Archive for March, 2016

Book Chapters


As a professional author myself, when I’m reading the work of other writers, I’m not just reading – I’m studying. Reading for pleasure has become a form of work for me. One thing I notice – and want to ask you all about – is a lot of authors varying the lengths of their chapters wildly from one to the next. One chapter my only be three or four pages long. The next night be fifty pages or so.

When writing, I try hard to keep all of the chapters within a given project around the same length. As a reader, I prefer that, too.

What about all of you? Do you like books in which all of the chapters are about the same length? Or do you like the extreme variance in length from one to the next? Or does it matter to you?

Scott Harper

Learning Curve


Today is being spent learning to use the cork board software I talked about in this post. The first project I plan to use it on is “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar” when I do the rewrite, and completion of that novella project.

Scott Harper

Sharing for my werewolf-loving fans: King John the Werewolf: The Hounding of Lackland — EsoterX

“I’ve always been partial to werewolves, perhaps because there’s a desperation to their plight that resonates” – Tad Williams Nobody liked England’s King John (1166-1216 A.D.) and history has not been especially kind to him. As the youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, he wasn’t expected to amount to much, receiving the […]

via King John the Werewolf: The Hounding of Lackland — EsoterX

Spring Break


Our daughter has been on her first Spring Break for the past week. So, having a 2-year-old running amok all day while I’m trying to work hasn’t been good for my productivity – as I’m sure you can all imagine! Today is her final day of break. Hopefully tomorrow things will back on a more normal track for me work-wise.

Scott Harper

DC Comics Writers Workshop


I just found out this morning that DC Comics – which you all know I’m a huge fan of! – is launching a workshop/class for comic book writers. Go here for details. I wanted to share this with my fans and readers because so many of you are also comic book fans, and/or writers.

Scott Harper

“Finding Bigfoot” Update


“Finding Bigfoot” returns with new episodes, kicked off with a 2-hour episode – on its new night beginning Thursday, March 31. This episode focuses on the Mount Shasta area, which is about 75 miles south of us here. From what we’ve heard, the episode that Desirée Lee and I should appear in – as live audience members – was the episode shot directly before the upcoming Mount Shasta episode. The show’s cast and crew filmed in Chiloquin, Oregon, and then headed south for Mount Shasta, California. The upcoming Mount Shasta episode probably isn’t the one we’ll appear in. We can’t say 100% for sure, though, given the close locals of what we expect would be two separate episodes. If this upcoming episode isn’t the one we’ll be seen in, “our” episode ought to air very shortly thereafter.

Scott Harper

Publicist Needed


I’m still looking for a publicist for my work. If you are one, and interested in working with me, please get in touch via the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

Little People


Several times before I’ve talked on this blog/website about my keen interest in the paranormal, and the unknown. This article turned up in my e-mail yesterday. As a bestselling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of fantasy, and paranormal, as well as my own firsthand experiences, I always find this type of thing fascinating. Many of my fans and readers seem to also. So, I wanted to share this with all of you.

Scott Harper

“Quagmire Fen” On OmniLit


My critically-acclaimed novella, “Quagmire Fen” is also now available on OmniLit!

Bog skulks are small, mysterious creatures with vicious teeth and claws. They turned up in Quagmire Fen some time ago. No one seems to know what they are or where they came from.

Spencer Foster is a young man who has lived his entire life in the poor backwater of Quagmire Fen. He despises the swamp, and wants only to leave and start a new life in the city with his girlfriend. But his callous drunkard of a father has other ideas.

Very soon, Spencer’s life is irrevocably changed. His destiny is now linked to the bog skulks and Quagmire Fen.

What are the bog skulks? Where did they come from? What is the connection between Spencer Foster and the odd beings he’s given so little thought to?

Grab your copy here, now!

Scott Harper

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


If I’ve covered this topic/update here before, I apologize for the repeat. I truly can’t remember if I’ve given you all this update before, or not. I do know that it’s been a long time since I mentioned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on this blog/website. So, it’s entirely possible that I have covered this before. It’s just as possible that I haven’t.

As you all know, I’m an avid comic book fan/reader. I have been for years. I’ve been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the 1980s. They debuted in 1984. I discovered them not too long after by way of a classmate in school. Being a writer, and a comic book fan, it’s only natural that I would love to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, a number of years ago, I got in touch with Mirage Studios – the publishing company that used to own/publish the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). I pitched four stand-alone comic book stories to them. I was told, in so many words, “We like the ideas, but can’t work them in right now. We’ll keep them on file for possible later use, and be in touch in the future if we decide to have you write any of these stories.”

I also had an idea for a full-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles novel. My idea for that would’ve taken the TMNT back to their darker, grittier roots, and been a more adult TMNT story than anything we’ve seen since the early 1990s. Mirage liked my idea enough to put me in touch with their agent about the project. Not long after, Mirage went the way of the dodo when the TMNT franchise was sold off. So, that, as they say, was that.

Now, IDW Publishing is running a reboot TMNT comic book series. They’ve tossed all the past of the proverbial window, and started fresh. It’s as if the TMNT just popped into being a few years ago, rather than having been around for 30+ years. I started reading the IDW series when it began. I dropped it only a half a dozen or so issues in. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading it. It literary pained me to say good-bye to my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But each issue of the IDW series only upset me more than the previous one.

I got in touch with IDW Publishing about the stand-alone TMNT ideas I had. They refused to even consider them, since they’d thrown out all the previous years’ continuity.

Nickelodeon is running a CGI TMNT series. I tried watching it, but couldn’t even sit through the entire pilot. And Michael Bay has released one TMNT film, and is preparing to release a second. The first wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I’m actually looking forward to watching the new one when it comes out.

Anyway, I still have my five TMNT ideas on file – the four stand-alone comic book stories, and the full-length novel. My hope is that, someday, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds will pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If they do, I fully plan to write all five of my ideas for publication there. Until then, I’ll just sit on these ideas, wait, and lament the tragic passing of the bygone days when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was meant for more mature readers, with more discerning tastes. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to pen my TMNT story ideas for my fans. Many of you have asked me about them in the past, and look forward to reading them should I ever have the opportunity to write them.

And, yes, for those of you who are wondering, Leonardo still is, and always will be, my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Scott Harper

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