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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Besides working on my next mystery novel in the Jack and Elle series I’ve been doing lots of other stuff that I wanted to share with you. I haven’t posted here in a long time and a big part of the reason is my health (though that is on the mend quite nicely now, thank you very much) and the other projects I have been working on, many times to the detriment of my mystery writing. Those things and life in general. I don’t write for a living, YET, though I hope that happens one day, so it has to take a backseat sometimes. Now back to my status update.

For one thing, I’ve been working on the story for a game and I have really been enjoying it. It isn’t a mystery at all. Instead it is an old time adventure in the vein of the old Saturday afternoon movie serials. The same types that inspired George Lucas when he wrote Indiana Jones. The same ones that later became Saturday afternoon television serials when I was a kid. The skeleton of the story is complete and some of it has been fleshed out. It mostly takes place on a fictional river in Africa in an indeterminate time somewhere between 1865 and 1914. This allows for some flexibility and some things that might otherwise have some people shouting “anachronism!” But wouldn’t that sound petty? Better to cut them off at the knees by not saying when it takes place. I’m lazy and devious that way. The same guy who created the amazing cover for my first novel is doing all of the artwork for this game, so that excites me as well. I have no clue on a release date for it, but I can say that the plan is to release the game on IOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, and PC at a minimum. There’s no website for the game yet, but it should be up in the next month or two. In the meantime, I’ll post about it here.

The other thing I’ve been doing is trying to feed one of my other loves and by that I don’t mean my belly, though I’ve done a good job with that too. I’m talking about the affinity for gadgets that I share with one of the co-main characters of the Jack and Elle series, Jack Chalker. Please check out my gadget blog at http://growingupgadget.com. There isn’t much there yet, but I’ve promised myself that I will try my best to write an entry at least once per day and I’ve kept that pace for two or three whole days! Impressed? Me neither, but I hope to keep this up for a truly impressive amount of time. We’ll see. There is one more connection between my gadget blog and my new book, but I need to be careful about what I say so as not to spoil anything in the book, so for now, I’ll only say this: At least two gadgets play an important part in the book and I hope to build something at least approximating them in real life. I’ve started on it and have the heart of one of them done already. It isn’t complete, but a big chunk of the functionality is in place already. I’ll say more about this when and if I can, but most of the details will have to remain a mystery until you read the book. Let’s just say that it involves drones. Something really big in the news for a while now.

I plan on delivering some chapters of my new novel to my proof readers shortly. I just wanted there to be enough chapters so that they didn’t run out before I could deliver some more, so I probably need another month of writing to reach that point. You know who you are. I’ll also try to at least post something here each week until the book is released, though that should ramp up quite a bit near the release date and shortly following it with book signings, etc.

Until then, please check out my other endeavors if you have a chance and the inclination.

Regards,
JB