For the past few weeks, I have been working on something called Draw Fantasy Figures – a tutorial ‘how-to’ book that I have just been commissioned to write. Thing is, this sort of thing can’t very well be announced (even in blog form) due to all kinds of considerations until the contracts have been signed and exchanged. Why, if the remaining Brother Hildebrandt got wind of it before the legalities were finalised, he may very well step in to take the job from me, leaving me with egg on my face.
In the meantime, however, various conversations with the publisher are undertaken, samples and synopses are sent, dummy text is prepared and contents are planned out meticulously in the utmost secrecy. But now it’s cast in stone, so I can reveal that I will be writing this spiffing new volume, ably abetted by my illustrative collaborator and artist extraordinaire Mr. James McKay, to be published sometime next autumn.
Of course, it’s an interesting project, but not quite the soap opera noir fiction for which I’ve become mildly renowned across small pockets of the western world. But it pays more and it’s a short deadline, so it should be completed relatively quickly.
Still, it could all yet blow up in my face, but if all goes well, regular announcements regarding the book will be made on this very website. Other potential writing gigs are also under consideration by assorted publishers, so I can assure my small but perfectly formed fan base that I have been working hard, even if not all of my efforts are entirely visible.
When all is said and done though, this will mean a further short delay until I can get back to writing and drawing Strangehaven. So I’ve reluctantly removed it from my immediate schedule in order to give the next issue the attention it deserves when I have the available time.