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About B.C. Johnson

Author, scoundrel, procrastinator. Hates doing dishes, loves drumming, and doesn't believe in weathermen. Lives in Southern California with his wife Gina, his boys Dash and Wyatt, and his dog Luna-Tuna. All think he spends too much time in his office. Novels: Deadgirl, Ghostlight, Goneward, and Riven.
 
 

Barely-Hanging-On Author’s Log, Supplemental

So, the final Deadgirl book is taking a long time to come out, you may have noticed. And believe me, it’s weighing on me pretty near-constantly. But for the tiny group of Constant Readers, I figured you deserved an explanation before I started drifting into George R.R. Martin territory.

I can’t disclose too much information because it’s not exactly public, but there’s a serious medical issue in my family that cropped up right before the pandemic began. It’s not me, somehow. I’m still mildly healthy despite my diet of burritos and bourbon (and a solid decade of dedicated self-destruction).

Needless to say, the one-two punch of a global pandemic and an immuno-compromised loved one in need of care has not improved my productivity or my creativity. Add to that my dayjob and the usual responsibilities of a dad of two feral boy toddlers, and, well, you can do the math if you like. Not that I would ever do unnecessary math.

I’m a human mess at the best of times, and to be completely honest this series of comically bullshit events has been too much for me.

I’m working on the book when I have the energy, but the engine is sucking fumes.

So, let’s get down to brass tacks. Deadgirl: Daybreak is still in the drafting phrase, and I’d call it 70% done. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd acts are buttoned up, and the 4th and 5th acts (typically the shortest in my structures) are heavily outlined but in need of prose.

Once those acts are completed, I do what I call a “structure draft” to make sure everything makes sense and is relatively consistent. It might not be a good book at this phase, but it ceases to be random word vomit and becomes a semi-coherent story.

After that, it goes to my beta reader (my wife Gina, as always), who usually only needs two weeks to tear the story a new stata chocolata. I make her changes and fix the story up again.

Then it goes to a professional editor. From there, I’ll do a final cleanup draft that’s basically a read through. Then, a professional formats the book for print and ebook. Luckily, I had the cover art commissioned and finished ages ago so that bit is already in the can.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, first I always find it interesting to see someone else’s process, and I’m hoping you do to. But what I’m saying is once my original prose draft is finished, it’s pretty much a month or two from there to publication.

I don’t know when the first draft will be finished. My life is currently not structured in a way that allows me to be creative or feel human emotions beyond “exhausted” at this point.

But, I’ll let y’all know when it IS finished, and we can calculate a month or two out from that will be when it gets published.

Anyway, thanks for listening.

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Sneak Peek: The 1st Chapter of Deadgirl Daybreak

I present, here and now, a sneak peek of the first chapter of Deadgirl: Daybreak. The full book will arrive on Kindle and paperback this year, which apparently is 2021.

Why leak the first chapter? Because, well, you’ve been waiting for it. Maybe, I don’t know your whole deal. But if you HAVE been waiting for the fourth and final Deadgirl book, I figure it’s only fair I share a little aperitif while you wait.

Presenting to you now, the first chapter. If it changes in the final, published draft, well, them’s the brakes. But enjoy!

As you’d expect, this chapter contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for the end of the 3rd book, Deadgirl: Goneward. Also, minor spoilers from the Daphne novella. Proceed with caution!

Or don’t, I’m not your mama.

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My #FilmChallenge Roundup

Time to break the rules of #FilmChallenge and share the ten films I picked and why I picked ’em. You can’t tell me what to do, Zuckerberg!

Facebook’s algorithm (and my friends) put the FilmChallenge right in my face for the second time. And since I like to talk about myself AND movies I like (in that order), I’m gonna expand on them here.

Before we start: I did do the #FilmChallenge last year, but I picked a bunch of old and/or obvious movies. So I tried to either pick new movies that had impacted me, or movies I maybe don’t talk about so much.

Now, we begin our countdown, in no particular order but how I randomly posted them.

These aren’t necessarily my favorite movies, just a list of a few that got me.

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What Am I Up To?

So, what have I been up to lately? This:

What I’m Reading

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I just plowed through the entire Dark Tower series by Stephen King for the second time, and I have some shocking and terrible news for you: it’s still incredible. I first started reading the series when I was around 15 years old, and was forced to wait painfully for the last four books to come out. 

Being able to read them all back-to-back provided a slightly different experience. But, overall, yeah. I think it’s still my favorite book series of all time. It’s so epic and surreal and strange, with a truly unique world (well, worlds) that feel 100% real. Even the weirder meta elements in the last few books work really well for me. 

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Why “Deadgirl: Daybreak” is Delayed

Because I suck.

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Okay, But Seriously Why is “Deadgirl: Daybreak” Delayed?

At the end of “Deadgirl: Goneward,” which is also the last book, there’s a little tag saying “Deadgirl: Daybreak” will drop in Spring 2018. As you may or may not be aware, it’s Spring 2018. And as you also may or may not be aware, you don’t own “Deadgirl: Daybreak” because it’s not possible to own it. Why? Well, mostly because I failed.

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Another Monday, Post-Evisceration

Stomach is starting to heal from the hernia surgery. Turns out it’s painful for your guts to come out, and JUST AS PAINFUL to put them back in again. So, you know. Don’t do that.

Keep that shit on the inside, if you have the option.

Because I’ve been anchored to the couch for medicinal reasons, been watching a shitload of The Walking Dead, old episodes, and they just remind me how great season 1 and season 2 were. I know, everyone hates season 2, but on Netflix, in binge-form, it really works. It has some of the best character work in the series, and the Shane/Rick stuff is intense as hell. It’s funny because no matter how many tanks or evil baseball bats they give their new villains, none of them are as intimidating as Shane’s unhinged, slack-lipped murder stare. Jon Bernthal (Shane) was and is the absolute man. Probably the only actor on the show so far who could match Andrew Lincoln’s Rick in acting ability and gravitas.

Been trying to play Mass Effect: Andromeda too (with all my new couch time), and it just absolutely refuses to become good. Damn shame, considering how excellent the last trilogy was. Well, caveat – how good Mass Effect 2 and 3 were. Mass Effect 1 had a lot of the problems Mass Effect: Andromeda is having. The games work when they’re little episodes of Star Trek. The games fail when they try to present some wide-open boring landscape to putter around in in an under-powered space car.

Okay, those are all my thoughts for today.

Got some good writing in just now – Deadgirl 4 is finally starting to shape up into something I like. Easy realization that made it happen: Deadgirl 4 is not Star Wars. I kept trying to make it this big crazy epic story with all these characters and forgot that the series is about Lucy.

Now that I’m listening to her voice again it’s all rolling out.

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Deadgirl: Goneward Cover Reveal

Coming May 30th, 2017! Here’s the cover, by the hyper-talented artist Andrea Garcia.

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Deadgirl: Goneward

Deadgirl 3 is officially on its way, and I cooked up a little promo poster:

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This Year in Books (2016)

This Year In Books (2016)

So, it’s December 30th, and this fetid colostomy bag of a year has almost gone down. I’ll try not to die before I finish this article, at the very least.

I’ve been doing this “Year in Books” for a while, just running a quick rundown of the books I’ve been running this year. I didn’t read as many books as I normally do, but I also got a lot more writing done and also my son started walking. So I spend most of my time on Toddler Suicide Watch, which cuts into reading and video game time somewhat.

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A Walking Dead Quitter Tries the Mid-Season Finale

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A Walking Dead Quitter Tries the Mid-Season Finale, “Hearts Still Beating.”

Spoilers up to episode 7.8 of “The Walking Dead.”

Today, a former-Walking Dead fan gives the Mid-Season finale a shot and asks the question . . . is it a good time to get back into the show?

Why You Quit, Quitter?

In my last article about AMC’s hit mega-hit “The Walking Dead,” I swore off The Walking Dead Totes 4EVER. The show had gone from “must see, gather around the TV” to “this show can eat roughly 100 dicks” all with the execution of one incredibly dumb and bad cliffhanger, which a panel of multi-discipline scientists concluded to be “the worst.”

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