Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Writing In Public
>>There must be a story that goes along with this. Right? Maybe they just don't want to show strangers what they're doing, dude.
Last summer, I was sitting in a local park with my dog, a dog park that we walk to daily. I was sitting there watching the river, and I got an idea for a scene for a novel I was working on at the time. I pull out my notebook and start writing down notes so I won't forget the idea, and will be able to write it up later once I'm at the computer again.
As I'm doing this an elderly couple toddles over and ask what I'm writing.
I close the notebook and say: I'm working on a novel.
They start asking questions: What's it about? What type of novel? What scene are you working on.... and every other question they could think of to excitedly ask as fast as they could...
let's see, I write Yaoi (gay Erotica) Monster Porn and the main character is an Elf wizard who has sex with Unicorns, and the Unicorn has a CBT ball crushing fetish, and I'm at that exact moment writing a scene where the Unicorn has got his horn rammed up the Elf's dick...complete with a doodled out picture of said scene on the page I was writing.
The poor elderly couple.
They asked. I told them.
I don't know what shocked the old man more... discovering the existence of the Unicorn Porn genre or finding out his wife was intrigued by it and was going to go to Amazon and buy my books after finding out what I wrote.
No. I'm not ashamed of my work, and covering it up when strangers hover over my shoulder is more to protect them from exposure to naked penises with weird things being done to them... because most people don't look over someone's shoulder, see a naked penis on the page and NOT react badly.
I love sex. I write sex. I draw sex. And if you are looking over my shoulder... you're just gonna get a sex scene if your face.