I’ve just submitted my novel to Harpercollins’ Voyager Open Submission Funtime All-In SEXSTRAVIGANZA!*

Now we play the waiting game, or more specifically now I finish up that damned cliffhanger that I’ve been leaving all of you with. On top of that I’m hoping to get back to the weekly schedule I maintained for all of three weeks before.

*Some of that title may have been made up by me

Delays and News

Hello everybody! I’m sorry to say that there is not going to be a new episode of the Investigators’ Club this week. I know. I’m sad about it too. I’m so sad I’m going to use a smiley, or should I say a frowny. Here it goes: :’(

You see? He’s even crying about it a little. That is how sad he is. But I have a good and exciting reason. I recently submitted my steampunk adventure novel Archon to a publisher! And they got back to me in two days! To say that it was being rejected!

Wait, that last one isn’t exiting. In fact I would say that it calls for another frowny. :(

Anyways, this weekend I’m going to be mostly working on Archon, which I have been neglecting for some time. The Investigators’ club has always been a side project for me but I will return to it soon, possibly for a double update next week but don’t hold me to that.

Another problem with updating this weekend is that I am way out at my cabin and our internet isn’t working. I’m only able to post this with the help of a neighbor who has unsecured wifi. Also I’m writing it late at night and my screen is attracting moths.

Still, hoping that my next submission goes better and that I get that next episode to you soon.

Investigators’ Club

So since I have this blog I thought I might talk a bit about what I’ve largely been working on for the past few weeks. The two stories that hopefully you have read and the third one that is a work in progress, the investigator’s club.

Mostly this started because doing nothing except editing my novel, Archon, was becoming a real drag. I also had all of these character concepts floating around in my head and no real idea about how to fit each of them into their own story. Then I looked at a lot of urban fantasy out there and I realized that most of it seems to revolve around singular  protagonists, often speaking in the first person. So I thought it might be fun to put together a sort of team of all these half thought out paranormal investigators I had rattling around in my brain.

So really, the Investigators’ club is about characters. So lets talk about them.

I’ll go in the order that they’re introduced in the first story so we’ll start with Oroitz. I chose his name because it’s the Basque word for memory and as a character he is largely defined by his memory, or more accurately his lack of one. I drew inspiration from characters like Jason Bourne and Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce’s character from Memento (a movie by Christopher Nolan (director of the Dark Knight trilogy (a movie series about Batman)))). I also based some of his characteristics off of Thomas Carnacki, one of the first real occult detectives in fiction. Think a cross between Sherlock Holmes and the Ghost Busters and you get Thomas Carnacki.

The idea for Oroitz having a book that contains knowledge of everything also kind of comes from Carnacki where he had this book called the Sigsand Manuscript that he seemed to have memorized and that also seemed to contain everything you could ever want to know about ghosts or whatever. I thought about what a book that had so much knowledge would have to be like and then thought about what it would be like to have all of that in your head and boom, Oroitz.

Anyways enough about what I stole to make Oroitz, let’s talk about what I stole to make the other characters. Let’s talk about Alan.

Alan is part of something I love to do in my stories and that’s blend magic and science. I also based him on the internet phenomenon known as “Creepypasta”. For those of my readers who don’t know what that is (hi mom and dad!) it’s basically horror stories that sometimes have accompanying images. I got this idea in my head of someone who looks into all of these stories, flushing out the truth and battling the monsters. Shunned and mocked by the very internets he protects!

Also, personality wise, I’ve probably put more of myself into Alan than I have any other character. He has many of the same hobbies and interests as me and he also has a few of my quirks. On the other hand he’s also a bitter little misanthrope who hates and mocks the very inernets he protects.

Then there’s Miranda. She’s actually an older character of mine that starred in a short story I wrote a while ago. I think my sister might have a copy? Because I sure don’t. At any rate she is the result of my frustration with the consistent negative stereotyping of mermaids in the media.

No not really. But she did stem from my noticing that mermaids in stories usually only have three things they can do. Frolic, drag unwary seamen to their watery graves, and pine for having legs. So I thought, what if the mermaid already could give herself legs, wasn’t a serial murderer, and wasn’t into the whole frolicking thing? What’s a half fish half girl to do?

Because of the way my mind works the only logical answer was battle evil.

Also, if anyone who I have not already told can tell me why I named her Miranda in the comments I will totally give them a no-prize.

Last but not least there’s Flora. She’s the result of my thinking, what if Vampirella and Harry Dresden had a kid? I you don’t know who either of those character’s are do a Google search.But do NOT do a Google image search, especially not for Vampirella. Just don’t.

Did you do it? You didn’t do an image search did you? Ok let’s keep moving.

So Vampi and Dresden have a kid, but instead of being a typical half vampire where they have a vampire’s strength but none of its weaknesses (i.e. every third female protagonist of an urban fantasy novel ever) she’s powerless and frankly kind of timid.She has to survive in a world she has no choice but to be a part of with only her knowledge and wits to help her survive a million things that could tear her to pieces without any effort.

But then my brain only works a certain way so I turned her into Batman.