Review of Daredevil, season 2, with NO SPOILERS.
Book Two in this new series, Priesthunter is now over 14K words and continuing to grow. I’m very active on Twitter lately, see @TXMacLeod to follow (I appreciate all followers, deeply). #2bittues and #1linewed snippets from works in progress, according to themes has been a lot of fun during the week. Reading a lot of little lines from a multitude of talented authors.
Finally got sucked into The Walking Dead and binge watched everything up to current. I’m happy I stuck with it after Season 3, because the writing floundered a bit. Season 6 comes out strong and the ending is tremendous. The internet is awash with theories and discussion over the direction the show is going. I won’t speculate on which character is affected by the finale of season 6, but I approve of the way it was done.
Supergirl was a surprise for me this inaugural season. Having her save the world, because Superman is unconscious for some mysterious reason really brought out Supergirl’s character. Best part was the scene where you see Supes’ boots on the table behind her while she discusses with other characters.
Scorpion had promise, but the storytelling suffers because of too many last minute saves that are completely implausible. Its not the outright fantasy that kills the show for me, but the implausible acts passed off as science that kills it. I got through about seven or eight shows and dropped it. I do like the main character and the kid is fantastic.
Batman vs Superman was another disappointment. I like Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Cavill is the best Supes I’ve ever seen, but the story was too involved. DC should take a lesson from Marvel, keep the plot simpler and use the characters to drive the movie. I think Justice League still has promise though.
I’m out until next time, have to knock out more Priesthunter so it can be ready once Magehunter goes into edits, then on to Roguehunter.
At long last, the final words tumbled out of my brain and into the digital stream feeding into the computer. The last lines were spoken, the curtain descended. Now I await word back from the publisher, might be a while because they are B U S Y right now with launches out the wazoo. Started more plotting and direction for my ideas for Priest hunter, as well as, future ideas and story arc to tie into future releases in the series.
Be that as it may. DONE!!!!!
On to the next project. Keep reading folks!
As I edge ever closer to finishing Magehunter, seriously, only four or so chapters to finish, I wanted to take the time to, once again, sing the praises about Pandamoon Publishing. This is just a tremendous outfit that does top-notch work for authors. They’ve been hiring like crazy people to build a team of editors, proofers, artists, and management to have everything running like the proverbial well-oiled machine.
In 2013, I was introduced to Pandamoon Publishing by a colleague, who thought my work deserved to be looked at for publication. I called and spoke with the CEO…(HI ZARA!) (waving)…and we discussed a lot of things, goals, ideas, and the like. I didn’t have to send in anything because my colleague that had introduced me, had already given the manuscript over for perusing. Not long after that conversation, I was offered a contract. Now, if anyone out there is an author like me…get my meaning, not my words…you’ve been letting family and friends read your work and they’ve always held glowing comments. Here I was, with a professional publishing company, being offered a contract, allowing me to be part of a stable of writers. This meant my work really was good enough. That remains one of the highlights of my life.
Along the way, July 2015 arrived and WHAM! I had a published book on the market! Another highlight to my life. Here’s the thing though, Pandamoon didn’t stop there. They’re constantly in contact, helping with all sorts of marketing and support for me, their trying-ever-so-hard-to-be humble writer. Stack on that, I’m writing Magehunter, which morphed into a series and all my fellow authors from PM, as well as Zara and the crew, are all cheering and supporting every step of the way. I’ve been a member of writer’s groups before and honestly, take ’em or leave ’em. Too many feelings to be hurt and criticism that’s agenda oriented mostly is what I found. With Pandamoon, their support and encouragement is more than a group of terrific writers to bounce ideas off of, but a readily available staff of market professionals than can help with what WORKS and what doesn’t.
So, I sing to thee, o’ Pandamoonians. Thine efforts to support mine own self and work tis appreciated and divinely sent. May thine business practices set the world on fire!
Ok, back to Magehunter……..
Only eight or so chapters remain in Magehunter before completion. I’m now actively plotting, organizing, and mapping the principle stories for the next book in the series. By the way, it will be called Priesthunter. Do you see a pattern emerging?
I’m currently reading a book from a fellow Panda, Deek Rhew’s 122 Rules. So far, I can say this, if you aren’t strapped in, this one’s gonna run away with you. I’m looking forward to reviewing at the end of reading, this thing is tremendous.
Still hard at work on serial fiction for Fallen Angel Detective Agency as well, coming up to a linchpin scene to set the hook for where the story is going to go. So far, this style of writing is fun. Noir style in the modern age, with a huge dose of paranormal thrown in, is really challenging. Art imitates life, my protagonist is addicted to Dr. Pepper.
I’ve found over the course of my writing that some of the things I was told about writers in school, are starting to morph a bit, or maybe its just me. For instance, I was always told writers need to read a lot, and I certainly understand why that would be the case. However, wouldn’t you think watching TV shows and movies with a critical eye towards story and character development would fit the bill too? It does for me. I enjoy watching a movie and see how the story was told and how the characters were built, all within a limited time frame. With novel writing, you have a lot more time to develop things. Learning from movie and TV writing can help your writing in ways you might not have thought of. I’m not saying throwing away the books, read often, but add movies and TV to your research.
Magehunter has gotten a little larger than originally expected, but that’s a good thing. The linchpin chapter is finally done, the one fulcrum event that casts the die for the climax and conclusion. With just a few chapters left to go, the light at the end of the tunnel is taking on a brighter look, with some definition of the items in the light. I think, just on the other side of that light, is another tunnel, because there’s many more books to come, in both the Magehunter series and the online offering at Channillo.com, Fallen Angel Detective Agency. That one is rolling along now, already into chapter four and my protagonist is already telling me what’s going on faster than I can imagine it. Let me tell you, Fallen Angels can be a vocal pain in the neck when they want something.
For all of loyalists out there, Knights of the Shield is available on Amazon, please feel free to support a starving artist. Characters from Knights will be appearing in Fallen Angel Detective Agency, which eventually will find its way to my publisher. Long live Luke, long afterlife for Richard. I don’t know yet if Brackett will make the jump, but as it stands now, no. Perhaps though, since nothing is written yet (bad pun the Fallen one made me use).
So, all those projects looming, I guess I’ll get back to work. Good luck, and godspeed all you readers and readerettes out there. Be on the lookout for Magehunter, so close to done. I love the fantasy genre and this one just fell into place. A coming of age story with power, morals, and a lot of fighting through the rough times that life brings everyone. Arn’s teeth! Its good to be almost done!
My serial idea has launched on a site…www.channillo.com. If you’re so inclined, take a trip over and see. Fallen Angel Detective Agency is off to a good start. It is scheduled to update bi-weekly, we shall see, again, the whole finding time to write thing…
Sorry there’s a derth of posts lately, but this too requires time…yeah, you heard that one. 😉