Jack has to 'flesh it out'? You have to 'flesh it out'? Oh please. Like there's a difference there. That's what makes these books so perfectly chilling. It's hard to separate imagination from reality, or determine if any of it really is imagination. Another in the series? That is SO fantastic. Give me a chance to get through the second one though--you're too quick! This is all so cool and I'm so happy for you that you get nothing but great reviews on your work. But, like I've said, those are the only kind you deserve. You have a real gift for pulling the reader in, and that's right where we should be.
My memory seems to be failing me as well. I meant to ask about your back. Having back problems is a wretched thing. Kind of hard to function when that happens. I hope you are feeling much better these days.
Hi, This has been a horrendous week. I shouldn't say horrendous because nothing horrible happened, but it has just been SO crazy. I've been a bit under the weather, but nothing serious and getting better every day. First of all, yes the book has really been ordered this time and I am just waiting for it. Then, I want Kiss of Life, but then, you knew that already! I do want the cover, but I promise, I'll read it too! Now there is a 'journey into the mind of a serial killer'? Oh Yeah! Another MUST HAVE!
Also, before I forget, I should be getting the anthology entry to you by early next week. Between all the commotion here and my feeling a bit puny, I'm kind of behind on everything, but I'm picking up the pace little by little. I want to get it to you way before the deadline. I'm not sure if it's what you're looking for, but I'll give it a shot just the same. If nothing else, it's been a lot of fun to write.
Now, it's time for some hot tea and put the feet up for awhile. Later, Joyce
It would be worth buying the book just for the cover, but I am certain the story behind it might be worth a look too (lol). Seriously though, the first one was great and when it ended, it was like 'what--no--you can't stop there.' I'm very glad there's more coming and I'm anxious to see where this one will take me.
Oh, and I've been awaiting receipt of your trilogy and angry because I haven't received it; only to discover I forgot to order it. I got distracted somewhere along the line (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it). Perhaps if I actually order it, I might actually receive it, so I'm taking care of that today. I've got my grandson reminding me in the case of another lapse, so it will get done this time!
I'm going to be ordering your trilogy in a couple of days. Those stories, of course, are right up my alley. I know I'm going to enjoy them. Still hard at work on my entry for your anthology though. Love that 'future' setting thing. Later, Joyce
Hi, Brian, I got Dracula Doesn't Live Here Anymore today and of course, I read it. Had to write a review on Amazon too. That is a terrific story. Short piece, but so much story. Loved it. Please keep me updated on when your others go to paperback. Hope you're having a great week. Getting ready for my grandson's 9th birthday. Hard to believe he's going to be nine and me still being so young... Later, Joyce
I'm very anxious to get into it. I'm going to watch for more of yours to go paperback too.
FYI: My 8 year old grandson and I had a discussion about your book tonight (A Study in Red) and Jack the Ripper in general (he's extremely sharp; I homeschool him and he's into some high school stuff at this point), but anyway, he's thinks your take on it is terrific. He writes crime stories too. I'm so proud.
It's not ready yet, but just one quick question. For the anthology entry, do you have to have a .doc file? My word program is acting nuts and I'm going to have to buy another. I might be able to do so before the deadline, but in case not, could I send an .rtf document?
Hi Brian, I can't thank you enough. Just having it considered is a tremendously great opportunity. If he does decide to use it, I'm sure it may need some work, but that's fine. I'm more than willing to put in the time to polish it.
Thanks for letting me know about submitting for the newsletter. I'm sending him a story tonight, A Gentleman Caller, for consideration. It is most definitely not a children's story, but I'm operating on the assumption that the target market for the newsletter is not kids. Anyway, I'm going to write an article too and send that along, either later this evening or tomorrow morning. Maybe I can come up with a flash tomorrow as well. I'm in a writing mood; can you tell? I'd like to send him just a few pieces for him to look over.
Thanks so much for everything, and by the way, I'm also working on my submission for Another Time, Another Place. It's turning out well so far. It's a lot of fun 'creating' a future setting. Fantastic idea for a collection.
My submission is entitled Choices and my name on the cover, of course, was Joyce Juzwik. I write as J. F. Juzwik. I formatted it according to the guidelines for a novel that I got from the site. That was SO helpful. It's a bit over 50,000 words. I received an email acknowledgment of the submission too, which I appreciated. That way, I know he received it. It is a story about a group of 'creatures' who do not quite fit in with their peers. One discovers a map and ends up following it and meeting the others along the way, and they all make the journey together, hoping to find a better life. It was a lot of fun to write and I think it's a fun read too, besides illustrating the fact that no matter how different someone might be, that doesn't mean they have to be an outcast. They, too, can find friends who accept them for who they are.
I noticed the newsletter mentioned flash fiction. I have one pending for Every Day Fiction, and I loved writing it. I also have a short pending with Crooked. It's been accepted, but it is just awaiting its turn. I'm really happy about it being accepted. That story turned out way cooler than I had originally anticipated. I'll post a blog here when it appears on Crooked. I would really enjoy writing some flash or a short story for Mythica's newsletter, if that would be possible. I can write crime fiction, suspense, or horror, and I love experimenting with different forms. Just let me know. That would be super. Joyce
I do too, but if he doesn't feel it's something he'd like to publish, I'll just try to find another home for it. I should be completing one of my crime fiction novels soon, and when that's done, I plan to submit that to Mythica too. You never know until you try. Looking forward to the newsletter. You have a great weekend too. Joyce
I've already subscribed to the newsletter and to the quote. That newsletter sounds like it's going to be terrific. I've also submitted a novel (kind of a children's thing). It is very mild horror, but not really scary. It explores being different, but still being able to find a place to belong and others who are also different to belong with. When is the first newsletter going to come out?
How in the world does he do that? I printed it by enlarging it to 200% and there is such incredible detail and so many colors. It's perfect for the subject matter. It looks eerie, like it's right out of the twilight zone.
Hi Brian, I've got several projects in the works right now, but I've already got some ideas for your anthology story. I'm going to give it a try. I don't know if you've been in Booktown recently, but I sent you a message over there. I had a question about Mythica. Don't mean to bother you with it, but because of a publisher I had in the past, the question came up in my mind. No rush or anything though; just some basic info I need. Thanks, Joyce
Hi Brian, Glad you found the review and were happy enough with it to put it on here. It's a wonderful book and everyone should know that. I did include it as one of my faves on all my writing sites - hopefully, somebody looks at that part of my profile!
So, you write poetry as well? Very interesting. I do as well, but I don't have quite enough for a collection. I'm going to have to look into this poetry of yours. Now, I am super curious... Joyce
Brian, FYI, I put my review out on Amazon for A Study in Red yesterday. You already have terrific reviews out there and they are all well deserved. This would make a great film and I would be very interested in seeing it. I've seen a couple of movies about Jack, and one that dealt with a copycat, sort of, and they were okay, I guess, but very distant. By that I mean that even though they were movies, you know, with characters and acting and emotions and all, they were still quite flat. I didn't feel anything while I was watching them. I didn't feel any fear or curiosity or anything. I believe a movie, just like a book, has to make you feel something - cause some type of reaction. Hopefully, they will do your book justice because this book certainly does stay in your head and make you wonder about so many things. Can you keep us updated on the status of the film? Thanks. Joyce