Haven’t written one of these in a while. It makes sense to only talk about the author work when I have something interesting to share; who wants to hear ‘cranking on this’ or ‘tweeting about that’ every single week? Here’s what’s happening right now:
Getting some semi-positive responses on my query letters for Mesh. One email read ‘really liked your pacing and tension in this opening scene as well as the world you are hinting at and I wouldn’t mind reading a bit more to see if it holds up. Would you mind sending me a complete 1-2 page synopsis and the first 50 pages when you have a chance?’
For an unknown author, messages like this are manna from heaven. I sent off my synopsis and the first fifty pages – can’t wait to see what happens next.
Analong passed on The Battle of Victoria Crater and I just submitted it to Clarkesworld. One thing I like about Clarkesworld is that, even though they haven’t purchased anything I’ve submitted, I can expect a response in days, instead of weeks or months like other magazines. Plus, if you get rejected, your note comes in an email from Neil Clarke himself. Can’t help but respect their professionalism and respect for unknowns like me.
I’m going to get some flack for this, but I don’t care. Having seen the first GotG, and now the second, I am remarkably ambivalent about this Marvel franchise. Yes, the acting is great. In fact, the actors consistently rescue what would otherwise be a plodding, hum-drum action story piling layer after layer of perilous escapes until you’re dizzied and numbed, going “Did Michael Bay direct this thing?”
I mean, if Michael Bay is your thing, great. I’m not going to judge. I just didn’t find anything compelling or interesting in the main plots. I thought the underlying themes of loss, redemption and family were interesting, but I didn’t go into the theater looking for Good Peter Quill Hunting.
And what’s with the music? Are we now living in an era where people are prepared to believe that the Seventies soft-rock classics are the pinnacle of the audio art form? When did that happen. It’s like you’ve never seen a Time Life commercial in your life. Continue reading
In that spirit, I’m probably going to write my own dystopian entry for the Boston Review and I’ll let you know how that goes. People liked Superhero Shrink on Imgur and that made me feel good. Interacting with people via social media is a challenge unto itself, but it’s also therapy for me. Currently working on a number of short stories, articles, and submission entries. Would you guys like to hear about those, too?
Late winter in Eugene is always a tough time of year. Introverts love it, though. As dark, wet and cold as it is out there, I have a perfect reason to stay inside. On with life stuff and writing. I’m getting good feedback about ‘The Battle of Victoria Crater,’ and I’m hoping to submit it shortly. I also started sending query letters out to book agents for ‘Mesh’ and I’ll keep you posted on how that is going. Meanwhile …
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” – Thoreau
When I moved to Eugene, it was with the idea that I would be starting over again. To start over, I wanted to apply some lessons learned I picked up from previous adventures. One of them is that I avoid the news. People that know me will tell you that I’m very anti-current events. I hate reading the newspaper and I positively despise the 24-hour news cycle. However, I’m on Facebook and I hear what other people say. It’s times like these that I’m very glad I don’t keep up with current events. What I *have* been working on is as follows:
I’m digging through thousands of public-domain NASA photos for material to put together a book cover for ‘Search and Rescue’ if I end up self-publishing it. I like pictures like this, but would have to do a lot of Photoshop work to get it into the kind of shape I want. Thoughts?
Can’t believe how fast the week has flown by. I’ve been banging away at a few things and I can’t wait to share them with you. On a personal note, I’m working through some stuff. Not fun, but that’s life. I don’t want to focus on my mess. I’d rather tell you about the State of the Art. Here’s what happened on InkICan this week:
Introduced you to Geekuinox – a new category of blog posts
This comes from Youtube – one of my favorite bands when I was a teenager was Information Society. They introduced me to cyberpunk and modern rock long before anyone else. The band was rather innovative – they had a track at the end of one album which, when played, gave you a little ASCII story that would appear on your modem screen. Back in the 90s, I loved how music embraced technology and it’s always occupied a warm spot in my heart.
And we’re off! Finished writing a short story, now time for some blogging.
The best part about today is that for one day, both American and European people write today’s date exactly the same. Only happens eleven other times in a year. I updated the site header with something more ‘futuristic’ and I hope you enjoy it. I’m not completely sold on it and I may change it if something else catches my eye.
Almost ready to submit ‘Search and Rescue’ for publication. I haven’t decided whether I want to try Asimov’s or Analog first. Thoughts?
Feel free to check out About and Short Stories, as I’ll be updating them periodically with new material. I’m also interacting quite a bit with people on Reddit, so feel free to join the party.