I have been very excited to talk again about .EXE 2020 and how I am coming along with my very ambitious goal. Although I am very proud of everything I've accomplished at the young-age of twenty-three, I have to admit part of me often believes I could have done more than what I have. I've mentioned some of the less fruitful ways I "squandered" my productivity in my youth, participating in long, written role-plays and things of the sort. However, as an adult, sometimes I have "droughts," that I can't explain. I can write Katalene the Hollow in only a couple of months, and follow that with over a year of directionless outlining and procrastination (not counting The Canes series, of course). Even if I fall short of the monstrous total of six books released in 2020, I can already say with certainty that the announcement of .EXE has lit a fire under my ass that shant be extinguished! (Shant, I say!)
In my last update (14 days ago, to be exact), I had 6,000 words written for Spade, but, now, two weeks later, I can now update that total to 13,500 words! Even more importantly than that though, I can say I have a clearer idea of what I am trying to make. When I first envisioned Spade, I envisioned it as my "magnum opus," so-to-speak. I envisioned it as my crown-jewel. Do you remember that film where Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw-meat so he could win an Oscar? Spade was intended as my Revenant. Unfortunately, as much as I liked that film, that isn't what Spade is any more. It isn't the white-knuckle brawler I anticipated, and is, instead, a black-comedy with elements of a crime-drama. Spade celebrates the wonderful, and perhaps, unhealthy way I can find humor in the meanest of acts.
In one story arc, Spade tells the tale of Jeremy Crider - a down on his luck actor partaking in activities of the illegal persuasion, looking only to make ends meet. Instead, Jeremy finds himself face-to-face with Robert Spade, a leader of a criminal organization unknown to the public-at-large.
I have some interesting ideas in-store that hopefully will make .EXE more engaging to all of the readers following along in this journey as it continues.
One of the worst kept secrets for .EXE 2020 is the inevitability of The Canes III being released. The series which began with the 2018 release of The Canes Files, followed by the recent 2019 release of The Canes Awaken, will undoubtedly continue in 2020. In the mean-time, however, Canes Awaken is still hot off the presses, if you want to check that out. I really do feel a strong affection for the Canes series and I hope it will continue to improve. Although it may not seem like it because of our fast turnaround, it takes a lot of thought and preparation to create each installment.
Our original plan was to take a break from Canes in 2020 and focus all our collaborative effort on a new project entirely. Everything changed when I wrote the thirteenth installment of The Adventures of Vulpecula out-of-the-blue. Canes III is now rolling full-steam ahead, and while it's in its infancy stages, I can't wait to see what both Scott Moore and I come up with. Yesterday, I sent Scott the finished first-draft of V13, which means the ball is in his court to write the latest in The Life and Crimes of Detective Barker.
I hope you guys have enjoyed following along, and I hope you'll continue to do so as I continue to flesh out and develop my stories.