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New Places to Read My Stuff

By on Sep 17, 2010 in publication, short stories, weird | 0 comments

Well, I’ve been a bit behind on stuff in general, and while I’m not yet entirely lucid (one might argue that I rarely am…) I thought I’d share two bits of very cool news. First, you can now find my short story “The Monastery of the Seven Hands” in an anthology of dystopian fiction edited by Jason Sizemore entitled Dark Futures at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Pretty nifty, eh? I’m a particular fan of that delightfully dystopian cover. The TOC is impressive to say the least, and I’m looking forward to reading all the pieces once I have my copy. Go forth, buy! I had this to say about the story when I announced the acceptance, and it still holds true: in a nutshell, the piece is about body-snatching monks in a dystopian future, living beneath a city called Abbassus. Very dark, very weird, and very fun to write. Secondly, I just found...

Weird Tales Uncanny Beauty Issue

By on Aug 31, 2010 in fantasy, poetry, publication, steampunk, weird, writing | 2 comments

I’ve been waiting to talk about this until it was official but, hey, look: official! And awesome. I had the privilege of coming up with a project together with Brigid Ashwood, a brilliant artist and fellow lover of speculative fiction. The piece in the upcoming issue is entitled “The Wakened Image” and it’s a look at some of the “made” women in mythology, taken from the Mabinogion and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Brigid helped me brainstorm the subject, and then I wrote a three-part poem in blank verse; Brigid provided some astonishingly beautiful pictures to accompany the text. The issue isn’t available yet, but soon. I’ll keep you posted. I am so excited to share this piece, and definitely squeed a little seeing my name on the front of Weird Tales. Who...

Homesick for fiction.

By on Aug 18, 2010 in fantasy, gothic, indigo and ink, short stories, weird, WIP, writing | 1 comment

Having finished the draft of Indigo & Ink, which has occupied the last seven months of my life, I’m now feeling a bit down in the dumps. You know, I really miss writing the book. After that last edit, I had a sense of finality, and while it was very thrilling, in some ways it also left me feeling a bit empty. This probably explains why when my friend Karen mentioned she’d read some of the first chapter, I about fell out of my chair in excitement. Yes, writers are weird. If you hadn’t figured that out yet, you just haven’t met enough of us. Anyway, I haven’t stopped writing, but nothing’s had that zing since finishing Indigo & Ink. Though I did hit a milestone. I wrote a short story in a respectably short amount of time without freaking out and hating it–and then I actually submitted it. I’ve been writing about 1.5 short stories a...

Draft One, Deeper Into the Murk

By on Aug 11, 2010 in editing, fantasy, gothic, indigo and ink, publication, weird, WIP, writing | 3 comments

So, no longer Draft Zero, eh, Indigo & Ink? This is where things get interesting. I’m not one of those people who can let a book draft sit for terribly long. Okay, wait, no. That’s a lie. I can let it sit plenty after I’ve edited the crap out of it, but otherwise it pokes at my consciousness for days until I fix what needs fixing. We can’t always be as disciplined as Stephen King, and if we all wrote the same the world would be boring (or… something?). When I finished Indigo & Ink, I was in the zone, so I decided to keep going. The draft, at one point, was almost 125K, and that worried me. My goal was originally 120, and I’m hoping the very final one will be even a little slimmer. Words don’t matter so much as content, true, but a more slender book has a better chance. (And yes, 120K is slender to me!) At this moment it’s about...

Draft Zero? Oh Yes!

By on Jul 26, 2010 in indigo and ink, weird, WIP, writing | 3 comments

Indigo & Ink is officially moving from Scrivener to Pages. What does that mean? Why, draft zero has been achieved! So I ended up more than my original plan, but hey. That’s what drafts are for, right? Unexpected things happen. I thought at one point I might not even get to 90k. But this book, well, it’s got a mind of its own.  Just like the Mother Squid. Anyway, this book has been very important for me to finish for a number of reasons. Things haven’t been great on a lot of fronts, but this story needed to be told. And I did it. In spite of the crap that’s been going on. In spite of the instrument of my craft (my hands) being total crap, I didn’t let it get me down. I kept going. Yes, tooting my own horn here, but… I’m happy. So there. Lord knows I need a little confidence sometimes. (Don’t we all?) Not to mention the escape....

Just some metrics and a whole lotta words.

By on Jul 9, 2010 in indigo and ink, weird, WIP, writing | 0 comments

So apparently I wrote about 8K today. For some reason I’m almost embarrassed to admit that. I really have done little else but write today! Ass in chair, indeed. Um. Yeah. I call this “end of novel fever” and occasionally it strikes. I’m just glad my fingers are holding up… but not for long. It’s bedtime for me, and man… yeah. I said something a few posts about being surprised if I hit 90K. Well, um. I’m surprised. But it is coming to a close. Sort of. Sometimes characters have little side quests they have to finish, and no matter how much you try to talk them out of it they don’t listen. Added bonus: a new character who didn’t exist until today and (surprise again!) a sex scene! So nyah. There is a great deal of good in here, and a great deal of bad. I would add details, but I think my fingers might fall off. That’s...