Wednesday, December 28, 2011

So long 2011 ... What you lookin at, 2012?

So why should I be any different? I mean, it's that time of year, right? Looking back .... looking ahead. What else is a blog for?

In a way, 2011 felt like loading a bunch of bullets into a gun, bullets meant to be shot in 2012. On the film front, a lot of progress was made toward the film versions of this novel and also this novel. I even wrote the screenplay adaptation of this novel myself. But it will be in 2012 that we see if any of these efforts go anywhere. Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Eyes crossed.

2011 also saw new life for THE DEPUTY a novel I always felt maybe fell between the cracks a bit when it was making the jump from one publisher (Bleak House) to another (Tyrus), but thanks to a cool promotional giveaway by the publisher, the novel found a ton of new readers.

In 2011, I took two trips to Italy. Hello, Italian readers! I love you. Coming to see you again in 2012.

On the funny book front, I continued to write X-MEN for Marvel Comics. An honor and a privilege. 2012 will (I hope) bring some new funny book surprises. There is a strong possibility I'll be adding the words "creator owned" to my resume.

Some years seem to drag by, endlessly pummeling us with misery. I've had those years. But now that I look up and rub my eyes and look at the wake I've left plowing through 2011, I sort of wonder where the year went. I got a lot done ... and yet ... and the same time I have an acute feeling of so many things left undone. Come January 2, I'll be hitting the gas pedal hard to make things happen.

Stay tuned.


The Groovy Agent said...

Congrats and keep up the great work! Even though I still can't forgive you for making me buy Marvel again (It's like a disease! Now I'm buying DD, Cap, and FF along with your X-Men! DANG!!), I do wish you all the best in 2012!

Anonymous said...

Mr. G -
I've read all your stuff since "Gun Monkey's" and loved it. Which says a lot about me, I suppose. Besides Scribophile, do you know of any other critique groups that have helped you develop your craft? I've been scribbling seriously for the last nine months and I feel like I'm ready to give birth...uh, I mean, move on to the next level.
My goal for 2012 is a book deal! (Yeah, bet you never heard that before.)
Thanks for the great stuff. Keep it rolling!

Crabby MC said...


I can't give you advice like a Pro like "The Gisch" can but in an attempt to help I will say-

I believe Mr. Gischler's editor is Noah Lukeman who wrote a great book on writing called "The first 5 pages" which I think every writer ought to read nto to become a great writer but to avoid making all the classic rookie mistakes that keeps your book from even getting a real look.

I know people think highly of the website absolutewatercooler.....and I know literary market place and preditors and editors might help you avoid places that prey on the dreams of aspiring writers.

Don't know if they will make you a better writer but they are resources and mostly free too boot.

Hope that helps somewhat....


Crabby MC

Kenray said...

Read "Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse" over the holidays. REALLY enjoyed it. I wonder how much of the ling went past readers above the mason-dixon (out the ying-yang, indeed).
I will cross my fingers that there's a sequel or two for those characters. I'd love to hear whats left of texas...thanks for your talent, happy (and prosperous) new year.

Victor Gischler said...


Not groups per se but I took a bunch of creative writing workshops in college. Not all of them were useful ... but most were.


Noah Lukeman is actually my old agent ... but a lot of people sing the praises of "The first 5 pages." Not a bad resource at all.


Thanks, man! Maybe a sequel ... some day.

Unknown said...

"Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse" is an absolute classic, Victor. Sounds like all steam ahead for the '12 as well - congrats!