Over a year ago, I came up with the idea of setting a screwball mystery in Japan, during the festival of setsubun (in which children run about in scary masks while pelting folks with soybeans). I entered a first chapter of Yamabushi and the Seven Gods of Happiness in the smart writers contest and managed an honorable mention from judge Cynthia Leitich Smith 

Since then, I’ve tried really hard to write the thing, but stuff keeps getting in the way. The last time, SOUL TACO diverted my attention. This time, after another trip to Japan, I vowed to finish. I mean, I know the characters, I know the settings, I know the plot. For goodness sake, there’s nothing to do but type it out.

A funny thing happened on the way to the computer. Another story, a serious/heavy/weighty story, intervened and took control of my fingers. I’m 5k into it, and the muse shows no sign of going silent. So, back  goes the mystery to the drawer.

Alas, poor Yamabushi.  Always a synopsis, never a manuscript.

PS. if anyone knows of a software program that will format graphic novel scripts, please let me know.