Odds and Ends…
Very good news: The New World is Number Seven on the Mysterious Galaxy bestseller list. MG is a great bookstore in San Diego that caters to both SF/F and Mysteries (as you can tell by the title).
A week ago I was over in San Diego for ComicCon. MaryElizabeth Hart, one of the MG owners, wrangled authors for panels. I was too late in making my decision to go to be on any of the panels, but go to see M’e, Jeff and David. M’e and I also had another interesting encounter which she describes on her blog. She was nice enough to refrain from mentioning that at that particular moment, I was reeking of Lagavulin Scotch because the server had spilled my drink on me. As I said to my companions when I was mopping it up, “Well, at least I smell like a writer.”
The reason I was at ComicCon was because of some work I’ve done for GameTap.com. To celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Lara Croft Tomb Raider the folks at GameTap gathered together a bunch of writers and brilliant illustrators/animators and asked us to create short animated Lara Croft adventures. Brian Pulido, my writing partner for scrips, got tapped to do two, and suggested me for one. My episode, Return to Thaumopolis is slated to debut on 16 August. There are ten episodes in all, and by clicking the above link, you can watch them for free.
The GameTap folks were great. They had all of us signing in their booth and had a party on Friday night on a big boat tooling around San Diego Harbor. That was a lot of fun. At the party I ran into Sam Lewis, who I’d not seen in eleven years. Sam used to work for FASA, and is now working with the Cartoon Network. We did what Sam referred to as “the old man thing,” of getting caught up on who was where doing what.
I also just completed a Young Adult story set in my Purgatory Station universe. The story for a collection to be published locally, for the benefit of pediatric medical charities. I’ll keep you posted on the project; when and where copies will be available. Some of the other authors are Dennis L. McKiernan, John Vorholt, Brian Pulido and James Owens. It’s going to be a great project and a lot of fun to read.