In the first issue, I was lucky enough to write about Mucha Lucha ATL, and Lucha T.O. I also have a monthly column, called What Should I Watch on YouTube? In this monthly installment, I point fans in the direction of the best lucha libre matches on YouTube. Fans can then go to RudoCantFail.com/extras and check out the playlist.
As if that wasn't cool enough, we are already hard at work on issue #2.If you want to see what all of the excitement is about, check out luchashop.com to subscribe now. RCF is also available as a part of every Lucha Lootchest.
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I'm very excited to announce that I will be a staff writer for Rudo Can't Fail. RCF is a new monthly English lucha libre magazine, published in conjunction with Masked Republic and LuchaDubs. The first issue ships in November. With the success of El Rey network's Lucha Underground and the recent English presentations of AAA PPVs, interest in Mexican wrestling is at a fever pitch. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of lucha libre. RCF gives me the opportunity to combine my love of lucha and writing. I'll be able to point fans in the direction of the best Mexican wrestling on the internet and share information about the best promotions from around the world. You can find RCF on Facebook or on Twitter @RudoCantFail. Stay tuned for more information and details on how to get your copy of Rudo Can't Fail!
As many of you know, I got married. The things leading up to the wedding monopolized the majority of my time. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. Here are just a few pictures from our perfect day:
I have done nearly everything in my
writing career my way. I ignored the advice of good friends and more
successful writers. I thought that I could carve my own way. I wasn't
interested in learning the rules, only how to break them.
I was dumb enough to think that I could
count on stupid luck to bring a well known agent, or publisher,
knocking on my door. It never happened. I had some success doing
things my way, but it had a lot to do with the people I worked with.
My short stories were published in lit
mags, horror zines, and several collections, but the first major
success came with Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead.
I was lucky enough to work with some very cool people, including the
legendary Forrest J Ackerman. Ackerman's attachment to the book
brought talent and attention to the book. The zombie anthology would
go on be published through Nicholas Grabowski's Black Bed Sheet
Books. The book did incredible at bookstore signings and conventions,
but most of the contributing authors were unhappy about the way the
publisher handled the book and royalties.
The next book I worked on was my own
collection, Eclectic Collection. This book did very well for me, and
is still touted by many of my readers as the best thing I've done.
Eclectic Collection was mostly horror, flash fiction, and noir
mashups. The book had an eye catching Joel Robinson cover and it sold
hundreds of copies.
I didn't have anywhere near the same
sales with my next collection, Happy Hour Blues. It sold just over
one hundred copies, allowing me the time to work on other
anthologies. Like the zombie anthology, I served as an editor and
contributing author on Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and
Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories, but after working on these books
I was ready to focus on screenwriting.
I wrote several shorts films that were
never made, and one feature film, TERMS, that may never see screen
life. My TERMS script was rewritten, and the project slowed to a
painful halt, leaving me feeling bored and unfulfilled.
After the lackluster TERMS experience,
I turned my attention to my novel, Mr. Bad Example. I had written the
book I wanted to read, and the people I trust most told me that it
was my best work yet. I was very happy with the early sales, but
interest in the book died off quickly.
Mr. Bad Example never even sold one
hundred copies online. I moved a lot of copies at the release party,
and a few signings, but I wasn't able to take it on the road the way
I had my previous books. This made the sales for my novel the worst
of anything I had worked on.
The poor sales of Mr. Bad Example lead
to me turning my attention to TV screenwriting full time. I poured
everything I had into landing a TV writing job. My main focus was
Nickelodeon, with dreams of writing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I thought that my script was a sure thing. It is still something I'm
very proud of, but it wasn't cool enough to get my foot in the door
I took the Nickelodeon rejection very
hard. I stopped writing for a while. I messed with short stories here
and there, but I didn't feel the fire I had before the
disappointments of my first novel and the TV script situation.
Nothing clicked for me until I started
working on the book that would become Hell Awaits. I worked on it for
a long time, but I wasn't putting my best work on the pages. I was
only writing a story that amused me. It wasn't uncommon for me to
work on Hell Awaits and a bottle of wine at the same time. It was all
fun and games, until I went to get the book ready to print. I quickly
learned that it was an incoherent train wreck.
Currently, my plans to release Hell
Awaits have hit a wall. I am not happy with it in any capacity. I
find the story to be a brutal clash of two separate stories, and many
of the ideas have already been done before.
This makes 2015 the second year in a
row that I will not be releasing a book.
Where do I go from here?
I'm going back to square one. I have
been submitting short stories to various publications, and adding to
my collection of rejections. The goal is to figure out what I'm doing
wrong and get back on track. I'm even taking an online writing class.
This might mean nothing to everyone
else, but to me it's a chance to start over. I have always had an
interest in crime fiction. I've written several mystery and crime
stories, even being named as a runner up in an Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Magazine contest. Many people closest to me have told me that
I should focus on this, and write the crime novel I want to read.
I don't know if that is going to
happen. All I know is that I am taking my time to read, learn, hone
my skills as a storyteller, and as a writer. We will see what happens
from there, but it's time for a change.
The only thing I can promise is that
when I sort it all out, I'm coming back in a big way.