So here I am on the other side of the Texas winter storm event of 2021, a rare event that hasn’t affected so many people since over three decades ago. Fortunately, we were one of the lucky few who maintained electricity the entire time. However, on Tuesday afternoon, we had the pipe for one of our outside faucets burst and flood about 50% of our living room. Fortunately, we got the main water line turned off quickly, and the positioning of that pipe also allowed a lot of the water to exit through the siding of our house, so the damage could have been a lot worse. However, because the water pipe was located behind our fireplace, a contractor had to come to tear out the fireplace so that the plumber could get access to the pipe and repair it. He (the contractor) also tore up the wet carpet so that it could start drying. Unfortunately, it’s going to take awhile for the contractor (and insurance claim) to come through so that we can get brand new floors and fix our walls and fireplace, but at least we now have both electricity AND water, and the temperatures continue to warm up and the snow is starting to melt!
In terms of writing updates, so far this year, I’ve completed the first issue scripts of both SECTOR GUARD and ASCEND ONLINE, two adaptations I’m working on from the brilliant minds of authors Viola Grace and Luke Chmilenko, respectively. These scripts will be moving into the art stages in the next couple of months, so hopefully I’ll have more to show at that time. Jonathan Banchick and I are also nearing completion on the art for CRUX #1, so it should be pitched to our selected publisher soon. In my final writing news, Michael Sumislaski, a long-time friend and collaborator, also wanted to start back on our old HORNTOAD SAM WEEKLY strips, which ran for well over 80 strips from 2012 to 2016. So more on that soon!
I’m still doing regular editing work, but two books that I’ve recently edited now have live Kickstarters running. The first, CROW CREEK, is by writer John Freeman with amazing art by Michael Yakutis, and you can check out the Kickstarter (which has ten days left) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnfree100/crow-creek.
The second book is a new fantasy series titled BEOWULF, written by Grant Lankard with art by Antonio Brandao. The first issue just launched on Kickstarter and can be seen here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrgrantastic/beowulf-issue-one-0?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=beowulf.
My goal each year has been to provide more updates, but between my day job, family, and writing/editing assignments, it’s not always possible; I guess that’s a good problem to have, though! Anyway, stay tuned in the coming months for more updates for the aforementioned projects.
Thanks for reading, and stay warm and safe out there!