A couple of people have asked me about the book I mentioned in my last post. I recently threw in my nice, steady, well-paying but ultimately creatively unfulfilling tech-writing job. So here’s all the things I have in the pipeline that I’m finally getting around to.
Another non-fiction book
First, I’m working on a proposal for my agent for a second non-fiction book, Darkest Web, which goes behind the scenes into several different aspects of the dark web that I’ve researched and/or been involved with in-depth. Hopefully that will find a home with a traditional publisher.
The problem with writing serious non-fiction stuff is lawyers. Lawyers legalled me out of about 20,000 words of Silk Road and I had to scramble to fill the gap. Other lawyers stopped part of Darkest Web before it even got properly committed to the page. Which leads me to…
The Dark Web diaries
You know what lawyers don’t care so much about? Fiction. So I’ve started writing a series of thriller novels, tentatively called the Dark Web Diaries. It’s possible I might slip some true stuff in there, but you’ll have to guess which bits they are. The most important thing is hopefully they’ll be a bloody great read. Watch this space for when they’ll be available to download – Bitcoin accepted of course!
As some know, Silk Road was optioned for a TV series a while ago by Ambience Entertainment and I’ve been doing a bit of work with them. I can’t say much but OMFG what I’ve seen so far – all the first season and an outline of follow-up seasons – is AWESOME. Some super-talented script developers and screenwriters are working on it. Again, watch this space for news.
Finally, I’m continuing with the bill-paying stuff of writing articles for mainstream and niche/tech media, as well as ghost writing, blogging and B2B/B2C and branded content. I’m mostly keeping the focus on cybercrime, Bitcoin, drug reform and tech security, but the thing I like about freelancing is it leads me into all sorts of interesting places.
Hopefully my freed-up time will see advances on all of these fronts. Letting you know about it will keep me accountable. 🙂
*OzFreelancer is the pseud I used on Silk Road and most DNMs