All In Part 1 – Announcing Alice Zero

So I have been very very busy at the day job, and now that it’s nearly through the blitzkrieg, I want to talk about what my podcast has taught me this year before going into 2019. Just Joshing exceeded all my goals this year. My viewership went way up, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some incredible individuals, and I’ve achieved credibility I never thought I had.

All I did was post an episode, and then two episodes, each week. I sought out people to talk to, I got to talk to them. And that momentum just kept building and building and building.

But it got me thinking. If that is what my podcast could achieve, what about my writing? Don’t get me wrong, if I am more known as a podcaster than a writer, I am more than okay with this. I’m proud of my podcast.

I haven’t done the writing like I’ve done the podcast. I’ve put in a lot of work in that department as well, but not with the consistency as I have with the podcast. That is about to change.

One of the big reasons I’m going part time is that I want to have more time to concentrate on the all the opportunities coming my way this coming 2019. I have three books just about ready to go. Now that the holidaze is just about over, I can get back to that novel I’m working on.

So for this particular blog I’m going to focus on the first book coming out next year.

I got a request from Colleen Anderson about two years ago to do an epic poem about Lewis Carroll. I didn’t know Carroll outside of Alice In Wonderland and for the life of me, I was flabbergasted. What was I going to say about Alice that hasn’t been said before?

Then I met a girl with a gorgon tattoo. A gorgon knight appeared in my head, slaying shadows in a forgotten forest, saving Alice from the darkness. It clicked something in my brain, and suddenly I knew exactly what Alice said to me.

Writing it was a dream. It was wonderland as I never imagined before. Alice as Pandora seemed to fit like a glove…and it did. Alice opens the box the Queen of Hearts gives her and now has a certain Cheshire passenger inside of her. I was happy with the initial draft, and it just didn’t make the final cuts for that anthology. Colleen encouraged me to do something with this. So I want to acknowledge Colleen for putting me on this path. Thank you very much.

And this project has grown and evolved and I have so much more up the road planned for this. In many ways, this in the long form may be the boldest thing I ever do. Time will tell. I did some rewriting, and I want to take a moment to thank Vanessa Cardui for her input in the draft and where it’s going from here. Vanessa’s insights were invaluable and I wouldn’t have thought of some of things I did without her. Thank you very much.

Alice Zero is a prologue, but a complete story in itself. Alice has opened the box, and is now trapped inside an asylum, with playing cards as her wardens. Here is where Alice rediscovers herself, and move on from the calamity she has created.

It will be available end of January/Early February. I’ll have more details in a couple weeks, but before I go, I thought I’d do a cover reveal.

Much like everything else in my career, the best things are accidental. I’ve been aware of Mackenzie Carr as a person for a while. I met her at Myth Games playing her significant other Magic the Gathering. She was impressed I’ve written books and we’ve kept in touch on and off ever since.

What I didn’t know was that she as an amazing artist. I saw her drawings on her instagram and I told her she was awesome. Our conversation led to me asking her if she wanted to do this as a project and She said sure.

This is Alice Zero. I hope you are as excited as I am. That will do it for Part one. Next blog before new year’s, I will preview book two coming out next year as well as the amazing Lance Buan.

Published by jpantalleresco

I write and I wander. I am currently in Canada, tomorrow who is to say? I just released Veritas, my first comic, done with Craig Cermak and Jim Reddington. I currently write columns for and I have published essays, worked on magazines and movies and am working on my first novel, graphic novels and am planning on committing suicide on my first feature film. I chase my dreams wherever I may go. When I'm not writing I work on a day job and read, play video games and magic and chase girls. Sometimes I even catch them.

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