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The revised cover to Issue 1 of The Crime Bible: The Five Books of Blood.

Came out pretty well, I must say.

Soggy Stage Two

Thanks to everyone who offered advice, sympathy, and encouragement. And for you bastards out there who gave up with derisive laughter, yeah, I’m coming for you.

Today’s better, not because I have an office back — I don’t — but because it’s not yesterday. The water’s been cleaned up, the plumbing problem has been addressed for the time being, and the basement does not smell like fecal matter. So all in all, I guess, nothing to complain about.

So back to work today, making myself feel cold and iceblind while working Whiteout III, which, after consultation with Steve, may undergo a subtitle change before publication. I’m still debating with myself, but we met on Tuesday to talk about the project and what I was writing and going to write, and, as he so often does, he tossed out a great idea that was so good, in fact, I found myself playing with a whole new thematic element.

I get asked, quite frequently, what the biggest differences are between writing novels and writing comics. I’ve answered the question so often at this point, it’s almost rote. In a nutshell, it’s the level of collaboration that makes the biggest difference, and working with Steve is a terrific example of that. I can tell him what I’m thinking of doing, the ideas I’m toying with, and simply by the nature of the project, he’ll hear those ideas in a visual way, and in turn, inspire me so that I go back to the keyboard with better ideas, better ways of accomplishing the story we’re trying to tell. That’s just not something I get with the novels; the novels live in a world of one, but the comics, they live, minimum, in a world of two. Sometimes that can go horribly wrong, if you’re not on the same page as the person you’re working with.

But when it goes right? When it goes right, you create something that is more than the sum of its parts, and that is truly exciting, and can be incredibly inspiring.

Second part of my ongoing interview with Eric Newsom has gone up on This one has preview art! We were scheduled for part-I-Don’t-Know last night, but I was just too bushed after the day to actually manage it. We’re rescheduling for this weekend.

And as far as Crime Bible goes, Mister Newsom also forwarded me this link, and I have to say, I agree with the sentiment behidn the post. Something to consider, at least.

AHHHH!!! (redux)

Remember this?

Well, it happened again, except this time I wasn’t in the office when it happened, oh no, nobody gets that lucky twice. This time I’d been working upstairs for a couple of hours when I went down to the office to pick up a print-out, and lo and behold, there’s water EVERYWHERE. And it’s not just flooded my office, it’s spilled into the main work room in the basement, and saturated every square that Jen’s had laid out precisely for the quilt she’s working on.

Towels, plumbers, clean-up, nightmare. Fucking plumbers who we’ve used for YEARS, the same ones who came out and said they’d FIXED it last time, the same one who got thousands of our dollars when we did the basement remodel, they couldn’t send anyone out. Jen had to cycle through the Yellow Pages to find someone who could come and help.

And that’s where we are, now; the basement is half-flooded, my office is entirely flooded, and we’re waiting on a plumber.

I’m thinking the output for today on the work-front? Z. E. R. O.

This is an Old One

I am always amused when these things kick out results I agree with.

Your results:
You are Mace Windu

Mace Windu
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Qui-Gon Jinn
Lando Calrissian
Princess Leia
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader
Tall, dark, handsome and hairless.
Others look up to you,
so if you were a little less of a grump,
you’d have more friends.

(This list displays the top 10 results out of a possible 21 characters)

Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Test

The bit about being less of a grump seems very accurate, indeed.

Rain and Other Questions

I’ve been doing a fairly involved interview via IM with Eric Newsom, the webmaster and general Question guru behind the Who Is The Question…? website. He’s a very smart guy, and he asks very good questions, and so far we’ve completed, I think, three or four of five interviews thus far. The first of them was posted today, where we mostly talked about the O’Neil/Cowan run. We’re trying to schedule the next interview for sometime this coming week, where we’ll discuss The Crime Bible: The Five Books of Blood. There’s a forum at the site where Eric’s been soliciting questions, so if you’ve got one you’d like to see him ask, you should head on over and post it. Can’t guarantee a response, but you’ve got better odds of getting it answered than if you don’t post it at all.

Returned from Anchorage last night via SeaTac, where, for some unknown reason, my flight to Portland was delayed, then delayed, and then it got delayed, and then it was delayed again…you get the idea. This is par for the course with air travel, I realize that, but what burned me something vicious was the fact that Horizon Air had four other flights flying to Portland, none of which I could transfer onto, and none of which were delayed. Made me cranky.

Which is probably how my laptop got whacked about, and why it’s back in for repairs, again. They’re promising 48 hours. We’ll see how that goes.

Did a small signing at Bosco’s while I was in Anchorage, and it was a very nice event, and the people were terrific, and it drove home to me once more the enormous gulf between mystery novel fans and comic book fans. It was a small Bouchercon this year. I think most people who normally would attend were scared off by the thought of traveling to Alaska, honestly. Next year is in Charm City, and one can already tell the attendence will be through the roof. Proximity to NYC is probably the major factor — editors won’t have a ready excuse for not attending.

Much as I was overwhelmed by Alaska, I’m very glad to be back in Portland. I like it here. I’m hoping I get to stay put for a couple of weeks this time.