The T.D.T Project

I mentioned here that I will soon begin another anthology (novella) project with two other authors.  This will be my second undertaking of such a thing and I suspect it will be just as great as the first.  Though I can’t provide you with the theme of the story, yet, I can give you the working details of the project itself.

What:  Until decided, it will be known as The T.D.T. Project.  This future book will be an anthology, containing three novellas (around 25k words each), each written by a different person with an overall common theme.

Who:  Tom Erb, Dean Harrison and myself.

When:  The self-imposed soft deadline for completion of the novellas is Early Spring.

I’m excited to be working with these up-and-comers and I think you’ll agree once it has been written and published you’ll be just as excited by the content as we will be writing it.


Concept Cover Art for Cake Batter DVD

While the teaser trailer for Cake Batter is still a week (or two) away, Warren with Shadetree Films, thought it would be a good idea to share the concept artwork for the cover of the DVD (shown below).  In addition, Warren has informed me that the official Shadetree Films website will be up and running soon and will be accepting pre-orders for the short film at that time.

In Gord We Trust

I am constantly amazed by the number of people who still haven’t read Gord Rollo’s body of work.  My first encounter, as many people, was his Leisure release in 2008 of The Jigsaw Man.  I actually wrote a book review for Withersin Magazine back in April of this year on that very same book.  I was then able to meet and hang out with him for the first time at Context 22 earlier this year, as well.

Not only is his work bloody exciting and well written, but he’s a hell of a nice guy to boot.  Since Context we’ve become friends and when he told me he was knee-deep writing his next Leisure release, I not only became excited to eventually read something new by him, but also knew that more people need to start reading his previous work now to get excited with the next book that’s coming out soon.

You can check out Gord’s site here.  Believe me, you’ll have a bloody good time!

Book Reviews Published

The next two in my near-ending series of writing book reviews for Withersin Magazine have been published. 

Eyes Falling Down by Jeremy NeeDLE

The Summoning by Bentley Little

Horror Writing Class Details

I mentioned here that I am the newest Part-Time Faculty member at the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, and will be instructing a class in Spring 2010, called, ‘So You Want To Be A Horror Writer – How to Write Scary Stuff and Get It Published’.  You can now visit UA’s site and read the final class description, class topics, location, dates and times and cost by clicking HERE.  You can then go to the top of the page and use their Online Registration to sign up and pay for the class.  

For those of you that are seriously interested in the class, below is a Class Objective & Outline what will be covered during the 5 class meetings.

Learning Objectives –

Some of the skills that will be taught during these sessions include:

  • Turning your idea into a book or short story
  • Developing characters, plot, pace, and more
  • How to stay focused and avoid distractions
  • Finding time to write with a busy schedule
  • How to find a Publisher
  • How to promote your work after it has been accepted and released by a Publisher


Topical Outline –

  •  Turning your idea into a book or short story
    • How to come up with ideas that a general audience or a particular niche would enjoy
    • How to expand on a general story idea and be able to compose an effective novel or short story from it.
    • How to organize your thoughts so they are coherent throughout the entire story
    •  Developing characters, plot, pace, and more
      • How to write believable but fascinating characters
      • How to format your plot so that readers will stay focused on the story
      • How to space out character descriptions, action, sub-plots and general scenes while not making it boring for the reader
    •  How to stay focused and avoid distractions
      • How to find your own time to write without the worry of outside distractions of a busy life
      • How to keep your eye ‘on the prize’
    •  Finding time to write with a busy schedule
      • How to find time each and every day to write if it is your passion
    •  How to find a Publisher
      • Where to look for a publisher of books and magazines that accept short stories
      • To self-publish or not
    •  How to promote your work after it has been accepted and released by a Publisher
      • How to use all the media outlets; magazines, the internet, radio, newspapers, etc, to market and promote yourself and your work


So, if you live in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area and are truly interested in becoming a horror writer or just an overall better writer in whatever your chosen genre might be, this class may be just right for you!

A Word From Shadetree Films on Cake Batter

Warren Provencal with Shadetree Films wanted me to give you all the latest update on Cake Batter.

Sorry (everyone) that its been a while, but with the holidays and all things slowed down a bit.  Now that we are in between holidays I have gotten Cake Batter most of the way there.  I have been working on a trailer but I just didnt think that it was doing the story quite right.  So I have backtracked slightly on it but the new concept will be entertaining in its own right.  Our principle “Kristin Deyling”  (aka Mary) will be coming in to do a voice over for it on Friday December 11th.  The new trailer is most of the way there so I expect to have it to you (everyone) early next week.

Professor Schwamberger

I mentioned yesterday that I had a meeting today with a certain ‘institution’.  Now that the meeting has taken place and things finalized I can let you in on what’s going on.

I won’t be quite a Professor, per se, but will be Instructing a course tentatively called ‘So You Want To Be A Horror Writer? – How To Write Scary Stuff And Get It Published’ taking place in mid-February 2010 at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, through their Continuing  & Adult Education program.  The cost of the 5-week course (meeting once per week in the evenings), dates and times will be available on their website shortly.  I will of course let you know when this happens.

The tentative description of the class is as follows:

Have you always been a fan of scary movies, attractions and stories but always said to yourself that you could come up with something that would really scare people but were not sure how to go about it, to put your idea to writing, create a plot and fascinating characters, find time to write, properly format your manuscript and choose a publisher?  If so, this course will answer all these questions and more.  This course will give you the know-how to successfully complete a novel or short story and submit it for professional publication. 

So, if you live in the greater Cleveland/Akron area and have always wanted to learn how to write effectively and get published, this might just be the course for you!

More to come as it becomes available.