As I posted over at StreetsOfBedlam.com, I’m feet from the finish line on SoB Stories #2. It will hit DriveThruRPG this Wednesday. As promised, I’m then going to move to Campfire Tales #8: “The House that Wasn’t There”. I already did a fair bit of work on it. Google Drive tells me I’m about just under 2700 words (2699 to be exact). Campfire Tales run anywhere from 7-8k words when done. I need to read through what I’ve written to see what shape it’s in but a release date of Wednesday, September 2nd seems reasonable. I’ll follow up once I know more.
Well, it’s only been forever since I last updated. I left a lot of things hanging back in March (almost five months ago—eesh) including a promised Little Fears novel and a long list of RPG supplements “in development.” In addition, I’ve slacked hard on fulfilling orders in a timely fashion and following up on rules email and such.
That’s not good. And I know that.
So I’m looking to correct this moving forward.
This year has been insanely busy at the day job. Pair that with working in exercise and family time and I’ve spent nearly every hour I’ve been give since the calendar turned. Unfortunately, fitting in any extracurricular stuff, such as Little Fears and Streets of Bedlam, has been tough.
As the time has passed, my stress levels spiked off the charts and I hit a wall. I was anxious, depressed, and unfulfilled as well as agitated and uncertain about what I wanted out of life. The past month and a half have been particularly hard.
Thankfully, my wife is there for me when I am not and she booked a family vacation for a weekend out in the woods. So it was I spent last weekend holed up in a cabin surrounded by miles and miles of not-much which, aside from having to drive twenty minutes for groceries, was pretty spectacular. Normally I would fill my time with work, either day job or my own writing, or spend all my energy dealing with large crowds of people which is hugely exhausting for folks like me. And I’d come back from the “vacation” even worse off than I started.
But not this time.
This time, I did nothing but let myself be surrounded by trees, friendly roaming creatures, a bull-headed cat, a super-friendly chocolate lab, and walks in the woods.
It was amazing. And relaxing. And clarifying.
I don’t want to undersell that last point. “Clarifying.” My head has been so filled with static—work work work obligations obligations obligations—that I just ran head first from one task to another until I dropped. Like I said above: Every hour was filled. And, while I love my job and family, none of it was focused on my personal writing, which is one of the few things that keeps my anxiety demons at bay.
I thought maybe I could handle this. That maybe I could find time to fulfill my obligations to Little Fears and Streets of Bedlam in my spare time but make other things my top priority focus. But I couldn’t. I didn’t have “spare time.” No, I needed to make the time. I need to carve hours out of my day and dedicate them to my, shall we say, “ambition writing.” I needed to make my own writing a higher priority than it was. Yes, my day job is awesome and pays the bills, but my ultimate happiness relies on me putting out words that were wholly my own. That were my characters in my worlds doing my things. That were available to fans of my works, works that I love to support and grow. That had the potential to be books with my name on them put out by publishers who were not me.
And here it is, the Monday after and I still feel that way. I need to always feel that way. I need to make my own writing part of my daily routine. I need to fulfill my obligations.
Which is why I’m writing this to you today. Because I’m on a path to make things right.
Step One: More Timely Shipments
The money you pay for your hardcopies pays for the time it takes me to sign, package, and ship the products. I need to turn this around faster. I have let months go from initial order to final delivery and that’s not acceptable.
Step Two: Better Communications
I have some emails in the queue that need answered. I have fans on social media that deserve better support.
Step Three: More Product
Right now, the most outstanding product in the Little Fears line is The Wolf Pact. I have an outline, a fair amount of words, but it needs done. Which brings me to:
Starting tonight, I’m getting back into my own writing. I will have two nights each week to dedicate to writing and time outside of that, here and there, to do it as I can. But those two nights are nothing to sneeze at. There’s no good reason I can’t crank out 3-4k words each week. That’ll help me start to dig out from the hole I’m in and that’s good. It also gives me clearer goals as to when I can get stuff out.
First on my plate is something that’s not for Little Fears. I am about 2-3k words away from finishing SoB Stories #2 for Streets of Bedlam. That’s first. I will get that done this week and out next Wednesday. Then, I want to get back into Little Fears by finishing up Campfire Tales #8: The House That Wasn’t There. According to the latest file, I’m at the 33% mark there, which puts me about 5k words until done. I already have the art, so quick math check, I will have that finished next week.
I normally put in words like “should” or “aim to” but not this time. That gives me too much room to fudge. Instead, I’m dedicating to it. And not fulfilling that promise means I failed.
After that, I will decide whether I’m going to put out SoB Stories #3 for Streets of Bedlam or focus on The Wolf Pact. In fairness, SoB Stories #3 was promised first—and thus is later—but I would like to do some fiction. I’ll make that call soon enough.
Anyway, that’s where things are at. I am truly sorry for dropping the ball as much and as hard as I have lately. I am going to work to correct this and do better in the future.
(You’ll notice a similar post over at StreetsOfBedlam.com. Figured it was better to write this once and change some details than spend time restating everything.)
I asked the question over on the Facebook group, but I wanted to get it posted here as well.
Given that a) it would be a ways off yet and b) it would stick to the core concept of “kids fighting monsters”, what would you like to see in a Little Fears 3rd Edition?
Drop a comment below and tell me what changes or additions would get you excited about a third edition of Little Fears.
But in a good way!
If you’ve been waiting on orders from me for anything (but especially anything Little Fears or Book 3 Kickstarter-related), your orders are all packed up and ready to ship. I’ll be occupying a whole lot of a postal worker’s time on Monday getting all these out to you.
Thank you so much for your patience and kind words during this time. This will (oh-so-very hopefully) close the book on everything you’ve been waiting for—except for getting the Little Fears novel The Wolf Pact finished and out to you! *gulp*
Hello, everyone! Just a quick update that you all can expect the first novel in the Little Fears fiction line to hit in PDF, epub, mobi, and other big platforms this coming May. For a sneak peek at the cover (which is very much still-in-progress), check out the preview below, featuring new artwork from the always stunning Veronica V. Jones! For those of you who added a copy via the Book 3 Kickstarter, you’ll get an update when this is ready to go. I will also run a pre-order for folks who missed it—and of course it’ll be available for regular sale as well!
It’s a good question!
Some backers of the LFNE Book 3 Kickstarter are still awaiting their rewards, unfortunately, as are some other folks who ordered the LFNE corebook. I’ve been fielding emails about this and trying to keep on top of the situation but have some (slightly) bad news.
But first, the good news! You will get your rewards. Absolutely. And you should get them in about a month.
Why a month? That’s the bad news. In ordering books for the Kickstarter rewards, I kept the number fairly close to what I’d need, with a little wiggle room for other orders that might come in. Books came in, I sent out packages. I missed some, heard from the folks, and I sent out more packages.
Sadly, not all of the packages sent out arrived at their destinations. And I haven’t seen them returned to me yet. For those who absolutely should have received their rewards already, I sent out replacements as the emails came in. This dipped into my reserve, as did other incoming orders. Then more reports (mostly international, especially the UK) came in and I started sending out others.
And then I ran out of books. But not out of emails from folks who haven’t received their stuff.
From what I’ve heard, it’s not many of you. Good! But that doesn’t help anyone still waiting. I should eventually get the majority of those packages back but that process can take up to six months (seriously) for reasons I can’t hope to comprehend.
I have another printing in process currently and should have the books by end of next week or middle of the following. (I’m not sure how Presidents Day is going to effect printing and shipping.) So the books are on their way. When they’re in, they’re going immediately out.
My conservativeness in printing worked against me hard here and some of you are paying for it. I am truly sorry. But I’m making up for it as quick and best as I can.
Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) are bringing the world a new take on the classic film Poltergeist.
I’m not a hater on reboots. John Carpenter’s The Thing and Brian De Palma’s Scarface are both brilliant remakes. Judging from this trailer, Poltergeist has definite potential. Check out the trailer below and, if you’re interested, get ready for its theatrical release on July 24th.
So this was unexpected.
Late in December, Adam Gauntlett—one of the folks behind the tabletop section of wildly popular gaming/geek site The Escapist—contacted me to see if I was interested in doing an interview about Little Fears. Of course, I jumped on it. I’m very happy to say that the interview is now up and I don’t sound nearly as dumb as I usually do.
Hello, folks, and Happy New Year!
Have you been holding off on picking up Little Fears Nightmare Edition? Have a friend who’s interested but hasn’t committed yet? Well, not to sound like a late night informercial, but now’s the perfect time.
For just $15, you get the LFNE corebook, Book 2: Among the Missing, and the first two Campfire Tales standalone episodes, less than half what they’d run you individually. While you’re there, be sure to check out the other bundles (batch one; batch two) they have up for sale.
I’d also really appreciate your help in spreading the word. There’s something really special I want to do with LFNE in the new year (aside from release The Wolf Pact novel, of course) but I won’t be able to do it without your help!
I’m winding down on sending the Kickstarter rewards out so I feel comfortable opening the print version of Book 3: Blessed are the Children for sale to the public. You can grab it here or over on the Products page. Any orders submitted should ship out early next week.
Title: Book 3: Blessed are the Children
Size: 6×9, 128pp
Stock Code: FSZ003
MSRP: $20 (US)
Back cover text:
Not every child is the same.
They are different than other kids.
Some would say strange.
Some might say cursed.
But they are called the blessed.
Some are born without souls.
Others, with more than one.
Some are secretly monsters.
Others are children of faith
given powers beyond belief.
And then there are those
who wander this world
long after death.
Praying to die
or to live again.
Every child is special.
Some more than others.
Book 3: Blessed are the Children focuses on the realm of spirits and ghosts within the world of Little Fears Nightmare Edition. From the kids whose souls are different than others to the monsters who pursue them, Blessed are the Children introduces six new character options including Gifted, Soulless, and Changeling, numerous creatures from Closetland, rules for possession, a new take on the Spirit Drain ability, a full standalone episode called “My Soul to Keep”, and more.
Order the Print Book + the PDF!
Order the print book plus the PDF for just $30 (+ s/h). Download codes are sent via Coupon Code for DriveThruRPG as soon as I can send them!
Order the Print Book!
Order the print book for just $20 (+ s/h).