Building Steam for the New Year
Posted on January 3rd, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

It's 2012 and we're all still here, though they say it won't be until December of this year when it all goes boom... splat, kapow, bang, or whatever other comic action word that applies. Either way, I'm expecting 2013 to be here as well this time next year. So with a new year, comes a fresh start.

Here are a few things on the stove for 2012:

1. 'Gotham's Dark Knights' will continue. I started issue 3 before the holidays, but like most people became crazy busy and got caught up in a few writing distractions. The goal for 2012 is to post two new Batman issues a month. This gives me time to write, edit, and also work on other things without feeling married to the series as my only project... because of course I have many.

2. I am still working on my book series and chipping away at it little by little. Like I've said before, I feel like my Batman series is sort of my practice run so that I can really put forth a good effort when it comes time to sit down and write my original book series.

I have however, made some strides with the series. Just the other day I sat down with all my notes and thoughts and I was able to vaguely map out the series. So far it's looking like a solid 5, maybe 6 book series. Believe me, this is not for maximizing hopeful, future profits or trying to become the next J.K. Rowling. It originally started as a trilogy and has grown because of the story and its characters.

I also plan to keep plugging away at my two short-stories affiliated with the book series, both of which need to be dusted off. *frown at my laziness*

3. Screenwriting. One of the big things I asked for and received for Christmas -- guess, I was a good boy in 2011 -- were books about screenwriting. I am not a writer or reader by nature, but am working on it. What I really think in is movies and TV. Along with my love for other forms of creation and art, I felt like I needed to expand my universe of creativity. Plus, some ideas that come to my mind are fun, but in my opinion not worth committing myself to a book or book series that may or may not get published. Thus enters screenwriting. No, it's not easier, but if I can create something that can unfold in 20-40 minutes of television or in about 2 hours on screen, why not. While there are limitations in TV and film that are not in books, there are also some freedoms. I want to explore those. I suspect this year will be mostly about learning the art of screenwriting. Currently reading 'Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing' by Richard Walter. I'm only about twenty pages in, but the man is speaking my language already. I might post about it later.

4. As if I didn't need another log on the fire... wait, I was using a stove wasn't I? Anyway, I'm not sure I remember how I fully stumbled upon this, but I've recently become very fascinated by steampunk. I think part of it is the creativity of blending styles and culture. Basically, steampunk is sort of Victorian sci-fi/fantasy -- think Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. It's a wonderful mix of what was and what could've been. Check out the Wikipedia to learn more - Steampunk.

This appealed to me as both my Batman series and my book series focus on this same general principle of paying tribute to something historical, cultural, or fact and putting a creative flair on it, making something new. It wasn't long after I started doing research and learning about it that a new story idea and characters came to life. Oy vey! Should be interesting to see how far I follow Alice down the rabbit hole of steampunk.

Well that's that for now. Amy (my wife) has also caught the writing bug in a major way, so 2012 looks like a good year for us to get better acquainted with our office. Hope to post and tweet a little more this year as well. Later!

"The beauty of the spotlight is not the fame and glory, but the idea that you can't really see out in the crowd from the stage. It could be a packed house or an empty one -- either way, give it your all just in case." - Me

Posted in Book Series, Life, Writing, Batman, Screenwriting    Tagged with Writing, Batman, Steampunk


Amy - January 3rd, 2012 at 1:04 PM
Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you! :)
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