Short shots

Nothing much to report, but there are a few little things to comment on.

First, I guess I’ll mention that there is a young director interested in my script of Murdered by Human Wolves. This is still very, very preliminary. There’s no funding yet. The director is in post production on his first feature film at the moment.

An interview I did with new Horror Writers Association president Deborah LeBlanc is now available at Horror World. Deb is a super nice person and a fantastic author. And the first woman elected HWA president. (CORRECTION: Deb isn’t the first female president. Thanks to Nick Kaufmann for pointing that out.)

I’ve had some e-mails from folks who don’t normally read this blog, but who have read The Werewolf Saga books. They want to know when the next book will be released. This, of course, is incredibly flattering, but I don’t have any idea what the answer is. Once again borrowing ideas from Kelley Armstrong, I’m toying with the idea of posting another werewolf story at, doing it as a serial, to kind of keep people interested until Ulrik is released. What I would end up posting is Bold Bounty, the Viking era novel I tried to market under the pseudonym Kimber Haig. This is more of a romance novel than a horror novel, though. If you’ve read everything on The Werewolf Saga Web site, you’ll recognize Bjorn Halden and Morwen Angmire. So, what do you think of that? Is that something you’d want to see?

Tomorrow I’ll be implementing my first original idea as a teacher. Well, sort of. On Friday I took a CD player and a Willie Nelson disc to school as punishment for a class that was unruly the day before. My Willie didn’t have a chance against them. The only people who could hear the CD where a few no-trouble girls close to the teacher’s desk. So, tomorrow, when they finish the too-short assignment left by the regular teacher we’re going to re-enact Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” I’ll stop them just before they throw their paperwad “stones,” then make them write a paragraph explaining how they felt as they were about to stone one of their own. The almost-victim will get candy to relieve the mental anguish. I have three more days with this reading class. I’ll miss most of the little boogers when our time ends. Even some of the ones in fifth hour.

Speaking of class, my “Writing Horror” class has enough enrollment to go at Moore Norman Technology Center’s south OKC campus, so that starts this week.

I bought the new Wednesday 13 CD today. It’s called Fang Bang. Most of the titles are similar word plays. It’s pretty good, but none of the songs really stand out like “I Walked with a Zombie” or especially “Bad Things” from their debut disc.

Finally, I got an e-mail today from a former co-worker at ODOT. Seems my leaving made a difference, after all. My old boss was told that she was willfully violating federal law, and the complaint I lodged went higher than ODOT. However, in typical all-about-me fashion, my old boss told the staff the changes in how time is reported was all her idea. I’m sure if she gets fired she’ll say it’s because she decided it was time for a new challenge. I’ve never before encountered such a manipulative egomaniac.

7 responses to “Short shots”

  1. Deb is a super nice person and a fantastic author. And the first woman elected HWA president.
    I bet Janet Berliner would be surprised to hear that!

    1. Rewriting history is in vogue!

    2. Janet was president? When was that?
      Well, okay, I stand corrected. Thanks.

      1. 1998 – the same year she, er, coincidentally won the Stoker for Best Novel.

  2. Steve, that link to your interview isn’t working right now.

  3. Egomaniac?
    Oh, now…. certainly you’ve encountered *one* manipulative egomaniac besides the ODOT one in all of your travels. πŸ˜‰

    1. Re: Egomaniac?
      Well, there is that asshole by the name of terry clark, but this one is in a different kinda category.
      Hmm. The ODOT boss also is named Terri. Coincidence? She’s also an adjunct at UCO, reporting to … terry clark.
      Sometimes life is just a toilet and you find yourself continually swirling around with the turds. πŸ˜‰

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