Friday, August 29, 2008
--Anne Lamott, quoting her father
"Wishes come true, not free."
--Stephen Sondheim, in "Into the Woods"
Thursday, August 21, 2008
"But I mark my beginning as a professional biographer from the day when my bank bounced a check because it was inadvertently dated 1772."
Lost in your work much? Have your mind send us a postcard from wherever it may be.
Our friend Doselle has an awesome story out in the anthology THE DARKER MASK, and he's signing this week (on my birthday, no less!). If you're in the LA area, check it out. If not, well, buy it anyway. It promises to be really cool. . .
~picture to come!~Just a reminder. The book signing for THE DARKER MASK (Tor Books 2008) is this weekend. Information is found below.DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD.TIME: 3-5PMWHAT: A BOOK SIGNING FOR THE DARKER MASKWHERE: MELTDOWN COMICS in HOLLYWOOD.7522 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, Ca 90046describes The Darker Mask as: "Themed along the grayer areas of superhero fiction, this anthology of 18 original stories nonetheless covers a wide spectrum. Deceptively simple and entertaining while never skimping on serious topics, this tight anthology will satisfy any superhero enthusiast." I think that's likely true and, if not, the anthology features stories by well-known luminaries in the mystery and science-fiction genres, including Walter Mosley (Devil in a Blue Dress), so I'm sure there'll be something in it even for the discerning lit-snobs among you.There's coverage and further information available to be found here at the LA TIMES link: DM Book Signing
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The anthology itself is also a thrill. I read many volumes of WotF while entering the contest and my (slightly biased :) opinion is that WotF 24 holds its own with the best of them. The stories are extremely varied and I am enjoying finally having the chance to read every last one!
I'll try to blog more about WotF soon. At the moment, I have to actually write some fiction before I go try to make up my sleep debt!
The biggest inspiration came from Melinda's Snodgrass' panel on screenwriting and Hollywood.
For those of you who don't know, Melinda is a professional screenwriter turned novelist. In this particular panel, she talked about her personal writing process. The following is a bit of advice she gave us:
(Please note: this is paraphrased from my notes)
We are all writing on limited time.
You must break your story down. (She gives her process for breaking a story down)
Don't waste time, don't get lost.
Remember writing is an art AND a job.
Since, I've been back, using her method for breaking a story down. For me, this particular method works well.
I can wake up in the morning/come home from work and know-where my character is, who are the supporting characters in the scene, what action is happening, and where my character is headed, etc. Knowing the basics has made my writing time much more productive.
In fact, today, I was able to write five chapters!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition.
What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic scale come into conflict with the indigenous peoples of other planets, of other races? And what of the issue of communicating across such distances, or the problems caused by relativistic travel? These are just some of the questions and issues that the stories in Federations will take on.
Here's the link to the submission guidelines.