I haven’t updated this blog with a new post in a while. I appreciate everyone who reads this stuff and actually look forward to my ramblings.

Late 2013 and early 2014 have been keeping me VERY busy. Since writing is now my day job, I have multiple WFH (Work For Hire) projects I have to stay on top of every month. Next to that are my personal comic projects that are in various stages of being written, edited, drawn, and lettered. The biggest thing in that area is that we have started production of the Chaos Campus Act 2 issues (#21-40 plus EC #6-10). I’m a much different (hopefully better) writer than I was when I started the Chaos Campus experiment, so hopefully this section of the saga will improve the series (and make up for mistakes and missteps of the first Act).

As you may or may not have noticed from my Events & Signings page, I’m doing a lot of shows this year to promote and sell my current library of titles. That has been a fun, but draining experience (be sure to read the Bleeding Cool articles for more details).

The biggest thing throwing my usual schedule off is that I have started writing novel manuscripts. Writing prose takes a much different set of writing muscles than writing scripts, so it takes much longer and more out of me. I am determined to get at least 4 books written and published within the next five years, so wish me luck on that front! The first will be Corporeal (which you can find out more about with this link). Following that will be The Children of Mercury Heights series of books. More about those later.

Well, that will do it for this blog update. Please keep coming by to see me at the shows… I love talking to you guys in person!

Check out a really deep and in-depth interview I did with Richard Caldwell @ The Lottery Party: http://thelotteryparty.com/interviews-b-alex-thompson/

Rewriting and revising about 8 stories while with what little brain real estate is left I have 2 stories I’ve just started and another idea gestating. This is the most real work I’ve done in months and holy hell it’s tough, yet satisfying. My brain hurts, but not hemorrhaging yet, so there’s still more I can do.

Two stories had decent enough act 1’s that after 9 straight hours of work I was able to send material to the artists. One story resulted in 32 pages (a full issue) and the other only 17 pages. 9 hours for almost 50 pages.

And that was the “easy” stuff.

*Insert the “Peter, You Suck” song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall here*

The story I thought was pretty much done is one of the worst offenders. I have to restructure the story because I’m switching protagonists, plus a ton of other structure issues. ARG!!!

Enough of this hard work. I’m here to read and then off to play with one of my newer ideas.

Spent yesterday lettering CC #16. Three pages to go needing three bubbles of dialogue. I’m sure John will take care of them with ease.

In other news, yesterday I discovered I went too deeply in-depth with all the characters in the new project I’m working on. The characters from the intended prologue took lives of their own and demanded their own story. So now I have two stories. Oy. Now one story has a the cool hook and about 9 decently scripted pages… with 91 pages left of I have no freakin’ idea. The other story has almost fully developed characters, maybe 3 decently scripted pages, pretty much a decent outline and bulk of a full story, but now I have to figure out a sellable hook.

Again I say, oy.

I almost look forward to my crappy day job tomorrow just so I can develop these stories some more.

Oh, and my amount of needed research has just doubled. Weee. @_@