I’ve been remiss in posting here because I like to wait for the right spark to strike before I start slamming away at the keys. In general, I like to have something to say before I blog, and current events have trumped overall sci-fi discussions. I’m keeping busy; still tinkering away at the Battle of Victoria Crater, turning a stale story concept into something fresh for myself and for you, the reader.
Other than what I read in the papers, I paid no attention to the Oscars. La La Land won Best Picture, right? Yes it did … for one brief moment. Then life went on and the Oscars was exposed for being yet another institution full of imperfect humans and all the frailty that this implies. If something like this ever happens to me, I hope I can be as classy as Ryan Gosling:
Gosling’s reaction got me to thinking. Not about movies, but about the journey each creator or creative person faces. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we recognize that we’re all innovators and entrepreneurs in our own right. Ignoring the people who innovate by declaration (‘I posted an article about Richard Branson on Linkedin, I’m an entrepreneur!’), we know the nuts and bolts of really going out there and doing it. It’s not fun, it’s not comfortable; true innovation means facing risk and defeat on a daily basis.
It’s important to say this, not just for myself but for anyone else considering the journey. Everyone is going to have their Gosling moment. Everyone is going to reach that mountain top only to find out that the victory wasn’t theirs to have. Who are we going to be when that happens? Are we going to accept our fortunes with quiet dignity or are we going to melt down, scream and demand to see the manager? No one really knows the answer until they’re at that moment.
Ryan Gosling got it right. May we be as tough, classy and professional to do the same when it’s our turn.
As you can see, I updated the header for Inkican.com – I’m experimenting with some visuals to help feed my writing. From time to time, I’ll show you what I’m up to. For right now, please enjoy this free wallpaper.
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
I believe in sharing what people have shared with me. May it bring you a lifetime of peace and prosperity as a storyteller. Enjoy!
Happy to say that I got some happy feedback on Mesh from an editor over at Lightspeed:
“I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book! I think this is going to be a great read and will really grab agents’ attention.”
That’s the kind of good news you can hang your entire week on. Looking forward to taking you through the process of putting this in front of an agent / publishing house! 🙂
Clarkesworld passed on Planet Ugh, but no worries – submitted it over to Orson Scott Card’s “Intergalactic Medicine Show.”
In the meantime, I’ve updated the Short Stories list to reflect the evolving journey of my tales …
Joy, pain, sadness, hope – the stories still get told. Submitted ‘Planet Ugh’ to Clarkesworld today. This is a >2000-word short, in the style of ‘They’re Made Out of Meat’ by Terry Bisson. I started writing it after reading one-too-many racist comments on an online news article. One wonders what a sentient alien race would think of us after half an hour on the Internet.
Anyway – hope Clarkesworld likes it. I look forward to sharing it with you when it gets published.
I know I’m the last person you want to hear from on this, but like you I’m affected deeply by the loss of this talented and classy lady. I posted this tribute on Imgur and am passing along to you:
She was a survivor, a mensch, a powerful actor as well as writer. She moved mountains, plumbed the depths of hell and lived to tell the tale. Rest in peace, Carrie. It won’t be the same universe without you.
The writing game appears to be fraught with long periods of silence while you wait to hear from publishers on the acceptance or rejection of your work. As frustrating as that is, nobody has discovered an answer for it. ‘First thing you learn,’ as Lou Reed was fond of saying, ‘is that you always gotta wait.’ I’m cranking on ‘The Battle of Victoria Crater’ while I wait, and ‘Planet Ugh’ has been drafted and is out for comments.
So while all that is going on … there’s just silence. Will they love it? Will they hate it? I don’t know. The suspense is supposed to kill my audience, not me. I comfort myself with a couple of quotes … you might find them useful:
Be patient, but never idle – Franciso Alvarez
I learned that all things come to those who wait-provided they hustle while they wait. – James Cash Penney
These little mind-bombs encompass where I’m at right now. I have some adulting to do while I wait for my dreams to come true. Go make something awesome!
Without giving away the store, let me say that I’m working on a proposal and will keep you posted. Mesh is ‘Fight Club meets Stranger Things.’ Meanwhile, I’ve updated the Novels page and added a new project page to cover whatever Mesh turns into.
The backstory is interesting unto itself but there’s too many details I can’t share yet. Suffice to say, I have some very supportive friends in the publishing business. They’re giving me a boost to get a book pitch in front of agents. As soon as I have a solid, working process, I promise to come back and explain how it all works.