I met him in the dark as I sped along on one of my predawn rides.
At first he was just a smell, an odor of death so bad Iâ€™d hold my breath as I passed by his overgrown lot. Â I couldnâ€™t help wondering what creature had passed away in the tangle of vine and shrub and after a few days I had to explore and find out.
It wasÂ definitelyÂ an animal but by the time I found it was in such a state of advanced decomposition I couldnâ€™t tell what kind. Â The mystery was solved and the sad discovery inspired Mr. Bonejangles and his twisted tale. Â This guy can literally annoy you to death.
I was so enamored with this creature I let him have the title role on this latest book calledÂ Mr. Bonejangles & Other Tales of Dark Karma. Â For me, he truly is one of those creations that turn out so different from what I originally envisioned. Â A small part of me worries that perhaps I didnâ€™t create him at all. Â As he would say, he just came in to my head to â€˜sit a spell.â€™
The rest of the tales include The Injustice League, Loving Dead Girl (Amy Eye inspired that title), Karmic Circle (the complete story), When I Committed Suicide and Bad Trip. Thereâ€™s also a little bonus at the end for fans ofÂ End of Mae called What Happened To Bea which is part of the original book that I cut out.
The final story is for my daughter Kyra and is a patriotic, upbeat (I hope) story. Â She canâ€™t read anything dark without having nightmares so that means she canâ€™t read much of my work at all. Â The last story still has death and destruction in there but it was for a noble cause which makes it more palatable. Â Thatâ€™s what I hope anyways.
From here Amy works her magic, I go back and make changes, design a cover and then she formats it all and makes it pretty. Â I expect it should be ready sometime around the beginning of February. Â Loving Dead Girl will make such a sweet Valentineâ€™s story ;p
So now you know where Iâ€™ve been, writing like mad but itâ€™s not over yet. Â Now itâ€™s time to finishÂ End of Joon.