News & Events for C. Dennis Moore

This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 7/23/2014

WHOLE lot of comics came out this week.  My daughter got two new number 1s she's pretty excited about.  My younger son got SEVEN (today is "officially" Batman Day, so no surprise) and I got sixteen.  None for my oldest son, although he can read my Superman when he comes to do his laundry on Sunday.  I normally buy them for him, but this title, the Geoff Johns/John Romita Jr. book, is totally for ME.  So here's what we all got:















































































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Feels like a whole lot of nothing.

Posted 7/21/2014

I got plenty done today, but it doesn't feel like it.

I started with work on RETURN TO ANGEL HILL, but for some reason, even though I knew exactly what happened next, and know exactly what happens after that, I only managed to get about 500 words done in two hours.  I have no idea why the words were so difficult in coming today, but by the time my allotted two hours were up, only 500 new words had appeared.  I'm really anxious to work on this one every day as all night at work I'm thinking about it and pulling it all together, and it feels really good, really RIGHT.  I'm excited to get it finished, but I'm seriously doubting I'm going to be as far along by the end of this month as I had hoped.  Part of that is due to work last week.  Instead of the usual 3:24, we had to go in at 1:24, but we didn't get off any earlier, and it really ate up more of the day than it should have.  Hopefully this week is back to normal at work.  Hopefully I can get to 48,000 words by Friday.

After that, I was going to watch and review another movie, but decided instead I needed to pay some bills, so I paid the water, sewer, and gas bills.  Then, instead of working, I cleaned off my desk.  Well, looking at it now, I straightened my desk, but I could do more.  This'll do for now, though.

Then I went into "Carlotta Valdez" and made another pass, cutting about 500 words, before sending it off to be edited by Dave and Craig.  Speaking of "Carlotta Valdez", I spent a LOT of time over the weekend working on various designs for the cover, and I think I've got it settled.  I need to send the possible choices to my Angel Hill newsletter subscribers and see what they say, but I think I have a favorite anyway.  And speaking of the subscribers, if YOU want to have a hand in things like helping to choose covers, getting free fiction before anyone else, getting exclusive fiction unavailable to anyone else, and other great stuff like that, just click HERE and send me an email with "subscribe" in the subject line.

And now I'm going to eat some pizza before I have to leave for work.  Geronimo!

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 7/18/2014

It's been a hell of a week at work (working 12 hours a day from 1:24 PM to about 1:30 in the morning), so I almost forgot to do this week's comics haul.  This was a pretty big week overall.  My daughter got 1, my son got 2, and I got 15!!!  No new Supermans this week, so my oldest didn't get anything, but here's what we walked out with that day:









































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Currently Reading:

Posted 7/14/2014

Neal Adams (GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW), one of the most acclaimed Batman artists, has defined the Caped Crusader for decades, and fans have long been clamoring to see him draw the Dark Knight once more.  Now, from the classic creator, comes a Batman tale like you've never seen before!

When a series of seemingly unconnected events brings Batman close to killing a man for the first time, Bruce Wayne must embark on a journey of self-discovery...which also reveals shocking secrets about Batman's enemies and allies alike.

From a secret chamber in Arkham Asylum to a hidden world below our own, this weird, wild journey will answer once and for all the question "Can a Batman who kills still be Batman?"

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Posted 7/12/2014

Today I will start:

Fleeing the site of a secondary vampire infestation in the cold, wilds of Alaska, a band of survivors arrive at a climate change facility during the final days of a long period of extended daylight. The inhabitants of the research compound are trying to determine the nature of a strange object found in the ice when the survivors arrive, leading to a frightening and bloody confrontation between humans and vampires - and an odd and unexpected guest! Written by acclaimed horror writer Joe R. Lansdale and featuring horrifically beautiful art by Sandman co-creator Sam Kieth!

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 7/9/2014

Today was new comic day, and boy was it ever!  Comics for everyone this week; my oldest got 1, my daughter got 1, younger son got 4, and I got 17, plus a trade paperback:


































































 I haven't read WALKING DEAD regularly, but I have the first two trade paperbacks and thought they were great, so I'm gonna try some more.

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Mid-2014 Rant.

Posted 7/9/2014

So here’s an idea. If you’re trying to make a living at something--like writing--but that writing isn’t paying your monthly bills, necessitating the taking of odd jobs here and there to get by, I have the answer to all your financial problems. Ready?

Get. A. Fucking. Job.

Yes, we all wish we could quit the day job and spend all morning and afternoon writing our asses off. Think of how much more productive we would be! Think of how much more fully we could immerse ourselves in our worlds. Think of how much better our work would be if we could focus entirely on THAT all day, every day.

Yeah, think about it. Then TRY it. The dream and the reality are two different things. I’ve been on both sides of this. I’ve written consistently WITH a day job, and I’ve written consistently without one. And, sure, I was able to write an entire novel in about two months while not working, but I also wrote four novels WHILE working, and you know what? Not only is one of the novels I wrote WITH a job the novel that makes my house payment every month, but the day job affected my writing schedule and habits not one tiny bit. Because I was still getting about the same number of words every day. See, I’m not one who can just write 10,000 words on something every single day and finish a novel in a week. I’m good for, at best, 2000, but more like 1000-1500, and that’s on a really good day. The rest of that time is spent on other things. What other things? Who the hell knows, but before you know it, you look at the clock and holy shit, the kids get out of school in a half hour.

But so-and-so said I should just risk it and be a full time writer.

Yeah? Well, so-and-so doesn’t pay your bills and so-and-so isn’t responsible for your family eating and having a roof over its head. Tell so-and-so when he/she is paying your rent and putting food on your table, then he/she has a stake in your career. Until that time, so-and-so needs to worry about him/herself and let you do the thing you should be doing. And if being a “full time writer” is leaving you with more month at the end of the money and you’re helping people move for pay to make ends meet, then it’s time to face reality and, say it with me: Get. A. Fucking. Job.

But it’s a tough job market.

I agree, it is. But it’s not an impossible one. Temp services are GREAT and a Godsend and I love them. I’m working through one now, and have been at my current job since March. It’s not great, but it’s not the worst thing in the world and you know what? My bills are paid, on time, and I haven’t once worried about how I’m going to pay the water bill AND buy groceries this week. Thank you, Kelly Services.

Sure, I had a great seven month run of being a “full-time” writer, but here’s a secret: even then I wasn’t really a FULL-TIME writer, because I got a pretty sweet 10-week severance package. Then there was unemployment which, while not great, still paid the bills and allowed for comics every week. But when it was almost time for the unemployment to run out, you know what I DIDN’T do? I didn’t say, “I really think I need to give this writing thing a serious try. I think it’s in the best interests of me and my family that I stay at home and ‘give it a go.’” No, I got a fucking job.

If you’re fiction isn’t selling at the point where your day job paycheck is just icing on the cake, then you better keep that day job until it is. And if you lose that job, you get another fucking job.

Here. This is a thing. A real thing. You can sign up for this and people can pay you money every month for whatever it is you do.

I’m all for supporting the arts, and this Patreon thing sounds like a great idea. But it’s not for everyone. You know who I would gladly support? The artist, writer, actor, singer, whoever who is out there every day working their ass off, but still doing what is necessary as a grown adult responsible human being to make sure their family is taken care of. You know who I’m NOT going to support? The artist, writer, actor, singer, whoever who is totally CAPABLE of doing what is necessary as a grown adult responsible human being, but chooses instead to let ME help them pay their rent because they’re a “full-time artist.”

Yeah, well, full-time artistry isn’t quite doing it for you, dude, but if YOU’RE not willing to step up, why the hell should I? FOR you?

Okay, okay, I’m sure this sounds like sour grapes because, hey, I eventually got another job after my lay-off, and I may not LOVE that job, but it is what it is. Sure, okay, you’re just bitter.

Not exactly. I have said for years that, if I ever got to a point where I didn’t HAVE to work, that I probably still would. Why? Motivation.

If I know I only have two hours to writer before I have to get to work, I’m going to spend two hours writing. If I have all day because, what the hell, I have all day, I’m going to take all day but I’m not going to produce much more than I would have in those two concentrated hours. My only problem currently is I’m on second shift, which gives me ALL DAY to write before work. And I still wasn’t getting much done, until I allocated TWO HOURS a day to writing. That’s my writing window. Before and after those two hours, I can do whatever I want. And I’m now getting more work done that I had in the previous two months when I allowed myself all day to write.

So, no, me saying get a fucking job isn’t sour grapes. A job, that schedule, the need to get it done because this is the specified time I have in which to do it is what keeps me working and gets words on the page, and I’m thankful for it. And my kids get to eat. Every day. Several times.

But I’m not giving you money every month because you REFUSE to get a fucking job.

But, but, but, you say, I’ve published four novels in the last four months.

Really? And you’ve been writing, what, a year? Two? So, your work must be top quality stuff, right? Right up there with the masters who spent decades honing their craft, but you skipped right to the good part because you’re just THAT good? That’s awesome. I’m proud of you. But the fiction, which is, as we’ve already established, top quality stuff, isn’t making your rent every month. Man, the world just doesn’t know what it’s missing. You could make such a difference, if only…

Hey, you know what you should do in the meantime, since, you know, the fiction isn’t selling so hot right now and you’ve got a wife and a handful of kids who, damn them, insist on eating at least once a day, you should do that thing you were doing a couple years ago, you know, where you got up every day and went to a place and did a thing and at the end of the week they gave you money, like on the regular, for it. What was it called? I know it’s been a while. Oh, right, a JOB. You should probably get one of those things.

Okay, that’s the end of that rant. Now I have to get dressed because today is Wednesday and I have new comics to buy and then my daughter and I are going to get some lunch.

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40,000 words...well, not quite

Posted 7/8/2014

1137 words today and RETURN TO ANGEL HILL is almost at 40,000 words. 40,000 was my goal this morning, but I’m only allowing myself two hours to work on it a day, and time ran out before I could get to it. That’s actually fine because, although I have the scenes mapped out and know where they’re going, I don’t have all of the details. For example, the missing kid. I don’t know who reported him missing, or why. I just know it wasn’t his parents, and I DO know why for that. So the break today is good.

And the two hour limit is really something I need, too. Because I have a LOT of other things I need to be doing, stuff that, while I’m working on a novel, wouldn’t get done for weeks at a time. One of those things is approving the first section of THE MAN IN THE WINDOW audio book, which the reader wants me to check before he moves on. So that’s up next today.

THE GHOSTS OF MERTLAND audio book is almost ready to approve and put on sale, there were just a few minor issues. One of which was a typo that was completely my fault. In the “Old Woman” chapter, I meant “temper”, but I typed “tempter”. In another part a short, one-sentence paragraph was missing. The reader is going to fix these and then we’ll be ready to go on that one.

So I’m reading CRASH last night on break, and there was a part in there where the writer main character gets recognized in the pharmacy and comments on how uncomfortable that is sometimes, and it reminded me of something that happened to me recently. A few weeks ago I was out at lunch and just as the waiter brought my crab bisque soup, an old guy came over to the table and asked, “What kind of writing do you do?”

Do what? Then I remembered I was wearing my “I’d Rather be Writing” T-shirt. Damn. So I told him, “Mostly horror novels.”

He tells me he likes to read a lot, and could he find any of my work. Sure thing, I told him, it’s online at Amazon, just look up C. Dennis Moore. He then went away and left me feeling more uncomfortable than I have in a very long time. I realized I’m comfortable as hell writing and giving my work to people to read, but when I have to TALK about it? Yikes.

Now, if the old dude had read my work and recognized me and wanted to tell me how much he liked it, that would have been pretty cool.  Weird, but cool.  Maybe one day.

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Posted 7/7/2014

And this is why it’s a good thing I don’t rush through story planning. I’m mapping out the course of the next part of RETURN TO ANGEL HILL, the Will Castleton/Angel Hill novel I’m writing with David Bain, and it’s going well. I want to have it mapped out so the writing will, hopefully, go much smoother than it has so far, and we can speed through the actual writing part and have a first draft all the sooner. And, sure the mapping out process has been going okay, I guess, but it felt like there was something missing. I wasn’t sure what, but my gut said hold off a minute, it’ll come to you.

It came to me over the three-day weekend, and I let it gestate until I had the idea, so when I sat down this morning to work out the finer details, the plot felt more whole and ready and awesome.

I could have sped through this next section, and it would have read just fine and been entertaining, but taking those few days to listen to my gut and do what’s right for the STORY, deadline be damned, has resulted in a plot that has much more at stake, much steeper consequences, and a WHOLE lot more tension than it would have before. There’s a whole new level to the danger in Angel Hill this time and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

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Currently Reading:

Posted 7/5/2014

From the creators of the #1 horror and sci-fi series, Yesterday's Gone, comes their first non-series book, Crash. 

Sometimes the ghosts that haunt us most aren’t the dead. 

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together. 

However, he can’t move on. 

In addition to his daughter, there’s something else missing — specifically his memories for six months prior to the accident. 

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories. 

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him. 

Crash is the first non-series book from The Kings of the Serial and bestselling authors, Sean Platt and David Wright. 

Crash is approximately 41,000 words and contains a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Threshold, coming Sept. 2, for a total of more than 48,000 words. 

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