Jennefer Love Hewitt Loves Her Some Oz Chronicles

Jennifer Loves Oz Hewitt

J-Love plants a kiss on her copy of The Land of the Dead at a recent party she threw to celebrate owning a copy of The Land of the Dead.  They’ll celebrate anything in Hollywood.  I couldn’t make it because I couldn’t find a picture of me in a suit to Photoshop in.

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The Land of the Dead Update

Got the proof for The Land of the Dead, and as always, I found some changes that needed to be made.  Knocked those out, and just got word that I should be getting the new proof on Tuesday.  We are just about there.

While I’ve been waiting, I think I actually came up with another story idea for a new YA series.  I’m still hammering out the details, but I’m pretty excited about it.  This series may be told from various points of view.

On another note: I found this picture on Break.com, and thought it was funny.

We'll all have to face that great eraser in the sky someday!

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Iron Baby

My absence from the blog lately means that I am working on final edits for The Land of the Dead; Book Four of the Oz Chronicles.  I have one section to rewrite, and I should be done.  I’ve been posting a lot of videos as of late because they are quick and keep you guys coming back.  I’ll add some original material soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this movie trailer spoof for Iron Baby.  This is actually a clever idea that mixes in some exceptional CG talent.

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Could this be the Cover for The Land of The Dead? Vote!

So, the first draft is done as of yesterday.  Today, I’m going to take a break from the story and have some fun with the cover.  I actually threw this together last night.  What do you think?

My First Crack at The Land of the Dead Cover

Vote Here!

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Current Word Count Meter for (Land of) The Dead; Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles

Originally, I had a targeted word count of 65,000 words, but I amended it to 60,000 shortly after.  Turns out, I should have stuck with the original estimate.  On pace to pass 65,000 words today and complete the book.

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An Oz Chronicle Factoid – The Gorilla That Inspired Ajax

I’m working on finishing up Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles.  I am so close, and I think I’ve found a new direction for Book 5 that came to me last night as I was writing.  Somebody searched for Ajax Takers Gorilla yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier.  I think that’s cool that someone is doing a search for one of my favorite characters in the books.  I thought I’d share a little Ajax history with you.  Ajax is based on a real gorilla by the name of Michael.  He was a member of Dr. Penny Patterson’s study to teach gorilla’s sign language.  Her most successful pupil is Koko.  Michael was actually brought into the study as a companion for Koko, but sadly, he passed away in 2000.  I found this video of Michael on Youtube.  It’s very emotional because Michael signs about how his mother was murdered.  Keep in mind, he didn’t know sign language when she died.  He’s telling his handlers about an event that happened in the past, and he describes his emotions.  It really is remarkable.

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