Having finished up about a year and a half full-time gig with Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, on the doc series for VH1 Classic on various metal genres called Metal Evolution (which followed on from full-time work on the Rush movie, Beyond The Lighted Stage) it's back to books, although I've been peripherally involved with the boys on two of their docs now in the works.
But yeah, done with that and back into books with a vengeance. Just had the third and final Thin Lizzy book come out, plus Fade To Black the Ted and the Scorpions, which was an endless source of savage amusement. Looking down the road, there are three coffee table-style books coming from US publishers in 2013, plus another in Spring 2014.
I've also got a couple of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal things planned, plus I'll try (half-heartedly) to get Ye Olde Metal: 1979 done sometime next year. But on that front, please check out my 99 cent eBook chapters, of which there's six so far available as iTunes and as simple pdfs at zunior.com.
Erstwhile, going to try keep up some editing, review writing and interviews for bravewords.com and Goldmine, but the output had obviously dropped due first to the TV gig and now a mountain of books in the pipeline. I'll see how much more I can do, but once I'm into the guts of writing a book. I try to stay focused so I don't have to re-learn things because of periodically putting a project aside, ya see?
And in the back of my mind, I'd really like to climb that Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs and get back to painting more often, and possibly even just drawing, illustration, wiv pencil. The regular flight path of guys I aspire to in this respect (well, essentially Nick Tosches, a god, essentially the meat puppet on which I base my future life - except for the drinking!), is a move into non-music related non-fiction first, but hell, I'm really feeling that I better skip that step, given impending mortality.
So yeah, if you are wandering around the top floor of Maslow's ol' House Of Needs, and happen to spot me there, I'll either be painting or drawing, although I think my heart's with the painting. By a country mile, I feel that my greatest work accomplishments ever, in any field, are my favourite ten or 15 paintings from what I've done over the years. I've sold a bunch of them - in fact now all of the ones I'd be willing to let go - and I think I can be a success at it. You want to see a driven individual... if I could slide into that position, I'd be on fire.