Looks like it’s time for another urban fantasy author update from yours truly. Here’s what I’m up to this month…

The Morganville Vampires booksWhat I’m Reading

Currently I’m reading through The Morganville Vampires novels again, and I’m on Book 3, Midnight Alley. After Rachel Caine’s recent and untimely passing, I decided that the series deserved another read. Rest in peace, Ms. Caine.

On the non-fiction front, lately I’ve had my nose stuck in Teri Tom’s excellent text on the Jeet Kune Do straight lead. When I initially came across the book, I was admittedly skeptical that there’d be enough to say about a single, simple technique to fill an entire volume.

However, Tom does an excellent job of informing the reader on the finer points of the most important attack in Bruce Lee’s art. And, she does it without succumbing to needless repetition. If you’re at all interested in Bruce Lee or JKD, it’s worth checking out.

What I’m Watching

On the advice of my readers and most of the free world, I recently binged The Queen’s Gambit, a Netflix limited series based on the eponymous novel by Walter Tevis.

While Tevis might not often be counted among the great American writers of the last century, three of his other novels have been translated to film, including The Hustler, The Color of Money, and The Man Who Fell to Earth. The former two films star Paul Newman (and a very young Tom Cruise in Color), and for that reason alone I believe they are worthy of review.

As for the miniseries, it’s an excellent study in character development (the novel is considered to be a classic Bildungsroman) that explores themes of alcoholism, drug abuse, and feminism during the 60s. Anya Taylor-Joy is phenomenal in the lead role, and every aspect of the production is simply top-notch. Check it out if you haven’t yet—you can thank me later.

What I’m Playing

I had been playing Greedfall on the PS4, but as soon as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla dropped I purchased it immediately, even though I’m only halfway through the main quest in Greedfall.

Often hailed as a potential successor to Dragon Age, Greedfall is one of those games that, while executed admirably, simply does not rise to its full potential. My main complaint about the game is that quest decision trees (and alternative consequences) are almost non-existent, and dialogue choices are so linear as to nearly completely rob the player of any agency at all.

The jury’s out on AC Valhalla as I haven’t fired it up yet, but if it’s half as good as AC Odyssey was, it’ll be worth the price of admission.

What I’m Writing

Yup, I’m still working on Druid Master. Considering that it’s the book that will tie up the first Colin McCool series (and set the stage for his next series, and for multiple spin-offs), I’m taking my time to do it right.

The draft is shaping up to be around 25,000 words longer than the typical book in this series, although I might pare it down a bit before it goes to my editor. We shall see…

So, I’m holding off on any announcements regarding pre-orders and the release date. I’ll keep everyone posted as I get closer to finishing the first draft.

~MDM

20 Comments

  1. Steve McBeezlebub on November 13, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I could never get into the Morganville series. The Weather Warden series is the one I plan to read in Memorial…

    • M.D. Massey on December 15, 2020 at 11:22 am

      It is a bit PNR-ish, as the MC is a teenage girl and she is really boy crazy in the first few novels. I can overlook those elements due to Caine’s ability to write fleshed out characters and interesting plotlines.

  2. Bonita Gutierrez on November 13, 2020 at 11:32 am

    I’ve got The Queen’s Gambit in my queue. And from your Facebook post, I checked out EVIL. I’m totally hooked.

  3. kathleen Mary plieth on November 13, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    i have most of your books. I am a fan.

  4. DebiRose on November 13, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Ms. Caines’ passing is a very sad loss to the community. Taken far too soon.

    • Gail Barker on November 14, 2020 at 5:48 am

      Looking forward to Druid Master as I’ve read the rest of this series in under two weeks lol.

      • M.D. Massey on November 17, 2020 at 8:31 am

        Thanks for taking a chance on the series!

  5. Cindy on November 15, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Split it into two books ?

    • M.D. Massey on November 17, 2020 at 8:31 am

      I thought about it, but the narrative will work better if I publish it in one final volume.

      • Sandy Kay on January 15, 2021 at 8:25 pm

        Just finished Druid Master. Stayed up way too later reading it because I couldn’t stop. So glad you didn’t split into two books. Really looking forward to the next series.

        • M.D. Massey on January 17, 2021 at 9:10 am

          Glad you enjoyed it, Sandy! You’ll see more of Colin soon, but right now I’m working on Crowley’s spinoff series.

  6. Annette De La Croix on November 18, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Loved Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. It is a great loss to us all.

    Also I loved the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. I thought it might not be interesting as it is chess. The story just draws you in.

    Good luck on your writing. I know I look forward to the next book.

  7. Nate on November 18, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Awesome to hear that the culminating novel is being written!!! Congratulations! Must be fun to be at that point. I’m sure everybody would love to hear any hints about what you mean by the next series and the multiple spin-offs. Thanks for writing what you do and sharing your gifts with all of us.

    • M.D. Massey on November 28, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Colin’s story will continue in a new series, and that’s all I’ll say right now. Planned spin-offs include a series with Crowley, one with Crowley and Belladonna, and a series featuring Fallyn. Of course, I have other ideas in the works…

      • termit on December 7, 2020 at 9:31 am

        Any chance for Colin to get back to the timeline of the THEM series in the spinoffs? Or it is not something you have planned/want to discuss at the moment?
        (And thank you for the great series, I enjoyed reading all your books!)

        • M.D. Massey on December 15, 2020 at 11:19 am

          Yep. It’ll happen in Book 1 of his next series…

  8. Deborah on December 5, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Don’t pare it down….. I love this series and don’t want it to end…. so glad that Colin will continue albeit a bit different..thanks for the update!!!

    • M.D. Massey on December 15, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Deborah! Colin’s adventures will continue in his next series, which I’ll start writing/releasing in early 2021.

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