I think of 2018 as a stealth year for me.

On the surface, it doesn’t look like I had much going on, but there’s been plenty of action taking place behind the scenes.

One big thing that did happen was that I finally finished writing the first Felix Renn novel, Sycamore. This was a big accomplishment for a few reasons. For one, it was the first novel I finished since the layoff from my day job, a life-changing event that had taken the wind out of my sails, creatively speaking. For another, it was my first big plunge back into the world of the Black Lands, which was long, long overdue.

On that score I’ve been working on several new short stories and novellas, enough for a new collection of Felix Renn stories and a collection of standalone Black Lands tales.

Speaking of short fiction, I had only one short story published in 2018, but it was a big one for me, a tale called “Bedbug Radio” that takes place in Jeffrey Thomas’s monstrous metropolis of Punktown. I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s books for many years, and his Punktown tales especially have inspired my own Black Lands series. Having the opportunity to play in Jeff’s sandbox was truly a dream come true.

I’ve got a few other things cooking, in publishing and in film, but I’m not yet able to talk about them. Soon, I hope.

So, like I said, not much happened writing-wise in 2018, but I’m thinking I’ll have lots to talk about in 2019. Thanks to everyone who’s stuck around this long, and for your continued support of my work.

See you on the flip-flop.

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