A Few Surprises Coming …

In the middle of all the excitement lately, I’ve actually been holding onto a few other nuggets for quite some time, waiting for the right time to share. Well, we’re not quite there yet, but I suspect that as we get deeper into spring, I’ll have some other juicy tid-bits for you.

Why have I been holding back? Well, for one, I try not to get ahead of myself, although sometimes I just can’t help it, because I get excited and just have to share! But more and more I’m appreciating the value of In the middle of all the excitement lately, I’ve actually been holding onto a few other nuggets for quite some time, waiting for the right time to share. Well, we’re not quite there yet, but I suspect that as we get deeper into spring, I’ll have some other juicy tid-bits for you.

Why have I been holding back? Well, for one, I try not to get ahead of myself, although sometimes I just can’t help it, because I get excited and just have to share! But more and more I’m appreciating the value of patience, and that there’s a time and place for everything. I think the upcoming announcements will be pretty exciting, and will in at least some ways provide a road map for what’s coming for me writing-wise over the next few years.

Yep … years. As a writer, I’m not just in this for Finders Keepers. My intent is to be writing as long as there’s breath in my body, with more plans than I can keep straight in my head. So stay tuned, as there will be many more adventures to comes in my tango with publishing.

As I noted just a while back, 2008 is our year. Big things indeed are a-brewing …

Russ’s Newsletter: Vol. 2, Issue 3 – What is Crossline?

Hi Gang,

 

The summer has just about wrapped up, which means the cool autumn breezes are not far behind. And with this changing of the seasons I’ve got tons o’ updates to share. So here goes:

 

* In about two weeks I will be heading down to the Baltimore Comic-Con for the final convention of the season to shop Finders Keepers. I will be walking around with partners-in-crime Rich Henn, Jim Chambers and Rich Koslowski (surgically repaired feet and all), and as usual, I’ll take plenty of photos and get them up on the Web site upon my return, and blog about the weekend.

 

* More than a few of you have asked if there are ever going to be any new character illustrations on the Finders Keepersweb site. Well, the answer is: You betcha! Because up on the site now are 3 brand, shiny new character illustrations thanks to Finders Keepers illustrator Michael Lunsford. He has brought to life a biker gang, a transvestite and a secret agent of sorts (those are three different characters, by the way), all from the pages of Finders Keepers. So go to the CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS tab on the site, and check those babies out!

 

* Now, while we’re on the subject of Michael Lunsford, he has gotten himself a good ol’ fashion comic book illustrating gig, so congrats, Mike. He is now working on issues #2 of Horsemen, which is about four jackasses from New Jersey (I won’t even touch that one; too easy) who turn out to be the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. So if you’re interested in checking out his new comic, and I know that you are, here are the links to the Web site, a review and where to buy it.

 

Horsemen Blog: http://fourjackasses.blogspot.com/

 

Review: http://herospy.com/2008/horsemen-the-four-jackasses-of-the-apocalypse-1-review/

 

Where to buy: http://store.comixpress.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=Horsemen+Four+jackasses

 

* Okay. Now for something totally new and juicy. I know I’ve dropped a few hints about a top secret project I’ve been working on (oooooh, mysterious ….), but otherwise have been rather quiet about it. But now that I’m in full writing swing, I want to share a little about what I’ve been up to these last many months. While I’ve been out there promoting Finders Keepers as it circulates through the publishing world, I’ve been hard at work on Book No. 2.

 

Tentatively titled Crossline, my current project is a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon-type of adventure with my usual time-bending, philosophical goofiness that is so near and dear to my heart. It started out almost 10 years ago as a comic book project from the nutty brains of long-time friend Tom Peters and yours truly. We had some pretty ambitious plans for the comic book, but life kinda got in the way, and then it sat on my shelf for years.

 

Well, a while back I decided to give it another go, and combining some of the space adventure elements of the comic book with another group of short stories I wrote way back in my earliest days as a writer, Crossline the novel is well on its way.

 

Without getting into any plot points just yet, I will say that Crossline is full of fun, humor and adventure, and takes some trippy twists I don’t think you’ll be expecting. I’m almost half way done with a first draft, and if all goes well, I’ll have it finished and ready for some writer-dude comments in the first quarter of 2009.

 

Whew! I told you there was a lot to report!

 

Well, that’s all she wrote for this edition, so stay tuned as the leaves start to change colors and Finders Keepers gets ever close to finding a publisher. And if all goes as planned, I will be unveiling something super duper groovy cool the next time around …

 

Thanks!

Russ

www.findersk.com

Holy Dogs, Batman!

This weekend Liz and I went out to see her parents in New Jersey, and there were more dogs than the eye could see!

Liz?s Dad, who just retired, got himself a new dog?Willie. He?s a rescue dog, and is skinny as all get-out right now (the poor thing), but after just one day he?s already on his way to getting plumped up something fierce! He?ll be a good dog for sure, and though he isn?t big … whoa! … he?s got some bark.

But that was just the beginning. Liz?s sister, Jill, also came foThis weekend Liz and I went out to see her parents in New Jersey, and there were more dogs than the eye could see!

Liz?s Dad, who just retired, got himself a new dog?Willie. He?s a rescue dog, and is skinny as all get-out right now (the poor thing), but after just one day he?s already on his way to getting plumped up something fierce! He?ll be a good dog for sure, and though he isn?t big … whoa! … he?s got some bark.

But that was just the beginning. Liz?s sister, Jill, also came for the weekend, with her two dogs?Debbie and Gene. Although a good-sized dog, Debbie?s the quiet, gentle one, who just kinda keeps to herself. Gene, on the other hand, is one of those little dogs who doesn?t realize he?s little. He?s a big dog in a little dog?s body. He?s fully of energy, jumping all over the place, and has got a yappy kinda bark that really gets your attention?whether you want to give it or not.

And then, of course, my father-in-law?s cousin came by with her dog, Razzle, a little princess of a dog who likes to lick your face like mad and play and play and play. Nice dog, but again, lots of energy.

Now, I?m a cat person. I?ve always had cats, always preferred cats. And I do like dogs, and even love great dogs. But [i]man[/i], that was a lot o? dogs this weekend. Even the dog lovers said so. I won?t even go into the peeing in the house incidents, as that might be a story for another day, but needless to say, this was a weekend of dogs.

And for a cat person, it takes a certain amount of patience to get through it. So that when Liz and I got home last night and saw Alex curled up on the couch, I walked over, threw him up on my shoulder and he just started purring away. And after a weekend of barking dogs, Alex?s purr was just what I needed.

The Last Friday … Before My Unemployment!

Well, today is my last Friday at my current job, and after a quick pop-in on Monday, I’ll be technically un-employed for about two weeks …

I’ve spent the last week deleting emails, going through files and cleaning off my desk, sorting through all the piles of who-knows-what I’ve managed to acquire over the last three and a half years. Each day the prospect of leaving gets less wierd, as I keep getting more used to not being there. It’s kinda strange, actually, now looking at people and thWell, today is my last Friday at my current job, and after a quick pop-in on Monday, I’ll be technically un-employed for about two weeks …

I’ve spent the last week deleting emails, going through files and cleaning off my desk, sorting through all the piles of who-knows-what I’ve managed to acquire over the last three and a half years. Each day the prospect of leaving gets less wierd, as I keep getting more used to not being there. It’s kinda strange, actually, now looking at people and the department from a more detached perspective, not thinking of it as mine anymore. It’s their’s to deal with without me. I’ve said my personal goodbye’s to pretty much everyone, and with the exception of a few minor pieces of paperwork, I’m pretty much finished.

I don’t know why I keep thinking that I should be thinking or feeling something slightly more profound about this move, but I don’t have much left to say about all this, other than I think there will be an alcohol-based send-off tonight, and then a Monday morning farewell breakfast.

So, in the end, not a bad way to wrap things up!

Agents Update: Contract Coming Soon?

Just a real quick one today, but wanted to let you know that the agent I’ve been dealing with shot me a note the other day, and says she will be reading the new and improved version of Finders Keepers this week and next, and will then get back to me with any questions. So if all goes well, a contract with her could be coming soon.

Getting exciting …

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/03Just a real quick one today, but wanted to let you know that the agent I’ve been dealing with shot me a note the other day, and says she will be reading the new and improved version of Finders Keepers this week and next, and will then get back to me with any questions. So if all goes well, a contract with her could be coming soon.

Getting exciting …

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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Excited? Yes. Yet Something More …

Now that it’s been a few days and news has spread about my new job, most people naturally ask me if I’m excited. Well … I am. But there’s more to it than that. Excitement is an emotion, a state of being, and like any emotion, it’s in flux. Overall, I’m feeling really good about the move, and it’s really nice feeling wanted. And the more people I tell throughout the industry I work in about where I’m headed, the more compliments I get … and that’s always a nice ego booster.

And yet makinNow that it’s been a few days and news has spread about my new job, most people naturally ask me if I’m excited. Well … I am. But there’s more to it than that. Excitement is an emotion, a state of being, and like any emotion, it’s in flux. Overall, I’m feeling really good about the move, and it’s really nice feeling wanted. And the more people I tell throughout the industry I work in about where I’m headed, the more compliments I get … and that’s always a nice ego booster.

And yet making any big change like this–new job, new home, getting married, having a baby, etc.–is also a time of reflection. The ending of one phase, the beginning of another. This entire process is happening quite quickly, and with only 6 more days left in the office at my current job, there’s a lot I want to wrap up before I go.

Most importantly, there’s much I want to say to the people who I’ve been working with–and supervising–these last few years, as I still feel responsible for them. Little reminders to keep them on track, some planning tips here, a little strategy there. They’ve put a lot of trust in me, and I feel the very strong responsibility still to leave them with as much support as I can. And it’s not like I think they can’t live without me–of course they can–but I’ve been a big part of their lives, just as they’ve been a big part of mine. Caring about people doesn’t end when roles change. Caring about people extends through time.

And sure, as that time goes on they’ll adjust at some point to not having me around, just as I’ll adjust to them not having them around. But it’s hard to leave people behind when they’re important to me, and for the team I’ve been supervising–and a few others I’ve worked with–we’ve been like a little family. And I’m grateful for that. For them.

So when people ask me if I’m excited to move on … I am. But it’s not just excitement. It’s accepting that I’ll be leaving some people behind, in a certain way. And while the changing of our relationship isn’t tragic, it’s not something I’m necessary excited about either. Change can be really good, as I believe this new job will be. It’s just that not every element of the change feels quite as sweet as others.

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New Job! New Career!

Something big happened this week, and it’s got me feeling kinda goofy. Not only did I get a new job, I’m about to embark on a new career! After more than 12 years (and 3 1/2 at my current job) I will be a journalist no more, jumping to the other side of the media fence.

Starting March 31, I will be working in the NYC office of corporate communications for CB Richard Ellis, the largest commercial real estate company in the world, with my focus specifically on the NYC metro area.

So whaSomething big happened this week, and it’s got me feeling kinda goofy. Not only did I get a new job, I’m about to embark on a new career! After more than 12 years (and 3 1/2 at my current job) I will be a journalist no more, jumping to the other side of the media fence.

Starting March 31, I will be working in the NYC office of corporate communications for CB Richard Ellis, the largest commercial real estate company in the world, with my focus specifically on the NYC metro area.

So what does this mean? Well, instead of being the editor on the phone who talks to a company’s middle man to set up interviews, I’ll be the middle man! If a real estate reporter wants to talk to a broker at CB Richard Ellis in NYC, they’ll call me, and I’ll set it up. [i]The Wall Street Journal[/i], [i]The New York Times[/i], [i]The NY Post and Daily News.[/i] Plus all the local trade magazines. And I’ll be writing press releases, and getting brokers to speak on panels, and a bunch of other things that I probably haven’t thought of yet.

I’ve been thinking about a move like this for quite some time, and circumstances unfolded such that this was just the right place and the right time. It’s a big move in a lot of ways. I’ll be leaving some really good people, and I’ll be leaving behind a career I’ve spent more than a decade cultivating. Although, because I’ll be on the other side of the media fence, I’ll still be in touch with a lot of the people I work with now, so that’s kinda fun.

This just happened on Tuesday, so I’m still just getting used to the idea, still a little stunned by it. I’m sure I’ll have lots more to say about this over time, but for now, I’m thinking about the end of one phase of my life and the beginning of another.

Snowmobiling Rocked! –With Photos

It’s about noon on Sunday, still up in Vermont. Everybody at the ski house (about 15 or so) is out at the slopes either skiing or snowboarding, but Liz and I stayed behind today, because we are FRIGGIN’ SORE!

We both had a great time yesterday, but we ain’t used to all this winter actiivty. Liz spent the day snowboarding (her first time), and I went off to snowmobile. And it … was … awesome. (For pics, go to the PHOTOS sections).

There’s a snowmobile company about 15 miles away froIt’s about noon on Sunday, still up in Vermont. Everybody at the ski house (about 15 or so) is out at the slopes either skiing or snowboarding, but Liz and I stayed behind today, because we are FRIGGIN’ SORE!

We both had a great time yesterday, but we ain’t used to all this winter actiivty. Liz spent the day snowboarding (her first time), and I went off to snowmobile. And it … was … awesome. (For pics, go to the PHOTOS sections).

There’s a snowmobile company about 15 miles away from the main Killington ski mountain, so after Ron dropped me off in the morning, I did a two-hour tour through the Calvin Collidge State Park. I wound up going in a small group–just the guide, me and another couple, who rode double on one snowmobile.

I had never gone snowmobiling, although I’d been on Jet Skiis many times. It’s pretty similar, except that if you tip over, it’s a little harder to get up. Well … I did tip over–but only once!–although I almost went over a few other times. And, of course, it was going like 2 miles an hour. Those sharp turns can be tough if you don’t shift your weight opposite to the pull of the snowmobile, otherwise … clunk.

But still, it was a great day. We got up to around 35-40 MPH at top speeds, going along very narrow trails through dense forested paths up and around the mountain. (check back soon; pics coming as soon as I can post them). It’s just trees and snow as far as the eye can see–and you have to keep your eyes on the trail. At all times. You can’t really just look around and enjoy the sights, otherwise, you could find yourself wrapped around a tree!

To keep the snowmobile powered, you have to squeeze the throttle (on the right hand), so after two hours … my right is arm sore. And now that it’s a day later, the back of both my shoulders are sore, as is my lower back. Not too bad, but I’m wiped. In fact, Liz and I went to bed around 11 or so last night, and then slept until around 7:30, when everbody was stirring and heading out back to the mountain. But then we went back to sleep for another few hours.

We’re not used to this activity!

So totally fun, though. If you haven’t done it, try snowmobiling. Not only is it fast, but you get to travel through some really beautiful country that you usually don’t have access to. I would do it again for sure.

Thumbs up!

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Shredder? I Hardly Knew ‘er!

Now that I’m done with the revisions of Finders Keepers and it’s off to the agent I’ve been telling you about, it’s time to do a little clean up.

As us writer dudes do, we tend to accumulate a lot of paper. A lot. Just ask Liz about that (actually, for my sakes, better not!). Well, now it’s time for me to figure out what I need for my files and what I don’t, as I’ve got just piles and piles of edited pages with little handwritten marks denoting what I changed and what I corrected. In the enNow that I’m done with the revisions of Finders Keepers and it’s off to the agent I’ve been telling you about, it’s time to do a little clean up.

As us writer dudes do, we tend to accumulate a lot of paper. A lot. Just ask Liz about that (actually, for my sakes, better not!). Well, now it’s time for me to figure out what I need for my files and what I don’t, as I’ve got just piles and piles of edited pages with little handwritten marks denoting what I changed and what I corrected. In the end, most of the pages I can chuck in the garbage, because I don’t have a lot of need for a page that has the word "the" circled and marked up with the word "then," noting that I left off one letter.

Thing is, I’ve got my name and phone number on every page, and as identity theft is the real deal (Liz got nailed by it–twice–years back), I’m paranoid about leaving info around. So I’ve been tearing off the top of page after page after page, just to shred that personal info. Naturally, I’ll tear 5-10 sheets at a time, but still, it’s time consuming. I don’t just shred the whole page because that’s a lot of shredding, and it fills up the shredder bin too quickly, and it’s a pain to take off the metal top with the shredding gear, take out the garbage bag in the bin, replace the bag, and then put the gears back on top. It’s like emptying the lawn mower.

So now that I’ve got piles and pile of little pages, from my big pages, I’ve got a ton of shredding to do.

And you thought editing pages was easy …

Snowmobiles … Here I Come

Liz and I are heading up to Killington, VT, this weekend with Finders Keepers Web master Ron and his wife, Anne, so I’m pretty excited about that. I went skiing once about 15 years ago–in Killington–but haven’t been on the slopes, or Killington, since. But since I’m not much of a skiier–and my back keeps me away from some of the more dynamic activities–I’ve decided to try something else:

Snowmobiling.

Ron is a big-time snowboarder, so he’ll be doing that, and Liz will be trying theLiz and I are heading up to Killington, VT, this weekend with Finders Keepers Web master Ron and his wife, Anne, so I’m pretty excited about that. I went skiing once about 15 years ago–in Killington–but haven’t been on the slopes, or Killington, since. But since I’m not much of a skiier–and my back keeps me away from some of the more dynamic activities–I’ve decided to try something else:

Snowmobiling.

Ron is a big-time snowboarder, so he’ll be doing that, and Liz will be trying the snowboard for the first time. And Anne will be skiing. So that leaves me all by my lonesome, off to snowmobile. I’ve been jet skiing many times, so I figured this wouldn’t be too far off. I’m already booked for a two-hour guided tour through a state park, which I hear is great.

So as Friday comes closes in, I’ve got snowmobiling in my sights …

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