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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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Plague of Locusts - Second Draft Complete

Finally, finished shuffling events and people around for consistency, added new scenes and of course edited the boogers out of the very rough first draft. The second draft is complete. It's usually the longest of the redrafting exercises because almost everything gets revised. Going word by word through a manuscript used to be daunting, but I enjoy it because I expect it to be a lot of work. Now, the decision: jump right into third draft or go through G. Daniel Gunn's horror novel Lost in the Woods once? I think I'll stay with Locusts for a while. Have momentum and the characters still feel fresh in my head. The third run-through of any manuscript, for me, is always the most humbling, because every sentence and scene should be better than the first time through, so my expectations get skewed, because they rarely are. The lst draft was spent doing a lot of rewrites - rewrites which are, in many ways, first drafts themselves.

Still, the final product is cohesive and flows nicely, and to be honest it's a cool story. Now I just need to put my head down and edit, edit, edit. Never let them see you write, I always say (a derivation of Jimmy Durante's advice to a young Burt Reynolds: Never let them see you act, kid). You should revise, and revise, until the sentences and words take a back seat to the scenes you want them to paint in the reader's mind.

OK, waxing a bit poetic here. Time to get back to my writing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MADHOUSE Anthology Contributor Copy Arrives!

2 or 3 years in the making, the shared-world anthology MADHOUSE is almost here! I just got my contributor copy in the mail today, and it's gorgeous, with artwork for every story and the creepiest wraparound cover since the old Alfred Hitchcock nightmare-inducing covers of the 70's, by Aeron Alfrey. Edited by Benjamin Kane Ethridge and Brad C. Hodson, the overall anthology tells the story of a plague of mental illness that overtakes the staff of a hospital for the mentally ill which has become isolated in a sandstorm.

My story, "My Dearest Gwendolyn" in included among amazing and talented authors.

The book should be available to the retail public mid-late April.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

93 % and Back on Track

Well, after a week and a half of being sick, then a more more busy days (and trying to get back into the disciplined rhythm I'd apparently lost, I should be back to being more focused again on writing every day. Plague of Locusts' second draft is 93 % complete. I had to rewrite a scene late in the book, not liking how the original went or the motivation for how the characters involved ended up where they were. This new workup for the overall scenes is much stronger, and more natural. That caused a few delays and bumps, but that's done, and I can finish up the last few chapters and we'll be done with draft two. At which point I'll either go back through with the third draft or do a run through of Lost in the Woods. We'll see.

Happy birthday to my amazing wife, Linda!