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Happy Trails to You, The Covenant Series

I’d decided to scrap The Covenant Series, a novel in 3 parts I was already working on, but when I saw last night’s U.S. version “Being Human” episode, with a scene where the Vampire, Aiden, was hunted by the Werewolves, it confirmed my decision. See, I’d already made up my mind, but seeing my basic plot played out on a TV show cinched it for me. But there’s no sense in just chunking it entirely, so I’ll post the entire work on this blog, a chapter a day. Copyright law does apply, since anything written is protected, even if it isn’t published in book form or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. In addition, this blog is a record that I wrote this, but I thought I’d share it and hope readers find it and enjoy it. So I’ll organize it in the categories section of the right hand bar by book and chapter, so you can conveniently read it in order.

To all who have visited, and will visit, this blog. Thank you. I do hope you enjoy this work. As for me, I’ll be moving on to other projects and I’ll post a link to my new blog and site on the right hand bar soon.

Thanks again.

Sometimes, It’s Just That Way…

There are some changes in the Covenant Series universe. One change is I’ve left Mystic Press, which had been the original publisher for the first Covenant Series installment. There were no hard feelings, no blowup, no drama. It was a simple parting of the ways and I wish them well.

So what does that mean for The Covenant Series? Well, it won’t be a series, as in a separate series of works. It’ll be a trilogy in one convenient publication. Part one, “Covenant,” will be what the first published short novel was planned to be. Part Two, “Renati,” is being written. Part Three, “Tulpa,” is in my head.

I love these characters and I love their story, so writing is going pretty fast. I’d like to be finished by May 22nd, the first anniversary of the Joplin, Missouri tornado. I live about 20 minutes from Joplin, and the sirens went off where I live that evening, but I don’t think anyone in the area expected that tornado to happen. Long story short, tornado warnings and sirens sounding are a dime a dozen around here with hardly a whimper of truly severe weather. So it was a shock when a tornado actually touched down, much less the damage that was done. So I’ve set “Renati” and “Tulpa” in Joplin and part of my royalties, once the novel is published, will go to RebuildJoplin.org. Rebuilding has happened incredibly fast, but there’s still lots to do.

So there’s a bit of an update for you. It’s Friday evening where I am in the time continuum, so I wish you a happy weekend and thanks for reading.

Till Next Time.

Tired of Vampire Fiction? Or Tired of Vampire Fiction with No Point?

I just took a little look-see around Twitter, looking for accounts to follow and network, and I noticed a bit of a trend. It appears readers are tired of Vampire/Werewolf fiction. As an author chewing my fingernails, eagerly awaiting my own release date for Covenant, there’s a tiny part of me that says, “uh-oh.” But there’s a much larger part of me that understands.

It’s pretty typical for there to be an oversaturated market when something, or someone, turns out to be a gravy train of financial success.  Andy Warhol pointed out this very thing in his Marilyn Monroe paintings. Once Miss Monroe became a household name, Hollywood churned out the lookalikes on an assembly line. Mass production, a.k.a. cashing in on a trend, makes us all wary after so long.

But let’s look at the Vampire genre before we roll our eyes at yet another book release. Is it the Vampire genre that’s wearing people out, or is it the same type of Vampire story that’s so offensive? What if the Vampire wasn’t immortal, didn’t wear frilly clothes, didn’t avoid sunlight because she/he would turn into a roasted marshmallow? What if the Vampire was a mortal, a metaphor for something else?

Yes, there is an ulterior motive to my question, because my series, from my perception as the author, isn’t about Vampires and Werewolves and Witches and Slayers and Humans. It’s about bullying, something very real and very current. The Werewolf only transforms at the full moon, and does so in secrecy, so no one else is aware of their Werewolf nature. Just as a bully only bullies those they know won’t fight back and, to those who could stop them, they’re “just a nice boy/girl who would never hurt anyone.”

But let’s not make this all about my work (Covenant, Book One of the Covenant Series, to be published by Mystic Press Spring 2012). The horror genre, or, at least, what usually is most successful creatively and, yes, financially, is metaphor. Watch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (TV series) sometime. Every episode was a metaphor for some life experience, whether it be about the swim team who turned into fish after getting performance-enhancing drugs in their sauna (steroids), a girl who turns invisible because she’s been ignored (loneliness of being left out), or when your boyfriend gets him some and turns into a bad Vampire (a guy turning out to really be a bad guy who was only being nice to get in a girl’s pants), it’s not what they say, but the statement, that’s the driving plot line. And that, in my opinion, is a big reason why the show was so popular and continues to have such a loyal following.

Yes, there’s some sucky horror out there by people cashing in on the genre’s success. But, to readers, I ask is it the genre you’re tired of, or not-so-great storytelling? To writers, I ask are you cashing in or are you making a bigger point through metaphor?

The sooner we can all sort out the difference, the better writers, and more entertained readers, we’ll all be.