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Mature Audiences Only—”MoonWraith”

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Sorry to jump back to another “MoonWraith” post after doing so many of them recently. I feel that this one is needed, though. Desirée Lee and I have no wish to offend anyone with our work. It happens with all writers, but it isn’t intentional—we want people to enjoy our work, not be bothered by it. Still, “MoonWraith”, the hit webcomic that we write, and in all other ways produce, has that affect on some people.

“MoonWraith” is, as we have said repeatedly in the past, for mature audiences only. “MoonWraith” deals with werewolves. As a result, the webcomic is often violent. And there is sometimes nudity in it, as well. There’s actually a prolonged nude scene playing out in the webcomic right now. As most times only one page of the comic per week is posted, on Mondays, to be exact, it can take a while to get through a single scene sometimes. Because of this, what might only be two or three pages at a time involving nudity can last for two or three weeks. So, it can sometimes seem that “MoonWraith” is full of nudity, when it’s really only a scene here and there. Same goes for the violence. “MoonWraith” is character-driven. But, given the situations Kizzy Faw is dealing with in the story, realistically, there is violence and nudity. Given time, as the plot develops more, expect there to also be some sexual situations playing out in the webcomic.

We’ve said it before, but should reiterate it—”MoonWraith” is a mature-audiences webcomic. It contains violence and nudity. The comic probably isn’t safe for work. It certainly isn’t meant for children. Adults only, please, and enjoy at www.MoonWraith.com!

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

“Tasteful Murders”

“Tasteful Murders” is now available! This is the writing event Desirée Lee participated in recently and took 1st Place among the participants. Find her short story “The Catered Affair”, plus 42 other diabolical bites in one anthology. Only $0.99, available at the Kindle store.

http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/officwebsio0a-20

I’m very, very proud of Desirée for this achievement. Please grab yourself a copy of “Tasteful Murders”, and enjoy Desirée’s work and talent. Afterward, I know she’d love to hear from all of you, telling her know how much you liked reading her award-winning short story, “The Catered Affair”. You can reach her easily via her website, Facebook fan page, or her Twitter page.

For those of you not familiar with Desirée’s work, she’s the award-winning, bestselling author of multiple books, short stories, and non-fiction articles. The bulk of her work falls into the paranormal and fantasy genres. “The Catered Affair” is an exception to that. Still, I have no doubt that fans of her paranormal and fantasy work will adore “The Catered Affair”, too. It’s nothing less than pure genius.

Thanks!

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

“Cereal Stalker” Revisited

A couple of years ago I tried an experiment on this blog. I posted a serial short story at a rate of one part per week for five weeks. It was light-hearted piece that made Desirée Lee – now my wife, then my girlfriend – simply give me an astonished look, and mutter, “You’re insane.” Granted, “Cereal Stalker” was a bit of a bizarre concept. Maybe it was too much so. The reaction to it was very underwhelming. Still, I thought that, given the time that has since passed, I’d link back to it. Anyone who enjoyed it can reread it without having to go looking for the original five posts. And, those of you who missed it, or have joined me since those posts went up, can read them now.

Why do I say that “Cereal Stalker” had a bizarre concept? Simple. It did. The protagonist in the story is a man named Chance Bainbridge. He has an unusual super power. Chance temporarily acquires various abilities from consuming children’s breakfast cereals, tapping into the collected imaginations of children stirred up by those cereals’ mascots and marketing efforts. In short, the more excited children are about a given cereal, the more powerful Chance becomes upon eating it. Hey, I keep saying it’s bizarre. To make it easy for you, here are the five parts of “Cereal Stalker”:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Looking back, I’m not sure what spurred this idea. I’m guessing I was eating cereal at the time. I honestly don’t remember, though. It just popped into my mind, and I ran with it, coupling it with the serial format – see what I did there? – as an experiment. So, read it, or reread it, and find out just why Desirée thought I was insane for this idea.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Adaptations

Every since my fourth book, “Predators or Prey?” – which was the first book in my Wendy Markland series of novels – came out there has been interest in adapting it. Various parties have wanted to turn the book into a live-action film, a live-action web-series, a part live-action/part animated webseries, or a television series.

Soon after the release of my eighth novel, bestselling, award-winning “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”, a film producer expressed interest in adapting that book as a movie.

Unfortunately, none of that has ever happened.

Still, Desiree Lee and I recently attended a film festival. It made me start thinking. If anyone out there would care to adapt one of my books, or short stories, for an entry into a film festival, let’s talk. I seriously doubt that “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”, or “Quagmire Fen” would be within the scope and reach of a film festival budget to pull off properly. If so, great. But I doubt that would happen. Attempting live-action versions of “Winter’s Rite” or “Well Wishes” on such a scaled-back budget probably wouldn’t work, either. However, I’ve been told by a number of fans over the years that those books would make excellent animated projects – traditional hand-drawn, or CGI. Most of my short stories would make for low budget films. I keep giving thought to trying my hand with one of those, anyway.

Again, if you’re looking for material to adapt for a film festival project, please get in touch. I’ve written a wealth of material for you to choose from. Pick a title, and let’s discuss it.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Congratulations, Desirée Lee!

As you all know, I’m very happily married to bestselling paranormal author Desirée Lee. Now, make that bestselling, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee. Yesterday evening, she learned that a recent short story submission she made to an upcoming anthology called “Tasteful Murders” will not only be appearing in the collected volume, but was also awarded a first-place prize. Her submission is titled “The Catered Affair”. As is everything else Desirée writes, this is brilliant! The premise of this piece alone gave me chills when she first told me the idea for it.

A_Catered_Affair

Please drop by Desirée’s website, and congratulate her on the award. I’m sure it would means a lot to her. Her other works that are currently still available can be found on her Amazon Author Page. Please check those out, too. She’s a fantastic writer, and very, very deserving of her ever-increasing readership and fan base.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Lost and Found”

The short stories I’ve had published before are all on-line again. I wanted to get them up to allow fans and readers who have joined me since these were first published – years ago in many cases – to enjoy them. Here’s one titled “Lost and Found“. This was written very shortly after I completed the children’s literature course. “Lost and Found” is one of my early fantasy pieces. It’s simple, aimed at children. Yet several adults have taken the time over the years to let me know that they’ve read it, and found it sweet and endearing.

I’ve commented recently a few times that, with a lot of my earlier work, I don’t remember the inspiration behind them. With this one, I do. Faerie lore is a longtime interest of mine. Yet I’ve never heard of Urisks until right before I wrote this. I found them so unusual that I wanted to do something with them. “Lost and Found” is the result of that. I hope you all enjoy it!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Keeper”

The short stories that I’ve had published in the past are all on-line again. Here’s an old one titled “Keeper“. “Keeper” is one of the longer short stories I’ve written. It was one of my earliest attempts at trying my hand at the fantasy genre – an area where most of my published work now resides.

For the past few days, I’ve been talking on and off here about inspiration for work, and where it comes from. I’ve mentioned that I simply don’t recall where the ideas for a lot of my past work came from now. “Keeper” falls into that category. I remember working on it. I remember thinking of some of the various elements I wanted to work into the story – the troll, especially; trolls are the fantasy genre equivalent of hyenas, but I love them! But I don’t remember where the overall story concept came from.

Still, I hope you all enjoy reading – or rereading, as the case may be for those of you who have been supporting my writing career since it first began – this story. Please let me know. I always enjoy hearing from my fans!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Overthrown”

The short stories I’ve had published in the past are on-line again. Here’s one from years ago, titled “Overthrown“.

“Overthrown” was one of my first science fiction pieces. At the time, it was one of the longest – if not the longest – thing I’d ever written. Looking back, I don’t even remember what inspired “Overthrown” now. I do remember being excited about the concept of writing a story involving robots. I also remember this taking far, far longer to write than it should have, given it’s status and word count as a short story. I just don’t remember why it took such a disproportionate amount of time to write.

Hopefully you all enjoy reading “Overthrown” – be it for the first time, or reading it again for those of you who have been with me for the long haul. Please write and let me know. Hearing from my fans is always a pleasure!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Bogeyman Blues”

Some of the old short stories that I’ve had published in the past are on-line again. Here’s one of my very early works called “Bogeyman Blues” for you to relive and enjoy. “Bogeyman Blues” was originally written as part of the children’s literature course that I took years ago.  It’s a simple story. given the age-rage this piece was intended for. But it was still fun to write. And, despite the fact that I didn’t personally find it frightening, my instructor for that children’s literature course actually did voice concerned that, just maybe, this was too tense and frightening for small children. I’ve never had readers to complain about that, though. So, enjoy “Bogeyman Blues”. If you have children, read it to them, too. Having a child of my own now gives whole new meaning to the importance of reading to children!

Here’s “Bogeyman Blues”: www.authspot/short-stories/bogeyman-blues

Enjoy the story!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Bubblegum Gumbo”

Some of my previously-published short stories are on-line again. Here’s one called “Bubblegum Gumbo” that I wrote as part of the children’s literature course I took years ago: authspot.com/short-stories/bubblegum-gumbo/. Enjoy!

Scott Harper

http://www.scottharper.net

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