An essay by your's truly has just gone live on the Sideshow Freaks blog. I was asked to write the "story behind the story," explaining what motivated me to write "Return to Sender." I was going to write "So IGMS would send me another check," but that didn't really get to the heart of it. So, for a slightly meatier bit of literary introspection, click here.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
My new novel, Greatshadow, has reached the final chapters of the second draft. I'd hoped to be done by now, but the death of my father in November and my best friend in December understandably threw me off kilter. On one hand, it feels creepy to be writing a book that has a dead narrator when the two most important men in my life have passed on. My narrator spends a fair amount of time opining on how being dead sucks, and part of me feels like I'm trivializing death by writing a book where the deceased narrator carries on in a state of pseudo-life, making observations about an afterlife that only exists in a fictional universe, while saying nothing actually very profound about death in the real world. On the other hand, I feel the grieving of my main protagonist (who was in love with the narrator) perhaps a bit more personally, and the flow of actual emotion onto the page only improves fiction.
The main protagonist is a woman known as Infidel. This isn't her birth name, of course. She's earned the nickname because from time to time priests in black robes will attack her without warning, shouting "Infidel" before they attempt to stab her. There is, of course, a story behind that, though you'll have to wait until the book hits print to discover how she earned the name.
Unless, of course, you're one of my wise readers. My readers have been plugging away chapter by chapter, and last week wise reader Jenney Callaghan sent me the perfect gift for this moment in my life, a coffee cup with the word "Infidel" in both english and arabic. I had a very good laugh when I opened the box, and I suspect it will come in handy in helping me load up on the dangerous amounts of caffeine required for me to bring this story in over the finish line.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year, dragon fans. I had two giveaways going on for today. Robo-Bobo, my name-picking cyber-monkey was tough to start today. I think he overdid it at the New Year's Eve party last night. It took several bottles of banana oil and three solid hours of cursing before he finally sputtered to life and produced some results.
First, there were three winners in the drawing for John Brown's "Servant of a Dark God" contest that I had announced in my book review column over at IGMS. The three winners are:
Next, Robo-Bobo returned to the digital hat to produce two winners of the Shimmer Clockwork Jungle Book. The two copies will go to:
Congrats to all the winners! I'll be notifying you via email later tonight/early tomorrow.