September has already been a very busy month, as I knew it would be. Cooler temperatures in the air has made me crave the Fall, my favorite time of year. I have a lot going on right now, as usual. I'm working on some big money projects, ones that I can't wait to share with the world. Still not much money coming in at the moment, but I have irons in many fires, and I know the hard work and dedication will pay off soon. We creative sorts aren't in it for the money anyway, right? We do what we do because we love it.



    Last weekend, I attended the East Texas Book Fest at University of Texas in Tyler, and it was such a blast!  I met so many great people, I can't wait til next year's event. My dad, Jory was there, doing his thing, and he sold a lot of good books. I saw our good friend Joe Lansdale, and met his very-talented daughter, Kasey. If you have heard of Joe, then you know his talent goes in many directions, he is such a dynamic person, that just being around him is inspiring and motivational. I mentioned to him that I was halfway through a Steampunk novel I'm working on, and he hooked me up with his Steampunk book: Flaming Zeppelins - The Adventures of Ned the Seal.  He also gave me his Best Of and Sanctified and Chicken Fried. I can't wait to read these, and will probably take a break from writing to get absorbed in one of these. Thanks again, Joe!  If you haven't heard of Kasey Lansdale, then you need to Google her right now. She is a great writer, and an amazing Country Music talent. She is also publishing a Horror Anthology. Two of the friendliest and down-to-earth people you could hope to meet.  I also met another great author, Alexandra Allred, who was part of the U.S. Bobsled team. I had the pleasure of having a table near John De Foore, an amazing guitar instructor. John is the one who taught Miranda Lambert to play guitar, to say the least. I was also excited to meet my Dad's friend Brandon Jones, President of Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness. He is also an accomplished author, and I hope to start taking lessons from him in the near future. Another author I met was John Borgstedt, author of: I Love You Mom, Please Don't Break My Heart, which has also been turned into a motion picture.  At first I was excited to meet John and hear of his tragic story of how he was abused as a child, but upon talking to him, he did not even mention his background.  He went on and on how people need his name to sell their books, and how he's hot shot this and got that lined up. It was 15 minutes of listening to someone pat themselves on the back and at the end, he tried to sell me a book. I would have bought one if he wasn't so self-enamored. Plus the whole Bluetooth thing hanging off his ear made him look like a Cyborg to me. And that huge 'satellite steampunk' watch on his wrist... Wow, that thing was HUGE!  Mind you, I rarely talk about people, especially ones I have just met, but I was not impressed with his demeanor at all. All in all, I sold a lot of books, and made some great contacts. The sandwich lunch from McAllister's Deli was the bomb! And much thanks goes to all the volunteers for putting their Saturday aside to help with the event.
    
    This upcoming Saturday I have a signing at Hasting's in Mt. Pleasant, but I'm less-than excited. I'm not real fond of the structuring of Hasting's, nor am I with their cut of the pie. It's only for 2 hours, and if I interest people in the Zombie Movement, then it's all good. 

    October 10th I will be likely attending Author Fest in Mt. Vernon, Texas. That looks promising so far.  There is also a Writer's *thing going on in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in October that I really would like to attend. Eureka Springs is one of my favorite towns in the whole world, and Fall is a great time to go. If I can make that, it will certainly be an enchanting time.  If anybody who reads this is able to attend any of these functions, please stop by and say hi, it will be a lot of fun.

     I have been working on something a little different lately, a project that is turning out bigger than I had foreseen. It's too early to go into very much detail at this phase, but I will add developments as they occur.  Basically, I am writing a screenplay for a TV Series.  I may introduce it as a Web Series at first, but I have a feeling it will be much bigger in the end.  I have already written two 10-minute episodes, and hope to finish four more before I start looking for funding. This is being put together with a bare-bones budget, so I am fairly certain that funding won't be a problem. To keep it cheap for now, I will be writing, directing, producing, and so-forth, and so-on. I am excited to get into the Indie Film scene, something I have always been on the fringe of.

That's all I got for now, but I will certainly keep you posted. Thanks for taking the time to read my blogs and getting to know me...
Marc   

P.S.  My Darth Vader shirt was a bigger hit than my Zombie book...  :)