Weekly Update – March 2, 2021

This week’s big news is that I am working on getting the long-delayed Action Figures audiobook project back off the ground.

I’d initially started work on that in late 2017, but for multiple reasons I’ll simply call “behind the scenes issues,” it stalled out hard. My original narrator left the project amicably, and now I’m on the hunt for a new narrator to tackle not just book one, but the entire series.

The major challenge here will be to find someone who can tackle what has become a huge, diverse cast of characters. In writing up notes for whoever eventually gets the job, I realized I had more than fifty regular and recurring characters and countless incidental character who pop up over the course of the series. That’s a LOT of distinct voices to juggle.

I plan to take my time reviewing auditions and be ruthlessly picky about who I ultimately choose to take this on, but I hope to get the first — and maybe even the second — audiobook out this year, and maintain a two-audiobooks-per-year schedule until the series wraps in 2023.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook on hold until 2021, currently auditioning narrators.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Editing and cover art in progress. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Third draft of book five is finished. Tentatively scheduled for a spring/summer 2021 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book five: First draft is past the halfway point.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • None scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

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