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lfneJason L Blair27 July 2017

Hey, everyone!

So, after a long funk accompanied by constant pain and an eventual full left hip replacement, I am back.

What does that mean? It means I have renewed energy for personal projects, after a long period away, and am committed to finishing up some long overdue efforts. I recently (just yesterday) bought a new work laptop for writing and layout. I have some files to dig out of my old, busted laptop but I am already up and running.

I’m posting this both at LittleFears.com and StreetsOfBedlam.com because this applies to both of those lines.

Little Fears Nightmare Edition

I am currently finishing up Campfire Tales #8: The House that Wasn’t There. It should see release next week. Then I’m going to get the Little Fears Middle Grade novel, The Wolf Pact, laid out and up for digital sale (and digital fulfillment on that Kickstarter).

From there, I will get print copies of The Wolf Pact set up and ordered so those of you awaiting hardcopies can finally get yours.

Then, I’m going to take a break to do up some Streets of Bedlam stuff but, when I return to Little Fears Nightmare Edition, I wanna finish Campfire Tales #9: On Paper Wings, She Flew and then run the Kickstarter to print Little Fears Nightmare Edition Book 4: Campfire Tales Collection, which will contain all nine Campfire Tales and an anthology-exclusive Campfire Tales #10: Return to Camp Howling Wolf. Have no fear though, Campfire Tales loyalists will be able to grab a PDF of the tenth adventure during the Kickstarter.

From there? Well, I’d love to write the follow-up to The Wolf Pact. But let’s finish these goals before I get too far ahead of myself.

Streets of Bedlam

My poor, abandoned Savage Worlds setting. I love Streets of Bedlam and have some work left to do. After taking that aforementioned break from LFNE, I’m gonna finish up SoB Stories #3: A Priest + a Rabbi Walk into a Bar. Then, I’m gonna layout the second supplement to see where that stands as far as page count, illustration needs, completeness. I won’t have the scratch to illustrate it just yet but it’s written. And it’s really cool.

After, I’d like to release SoB Stories #4: Canary in a Coal Mine as well as #5: The Devils from Dublin.

Of course, there’s plenty more I’d love to do with SoB but I have enough to fulfill already. I’m itching to do so, and I can’t fully express just how reenergized I am after such a long time away.

Other Stuff

I…may have some other fun things in the pipe to fill this out. More info when I can.

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Little Fears: The Wolf Pact Update

hblf, lfne, newsJason L Blair07 March 2016

Hello, everyone!

After a heated weekend sprint, I hit the 80% mark on the Little Fears Middle Grade novel The Wolf Pact. I can see the first draft wrapping up by the end of the week.

The Wolf Pact Cover Mock-Up WIP
(Cover-in-Progress)

Doesn’t mean it’ll be good to go though. I’ll take it through multiple editing passes before releasing it in digital.

Those of you who pledged for a digital copy of the book during the Blessed are the Children Kickstarter will get your comp copies first. Then I’ll put it up for wider sale on DriveThruFiction, Amazon, etc.

The print copies will follow but I’m considering a Kickstarter to fund a wider print run and to also fund the follow-up, tentatively titled Fairy Tale Ending, which I will have written prior to the launch of the Kickstarter.

I’m just considering this though. I don’t want to hold up those who have been waiting for their print copies but it might be nice to potentially add some interior illustrations to the book (akin to Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always, if you’re familiar).

I’ll follow up once the first draft is done. Stay tuned!

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Happy New Year?

lfneJason L Blair19 February 2016

My last post here was quite some time ago. But I haven’t forgotten about Little Fears. Far from it.

It’s been over a year since I released anything new for LFNE. The last product being Book 3: Blessed are the Children. I failed to put out even a single Campfire Tale in 2015. Yet, still, you all have been keeping Little Fears alive. With your emails and reviews (and purchases, yes), you’ve made it known that this game about kids fighting monsters is still out there, finding new fans and giving old ones good times around the table.

Thank you all so much. You’ve done a better job keeping Little Fears than I have.

I recently started the rewrite of my Little Fears novel, The Wolf Pact, and things are progressing nicely. I’m about 25% of the way through the first draft and I really like how things are going.

Which is, frankly, different my previous efforts. I finished the first draft of this back in 2007 in a flurry. I wrote the 50k word book in a week. And, trust me, it shows. It has some nice ideas but it sprawls everywhere and just has too much stuff going on. The new 30k version is shaping up to be much leaner, more focused, and—given the benefit of almost a decade more of writing experience—it reads so much better.

Once this is done, and revised and revised and revised, I’d like to maybe run a Kickstarter for it. Not to print it—it was funded by the Book 3 Kickstarter—but to generate more interest and, ideally, add some more artwork to the book. If you’ve read Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always, I’m thinking of pre-chapter images like he uses.

Those who backed the Kickstarter will get the ebook format immediately though. If I do run a Kickstarter and if it is successful then I’ll update the file. I would like to hold off on a physical print run though, so original backers (hopefully) get the illustrated version. But, as I said, if I either don’t run a Kickstarter or it doesn’t fund, I’ll print up the book as is (with Veronica Jonesglorious cover) and get that sent out.

After? Well, I’d like to start the second book (tentatively titled Fairy Tale Ending) and finish up Campfire Tales #8: The House that Wasn’t There.

I have no delusions that the day job will continue to be insanely busy this year but I also know that I can’t go much longer without putting out some Little Fears stuff—if for my own sake, if nothing else.

Anyway. That’s what’s currently cooking. Thank you all again for your continued support. I cannot put into words just how amazing you all have been and continue to be.

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Shipping Nightmares

hblf, lfneJason L Blair28 February 2015

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*

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Coming May 2015: The Wolf Pact

lfneJason L Blair23 February 2015

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!

The Wolf Pact Cover Mock-Up WIP

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Where Are My Books?!

lfneJason L Blair13 February 2015

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.

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Now in Print: BOOK 3: BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN

lfneJason L Blair08 September 2014

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.

LFNEBook3Cover

Title: Book 3: Blessed are the Children
Size: 6×9, 128pp
Binding: Paperback
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.
Searching. Wanting.

Hoping.

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.

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Rewards are Shipping!

lfneJason L Blair20 August 2014

Just a quick note to let all the Book 3 Kickstarter backers know that I’ve started shipping the rewards this week. I’m doing them in batches each day but should have them all done this week or early next.

Once all the books have shipped, I will put Book 3 up for sale on the site for general purchase.

Thank you all for your patience! Your wait is almost over.

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The Books are Almost Here!

lfneJason L Blair25 July 2014

A couple days ago, I received notification that the books had shipped. I checked on the tracking number a minute ago–and they’re scheduled for delivery today! Awesome!

I’ll start putting together shipments this weekend for shipping starting next week. It’ll take multiple shipments to get everything out but, for those of you waiting on physical product, the wait is almost over!

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The Book 3 Proof is Here!

lfneJason L Blair05 June 2014

The print proof for Little Fears Nightmare Edition Book 3: Blessed are the Children is here! And it looks good!

I have approved the proof and set production into motion. I should have book on-hand very soon. Which means backer rewards should start going out inside a couple weeks. I’ll update everybody when the books arrive and envelopes start getting stuffed. Below are some (awesome camera-phone) pics of the proof. (Click on each image for a bigger picture.)

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