Friday, September 14, 2012

Dead Projects, Revived Projects


I like to be writing two things at once. Something I'm concentrating on, and something else for a change. Eventually these all overlap, meaning I can end up with a lot of projects, some of them alive, some of them dormant, some of them dead. 

I've more or less finished my third book about Kalix, provisionally entitled The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf. It still needs a little revision. I don't have any date for a publication and I haven't signed a publishing contract for it yet. 

Thraxas lumbers back to life. I've also more or less finished a new Thraxas book, Thraxas and the Ice Dragon. I still plan to have this published as an ebook before the end of the year. Simultaneously I'll be republishing all the other Thraxas novels as ebooks. I'll need to try out the ebook publishing process with some of the early books first, to see if it works OK, before publishing the new one. While this should ene up being widely available in English, I don't know if any of the foreign publishers who published Thraxas will want the book. Will need to ask my agent to investigate that.

Manga play. Am writing manga play for young people. Confidently expect no one ever to be interested in publishing or performing this. But I like it anyway. It's a good outlet for my manga/anime enthusiasm. An enthusiasm that will spill over into my next book, I'm sure, possibly in a career-killing manga-based novel which no one will like. 

Graphic novel set in Ancient Athens. I wrote an excellent script for this. However, the artist was unable to come up with the goods, and that pretty much killed the project. Failing the mysterious appearance of a new artist or a publisher willing to back the idea with some money, I don't see that going anywhere. Still, projects sometimes do revive unexpectedly when the time is right.

Ongoing plan to write more fetish stories. No progress. Became discouraged by massive success of Fifty Shades of Grey. Nothing I wrote would be that successful.  Hum. Will do something about this some time. I have more good ideas for fetish stories.

Lonely Werewolf Girl Film - still negotiating its way through the Byzantine corridors of the film world. Not much to report, but project still alive. And indeed, there are currently film options in place for Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me, and Lux the Poet, but these are in very early stages. 

26 comments:

  1. I still believe that if filmed well, Lux could outshine most Hollywood movies, though it might take some effort to mask the other voice under the burned out truck,

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  2. Hmm.. Why not do a fetish manga/graphic novel? And quite frankly to hell with 50 Shades of Gray. I browsed through it at the local book shop and it was... awful. However it did give rise to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA&feature=share (Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades of Gray) so some good did come of it after all.

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  3. I don't know if I would enjoy a Lux the Poet movie. It is my absolute favorite book ever and I would probably experience inappropriate outrage at any inconsistencies. I'm really excited about the new Kalix book and the revival of Thraxas. Thank You!

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  4. Ed Carter5:35 pm

    YEAH! Thrax is back! I have re-bought all the e-books of your novels so that I have something in reserve on my kindle that I can re-visit and enjoy at all times. Thanks again for your work.
    Note - My 79 year old mother rates Good fairies as one of her favourite books ever. (Ex-Teacher)

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    1. I like that your mother likes the book.

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  5. Anonymous8:44 pm

    This is all very good news, more Kalix which I love and a Manga play, my son is just getting into Manga so would love that. Don't be put off by Fifty Shades or Bunty does BDSM as I like to put it, maybe there's a bigger market for it now ;)

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  6. So very happy to hear about the new Kalix, especially.

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  7. Anonymous8:24 pm

    How about a fetish book about Kalix :)

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    1. Poor Kalix, she's not quite the type. Some of the other werewolves would be enthusiastic, I'm sure.

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  8. I am so excited to read new Thraxas and Kalix! This is great news.

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  9. Delighted to hear about Thraxas. Just finished re-re-re-reading Thraxas under Seige and was wondering how you might have been thinking of moving the story on ... E-book is a great idea.

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  10. Anonymous12:22 pm

    Really jazzed to hear about the Thraxas e-books coming out. After finding Suzy/Led Zep at a bookstore in Manhattan, I routed around for your earlier work, which wasn't all that easy to find. Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving was probably my fave. ...but the Thraxas books were nowhere to be found unless you wanted to pay some joker in New Zealand 30 bucks plus shipping for shoddy paperback. Anyway, looking forward. Your writing is always well received.

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  11. Thraxas?? Hoorar!! Thank you Martin!!

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  12. Anonymous10:32 am

    A new thraxas book ! you lovely man you

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  13. Anonymous12:35 am

    I'm so happy to hear about both books! I have loved ALL of your books and can't wait. Thank you!!

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  14. Haddo2:07 pm

    oh my. You cant imagine how much better my day is right now. I only hope that the german publisher will release all thraxas books as ebooks and will translate the new one aswell.

    and I cant wait to get the new kalix

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  15. Wow a new Kalix book...can't wait!!
    Also in regards to the fetish writing...Fifty Shades sucks.. massively. Well you already know what I think of it. I think kinksters that practice BDSM on a regular basis in a safe, sane way, would rather read something you wrote than that trash. I loved your fetish story, it ticked all the boxes for me, funny, horny and characters that are easy to relate too :-)

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    1. I'm glad you liked that story, KC. I do plan to write some more, some time, though I'm not quite sure what medium is best for them. An ebook of short stories, maybe. Well, it won't be as successful as 50 Shades of Grey, that's for sure.

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  16. Anonymous11:31 pm

    just been rereading the thraxas series again , I really loved it but was so disappointed when it finished so abruptly. and then read the 9th book might not get published. It's great news that Thraxas and the ice dragon is on the way, I'm really looking forward to it,

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  17. Anonymous9:06 pm

    I'm very glad to hear that, although I understand that your agent couldn't agree with Baen as to terms so they quit taking Thraxas. Was he by any chance insisting on "sales territory enforcement"? A lot of publishers seem to think that, even in the age of the internet, "the wogs begin at Calais."

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  18. This all makes me very happy. I will be purchasing the Thraxas ebooks and I excitedly look forward to the new Kalix book!

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  19. Clare OJ11:11 am

    In my head Kalix looks a bit like Amanda Seyfried..think its the big eyes and wide mouth description...fingers crossed for a film version!

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  20. Can't wait to pick up the 3rd LWG book, hope you get that published soon (in the US)!

    And if it were made into a movie, who would you want to direct it?

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  21. Matthias2:55 pm

    September 14th will forever be Thraxas-Resurrection-Day in my household. Unfortunately, the end of the year is fast approaching and no new Thraxas book is in sight :(

    Any updates / revised publication dates?

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  22. Anonymous2:23 pm

    Last time I read your blog was sooo long ago, I had just finished the last Kalik book and wanted to find out about the third one and was sooo upset to read that you weren't even sure when you were going to write the next one...you have seriously made my month!!!!!! Love from Australia!

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  23. Anonymous1:58 pm

    Can't wait for the ninth book!!! Thraxas is awesome and the ending of Under Siege left so many questions...REALLY happy person here now :)

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