The Spellbound Paladin

Posted in Dice Upon A Time with tags , on October 20, 2014 by cairnwood

spellboundGetting closer…

Some Good Advice

Posted in Liber et Auda with tags , on October 19, 2014 by cairnwood


Sure, it’s a TWIN PEAKS meme, but…

the owls are not what they seem
and neither am I ;)



Spellbound Paladin: Addendum (1)

Posted in Dice Upon A Time with tags , on October 18, 2014 by cairnwood


Spellbound Paladin

Posted in Dice Upon A Time with tags , on October 17, 2014 by cairnwood

spellboundI still have some tweaking to do with it, but here’s a sneak peek at the Spellbound Paladin.

The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives with tags , on October 16, 2014 by cairnwood


blacklodge(New York) Bob Miller, Flatiron Books president and publisher, announced today that the Macmillan division will publish THE SECRET LIVES OF TWIN PEAKS, a novel that reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.

The book is written by New York Times bestselling author Mark Frost, co-creator and executive producer of the series with David Lynch.

Frost will co-write and executive produce with Lynch the upcoming highly anticipated SHOWTIME ® sequel, a limited series
which was announced last week to air in 2016.

THE SECRET LIVES OF TWIN PEAKS will be published in advance of the SHOWTIME series, on sale in late 2015.

Of the acquisition, Mark Frost said: “Bob Miller and I have enjoyed a fantastic fifteen year relationship in publishing. This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Permuted Press: Stop Dragon My Heart Around

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on October 16, 2014 by cairnwood

Was discussing the most recent publishing kerfuffle with some of my writing peers when one of them quipped, “I wonder how Permuted Press is enjoying the Apocalypse now?”

It’s just another craptacular remake of Publishers Behaving Badly.

Okay writers, it’s time to find a nice secluded place (like say, a graveyard), take a deep breath (and a shot of good whisky), and do an honest to goodness inventory of where you are and where you want to be.

It’s also time to face some cold hard truths.

Chances are, unless you win the proverbial lottery, you are not going to get rich writing. Got that? Really, we can’t move along unless you’ve come to grips with that one. You. Are. Not. Going. To. Get. Rich. We good?

You can, however, make a living. Especially if you have a knack for living on the cheap. Or for holding on to a manageable, non-soul-sucking day job. Or both. Especially both.

Once you’ve got past the fun part — you know, the actual writing part of the equation — you must navigate the treacherous waters of the publishing world. Here be dragons. All dragons are not evil. But most are. See, they are the ones who, potentially, make the dollars while you make the cents. Like any self-respecting dragon, they want to hoard a huge pile of gold and treasure and nap upon it. You, the writer, just want one little cup. But there is no cup for you. Only blood. And sweat. And tears that would fall into your cup if you only had one.

Choose your dragons wisely.

And if they should turn on you and take a nip at either you or your friends, then do the right thing.

Slay the dragon.

Or, you know, become the dragon.

Re: Permuted Press

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on October 15, 2014 by cairnwood

Anyone remember this little announcement?

Brendan Deneen and Bob Freeman’s UNDERHILL, the story of a group of criminals who break into a storage space to steal a priceless antique, only to discover a hidden basement under the facility that harbors unspeakable horrors, pitched as THE SCORE meets PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, to Michael Wilson at Permuted Press.

I’m assuming you caught the last two words in the above Publishers Marketplace missive.

Permuted. Press.

Not up to speed? Gabrielle Faust had something to say about it. So did R. Thomas Riley. Even my pal Brian Keene took umbrage.

So, where do I stand? I stand with the authors. That means I’m cancelling my contract with Permuted Press. It was a soul-searching decision, especially considering UNDERHILL was exempt from the “ebook only” edict.

But right is right.


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