The Spoils of Patience

August 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

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That Game of Thrones, right?

I only got into The Game of Thrones this year, and the reasons I waited are part of the pitfalls of being a writer: you know what’s going to happen next.  My wife hates watching detective show with me because I always know who the killer is right at the beginning.  We watched that show Castle nigh religiously, and 99.9% of the time I knew who the killer was within the first three scenes.

When Game of Thrones first because popular, I tried the first episode, and I tried reading the first novel; but I had to put them all down.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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Where it is implied I’m racist.

July 31, 2017 § 1 Comment

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Emily Short, an interactive fiction writer and a columnist for Rock, Paper, Shotgun, best known for her work Galatea, was kind enough to share a link to The Spy and the Labyrinth on her blog.  But I was not prepared for the accompanying copy:

Meanwhile in the Hosted Games category, Lewis Manalo has released The Spy and the Labyrinth, a story told entirely through documents and journal entries (an unusual format for Choice of Games pieces). The premise involves an archaeologist from Miskatonic University lost in the Amazon. Given Lovecraft’s well-known racism and poor handling of indigenous cultures — and the way that sometimes comes through in other writing in the Lovecraftian tradition — I’m cautious about that premise. On the other hand, CoG as a brand works intentionally to avoid sending racist messages in the works they create or host, and I feel like the editors there would flag a work if it were displaying those tendencies. So I’m not entirely sure what to expect here, and haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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New Novella Free on Kindle!

February 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

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For two days only my novella The Serious Man is free on Amazon Kindle!

A lonely advocate for Holocaust survivors; an educated, high-class escort who’s found a new purpose: when she tells him she’s leaving the trade, he’ll realize the only real relationship he has is one he’s been paying for.

The offer goes through Thursday, February 12th, so get the book now!

Under Belly to Release My New Graphic Novel!

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Under Belly Comics, a new Canadian publisher, is set to publish my graphic novel Jesus Must Die!

When an alien spaceship crashed in the Amazon jungle, local politics became world affairs, and small town crime got a shot at big business. Now, a dangerous alien technology has been stolen, and a poor, young street fighter must choose between the menacing crime boss who hired him and Jesus Mendoza, the neighborhood hero he’s been hired to kill.

No release date yet, but stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, you can preview the first eight pages here!

Be sure to check out Under Belly Comics and their other releases!

The Serious Man

February 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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A lonely advocate for Holocaust survivors; an educated, high-class escort who’s found a new purpose: when she tells him she’s leaving the trade, he’ll realize the only real relationship he has is one he’s been paying for.

In THE SERIOUS MAN, losing a person he shouldn’t care for causes an isolated New Yorker to question the significance of his work and his life.

Though they can be read independently, THE SERIOUS MAN is a companion piece to my novella IRIS.  Similar in style and theme, the two stories take place in New York City during a harsh winter, and the protagonists make “walk-on” appearances in each other’s stories.  I think of these links as a way to expand the world of each story without changing the scope of each emotional story.

THE SERIOUS MAN is now available exclusively for Kindle.

Ballet, Sex, and Rock and Roll

December 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

My novella Iris is available FREE through Amazon Kindle, now through Monday, December 8th!

After a difficult ballet performance, Iris sees that her career as a dancer is over. Her roommate won’t believe it, her boyfriend doesn’t understand ballet, and the other man in her life may be the worst thing to ever happen to her. Unable to see a future without dance, Iris makes every mistake and bad choice that she can.

From behind-the-scenes at a world-class ballet company (performing The Nutcracker) to behind the bar at a music venue in Lower Manhattan, Iris is a haunting and heartbreaking novella, now available exclusively as an ebook!

And did I mention that it’s FREE?  Please share with your friends!

40 Day Graphic Novel: Day 41

October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

As happens with so many project goals, Life has other plans.

I started this 40 Day Graphic Novel because a few film projects got stalled, and I wanted to make good use of the time. But when some unscheduled writing assignments came up, well, my solo project didn’t really take precedence.

Final score: on Day 41 I have 45 pages of line art, not a bad start to a 90-page work. If my schedule goes as expected (which, again, they never do) I ought to have a complete work in Spring of next year.

Thanks for checking out my mini comic marathon. Sorry I didn’t update more, but that other work was taking up the time.

Please check out my first graphic novel MetaMorphosis, now in a tangle print format!

MetaMorphosis Proofs Have Arrived!

August 29, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Proofs for my graphic novel MetaMorphosis have arrived!

I first published MetaMorphosis on comiXology, but a lot of people interested in the book don’t read enough comics to sign up there, so I’m self-publishing through Createspace, making the book available on Amazon.

There’s a lot to fix before the print book is available, but this part of the process has been a great learning experience. In the words of my hero Becky Cloonan: “Self-publish or perish!”

40 Day Graphic Novel: Writing

August 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

If you’d like to make a graphic novel, but are afraid to begin, remember that the best thing about being an amateur is that you don’t have to do things the way you’re “supposed to do it.” This freedom is most evident when it comes to writing.

My experience with film industry professionals is « Read the rest of this entry »

Gingerhaze at BOOM!

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sweet-looking Noelle Stevenson cover for the upcoming comic book Midas Touch #1 by Ryan North (Adventure Time).

If you don’t already read Steveson’s Nimona, you really ought to.  Let’s hope we see more of her charming work in print!

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