It seems like forever since I last posted here…I’ve been busy writing on Closing Night, the play I’ve been outlining for a couple of years, which is the last in my series of “groundbreaking” projects that I developed in order to experiment in different media and styles. That’s going pretty well…fast, for sure. I’m now halfway through Act One, and hope to finish by the first of the year.
Julian Mumford Mysteries, another long-term project, has now finally been realized. My original plan was to self-publish these stories in book form, but I decided instead to make them available in blog format, for free. People are more likely to read them that way. 😉
The idea behind JMM was to create, first of all, the Julian Mumford character, who, I admit, is my alter-ego. Then, I made him the narrator for the stories I developed, the mysteries within his small Ohio town of Autumn Woods. The first half of each story is told in first-person, with Julian relating his personal experience with the characters and events involved in the mysterious events. The second half is told in third-person, and is composed of Julian’s fictionalization of the events in question, a la Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I added some stock and miniature photography-most notably the detailed map of Autumn Woods itself-to satisfy my craving for visualization, and the result is pretty neat, if I do say. So far, there is only one story, “In Search of Ellen”, which involves the disappearance of a Paris Hilton-esque heiress who had been taking drama classes at the college near Autumn Woods. I particularly enjoyed the process of grafting my own personality onto Julian, and letting him think with my mind and speak in my voice.
The link for the blog is here: http://julianmumfordmysteries.wordpress.com. Below is the promotional trailer for it.