Almost to the Finish Line

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I’m edging closer to the finish line on REDD: Through the Rabbit Hole. Well, by the standards of a writer, there’s still plenty of work to do. I’m edging closer to the finish of the rough draft, which may not seem like a huge deal to most folks, but this project is literally 6 years in the making.

What started off as a simple email between myself (author, R.E.D.D. fanboy) and Patrick Prejusa (producer) has finally taken shape. Since the beginning, I’ve seen this franchise as far more than just a fantastic movie. In talking with Patrick, we now have this grand vision of comic books, an animated series and, of course, serialized fiction.

There’s also one heck of a twist.

My most beloved character (I won’t mention his name. I won’t have to.) not only appears in REDD: Through the Rabbit Hole, but is about to get his own spin-off series called Arkham. It would seem that while Magic Valley is the origin of evil, it’s but one of many in which evil exists. So, without giving too much away, you now know how the rest of 2018 and all of 2019 looks for me.

Now it’s time to finish this! I’m excited. I’m stoked. Most importantly, I’m 100% convinced that R.E.D.D. 2 will change the landscape of science fiction forever. 

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Beginning in Jan. 2019, I’m hosting a brand new podcast called the Fan-Made Survivor Podcast which covers all of the best fan-made Survivor shows on the Internet. This is strictly a labor of love as Survivor is an obsession of mine and there are some incredible fan-made projects out there.

I’m working with my current Book Commander Podcast producer to make this happen. It’ll be interesting, if nothing else, and it will provide another media platform for these survivors to exist. Most of them take epic-length car trips and endure brutal conditions all for the love of the game – there is no prize money at the finish line. Infamy will be the prize they seek now. Let the binge watching begin!

Dalton James Lives

OK, I’m halfway through the rough draft of REDD 2 and Dalton James has arrived. No, he’s not here to steal the show, but he’s found a way to creep in and give longtime Gunship fans what they crave. Actually, this is more like Dalton James circa Heroes, as he’s Magic Valley’s finest detective in 1997, but no matter! The whiskey hoarding tough guy is back!

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Dalton James and I have a unique arrangement. You see, he pops in and out whenever he damn well pleases and I simply document the experience. That’s how writing works – that how the character finds his way to the page; Dalton sits next to me at the kitchen table, drinks whiskey, smokes (far) too often, and offers a story or two from time to time. When he does offer up his adventurous lore, I strike gold. When he doesn’t say a word, I end up writing my tail off, only to have my story crash and burn. I stress. He laughs. “Daring not to give a damn.” as he likes to call it.

Point is, this pulp legend has now staggered his way into the REDD universe and (pending Patrick Prejusa’s blessing), Dalton James’ adventures will continue with a spin-off series that is set in Magic Valley 1997. Wouldn’t that be something? Dalton thinks that it would. In fact, he’s here, right now, demanding that I tell you that. 

Either way, as I’m mere days from spending half a week out in the woods as a cast member of Survivor Claytor Lake (and hopefully winning!), my future in fiction is also front and center. Gunship isn’t my legacy after all. Dalton James is. He told me to say that, too.