Serial number one of “Cara” (working title) has reached the end of the rough draft phase and has been provided to a few select alpha readers!
The next step, once changes are made, will be to send it out for beta and editing, target date February 28th!
Night-terrors plague young Cara Starke. At the insistence of her Aunt Jane, she schedules an initial check-up at Saint John’s Hospital.
A week later, on the day of the appointment, a man shows up with her briefcase… except Cara does not own a briefcase. Leaving the man with her grandfatherly neighbor, Cara leaves for the hospital with aunt. Little does she realize, her entire world is about to shatter.
Accompanied by an array of personalities, Cara will embark on an epic journey across oceans, through the mind, and into her own heart.
Would you like to be a beta reader?
Beta readers will receive a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which will need to be signed before receiving a digital copy of the beta-story (your choice of pdf, doc, or odt).
Those who participate and provide feedback will receive a complimentary copy of the finished book!
If you are interested, please respond quickly. I am only accepting a total of twenty testers, five each from the following locations:
Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from you soon!
Watched “Room 1408" then read 1408, by Stephen King. Interesting comparison, if only in the study of two minds creating the ultimate terror one man endures.
Will say that the short story feels like a ‘hey, I have an idea for a movie’ and the movie is the ‘oh, that’s awesome! let’s just do this add this and adjust this, especially since we have so much more room for true visuals.
Glad to have seen the movie prior to reading the book; It allows for a more perceiving understanding.
Highly recommend to any who have not experienced the two!
A mini update for those of you in the know!
We do still exist! Those of you whom we have recently met may be unfamiliar with our lack of online presence prior to Rose City and Jet City. This was due to mounting business within the day job realm. Things haven’t become much simpler yet, but we hope to get to some adapting and maybe pull the trigger on a few smaller items that the world can really live without…
"Something’s Going Around". If you were at Jet City, you likely received a copy of the promo booklet we put together. If you did not, well, to sum it up: it is a comic based on a short story of the same title, written by Dan Foster and contained within Draft Distro (facebook), which has already been adapted into a ten minute short film entitled “Lovesick.” It’s in the works, due out Spring of 2014.
Cinder. Alex’s baby. If you were in attendance at either of the two above-mentioned conventions, then you likely received the “teaser-trailer” for Cinder. What you may not know, is that Issue 1 is due out in Spring of 2014 as well.
ZeD presents: Sabbatical. Sorry ZeD hunters, shorts may pop up here and there but, for the time being, do not expect any major updates until some time after Spring 2014.
Small Fish. Officially back-burnered. Sorry, folks.
Finally, James has been writing. A lot. Well, a physical “lot”, not a time “lot.” He writes on the bus and on lunch breaks. He will be very busy soon, working in retail does that, but there will be some changes in the New Year. At the last “check-in” he was going for a novella with aspirations for a novel.
Want to help us out? Send words of support, good vibes, or share our stuff with friends. If you got Short Stories and Oddities from amazon.com, you can lend it to a friend (or enemy)!
If you’re close enough (exempli gratia - friend, family, creepy stranger): For things that would be a big help, check out our amazon wish list(1, 2) or send an amazon gift card!
Buy some merch! You can email either of us via james or alex at crazedpixel.com to purchase your merch by check, effectively bypassing paypal. Alternatively, you can go through our online storefront!
So, we’ve been sitting on some Magic the Gathering cards for some time now. We really need to get these babies sold and put the proceeds toward more fun CrazedPixel stuff!
The “decks” listed on our storenvy list every card with that “deck” and careful consideration went into sorting the price on each one. If you want to grab the whole thing for less than our store cost, get in touch. We’ll negotiate and we’ll all be happy!
Slight editing line in the FC print. The camera flash wouldn’t cooperate so had to edit in the rest of the print!
Trailer Park Warlock, Tankadere III, Garage Raja - Matthew J Rainwater
Road Runner - James Robinett
White Knuckle Birthday #1 - Colin Westerfield and Mac Cooper
Ezra #2 - Luke Zwanziger
Private Beach series - David Hahn
Willie Washer’s Local No. 38, Constantinopolis - James Shipman
Fearless - Devon Hartford
44 1/2 Killian Street, The Boy Who Never Was, Ash Wednesday, E.M.P. - Luke Zwanziger
The Tick - Tom Rogers
Samus - Matthew J. Rainwater
X-Wing Pilot Girl - Chrissie Zullo
Fight Club Joker and Harley Quinn, Storm Trooper and Darth Vader - Chris McFann
Limited Edition Harley Quinn - Randy “Rantz” Kintz
Spella Caffe - Will Swanson (No known links at the moment!)
Thank you, all of you, for creating and caring!
We made it! Con number 3!
We may not have done well financially, but we met so many awesome people and were able to reconnect with many friends! Completely worth it. We also did a lot of swapping and, we both agree on this, definitely got the better end of the deal. Thank you everyone!
We also got a lot of great advice from some experienced folks and some amazing insights from others who had less experience than even us.
Our neighbors this year included Tom Rogers and M. J. Rainwater on our right, and Randy “Rantz” Kintz on our left. All three had amazing work, some of which we now own, and words of wisdom, some of which we will follow!
A few people were absurdly nice to us. Some we had met before, and others were complete strangers. In particular, David Hahn and Chris McFann. Thank you, both of you!
Special Thanks to the following (in no particular order) for their gifts, brevity, kindness, inspiration, and so on:
There were many more, and this list could go on and on. If you’re not listed and feel slighted, please don’t. I am literally sitting amid dozens of assorted business cards, flyers, comics, and prints as I type this and I know I am forgetting somebody that I really want to mention.
If you facebook, tweet, or tumbl, checkout our recent likes and follows, you’re bound to find one or two things you dig.
Con pictures will be going up on facebook, and swag pictures will be going up here and twitter.
Thank you to all of our fellow creators and the Rose City Comic Con crew and volunteers!