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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Monday, February 29, 2016

L.L.Soares & I Clash Over Gods of Egypt

The new, CGI-heavy, fantasy action movie GODS OF EGYPT (2016) was released this weekend, and L.L. Soares & I were there to review it for Cinema Knife Fight, knives flashing. What did we agree and disagree on? Check it out the review here!

Monday, February 22, 2016

72 % and Counting - a Slightly Late Friday Update

Ok, really, the only writing news is the steady progression through Plague of Locusts. I'm now 72% through the second draft. Reading through chapters I'd written quite a while ago, and though (so far) they've all worked for me and seemed appropriate, there was more I wanted to say sometimes, so the scenes expanded. The manuscript's up to 92,800 words already.

Like I said, no major news last week aside from this, that I can remember. Been doing some renovations to the kitchen. Almost done! Coming out nice. And, of course, the 2016 Academy Awards presentation is next Sunday. Always something to look forward to.

Friday, February 12, 2016

It's Friday - That Means Update Time!

Been a good week for writing. After today's lunch writing break, Plague of Locusts' second draft is now 57% complete. At this point it's a true second draft, as this is the first time through the latter half of the book since penning the original. Funny, when I first started writing, I used to mentally prepare for the second draft because the writing always needed a lot of work. The more I write (and this, I assume, would be the same for everyone), the better the initial, first drafts are. So far, I'm really happy with the story - twin storylines that are connected in many ways but which, also, are completely different in scope and plot. I think it moves along at a good clip, too. Intertwined throughout are references to the state of religion a hundred and sixty some-odd years from now.

Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure of joining over 40 other area writers for a Writer's Coffeehouse in Worcester, sponsored by Annie's Bookstop and hosted by Christopher Golden and James Moore. People asked questions, talked writing, and overall had a great time meeting new folks and long time writing friends. Major hats off to Chris and Jim for taking the time to host these events. it was the second coffeehouse they'd held, and another is slated for next month in Newburyport.

Some news: I'll be attending, along with other members of the New England Horror Writers, the comic-con event Supermegafest, in Marlboro MA, April 8 - 10th. We'll be selling and signing books, speaking on a couple of panels, event holding a fiction writing workshop!. More information as it develops. Check the link - there are some awesome special guests already lined up.

As I write this my back is doing better. It decided to go out on me on the way home from work Tuesday, and only now can I walk around without holding onto something. It's something that crops up now and then, but not for a long time. Probably has to do with all the remodeling of the kitchen I've been doing lately. :)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Writing Update as of Friday, February 5th

I'm going to start posting regular, weekly updates (on Friday if I can manage) on where I am with new stuff being written, either as me, or my non de plume (is that how you spell it) G Daniel Gunn. Used to do this in the past, and it's a good accountability tool. I think, at least.

I've been pretty good about sticking to my "write every day" regimen the last two weeks. As my last entry explained in detail, I managed to write THE END on the first draft of another novel, this time a science fiction story Plague of Locusts. This week, having decided to keep going with this one, I worked on revision. Now, keep in mind, the first half of the novel was in varying states of revision already. I'd gone back to it now and again, if not adding new words, at least revising what I had, so early chapters were fourth or even fifth drafts. Now that the work is complete, however, the story, and the universe it takes place in, is more solidified in my mind.

What I've been doing, aside from revising the writing itself, it to work on continuity. Making sure the events, and history, are consistent. I'm enjoying this novel. Going to be pretty unique.

At this point - if you notice on the side bar I keep a running status of where I am wit each work - I'm about 39% through my first round of revisions. Coming into newer chapters which are still in early drafts, so the process begins to slow, since every word needs to be examined and potentially modified. I like this part, though, like sanding and smoothing a rough statue. Or something.

Signature sheets for the anthology Madhouse have finished their long, circuitous route around the country, and the book will soon be in the hands of readers. Containing my G Daniel Gunn story, "My Dearest Gwendolyn," it's a shared-world collection, where every author's piece fits into an overall story arch.

Finally, signature sheets are being prepared to go out for the upcoming anthology Borderlands 6, containing my G Daniel Gunn story "Shattered" written with Paul Tremblay. More as I hear.

Oh, and PS: I recently rejoined the HWA (Horror Writers Association). It's been a few years since I've been a member. Looking forward to seeing how this goes. Right now we're in Stoker season, with members voting on he Preliminary Ballot. Best of luck with everyone on the list!

Talk soon, in a week at the most.
Dan