31st December, 2015

Hey all,

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. As I did at the end of 2014, I’d like to take a moment to thank those who offered their time and talent to my cause while speaking a little about what’s coming next.

2015 proved to be a fruitful one. I published three new shorts, had my first stab at event journalism and squeezed out a 50,000-word novel in a month for NaNoWriMo. I also found myself drawn into the local theatre scene here, meeting a ton of cool kids people while participating in the Seoul Shakespeare Company’s production of Titus Andronicus and the Seoul Player’s Annual 10 Minute Play Festival.

I’d like to once again thank Lee Harris for his excellent cover work. As always, his skill in the realm of digital media has been a great help, providing me with fantastic cover art for both The Mountain and Walumurra. A reliable partner in crime from the beginning, I cannot understate the appreciation I have for how he is able to translate my written concepts into visual form.

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For the cover of An Awfully Big Adventure, I decided to bring two new players into the fray. The first was Moriah Russell, a long time friend and fellow artist who painted the hauntingly beautiful oil piece that became the central image for the cover. She not only managed to provide me with what I had requested in the brief, but actually exceeded my original vision through her own interpretation of the story.

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After the painting was completed I handed it off to Tai Kersten, a belligerent drunk I met under a bridge somewhere in downtown Seoul. Under the promise of a half sack of brown sugar and pack of Marlboro Reds, we managed to strike up a deal that resulted in him providing me with the finished cover. I would love to work with him again, but I recently heard that the poor sod has been deported, supposedly last seen wandering the Montana wastes while shooting air rifles into the sun.

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Next up I’d like to give a nod to Heather Moore, who was the subject of my interview, “Opening Pandora’s Box” for Groove Magazine. Her burlesque show, Pandora’s Box was a resounding success, and I was honoured to be able to contribute to it finding a wider audience.

Finally I would like to thank my loving partner Liz. Although I have burdened her with significantly less editing work this year, she is still my final stop before I send anything off to the presses. A constant source of creative support, she undoubtedly remains the most valuable tool in my writing repertoire. She also sometimes makes me Mexican food on weekends.

For 2016, my main goal is to expand my skillset by experimenting with some writing forms beyond that of traditional fiction. I have recently met with some indie game developers here who are interested in collaborating, and have begun script writing with an acting colleague for an episodic theatre project poised for a potential release sometime later this year. I intend to keep cracking on with the regular stuff, with hopes to release several new shorts as well as a continued effort to bring The Ahkra ever closer to completion (it’s still coming, I promise!).

I just wanted to give one final shout out to everyone still reading this stuff. Your support means the world to me. Honestly. Hope you all have a happy new year and an even better 2016!

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