New Year!

Oh boy! For so many reasons, a new year sounds like a great idea, but I’d like to be one of the first to say that I’m sad to see 2016 go away. While everyone sees deaths and an inconvenient election, I actually had a pretty good year. My wife and I had a spectacular time with all of our “being us.” My brother got married. I published a new book and am working on five others. In general, this year wasn’t that bad.

None of that matters. Another year has been used up. Time to toss it away and crack the bottle on the new one.

2017, I have a resolution for you!

My friend and author D.K. Amsden used to say that he would write 300 words every day. Every. Single. Day. I’ve got to say that it sounds like a challenge to me. So, here’s my New Year’s Resolution.

I resolutely resolve to write at least 300 words directly related to my writing career every day during the year of 2017.

There you have it. That’s all there is to ┬áit. 300 shouldn’t be hard, and I’ve got no excuses.

What resolutions are you other writers, readers, and in-between planning for the new year? Usual hates aside, what did you like about 2016?

See you in the New Year!

–MD–

Review: Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps

I was lucky enough to listen to the audio book, Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps.

I’ve been a fan of C.T.’s other books (The Rules of Supervillainy, Cthulhu Armageddon) and Esoterrorism doesn’t disappoint.

You follow an agent of the “Red Room,” Derek. The Red Room is a like the CIA of the supernatural. Most importantly, they focus on keeping the majority of the world’s populace in the dark about the things that go bump in the night.

This leads to some moral questions regarding whether or not the world is prepared to know and at what point does the prime directive of keeping the secret interfere with keeping the world safe?

Of course, it wouldn’t be a C.T. Phipps book without a strong character with emotional conundrums plaguing his life, and Derek definitely delivers. His questionable parentage, his conflicted relationship with his ex-wife, and the fact that the interbreeding of the Red Room means that a large portion of their dying agents and operatives are relatives of his. Needless to say, every day at the Red Room should have a mandatory psych eval hour.

The battle includes Derek’s new partner (he has a sordid history with partners), who isn’t altogether what she seems. Using the resources of the Red Room, they have to work together to stop a worldwide disaster of supernatural proportions.

There are two things that Phipps does insanely well. The first, I’ve already mentioned. His characters are usually carrying emotional baggage with them and the story works well to help them in their journey. They have arc and undergo great character development.

The second thing is the action, and this book delivers. Phipps fills this book with the perfect balance of action to developmental scenes and the story reads great because of it.

In regards to the audio book, Jeffrey Kafer is a great voice and a great producer. I’ve been a fan of each of his works and he delivers a great performance in this one as well. I think my only complaint was that after listening to each of the Supervillainy books, I found myself having a hard time not thinking of this supernatural action thriller as somehow intending to be as comical as that series was. That’s more a commentary on my personal experience in the audio book, than anything against the book or it’s audio producer. Like I said, stellar work by the producer.

This book gets five stars, and I look forward to the sequels.

Quick Update

Hey All!

Just a quick update! My work schedule for DW has slowed down a bit and I’m starting to get back to my own projects.

I’ve got the final two episodes of Ghostbusters: Des Moines Season 1 almost ready to go. They’ll be out before Christmas.

My horror novel, Satan’s Salesman, has an updated cover art piece.The goal is to have this one out before my birthday (mid-January). Check out Putnam’s great work and let me know what you think in the comments!

satanssalesman

And Broken Nights 2 (still unnamed, but I’m not too worried about it. Mike’s a clever guy), should be out by February if we have any say in it (Which it turns out we do. I just looked that up…)

Anyway, that’s my quick update. Hope you’re all having a great December!