I haven’t done a proper update in a while so I thought today might be a good opportunity to do so.

Here goes:

  • Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty – due to some life issues, the book will now be released in June of this year. JR Murdock and I are currently going through the ARC for final proofing. Once this one is available, JR and I will be working on the sequel to it. Most likely writing of sequel will begin in June.
  • Mik Murdoch 3 – now titled Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience, the first draft is complete. I am doing a thorough edit of the book (which is under contract to Five Rivers Publishing, btw) and expect to have a polished version in front of Lorina (publisher) Stephens by the end-of-March. ETA for publishing is still a question mark, but hoping for this year.
  • Boyscouts of the Apocalypse – will be doing final rewrites in April for May publication under the new Evil Alter-Ego Press imprint. Final title will likely be Scouts of the Apocalypse.
  • Portal Under the Sink Anthology – final title of this book is Dimensional Abscesses. It will be published as an e-Book under the new Evil Alter-Ego Press imprint. ARCs will be available to the contributors for final proof by the end-of-March with publication most likely by mid-April.

There are a few other projects that are further out or out of my control that I won’t comment on at this point. I will say that a new episode of Champ McKay, Texas Space Ranger should be out in April. I also have some hopes of getting the GalaxyBillies series back underway.


Get Published Episode 149 – Story Messages Discussion

My Associate Producer and evil alter-ego, Jeffrey Hite staged yet another takeover on today’s show. He decide we needed to talk about message in stories and invited Christiana Ellis to the show. It was a fun discussion but it felt so odd not controlling the conversation.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 149 – Story Messages Discussion

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 149 – Story Messages Discussion (continued)

Welcome to the show.

00:46 – Promo – Nutty Bites

01:25 Get Published Episode 149 – Story Messages Discussion (continued)

Christiana Ellis, Jeff and Mike discuss:

  • Messages in stories, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Road to Eldorado, A Knight’s Tale, Five More Minutes, jumbled messages, Nina Kimberly, Space Casey

31:52 – Promo – It’s Science Bitch

32:24 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Christiana Ellis – http://christianaellis.com

Jeffrey Hite – http://jeffreyhite.com

Michell Plested – http://www.michellplested.com/

Nutty Bites – http://nimlas.org/

Prix Aurora Awards – http://www.prixaurorawards.ca



Love the Story You’re In

I was thinking about my writing and I realized the stories that turned out best (at least, in my opinion) are the ones where I had something personally invested. That investment didn’t always happen at the outset of writing. In fact, a few short stories I wrote were grueling projects that I couldn’t wait to finish. That is, until I found that spark that pulled me in.

One such set of stories is my Mik Murdoch series. Mik Murdoch was a story I had wanted to write since I was about 16. I remember trying to start something only to let it go after realizing I didn’t quite have the idea as solid as I wanted (that and I really wasn’t capable of putting the ideas I had down on paper).

When I finally did write it, there were moments when I laughed and times when I cried. Rarely do I get emotional with my own writing so I knew I was on to something. I also really liked the character and wanted to keep exploring his world.

Now that I am putting the polish on the third book in the series I can safely say I still want to play in that sandbox. Even when the writing gets hard, I am still looking for the next story idea to work on in that arena. In fact, as I was working on the last third of book three I started getting all the ideas for book four.

I’ve always had some sense of what I want the arc to look like, but the actual stories to get me there have been a bit of a mystery. I’m happy to say I cannot wait to start working on the next book. I just have to finish this one first. ;)

Of course, Mik Murdoch is not my only series. JR Murdock (no relation to Mik) and I have our upcoming series, Jack Kane, beginning with Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty (should be out in April). The really fun thing about writing with someone else is, you are involved in a story where anything can happen and you aren’t always privy to the actions until they do happen. JR and I had a lot of fun writing the first book and cannot wait to get going on the next.

I could keeping going on and on about the books I’ve enjoyed writing and why. Boyscouts of the Apocalypse (soon to be retitled and released in print as Scouts of the Apocalypse), GalaxyBillies and many others have brought me a lot of enjoyment in my writing. And there are plenty of stories I still have in my mind to write.

With more stories than time, why shouldn’t I write what I love? Life is simply too short to put out junk that I’m not happy with.


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