As with January, I spent most of this month working on the first draft of Poison River. I’m experimenting with a slower schedule this year – one big deadline at a time, and working on smaller projects in the evenings and on the weekends, if time and inclination permits. These include short stories and lore write-ups for Hi-Rez Studios’ SMITE.
So far it’s been a big improvement on my previous method of working non-stop all the time. As a result, I’m more satisfied with the work I’m doing, I feel a bit more in control of my schedule, and I’m feeling much less stress. I’ve even begun playing in a second RPG campaign and I might finally get a Warcry campaign up and running in the next few months. It’d be nice to have hobbies again.
Black Library released my novel, Kal Jerico: Sinners Bounty, this month. It was previously released as a limited edition last year, but it’s now available in hardback and digital format.
On a friend’s recommendation, I’ve begun listening to the Old Gods of Appalachia podcast, which is quite something. Equal parts influenced by Manly Wade Wellman and Laird Barron, it’s an engrossing story. I encourage you to give it a try, if you haven’t already. I also watched the 2018 Swedish horror film Draug. A bit slow for my tastes, but a great film nonetheless and fantastically creepy.
Book-wise, I recently finished Alan Baxter’s The Roo, which is perhaps the best demon-kangaroo story I’ve ever read. I also read Elizabeth Peters’ Crocodile on the Sandbank and Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, both of which I enjoyed.