Monthly Archives: July 2015

July

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Last month was, of course, a most spectacular month because it was official publication date of my second book, Monster Hunters. July is a close second on great writing months for me, a good mix of new ideas and old.

I got something in all the usual publications I write for; Shepherd Express (an “Off the Cuff” on a bright poet, KJ Prodigy), M magazine (on band Ian & the Dream), Fortean Times (they ran Chapter 12 of Monster Hunters as an excerpt. I am including this in my list of published articles, but not in my total word count as it is not new material. The excerpt was paired with another story to give the issue a werewolf cover theme), and Forces of Geek (a fun “Monster of the Month” column this month on an Alpine monster known as the Tatzelwurm). I also contributed a collaborative photo essay (with Wendy Schreier) to Milwaukee Record, which was something new for me. We decided to just cruise over to Scott Walker’s presidential announcement with the goal of capturing “colorful Walker supporters.” It was an interesting experience and we got a lot of positive feedback, so we might do something similar in the future.

I contributed to one new publication this month. It always makes me happy to reach a new venue. Rust is a young publication and has a great artistic layout. I wrote an article on local drag king troupe the Miltown Kings, and they gave the story a nice four page spread and made them the cover photo. Very cool! If you click the link for the article name, it’ll take you to Rust’s online store where you can buy a copy.

21. “The Accidental Werewolf Chronicler,” Fortean Times, July 2015

22. “Gogol Bordello @ BMO Harris PavilionShepherd Express, July 1, 2015

23. “Dream On,” M magazine, July 2015

24. “Monster of the Month: Tatzelwurm,” Forces of Geek, July 17, 2015

25. “Off the Cuff: Kavon Jones aka KJ Prodigy,” Shepherd Express, July 22, 2015

26. “A Different Kind of King,” Rust magazine, Issue #2.

27. “We went to Scott Walker’s presidential announcement and this is what we saw,” Milwaukee Record, July 14, 2015

Total 2015 word count: 111, 208 words

My book Monster Hunters is out now. You can buy a copy HERE.

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June

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Well, the big June thing was the official publication date of my second non-fiction book, Monster Hunters. Obviously, that bumped my word count up quite a book. The book is approximately 90,048 words (although that is the unedited final draft).

Other than that, a couple short articles for M and my “Monster of the Month” column. Promoting the book and the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference took up a lot of time this month. Monster Hunters, by the way, is available in paperback and e-book form here: http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/monster-hunters-products-9781613749814.php

17. Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators, publication date: June 1, Chicago Review Press.

18. “On Tap: WMSE Spins Its Own Record,” M magazine, June 2015

19. “Bowling Documentary Scores a 300,” M magazine, June 2015

20. “Monster of the Month: the Beast of Bray Road,” Forces of Geek, June 9, 2015

Total 2015 word count: 107,215