Sunday, December 10, 2006

In with a Bang!

Back when Daniel and I started working on putting together some pages to show people what we were doing with Enlightenment: the devil you know, I tried to put together something full of action that would grab people as an opener to the book. Any of you who have seen our old preview can testify to the fact that it does jump right into the action- so much so, in fact, that it confused as many readers as it hooked. Nobody knew who these people were, why they were doing the things they did, or why anyone should care what happened to them.

For our release with Markosia, we did this as our new first chapter, moving the events of our preview to the second chapter of the graphic novel where, we hope, they will gain new significance.

Writing a second story for Green and Aaron, however, gives me new challanges in regard to the opening. On the one hand, anyone who picks up book 2 because they liked the first one isn't going to want to sit though introductions- they are going to want action. On the other hand, anyone who happens across the second book as a new reader deserves not to get lost in the first dozen pages of it.

I thought about it for a while this week, and I'm hoping I found the Solomon like solution... Hopefully, I won't have to cut the baby in half, either.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Out of the Darkness

This week, I'm taking a very extended Vacation weekend to work on a few creative projects- Chief of which will be the next installment of Enlightenment. I already have the title for this one, and I have worked out the plot and I have most of it researched. I can't spill everything now- the 1st book isn't even on the shelves yet- but I can say one thing: Where the devil you know is about the moment of realization of a larger world, this new book will be about second chances.

Is there a point with God where we go too far?

Does He bail on us at some point?

Will there be a point where I can't turn back and choose what is right?

Or... is there a security in Hope?

Aside from the big philosophical questions, however, this new installment goes alot further than the previous book in alot of ways.

I could chat more, but I got writing to do...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

(un)Enlightened Words

Some of you have been asking me a version of the following question lately- "What the @#$%! is going on with Enlightenment?" All the postings about King! and such has made all of you assume that something sinister has happened...

Well- yes and no.

Nothing sinister has happened. One way or the other, Enlightenment is going to be released, and I can tell you that it's going to be worth picking up when it does. We've worked very hard on it, in fact, and I'm writing the script for the next installment because I'm convinced it's going to continue on.

We won't, however, be releasing Enlightenment in February. That's not our doing, and it's not even something that I have been told directly. Dan was told that directly, though, and it was that news which prompted us to work on King! with such energy. King! is going to be everything that is the polar opposite of Enlightenment, and that's part of the appeal.

But stay tuned for more Enlightenment goodies... Like I said, it's going to be worth the wait to finally have a copy in your hands.