Budgie’s Journal #171 – WIP Wednesday 20: Sci-Fi Hell and Whore Ghosts

It’s that magical time of the week. No, not hump day, you commercial-repeating clown. It’s WIP Wednesday, where Budgie talks about his stuff on his blog.

Go figure…

Last week (or more than likely the week before that one), I finished the second draft of I’m in Sci-fi Hell and handed it off to my editor, the extraordinarily talented Katherine Marshall. It was great to finish this, since a hard first half of the year had prevented me from doing it for a while.

I’ve gotten some feedback from Katherine, and she’s pleased with what she’s edited so far. She’s even been “shook” by one of the twists that happens early on in the story. I’m excited to share this with the world the moment it’s ready.

This is a huge story, my biggest to date. I was originally going to publish as two books, but it’s better as one, long, two-part story. The focus is on Ray Samson, a hard-boiled city detective who has to find a mad scientist in a world where anything sci-fi can and does happen (aliens, wizards, androids, dinosaur, etcetera). Did I mention he’s a straight-laced conservative who wants nothing to do with anything out of the ordinary?

I moved on with my life after I finished Sci-fi Hell, in a literary sense. I picked up The Whore Ghosts of the Admiral Inn and started the second draft of that book. At half the length of its predecessor, it feels like a vacation.

If you haven’t heard me talk about it in the year since I had the idea, Whore Ghosts, as the title suggests, is the story of a hotel haunted by the spirits of dead prostitutes and the team of five exorcists tasked with removing them on Halloween night.

That’s all I’ll say for now. The first draft needs a lot of work, and I’ll be adding some pivotal scenes and chapters. Expect more news on this book in coming weeks and months.

I’ll end this here with my sign-off a little graphic work I did for the eight women who occupy the halls of The Admiral at night. I hope to share more, including the full-sized versions of the “trading card” pics soon!

-Budgie Bigelow
7/11/18

P.S.

I know I missed posting Freedom Lane for a full week and a day, but episode 5 of season 14, Daq Needs to Read, will go up tonight in prime time. Sorry for the delay.

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