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“Blackbird Singing” Published!

As you might imagine, I’ve been very distracted recently, and so this piece of news almost slipped through the cracks — but I can’t let that happen! Bad Dog Books has released Roar, Volume 3, which includes my latest short story, “Blackbird Singing In the Dead of Night.” It’s a murder mystery starring Squash and Stretch, Suburban Jungle’s pair of mustelid gumshoes, and was a lot of fun to write.

Among other things, this is a biggie because it’s my first piece of prose fiction to be published by someone other than myself, and so is a step into new territory for me. Time to update the bibliography!

This is the latest in a series of big changes that have come at me fast and furious, with very little time to process one before I’m in the midst of another. I’ve passed so many crossroads in the past year-or-so that I’m amazed I haven’t stepped sideways into another dimension.

A week from today will be another one: Thursday the 17th is when we bring down the curtain on NeverNever for what I expect to be the final time. It’s been a long and twisty journey, and in many ways it feels like the last steps are the hardest, but I’m happy to see it get a proper finish and I’m grateful for all the hard work Sue, Richard, Higgins, and Tiffany have put in to help bring it to fruition over the years. Of course that also means that it’s time to crank out Attack of the War-Cats as fast as I can to get it done by Confuzzled. My usual book printer has unexpectedly gone belly-up on me, and the plan I was looking at with Amazon appears to have developed a few holes as well, so I’m now scrambling to figure out what to do on that front. I’m sure I’ll find something, it’s just a matter of being able to sit down and hash it out.

What comes next from there? I’m not sure. The ending of NeverNever is significant in the larger picture of my “creative life” because it will be the first time in a long time that I didn’t have a comic running in some form, even if that form was sporadic updates. I was expecting the new steampunk comic to pick up more-or-less on the heels of NN shutting down, but as time goes on I’m finding it harder and harder to stick with that, for a variety of reasons that I don’t really want to go into here. So I’m trying to decide what to do next.

Right now I suspect that the next step will be more short fiction. I have some ideas burgeoning for Roar Vol. 4, and I also think short stories could be a good way to flesh out some of the myriad “characters in search of a plot” ideas I’ve got going, from Brigid and Greg to Not-Dead Darby and the Reagent Man. It might also work to get the juices flowing on the steampunk comic idea, for that matter. The main thing is to keep moving; I’ve been treading water for far too long now, and it’s time to start making progress again!

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.


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Mar. 10th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's exciting - congratulations! Extending the portfolio is always a good thing, and I look forward to more fiction from you.
Mar. 10th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I'm looking forward to creating more, too! ;)

-The Gneech
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Maybe do what I am (trying) to do, write chapters of a story as a separate livejournal, but every now and then post polls about where the readers think the story should go, then take it in that direction. If the heroes end up in a TPK due to bad decision making by the readers, well, them's the breaks :P :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Not really my thing. Good luck with it, tho! :)

Mar. 10th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the publication. And having gotten a preview of it, I'm sure it'll go over great. I have to admit I'm a little surprised you're not mentioned in the authro promo; while you're previously unpublished in furry prose circles, comics DO require *writing*. Eh, I guess you commented new furries aren't as familiar with SJ, but STILL.

Yikes on the printer loss o.0 Good luck there!
Mar. 10th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thankee! :) It would've been nice to at least be mentioned, I admit. ;) Maybe next time around!

Mar. 11th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Congrats on the publifications and I would recommend Lulu for Warcats.
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