Saturday, May 19, 2012

Update: Book 2

I am having a hard time making progress now, what with life getting in the way! I am 12,500 words into book 2. I have tons of ideas floating in my head that I would like to get down on paper, but haven't yet. I will probably not make a lot of progress this coming week either, as I am speaking at Kaleidoscope Charter School in Otsego, MN, about my writing and publishing experience! Should be interesting. It will be two presentations to two separate groups of students. If this goes well, I may try to set up more for next school year. I know it sounds hokey, but if I can convince or persuade just a few kids to make that leap and really dive into a book... you know, where they really disappear into their imagination... well, I will count that as giving something back.

BTW, I was sick recently, and in my drug induced sleep I had a very vivid dream that I really think may be the basis for my next series of books! I can still see one of the creatures in my mind's eye! Kinda creepy actually...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Book 2

Well, Shy is well on his way to Camp Lac Igam for summer 2. I have started the book and my tenative launch date is September 1. I have the rough outline and 2 chapters completed. A new character is introduced in this book. His name will be Moriarty... the boys will call him Morrie for short. He is a professor of Folklore and Mythology during the school year, and is an evil character in this book... one of the prime obstacles that the boys will need to overcome this summer. Can anyone guess how I came up with the name Moriarty for this character? No cheating by using Mr. Google, or Mrs. Wikipedia.....

My working title for book 2 is: The Huldra Hostility. What is a Huldra? To answer that, you should read book 1, The Fossegrimen Folly!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

5 stars!

5.0 out of 5 stars The visuals alone make this book a good read., April 28, 2012
This review is from: The Fossegrimen Folly (Camp Lac Igam) (Kindle Edition)
When I began reading this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it would be something that only young kids and teens would enjoy... I was wrong. I am 39 and loved it! Being that my favorite Author is Stephen King, I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this fantasy book. I usually lean toward the suspenseful/horror/supernatural genre. I am now looking forward to the next book like you anticipate the next weekly episode of your favorite television show.

For a first time author, Michael Almich created a visual story that you would expect from a seasoned author. I am hoping that this becomes a movie. There are so many things that would be really cool to be seen, not just imagined. I really believe the story is just begging for a screenplay.

I have many favorite parts but what I liked most was the beginning of summer camp and the discovery of... well, I don't want to give anything away. The last 20 pages or so really kept me on my toe's anticipating what was going to happen. I was happy with the ending unlike many books that leave you asking.... What?

Great first book Mr. Almich. Bring on book two!!!