fixing that. It was a tough decision and one I took a little too long to make but I'm glad.
So instead I've started work on two different books. The first of which is super secret and I'm considering my very big project that may not see the light of day for several years. My main plan, like with Lies, is to get this legitimately published. It's not horror, though there is a mystery element, and I think that it has a lot of mainstream appeal. So that one will take a lot of time to finish. The other though...
IS THE CRIMSON SUMMER SEQUEL!!! That's right, those Watanka faithfuls are going to get their wish and the sequel will be released by year's end. At this point the book is only outlined and the writing will take place throughout this summer. I'm hoping that my extensive outlining process with help to lighten the load for editing (which was a huge problem with my odd process for the original). Plot-wise, I can tell you that we'll be following Liz and Chase in a different environment and the title will likely be announced along with the artwork.
It's been very exciting to hear people are anticipating the sequel and that just makes me want to make it as good as possible. Unlike Crimson Summer though, I doubt I'll be making a title announcement/release date soon. The main reason for this is that I honestly don't have a title. There's a working title and one that I really enjoy; both of which could easily be the final title. The title will depend on the final content and whether the story expands past this book. So, until that is fully known, the title will be a secret for a little while longer (although, if you've been paying attention to my social media accounts, you may have already seen at least one of the name's in a little easter egg I did.)
No matter if you've been coming to this site for years or if this is your first time, I appreciate you taking some time out of your day to let my words flow through your mind. Here's to another ten.
With many thanks,
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